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* ''Series/The100'': The Mountain Men, whose ancestor survived a nuclear apocalypse from inside a bunker, are unable to metabolize radiation the same way that characters who were born in space on the Ark or on the radiation-soaked ground can. When exposed to radiation, the Mountain Men break out in instantaneous lesions and bleeding wounds, which are treated with blood transfusions from Grounders or citizens of the Ark. The blood transfusions not only prevent further damage from radiation, but heal what wounds they have already sustained. The Mountain Men later move on to bone-marrow transplants from the Arkers they have in captivity, as the bone marrow allows the Mountain Men to metabolize radiation on their own. Their bone marrow plot seems to be "take someone's bone marrow and stick it into anyone else," which is hardly the case in real life. Donor and recipient have to be matched, and with only about 50 donors for 400ish recipients, you'd be lucky to find even one match for people who are not directly related.
** Possible [[JustifiedTrope justified]], with a mention that Arkers were all genetically engineered to be universal donors.


* In ''Film/ThePredator'', a major plot point hinges on UsefulNotes/{{Autism}} being treated as the next step in human evolution. On top of being quite cringeworthy PositiveDiscrimination, the premise is flawed for two major reasons: firstly that it hinges on the EvolutionaryLevels fallacy, and secondly that the characteristics of the condition (troubled social interaction and impaired communication skills) work precisely against what evolution stands for (better adaptation to the environment and better chances to survive and reproduce, which in humans is parallel to social functioning, and humans are social animals - romance is one thing autistic people notoriously struggle with).

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* In ''Film/ThePredator'', a major plot point hinges on UsefulNotes/{{Autism}} being treated as the next step in human evolution. On top of being quite cringeworthy PositiveDiscrimination, FlawlessToken, the premise is flawed for two major reasons: firstly that it hinges on the EvolutionaryLevels fallacy, and secondly that the characteristics of the condition (troubled social interaction and impaired communication skills) work precisely against what evolution stands for (better adaptation to the environment and better chances to survive and reproduce, which in humans is parallel to social functioning, and humans are social animals - romance is one thing autistic people notoriously struggle with).


* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'':
** The whole business where the Les Enfants Terribles twins were created as double-dominant and double-recessive ''for absolutely no reason'' other than to give Liquid Snake something to obsess over. And no, you can't be a homozygous recessive individual because the term is meaningless outside a breeding population.
** Even if he could have all of Big Boss' recessive genes, there is nothing about this that would make him inferior. Really, one learns in ''fifth grade'' that a gene being recessive simply means it will be overridden by a gene that is dominant to it, which is not the same as saying the dominant gene is better.
** There's also the part where Liquid grossly misapplies Asymmetry Theory. His ramblings just make it seem like the writers had at some point heard of the biology/genetic concepts mentioned, but didn't actually bother to look into them any real way.[[note]]WordOfGod is that Liquid, personally, has no grasp of how genetics works and was deliberately taught wrong just to wind him up and make him driven.[[spoiler:''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' even reveals that he failed Biology as a subject, despite supposedly having an IQ of 180.]][[/note]] Then there's the guy whose body carries a charge of 10 million volts, the man who can't decide if his pet internal beehive is full of bees or hornets...
** It's also later revealed in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' that it was actually ''Liquid'' who got all the dominant genes, and Solid got the recessive ones. One problem - Liquid Snake is blond. The gene for blonde hair is recessive. Similarly, Snake has brown hair, when the "brown hair" gene is the dominant one. If Liquid really got all the dominant genes and Solid got all the recessive ones, then Solid should be blond and Liquid should be brunet.
** This is possibly partially averted, as the briefing footage depicts Solid's hair as fair-colored or blonde, implying that he had dyed his hair brown before the mission. This is not the case in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidTheTwinSnakes'', where the footage was recreated with the character models. That being said, the remake's detail differences conflict with later references to the Shadow Moses Incident, so its canon status is questionable.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake''. Four words. Deadly poisonous Zanzibar hamsters.

