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Urban Legend of Zelda

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A hidden clue! I think the inscription says, "L is real 2401." Or maybe "Paul is dead."

"We added a shitload of secrets into this thing. Seriously. You thought Hidden Palace was bad? This thing is gonna be like goddamn JFK."

Every popular game has a rumor around it that is capable of turning it into a urban legend, and due to an oversight or hanging plot thread, it seems just plausible. It's not hard to believe them, since the games often have real secrets and glitches that are so bizarre that they sound made-up. But the rumor persists in spite of all the evidence against it.

A common source of these is April Fools' issues of popular gaming magazines. After all, if it's in print, it must be true! Other sources include mistranslated lines, aspects of the game being Dummied Out, and Missing Secrets. The Internet doesn't help either; while it's quick to debunk rumors, it's also very good at generating them.

A frequent motif in such rumors is that of a secret supposedly unlocked by performing some action in the game for hours on end, pulling off a difficult feat several times in a row, or just doing something complicated exactly the right way, which makes the rumor harder to verify and contributes to its longevity.

Sometimes, the game's creators will include a character or a feature in a sequel because of these rumors. See Ascended Meme and Ascended Fanon.

Some games have so many rumors that they can result in the creation of a "FWAK", a parody walkthrough containing intentionally fake "secrets". The most infamous of these is undoubtedly Eggnog's hidden character FWAK for Final Fantasy VI. FWAK stands for "False Wisdom and Knowledge."

This happens outside video games, but less frequently. In those fandoms, rumors are meant to fill in the gaps of what happened behind the scenes or elsewhere in canon. It's most common in foreign fandoms who didn't get some of the original material.

Compare Wild Mass Guessing and Fandom Berserk Button. If the rumor is about something a creator allegedly said in an interview or fluff, see God Never Said That. For more information, check out Pop Fiction, an excellent MythBusters-type show on this very subject, or Did You Know Gaming? which features gaming urban legends and Easter Eggs.

Please do not confuse this for an Urban Fantasy edition of The Legend of Zelda. Even if it's an urban legend itself.


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    The Legend Of Zelda (Trope Namer) 
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has an incredible number of such rumors. They include:
    • That you could obtain the Triforce in the game. It did appear in screenshots from early development stages (which is likely how this rumor started), but the final game did not include it as an obtainable item—the game has been hacked to the core, and the text dump shows no sign of getting a Triforce item. This didn't stop people from looking for it anyway. In-game, Link gets a piece of the Triforce, but strictly as a story element—it isn't a useable item and won't show up in your inventory, which may have been a major contribution to the fabled obtainable Triforce. Not helping was that theres an empty triforce between the medallions on the inventory screen (which Word of God says was just intended as decoration).
    • That you could catch a glimpse of (but not obtain) the Triforce by playing a song called the "Overture of Sages" just prior to pulling out the Master Sword. This was a comparatively more convincing theory, and there were even alleged screenshots of how to do it. Naturally, the person who started the rumor never detailed how to actually learn the song to begin with. Learn the story here.
    • That you can beat the Marathon Man. The fact of the matter is: you can't.note  That didn't stop people from trying, though, leading to the creative solution (shown in this hacked video) of going back in time and waiting seven in-game years. The game designers apparently had no idea what to do if you won, so he always beats you by exactly one second. Even if you use a cheat to finish in zero seconds, his time is "00:0/". The real point of the race ended up just being to beat your best time.
    • That you could re-enter the Great Deku Tree as Adult Link, where you could find a hammer which could break the ice that had trapped the Zoras. It is possible to enter the Deku Tree as an adult with cheat devices, and the place is intact, but there's nothing new to see.
    • That there was a hidden dungeon known as the "Desert Pyramid" in the Haunted Wastelands which, for whatever reason, contained the Triforce. You can reveal the "pyramid" by playing the Song of Storms in a specific location with the right orientation; the lightning flashes illuminate a triangular silhouette on the horizon, and thus the rumor writes itself. Reaching the silhouette without cheats is impossible thanks to the desert's swirling sands, but close examination reveals a simple rock with a particularly pointy top. The Desert Pyramid dungeon in The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures may be a reference to this rumor.
    • That there was a nude code! Dan Owsen started this one on his "Ask Dan" column on Nintendo's website, posting a ridiculously long code sequence purporting to render characters naked — but only Malon, Talon, and Ingo. So many people used the "code" and complained to Owsen when it didn't work that he had to apologize in the column.
    • That you could obtain an M16 by using a certain item (usually a bomb or the hammer) in a specific spot in Kakariko Village during or after the shadow attack once you beat the Water Temple.
    • That you could totally get a gender-bending tunic that would result in a female Link. That one was one site's April Fools' joke; they thought it wasn't convincing, but they didn't bank on people believing it because technically, Sheik held precedent.
    • That there was a "Sky Temple." This one arose out of the fact that the Sage of Light, the first Sage you meet, was never trapped in his temple like the others. One memorable story of how to get there was to use a GameShark to prevent night from changing into day and kill hundreds of Stalchildren in Hyrule Fields, causing (supposedly) a gigantic skeleton to approach you from the distance, who could be killed with a single hit. The skeleton's skull was then supposed to provide a telepad to the Sky Temple, which was also rumored to contain the Triforce.note  Another (even more bizarre) rumored method for reaching it was to drop into a hidden hole near the peak of Death Mountain after beating the game. The cow in the hole would now be purple and would fly you to the Sky Temple.
    • That you can reach the cut Unicorn Fountain, rumored to be accessible through an underwater door in Zora's Domain, and get the Sword Beam seen in pre-release screenshots. A pathway does exist down there, but it just leads to an underwater dead end with a black wall — and you don't just make a hard-to-get-to space like that for no reason, do you?
    • That you could replace your fire arrows with "phantom arrows." This supposedly required you to use the potion from the Biggoron Sword quest on the ghost in the desert.
    • That there was an extremely rare chance of encountering a strange pig-like enemy during the graveyard race against Dampe. Known as the "El Puerco" rumor, it circulated around GameFAQs for quite a while. General consensus now is that the initial "sighting", if not a complete fabrication, was the result of a player encountering a very rare, very odd glitch with the ReDead enemy's model.
    • That you could get a "Gold Tunic," which would combine the effects of the Goron and Zora Tunics and was related to the Gold Skulltula Tokens. The closest we got to that one was a recolor for Link in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
    • Similar to the below-mentioned Twilight Princess, the game has its own "beta forest". In the 90s and early 2000s rumors existed on how to find it, however it's long since been understood that the forest is from an entirely different build from the final product and was scrapped like everything else from that build.
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker has a couple:
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly, prolific prankster on April Fools' Day, suckered in a lot of people with its claim of a realistic remake of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker rendered with the graphical engine of Twilight Princess. They claimed it was available with a Twilight Princess pre-order and photoshopped Link fighting a bird enemy in Twilight Princess style in an area clearly from The Wind Waker. People asked local retailers if the pre-order offer was real, and the May issue included letters mocking those who were fooled.
    • During development, a rumor arose simultaneously about The Wind Waker and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Wind Waker was unique in that Link would have to save his sister, rather than Zelda as usual. Fans remembered a scene from early in Link to the Past, when Link's uncle tells him "Zelda is your..." — now they believed that he meant "sister", and Link and Zelda were secret siblings. The Wind Waker revealed that the sister was a completely different character, but that didn't stop people from thinking this was true in both games.
  • Rumors also involve whole games that don't exist, including:
    • A hoax known as Valley of the Flood, starring a Fake Ultimate Hero version of Link. An interview about it can be seen here.
    • A new futuristic Zelda game with Epona as a motorcycle. While this was another April Fools' joke, Mario Kart 8 does include Link as a DLC character, complete with an Epona-themed motorcycle.
    • A half-finished prototype of an unreleased NES game called The Legend of Zelda: The Triforce Saga. This was a hoax; it was put up for auction on eBay in 2005, and someone paid $3000 for what turned out to be an empty cartridge.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has its own set of rumors, including:
    • That you could get into Fado's house. While it's impossible, and the door is always locked, this one was very popular on GameFAQs (although they were mostly joke topics). Using a cheat device or glitch to get in just puts you in the dark space behind the door, because there's no house map data and no transition programmed in.
    • That you could find the hidden "Beta forest", the name for a wide open expanse of trees seen in the game's first two trailers. Fans were excited about a departure from the usual cave-system-disguised-by-occasional-trees that passes as a forest in the Zelda games, but the Beta forest isn't in the final version. Most videos "proving" its existence are usually just exhibitions of random glitches. There is a Beta forest Dummied Out, but it's not the same as the one in the trailer and is most likely a map for testing the game's controls and physics.

    Final Fantasy 
  • Final Fantasy IV has the following rumors:
    • That Golbez can join your party. While he totally does in The After Years, rumors about the original game long abounded. You have to hack to get that.
    • That the twin characters Palom and Porom were retrievable even after they commit their Heroic Sacrifice and turn to stone through a special quest accessible only at that moment. They do get better anyway (without your assistance), but they don't rejoin you. The game designers didn't help matters by allowing you to attempt to use any item in your inventory on the now-frozen pair, implying that there was something you could do to reverse the process. This rumor would also get intertwined with the very real Developer's Room Easter Egg from the Japanese version and a Japanese-only item that would remove the "Stone" status effect (in actual fact, using it on the twins would give you a message saying that it wouldn't work for plot reasons), and thus claimed that the twins could only be cured in the Japanese version. One walkthrough was so convinced that it included this rumor as fact.
    • That Dark Matter could do something useful. You could steal it from the final boss in the Japanese version of the game; Americans labored under the rumor that you needed to do this to beat the boss and that this requirement was removed from the US version to make it easier. When FFIV was brought to the US unedited for newer systems, Dark Matter turned out to have no effect after all. The 3D DS remake gave it a purpose by letting players carry it over to New Game+ where it lets them access a Bonus Boss.
  • Final Fantasy V has a myth about a secret job class. It involves a rock shaped like a human face you encounter on the submarine; various explanations involved beating the game first or landing a certain number of steps away from it. It does work, though, in the GBA remake, where you can get three new job classes as soon as you access it and a fourth after beating the game and a difficult Bonus Boss.
  • Final Fantasy VI has the following rumors:
    • That you can resurrect General Leo after Kefka kills him. It is possible, but only through a glitch that wasn't discovered until much later, so many of the rumors surrounding this are still false. Details are in Part 12 of this LP. The Game Boy Advance port of Final Fantasy VI caused these rumors to briefly resurface — the claim was that a newly-added side quest allows you not only to bring back Leo, but also to let him permanently join your party. The same was also claimed of Emperor Gestahl.
    • That you can get an alternate character ending if you get every single one of Shadow's dream sequences. This one may well be sourced from the Final Fantasy VI Ultimania resource books, which revealed that there was more content planned for Shadow (AKA Clyde, Relm's dad), including a fully-scripted-and-complete scene with Strago, but it all ended up on the cutting room floor before the game went to print in any language.
    • That there's an arcane trick to preventing Shadow from leaving after battles during segments where he can. Explanations involve doing the "three scenarios" segment in a particular order, changing the party order, or avoiding making money from battles. There are tricks to stop him running, but they're not nearly so arcane; they mostly rely on Shadow not being alive and present at the end of battles (knock him out, make him run, etc.) Beyond that, it's 100% random.
    • That you can recruit a new Imp character, which allows you to avoid setting the Imp condition on an existing character. People pointed to the presence of Imp-specific equipment, the ability to learn Gau's Rage ability, the Imp Robot joke auction in Jidoor, and a photo (easily faked) of an Imp casting black magic as proof.
    • That you can turn a character into an unstoppable new Imp character. This would require getting all the Imp-specific armor, equipping it to a character, using a Rename Card to rename them "KAPPA", and casting Imp on them. It doesn't work, although it does make your existing character a force to be reckoned with (and the rename does nothing). This rumor arose out of a notorious FAQ with an enormous list of characters you can supposedly obtain, including those from other games entirely, most of which are crazy (and not even technologically feasible).
    • That you can buy the 1/1200-scale airship model and Imp Robot at the auction house. The gentleman there will always outbid you severely, even going above your Gil Cap.
    • That you can find and fight a ninth dragon. This came from an NPC mentioning a "terrible dragon" living near the Veldt Cave — it turned out to be a mistranslation from the Japanese line, which refers to a dinosaur and probably references the many dinosaur enemies there. It was popular around the same time as the resurrection of General Leo rumor, so the two are often linked.
      • A different dragon rumor, though, got a lot more traction: if, by some obscure method, you re-fight the Eight Dragons again in sequence, you can allegedly face off with a superboss called "Czar Dragon". This one has merit to it — the game's code does have a Czar Dragon, with its own stats, sprite, and even dialogue; you can also find evidence that the Eight Dragons could once be re-fought. The common myth about getting there (petrifying the Blue Dragon) turned out to be bunk, though. The GBA Updated Re-release does let you re-fight the Eight Dragons, after which you fight Kaiser Dragon, which is pretty much the same thing.note 
    • That Gogo is actually General Leo, Darill/Daryl, Emperor Gestahl, or a send-up of the politician Adlai Stevenson (the rumor including fake quotes from his works). The truth is, he's a homage to a Bonus Boss from Final Fantasy V, who may even be the same character. But since V didn't see an English release until the Anthology release on the PlayStation several years later, the explanation for who Gogo is was lost to English players.
    • That there are hidden Espers who grant various absurd and powerful spells if you can find them. They arose out of the presence of two empty spaces in the complete Magicite menu. They're there for a reason, though; one is vacated by the Odin Esper when it evolves into Raiden (destroying the original in the process), and the other is there to let you remove an Esper from a character. But this only encouraged rumors, fueling speculation that you can get Raiden without losing Odin. A popular one involves killing the dragon in the underground castle using Break; possessing all the Espers (including Odin and Raiden) is another claimed method to unlock the Czar Dragon battle. The GBA Updated Re-release includes four new Espers, though.
  • Final Fantasy VII has the following rumors:
    • That you can revive Aerith/Aeris. It's one of the most dramatic and shocking moments in video game history, so this naturally has an abundance of possible explanations. The game's producers categorically deny that there's a way to revive her, claiming that it would ruin the dramatic impact of her death. (Well, most of them. Supposedly, someone who actually works at Square Soft started this rumor in the first place, which may be what gave it so much credibility in the first place. Some players just wanted to believe.) And for proof, if you use a save game editor to reinsert her into your party, the game will crash or preemptively remove her at various points. But that didn't stop the tide of rumors, which include:
      • The use of the relatively-useless "Underwater" materia, which serves no purpose in the Japanese version and only removes a time limit during an optional boss fight in the other releases. It was said that if the materia AP is maxed (something that in itself takes months of level grinding), you can travel underwater in the area of the Forbidden City where she bites it and bring her back to life. It turns out that maxing the AP of the materia just sets it back to zero.
      • Another materia, reachable after she dies, which says, "You hear voices" upon activating, making it seem like she does special things with the White materia.
      • Being very nice to her in all of your dialogue options while being downright cruel to Tifa. It was rumored that doing so will make Tifa die instead during the infamous scene. It was also rumored that doing the reverse (being really mean to Aeris but really nice to Tifa) will make Tifa die instead.
    • That you can get infinite Gil. This cheat made the rounds not only on the Internet, but in magazines and printed video game hint books, over and over again, despite the fact that the method itself is insanely, obscurely stupid. It revolves around a nonexistent item (a "time card") and nonexistent town ("Manchuria"). And it's trivially easy to have more cash than you can ever spend; either abuse the duplication trick or find a mastered All materia (which most people will have lying around somewhere around Disc 2), and start selling.
    • That you can revive Zack. While not as popular as Aerith resurrection rumors, they're just as varied. The theories include:
      • That the sick Sephiroth clone you find living in a sewer pipe in Midgar is Zack, and that Aerith's mention of "Sorry, I'm too weak to heal him" means that you have to buff her up to ungodly levels and talk to him again. Given that the area is only accessible (with Aerith, anyway) for a brief period in which there are only fairly weak enemies to level-build on, one can only imagine the wasted hours and snapped controllers sacrificed to this rumor.
      • That you can use the 1/35 SOLDIER, Super Sweeper, and Masamune Blade (which are useless items you can win from the Speed Square at the Gold Saucer) on the ruined reactor in Gongaga. This one was printed in an issue of the UK's Powerstation magazine.
      • That it requires an item that can only be obtained by fighting the infinite Mooks at the end of the subway tunnel when heading to the second mako reactor for a solid hour.
    • That you can unlock Cloud's sister Gale. The explanation of this one is very detailed and even seems plausible until the very end, where her second Fourth Level Limit Break is "beating you to a pulp for believing such a stupid rumor." Naturally, this deterred no one. And a female Cloud (as opposed to just a crossdressing one) is more Hilarious in Hindsight at this point than anything, considering Square Enix has basically admitted that Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII is meant to mirror Cloud (she can even use some of his equipment as a pre-order bonus).
    • That you can find a White Chocobo, which could travel anywhere the Gold Chocobo can plus underwater. This often ties into other rumors, because doing so is said to lead you to the White materia, Aerith's body, or another WEAPON.
    • Due to the existence of Ruby and Emerald, fans began to speculate that there were possibly more WEAPONS lurking around the world map. The most ridiculous of these is Cheese WEAPON, which would presumably be fought in space. Someone even created a mock-up image of the enemy in question.
    • A rumor exists that in the Japanese version Aerith is secretly a prostitute, alluded to using Japanese metaphors and symbolism. This is not true.
  • Final Fantasy VIII has a popular fan theory that Ultimecia is Rinoa in the future and her Griever GF is Squall (somehow). Square Enix debunked the theory in the Ultimania Guides. It's based mostly on Rinoa's private talk with Squall aboard the Ragnarok in Disc 3 where she announces Ultimecia's goals as her own. While it's intended to be romantic, the way she carries on about making one moment last forever makes it easy to see where the rumor came from:
    I don't want the future. I want the present to stand still. I just want to stay here with you.
    • Other "justifications" from this rumor come from the name of the GF Ultimecia summons being the same as what the player names Rinoa's copy of Squall's Griever ring, but Ultimecia just got the name from reading Squall's mind.
  • Final Fantasy IX has the following rumors:
    • That you can get an alternate ending by beating the entire game in twelve hours. It is true that you can get the Excalibur II by reaching the final dungeon in twelve hours, but this one stretches credibility. Supposedly, the alternate ending involves a twenty-five year old Eiko killing Garnet and trapping Zidane in a crystal.
    • That if you name Garnet "Pleb", Steiner will give Vivi the Octagon Rod, a late-game weapon, much earlier than usual. There's no way to get the Octagon Rod until Disc 3.

    Pokémon 
  • There's always at least one Pokémon in each set of games that can't be captured during regular gameplay (requiring a limited-edition promotional item or GameShark to get). The rumors revolve around a hidden point and/or series of actions to take that allows you to get it.
    • The biggest proliferation happened with the first generation, which was released before sites like GameFAQs hit it big and enough fans were talented enough to dissect the game code. There are probably 73 different ways claimed to get a Mew. There actually is a working glitch to get Mew, but it was discovered in 2003, five years after the game's North American release, after most of the rumors had died down. In any event, the contemporary third generation Pokémon games can't even use a first-gen Mew due to compatibility limitations.
    • The Generation III (Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald) games are not exempt either. There is a persistent rumor that when the shuttle launch count in the Mossdeep City reaches a certain number (50 and 99 are two of the fairly popular numbers), you will be able to hitch a ride on one of the rockets. This will take you into space, where you can catch Deoxys or Jirachi.note  There's also an obscure urban legend about Celebi having a one in about two hundred million chance of appearing on a certain route in pre-order copies of the game, though due to the sheer improbability this one didn't circulate much.
  • While this has been the case since the first sequels were announced, these days Pokémon rumors focus more on the next generation of games rather than the current one — even before they're released. You've got fake magazine scans showing Pokémon that are supposed to (but obviously don't) exist in the next game, a fake Pikachu evolution that spread like wildfire across various Japanese Twitter feeds and tons and tons of lists of rumoured things supposedly in the next Pokémon game and told to the author by their friend/relative/someone who works on the development team.
  • The original games, Pokémon Red and Blue, have so many legitimate secrets and glitches that it was inevitable that this trope would come into play. Many of them have some grain of truth that are only becoming obvious now.
    • The most famous of them is the legitimate Missingno. glitch, which seems as insane and arbitrary as any of the rumors — unless you're versed in programming, because it's real. If you talk to a seemingly irrelevant tutorial NPC in Viridian City and then Surf along a specific beach in Cinnabar Island, you can make weird Pokémon show up, like Golbat and Snorlax over the level cap of 100, and glitched "Pokémon" called Missingno. and 'M.note  They're actually placeholder values in the game, and so catching them makes even weirder stuff happen - in-battle graphics are screwy, the Hall of Fame will be permanently glitched, and if you put it in a PC box you might not be able to ever retrieve it (depending on your name). Missingno. got so popular for another reason, however. The sixth item in your inventory will be cloned to 128 after encountering it or 255 after capturing it. This means with a little planning, you can create infinite numbers of rare and powerful items like Master Balls and Rare Candies, which makes the game laughably easy.
      But this isn't about what's true; it's about what's not true, and Missingno. spurred the creation of many myths of its own, including that it is meant to be in the game, acting as the proverbial joker in the deck. Some claimed that if it should be caught, it will erase your other Pokémon or even your saved games if certain conditions are met. It's supposedly named "Missingno." because your files are missing now.note 
      • Missingno. is also a complete Urban Legend of Zelda in most European countries, where when the versions were finally released, they patched some of the glitches, including the ones that lead to Missingno. Unfortunately for those European gamers, gaming publications (largely borrowing and translating from North America) didn't get the memo and left in the steps to get there, which now did nothing. The glitches that remain didn't help matters there.
      • An urban legend that cropped up many years after the original games' release involving Missingno. is that the 39 Missingno.s in data were supposed to be a specific set of second-gen Pokémon; largely because one internet user posted his personal theory of just that based on circumstantial evidence. That one developer outright said that Ho-Oh (part of the alleged set) was not created for the first generation goes largely ignored by proponents of this theory. In reality, though it appears to be true that Missingno. was the placeholder for scrapped first-gen Pokémon, there is no real evidence regarding what those Pokémon actually were, or even if any of them were ever used.
    • That you can break the level 100 Cap and buff a Pokémon all the way up to level 999 by trading it through all released translations of the game and then back to its original trainer. This arose out of the manuals for the European versions suggesting that players avoid trading Pokémon between versions of the game in different languages in order to preserve the data integrity of the save file.
    • That you can increase the chance of catching a Pokémon by mashing buttons in a specific way. This is another claim from the official Nintendo website. It's a common rumor throughout the generations, and although it certainly feels effective, it usually doesn't work. The random number generator can be manipulated slightly through button inputs, but this requires frame-perfect timing, so it's largely left to the speedrunners.
    • That there's something hidden in or underneath a truck in a secret harbor in Vermilion City. You can only access it by surfing around the S.S. Anne, which usually leaves never to return long before you get the Surf HM. Clever players avoided this, either by simply trading for the Cut HM from another game (avoiding the need to board the ship entirely), or by deliberately losing in battle (which automatically takes you to the last-visited Pokémon Center), which tricks the boat into remaining in harbor. While the truck contains no secrets, it became incredible fodder for rumors. Neither Nintendo nor Game Freak have ever officially explained its presence. That's not to say that the developers were above referencing it once the rumors took off; they hid a Lava Cookie there for the GBA remakes, and an NPC references it in a song lyric in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness:
    There's no Pokémon under a truck, maybe you'll just find a Muk.
    • That you can get the S.S. Anne to come back after it left. An NPC does claim that the ship would return in a year, but the original games have no way of telling the time beyond hours played.
    • That you can get Shellder to close into its shell and evolve into Gastly. This mostly followed from naïveté when people were just getting into Pokémon; the instruction manuals have a single empty spot between Shellder and Gastly in the Pokédex, which turned out just to be Cloyster.
    • Of secret evolutions, of which there are several.
      • One of the most famous is another April Fool's joke gone wrong, courtesy of Electronic Gaming Monthly, claiming that Dragonite can evolve into Yoshi with a certain trick.
      • A more insane April Fool's joke (courtesy of the official website of Nintendo of America itself) is that Lickitung can evolve into Luigi if you feed it a Rare Candy while holding your Game Boy upside down. It's particularly nonsensical because it requires Lickitung to be caught in Blue in a specific type of Poké Ball; the games didn't keep track of this until Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, and you can only obtain Lickitung in Blue through trade anyway. The sprite they showed for Luigi is also clearly just grayscaled artwork from the original Super Smash Bros., much higher-quality than the game's real sprites. Game Freak may have referenced this rumor as well when in the sixth generation, we were introduced to Inkay, a Pokémon that indeed does evolve when you hold your console upside-down.
      • Other rumors involve evolving Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise again into Sapusaur, Charcolt, and Rainer respectively. The methods of doing this vary from using the mythical "Mist Stone" on them to delaying their pre-evolved forms' evolutions enough times. One Pokémon FAQ site, asked "how do i get a charcolot?", responded with "Smash your game into exactly 1000 pieces and toss it in the trash. When you go to the city dump to retrieve it, it will be repaired and you will have charcolot." Ironically, Venusaur, Charizard, and Blastoise would be able to Mega Evolve starting in Generation VI.
      • "Mewthree" is so common that it's now a Fandom Berserk Button.note  It originally derives from screencaps of an armored Mewtwo in the anime, people thinking it to be a different Pokémon altogether. Mewtwo got two Mega Evolution forms in Gen VI, but people saw some screenshots before the concept of Mega Evolution was made public, reviving the rumor for a bit.
      • "Flareth" was said to be a fire-type who evolves from, depending on whom you ask, Flareon, Arcanine, Charizard, Rapidash, or the equally apocryphal "Dimonix" (or "Diminox", or "Dimondix" — itself supposedly evolved from Onix.)
    • Rumors abounded of secret areas where you can get rare Pokémon:
      • A grassy path can be seen continuing north from Bill's house, but you can't access it. It became commonly known as "Bill's Secret Garden", and it was said to contain extremely rare Pokémon, usually Mew, Togepi, or Pikablu. Others claimed it contains the starters Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur — they can't be caught anywhere else in the game (and as breeding didn't exist back then, most people wouldn't want to trade their starters just to complete the Pokédex). If you use a Game Shark to walk through walls, you can access it, but it's a patch the height of your character and as wide as Bill's house with nothing in it. In another fit of Ascended Fanon, there is a "secret garden" area in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, accessible only after completing the entire Pokédex (bar Legendaries) and containing many rare and unique Pokémon, including a shiny Haxorus.
      • A large patch of grass east of Pallet Town was rumored to be a direct path to Celadon City which contained the three starters and other rare Pokémon. You can't access it without a walk-through-walls exploit, and the grass contains no Pokémon; but it does have a bunch of Game Breaking glitches. And at least one strategy guide claims it's a legitimate "Route 26".
      • The Hall of Fame room, where Professor Oak records your victory over the Elite Four at the end of the game, is wide enough to seem to stretch past the screen borders, but you can't explore it. Legend has it that if you beat the Elite Four a ridiculous number of times, complete the Pokèdex, and fulfill various other equally insane conditions, Professor Oak will snap during the cutscene, yell "I'm sick of this!", and leave you there to explore the room, which was alleged to contain Mewthree. Like with Bill's Secret Garden, Gameshark has shown there's nothing there.
    • That there are other hidden Pokémon beyond the 151 actually in the game. They were often referred to as "Pokégods", and many of the rumors surrounding them involve talking to various NPCs a certain number of times to get them to say something different. note  It was also sometimes said that some of those Pokégods can be Killed Off for Real instead of fainting if they're KOed in battle, and at least one such rumor claimed that the Pokégods could do this to the player's save file. The developers did admit that 39 extra Pokémon were planned for Gen I but were removed; these placeholders became Missingno.
      • "Pikablu" is actually Marill, from Pokémon Gold and Silver — it was a real Pokémon, but from the next generation of games under development in Japan (and thus far from anybody's minds during the North American Pokécraze). The association with Pikachu is just a visual resemblance, but that one glimpse set the rumor mill in motion. The fact that the NPC who trades your Raichu for his Electrode says that "The Raichu you traded me went and evolved!" may have also added to the Pikablu rumor, as it seems to imply that Pikachu and Raichu have a secret third evolution. It's actually an error in translation — the original Japanese has you trade a Kadabra, which can evolve.
      • "Pikaflare" is a similar rumor; it's a supposed fire-type Pikachu, but it turned out to be derived from early concepts for what would eventually become Gen II's Cyndaquil.
      • Ho-Oh first appeared in Gen II, but it sparked a lot of rumors from its Early-Bird Cameo at the very beginning of the anime. This led many players to think it was available somewhere in the Gen I games. The developers claim Ho-Oh was not one of the 39 placeholder Pokémon.
      • Red and Blue have different Eevee evolutions for nearly all the elemental stones (Fire, Water, and Thunder), but none for the Leaf or Moon Stones. Rumors abounded of how you can get a new evolution through one of the new stones. One of the rumors of a "Moon" type evolution bore itself out through the Dark-type Umbreon, introduced in Generation II — but it evolves via Happiness at night and not via Moon Stone. The Grass-type Leafeon wouldn't show up until Gen IV (and it evolves by leveling up an Eevee in a particular area, rather than with a Leaf Stone — this keeps everything consistent in-universe).
      • "Tricket" is a supposed secret Bug Pokémon; the story goes that if you go through the game exclusively with various Bug Pokémon, Professor Oak will acknowledge your love for bugs and give you Tricket as a reward. The sequence as described is impossible; the required Pokémon cannot learn Surf or Strength, necessary to get into and through Victory Road. Diamond & Pearl did introduce the cricket Pokémon Kricketot and Kricketune many years later, though.
      • Many, many supposed "Pokégods" exist that seem to have been conjured up out of thin air. Two of the most famous are the supposedly very powerful Ghost-type Pokémon known as "Doomsay" and its evolution "Doomsday". Today, many assume those were somehow based on Houndour and Houndoom, but rumors about Doomsay and Doomsday seem to have been in circulation before the hellhounds were even created.
    • "Lavender Town Syndrome" refers to the town's music, which was rumored to cause such discomfort that it can lead to self-harm or suicide. Less morbid rumors tend to claim that the background music for the area contains high-pitched tones which unnerved younger players to such a degree that they were removed for the international releases. In actuality, although the music does contain some rather uncomfortably high-pitched notes, it remains the same between Japanese and international versions of the game.
  • Moving on to Generation II and Pokémon Gold and Silver, many of the rumors from there revolve around the differences between the two generations, including areas accessible in Gen I but not Gen II (such as the closed tunnel between Celadon City and Saffron City). In reality, there isn't quite enough room on the cartridge to squeeze in the entire Kanto region, so a handful of areas had to be cut or shrunk to fit.
  • Pokémon Black and White has the following rumors:
    • That there is a "swimming goggles" held item which increases accuracy and Special Attack and puts non-Water Pokémon using it to sleep. It was a popular rumor in early release stages, with the main reaction that Starmie would be overpowered now. Said item does not exist, nor does anything even similar to it.
    • That Bianca is the Champion. This was easily Jossed just by finishing the game, and an interview on GameFreak's website indicates that the ending as-is was intended from the start. But some fans still insist that it's true, claiming it was Dummied Out (unlikely) or a misinterpretation of her post-League team data as a Champion team. They also expected this to happen in the rumored third installment, in which she's still not the champion.
    • That you can drive a car. Actual cars do show up in the game, and one NPC talks about getting a driver's license, but you can't drive one yourself. It's a nice send-up of old Gen II rumors that you can ride your Pokémon rather than travel by bike, which becomes relevant in Pokémon X and Y and even more so in Sun and Moon.
    • That the previous player protagonist appears in the titles. Some rumors said Hilda is canonically the hero while others said that Hilbert appears if you play as Rosa and Hilda appears if you play as Nate. Nevertheless, the character is nowhere to be seen. The speculation might have come from Dummied Out data that has Hilbert and Hilda in the PWT.
    • That Arceus is hiding at the center of Abyssal Ruins. Persistent, but not true.
    • That Zekrom, Reshiram, and Victini can be shiny. Sadly, it's not true, but this hasn't stopped rumours that you can get a shiny one from Dragonspiral Tower. This probably arises out of the fact that they have shiny sprite data (so that the game doesn't crash if someone hacks them in). All three were available at Wi-Fi giveaways, which leads fans to believe their shiny versions may be available in such giveaways in the future; this is unlikely, though, as Zekrom and Reshiram are plot-critical legendaries in their respective versions. They can appear as shiny in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
  • Shortly after the announcement of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, someone noticed Nintendo registered a trademark for Delta Emerald, sparking more rumors. However, this is probably a blanket trademark; Nintendo has been doing this kind of thing for a long time,note  and it says nothing about whether or not they intend on actually making the game.
  • Hey You, Pikachu!:
    • The game has a persistent rumor that saying "PlayStation" or "SEGA" would make Pikachu angry. Neither word is in the game's voice recognition library.
    • A 2005 April Fool's prank started a rumor of a remake for the Nintendo DS that introduced a new Pokémon called "Korechu".
  • From Pokémon X and Y:
    • The game allows you to tip certain NPCs after conversations, your choice of nothing, 100, 500, or 1000 in-game currency. Allegedly, tipping 1000 all the time increases your chance of getting a Shiny Pokémon to appear in the wild, but nothing has ever been conclusively proven.
    • There were rumors of a second new Eeveelution - typically considered a Dragon-type - given that new Eeveelutions had previously only come in pairs and that Nintendo hadn't promoted Glaceon or Leafeon two generations prior. (Presumably, Sylveon was promoted due to it being of a then-new type, a trait that so far is only shared with Umbreon.) Within a few weeks of the games' release, no one was able to find anything, and the speculation died down.
  • Nidoqueen and Nidorina cannot breed and have never been able to from the very start, for some unexplained reason. This sparked rumors that you can use a Nidoqueen to breed an incredibly powerful Pokémon if some conditions are met. (Almost every version of this rumor claims that you need a Nidoking as the breeding partner, but can't agree on what the other conditions are.) Gamefreak itself has confirmed that this is false; Nidoqueen cannot breed, period. (At least not in the games; the anime is a different story, and they break the rules of the games anyway).
  • Pokémon is a frequent subject of creepypasta, particularly original Red and Green versions.
    • Lavender Town is frequently the subject of these stories, particularly as it involves ghosts and creepy music and the like. One particularly absurd example that somehow got so common that it had to specifically be debunked was that, in the original Pokémon Green, the boss of the Pokémon Tower was a zombie Trainer called "Buried Alive", who would delete the player's save file, win or lose. (Never mind how nobody could ever get the actual ending if this had even been remotely true.) It's become such a cliché, the Creepypasta Wiki won't even accept them anymore.
    • Pokémon Black (not to be confused with one-half of Pokémon Black and White) was a rumored bootleg cartridge or romhack. It gives you a "ghost" Poké that you can never switch out of your party, which no opponents can attack, and whose only move, "Curse", is almost always a One-Hit KO. If you fight a trainer, each curse causes the ball containing your opponent's mon to disappear from his roster. When he has no Pokémon left, you can now curse him directly; doing so causes him to disappear forever (or turn into an Instant Gravestone). When you beat the Elite Four, you get a Flash Forward to yourself as an old man, you see a vision of every mon and trainer you cursed, and your ghost turns on you and subjects you to a Hopeless Boss Fight. When your HP hits zero, it curses you; the screen turns black and will not change. If you reset the game, your save file will be erased.
  • Pokémon Go comes with very little in the way of explanation beyond "throw balls at Pokémon to catch them", meaning that rumour is absolutely rife.
    • The game doesn't have evolution stones, so Eevee simply chooses an "eeveelution" randomly when evolved. It was eventually determined that naming them Rainer, Sparky, Pyro, Sakura, or Tamao (for Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Espeon, and Umbreon respectively) allows you to control its evolution, but only once for each name. In the meantime, rumors proliferated over how to control and/or predict its evolution (based on the Eevee's moveset, color of the nearest gym, etc.). Rumors persist about other ways to control its evolution—since the name trick only works once—but none have been proven to work.
    • There was also a rumour for a while that the local-area Mon detector flashes green when you are facing towards the one you've highlighted; that turned out to actually be its reset animation.
    • Another myth involves sending Nintendo proof you're disabled so they'll tweak the settings so Pokémon came to you rather than the other way around; even if that were a thing, Niantic Labs—who made the game—would be the entity to contact, not Nintendo.
    • A few Pokémon are exclusive to specific continents, so naturally there are rumors about how to get one from some other continent (without trading, which wasn't available at release). Most revolve around doing something tricky with 5km eggs, since they can hatch region-exclusives, so there might be some bizarre way to make them hatch an exclusive mon from some other part of the world. No such trick has been proven to work, other than hacking your GPS (a good way to get banned). The rumors were eventually jossed by Niantic's CEO.
    • One might expect rumors about how to catch legendaries, especially Mew; but such claims were quickly disproven, as it became clear that they cannot spawn normally and have to be event-based. Instead, the rumor-mill went wild over Ditto, a non-legendary who was mysteriously absent from the game at release. The most sane theory is that it was region-exclusive to South America (where the game's release was delayed for some time), but this turned out to be wrong. Other ideas range from somewhat believable—a glitch where a Pokémon appears to change species when caught supposedly means it's actually a Ditto—to the strange and convoluted: one theory claims that because a rainbow appearing in the first anime episode with Ditto seems to lack a few colors, and most of the colors it does have appear as a decorative feature in PoGo's menu, that somehow this is part of an elaborate puzzle to make Ditto appear. Eventually, Ditto was simply added in an update with the gimmick of appearing to be a different Pokémon until after being caught.
    • When the Buddy update came out, some people claimed they occasionally got extra candies, in addition to the normal one every 1, 3, or 5 kilometers. This one appears to be real, though it probably happens completely at random (despite rumors that it's triggered by an egg hatching, or some other unrelated thing), and it's unknown whether the bonus candies are intentional or a bug.
  • From Pokémon Sun and Moon: During the game's development, several leaks (primarily those from CoroCoro) stated that Rockruff shares something in common with the starters. Many took this to mean that the starters would have branching evolutions similar to Rockruff/Lycanroc, which would have been a first for the series. This turned out to be a mistranslation and it simply said that they both have secrets, though it is unknown what "secret" the leaks were referring to in the case of the starters.

    Sonic 
  • A rumor that Sonic Lost World has a secret ending spawned from a supposed quote from a Sega employee and people's disappointment in the story's end. After the employee implied it was a misquote and the most obvious methods for unlocking a new ending yielded nothing, the rumor died down, being replaced with the rumors of a direct sequel to the game.
  • Sonic Generations had persistent rumors of new DLC stages, which turned out not to be true (barring the downloadable Casino Night Zone pinball minigame).
  • There was a rumor of a Wii U exclusive sequel to Generations, Sonic Dimensions, which would make up for Generations not being released on Wii or Wii U (due to the Wii's low power and the Wii U being released too late for the anniversary). The 25th anniversary game was delayed from 2016 to 2017 so it could be released on Nintendo's new console, although in that case it's not a console exclusive.
  • There were a few rumors about some bizarre secret levels in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. They do exist (kind of), but they were Dummied Out mid-development. Urban legends arose out of extant music and screenshots. The Android/iOS version of the game includes the most famous of these levels, Hidden Palace Zone, as a secret level; with a cheat code, you can also unlock the original incomplete version from the leaked beta as an Easter Egg.
  • Sonic & Knuckles is the subject of numerous rumors, including:
    • That you can play as Knuckles in Sonic 1, Ecco the Dolphin and Streets of Rage 2. This was a relatively common magazine hoax as people were experimenting with connectivity between games. Australian magazine SEGA Megazone even claimed you can play as Tails in Sonic 1 as well. These days, you can play as Knuckles (and Tails) in the Android/iOS exclusive 2013 Sonic 1 enhanced port. Sega did originally want to make Sonic & Knuckles connectable with Sonic 1, but they couldn't get the Knuckles sprite to work in game, because many sprites share Sonic's palette and would look weird should it be overwritten with Knuckles'.
    • That you can unlock something cool if you play all the Blue Sphere levels with Sonic 1 connected. That "something" can be playing as Hyper Tails, Metal Sonic, or Robotnik. There are over 100 million Blue Sphere levels — assuming you're able to solve each one in two minutes, it would take roughly 400 years of solid play to finish them all. And nothing would happen anyway.
    • That Michael Jackson was involved in the game's soundtrack. Masato Nakamura of Dreams Come True composed the music for the first two games, but didn't return for the third game due to a money issue. When fans noticed the musical similarities between some of the game's tracks and some of Jackson's songs, they put two and two together, and the rumor wrote itself. This was later confirmed a decade later; Jackson is uncredited in the final version. Now the rumor is over whether Jackson himself pulled out because he was dissatisfied with how the soundtrack came out, or whether Sega did it themselves to distance themselves from his scandals.
    • That you can defeat the miniboss of Angel Island Act 1, who makes an early appearance in the level to set the whole place on fire; you can jump on it while it's present, causing it to flash with the "hitting a boss" noise, and it was presumed you can destroy it if you're fast enough. Doing so supposedly lets you play the rest of the level without the fire effects. It's not possible, and even if it were, that doesn't take care of the other robots flying around during that scene doing the same thing.
  • Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2:
    • These games gave us Chao, a breed-able Ridiculously Cute Critter (and the craze that followed). Some rumors immediately after release, such as getting Chaos Chao or Knuckles' Air Necklace, turned out to be true, so more rumors followed, including the presence of any number of "secret unlockable items." The most infamous of these is the Chao Cookie, a Rare Candy that greatly boosts your Chao's stats, and is only obtainable after collecting all of the emblems. There is also a rumor that collecting all the emblems allows you to buy the "White Market", which is like the Black Market but includes really rare Chao egg colors.
    • "Dark Sonic" arose from glimpses of Shadow during the first game's promotion; people spun incredible stories about the character. Sega wouldn't reveal him outright until right before the game's release.
  • Since the dawn of Sonic, but especially pre-Internet, a popular schoolyard rumor suggested that cheat codes can give Sonic a variety of firearms, from pistols to rocket launchers. The sheer persistence of these rumors (and requests to Sega) led to Shadow using them in his own game; unlike Sonic, it would be in-character for him.
  • In the demo for Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), a gem known as the "Rainbow Gem" is featured in the store but can't be purchased, teasing the idea it is in the final game and might give Sonic the ability to become Super Sonic. When the final game was released, multiple rumors sprouted that one has to beat the Hard Mode stages, finish every stage in a certain time, or finish every stage with a near-perfect or perfect score. As it turns out, Sega dummied it out so they could release the game early.
  • In Sonic Heroes, it was rumored that you can play as Metal Sonic by achieving an A rank in every stage, as you can in Sonic Adventure DX. A further rumor suggests that rather than a simple re-skin, doing so will unlock a "Team Metal" who chases Team Sonic through difficult stages like in a time trial. The only unlockable mode in Sonic Heroes is a hard mode.
  • This kind of thing is so prevalent in the Sonic fandom that parodies have been made of the whole phenomenon:
    • Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Special Edition is a supposed Updated Re-release of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 which never finished beta testing. Docfuture made a Let's Play, purporting it to be the only surviving evidence of its existence. In fact, Docfuture made up the game specifically for the LP, building it from an anachronistic mishmash of ROM hacks and complete nonsense. He cites the real rumors surrounding Sonic 2 as the inspiration for Sonic 2: Special Edition, going so far as to make a fictitious TV ad in which one of the game's developers says that they "added a shitload of secrets into this thing".
    • UltraJMan made an LP of the "Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Beta Edition", featuring such things as Sonic riding a motorcycle, a boss fight with the Tails Doll, and an implied homosexual relationship between Sonic and Tails. The game is, of course, fanmade, but JMan spends the whole LP pretending that it's an official release.
  • From the mid '90s up until the release of Sonic Adventure 2, there floated around rumors of a game called "Sonic and Knuckles RPG"; it wound up on a few "Coming Soon" lists around the time the first Sonic Adventure was unveiled to the public, due to confusion over talking points (Adventure was said to contain RPG elements). When Sonic Adventure 2 was announced, there was some speculation that it was the project that Sonic and Knuckles RPG evolved into. As of this writing, there exists no evidence of a scrapped or retooled Sonic RPG developed in that time frame. And while Sonic Battle does have a few RPG elements in it, it's unlikely that the game is the rumored RPG. It took another 5 years beyond that (and 7 from the release of Adventure 2) for Sonic to finally appear in an RPG.

    Super Mario 
  • Super Mario Bros., the original North American NES game, had the following rumors:
    • That you can access a secret World 10-1. That turned out to be false, but thanks to how NES games are programmed, you can use a Game Genie to access a world labeled "10-1", a version of World 1-1 with botched graphics.
    • That there is a "no death" trick. Holding down the B button on the second controller supposedly turns Mario invincible. (Most people pulled this off by stepping on the second controller.) That one turned out to be false as well.
    • That something great will happen if you jump over a flagpole. It is possible to do in World 3-3 by using the scale lift at the end, but there's nothing past the flagpole except featureless, infinitely repeating landscape. Then you just have to wait for the timer to kill Mario, because the Ratchet Scrolling won't let you go back. Several levels in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels do continue past the flagpole, but this often leads to the infamous backward Warp Zones.
    • That if you beat the original NES game twice in a row, you can play Super Mario Bros. 2. Chalk this up to a misunderstanding from the mid-1980s; beating the game once unlocks a New Game+ which makes the game somewhat harder by replacing all Goombas with much tougher Buzzy Beetles, and people mistook this revised second-run to be the game's actual sequel. They failed to understood that if SMB2 had already been completed, Nintendo would just release it separately. Not to mention that the New Game+ unlocks a level select as well — if Super Mario Bros. 2 were made already, why not just skip to it right away by skipping to and beating World 8-4?
    • A similar rumor held that the game got more and more difficult with each subsequent completion, with Bowsers eventually replacing every Goomba or equally far-out scenarios (in reality, beating 8-4 in "hard" mode just repeats "hard" mode again).
    • One of Jeff Rovin's How To Win At Nintendo Games books mentions a rumor about a hidden "Chocolate Factory" level. None of his later works explains how to supposedly access it.
  • Super Mario World had several urban legends, and the rise of Lunar Magic modding perpetuated many more. The rumors include:
    • That there is a secret "97th level". Ways to get there range from getting a string of Dragon Coins in the right order in certain levels or collecting all Dragon Coins in every level. No such level exists — there are 96 exits (not levels, since red levels have two exits each) in total, including those from all secret levels. Shigeru Miyamoto even denied the existence of any such level in an early 2000s interview.
    • That completing the Special World a second and third time past the actual Autumn overworld change will change it to Winter and Spring. A hack does exist that changes the graphics to include snow and ice everywhere, but there is no such feature in the official game.
    • That there is a "Moon World", which you can supposedly access from the Star World or one of the Vanilla Dome levels. Many confuse it with the Star World itself, or Special World, perpetuating the rumor. It was mentioned in an issue of the Australian Club Nintendo Magazine from the early 1990s, and you can visit the moon in other Mario games, including Super Mario Land 2 and, to a lesser extent, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.
    • That you can find a "Laser Suit" (and a congratulatory message from Nintendo) through a secret level. This one was perpetuated by this YouTube video, uploaded in 2007, which looked very legitimate at the time. The uploader never responded to comments, and these days consensus believes that it's a well-made hack using Lunar Magic, but the video still fools the uninitiated.
    • A level described in the Creepypasta "I HATE YOU." It is supposedly accessed through a whirlpool after a secret exit from the Sunken Ghost Ship and featuring horrors such as blind Boos, bloody Banzai Bills, bloody graffiti such as "I hate you" and "Why Won't You Die?", bloody Thwomps, zombie Marios, and creepy Super Mushrooms, ending with Mario finding out that Luigi was working for Bowser and being forced to kill him.
  • Super Mario 64 was rife with these rumors. They include:
    • That you can ride and control Yoshi. Yoshi himself appears in the game as an easter egg upon collecting all 120 Power Stars, and a Yoshi egg texture exists in the game (complete with animation), but the feature was never actually included in the final version. Yoshi would eventually be rideable in Super Mario Sunshine, and would later appear in Super Mario 64's DS remake as a fully playable standalone character (and he actually hijacks Mario's role as main protagonist, demoting him to an unlockable character).
    • That "L is real 2401" means something. This refers to an inscription on a fountain in the Big Boo courtyard (pictured above). It's illegible, but the rumors are that it reads, "L is real 2401." "L" is commonly thought to refer to Luigi, and one theory is that "2401" references the North American release date of Paper Mario 64 (which is February '5, 2001).note  It's actually a generic plaque texture that was later reused in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. (Some think it says "Eternal Star", which would make the board from Mario Party a reference to this, but the texture is too blurry to tell either way.)
    • That you can get a Hammer Bro Mario. This was actually a joke referencing the Hammer Suit from Super Mario Bros. 3, which was a secret at the time.
    • That Luigi is a playable character. (After all, "L is real 2401"). This one, though, has a grain of truth to it; he was supposed to be in the game but he was later removed. The rumor was perpetuated by Dan Owsen, who didn't even claim it was real; he just had great fun in conspiratorially refusing to answer questions about it. A suspiciously vague denial, you could say. Luigi would become a playable character in the Video Game Remake Super Mario 64 DS, along with Yoshi and Wario... which led to a rumor that you cam unlock Waluigi. An extra door in the character select room (which really just houses a hidden star) didn't help matters.
    • That there are other types of powerups, resulting in such features as Ninja Mario, Fire Mario, and Naked Mario.
    • That you can find Bowser's submarine after it vanishes.
    • That you can climb the Endless Stairs without 70 stars, either by trying for an obscenely long time or by jumping at exactly the right moment. It is possible, but it requires a glitch that rockets Mario up the stairs faster than the screen can scroll. (To be specific, you're being warped backwards constantly, so if you go fast enough, you'll rocket past the part that warps you back, and you'll make it to the top). Of course, it's very unlikely that the developers intended that. You can see it in action in this zero-star speedrun.
    • That it was originally supposed to be a SNES game. This one derives from a Nintendo Power article where Shigeru Miyamoto claimed to be working on a 3D Mario game at the same time as the original Star Fox game. It would have been called Super Mario FX, which turned out to be a misunderstanding based on the fact that the Super FX chip was codenamed MARIO; supposedly, it would have powered the game (and it did power Star Fox). The Super FX 2 chip is utilized by Yoshi's Island, which contains Mario, but that's an entirely 2D game that uses the chip for its enhanced sprite-manipulation features.
  • Super Mario Sunshine:
    • It was rumored that if you collect all the Shine Sprites, Mario can fight Waluigi, who is holding Luigi captive in a cage. Winning the battle makes Luigi a playable character. We shouldn't need to tell you this is false.
    • There is a book hidden in Noki Bay. There have existed many rumors on how to retrieve it and what it does. In reality, it doesn't do anything and can't be interacted with. The book is actually an unused asset that was left in the game. It was meant to be used in a mission to get a Shine Sprite, but the way of retrieving the Sprite was ultimately changed to getting 8 red coins instead. A rumor also exists that in the Japanese version of the game the book was used in a level that was removed internationally. Another one claims that the book has a message reading "You have no life - Signed, Shigeru Miyamoto". Both of these are false.
    • There have been rumors on how to get a green Yoshi, due to official artwork and early videos showing it. Green Yoshis were Dummied Out.
  • One of the companions from Paper Mario 64, Bow, can be interacted with in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, while another, Parakarry, appears in a cutscene at the beginning of the game and can't be interacted with. This, on its own, started rumours that all companions from the first game, rather than just those two, are there as well. This was before hackers discovered Dummied Out sprite sets for the lot of them.
  • In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, in World 5-1: Shy Guy Jungle, one of the things Mario can find in the pile of trash is a serial key: "XD3R-B8HH-9ZR2-FL16". Some say that this is an actual serial key for something, but nobody knows what it's for. It's not a Club Nintendo or eShop code, because both display the "wrong code" message instead of the "code has already been entered" message.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 had a very popular rumor of a ninth world hidden in the game, reached by such arcane methods as finding and using the "Golden Whistle". There is a "World 9" in the game, but it refers to the Warp Zone, which is hidden but hardly a mystery. This was likely fueled by a combination of not paying attention and the fact that the boxes of SMB3 have screenshots of a level that doesn't entirely match any of those appearing in the finished game. It's worth noting, though, that there are real hidden levels in the game, but they're largely unfinished prototypes only playable via a hack or cheat device.
  • Yoshi's Story has "Purple Yoshi," a ninth Yoshi color. Allegedly, you unlock it by collecting every single coin from every single level, from the ones buried in the ground to the ones only found by using a Super Happy Fruit. Some unofficial hint manuals even printed the rumor. The only hidden Yoshi colors are white and black, but the game did have a purple and brown Yoshi in the beta phase; they never made the final product.
  • In any game where Luigi is not playable, there will be rumors of how to unlock him. But in games where Luigi is the main character and Mario is not playable, the situation is reversed; this includes games like Luigi's Mansion and New Super Luigi U. Interestingly enough, Luigi's Mansion includes a Dummied Out Mario model, fit to Luigi's structure with a lot of his animations. Going by the filename, it was probably a scrapped boss.
  • Ashley from WarioWare is usually stated as being eight in Japan but a teen internationally. In Japan, her age is never stated.
  • In 2007, a YouTube video popped up that supposedly shows that you can unlock a galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy and play it on your Nintendo DS. While the DS can connect to the Wii for some games, it doesn't have the graphical capabilities for this. The hoax is very well executed, though, and people believed it.
  • Mario Sports Mix has had many gaming sites say that if you beat all the minigames (or "Party Games" as the game calls them) in a certain order, you'll unlock Rosalina as a playable character. Not true in the slightest.
  • Various sites have claimed that Luigi's Mansion was going to be a Darker and Edgier game in its development, with some claiming that it would be the first T-rated Mario game. The claim is that the game would have a time limit; if time expired and Luigi hadn't found Mario, Mario and the mansion would disappear, and the ghosts would possess Luigi. However, the game was always intended to be family-friendly. The time limit was never intended as part of the gameplay; it was just a way of regulating play on the demos. Probably not helped by the game's bizarre commercial claiming you have "one night to save Mario" which likely refers to the game being set over the time period of a single night; this has no baring on actual gameplay.
    • Related is the existence of a hunter ghost in the Safari Room that was Dummied Out. Unlike other ghosts left out of the finished game there is no evidence in the coding there was ever going to be such a ghost. We can blame Nintendo Power for this one.