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** ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake''. Four words: Deadly poisonous Zanzibar hamsters.
** The whole business in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' where the Les Enfants Terribles twins were created as double-dominant and double-recessive ''for absolutely no reason'' other than to give Liquid Snake something to obsess over. And no, you can't be a homozygous recessive individual because the term is meaningless outside a breeding population.
** *** Even if he could have all of Big Boss' recessive genes, there is nothing about this that would make him inferior. Really, one learns in ''fifth grade'' that a gene being recessive simply means it will be overridden by a gene that is dominant to it, which is not the same as saying the dominant gene is better.
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better. There's also the part where Liquid grossly misapplies Asymmetry Theory. His ramblings just make it seem like the writers had at some point heard of the biology/genetic concepts mentioned, but didn't actually bother to look into them any real way.[[note]]WordOfGod is that Liquid, personally, has no grasp of how genetics works and was deliberately taught wrong just to wind him up and make him driven. [[spoiler:''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' even reveals that he failed Biology biology as a subject, despite supposedly having an IQ of 180.]][[/note]] Then there's the guy whose body carries a charge of 10 million volts, the man who can't decide if his pet internal beehive is full of bees or hornets...
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It's also later revealed in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' that it was actually ''Liquid'' who got all the dominant genes, and Solid got the recessive ones. One problem - Liquid Snake is blond. The gene for blonde hair is recessive. Similarly, Snake has brown hair, when the "brown hair" gene is the dominant one. If Liquid really got all the dominant genes and Solid got all the recessive ones, then Solid should be blond and Liquid should be brunet.
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brunet. This is possibly partially averted, as the briefing footage depicts Solid's hair as fair-colored or blonde, implying that he had dyed his hair brown before the mission. This is not the case in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidTheTwinSnakes'', ''[[VideoGameRemake The Twin Snakes]]'', where the footage was recreated with the character models. That being said, the remake's detail differences conflict with later references to the Shadow Moses Incident, so its canon status is questionable.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake''. Four words. Deadly poisonous Zanzibar hamsters.** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' goes with this as part of its attempt to be more {{camp}} and silly than the noticeably-more-serious ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}'', with bosses that do things that make no biological sense without any sort of long-winded explanation for why. There's the guy whose body carries a charge of ten million volts, the guy who controls bees (and can't make up his mind whether they're bees or hornets) to do things with them including shooting them out of his mouth or forming them into a fully-functional Tommy gun, and the hundred-year-old guy who can actually recover his stamina through photosynthesis.



** Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', where certain Fatalities could cause several of the same thing to get ripped out, including multiple hearts, rib cages, and skulls. Also, most often these were ripped out through the chest. Yes, even the skulls...

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** Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', where certain Fatalities could cause several of the same thing to get ripped out, including multiple hearts, rib cages, and skulls. Also, most often these were ripped out through the chest. Yes, even the skulls...skulls.

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* In ''Film/MonsterTrucks'', not only do Creach’s species ‘eat’ oil, but it is noted that Creach basically becomes hyper when he is fed petrol because of the additional chemicals in it compared to standard oil.


A subtrope of HollywoodScience. Contrast & compare ArtMajorBiology and ImprobableTaxonomySkills.

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A subtrope of HollywoodScience. Contrast & and compare ArtMajorBiology and ImprobableTaxonomySkills.



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* Deliberately invoked for horror in ''VideoGame/{{Outlast}}: Whistleblower''. Eddie Gluskin, a psychotic SerialKiller even before his MindRape in the illegal underground lab below the Asylum, is fixated on finding himself a perfect bride. In response to being surrounded only by men, he's come to the conclusion that as the only major difference between genders is that men have a penis & testicles whilst women have a vagina, and as the vagina looks a lot like a cut, [[GroinAttack brutally castrating men and using the resultant wound as a vagina]] will make them fully functional as women, complete with [[MisterSeahorse bearing his much-wanted children]]. Needless to say, it does ''not'' work that way, but he's so demented that he refuses to accept that he's doomed to fail.

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* Deliberately invoked for horror in ''VideoGame/{{Outlast}}: Whistleblower''. Eddie Gluskin, a psychotic SerialKiller even before his MindRape in the illegal underground lab below the Asylum, is fixated on finding himself a perfect bride. In response to being surrounded only by men, he's come to the conclusion that as the only major difference between genders is that men have a penis & and testicles whilst women have a vagina, and as the vagina looks a lot like a cut, [[GroinAttack brutally castrating men and using the resultant wound as a vagina]] will make them fully functional as women, complete with [[MisterSeahorse bearing his much-wanted children]]. Needless to say, it does ''not'' work that way, but he's so demented that he refuses to accept that he's doomed to fail.


** Tuberculosis doesn't quite work in real life the way it works in this game, presumably for the sake of time compression. First of all, only about 10% of people who get infected ever develop the disease and generally speaking if you make it two years without showing symptoms, you're in the clear. Although people [[spoiler:who smoke like Arthur Morgan]] do have a higher probability of it becoming active. Even today about 80% of people who live in the developing world carry the disease even though it can now be treated with a course of antibiotics. Second of all, even pre-antibiotics you had about 1/3 chance of being able to survive it so it wasn't an automatic death sentence. It varies how long it takes to start showing symptoms but presuming the game takes place over the course of a few months, [[spoiler:the time it takes for Arthur to start getting sick]] is accurate. What's not accurate is [[spoiler:how quickly it takes him to die]]. It usually takes several years for this to happen,[[note]]The average at the time was about five years[[/note]] not several months. Had it taken that long [[spoiler:for Arthur to die, it likely would have dragged the story out]], especially given that they were already working with a pre-existing timeline.