    Action-Adventure/Action/Adventure 
  • Older Than the NES: Numerous rumors surrounded the works of Ultimate Play the Game, later known as Rare. Most famously, the cover of Lunar Jetman features a moon buggy towing a trailer. The game features the buggy, but not the trailer. Or does it? Rumours abounded about what the player has to do to unlock access to the trailer. Crash magazine published a screenshot sent in by a reader showing that he had achieved this feat, but the screenshot was a fake — the trailer doesn't exist.
  • Many games featuring Third Person Seductresses are subject to "nude code" rumors, most famously Tomb Raider's Lara Croft.
    • As Game Players Magazine put it: "Nude Raider. We know it doesn't exist. Thanks to this, you can spend hours futilely trying to get a woman to take her clothes off. Talk about realism!"
    • Of course, it was only a matter of time before the PC Game Mod community made the dream reality(?).
    • One of these (for Dead or Alive: Extreme Beach Volleyball) was the subject of one of Electronic Gaming Monthlys infamous April Fool's Day jokes.
    • IGN 64 played a similar April Fool's prank in its early years with IGN64.com claiming the secret for a Vanna White nude code in Wheel of Fortune 64.
    • An ad in an American game magazine around the release of Tomb Raider 3 for the game said something to the effect of "We've improved on everything you asked about... but sorry, still no nude code."
    • Arguably the Ur-Example of the Nude Code is the classic Australian magazine N64 Gamer. Then-deputy editor Narayan Pattison superimposed a topless picture of Elle MacPherson into a screenshot of GoldenEye (1997), with the caption "Write in and we may give you the nude code." The magazine received over 2000 responses from people asking for the nude code, and people were still asking for it over six months after the rumour was bluntly dispelled.
    • In Mortal Kombat II, the female characters were rumored to have "nude-alities". Heck of it is, it actually sounded somewhat plausible at the time. Mortal Kombat had already pissed off plenty of parents, why not take it to the next level?
    • Parodied by This Is Otakudom, where they find a working nude code for Space Channel 5, ("Dude, they have screen shots") but later realized that it's actually codes for Mario.
      Mario: It'sa me! Mario!
    • Mega Man Legends was rumored to have a nude code. This was entirely spun out of misunderstanding a scene where Mega Man accidentally walks in on Roll in the shower; the only thing you see is Mega Man's embarrassed expression. People who hadn't seen the scene assumed this means the player can see Roll naked.
  • Due to a number of odd "clues" in the game, a number of people are searching Shadow of the Colossus for hidden secrets and a "17th colossus" that keeps coming up in discussion despite absolutely no evidence or reason for it. Via emulation, glitches, hacks, and probably caffeine, a few members of the official forums have discovered some interesting Dummied Out sections of the map, but no 17th colossus.
  • Buck Bumble had a cheat actually published as legitimate cryptically called "Dark Stinger", which has you input a long button combination before the opening logos appear.
  • Rock Raiders has an annoying rumor of three cheat codes. Extensive searching and hacks have shown that they do not exist (though you can mod in what they are supposed to do), yet the rumor persists.
  • An interesting example is in The Art of Theft, by Ben Croshaw. As a Self-Imposed Challenge, the player can put on a special outfit that makes them more visible to guards, thus making the game more difficult. There is a rumor that if you complete the bonus mission (all seven of the previous levels in a row) using this outfit, it unlocks a minigame. What you actually get is a message that assumes you heard the rumor already and encourages you to continue telling people that the minigame exists.
    • In a similar vein, beating Shift 3 unlocks Fancy Pants Man as a playable character; reviewers are encouraged by the game's ending message to identify the unlockable character as Mel Gibson instead.
  • Players initially believed that the dormant volcano in the first area of Uru: Ages Beyond Myst can be entered somehow, allowing access to the D'ni civilization. This isn't true in the original game; the volcano isn't fully solid, and the attempting to climb it will dump you out of the level. A fan mod not only made the volcano climbable, but also imported data from Myst V to explore.
  • The Commodore 64 graphic adventure game named Castle Of Terror gained a reputation for being Nintendo Hard because it seemed to be impossible to kill Count Dracula at the end of the game. A gaming magazine published an account from a gamer who claimed to have been able to do it, but the gamer himself proved mysteriously uncontactable when attempts were made to verify his claims. Many years later, the designers confessed the game was in fact Unwinnable by Design and it was impossible to kill Dracula.
  • More from the Tomb Raider series:
    • There is a rumor that there are unreleased versions of Tomb Raider II and Tomb Raider III on the Sega Saturn and Sega Dreamcast, respectively. The two games are believed to contain various unused assets not included in other releases. These range from different outfits, unused weapons, better lighting (in the case of Tomb Raider III), and even unreleased levels, such as the entire Peru section that was cut from the final version of Tomb Raider III.
    • There was a rumour going round that you can find the Dagger Of Xian hidden away in Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness. Apparently, have had to find a secret room hidden in the Aquatic Research Area to acquire it. Needless to say, neither the room nor the dagger exists.
    • In Tomb Raider 3, the only way to get Lara's butler Winston off her case (seeing as he follows her everywhere when she's at home, even when she tries to shower) is to lure him into the walk-in refrigerator and lock him in side. This has led to a few rumors that if you do that and leave him in there long enough, he'll be dead (or possibly frozen solid) when you do open it. Won't happen.

    Beat 'Em Up/Fighting 
Fighting games are especially susceptible to this sort of thing, because many have Loads and Loads of Characters to make up their fighting roster, and people like to speculate who might be a Secret Character.
  • An early Electronic Gaming Monthly April Fool's joke insisted that Simon Belmont of the Castlevania games is a secret character in the NES port of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game. After they got called on it, they "promised" never to do something like that again — while showing a picture of the Battletoads in the first NES Double Dragon (which predated it by years). They couldn't know that later Rare really would make a game called Battletoads and Double Dragon.
  • Street Fighter's Sheng Long, a supposed True Final Boss, is perhaps the most famous "fake" secret character. He's got a long history, which goes from Mondegreen to Ascended Fanon:
    • He was first mentioned in Ryu's win quote in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior: "You must defeat Sheng Long to stand a chance." This is Good Bad Translation; "Sheng Long" is not a character, but rather the Chinese name for Ryu's Dragon Punch (or Shoryuken). The quote should be more like: "You must overcome my Dragon Punch to stand a chance against me."
    • Capcom's American division, not knowing what to make of this, used the name "Sheng Long" for Ryu and Ken's master. He was even given this name in the manual for the SNES Street Fighter II, under Ryu and Ken's profiles. Then in Japan, Capcom called the character "Gouken", and all subsequent mentions of the character in the U.S. were changed.
    • In 1992, Electronic Gaming Monthly (of course) published this rumor as true as an April Fools' Day joke. In their version, you have to play as Ryu and win every fight without getting hit once. Then you have to go ten rounds against M. Bison without either player landing a hit. At that point, Sheng Long will step in and challenge you; if you beat him, you unlock Sheng Long. It's Nintendo Hard, and EGM knew it. (EGM would repeat the joke five years later for Street Fighter III: New Generation, complete with more doctored screenshots and even character artwork.)
    • Not long after, the character Akuma made his first appearance in Super Street Fighter II: Turbo. His appearance and abilities are very similar to those of Sheng Long, but Capcom would never confirm or deny that he was supposed to be Sheng Long. It was then revealed that Akuma is Gouken's brother.
    • Capcom considered adding him to the arcade version of Street Fighter: The Movie; they even had a mo-cap actor picked out and established some backstory, but he was scrapped. The game's lead designer Alan Noon discussed it here.
    • Finally, for April Fools' Day 2008, the official Japanese development blog for Street Fighter IV teased Sheng Long as a playable character. By this point, most players cynically dismissed it as a joke. But a couple of weeks later, Capcom revealed that Gouken would become a character in the game (playable on the console version) — and in some form or another, he has every move EGM described back in 1992. As for Sheng Long himself, the blog had this to say:
    Sheng-Long is still now, and always will be, truly a character of legend.
  • Other Street Fighter rumors:
    • Street Fighter II had a persistent rumor that the SNES port has a "Boss Code" that lets you play as the four boss characters. People extrapolated this from the ability to play as characters in their Champion Edition colors, which can't be done in the arcade, and the bosses have those colors too. The only way to play as the bosses is to hack the game, as in this South American bootleg version.
    • Ryu and Ken's "Red Hadoken" in Street Fighter II was variously considered a glitch or an Easter Egg; no one could really figure out how to perform it, though. (Akira Nishitani later revealed that it is indeed an Easter egg.) It's possible to do this deliberately in Super Street Fighter II.
    • A common schoolyard rumor was of Mortal Kombat-style fatalities in Street Fighter II; there is no such thing. The most popular was a move that shoots blood at the opponent, which will One-Hit Kill them if they have a different blood type.
    • Street Fighter Alpha 3 had a rumor that it is possible for a fighter to purposely throw the fight in a unique way, particularly Balrog the boxer (Mike Bison in Japan). Through various arcane controller inputs, you can have Balrog bite his opponent (as Mike Tyson had recently done in Real Life) until the fight is called. Street Fighter IV uses one of those inputs (full joystick rotation and all three punch buttons simultaneously) for Balrog's new Ultra Combo, which doesn't involve biting but does involve other things not allowed in boxing (stomping the opponent's foot, headbutting, and elbowing them in the face).
  • Super Smash Bros. has an incessant rumor mill regarding the character roster with each new release. This was especially true after Brawl introduced Solid Snake, the series' first non-Nintendo character. This is enough that after Brawl, communities sprang up just for hacking new characters into the game. Some of the rumored characters:
    • Veritable Urban Legend of Zelda factory Electronic Gaming Monthly claimed that Melee features Sonic and Tails as unlockable characters (and gave a very nearly impossible method to unlock them). None of this is true, but it was so hard to pull this off that few gamers found out the hard way before EGM came clean. The rumors carried over to Brawl; Sonic made it, but we're still waiting on Tails.
    • This suggests if you make Kirby suck up Mewtwo and then jump off a cliff, you'll get Mewthree. It's adorable.
    • Another Melee hoax had made the rounds suggesting that you can get Toad by shooting every single name during the Mini-Game Credits, an incredibly difficult feat that absolutely no one has gone on record as having done. Needless to say this isn't true, and the only screenshots offered were (rather obvious) photoshops, but it did gain some traction in certain circles.
    • It was rumored that it is possible to unlock the opponent-only characters in the original Smash (Giant DK, Metal Mario, Master Hand, or the Fighting Polygons). You can use a Gameshark to play as them, but the game will freeze at the end of the match because none of them have an animation for the post-match "applause" screen. The same thing happens in Melee if you use Debug Mode to play as any of its normally unplayable enemy characters (Giga Bowser, the Wire Frames, Master Hand, and Crazy Hand).
    • Mega Man was rumored to be in Brawl alongside fellow third-party characters Snake and Sonic. When he didn't make it, scuttlebutt was that there was some sort of falling-out between Nintendo and Capcom that prevented it. Keiji Inafune claims Nintendo never asked for permission and that if they had, he would have allowed it in a heartbeat. Mega Man (and fellow Capcom character Ryu from Street Fighter) would make it to Smash 4.
    • Bomberman was rumored to be in Brawl; it was so pervasive that The Other Wiki removed a legitimate screenshot (at least in terms of roster) of the select screen because Bomberman wasn't on it.
    • Bowser Jr. was rumored to outright replace the Ice Climbers for Brawl. Though this was false, the Ice Climbers did end up being cut as playable characters in Smash 4, while Bowser Jr. was among the cast of newcomers. It's highly unlikely there's any sort of connection, though.
    • Ridley is another long-rumored character, but he's never made it in as a playable character; only as a boss in Brawl and Smash 4.
    • Rayman was rumored to appear thanks to a painstakingly faked leak, before the leak's creator stepped forward and detailed the process.
  • Other Super Smash Bros. rumors:
    • IGN joked that an Expansion Pack for Brawl would be offered as part of a fake service called "Wii Expand". The supposed expansion in question is called Super Smash Bros. Brawl X: Extreme, and it was said to be geared towards an adult audience, with gore and decapitations abound. Here is the footage of the supposed expansion pack in action, as well as an offscreen version.
    • There are persistent rumours that the otherwise useless Goldeen will use Horn Drill under certain conditions.
    • Brawl was rumored to have Assist Trophies for Rosalina, Duster, and Sothe. Either it was a hoax similar to an even more infamous one that would later pop up in Smash 4 involving Chunky Kong (detailed below), or the people who reported their sightings may have mistaken other Assist Trophies for them (likely mistaking Gardevoir for Rosalina, and either Saki Amamiya or Isaac for Sothe).
    • Smash 4 has a fake screencap going around which shows Palutena saying that Pit in his debut looked like "a one-night stand between Missingno. and a garden gnome." This kind of dialogue wouldn't appear in an E10+-rated game, and it's also in the wrong location. But enough people thought it was real that it got well over 10 thousand notes on Tumblr.
    • In the run-up to Smash 4, it was rumored that Chunky Kong from Donkey Kong 64 would appear as an Assist Trophy, with his ability involving bananas raining on the stage (referencing the "this Kong's one hell of a guy!" scene in the DK Rap intro).
    • After the discovery of the "landfallspecial" animation in Melee (used for characters landing at the end of the "helpless" animation), it was claimed that there are other animations in the code for the advanced technique dubbed wavedashing by the community, such as "superdashtechnique", "superdashattack", etc. This is false; wavedashing is entirely an exploit of the game physics, and there are no animations in the game code for it.
  • Mortal Kombat:
    • Goro, Shang Tsung, and Reptile were the subject of many, many rumors to make them playable in the first game. None of them work in the original. Goro, though, can be unlocked in the Game Boy version, he can be controlled (barely) through glitch in the SNES version, and he's playable in practically every other game he appears in.
    • The first game also gives us the "ERMAC" glitch, in which all the characters wear red costumes while the words "ERMAC" appear over the life bar. People thought "Ermac" was a secret character of some sort. It's actually short for "Error Macros", and it's part of a sort of Debug Mode. The characters are all in red because that's the default color palette; the actors wore red when performing their moves so as not to clash with the green-screen. Nevertheless, Ermac would make his debut in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. The red Kitana is more obscure, but she spun off into the rumored character "Skarlet", who would appear for real in DLC in Mortal Kombat 9.
    • The SNES version of Mortal Kombat is infamous for removing the blood, so naturally there were several rumors regarding how to get it back. Most of them involve some nearly impossible sequence of button presses. NMS magazine printed a hilarious and widely believed article suggesting you can do this by, among other arcane steps, taping a penny on top of the cartridge to weigh it down just right. The SNES version's ROM doesn't have the animations for the original fatalities, but you can hack it to Palette Swap the "sweat" back into blood.
      • Another rumor sprang from the console versions of MK 1: If you fulfill the conditions to fight Reptile in an endurance match and then defeat him, you can fight a green-tinted version of one of the other fighters. It's just a glitch, but numerous magazines hinted that these are secret fighters.
    • Mortal Kombat II gave us the following rumors:
      • That Sub-Zero can turn into a polar bear. It was so pervasive that the developers added "Animality" transformations to the third installment — and yes, Sub-Zero turns into a polar bear.
      • That Shang Tsung can transform into Kano, who was absent from the game for plot reasons. It arose from a counter in the arcade version's test mode reporting the number of "Kano morphs". It also lead to the fan meme "I HAVE NEVER SEEN A KANO TRANSFORMATION".
      • That the trees in the Living Forest stage can eat the opponent as part of a secret stage fatality. This one isn't true in any of the versions or remakes of this stage until Mortal Kombat 9.
      • That you can knock people onto the hooks in the Dead Pool stage. You can't.
      • That there's a hidden character named "Hornbuckle", a reference to Jade's occasional line "Hornbuckle who?" Fans gave the name to the unnamed warrior fighting the fiery warrior in the background of The Pit 2 (Ed Boon claims that was supposed to be Liu Kang). Jade's comment is, in fact, a reference to one Leanne Hornbuckle, whose name appears in the game's end credits.
    • This is invoked in Mortal Kombat X during one of Cassie Cage's fatalities, in which she uploads a selfie of her with her defeated opponent, complete with a live feed of comments, reminiscient of Twitter. One of them is from Ed Boon, who asks if anyone has unlocked Fujin — a character who makes a cameo, but is not playable in the game.
  • In Killer Instinct, one of Orchid's finishing moves is flashing her opponent — the player, of course, can't see anything. Rumors abounded on how to "fix" that; one suggest that you can see her breasts by positioning her in front of a mirror in a particular stage. The developer's response? "I don't recall a mirror in that stage."
  • There is a cheat that was in some early FAQs of the first Guilty Gear for the PlayStation that unlocks Justice, Testament, and Baiken without having to beat the game all the way through. It turns out that it really just increases the game's difficulty in Normal Mode.
  • There was a rumor in Japan that if the player completes the Famicom version of Kung-Fu 24 times (the number equivalent to the letter "X", a reference to the Japanese title Spartan X), the player will forced to fight Sylvia (the hero's girlfriend) as a Bonus Boss. It turns out the rumor was a started by a gag in a video game manga titled Famicom Rocky, where the protagonist uncovers this secret after completing the game too many times. This is what inspired the Natraps X series of parody videos.
  • There were persistent rumors that if you beat Dragon Ball Z: Budokai on the hardest difficulty, you will be able to play through the Buu Saga in the Story Mode, especially after people found Great Saiyaman as a playable character. However, no matter how hard you try, there is no such thing coded in the game.
  • Rumor had it that the X-Men arcade game has a secret, more satisfying ending that will only be unlocked if you beat the game multiple times in a row on the same playthrough (since normally, a victory loops you back to start to continue your credit). Proving or disproving it required more time and more quarters than most kids could manage. The rerelease makes it clear that it's not true.
  • There are many (joking) rumors on how to unlock secret characters for Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, the most prevalent ones allowing you to unlock Flandre Scarlet and Cirno. This was not helped by fans making their sprites for M.U.G.E.N based on the SWR spriting style; many of them emulate the look incredibly well, going so far as to modify SFX from the game to fit the fanmade sprites. (The Cirno rumors were officially killed with her inclusion in Hisoutensoku, though Flandre fans are still left waiting.) A slight bone was tossed to Flandre's fans — one of Remilia's alternate color schemes is essentially Flandre.

    Driving Game 
  • Mario Kart:
    • In Mario Kart 64, a Thwomp can be found behind bars in Bowser's Castle. Fans affectionately call him "Marty" and started rumors that there is a way to free him. The rumors resurfaced when the stage reappeared in Mario Kart Wii. He's stuck there in both games.
    • Waluigi was rumored to be playable in Mario Kart: Super Circuit.
    • Mario Kart DS was rumored to have an unlockable Rainbow Cup, consisting of four retro Rainbow Roads in a row.
    • Mario Kart: Double Dash!! was rumored to have Retro Cups; this was mostly an April Fools' Day hoax.
    • Mario Kart Wii was rumored to have a third Mii Outfit; this is based solely on there being an extra space in the character roster. There are some Dummied Out icons and a character model related to it (it's a Toad costume), but it doesn't work properly if hacked into the game.
  • In Crash Team Racing, it was rumored that Nitrous Oxide is a secret playable character if you meet certain requirements. Every single other boss is unlockable, and another super-secret character, Penta Penguin, can be unlocked through cheats. It was long assumed that since you get Tropy for beating all of his easier staff ghosts, you can get Nitrous for being all of his extremely difficult ghosts. But doing that just gets you a shortcut to the scrapbook on the main menu.
  • The Gran Turismo is full of hidden cars:
    • Gran Turismo 2 was rumored to have a hidden McLaren F1 car as a reward for collecting 100 cars in black. This myth was spurred by the case of the U.S. release having an image of a McLaren F1 interior. It's not possible to do this because you can only have a maximum of 100 cars period, and the end credits also do not mention McLaren as legally required if the car was in the game. The extent of the car's presence is a tentative text string in the game files, before all the cars were licensed and modeled. The F1 car would make its debut in GT4 and the road car in GT5.
    • 100% Completion cannot be achieved in GT2 because so much has been Dummied Out. The most prominent example is the Palm Strip (or the "Plam Strip", based on a description typo), a supposed drag strip. It was discovered that by executing a glitch on Laguna Seca, you can drive out-of-bounds and find a floating piece of land; although the game usually crashes before you can get close enough to make sure, it's often thought to be the original Palm Strip. (It's more likely renmants of the track loading up or the generic course that appears in the arcade modes' loading screens).
    • Developers surprised everyone with the Formula 1 cars in Gran Turismo 3, which quickly sparked rumors of other unmentioned, wacky vehicles that would show up under ridiculous circumstances. The two biggest offenders are motorcycles and a 1,000 MPH Bloodhound SSC styled land speed record car. There are no rocket cars, but there is evidence of basic models of bikes from very early in development.
    • Gran Turismo 4 was rumored to have a paint shop that you can unlock with more than 2000 A-spec points. It doesn't exist, but GT5 added the ability to repaint cars and add aftermarket rims from the GT Auto menu.
  • For a while, N64 Magazine ran a joke section featuring reviews of games from an Alternate Universe such as The Duke of Nukem and Bill Oddie Harvest. A number of shops reported customers coming in and asking for Beatles Adventure Racing (a parody of Beetle Adventure Racing starring The Beatles).
  • LEGO Racers has a supposed cheat where if you named a character "TRUCK DRIVER" and beat Rocket Racer with it, you would get some sort of super-secret car. Modding has shown that this was never a consideration during development.
  • In Wangan Midnight Maximum Tune, the player can earn "dress-up" parts through winning Ghost Battles to change the visual appearance of their car (spoilers, decals, tires, neon lights, etc.). As stated on official pages and in operator manuals, these changes are purely cosmetic. Despite this, there are players who, after 10 years of the dress-up system being in existence, still insist that dress-up parts influence vehicle performance in some way.

    First-Person/Third-Person Shooter 
  • Marathon:
    • The original game was rumored to have hidden levels with wall-climbing invincible red Drinniols. It was started by the Marathon Secrets Guide, and everyone was inclined to believe them. They were eventually defictionalized when the game was ported to the Aleph One engine.
    • There were false rumors of a true 3D Marathon game called Dr'At'Er, and one website claimed to have screenshots of it (which were actually Quake screenshots). The game's title is also "retard" spelled backwards.
    • In 1998, an alleged Bungie newsletter briefly mentioned Marathon Gold, a collection of the canon Trilogy and a few well-known fan scenarios from the time. It was swiftly debunked.
  • Atari's Battlezone and its revolutionary vector graphic system, in 1980, has the distinction of being the first example of this trope. It was rumored that you can drive to the edge of the "zone" and climb the mountains to the peak of the volcano, where there is allegedly a castle. Sadly, such exploration is not possible; it's far beyond the capabilities of the era. But it didn't stop people from looking for it in the game, to the point that arcade owners complained that people were hogging the Battlezone machines to look for it and not actually play the game. Atari responded by adding code in later versions that would make an instant-kill missile hit the player if they fail to kill anything in a reasonable amount of time.
  • GoldenEye:
    • A big source of rumors is an extra line at the end of the cheat menu, which implies that something was Dummied Out. It was meant to be for "Line Mode", a cut cheat that can only be accessed by a button-press sequence. Many of the other cheats were rumored to have been meant to fill this spot as well.
    • Yet another Electronic Gaming Monthly April Fools' Day prank described the "All Bonds" cheat, claiming that it is possible to unlock all the other actors from the James Bond series. The game does have the data for the other actors, but Rare couldn't secure the actors' likenesses in time and had them Dummied Out. Rare actively lied about there being anything like that in the game. ROM hacking has allowed the fandom to add them back in, albeit a tad messily.
    • Rare also lied about a secret level known as the "Citadel". Like "All Bonds", it also exists but was Dummied Out; it's an engine test level. It can be accessed with some serious hacking.
    • An inaccessible island in the very first level fueled a lot of rumors, which range from it being the result of leftover testing artifacts to housing secret items of unimaginable power. It was later revealed that it was meant to be an integral part of the first mission; it was abandoned to make room for local multiplayer and for being uninteresting. What had been developed at that point was simply left in.
    • There is a rumored third secret level, based on Goldfinger and/or A View to a Kill, as the characters Oddjob and Mayday are in the multiplayer character list. Oddjob is in the game because Rare mistook him for Scaramanga's assistant Nick-Nack from The Man with the Golden Gun (the real Oddjob was not in any way short); it's not clear what Mayday is doing in the list.
    • Ourumov's briefcase and key were the subject of some speculation, often held to be part of some method to access the above and/or the island on Dam. They're actually part of an abandoned level idea that would have taken place between Silo and Frigate.
    • Some rumours talked about a secret weapon called the Skorpion or Spyder, believing it to be the weapon shown on the back of the box. In fact, the box image is the beta KF7 Soviet, while "Skorpion" and "Spyder" are both beta names for the Klobb - the former is its real world name, while the latter is what it had been going by until Rare learned there was another real gun by that name. Part of the confusion is that the manual refers to the Klobb as the Spyder, as the second name change came very late during development.
  • Halo:
    • Each game has rumors of a secret vehicle, like drivable Scarabs and the "Golden Warthog". The "Yellow Banshee" was rumored to be in the original Halo: Combat Evolved, and it may have influenced the heretic Banshee's design in Halo 2.
    • Halo 3: ODST's not-quite-Metroidvania style gameplay is ripe for this kind of rumormongering. Stories of hidden energy swords are pretty popular. Rumors of living Elites hiding somewhere in the city crop up from time to time as well. And those strange markings that pop up in VISR mode could be anything.
    • A rumor says that if you look carefully through the Library level in Halo: Combat Evolved you'll find the mangled corpse of Marvin Mobuto, said in the novelization Halo: The Flood to have made his way through a decent part of the Flood-infested Library before getting overwhelmed by the monsters.
  • Quake was itself considered an urban legend, as it was first announced in April and people couldn't grasp the concept of a fully-3D First-Person Shooter. During its development, though, it was rumored that another 3D shooter, Hexen, contains a hidden demo of Quake that can be unlocked by performing a very complicated sequence of actions in the first level.
  • The Team Fortress 2 fandom is rife with fake updates. Some, like the Guard Dog Update, are jaw-droppingly realistic, and are only given away by the obviously not Valve-sponsored URLs. Here's Valve's response it, in character as Saxton Hale. The Engineer was also long-rumored to have a "Golden Wrench" in his update, as Nerf NOW!! demonstrates.
    • Valve eventually actually created the Golden Wrench. A mere 100 of them were given out to random players who crafted things during the event. A few players managed to cheat by getting their hands on a leaked list of the exact times wrenches would spawn (if you were the first to craft anything after that time, you'd get it) but Valve took back those wrenches and banned the players involved. There was no legitimate way to increase your chances of getting one, but naturally there were countless rumors.
  • Left 4 Dead 2:
    • The Passing spawned rumors on the day it was released. It was said that you can use the defibrillator on Bill's body to bring him back to life, but this rumor was extremely short-lived. as it was proven that the body is just a prop and not a dead bot; there is no red outline on the body when you hold out the defibrillator.
    • People insist that healing each other instead of oneself makes the AI Director "reward" this teamwork action with more first aid kits in the maps. There hasn't been any hard proof that supports this theory, but enough people believe it that it's stated on the L4D Wiki.
    • It's believed that in The Passing, giving Louis (or any of the other guys) pills or shots will make the bots of the old survivors aim better and give the players better items. The bots' aim cannot improve, since it is possible for the team to get wiped, even if you gave the other bots items beforehand. As for the items, they give you certain items based only on how well you're doing.
    • Some believed Church Guy can become a Tank or a Witch instead of the other Specials available. Valve didn't intend it, but as demonstrated here, it isn't hard to make him one.
  • Many previews for the dino-hunting game Carnivores 2 said it would feature a secret, unlockable rocket launcher. Subsequent examination of the game's data files, and later its source code, have shown that there is no trace in the game of a rocket launcher, though one may have been planned early in development.
  • One persistent rumor among the Modern Warfare community is a program called "snfg.exe" and nicknamed "Sniper Frog". It supposesdly runs in the background and doles out "luck", like headshots and better kill-streak crates. There has never been a source for this beyond unnamed "hackers", and no one who believes it can agree on whom the program is supposed to benefit — some say it favors low-level players by encouraging them, others say it favors high-level players to keep them interested (and buying map packs).
  • Another rumor concerning a popular Call of Duty game, World at War. On the zombies map "Der Riese", there is a wall by the furnace that says "Help" (or "Hell", depending on your point of view). People assumed for months, if not years, that there was some way to get past the wall, like some kind of a door. This led to much conjecture on what steps it takes to do so, with the most prevalent being to earn 50,000 to 100,000 points in total, and that the player would be able to buy the wall. While a popular rumor, it is unfortunately untrue. There's nothing on the other side of the wall. With that in mind, "Shi no Numa" had its own rumor mill with Peter's hanging body. Many players would say that if you touch the body or manage to knock it down, it will severely affect the game with such things as one player or all players going down with game over, or one played dying and only being able to bleed out. There hasn't been any proof of such. There are various other rumors concerning the zombies gamemode, with the player being able to destroy the Moon on "Der Riese" if they shoot it with Ray Gun, or that there is a secret easter egg on "Kino der Toten", since knocking can be heard when standing next to the windows on the stage. On "Call of the Dead", of course, considering the easter egg, players assumed the Original Characters are indeed behind the locked door, which is not true. It's only their voices. With "Ascension", there were massive rumors concerning a hidden room only accessible through jumping off the lunar lander at a certain point. "TranZit" had the prominent rumor of having a second bus route, considering when the bus goes through the tunnel to the Diner, there appears to be a closed off lane to the right which is never accessible. "Nuketown" on Zombies had a popular rumor with the players having to do some convoluted easter egg in order to unlock the bunker, and find either a member of the new zombie crew, or a route to TranZit. Not only was it illogical, but noclipping proves there's nothing inside the bunker.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising has an interesting legend that involves donating Hearts, the currency you gain from monsters. The game outright tells you that you get no item rewards for doing so — it just brings the Goddess Palutena or Viridi closer to the screen. But some believe it leads to a higher chance for weapon discounts in the shop. The real reward is that if you donate enough hearts, you can unlock a few extra lines of dialogue from Palutena or Viridi.
  • Shortly after the Columbine school shooting, it was discovered that both boys played Doom religiously, and they both made their own custom WAD files. For a while, the media loved to claim that Dylan Klebold had made a level based off of Columbine High School for "training". The first problem with this is that the Doom engine isn't sophisticated enough to render multiple floors on top of each other. Eric Harris' levels were found, but they are quite crude, have an impossible number of enemies to defeat, and are festooned with graffiti such as "Looking for me?"
  • Splatoon: Rumors about playable Octolings coming soon appeared constantly among the fandom, but it never happened.

    Hack and Slash 
  • Diablo:
    • The original game was rumored to have a "secret cow level" that the player can access by clicking on a certain cow in the town of Tristram. Although this rumor proved false, in Diablo II the developers put in an actual cow level in homage to the rumor; similarly, a secret Cow quest was added to the third-party expansion Hellfire, although it isn't a genuine "cow level". The phrase "There is no cow level" is also a Classic Cheat Code in Starcraft and a loading screen tutorial tip in World of Warcraft. (It's false; there is a cow level. Thunder Bluff is full of Tauren, 8 foot bipedal cows.)
      • In late 2016, a limited time event was added to World of Warcraft celebrating the 20th anniversary of Diablo. Much like the secret level in Diablo II, players could access an area of hostile cows and Tauren and the elite Cow King. The mentioned tutorial tip was finally, unarguably, absolutely false.
    • In the Battle.net chat interface in Diablo II, there is a gem that can be clicked on to toggle lit and unlite states. It appears to do nothing else, although it will occasionally give a message, such as "Perfect gem activated." Hundreds of rumors about the gem's actual, secret function have spawned. All Blizzard would say about it is that it is "Working as intended." They eventually revealed that all it does is turn off and on. It's not connected to anything.
      • The official site for Diablo III, specifically the home page, has its own chat gem. A troll on the Battle.net forums started a rumor that if you click on it a certain number of times, it unlocks the playable version of the gameplay demo seen at release. The matter was laid to rest when someone looked in the source code of the site, decompiled the flash that operated the chat gem, and determined that its only purpose is to change colors, changing the gem from "on" to "off".
      • This is also directly referenced in the Warcraft III world editor, where there is a gem that says "gem activated/deactivated". When clicked multiple times, one of the characters will taunt you. It is functional, however: It makes it so that the units you spawn will say their "Ready" quote, and will do their death animation when you delete them.
    • A long-enduring Diablo II legend is Reziarfg, a monster created by Blizzard's Battle.net staff at the Arreat Summit as an April Fools joke, with stats and some official-sounding lore to back it up. Many Hardcore characters have lost their lives trying to find the elusive beast.
  • Legacy of Kain has tons of rumors about ways to unlock Dummied Out powers, particularly in Soul Reaver, where there are only two forms of the eponymous sword in the final product, but there are another two in the game engine (shown in the final dungeon's visions of the future). The series' well-documented design history reveals that it was very common for content planned in one game to be left out due to time constraints, and usually a future game would feature it somehow. This in turn means most speculation these days is about how the powers would have been included, rather than how to unlock them on the presumption that they're still accessible without hacks.

    Multi-Genre 
  • Game Informer does an annual April Fools' Day prank called Game Infarcer. Its first edition in 2006 featured fake articles on such new game tools as the Wii Balls, world events such as "Game Designers Inciting World War III", interviews with the CEO of Sony (who also happens to be a cyborg), and a review of downloadable content for Madden 2008, where players would have to purchase such elementary things as air for the ball. People who didn't notice the word "PARODY" at the bottom of the page sent angry letters after they realized they were tricked — or in one notable case, went to the local Gamestop to preorder the Wii Balls in either the flesh colored sack or the blue one.

    MMORPGs 
MMORPGs tend to develop a ton of rumors due to their fluid and ever-changing nature.
  • In early beta versions of Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach, there was a bug where using your "diplomacy" skill on a treasure chest caused it to give better loot. Although this bug was fixed well before the game went live, the rumor that using diplomacy on a chest gives better loot still remains, despite repeated debunkings by the game's developers on the official forums.
  • Final Fantasy XI is a magnet for this:
    • The game has a ton of dead-end caves, background details, and sealed off portions of the world, which were placed to give possible expansion areas. The latter, in particular, draw a lot of rumors. Sealed-off portions (presumably abandoned due to most of them being in the "old world") include the Mithra-only part of Kazham, the ship port in Norg, the Galka-only part of Bastok Mines, and the roped-off stairway in Tenshodo headquarters.
    • The Beastmaster job was rumored to take XP from other party members when in a party, leading to their exclusion from parties. This persistent rumor comes from a description in a Prima strategy guide.
    • Some classic ultimate weapons from other Final Fantasy games were rumored to be in FFXI. One big example is the Ultima Weapon, the Infinity+1 Sword of the series. Others include the infamous Vulcan's and Jupiter's Ring, complete with "screenshots". Many claim that the weapons exist in the game's database but just haven't yet appeared in the game proper.
    • Countless crafters believe - for no other reason than because they heard it from another crafter - that crafting success can be influenced by facing in a certain direction depending on what kind of crystal is being used. Crafters who have a background in statistics, have logged hundreds of crafting attempts, and performed the appropriate analysis have mathematically determined that this theory is complete bullshit; they generally go ignored. But this is a huge source of controversy in FFXI, leading to many arguments (and even a nuclear clock). The developers at Square Enix were asked about it at Vana Fest, but their answer was convoluted, and it seems nobody can even remember what they said. The only real reason to follow the directions is because crafting is so goddamn hard in the first place, people are willing to do nearly anything to sink just a little less time and money into it.
    • Absolute Virtue is That One Boss. Its difficulty, as well as the dev team's habit of changing the fight if someone beats him, has spawned numerous strange theories about how to bring him down.
    • Final Fantasy XIV spawned many rumors and theories over how to quickly obtain the Atmas, items needed to power up your Infinity+1 Sword. Some believe that you have to complete a FATE during specific times (in the Japanese time zone), while others believe doing the events in a specific order boosts the drop rate. Despite the fact that Word of God stated that the Atma drop rate is pure RNG, many people refuse to listen and cling to the hope that any theory will reduce the time needed to farm.
  • World of Warcraft:
    • The Ashbringer is the game's biggest rumor fountain. The developers left just enough in the game to make people believe they could actually get (or cleanse) the legendary sword. It was supposed to appear in the original game, but was pushed back to The Burning Crusade and then to Wrath of the Lich King. The hints in the game are meaningless, and the backstory given in Blizzard's four-issue comic miniseries doesn't address those hints. There's enough evidence to suggest that it had something to do with the legendary Warcraft fisherman Nat Pagle; rumor is that he hid a secret message regarding Ashbringer's location in his fishing guides.
      • Part of the problem is that the Corrupted Ashbringer, when carried around, did some very strange things (at least before Burning Crusade). It sometimes even talked to you, giving you cryptic messages. It was only added to begin with as an attempt to unify the previous scattered references to the sword; the overwhelming response to this version caused Blizzard to retcon most of its lore and make it more plot-important.
    • Some quests are rumored to only be attainable while in ghost form. While some quests do require you to be a ghost, and a GM has given a cryptic response suggesting that those are not the only quests of that type, no such quest has yet been found. This is related to a rumor that you can stay in ghost form and revive anywhere else there is a restoration spirit; this mechanic existed very early in the game's history, but was removed shortly after launch.
    • There used to be a way to get to GM Island, and a weird rumor suggests that if you make it there, you'll be crowned an in-game GM. The truth is that if you were to get to GM Island, you'd just get banned.
    • There are many areas and places that either don't exist or haven't yet been opened that you can supposedly reach. In particular, it's rumored that you can find a secret merchant if you go all the way out into the ocean in Seal Form as a druid, not far from Duskwood.
    • The Sword of a Thousand Truths, initially made up for a South Park episode, was rumored to be an in-game item almost as soon as the episode aired. Due to fan demand, they planned to put it in Burning Crusade, but it was changed to become the Gladiator's Slicer. They did put it in Wrath of the Lich King, and although it's now called "Slayer of the Lifeless", it does reference the episode in several ways (such as the description reading "Foretold by Salzman" and the name being a reference to the Sword of a Thousand Truths defeating a player with "no life").
    • The unmarked grave in Stormwind Cemetery. It has no statue or plaque, but does have a Lordaeron symbol. Who's buried there? Fans have some theories. Some think the remains of Arthas Menethil (as in, the Lich King) are buried there, which would explain the symbol. (When this was asked at BlizzCon 2011, Chris Metzen said he's not sure if that's true or not, but it is an interesting idea.) It's also theorized that it's an empty plot intended for Varian himself when he dies, given its proximity to the grave of his wife note . However, it is strange that he'd be buried in a grave with a Lordaeron symbol instead of a Stormwind symbol.
  • For April Fools' Day 2009, a quest involving an airship was implemented in zOMG!. Of course, the airship never went anywhere, instead crashing the game if one tried to fly in it. And being the first of April, it was natural that users would come up with their own pranks. So it was only a matter of time before someone decided to come up with some insane method to get the airship to fly. When someone finally did, people ran with it, with dozens of people contributing "information" about the new area. Though very few, if any, players fell for it, the prank was popular enough to turn the Airshark into a minor meme.
    • The Airshark (which in itself is a parody of the infamous "Landshark" boss) was so popular with the staff that they actually added it into the game as a Random Event.
  • The Matrix Online has a long-running example of this trope in the form of "Hack the Ground Smash". The rumor states that using a fake ability called "Hack the Ground Smash" at a certain location will cause the ground to break away, and you'll fall into "Morpheus' secret hideout" where Neo and/or Morpheus are waiting for you. The fake ability apparently has its roots in a very, very old video of the game during its pre-beta days which shows a player using a Hacker ability that involves smashing an energy-charged fist into the ground. This ability never made it into the live game.
  • The introduction of several boss characters in MapleStory was accompanied by rumors on how to get them to appear and/or weaken them. The best example would be several versions of the same "method" to get pushover boss Mano to appear, which involve either killing certain enemies, letting certain enemies spawn, or both at once. In truth, the boss spawns every hour from when it is killed.
    • Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly), the South East Asia region version of the game had one going around in the early 2000s. According to some questionable fansites, Asiasoft is extremely lazy, corrupt, or both. All it takes to become a GM is to have a new, clean account for a 6 months, and then to submit an application. Allegedly, if you succeed, they send you one heckuva high-end workstation fitted with 6 Full HD monitors. And then they won't care if you abuse it- numerous players on the Asia server have seen GMs abusing their power, and complaints to Asiasoft has allegedly fallen on deaf ears.
  • Kingdom of Loathing has killing the hermit (a certain shopkeeper), with a multitude of ways (supposedly) abounding to defeat him. At the time the rumors began there was no way to even fight a shopkeeper, let alone kill them. A much, much later item, the Deck of Every Card, makes it possible to fight the Hermit (as a nod to the rumor), but not kill him.
    • This is lampshaded in multiple items these days, and amongst the veteran players, "killing the hermit" has come to refer to a different kind of Fan Wank...
    • Rumors can turn up due to certain players having access to certain NPC "character accounts" and using them in mail and chat rooms to create plot which may not match what the game developers have in mind at all.
  • The German-based MMORPG Tibia had a number of these for a number of years, with ways to get legendary items like the Sword of Fury (a converted spike sword that is readily available outside the beginning area) in the first levels, access to a GM island, and of course, a way to open up the Pits of Inferno or fight the Ruthless Seven.
    • The Pits were eventually opened, and the Ruthless Seven became playable bosses.
  • RuneScape once had a player swear Bob the Cat had spoken to him about some recipe or something that no one else ever heard him say. Jagex was coy about it and implied it was a hint at a later event in game.
    • There is a rumor about Jagex hiding a secret item in the free version of the game and leaving an incredibly cryptic trail of clues in random junk items. Supposedly, anyone who finds said item will get a free lifetime membership.
    • There is another pervasive myth, dating back to 2001, about an underground farm that can be accessed by using a sapphire on a particular tree. Later versions of the myth swap the sapphire for a herring. The farm is generally rumored to contain fantastic new armor; the herring era whispered of a place where the then-rare rune armor can be found scattered on the ground. One early resurgence of the story can be found here. It's been said that this was the inspiration for the city of Zanaris.
      • Using a herring on a tree does have a unique effect... Monty Python references.
    • For a time, the clothing store in Varrock listed a Red Party Hat among its stock. Said hat was always out of stock, which led players to wait in the shop for hours on end hoping that it would restock. It ended up spawning all kinds of rumors about when/if the shop would ever restock. Ultimately, Jagex removed the item from the stock listing.
    • No, you do not need two buckets of sand to defeat Yakamaru. This one was so pervasive there were J Mods who believed it.
  • The Lord of the Rings Online has an infamous item called "Erebrandir's Horseshoe". It's granted as an optional quest reward in Volume III of the Epic quest. The horseshoe is a "pocket item" which can be equipped, but gives no stats. However, it displays a buff on the player with a horseshoe icon and tooltip text that reads "Some people believe that horseshoes bring good fortune." Rumours as to the horseshoe's function have proliferated over the years, mostly revolving around the ability to affect loot chances or other randomness-based effects. In an interesting twist, the Horseshoe definitely does do something, according to Word of God. Only two of the Horseshoe's functions have been explicitly revealed, with hints that more undiscovered functions still exist. However, most of the loot-based theories thrown out by the community have been explicitly Jossed, so those still qualify for the trope.
  • Club Penguin had an iceberg, and there was a rumor that if enough people drilled on it something would happen. When the game was about to shut down, it was discovered that the iceberg would flip over revealing a dance floor.

    Platform Game 
  • Jet Set Willy was plagued by rumors that it is possible to sail the ship ("The Bow" and "The Yacht") away to an island and continue exploring over there; the persistence of these rumors resulted in the feature's inclusion in Jet Set Willy II: The Final Frontier.
  • Banjo-Kazooie
    • "Stop 'n' Swop" is an unlockable feature that displays special items you collect. The plan was for these items to be used in the sequel Banjo-Tooie (as hinted at by Mumbo Jumbo in the ending cutscene, even). The problem is that many of them, including a critical Ice Key, were Dummied Out or are in otherwise totally inaccessible areas, so there were a ton of strange rumors about how to get them. A fansite eventually had to release codes that allowed you to collect them; many of these codes are incredibly obtuse and as ridiculous as any rumor. Rare's original plan was for the items to be transferred between cartridges by swapping them out while the game was running (hence the name "Stop 'n' Swop"), but this proved to be beyond the Nintendo 64's capabilitiesnote . Banjo-Tooie had to add in those features into the game itself (through items that resemble Banjo-Kazooie cartridges). Further rumors suggested that there are totally "legit" ways to get these items without using passwords (which suggests the only reason you don't get rewards for these items is because you used passwords to get them).
    • For the Xbox Live rer-elease, Rare gave Banjo-Tooie its own "Stop 'n' Swop II" feature, which spawned its own rumors. Like the original, they claim that the reward items will be useful in another game, but as far as anyone knows, they're just Bragging Rights Rewards.
  • In 2005, Paul Brown claimed a series of NES-style screenshots, showing a monster made of butter saying "Ja I am made of dur butter und you are worth 2K monies" and "Eat Communism!!!" came from a Bio Force Ape prototype. In 2010, the real prototype was found, disproving that the screenshots were ever in the game.
  • The unreleased localization of The Great Gatsby adaptation on the NES, known in Japan as Doki Doki Toshokan: Gatsby no Monogatari, was found at a yard sale and purchased for fifty cents, with the instruction manual rubber banded to the cartridge, and a 1990 magazine ad. No further hard copies are known to exist, but luckily, the game was fan translated and made available online.
  • The Mega Man Zero series gave us a number of rumors, including:
    • That you can play as X in Zero 2 and that the X series recurring villain Vile is an optional boss in Zero 4, both of which turned out to be Photoshop hoaxes;
    • A supposed hidden boss called "Ghost Sigma", which was claimed to resurface upon the release of Mega Man ZX. It doesn't help that in Zero 3 you can have a rematch with Phantom, who dies in the first game, and that a boss in Zero 2 who fires projectiles based on Zero's greatest foes includes two shaped like Vile and Sigma.
  • The Metroid series:
    • The original ''Metroid has a Password Save system that accepts certain interesting combinations. "NARPAS SWORD" (followed by blanks or zeroes) is one of the most famous of them, and it was put into the game intentionally. However, fans took this to mean that there was a "Narpas Sword" of some kind in the game; there isn't. It's really supposed to be "NAR PASSWORD", and there are different theories as to what "NAR" means. It's actually... 
    • Metroid also lets you see Samus in a bikini if you finished the game in less than an hour, and certain passwords will let you play the whole game with her in that state. This led to rumors that you can see her naked if you beat it in an inhumanly possible time, which is not the case. One such password that works is "JUSTIN BAILEY", which people thought was a Meaningful Name (but really just coincidentally looks like someone's name); the strangest is the idea that "bailey" is Australian Slang for a swimsuit (which it isn't).
    • The suitless Samus rumors continued with later games like Super Metroid and Metroid Prime; all of them let you see her without the suit if you beat them fast enough, but none of them actually let you play without the suit (or in any state of undress, really). The desire to play suitless in Super Metroid has led to various fan-made hacks that let you do so.
    • One site discussed a myth that you could play as boss Kraid if you beat Metroid fast enough.
    • Metroid actually caused an inversion; many gaming magazines pointed out the statue room as a shortcut to Tourian, akin to the Warp Zone of Super Mario Bros.. They presented it as a secret of some kind, when in fact it's the only way to get to Tourian. This then led to rumors that there is a longer, "legitimate" way to get there which doesn't exist.
    • Super Metroid is a veritable urban legend factory, at least partly because of the insane things you can do in this game. Two of the most popular myths were about a hidden green Chozo statue and a secret area called "Warfair"; both of these and some others are discussed here.
  • Drawn to Life: After paying 10,000 coins in the Wishing Well, one is given access to the Developer's Room. One character found there asks if you found the secret flower in the Villain's Lair which brings the mayor back to life. He's lying.
  • Due to the predictable structure of Chuckie Egg (a new gameplay twist every eighth level), combined with its extreme difficulty, it's not really surprising that there are rumours about twists that don't actually appear in the game, most notably a series of levels with two Mother Ducks. This was indeed planned, but never implemented.
  • Spyro the Dragon:
    • Spyro the Dragon (1998), the original PlayStation game, came with an instruction booklet that has, in the last few pages, an illustration of what is presumably an older Spyro. There were quite a few rumors about ways to obtain this form of Spyro in the actual game. They're all false, of course. The dragon is one of the first rescuable dragons in the game.
    • Spyro: Year of the Dragon has an unreachable island in the background of the Midnight Mountain home level. No matter what, it is impossible to glide or otherwise get to it, and you will lose lives in the process. Of course, rumors spread about what is on this island, such as another egg or a secret level. Eventually, it was discovered through hacking that the island contains three life butterflies, and that's it. The game artist claimed that it was originally supposed to be where the Super Bonus Round stage was located, but it was moved to a different location, and the original island was never removed. Somebody did manage to recreate the whirlwind that was initially supposed to take the player there.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising was subject to a number of very persistent rumors concerning its voice cast. One of the strongest was that Pit and Palutena would be played by Johnny Yong Bosch and Tara Strong; it persisted even after they both denied it and anime preview shorts showed them with different voice actors (whom the fans claimed replaced Bosch and Strong for the shorts).
  • Up until 2009 with the release of A Crack in Time, an easy way for a troll to bait Ratchet & Clank fans was to say that they found an Insomniac Museum, a place with cut content and behind the scenes info, in a game that didn't have one. At that time, only two games had them, and they usually got the benefit of the doubt, since accessing them was based more on luck (using an otherwise inoperable teleporter late at night in a specific level). Typical instructions were usually to do something challenging like reaching the end of a bridge that gets destroyed in the first level you can never go back to. With A Crack in Time, the museum is unlocked more predictably (beating an extra boss, or a pre-order bonus), and the claims mostly died out.
  • There are rumors going around that the name of the main character in the Donkey Kong Country games was supposed to be "Monkey Kong" and the unusual name is the result of a mistranslation. Shigeru Miyamoto himself denied this; the character got his name because the word "donkey" describes his stubbornness. (Inevitably, among the dozens of clones of the original game is one titled Monkey Kong for the Color Computer.)
  • Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc has the 2D Nightmare, a Dummied Out minigame in the Nintendo GameCube version (among a bunch of other unlockable minigames). First, people argued over whether or not it even exists (emulator hacks and cheats were eventually developed that prove it does). Then people argued over how to access it legitimately (still unknown).
  • Toy Story, naturally, had a rumor that you can play as Buzz via cheat code. No such code was ever discovered, and the only known cheats are level skipping and invincibility.
  • Every once in a while a rumor for a new Crash Bandicoot game (usually involving Naughty Dog) pops up. A frequent title is Crash Bandicoot 3D: Uka Uka Resurrection.

    Puzzle Game 
  • Originally, Portal 2 was going to include the scene where Caroline is forcibly uploaded into GLaDOS, but it was deemed unnecessary and Dummied Out. However, some of Caroline's dialogue from this scene still remained in the game files, consisting of many variations of the sentence "Mr. Johnson, I don't want this". Some people started the rumor that the scene was cut for sounding too much like a rape scene, which many assumed to be true.
  • Tetris: The Grand Master 3's Shirase mode ends at level 1,300, assuming you've met the time requirements to be allowed to continue past levels 500 and 1,000. Allegedly, there exist levels beyond 1,300, but no one has been able to confirm this rumor. Its source is none other than Ichiro Mihara, the producer of the TGM series.
  • Myst:
    • The original game was once rumored to have a fifth age called the "Thelastic Age", as well as a red button in the Selenetic Age maze. The later realMyst remake (as well as the PSP release) does add a fifth age, Rime — but still no red button, other than the one that replays the sound clue.
    • realMyst is rumored to have an as-yet-undiscovered Easter Egg which allows the player to carry a working gun around Myst Island. There is an easter egg that gives the character a gun, but it can't be fired.
  • In Antichamber, some cheat code sites say pressing ESC before capturing the black cube entity will allow you to retain the black gun. This is a cheap trick to get you sent back to the starting chamber when you're about to win. You can turn your gun black this way, but it gives you no special abilities aside from leaving black cubes; when you restart the game, your gun will be red again.

    Real-Time Strategy 

    Rhythm Game 
  • Rock Band 2 has a "Game Modifiers" menu (basically Guitar Hero's "Cheats" menu under a different name) which include a modifier called "Awesomeness Detection"; its description says only that it "[l]ets Harmonix know that you are awesome!" It has no apparent effect on gameplay. There are lots of rumors, though, as to what its true purpose is; one suggests that it changes the singer's vocals when playing online, although that one's been proven false. Harmonix enjoyed being cryptic about what it does, suggesting that things will totally happen if you truly are "awesome enough", and that high-level players should definitely be playing with Awesomeness Detection on; they eventually copped to it doing absolutely nothing.
  • Guitar Hero:
    • Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock has two bonus characters available for purchase in the shop. These characters are different depending on your platform (Wii or PS2 give you Elvis Presley wannabe Elroy Budvis and rock 'n roll robot Metalhead, but PS3, Xbox 360, and PC give you Grim Ripper, a recurring member from the previous games, and the God of Rock, who is shown in the opening cutscene). Also, the creepy vocalist can be replaced by Bret Michaels — but again, only on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC versions through a cheat code. Some people fell for a rumor suggesting that you could unlock all missing characters via a cheat.
    • Guitar Hero 5 includes live DLC from The Rolling Stones. Rumors immediately started that it is the recording from their infamous Altamont concert in 1969; it's actually from an earlier show in New York.

    Role-Playing Game 
  • Much of The 7th Saga's popularity depends on one of these. According to the storyline, the other characters are actively searching for the Runes at the same time you are. It was commonly believed that, if you're too slow, it's possible for someone to beat you to one of the Runes. However, this only happens twice, with the Star Rune and Sky Rune, and no matter how fast you are you can't stop a randomly-selected character from stealing the Rune. Nintendo Power even claimed in its review that it's possible to get to the Sky Rune before it was stolen.
  • Breath of Fire III: Thanks largely to a misprint in a strategy guide, it was rumored for years that you can beat Balio and Sunder in their initial, Hopeless Boss Fight appearance. This did not seem so far-fetched, as the reward promised is unremarkable at best, but it was proven years later that it is, indeed, impossible.
  • Chrono Trigger and sequels:
    • Chrono Trigger is filled with doors that don't go anywhere or are blocked by the dreaded Insurmountable Waist-High Fence, but it's hard to tell a real explorable area from one that's just there for the heck of it. Spekkio's room in the End of Time in particular has a back gate that's purely decorative, but it hasn't stopped people from planting Epileptic Trees.
    • Schala's Uncertain Doom in Chrono Trigger led to a persistent rumor that the game has a subquest that lets you find her again. It was even claimed that such a quest had been Dummied Out (but a couple of mistranslated lines still pointed to it), suggesting at the very least that there is a way to get her back; examination of the game's early versions suggests this is not the case. This very page was once titled "Schala Lives" in reference to this rumor. Chrono Cross does address Schala's fate, but very strangely. The DS remake does let you find Schala through a subquest in its New Game+; you still can't save her, though.
    • In Chrono Cross, erroneous text from a Brady Games guide led players to believe that the Wraith monster will sometimes drop the Ghetz' Shirt, an armor that increases several stats in exchange for giving the wearer several status ailments.
  • Digimon World has many rumors about "secret" Mons not listed in the Digimon chart, particularly those that are known to exist in the game but aren't normally available. For example, Metal Etemon and Gigadramon function more or less properly, as do their digivolution items, but there is no way to obtain them without the help of a cheating device. The "hints" you can find around the Internet tell a different story.
  • DragonFable and the legends abound about the mysterious locked door in Oaklore Keep. When a player tries to enter it, it simply says you must be Level 100 to enter. The Level Cap is only 50. Players who used hacks to achieve Level 100 have reported that, as expected, the door really doesn't open. This hasn't stopped new players from posting theory threads on the forums constantly, though, thinking they've discovered something new.
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind:
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim:
    • The inscriptions of the lids on the bug jars have led to tons of fan speculation. Some of the theories include the Thalmor plotting the end of the world, mass genocide in cites that created a summoning circle, and summoning Talos (depending on the theorist, this may be unrelated to the last one); there's even debate on what language the inscriptions are in! (Of course, the Thalmor are plotting to end the world, but it has nothing to do with the bug jars.)
    • More than once, people have been told a ferocious underwater creature roams the oceans near Skyrim, and that staying in the water will result in the creature viciously attacking, possibly killing you since you're underwater and thus cannot defend yourself. This has been proven false on numerous occasions, as no such data for a "water monster" exists anywhere in the game; but people still insist it is there, and mods for it have appeared.
  • Fallout:
    • The makers of Fallout 2 specifically and maliciously started a rumor that made its way into several FAQs and countless forum discussions, by having some NPCs claim that you would have gotten 100% completion if you did action X once the game is over.
    • Also in Fallout 2, many rumors abounded regarding Sulik's sister and methods for actually finding her in game. Such is the frustration at not eventually rescuing her that some mods have placed her in the game. The canceled Van Buren version of Fallout 3 planned to tie up that dangling plot by including her with an explanatory backstory.
    • Numerous Fallout 2 walkthroughs stated that a street boy named Cody from New Reno will show you the crashed alien ship location like in Fallout 1, and give you the Alien Blaster — a powerful beam weapon. They came with photoshopped screenshots. There is no such location, but the Alien Blaster is available elsewhere. It is possible to talk to Cody and give him food, but he is very easy to scare off, making this rumor hard to disprove.
    • Fallout 3 had the "Barking Lasers" hoax, which is a patently obvious joke, but took on a life of its own and spread netwide through fansites and Wikia. The origin is a two-frame animated gif which shows Dogmeat shooting lasers from his mouth, and this encouraged fans to expend hours of time and go to great lengths — up to and including killing Dogmeat — in an attempt to get him to use the Wazer Wifle.
  • Golden Sun had several, including the infamous Wheat Sword and hoax cheats to enable Feizhi or Kraden as player characters.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly came out with an April Fool's joke about a Kingdom Hearts/Super Mario Bros. crossover called Mushroom Kingdom Hearts. Some people bought it, of course.
    • In Kingdom Hearts II, it was rumored that one can unlock King Mickey as a summon by finishing Jiminy's Journal, returning to Disney Castle, and entering a newly-created door/portal in the area. In there, the player will have to clear the entire room of Heartless alongside King Mickey before he gives Sora the King's Charm, which can summon him. According to the myth, the King's Charm costs "four bar of Guard"(?). Interestingly enough, one version of this myth requires the player to beat the Lingering Will to obtain it.
    • The first Kingdom Hearts has a rumored "Heartless Blade"; if you managed to complete the Hundred Acre Wood, get all spells, and beat Ansem three times with the Ultima Weapon, you will supposedly obtain this secret Heartless keyblade, which is just as powerful as the Ultima Weapon. Oddly, in the original Kingdom Hearts, there is no way to refight bosses (besides ones in the coliseum), so refighting Ansem is impossible.
  • In Legend of Mana, there were rumors that after Sandra's death, if you give specific answers to Inspector Boyd, take the right Jumi party member, make an item called "Sandra's Core" through a tedious tempering process of Emerald to produce Alexandrite, and fight to the inaccessible (it's only seen in cutscenes) deepest level of the underworld, Sandra will return and become a playable character (with incredible stats and Syncro effect, of course!).
  • Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals has a locked door in the final area that was rumored to be openable if all the Iris Treasures were obtained from the Ancient Cave. The woman who stores them for you hints that something may happen if they're all gathered, a major character who is one of the Sinistrals is named Iris, and the Iris Treasures are extremely time-consuming to collect (one can only be obtained through a boss battle that's all but rigged, while the others are random drops in a 99-level dungeon). For years, gamers looked for an explanation beyond them just being Bragging Rights Rewards until the rumor was finally killed by Word of God — which really pissed off the fans who essentially wasted fifty hours of their lives on this.
  • Lunar: Eternal Blue for the Sega CD has a weapon in the game manual called the Dark Scimitar which is not included in the final release of the game. Many fan communities went wild trying to find out where the Dark Scimitar is located (believing that if it was in the manual, it had to be hidden in the game somewhere). A fan finally found a way to get it (along with many other unusual items) through a glitch that's created when characters, specifically Lemina (the glitch is called the Lemina Bug for that reason), leave your party.
  • Might and Magic:
    • Might & Magic VI has its share of rumours, being the most successful of the series. There were rumours of a white goblin and an elaborate "flute quest" which originate from the fact that there is a flute quest item in the game, only it doesn't do anything; it's probably a leftover from a removed quest.
    • The map for Might & Magic VII includes a frozen landmass to the northwest of the main continent named "Vori". Absolutely no mention of it is made in-game, and there is no way to travel there — which, of course, didn't stop some people from claiming that you can.
  • MOTHER / EarthBound:
    • Lots of rumors surround Giygas, the final boss of Mother 2 (a.k.a. EarthBound) — specifically, that it's meant to represent a fetus. It was claimed that you can see an image of a fetus if you look in the background at a very specific time, and that you can hear Giygas crying for help when you defeat him (busted by this guy, and that sort of thing is beyond the SNES's sound capability anyway). It doesn't help that the boss arena resembles a Womb Level, and that the battle takes place in the past. MOTHER 3 didn't help matters when it revealed that the world of EarthBound was destroyed, and you are living in a different world with all the survivors; this led to another theory suggesting that this happened because killing Giygas in the past causes a Temporal Paradox.
    • EarthBound was not re-released outside Japan for the longest time, which led to many rumors as to why. Eventually, people settled on the idea that they couldn't license some of the in-game music samples (and Nintendo didn't want to alter the original game). Then the game did get an American re-release on the Wii U's Virtual Console with minimal edits (none of which affect the music), which torpedoed that theory; now fans apply the theory to MOTHER 3 instead.
  • Mystic Ark was long held up as an actual sequel to The 7th Saga, rather than a mere Spiritual Successor, until someone finally started work on translating the game and discovered right off the bat that their stories are entirely unrelated.
  • In a case of a rumor coming true in a later revision of a game, players were finally allowed to legitimately reverse Nei's death in the remake of Phantasy Star II. It's extremely hard and time-consuming to pull off, and it also requires a save file from the remake of the first Phantasy Star.
  • Planescape: Torment has a few persistent rumors about alternate ending animations (based on the unused evil/neutral ending songs on the soundtrack), a proper romantic subplot with Fall-From-Grace (originally intended but removed for budget/time constraints), the ability to read Fall-From-Grace's diary, and an opportunity to have sex with Annah if you keep her invisible "morale" stat at maximum level at all times. She does come onto you at one point, describing in good detail the things she plans on doing to you, but any further dialogue choices will result in her backing off and claiming she wasn't serious.
  • In Secret of Mana, there was a rumor that both the Girl and the Sprite can receive another elemental since they only have seven each, and there are eight elemental slots (when you look at their magic descriptions). However this rumor can easily be dispelled by the fact that while each character only gets seven summons, there are eight total — only the Sprite gets dark magic, and only the girl gets Light. Naturally, the Girl has an empty space where dark magic would be; likewise the Sprite for light magic.
  • Tales of Vesperia's GameFAQs board started a minor rumor about getting into Estelle's room. You can't, except in the PS3 version.
  • Dark Souls:
    • The game's director, Hidetaka Miyazaki, encouraged this by implying that the pendant has some kind of special use. Some players tried everything; trying to drop it in front of bosses, locations, characters and bonfires, or seeing if it unlocks special dialogue or interactions with the game's covenants. He later revealed that he was just playing a prank by leading people to pick a starting gift that does nothing at all.
    • Shortly after Dark Souls 2 was released, a rumour spread that there is a form of copy protection present in the game files that, when activated, will throw a Jump Scare at the unsuspecting player. Anyone who played the game immediately figured out that it's a hoax, as a certain NPC mentioned in the story doesn't actually exist. Here's the thread.
  • Shin Megami Tensei I was long rumored to have a few lines of code to scare Save Scummers; it was suggested that if you hit the SNES reset button enough times, the game will throw up a screen telling you to "TURN IT OFF IMMEDIATELY" (in Japanese). It wasn't until twenty-odd years later that anyone had the courage to debunk it, when official translator Gideon Zhi declared the rumor false on Twitter.
    • Megami Tensei II had a few of its own:
      • Normally, you can only create Good and Neutral demons through fusion, but rumor had it that there was a way to create Evil demons too. The guy in the first town even mentions that he's working on a way to fuse demons that can't normally be fused. Unfortunately, it can't be done without a cheat device, leaving potential Game Breakers like Tiamat and Girimekhala unusuable.
      • There was also a rumor that you could finish the game without siding with the Partner and abandoning the Friend, either in the original or in the remake. This, again, is impossible without cheating: you can't finish the game without the Water Seal, and you can't get that without the Partner in your party.
  • For the original Dragon Quest V on Super Nintendo (which never made it out of Japan), there was a persistent rumor that if you choose "wrong" in the Love Triangle by marrying Nera instead of Bianca, various characters will be hit by the Diabolus ex Machina — Bianca's ill father will succumb to Death by Despair, Bianca herself will be forced to eke out a living as an abused barmaid, Nera's Unlucky Childhood Friend Crispin will be miserable, and that Nera is near-useless in battle on top of this. This myth went un-busted until September 2014, when Dragon's Den, the largest English-language Dragon Quest fan site, tracked down a video of a play-through where the player marries Nera and none of this happens. Dragon's Den proceeded to trace the source of the rumor and found it originated as a dark joke in one of the first online FAQs for the game, which predates even the first fan translation; since this FAQ was many Western players' first experience with DQV, it was taken at face value, and thus nobody married Nera to verify the claim.
  • The Prima guide for Digimon World 2 hints that a secret Digimon, Kimeramon, can somehow be found in the game, but doesn't give any explicit instructions on how to find him. Data for him exists in the game, and he is fully functional, but the only way anyone knew how to get him was with a Game Shark. In the years that followed, various rumors about how he can be obtained surfaced (mostly revolving around the game's Bonus Dungeon, Tera Domain, and how he has a small chance of spawning on one of its floors), and people posted stories claiming to have found him, but no evidence of it ever surfaced. Years later, it was discovered that, in the Japanese version of the game, he can be obtained via the use of a Pocket Station and a separate game, via an NPC in the Coliseum. Since the Pocket Station was never released outside of Japan, this NPC was cut in the NA version of the game, giving credence to the idea that the Prima guide is mistaken, and that Kimeramon was simply Dummied Out. Some people in the game's small community remained so fixated on the issue despite this that they data-mined the game and found more and more evidence that he really cannot be obtained, such as him being absent from the game's encounter list, which all but debunks the myth.
  • Undertale:
    • The TemShop (a.k.a. the only place in the game where you can sell stuff) generated a strange rumor. Sometimes, Temmie will announce that she really wants an item, and saying "No" to her at this point makes her increase her offer. If you say "No" again, she will reply "You will regret this" in perfect English. There was a rumour that if this happens, all Temmie enemies encountered from then on will kill you in one hit, which is not true.
    • A rumour so prevalent that it's posted on many fan sites as fact: The strange-looking, skeleton-like NPC in a Dummied Out room (that can only be accessed by editing your save file) that starts and disappears when you examine it is almost universally said to be W.D. Gaster, even though this has not been confirmed by Word of God and the game files identify the character as "spr_mysteryman_0".
      • W.D. Gaster in general seems to be an intentional nod to this trope, The Missingno. and Dummied Out characters. Every reference to him in the game is only accessible by tampering with the game settings or through incredible luck, and together they paint a disturbing picture of a brilliant scientist who was shattered through time and space by falling into one of his machines, erasing him so utterly that it's like he never existed at all. Gaster seems intricately connected to the plot of the game - especially to Sans, who just might be the one person who still remembers him, but you would never know that if you didn't dig deep below the surface of the game. In short, his very existence seems to be tailor-made to incite fan speculation about his nature, his death and his role in the events of the game.
    • An example of what could be called an Ascended Urban Legend of Zelda: the demo of the game features a Toy Knife as an equippable weapon, so a rumour started that by playing violently, you can find a Real Knife instead. This rumour turned out to be true in the actual game: the Real Knife replaces the Worn Dagger, the strongest weapon in the game, on a Genocide run, which indeed is playing violently. The description for the Real Knife says, "About time". Problem is, by then you have no need for it, since the only battle left after you acquire the knife is against an enemy whom your attacks don't work on.
    • Undertale attracts a lot of this, due to its reputation for large amounts of Developers' Foresight. See its trivia page for a more complete list.
  • In God Eater Burst, it is rumored that Kanon Daiba has the "God of Rare Drops" skill, which increases the chance of getting rare materials after a mission. Even though it's been proven false, some players will still bring her along for luck when they're hunting for that last item they need for an upgrade.
  • A bunch for Persona 5, mostly revolving around how to get the "true ending", due to the last game in the franchise having a "good ending"/"true ending" split.
    • Most involve Goro Akechi, with the original theory saying you needed to max his Confidant to save him from his Bolivian Army Ending. This one was jossed after players verified that his Confidant ranks up automatically, and you cannot hang out with him. The next theory involved maxing out all Confidants and visiting the protagonist's school on the last day after giving your notebook to Sojiro, which will unlock Goro's Palace. Very little evidence is available to support that theory, most of it being photos that could very easily been Photoshopped.

    Shoot 'Em Up 
  • Star Control II had an extremely persistent myth of a cloaking device for the main flagship. Despite Word of God that such a device is not in the final game, screenshots of it are actually printed on the back cover of the game, and it wasn't until the source was released that it was confirmed to be absent. Likewise for the secret code that makes the Pkunk Fury ship immortal.
    • There's also the legendary Black Spathi Squadron, a splinter faction of the Spathi composed of brave warriors who fly Eluders painted jet black and fight bravely throughout the universe! They're not actually in the game, of course.
      • A new player asking where to find the Androsynth is always a source of humour on the Ur-Quan Masters forum. (You can't find them. Don't ask about the Androsynth. You make me *frumple*.)
  • There were many theories back in the day that there is a way to shoot the dog in Duck Hunt for the NES. One is that you have to get to Stage 99 to do it. Easily the most straightforward example of wish-fulfillment on this page, and a good chunk of Duck Hunt hacks let you do just that.
    • It's entirely possible in the arcade version, but only in the bonus round — if you accidentally shoot the dog, the bonus round immediately ends and the dog walks out in bandages and on crutches to admonish you to "SHOOT THE DUCKS, NOT ME!"
  • Older-than-NES example — Spy Hunter. There was an urban legend about there being a run-and-gun shooting level taking place in a graveyard. Completely bogus...although it may have led to the addition of the third-person shooter levels of the second PS2 game. There were also rumors of a flying level, which actually appears in Super Spy Hunter, although that's a Dolled-Up Installment.
  • Every time a new Touhou game is announced, the fans will say that Mima will be in it. Even if it makes no sense. Ditto Shinki...until ZUN trolled all the Shinki fans by giving Byakuren one of Shinki's most distinctive attacks.
  • The supposed Brown Note/Subliminal Seduction arcade game Polybius is itself an urban legend.
  • Back in the coin-op days, there were rumors surrounding the old Missile Command game that the Pentagon kept track of high scorers, just in case.
  • When Galaga was released, rumors were that you can get a triple ship. That isn't true. You can in Galaga '88, though.

    Simulation Games 
  • Amiga Power claimed that Theme Park players can unlock—with enormous difficulty—a violent Syndicate crossover, creating an urban legend that wouldn't die. The magazine's writers never admitted that "Sinister Theme Park" mode was a hoax—only that they were responsible for its creation, that the screenshots were doctored, and that "literally no one" has ever managed to trigger it. But do keep trying, because Bullfrog precisely implemented their idea in later copies of the game!
  • Elite:
    • One of the all-time classics is the alien Mirage ship from Frontier: Elite II. They wound up chucking it into a secrets guide (complete with made-up specifications) and featured a Mirage II in the sequel First Encounters.
    • It was also rumoured in Frontier that there is a black hole at the centre of the galaxy, with even the game's creator David Braben backing this story up at times. Many players wasted hours looking for it, but disassembling the game files shows it's not true.
    • A persistent one is the planet Raxxla, mentioned in The Dark Wheel (a novella that came with the first game). According to Word of God, it does exist somewhere in Elite: Dangerous, but no one has found it yet.
    • The manual for the first game makes reference to rock hermits who lived on asteroids, enormous ships called Dredgers, Generation Ships, and the hidden planet Raxxla. These were added by the developers just for flavour text, but many players swear they'd seen a Dredger just as they left hyperspace. One of these, hermit asteroids, was added to later versions of the game.
  • Creatures is a virtual life game series involving cute aliens, and has a ridiculously large amount of actual easter eggs. When a person asked a very off-topic question in the Creatures help community, they got an extremely sarcastic reply. The "Secret Adventure Mode" quickly became a fandom in-joke, confusing many newcomers to the games into thinking it actually exists. The port of the first game as an expansion to the fourth game (conveniently titled Creatures 1 to Docking Station, or C12DS for short) added an actual Secret Adventure Mode to the game along with a plethora of other easter eggs.
  • The creators of Neopets have somewhat double-crossed this trope, similar to the example above. There's a myth of a place called Jelly World where everything, even the people, is made of jelly. But it's not a myth — Jelly World is a real place, yet not on any official map. Denizens of the site, however, like to aggravate others by insisting it doesn't exist, even when most of them know it does, following in the footsteps of the creators of the site, who originally denied its existence. Of course, there isn't really a Jelly World.
    • However, if you're lucky enough to get the lab ray and zap your pets with it, you can actually turn them into Jelly Neopets. Like Jelly World itself, they are claimed to be non-existent by the creators of Neopets. Some will obsess over the non-existence of these pets, and will try to get them. In fact, one user has gotten sixteen of these pets.
    • In the original Neoquest game there exists a door that's locked and has no apparent means of opening it. For years people tried various means of unlocking the door or obtaining the key, to no avail. To make it worse, the staff hasn't revealed whether it's actually possible to open the door.
    • The Neopets Team has a somewhat haphazard approach to how they build new features on the site, which can lead to confusion and Wild Mass Guessing. The Discarded Magical Blue Grundo Plushie of Prosperity, for example, was a page with a discarded magical blue Grundo plushie and nothing else. The sticking part is the "prosperity" part, as it seemed to do absolutely nothing. Rumors abounded on how to make it pay off, from the standard blatant lies about achieving impossible conditions resulting in a reward of rare items to more placebo effect-driven claims that it increases the frequency of Random Events. The truth? TNT just hadn't had the chance to activate it yet. Years after it was programmed in, they added the option to talk to the plushie, which can result in various good or bad effects (which is just part of an overhaul of the world it resides in).
    • New players can get this from the veterans, as the Neopets world is rife with old, inactive features and locations left over from previous events.
    • There's also the infamous Bonju avatar (avatars being essentially the Neopets equivalent of "achievements", rewarding you with little icons for your user lookup/forum posts for completing specific tasks around the site), which had players puzzling for three years over how to unlock it, and was the subject of countless wild rumors. TNT finally caved in and revealed the ridiculously obtuse solution in one of their editorials. Mix a Blumaroo Steak, Gourmet Cooking for your Pet and Orange juice at the Mystery Island Cooking Pot - NOT Bonju's cooking pot. Oh, and you have to have the Mad About Orange avatar as your active at the time. Oh, and this only works during the month of August. Whew!
  • Harvest Moon:
    • In Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life, there is a shed with a door that can never be opened. On one forum, a lot of rumors spread about how to open the door and what you'll get. In actuality, it's just a piece of leftover code that was blocked off rather than removed.
    • The numerous rumors that sprung up about acquiring the animals that hung around Forget-Me-Not Valley, which all wear neckerchiefs like the one that the player's dog wears. Carter's and Flora's Chihuahua are especially popular. Despite all rumors, the only pets you can own are the initial dog and a cat that Romana later gives you.
    • All those rumors for Harvest Moon Friends Of Mineral Town and its female counterpart about how you can get your dog to have puppies. This one's likely because you can do so in Back To Nature, which Mineral Town is a remake of.
    • One that runs throughout the series — in the games where you can marry the Harvest Goddess, your child will possess farm-improving magical powers.
    • That leaving your dog in your greenhouse in Harvest Moon 64, Back To Nature or Mineral Town will keep it from being destroyed by storms. This persists even after people posted video proof that it doesn't work.
    • Harvest Moon: Magical Melody has the "Rival marriage" system that was apparently left out of the international versions. The supposed "marriage pictures" are fanworks.
    • There are often characters who are well-liked, such as Carter from More Friends of Mineral Town and Flora from A Wonderful Life, who have rumors on how to marry them. They're never courtable.
  • Rune Factory:
    • In Rune Factory Frontier there's a popular rumour that Raguna can marry his depressed neighbor Kross.
    • In Rune Factory 2, there are two: One where there are methods to find the rumored ghost that haunts the clinic at night - never mind that Jake specifically tells you that he started that rumor as a joke. The other is a way to unlock a so-called "third generation", presumably with the child of Aaron/Aria and his/her "betrothed". Mentioning this on an HM forum is a good way to start a chain of mocking replies regarding the ridiculous things that will "unlock" the third generation (i.e. feeding Herman every recipe, even the stuff he hates, or fighting Douglas, Gordon and/or Jake in a duel)
  • Animal Crossing:
    • There tends to be a rumor (or an accusation) made that a certain male townsperson (specifically, a cat named Bob) wears a dress. According to some, this is a programming error — he's supposed to have normal "guy" clothing. However, this is false — Bob wears the same type of sacklike clothing both male and female cats wear. His "default" shirt pattern has flowers on it, but it's a flower shirt that is available to all characters (players included) and is worn indiscriminately regardless of gender. New Leaf makes it more noticeable that it's a shirt.
    • Brutus is allegedly a black version of one of the dog townspeople with red eyes. He is claimed to move in if you neglect your game for too long, speaks and sends letters in binary, and has a house full of nothing but fish that crashes after entering it. He apparently leaves the town after just one day. Everyone who claims to have seen him has either misplaced their cameras or had him...mysteriously disappear as they were getting ready to snap a photo. The one "screenshot" available on the internet is clearly edited.
    • Then there were the numerous other rumors of what Resetti does to you if you continue to reset long after he nearly has a stroke trying to hammer in "RESET THE GAME NOT!" into your head. Without going into the more gory or "colorful" outcomes that are blatantly false, one particular (and common) variant to this rumor is that if you reset over 60 times, Resetti will finally get fed up and dig like crazy underground, migrating all the neighbor's homes up a hill from below and causing all the neighbors to be mad at you for a week. Less outrageous (but just as false) is the rumor that his joke about erasing the player's save data stops merely being a joke at some point (this also tends to be claimed to be triggered by a certain amount of resets). The reality is, after a certain number of resets, the game simply loops through the last six conversations.
    • There was one rumor floating around for the Nintendo GameCube version that if you open your file every day and talk to the same neighbor (again, every day) for a straight year, you'll have the option to marry that neighbor. But alas...
    • Super Tortimer is a fake NES game Tortimer gives you as an April Fools' Day prank in the Gamecube title. No matter what fans say, there's no data to play it.
    • There was actually a massive hoax perpetrated at one point regarding Animal Crossing: City Folk. A young child was playing the game when supposedly Tortimer asked the child for either a photo or some personal information. The child's parent apparently saw this and came to the conclusion that a hacker had made his was into her child's Wii. She removed the game, contacted the authorities, and told them. Suddenly, the Missouri Police are sending out threat warnings to everyone that Tortimer is actually the avatar for some pervert who is trying to solicit children for sexual favors, photos, or confidential information. While it didn't take long for gamers to realize the absolute ridiculousness of this (Nobody can join a game in Animal Crossing: City Folk without first exchanging a 12-digit code with each other outside of the game; Tortimer is in fact an NPC and not controlled by players, and even offline one can encounter him), it didn't take long for parents in the Missouri area to panic that someone was trying to invade their children's video games. When the state tried to sue Nintendo, Nintendo simply proved them wrong with the coding and hard facts, and the Missouri Police quickly stopped talking about it, egg all over their faces.
  • The Sims:
    • The Sims 2 has many of these, including several alleged methods of getting twins and another cheat that supposedly will get Bella Goth back.
    • A small rumor claims that the urn of Vita Alto, a premade sim in The Sims 3, can be found in a basement in Pleasantview in Sims 2, and she can therefore be revived. Of course, this was proven untrue both by the fact that none of the houses in Pleasantview even have basements, and because she cannot be found in Sim PE, which a deceased character would be able to be.
  • Nintendogs has had its fair share of these over the years. The most common ones are:
    • That Nintendo created a "Nintencats" but either never released it because they believed a cat game wouldn't sell, or that it was a Japan-only game that was too poorly received to be released anywhere else. Now there's a "Nintendogs + Cats". Go figure.
    • The other rumor is that your dogs can breed. This is despite the fact they're puppies who can't be more than 3 - 5 months old. Numerous videos exist "proving" this can occur, and saying it's impossible often gets you yelled at by people who believe otherwise.
  • In Monster Rancher 2, anything concerning ??? monsters, especially the Enemy monsters. To put it simply, the enemy monsters are a Boss monster that is unable to be unlocked for yourself, with the exception of Japan-only White Mocchi. Didn't stop thousands of rumors about them, though.
  • There have been rumors of dead animals in Zoo Tycoon 2 turning into ghosts as an Easter egg. There are glitches that cause animals to turn transparent. However, people who believe the rumor claim that the glitch ghosts are not the same as the "real ghosts". Blue Fang has stated that any "ghosts" in the game are just glitches, although the rumor still continues.
  • New players to the X-Universe games are often enjoined to go look for the UFO base, a station that's supposedly the source of the flying saucers you occasionally see flying around and sells every item and ship in the game dirt cheap. This started as an Urban Legend of Zelda, but at this point it's basically a Running Gag in the fanbase.
  • Tomodachi Life infamously lacks a Gay Option, which can be a bit offputting to gay players, since the game has a strong focus on romantic relationships and all but forces you to make your first Mii a Self Insert. Shortly after its US release, a rumor cropped up asserting that the Japanese version has a Good Bad Bug to allow same-gender marriages, and that said bug had been patched out despite player requests to leave it in. No such bug actually exists, though, and any screenshots of an apparent same-gender couple are due to Dude Looks Like a Lady or Lady Looks Like a Dude. This can be exploited, of course, by deliberately giving one Mii the wrong gender so they can marry someone of the "same" gender, but that's possible in all versions and in no way a bug, since there's no imaginable way to detect whether a player is doing this.

    Sports Game 
  • In the arcade versions of Punch-Out!!, rumors abounded that, should you build up a string of repeated victories over the final champ, you'll be challenged by audience member Donkey Kong. If defeated, he will be knocked back into the audience. Maybe that has something to do with why he's in the Wii game.
  • NBA Jam has myriad rumors about additional secret characters with souped-up abilities. The most popular of these are Michael Jordan (who can dunk from the three-point line), Superman (who can dunk from halfcourt), Shaquille O'Neal (who can't be knocked down), and select characters from Mortal Kombat (which were planned for the console release but dropped). The next-gen remake restarted the cycle.
  • WWF Smackdown 2 has Ken Shamrock and Big Show's names as part of screenshots on the back of the case. They were dummied out, but still (very rarely) can appear randomly as 'Unknown' in a Royal Rumble or Slobberknocker match. Rumors persisted that you can unlock them, but it isn't possible without a cheating device, and even then they lack entrances (you have to turn entrances off to prevent the game from crashing when playing as them). What's more, most of their parts and moves can be unlocked to create them except for their heads.

    Stealth-Based Games 
  • Rumors of secret weapons and characters for multiple completions of Metal Gear Solid were widespread. Claims that completing the game 50 times with Otacon and 50 with Meryl will garner you Raven's Vulcan Cannon were even mentioned in magazines such as Powerstation.
    • Even more widespread were rumors of the possibility of replacing Raiden with Solid Snake during the Big Shell in Metal Gear Solid 2.
      • This one became partially true with the release of Substance, where you can play as Snake on the Big Shell in a series of non-canonical scenarios (or go skateboarding on it). There's still no way to control Snake during the actual Big Shell Incident, however.
    • Also rumours of a FAMAS being available on the Tanker chapter; these are based on early trailers, and the weapon itself doesn't show up in the final game.
      • Further fueled by the flashback footage showing Snake using the FAMAS against the guards on the Tanker.
    • Hard-working perverts have confirmed neither Johnny Sasaki in the first game or Raiden in the second game have any junk in their texture sets for any hypothetical action to uncover.
  • The release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain spurred a large number of rumors and alleged missing content, due to the Troubled Production that ensued between Konami and Hideo Kojima. Some of the biggest include:
    • That there was something planned with all the unused level space outside Camp Omega in Ground Zeroes. Various videos showcase all of the buildings and terrain outside Omega itself via clipping through the gates, including detailed textures and far more space than what is normally visible inside the camp. While this may have been intended to be part of an Old Save Bonus that would have transferred to Phantom Pain, nothing appears in the final version and the only remnant of Camp Omega is in a Metal Gear Online map, now cloaked in fog and called "Black Site".
    • That the "Classified Intel Acquisition" tape found in a Side-Op in Ground Zeroes is actually a secret audio recording that contains untranslated data from the MSX game system. There was rampant speculation as to its true purpose, including claims that it might be a secret message from Kojima himself or used to unlock additional content in Phantom Pain (and there is an additional MSX-related tape that could be found in that game). It was eventually discovered that the MSX data is an incomplete ROM for the game "The Portopia Serial Murder Case" (which inspired Kojima when he was younger), and that there is no hidden secret to be found.
    • That there is an alleged missing chapter of the game, referred to as "Chapter 3", which was removed prior to the release of the game and was/is intended to be released as a content patch. Fans often refer to this missing content due to the unfinished nature of some plotlines (notably, Eli and the child soldiers steal Sahelanthropus from Mother Base and fly away to parts unknown). Evidence pointing to this includes a supposedly-unused entire ending detailing Mother Base celebrating global disarmament (in actuality, it's a difficult-to-unlock ending that requires the online FOB mode), the existence of an unused and incomplete mission called "Kingdom of the Flies" (which appears in a pre-viz/animatic form on the Collector's Edition extras disc) and supposed hints in-game that there is more content to be discovered. This even got the attention of producer Ken-ichiro Imaizumi, who stoked the fires by claiming that he "couldn't tell" the fanbase what needs to be unlocked. It even inspired an entire sub-Reddit forum dedicated to datamining its secrets. Although there are aspects of a "Chapter 3" still on-disc (namely, text files referring to a number of scrapped missions that are all Hard Mode Filler of missions from earlier in the game) and a "Chapter 3" title card, it appears that nothing new was intended and most people have given up on waiting for the alleged content patch.
    • There were also rumors that an alleged content patch would be unlocked on September 11, 2015. This is in reference to an image of the World Trade Center towers that appears at the end of the unused "Kingdom of the Flies" mission with Liquid Snake's famous line ("It's not over yet!"), as well as a site called Ingsoc.org that referred to an unrevealed game called "Black Hound". While the "Black Hound" game is a real title (though not developed by Kojima or Konami - it's developed by an individual coasting on the uncertainty and confusion around Phantom Pain), no such content patch ever arrived.
  • In Thief: The Dark Project, there's an underground graveyard level called the Bonehoard. You have a rough map of this place, which insinuates the existence of an area called "The Alarus Extension", which players tried for years to find. Not only is the extension sealed off, but it doesn't even exist in the level! Additionally, Thief players love to spread the falsehood to newbies that within this non-existent area exists a Bow Upgrade, along with complicated instructions on how to get into the extension. It often takes the gullible neophytes hours, if not days, to realize they've been duped.
    • Many of the numerous fanmissions for the series like to make reference to one or the other, as well, either because the author thought it was funny or because s/he was deliberately messing with people's heads.

    Survival Horror 
  • In yet another case of Electronic Gaming Monthly's seemingly endless April Fools jokes, the April 1998 issue of EGM2 contained a method claiming to unlock Street Fighter boss Akuma in Resident Evil 2 as a secret character by finishing the game 12 times with an A rank using only the knife and the pistol, and entering the username as "AKUMA" on the computer terminal in William Birkin's lab. Images depicted a full 3D Akuma (probably ripped from the Street Fighter EX games) throwing Hadokens at Zombies.
    • Around March or April 1999, Play magazine were very excited over the discovery of a hidden gate in Resident Evil 2, opposite the police station. Speculation was that after going up to it, you can find some way to go through it, find Rebecca Chambers fighting zombies, then play as her. Rebecca is likely a result of using a cheat cartridge or PC skin. You can find the gate, but there is no way to go through it.
    • A rumor spread for a while of Resident Evil 6 getting a special edition subtitled Final Hope which would have added a campaign for Claire Redfield and received a port to the Wii U.
  • Many have claimed that the first Silent Hill game has an "Ambulance Ending" in which Harry rampages through the town in an ambulance; a common piece of joke fanart is the so-called "lost" UFO ending for Silent Hill 4 (which doesn't have one).
    • This is probably due to confusion with a budget Japanese video game called Zombies vs. Ambulances.
    • In the first Silent Hill you can allegedly "commit suicide" by nonstop running — running until Harry dies from a heart attack. Which is odd, considering James is the heavy wheezer.
    • This rumor often revolves around the bottle of distilled water in the alternate school. Supposedly, you can somehow use it build a bomb of some kind, which will allow you to blow open the traffic gate in front of the Alchemilla hospital.
      • Long ago, the Red Herring items in Midwich Elementary such as distilled water and glucose were also the source of rumors that Cybil Bennett was originally supposed to be a playable character in an alternate scenario, and that the items were for her to use.
    • There's an engine in the Shell station. Rumors say it can be installed in one of the cars.
    • The boat cabin wheel is also a subject of discussion; it doesn't do anything in-game, but Harry has dialog for it. Current opinion holds that it was part of a cut ending involving boat travel a la Silent Hill 2.
    • Now there are claims that you can save Lisa and get an "Excellent" ending.
    • Rumor persists of Silent Hill 3's mysterious "secret" level inside the hospital (which is impossible to get to because even with hacking, there is just a big empty building with no textures) on the PC version. There are mods out there that can "make" the hospital, but there is no official way.
    • At one time it was a pretty common rumour that completing extreme mode 10 would unlock Alessa's dress as an alternate costume. This was proven false, as completing the mode gets you nothing.
    • Another rumor comes from Silent Hill: Origins (a.k.a. ZERO), where you can use the otherworld mirror trick to bypass the apartment level and head straight into the hotel. There is no normal way to do this even using the described trick because the apartment is necessary to trigger the events in the hotel.
  • In Clock Tower: The First Fear, the game features multiple endings, many of which are determined by whether or not each of Jennifer's friends are killed off during the game, bar a few exceptions, some varying on what Jennifer does in the last few screens, while others are determined by acts unrelated to the girls. Out of those endings, many players have speculated on what would happen if Lotte survives, Anne and Laura survive, or all three girls live alongside Jennifer. Due to a mass number of glitches, it actually is possible to achieve these (or in the former's case, technically count this by chalking it up to "if I don't see it, it didn't happen"), but unlike the rumors which imply that all the girls can potentially be saved to earn the best ending possible, the designers had partially anticipated this enough to automatically lead to ending F which involves Jennifer being killed in the elevator; it's triggered if she had, at minimum, not witnessed either of Lotte's deaths. Note that it is also legally impossible without exploiting unpredictable glitches to have both Anne and Laura survive.
  • Beating the first six nights in the original Five Nights at Freddy's unlocks a customizable seventh night that allows the player to set the difficulty of the Animatronics from "1" to "20". Naturally, this kickstarted a rumor that entering the numbers "1-9-8-7" will trigger either a cutscene, or will unlock a supposed "8th night". Neither are true, and putting in said "1987 code" causes Golden Freddy to jumpscare the player and crash the game. It turns out developer Scott Cawthon was well-aware that people would attempt this and added in the "1987 code" as a joke on the players.
    • Another rumor that persisted in the early days of the game's release was that of "Sparky the Dog". The rumor was that Sparky is a hidden 6th Animatronic that either appears randomly, or if the player performs some form of various convoluted step-by-step instructions. Sparky is then said to appear in the "parts and service" room before vanishing. It turns out that Sparky doesn't exist in the game and is merely a fancharacter someone photoshopped into a screenshot of the game.
    • A rumor that that began spreading shortly after the release of Five Nights at Freddy's 2 centered around supposedly encountering the Purple Guy. There are supposed screenshots and even video of the event showing players being attacked by the murderer. However, this also turned out to be a hoax. The screenshots were photoshopped images of Toy Chica combined with Shadow Freddy, and the videos were created by people who hacked into the game to create custom renders.

    Turn-Based Strategy 
  • Team 17 are notorious for this. They mentioned in passing to magazine PC Zone that a mission pack was coming out for a Worms game (Worms 2) that would make worms babies and set missions at night. Then, of course, their most infamous claim, made on April 1st, was the **spaceman** cheat, which supposedly summons a UFO in Worms 2. Many people tried it before the official announcement at Noon that day that it was an April Fools joke.
    • Team 17 had a bit of fun with this when they made an announcement regarding Worms 4: Mayhem on April 1, claiming that in this game you would be able to use the ninja rope to pull crate drops closer towards you. This turned out to be absolutely true.
  • Final Fantasy Tactics A2 has rumors from the GameFAQs board that there's a hidden job called the Barmaid. It says that if you dismiss all of your clan members and do the mission "Wanted: Barmaid", Luso will become one.
  • There was a Final Fantasy Tactics rumor that gained a bit of momentum but died with the growth of the internet - that evidently, you can recruit Olan into your party. Part of the reason this had momentum was because hackers discovered he actually doesn't glitch the game out, implying that he might have been intended to join or return as a guest.
  • Super Robot Wars has the extremely persistent "Two Year Rule", the belief that developer Banpresto won't include a series, particularly Anime, in their installments until two years after its conclusion, for various reasons (the most commonly cited being an attempt to avoid Spoilers). However, this can be disproven simply by checking the release dates: Macross Frontier: The False Songstress is in Hakai-hen just over a year after it hit theaters, while Mobile Suit Gundam F91 was in the original Super Robot Wars a little over a month after its theatrical release. In reality, if it takes a while for a series to appear in the franchise, it's usually because the licensing rights aren't available yet.
    • There was a rumor Banpresto and co-developer Winkysoft had some kind of falling out, which caused Masou Kishin-based characters to stop appearing in Super Robot Wars post-Alpha Gaiden; this continued into the Original Generation sub-series, as Masaki Andoh, Shu Shirakawa and Lune Zoldark were its sole representatives. This was debunked when the Masou Kishin series rebooted as part of the part of the "OG Saga" line-up for Original Generation, and Banpresto revealed Winkysoft simply wanted a break from the Masou Kishin story. The rumor was ultimately squashed when the rest of the Masou Kishin cast that appeared in the "Classic Timeline" during Super Robot Wars EX in the Second Original Generation.
    • A game mechanic example: all units (allied or enemy) throughout the franchise are classified as either a "Real Robot" (accurate and agile) or "Super Robot" (strong and tough), yet some players have noticed there are certain units in some installments who don't belong in either classification (eg. a real dealing more damage than a super, or a super being more evasive than a real), deeming these units as "hybrid" robots (Evangelions being an examplenote ). Most players insist there's no such thing as "hybrids": a unit is either a "real" or "super" - there is no in-between.
    • It seems that Humongous Mecha in any media (Anime, Manga, Video Games) has a chance at being included in Super Robot Wars, though the one medium players believed was "hands-off" are those originating from Eroge Visual Novels, even if they are given a Bleached Underpants vesion. With Demonbane included in Super Robot Wars UX, this was another theory proven falsenote . Likewise, while there are plenty of series technically containing Mecha elements, they don't necessarily fit the definition of "robot" (except Powered Armor post-Super Robot Wars Judgment), thus fans relegated genres such as Kaiju and Space Opera as non-inclusions in Super Robot Wars. The point is made moot when Super Robot Wars X Omega featured Godzilla, and Super Robot Wars V included Space Battleship Yamato 2199.
    • Super Robot Wars Destiny has the infamous "armor bug", which is actually the result of enemy units packing far greater firepower than most other games provide them, such that the normally Nigh Invulnerable super robots that rely on tanking hits through strong armor instead lack enough durability to survive through this method. This is such a radical departure from the norm for the franchise, which usually strongly favors super robots, that rumors began of a Game-Breaking Bug by players who didn't run the calculations.
  • In Tactics Ogre, you were said to be able to recruit Lans Tartare, Balzepho, and Volac. However, battle data for Volac does not exist in the game, and as it turns out you can't make the three join you unless you hack them in, or any of the Dark Knights for that matter. Not to mention, saying those three are recruitable carries an implication that Balzepho would actually join forces with Haborym - which, given their history together, would end in disaster.
    • However, the remake actually does make one of the Dark Knights recruitable — instead of one of those three, it's Ozma, who has become an Ascended Extra.
  • There are several from the Fire Emblem series, such as a rumour that Canas could upgrade to a Dark Druid (the class of the Big Bad), due to the class appearing in the game's Attract Mode, or that heavier weapons give more Weapon Exp. (They don't; heavy weapons tend to have higher wexp yields to compensate for the fact that you won't be striking as often with them.) A list of them, along with debunking evidence, can be found here. Granted, some of the things that were actually Dummied Out of games in the series are almost as crazy as the rumours.
    • The weapon weight rumor was very popular during the early days of Path of Radiance, when people noticed that forging allows players to increase the weight of weapons. Since heavier weapons in the GBA games usually have higher Weapon Exp gains, people assumed that increasing the weight would increase the exp gains, and the rumor spread from there.
    • A very persistant rumour about Fire Emblem Fates is that Azura and Silas were originally planned to be the game's Gay Options. This has no direct evidence or Word of God to back it up, and while a placeholder name for a support between the Female Avatar and Azura's children as siblings exists, there's no evidence of the Female Avatar having an S Support with Azura at any point in development.
      • Fates had quite a few rumors about the plot flying around during the early days of fan translations as well. One of the biggest ones were the Cure Your Gays accusations aimed at Soleil's supports with a male Corrin (in fairness, the former's bisexuality is not well-conveyed in the original and really only comes up during their S support), which were at least partly responsible for the chain being completely rewritten for the English release.
  • A popular claim on various cheat/FAQ sites is that in the first Shining Force, if you use an exploit to get outside the town of Guardiana (by forcing an NPC to move into the path of a guard blocking the exit from the town), continue on to the first battle at the Gate, and proceed to clear it using only the player character/"Max", you will unlock something called "Shining Influence". It is never explained what this glitch would do, and some speculated that it would give an additional boost to the other party members for the rest of the game. It was later proven that no such item or glitch unlocks after completing the first battle solo — if anything, it's a major drawback because the player is subsequently unable to recruit the first four (normally mandatory) members who join you after speaking to the king for the first time.
  • Soon after the release of XCOM2, a rumor appeared that characters gain a hidden 5% bonus to their Hack stat for every successful hack on security towers. This may have appeared due to Specialists gaining 5 points to Hack every level-up, and XP for hacking towers, but the rumor explicitly claims the hidden bonus can't be seen on the promotions screen. Looking through the source code shows no such effect, but people still enjoy encouraging people to take risky hacks even if they don't want the reward.

    Visual Novels 
  • Yume Miru Kusuri features a Not Blood Siblings sister character who has a reasonable amount of romantic tension and interaction built up with the PC. This, coupled with a character in-game who talks about how these games love to have secret characters whose routes can only be unlocked after meeting some arbitrary goals in previous playthroughs, has a lot of players firmly convinced that a hidden route for said sister character must exist somewhere in the game. The more-believable rumor is that it was supposed to, but got cut during development
  • Remember11 is rumored to have a secret ending for Satoru, perhaps due to the story arguably having no ending at all. It doesn't help that the flowchart explicitly says that there is one.
  • Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth was born from an April Fool's preview by Capcom. They teased screenshots of Phoenix Wright freely walking through crime scenes to investigate. The joke was taken seriously by fans, especially at Court Records, as the date this was published wasn't on April 1st but rather during the week surrounding it. Due to positive fan reaction, Capcom actually made it a real game.
  • The obscure (to English audiences) visual novel / adventure game Crystal Dragon is well-known in Japan for a supposed hidden strip rock-scissors-paper game option, which was made up by a gaming magazine to see who would copy their work.
  • Misha from Katawa Shoujo was never meant to have a route, nor is there any sign of it in the game. She was always written as gay and unobtainable, and the only chance to have sex with her is pure Fan Disservice and leads directly into Shizune's bad end. The rumor persists because she's a fan favorite.
  • There is a persistent rumour in the Dangan Ronpa fandom that there exists a book showing descriptions and art of unused executions. Popular, but largely false. While there does exist a list in one of the material collections of unused executions for the first game, no such list exists for the second, and the art and executions often cited actually come from a doujin.
  • Between the constant fake spoilers and mistranslations in New Dangan Ronpa V3, a bunch of people thought that a bunch of false things ended up being true. Honorable mentions go to-
    • Rantaro being alive, having secretly worked with Kaede to perform a Thanatos Gambit that would allow him to investigate behind the scenes and put the mastermind down for falsely executing Kaede. This one was the most popular and most well-liked of the fan theories.
    • There was also a fake spoiler about how this game taking place in an Alternate Universe where Mukuro was the Big Bad of the HPA Saga and not Junko and because of that, there was different results in those killing games. The survivors of the killing school life were Makoto, Mondo, Hifumi, Chihiro, Kyoko, Junko, Sayaka, and Toko while the survivors of the killing school trip were Hajime, Teruteru, Chiaki, Ibuki, Mahiru, Sonia, Akane, and Hiyoko. Rantaro participated in both of games making him the Ultimate Survivor. However, in actuality, this game took place after Dangan Ronpa 3 and it is not an Alternate Universe.
      • In addition, the game was thought to be taking place in a virtual reality, and Artificial Intelligence version of the survivors would have shown up.
    • Similarly, the V3 was thought to stand for Rantaro's third victory.
    • Also, Team Danganronpa was thought to be the name of Mukuro's version of the Ultimate Despair.
    • Kaede and Miu were thought to be sisters and Kaede was thought to be Kiibo's creator.
    • All of the motives that the killers except for the first killer had were thought to be different
      • The second killer was thought to have her mafia master be killed by Ryoma and either be falsely placed blame for her mafia master's killer or be put a huge burden on her life by taking her mafia master's role thus seeking revenge at Ryoma.
      • The third killer was thought to kill Angie and Tenko because of his hatred towards religion. However, his real reason has to deal with much more disgusting things.
      • The fourth killer was thought to commit an Accidental Murder by having their VR avatar glitched out.
      • The fifth killer was thought to kill Kokichi because he thought Kokichi was the mastermind. While it was more or less the reason why Maki attempted to kill Kokichi, Kaito killed Kokichi because of he didn't want Maki to be executed for killing Kokichi.
    • Miu Iruma was thought to only want to put Kokichi into a coma instead of attempting to kill him and escape.
    • Several personalities of pre-memory rewrite characters ended up being false. For example, Gonta was thought to be a Jerkass that was turned into a Nice Guy like Kaito, Kokichi was thought to be a Nice Guy that was turned into a Jerkass, and Tenko was thought to be somebody who wanted a romance with a man who was turned into a man-hater.

    Wide-Open Sandbox 
  • The Grand Theft Auto series has enough of these that there exists an entire wiki devoted just to the myths, rumors, and urban legends that the games have spawned. Among the more famous ones:
    • In Vice City, there were claims that there are ways to make the military submarine submerged off the north coast of the east island surface, up to and including talk of a secret ending where you can nuke the city.
    • San Andreas was the first game in the series to be hit with rumors on a large scale. Perhaps not coincidentally, it's also the first game in the series to feature a widespread countryside to explore.
      • One of the big ones was that there exists a Sasquatch (Bigfoot) character somewhere on the map, which was "proven" by some people with Photoshopped images. There's no Bigfoot in the game code. However, a Sasquatch not only does appear in Red Dead Redemption's Undead Nightmare DLC, but that game lets you kill and skin him. And the achievement you get for doing so? "Six Years In The Making". Undead Nightmare was released six years after San Andreas, to the day. The final bonus mission in GTA V also has Franklin being enlisted by a man who'd been looking for Sasquatch for nine years (the amount of time between the releases of San Andreas and V) to help him hunt one. It turns out to be a guy in a Sasquatch suit, though.
      • Another was that there are "ghost cars" that spawn in some precise locations and drive around without a driver. These "ghost cars" are just abandoned, wrecked cars that the game spawns in hilly areas. Since new cars don't spawn with their parking brakes on, they'll sometimes just roll down the hills.
      • There were also rumors about zombies being in the game, fueled by a rather mysterious corporate building in San Fierro.
      • Another common rumor that there are aliens, UFOs, and other extraterrestials in the game, which are partly true, sort of. Two of the Truth's missions have some interesting content that may or may not be caused by aliens One of them has you stealing some green goo from a heavily armored train, and another on a plane the enemies call you "carbon based life form". A glitch in the game can cause the lights of planes to spawn, but not the plane itself, creating what technically is an unidentifiable flying object in the sky.
      • San Andreas also has a single mission where you fly to Liberty City and have a shootout in the Italian restaurant which features prominently in 3. There are an enormous number of rumors suggesting that there is a way to unlock all of Liberty City. Hackers figured out how to get there, either getting outside the mission area or returning later; a surprisingly large part of the city is actually present (about 70% of Portland), hovering in the air miles above northeast Los Santos, but is useless because there is no collision detection except in the area used in the establishing shot.
      • Many similar rumors abound, such as the existence of Jawsnote , the Loch Ness Monster, Leatherface, etc. Most of these have been officially refuted.
    • Grand Theft Auto IV has a whole bunch as well:
      • Lola the prostitute is featured on the PS3 box art and has a page on the police archives (accessible if you use the computer in the police vehicles), so there are rumors that she's in the game.
      • One piece of fan rumor turned out to be correct. In IV, you receive an achievement called "Impossible Trinity" after completing a mission in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After it was revealed that Johnny Klebitz (who appears in that mission) is the playable character for the first Expansion Pack, The Lost & Damned, players seized upon the achievement name and predicted that Luis Lopez (who also appears) would star in his own DLC. Sure enough, he's the protagonist of the second expansion, The Ballad of Gay Tony.
      • There is also the "Ratman", which is similar to the San Andreas rumors about Bigfoot. Supposedly, there is a humanoid monster that lives in the subways and attacks other NPCs and the player. It's faster than other NPCs and attacks by swiping at Niko, chewing on his corpse when it kills him. Extensive searches in-game and through the game's code have dismissed this claim, and any "proof" of the Ratman has been proven to be hoaxed.
      • The abandoned Sprunk factory in Alderney is widely rumored to be haunted, thanks to a scream that some people claim to have heard when wandering through the factory (usually after firing off a round). More likely, it's just one of the bums that spawns inside.
    • Grand Theft Auto V is home of the possibly biggest mystery of the franchise, nicknamed simply as the Mount Chiliad Mystery. It all begins with a simple mural on a wall of a shed having its place on Mount Chiliad, containing a crude drawing of supposedly a mountain, a flying saucer, a cracked egg, what looks like a person flying a jetpack, five red X's, weird lines inside that mountain, thunderbolts, and more. More so, after reaching 100% completion of the game, the player is able to trigger a total of three (four if counting a broken one underwater) actual flying saucers, all in different places hovering in the air with no real purpose. After uncovering the existence of these things, the Internet has since then gone crazy about this. What is the purpose of this mural, or of the saucers? Can the player unlock a flyable saucer, a jetpack, or something different? Is there actually a mystery, considering Rockstar never really confirmed it? Incredible theories and even valid finds have been popping up since then, like an actual alien egg inside the game files, weird green lights on bunkers, theories about a hidden karma meter inside the game, even more unreadable murals inside the game, and much, much more, even one year after the game's release, stating clearly that there isn't just a mystery inside the game, it is more like a game around the mystery. While it isn't clear if this mystery is solveable, Rockstar has been taunting players cryptically to "continue the search for the truth". The hunt is ongoing to this day, with many hunters trying out new and continuously more unusual theories to maybe solve this giant thing one day.
      • It was often believed that you can manipulate the stock market outside of specific missions by blowing up property belonging to one company, causing their stocks to fall and their competitor's to rise. This is not true, and was likely started by the assassination missions having a similar system.
      • Another widespread rumor popping up for V is that the police will racially profile Franklin for arrest in situations where Michael or even Trevor would get a pass - even going so far as to open fire on sight in rich, white neighborhoods. This was Jossed by Rockstar after complaints that the game was perhaps a little too realistic for its own good.
  • Speaking of Rockstar, Red Dead Redemption has its share of supposed secrets. One of the most prominent after the game's release was the rumor that you can find a ruined DeLorean hidden in the mountains in a reference to Back to the Future Part III. No one's ever discovered it.
    • Another persistent rumor states that the town of Tumbleweed is haunted. There are certainly strange things that go on in that area (and that area only), but nothing has ever been officially confirmed.
    • The DLC Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare has spawned the ever resilient myth that there is a werewolf somewhere in the game, with most sites claiming it to be somewhere in Tall Trees and only coming out during the full moon. Extensive searches have turned up nothing, and reported screen shots of it have been proven to be fake. Other sightings have been dismissed as just a wild horse, usually the American Standardbred, note  rearing up and giving the illusion of a bi-pedaled werewolf.

  • Minecraft has Herobrine, the supposed dead brother of the game's creator, known for creating strange structures and being elusive. Word of God has jossed the rumor, but the creators like to poke fun at it: almost every update has a line that says "removed Herobrine" or something similar. On top of this, in a multiplayer server, if a player is killed by an arrow shot from a dispenser, the message that displays the cause of death is said to be from Herobrine. Sometimes you may look into a mod of a game, or even a game itslf, and will find the log referencing to a Herobrine of sorts. He does exist... as part of many of the billion mods made by the community.
    • Rendering spasms can give the impression that Herobrine's face appeared on the screen. It is awfully uncomfortable to witness that happen.
    • One of the Christmas Skin Packs includes a "Holiday Herobrine". Basically, Herobrine with a Christmas Sweater.
    • On 9 March 2012 at the GDC, Notch mentioned that "there is one [recipe] people haven't found yet", this happening about a week after two unused textures for hieroglyphic-covered blocks mysteriously appeared in the texture file. This sparked a huge number of rumours and speculation.
  • Blockland has "The Golden Brick" which supposedly exists in the Slate map, and, upon clicking it, you apparently unlock Blockland Adventure Mode. It's untrue, but it's still thought to be such a cool idea that many players pretend that it's real just for fun.
    • There's also the Renderman, an apparition not unlike Herobrine from Minecraft. It's supposed to appear when you take a screenshot on a dark map, and in DOF screenshots(basically screenshots taken while your character shakes violently, to produce a very blurry image) he appears very close to the player. Many pictures have been provided of him to 'prove' his existence. He was revived in the Halloween Update, where a 'new form' of Renderman appeared: Preppers, flashing red ASCII Terror Faces ("°Д°") which were claimed to randomly appear on dark maps. Combined with the usual presence of Nothing Is Scarier in dark maps, many didn't want to load these maps for fear of encountering HIM.
  • [PROTOTYPE]: Even before the game's release, the developers touted information that you can unlock a new character and secret mission if you have met certain criteria and found a hidden severed leg. A few weeks after the game's release, a member of the GameFAQs community found the leg, and was disappointed to find that nothing happens. The developers even acknowledged that people had found the severed leg, but they refused to give further information. Rumors now focus on things such as all the crazy things you have to do to get the leg to work, and some believe that there's another leg out there and that this leg is just a red herring.
  • In Just Cause 2, it has been rumored that there is some sort of UFO that can appear and blow you out of the sky in a simple blast. This is actually the electrical tower that becomes a focus for a side mission.
  • Some Spider-man games have a few. The first Movie tie-in game allowed playing as the Green Goblin, so people claimed that you could play the sequels as their respective villains.
    • Spider-man 2:
      • According to some, reaching 100% in Spider-Man 2 would add a "Change" icon to play as Doc Ock somewhere on the game. There's absolutely no footage of this. Humorously, one persistent rumor on a few gaming sites said that jumping off of the Statue of Liberty 30 times will let you play as Kermit the Frog. Sadly, this does not happen.
      • There's apparently also a few ways to unlock the Dummied Out Governor's Island. Again, no footage. Additionally, there's supposedly a costume store hidden in the city, opening its doors at X time of day.
      • As Lizard was originally planned to appear, several people claim that he is still in the game. Usually the theories say that he's in the sewers, accessible through a certain manhole after a certain requirement has been met.
    • There was a rumor that you could play as Venom in the PS2, PSP and WII versions of Spider-Man 3 tie-in game (The not-so-good version). As collecting 50 Spider-emblems after the final mission unlocks the Black suit for unlimited usage, people latched on the idea that collecting 100 meteorite fragments would unlock Venom as a playable character. Turns out that it doesn't. All footage about it is just very blurry footage of the Black suit.

    Hardware 
  • Naturally, while the Virtual Boy was on the market, there were persistent rumors that color graphics are indeed possible through the use of cheat codes, system modifications, and what have you. There are even mock-ups circulating the internet of VB games with colorized graphics. This was in spite of the fact that Nintendo themselves unapologetically proclaimed that the Virtual Boy's internal graphics processor has only a two color palette, and thus more colors would've been physically impossible given the hardware specs. Needless to say, these rumors died with the VB itself.
  • Even kiddie rides get myths every once in a while. Usually this pertains to licensed rides that simply do not exist, but someone's friend's cousin's sister twice removed claims to have seen.
  • Every few years there is a new rumor of a "Sega Dreamcast 2", but they are never real.
  • Just prior to the reveal of the Wii, there was a convincing hoax known as the "Nintendo ON". It was a Virtual Reality device you strapped to your head.

    Collectible Card Games 
  • Supposedly, Konami and Upper Deck Entertainment have created several Yu-Gi-Oh! cards that have never been released to the public, only allowing them to be played by R&D employees at Upper Deck in specialized "Duel the Master" matches at tournaments. These include the Seal of Orichalcos, Power Balance, and alternate versions of the Egyptian God Cards. Since the only "proof" of these cards existing are proxies, there's no way of knowing if this is actually true.
    • The anime gives this a nod very early on, establishing that Pegasus' Toon monsters are one-of-a-kind cards that were never released to the public due to them being "too powerful". During the last parts of the KC Grand Prix arc, it's revealed that Pegasus' company routinely gives away copies of unsanctioned cards as prizes (a habit that the actual card game took up).
    • This has been proven to be true, at least for the Seal of Orichalcos. As for the Egyptian God cards, alternate, tournament-legal "effect" versions have been released for Obelisk the Tormentor, the Winged Dragon of Ra, and Slifer the Sky Dragon. The latter addition has prompted the creation of the long time anime-only The Creator God of Light, Horakhty as an actual card. It even has its own type, "Creator God". The Seal of Orichalcos too has been released legally, though obviously with a very different effect to that of the anime or the Duel the Master version. No word on Power Balance, though.
    • Prior to the official release of Primal Origin, there were sources depicting "Starduston" as a fake "Duston" version of "Stardust Dragon". It also was claimed to have an effect highly reminiscent of "Stardust Dragon": During either player's turn, when a card or effect is activated that would destroy a card(s) on the field: You can Tribute this card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it. You can only control 1 face-up "Starduston".
  • In the early days of Magic: The Gathering, when cardlists were not available and the first big expansion set (Legends) was coming out, a rumor was started among the then-nascent Internet about the card "Throat Wolf", a creature which supposedly has "firstest strike". It also was rumored to have the ability to attack on your opponent's turn. Usually guides on how to get the super rare card mention other non-existent cards, like the Clockwork Doppelganger.
    • Of course, spoofed in the parody set Unhinged, which actually has a secret card that only exists in foil and is not listed in most spoilers. It's "Super Secret Tech," and its collector number is 141 out of 140.

    Pinball 
  • The operator's manual for Star Trek: The Next Generation refers to a "secret video mode", which is believed to be a version of Breakout. The exact requirement for invoking it is unknown, however, and it's unclear if it was disabled in the final release. Even so, many pinball players keep spreading rumors of the exact sequence of actions needed to activate it.
  • A rumor persists that setting the DIP switches for Gottlieb's The Amazing Spider-Man pinball to a certain combination will cause the game to play the theme music from the Sixties animated series during the attract mode.

Non-Game Examples

    Anime and Manga 
  • There's a rumor in the Lucky Star fandom that in a manga omake, Word of God confirmed that Kagami has a one-sided crush on Konata (which of course is prime fuel for the shippers). Except...that this omake doesn't exist, but of course the shippers love to propagate the rumor without ever checking for a source. (The lack of scans online beyond the beginning of Volume 2 contributes to this.)
  • Sailor Moon: Prince Uranus refers to a fan-created rumor (from the long-defunct fan site "Save our Sailors") that was stated to have come from an unnamed Japanese magazine's article interviewing Naoko Takeuchi, who supposedly explained that Sailor Neptune's and Sailor Uranus's lesbian relationship was in fact that of Sailor Neptune and Prince Uranus, who had died and was reborn as a girl (as his sister's powers had passed on to him, causing him to be reborn as her). Needless to say, Sailor Moon fans were not amused, and the site that the rumor came from later quietly removed it.
  • There is a popular and persistent rumor about the finale of Captain Tsubasa that stated that the whole series is All Just a Dream, ending with Tsubasa waking up in a hospital, where we find out he was run over by a truck during the first episode and that his legs were amputated since the accident. While many people have stated that they "saw" the episode, this is in fact, false, since there is nothing to prove it as real (besides a poorly photoshopped picture of Tsubasa in a hospital bed): there are three anime adaptations of the manga (the last one being Road to 2002), and its creator has been working in several sequels and spin-offs since the last anime was released in earlier 2000s.
  • Digimon
    • The fandom has the still-persistent belief that Renamon was male in the original Japanese. It doesn't help that at least one foreign version has Renamon as a male character.
    • Additionally, a persistent rumor held that, in the Japanese version of Piedmon's Last Jest, Takeru and Hikari kiss, a scene that was supposedly censored out for the English version.
    • Digimon Adventure 02 has had at least a couple of long-standing rumors about its Distant Finale; one involves an interview where someone who worked on the show said that TK/Kari and Izzy/Mimi were going to be two of the couples, along with the canon Ken/Yolei and Matt/Sora. Another one, commonly perpetuated by Tai/Sora fans, is that Sora and Matt are divorced. So far, there is no evidence that either rumor is true.
  • Doraemon has two rumors regarding the series finale:
    • Similar to the supposed ending of Captain Tsubasa, Doraemon was also believed to end like this. The whole show is (depending on who tells it) either the delusion of a mentally ill kid, or more often, the dream of a boy in a coma. In both instances, Nobita is found bedridden with a Doraemon plushie, and usually the story claims that he has no legs. The story, however, does not end like that. The original TV show doesn't have a proper ending, in fact, it continued airing new episodes long after those rumors appeared, generally spread by older fans who grew out of Doraemon's main demographic and had no idea that the show was still making new material. The rumor is stronger in Latin America, fueled by the fact the dub had a hiatus that led people to believe the show ended. The manga never got a proper ending, while the anime has a special with a more And The Adventue Continues style ending.
    • Another rumor is way more optimistic. It deals with Doraemon malfunctioning as his batteries run out. The batteries are linked to his memory, and therefore replacing them will cause him to reboot. Nobita, not wanting to erase his memories, decides to study hard and do his best to find a way to repair his friend without rebooting his system. It leads to him becoming a successful engineer, and when he finally is able to fix the cosmic cat, Doraemon decides he no longer needs him and he decides to stay with Nobita's son instead. This rumor was created by a very convincing Doujinshi, which has confused many people into believing it's the real deal, even when the original fan comic doesn't even pretend to be taken as canon.
  • Dragon Ball
    • Dragon Ball AF was a rumor started after GT ended, and still hasn't died. It's supposed to be a continuation of the story after Dragon Ball GT, where Goku supposedly goes Super Saiyan 5. It went downhill after that. Fan Theories are confirmed, and every character reaches another level of Super Saiyan: 6, 7...50. However, AF simply does not exist. Even the name is a mystery. The ones who want to believe it exists say it's "After Future", the ones who don't say it's "April Fools". A doujinshi was created out of this theory by Toyble, which just made things worse as the art is really good, and resembles Toriyama's. Fans believed it to be official. The Daizenshuu EX website also played with this theory, which again, just made things worse.
    • Then there came Dragon Ball Hoshi, which just like AF doesn't exist. Yet trailers exist around the net, mostly scenes from Dragon Ball videogame openings and movies unreleased outside Japan.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
    • In the fanbase you'll sometimes hear the rumor that Winry's name was meant to be "Wendy", but wasn't spelled correctly. Similarly, that "Riza" was intended as "Liza" or "Lisa".
    • Despite many fans swearing that it's canon, there is no mention anywhere in the 2003 anime that Envy's real name is "William Elric".
  • Pokémon:
    • In the early days of the Pokémon fandom, there were rumors that Ash's Butterfree dies in the original Japanese version of "Bye Bye Butterfree" and that the English dub rewrote the script so that Butterfree lives. It was supposedly claimed that Butterfree die after mating like real butterflies do, and Ash is sad because he knows this is the last time he'll see his Butterfree alive. Once the Japanese episodes became more readily available, it became clear that this is not the case and Butterfree do indeed survive after mating. He even appears in a future intro with his mate.
    • Rumors for Pokémon: The First Movie are that Mew in the Japanese version has a very horrible opinion on clones and says that they are "inferior and should die". In reality, according to Meowth (Nyarth in this version), its dialogue is:
    The real ones are real. If the clones fight only using their bodies and not with skill, the real ones will never lose.
  • There is a rumor that Black Butler was originally supposed to be a Yaoi, but was changed to attract a wider audience, which some say is just an urban legend. There is evidence for both arguments, with the strongest evidence for the rumor being that the author has been known to draw Yaoi before.

    Comic Strips 
  • There is a persistent rumor that the final strip of Calvin and Hobbes is this one, which has Calvin being on medication and no longer wanting to play with Hobbes, who turns back into a plush toy. The strip widely circulated online is a parody created by someone to make an anti-medication point, though the actual artist is unknown. The actual final strip adopts an And the Adventure Continues perspective.

     Film — Animation 
  • Wreck-It Ralph:
    • Mario not being in the movie has nothing to do with Nintendo asking too much money for a cameo. He's not in it because the writers didn't know how to properly incorporate him, though he is mentioned. It's been confirmed he'll appear in the sequel.
    • There's an in-universe example. At the end of the movie, there's the fourth-wall breaking character in Hero's Duty, King Candy in Sugar Rush, the secret bonus level in Fix-It Felix, the Turbo glitch in Road Blasters, and possibly more, if Turbo messed with any other games before he came to Sugar Rush.
  • Despite Don Bluth debunking the rumors, many fans still believe there is an unused storyboard for The Secret of NIMH where Justin and Mrs. Brisby kiss.
  • There's a rumor that in the original script for The Road to El Dorado, there were strong hints that Miguel and Tulio were a gay couple and Executive Meddling resulted in hints of homosexuality being removed and Chel being added, but the fact that Chel is included in rough model sheets and early test footage casts some doubt on this.
  • There's been a hoax going around associated with Monsters, Inc. It involves a screenshot of a scene showing that Boo drew a drawing of her mother and "Uncle Roger" having sex. The picture is photoshopped. Despite this, people still claim it's a real case of Getting Crap Past the Radar or that it was on the first edition before later being censored.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Harry Potter
    • A Tumblr prank started a rumor that the snake freed in the zoo is Nagini, Voldemort's pet snake. From the looks of things, thousands of gullible fans have reblogged the quote.
    • Also on Tumblr, there's a very highly reblogged post that appeared around the time the last movie premiered about the child actor playing Albus Severus being the same one who played baby Harry in the first movie, despite the fact that a quick IMDB check shows that the first baby Harry was actually played by a set of triplets. Also, bonus points for using a picture of baby Harry from Deathly Hallows instead of the baby Harry from Sorcerer's Stone.
  • There are a few stories going around about bits and pieces of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. When online fans in the pre-DVD days bragged that their theater's print of the film had the UK-exclusive song "Super Heroes" intact, one fan attempted to top them by claiming that his theater had an otherwise lost scene in which Riff and Brad engage in anal sex. This became a long (LONG) running in-joke among the Rocky community, with two fans actually writing and filming an intentionally blurry version of the scene for the 2001 'Frankie Goes To Hollywood' convention. Currently, the scene circulates in a fan-created 'extended edition' in the film, strictly for the sake of keeping the legend alive, though it should never be considered canon.
  • Godzilla
    • There are a lot of people who claim that King Kong vs. Godzilla has two different endings for the American and Japanese releases, one where King Kong wins and one where Godzilla wins respectively. While there are differences between the two versions, the endings are the same and Word of God says that King Kong was always the intended victor. The rumor may have started because the Japanese version has King Kong's and Godzilla's roars played at the end, while the American version only had Kong's.
    • There is also a common rumor about the German release of Godzilla vs. Megalon, namely that the dub claims that Jet Jaguar is King Kong wearing a robot suit — likely started by James Rolfe's Godzillathon movie reviews. While it is true that some European releases of these movies have very wacky names, and in Germany, Jet Jaguar is really called King Kong, it's just a case of Dub Name Change, and the character is never stated to be anything other than a human-built robot. For the record, Mechagodzilla is also renamed to King Kong in Germany, and this is, again, a simple name-change.
    • An old and widely believed legend is that a movie titled Godzilla vs. the Devil was in development during the late 1970s. The story is oddly specific, detailing that the film was to be a American/Japanese co-production between Toho Company and UPA Productions in which Godzilla battles a giant spider, a giant fish, and a giant bird before dueling with Satan himself. Not only did the film never come out, it doesn't even exist. The whole thing is just a very strange, very detailed rumor that originated in America.
  • The "still in development" live-action ThunderCats movie has been rumored since 2005, and has even been confused with the canceled 2010 CGI movie. But there is an IMDb page with no information. Let us wish it then into existence!
  • Ever since the last known copy of London After Midnight was destroyed in 1967, there has been a plethora of urban legends regarding film collectors who possess copies of it and refuse to share. Several different names have been thrown around, meaning that potentially several copies might be hidden away in private film vaults somewhere, but so far there's every indication that it's all just bored horror fans pulling the legs of other horror fans. This sort of thing isn't unheard of for lost films, but London After Midnight attracts it to an unrivaled extent due to it being the most famous lost film there is.
  • There are a few myths regarding the legendary "Spider Pit Sequence," a deleted scene from the original King Kong (1933) in which several of the sailors survive their fall into a deep chasm only to be eaten alive by giant bugs and reptiles. While the scene definitely was shot, there's a longstanding myth that it was removed from the film because test audiences found it too disturbing. In reality, the director cut it because he felt it ruined the film's pacing. The second myth is that the footage still exists somewhere in the world, possibly in Asia due to the possibility that the film was shipped there before the scene was cut, but so far, no luck. A very convincing reconstruction of the scene was created by Peter Jackson for the bonus features of the DVD, but when taken out of context, it is sometimes mistaken for the real thing, causing more confusion.note 
  • There's a persistent rumor that Big has an alternate ending where Susan shows up in Josh's class as a transfer student after using the Zoltar machine to de-age herself, despite director Penny Marshall denying its existence.
  • The Mad Max film series is one of several examples of action-heavy films which are subject to urban legends of incidents that led to the actual death of stunt artists being included in the finished film. The two incidents most commonly mentioned are the "bridge scene" near the end of the original Mad Max, in which Max drives the Interceptor through a group of the outlaw bikers, and one biker who hits the road can be clearly seen to be struck in the head by the wheel of a sliding bike; and a sequence in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior where a biker hits an overturned dune buggy at speed and flies over the handlebars, over a buggy, and into a pit. Both of these were genuine accidents during filming that were kept in for being spectacular, but neither led to any permanent harm.
  • The 1959 version of Ben-Hur is the single film most commonly accused of including real death, in its climactic chariot race scene. Three different sequences in which characters are run over by chariots have been pointed to as the real death, but all are visibly done with dummies. The earlier 1926 silent film version is subject to more serious claims of fatalities, with people who were present at the time alleging that at least one stunt performer was killed in an abortive attempt to film the chariot race scene in Rome, and that stunt performers may have drowned during the chaotic filming of a sea battle sequence. However, no sequences within the film have been identified as actually depicting death.
  • Rumors of an upcoming live-action movie of The Simpsons have persisted. There were ideas for a live-action Troy McClure movie, but not a movie focusing on the entire Simpsons family.

    Literature 
  • It's widely believed that the reason J. R. R. Tolkien utilizes giant spiders as villains in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion is that he was intensely arachnophobic after being bitten by a tarantula while playing outside as a toddler. While the incident with the tarantula did really take place, Tolkien later said that he had no memory of the event and did not dislike spiders at all, even going out of his way to avoid drowning ones that accidentally fell in his bathtub. The real reason he incorporated the villainous spiders is because his son was terrified of them.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who has a few:
    • There's a long-standing legend that the original TARDIS police box prop was previously used in an episode or episodes of Dixon of Dock Green. In fact, it was built new for the show.
    • The "missing sixth episode" of "The Daemons", set off by an April Fool's prank in a fanzine. The somewhat abrupt and ill-explained ending of the story, combined with its unusual length of five episodes, led to a fan rumour that it was made as a six-part story and then had the last two episodes crudely edited into one. This had happened a couple of times earlier in the show, with "Planet of Giants", and "The Dominators", but "The Daemons" was written as broadcast.
    • 1960s Doctor Who in colour. Various rumours have circulated about parts of or entire episodes of Hartnell and Troughton stories being made in colour as unbroadcast technical experiments. This never happened. The probable source of the rumour lies with unofficial colour films of location shooting for a couple of sixties stories, which were made by crew members or fans.
    • There were several wild rumours involving the true authorship of the stories "Kinda" and "Snakedance", due to the unusually cerebral nature of the scripts and the fact that the writer, Christopher Bailey, didn't write very much else and quickly gave up scriptwriting for academia. It was commonly alleged in fandom that "Bailey" was a pseudonym for a very well-known person who didn't want to be known as a Who writer, with the most common targets being Kate Bush and Tom Stoppard.
    • But the most notorious urban legends in Doctor Who fandom surround Missing Episodes, with wild tales of evil collectors or secret circles of Big Name Fans who own copies of missing episodes and refuse to release them to the wider public.
      • In November 2013, tabloids the Daily Mail and the Mirror reported as news that a copy of the seven episodes of Marco Polo, the earliest missing serial (and one of only three to have no existing footage whatsoever) had been found, recorded off-air by a handheld camera pointed at the TV screen. This was presumably a Chinese whisper based on the fact that many brief clips of footage have survived via this method — filmed by an anonymous Australian fan using an 8mm cine camera — but certainly not any full episodes.
      • Ever since the rediscovery of "The Enemy of the World" and "The Web of Fear", the fandom has been plagued by the "omnirumour", which, promoted by some well-known American geek news sites, alleges that most or all of the 1960s Missing Episodes have actually been found, but that it's been kept secret because the people in possession of them want more money and/or because the BBC wants to keep a guaranteed home video income stream by "finding" them gradually over the next few decades.
      • The "evil collector" legend actually achieved ostension in 2015, when the missing episode hunters who recovered the Nigerian copies of "The Web of Fear" revealed that Episode 3 of the story (one of the most sought-after of all Missing Episodes, since it features the first on-screen appearance of the iconic franchise character Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart) had been stolen between their discovery of the episodes and their official removal from their original location.
  • When season 2 of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers came out, the remaining "Zyu 2" Zord battles Super Sentai creator Toei Entertainment had created specifically for MMPR were either edited to have the villains battle the mechs from Gosei Sentai Dairanger instead, or unused altogether. For years, rumors persisted that one of the latter cases, Bloom of Doom, had Lokar, the Power Rangers counterpart of the Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger Big Bad Dai Satan, appear during her Zord battle. In February 2014, MMPR director/stunt coordinator Jeff Pruitt released some of the unused Zyu 2 footage, including the Bloom of Doom Zord battle, in which Lokar does not appear.
  • There's one about El Chavo del ocho, very popular on YouTube, about how the original show ends with the eponymous Chavo dead after he gets hit by a car. This is totally false; the original run ended with the trip to Acapulco three-parter.
    • "Street child killed by car" does happen in the companion book El Diario del Chavo del Ocho, although to a friend of el Chavo, and before the events of the show.

     Music 
  • Overlapping with Live-Action TV, two different generations have a variation on an urban legend that a Former Child Star grew up to be a Shock Rocker:
    • In The '70s, a rumor spread that Alice Cooper was the eponymous character on Leave It to Beaver while in reality he was played by Jerry Mathers (and Alice's birth name was Vincent Furnier).
    • Meanwhile, in The '90s, a more popular legend spread that the incredibly nerdy Paul from The Wonder Years was now Marilyn Mansonnote . In reality, Paul's actor, Josh Savino, quit acting after the show ended to become a lawyer, but is amused by the rumor since kids think he's cool as a result. Mr. Manson... not so much.

    Toys 
  • Transformers has a number of rumors, such as the one that there was that there was a "giant-sized" Optimus Prime figure released during the original G1 run (which was actually a Korean bootleg) and that a G1 figure or prototype was made for Unicron (which is sort of an odd combination of a misinterpretation of an Orson Welles quote and jealous children pretending to have a toy bigger than a rival's Metroplex). A G1 toy prototype Unicron does exist, and was first publicly unveiled at the BotCon '96 fan convention. It resembles nothing more than a blue basketball on legs, and is decidedly unimpressive. (A Unicron toy wasn't officially released until Transformers Armada in 2003.)
  • BIONICLE:
    • Cheap Photoshop-jobs of fake sets, often made to look like grainy pictures taken from a retailer's catalog, regularly caught on within the fandom, as have rumors of alternate builds of certain models being sold as separate sets. So when similarly fake-looking images of two supposedly Korean-exclusive Piraka combo model sets surfaced, there were many discussions on their legitimacy, especially since they were totally unknown in the Western world and their packaging also contained bad Photoshop work. These are now seen as real, since Korea tends to release their own multi-packs. Legit leaks of the line's unexpected 2015 reboot were also initially dismissed for this reason.
    • The same thing surfaced with the 2015 reboot, with claims of new Toa (including a new version of fan-favorite Takanuva), the return of the bohrok, and more showing up in the same grainy, out-of-focus manner as the originals. One that got dismissed as fake, ironically, was an ultimately cancelled Makuta set, which appears to have been planned for the series' third and final arc before being Cut Short.
    • Voriki, the "Seventh Toa", was a fan-made character created for a 2001 contest using recolored official artwork with a mask and a weapon obviously edited in Photoshop. Despite this, many fans believed him to be official, though the release of a canonical Seventh Toa in 2003 dispelled all rumors. Voriki has since become a celebrity of sorts among the fandom's original characters, and some have even made custom models of him with painted and 3D-printed parts.

    Webcomics 
  • xkcd has an In-Universe example in #978: "Citogenesis", which shows a character posting a made-up fact on Wikipedia, a reporter in a rush using Wikipedia as his source for a news article, and then Wikipedia editors using the news article as a citation for the fake fact.

    Western Animation 
  • A rumor was started for South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut about a deleted character named "Flower" who allegedly sends herself to Hell to let Kenny be freed in the end. While some fan wikis still circulate it and believe it to be true, it was actually based off of a fake "deleted scene" theory made by a fan to "fill in the gap" of how Kenny could wind up in Heaven at the end of the film. The same fan site had come up with other similarly wild fanon theories to explain the presence of commonly reused background characters in both the series and film. In the end, it could be best summarized as someone's Wild Mass Guess that was taken a little too seriously by portions of the fanbase.
  • The 1980s Dungeons & Dragons TV cartoon series is subject to a famous urban legend to the effect that the final episode (often reportedly never broadcast, although some people have claimed to have seen it on TV) reveals that the characters were actually killed in a roller-coaster accident and that the setting is Hell. The writer of the actual unmade Grand Finale, Michael Reeves, has denied this and placed his script for the episode online to prove it. (His script ends with the kids considering after being offered a choice whether to go back to Earth or continue fighting evil in the D&D world.)
  • Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy has one involving a Missing Episode known as "Special Ed," formed by an apparent hack on the creator's own website and editing an interview to add it. To this date there is still no more information known about this episode other than its title and it being removed for being "too real," and it still isn't fully confirmed nor denied if that was a hack or Danny Antonucci's actual words. Fans also believe that the episode was about Ed being in special education however that is simply speculation. The characters didn't finish summer vacation until a few seasons after the interview.
  • Some Sanjay and Craig fans were convinced by a long-gone Wikipedia edit that a character named Satine would be featured as Craig's love interest in an episode called "Snake In Love"; the rumor somewhat died down after the final 7 episodes were revealed, but Satine is still treated as an actual character in some circles.
  • For a while, there were a couple of people spreading news of a Transformers Prime movie called "Powerful Alliances" that was to come out in '15, creating a Wikipedia article and IMDb entry for it, and spreading bogus rumors on other sites. It was basically a bunch of fans trying to pass off their "dream TF movie" as real. Although everything about it screams fake, especially the amazingly Fan Wank-y cast list, not to mention that the supposed voice actors themselves said they haven't heard of such a project, the rumor became very persistent. After the Wiki and IMDb pages were deleted, another rumor started, claiming that it's been canceled, instead of not being real in the first place.
  • Similarly, sometime in 2006, someone made a Wikipedia entry for a Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Big Damn Movie called "Journey to The Imaginary World" or something to that effect. It involved Mac and Bloo discovering a door to a parallel universe and going inside to find oddities like a green version of Wilt. Unlike the Transformers example, this one didn't stick, but it became Hilarious in Hindsight when a similar plot was used for the Made-for-TV Movie Destination Imagination.
  • There's a rumor amongst As Told by Ginger fans that Courtney was meant to confess to Ginger that she loves her near the end. Ginger doesn't feel the same and softly turns her down, letting Courtney move on with her life accepting she's gay. It's said Nick refused the plot, and they replaced it with the final ending. Alas, no one seems to have any concrete proof to where this rumor originates.
  • The Legend of Korra
    • During the initial airing of the first season, there was a nasty rumor that Amon would reveal himself as a somehow-alive Aang, fueled by a very convincing photo of a supposed upcoming episode airing early in a foreign country. This was easier to believe because the last episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender actually did air early in foreign countries and had their plot points leaked to the west. In "Skeletons in the Closet," much to many a fan's relief, Amon's identity was revealed as someone completely different.
    • Similar to the young Severus rumor in Harry Potter, a lot of people seem to believe that the young Amon seen in "Skeletons in the Closet" is voiced by Zach Tyler Eisen, the voice of Aang in Avatar: The Last Airbender who went under the radar after the show ended. It's actually Jack Bertrand.
    • Prior to the airing of "Skeletons in the Closet", the episode was widely believed to focus on Zuko's life after the Hundred Year War through flashbacks. This misconception was birthed from the early info that Zuko's voice actor, Dante Basco, would return for the episode. He did, but only to voice General Iroh II, Zuko's grandson.
  • There is a screenshot of a Gravity Falls episode circulating around the internet that shows Dipper and Mabel with the Slender Man watching from behind. The screenshot is actually fake; viewing the episode itself yields no Slender Man.
  • Go Go Gadgetinis, the UK-only Darker and Edgier sequel series to Gadget and the Gadgetinis.
  • There have been rumors of The Simpsons going through a permanent Time Skip where the characters have permanently aged and the children remain all grown up, and that the entire series is definitely planned to end, with a final episode coming soon.
    • There's a false rumor that a gag on the show about Butterfinger being terrible got Nestlé to pull their sponsorship. Actually, they waited until their contract with Nestlé had expired before using the gag.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine:
    • There are debates about whether or not a stock Marklin engine can be seen in certain Series 1 episodes.
    • Whether or not any footage from the pilot made it into the broadcast version of “Down the Mine”.
    • Based on some publicity photos, there was some speculation that there is a lost Series 2 episode called "The Missing Coach", adapted from the first half of The Twin Engines. An interview with David Mitton later confirmed that while certain scenes were filmed based on those stories, the episode was never finished because they worried the plot point of twins Donald and Douglas switching tenders would be too confusing. Now the speculation has shifted to which Series 2 episode replaced it.
    • For a while there were rumors that a full model of Flying Scotsman was built for Series 3's "Tender Engines", but the model was damaged and only the tenders make an appearance. In reality, budget restraints prevented the crew from building a full model.
    • There are numerous rumors about Thomas and the Magic Railroad, largely due to its Troubled Production:
      • The nature of cut villain P.T. Boomer. Originally he was only known from a Missing Trailer Scene and brief mentions in a tie-in product. One rumor was that he would try to tear down Shining Time Station to build a highway, and some sources corrupted his name as "Pete Boom". A lot of these misconceptions were cleared up once the screenplay was found.
      • Whether or not scenes from the script including George the steamroller and Cranky the crane were ever filmed.
      • The existence of a finished "director's cut" from before the film was re-edited.
    • Nearly every new series is preceded with rumors of a long lost character or location reappearing. On rare occasions, these are correct. However, after Andrew Brenner became the head writer and started consciously including older characters, the rumors became even more plausible.
  • The episode "Pigeon Man" of Hey Arnold! is rumoured to have been intended to have the eponymous Pigeon jump to his death after finding his home destroyed by kids, but Nickelodeon forced the writers to change it because they feared it was too depressing. Show creator Craig Bartlett repeatedly debunked this, as they never intended Pigeon Man to commit suicide. Another rumour is the Pigeon Man flying away with his pigeons actually being suicide, which is likewise false for both the previous reason and his appearance in the sequel movie The Jungle Movie.
  • There was a long-standing rumour (included for a while on this very site's page on the show) that The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang was originally developed as an Animated Adaptation of Doctor Who, and that when negotiations with the BBC fell through, Hanna-Barbera threw in the Happy Days characters and created Cupcake and Mr. Cool as Captains Ersatzes for the Doctor and K-9. Eventually, the show's main writer denied it when asked, saying that the time travel concept was invented simply to make the show distinct from the original live-action series, and that he didn't think that Hanna and Barbera had even heard of Doctor Who.
  • There's a rumor that for one of Walt Disney's birthdays, two Disney animators drew a short of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse having sex. According to the story, Walt laughed, asked who made it, immediately fired both of them, and then ordered all copies burned. Whether the story is true or not is hard to figure out. Its source has been dismissed by many Disney historians and it's highly unlikely the short will ever resurface, if it ever existed at all.
  • Some time around 2013-2014, someone edited the Italian Wikipedia page for Baby Looney Tunes to mention the existence of two unaired episodes that are way Darker and Edgier than the remainder of the show featuring Zeno, Sylvester's Evil Twin who wants to kill his brother in his desire to Take Over the World. The page for the character was a blatant copypaste of the description for a completely different character sharing that name and the fact that it clearly mentions that Moral Guardians banned the episode only in Italy when there is no proof of such an episode existing in any language made the hoax obvious.
  • Around the first airing of the Steven Universe episode "Message Received", a screenshot from a Cartoon Network airing allegedly showed credits from a future episode featuring Jade, Garnet and Peridot's fusion. Such screenshot was soon revealed as fake.

    Real Life 
  • The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has been rife with rumors about balloons/floats/etc. that are set to be "featured" in forthcoming editions.
    • Case in point: in the earliest days of January 2015, the parade's Wiki made a page announcing that a new Garfield balloon would debut in the 2015 parade... just barely over a month after the last parade had happened, at a time when only the marching bands that would perform were known.note  Information about new franchises to be represented in the parade generally starts to bubble during the summer, and gradually increases over the year until Thanksgiving month, when all of the elements come together. It's unlikely that Garfield will return to the parade.note 
    • Another article, surprisingly from an established site, reported that, among other things, there would be balloons based on Angry Birds, Mario, Optimus Prime, and R2-D2, plus floats themed around Disneyland's 60th Anniversary and Minions, in the 2015 parade. Of all of these, only the Angry Birds balloon was confirmed, as the other balloons were debunked via a leaked promo picture.
  • One time, a Wikipedia user edited Halle Berry's page with a quote saying something like "this new album will show people I can do more than act". This caused many news sites to erroneously report that Berry was to record a pop album, which forced Berry herself (who has no plans to become a singer) to joss these rumors.

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