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** Tuberculosis doesn't quite work in real life the way it works in this game, presumably for the sake of time compression. First of all, only about 10% of people who get infected ever develop the disease and generally speaking if you make it two years without showing symptoms, you're in the clear. Although people [[spoiler:who smoke like Arthur Morgan]] do have a higher probability of it becoming active. Even today about 80% of people who live in the developing world carry the disease even though it can now be treated with a course of antibiotics. Second of all, even pre-antibiotics you had about 1/3 chance of being able to survive it so it wasn't an automatic death sentence. It varies how long it takes to start showing symptoms but presuming the game takes place over the course of a few months, [[spoiler:the time it takes for Arthur to start getting sick]] is accurate. What's not accurate is [[spoiler:how quickly it takes him to die]]. It usually takes several years for this to happen,[[note]]The average at the time was about five years[[/note]] not several months. Had it taken that long [[spoiler:for Arthur to die, it likely would have dragged the story out]], especially given that they were already working with a pre-existing timeline. [[spoiler: Of course, he does die after receiving a hard beating and sharp blow to the head, so the TB may have simply left him too weak to survive that.]]

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* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Conan repeatedly knocks out people with a needle coated with some sort of general anesthesic. Not only would this require some sort of dissolving agent to get rid of the needle, possibly causing minor acid burns from repeated exposure (especially Ran's dad), but the side effects of [[https://healthfully.com/the-long-term-effects-of-general-anesthesia-4423356.html long term anesthesia]] are nothing to sneeze at.

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* ''WebOriginal/{{Serina}}''
** The King Trawler is a massive highly evolved sea snail that is comparable in size and niche to Earth's baleen whales. The problem is that it's described as being a water breather, which would make its size highly unlikely, if not outright impossible, as water holds much less oxygen than air. This is why the largest marine animals in Earth's history have been air breathers.
*** Somewhat mitigated by whale sharks, the largest living fish, so it's possible that King Trawlers have a similar metabolism as them.
** The dogbeasts' [[TripodTerror tripedal gait]] is described as being superior to the quadrupedal gaits of the serezelles. In reality, it would be largely inferior - fewer limbs would need more energy to reach similar speeds and would be much more unstable when moving quickly.
*** There's also the issue of a vertebrate tail, an extentsion of the spine, being modified into a limb with knee and ankle analogues while containing the end portion of the spinal cord, as well as the lack of a hip joint or pelvis that is likely to compromise the movement or mobility of the limb.
*** And not to mention plain redundancy of having a "spare" limb: a quadruped that injures one of its hind legs can at least limp away from danger and have a chance to recover, while a tripedal tribbethere that breaks its sole back leg is hopelessly crippled (and is indeed a hunting strategy of the bludgebirds, who target the single rear limb of their circuagodont[[note]]ungulate-like mammal-analogue herbivore[[/note]] prey to incapacitate them).
*** This somewhat mitigated by the squaves, a group of neotenic Ornimorphs who have evolved into quadrupedal lizard-like creatures as it's stated that their gait is more efficient than that of the three legged tribtiles and they are now outcompeting them on the ground.
** The tribbets develop a forearm structure very similar to the tetrapods, even though they descended from ray-finned fishes, while the tetrapods evolved from lobe-finned fishes. It's from these "lobe" structures that the basic tetrapod forelimb was modified from: ray-finned fishes, lacking any sort of structure, would more likely evolve a very different type of limb (like the [[VertebrateWithExtraLimbs gibbets]] and [[CreepyLongFingers handfishes]]).
** Some of the carnivorous circuagodonts are said to occasionally adopt young of prey species and raise them to weaning [[labelnote:note]]which is said to never end well for them as they end up associating with a predator species and are eaten by other packs who don't recognize them[[/labelnote]]but given the different behavioral and dietary requirements of the two species, even if separated by only a few years of evolution, the odds of them sucessfully raising a young herbivore to even that age are pretty nil (not to mention that the rest of the pack are likely to kill the "foreign" youngster viewing it as competition.)

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* Series 2 of the ''Toys/TreasureX'' line introduced "Mini Beasts", [[UncattyResemblance animal skeletons that resemble the treasure hunters]]. Some of the Mini Beasts are insects and arachnids, however, meaning that they wouldn't have a skeleton to start, rather, an exoskeleton.

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* The "Reproduction" song in ''Film/Grease2'' (in which the teacher attempts to begin the sex ed class by talking about flowers, but the teens rapidly relate this to the advanced topics) has a girl singing "Make my stamen go beserk" and a guy singing "I got a pistil for you right here". This is exactly the wrong way round; the stamen is the male part of the flower and the pistil is the female part. (Since they're not paying attention to the actual lesson, it arguably makes sense that they'd get it wrong...)

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* Charles Darwin once famously pointed out that the way Laocoön's eyebrows bulge in ''Art/LaocoonAndHisSons'' is physiologically impossible.
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* In this early ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' [[https://egscomics.com/comic/2002-06-09 strip]], when Tedd genderbends back into a male, he is depicted as more aggressive. [[https://egscomics.com/comic/2002-06-11 Two strips later]], he explains that it was likely because he has more testosterone than he did when he was female. Contrary to popular belief, men with more testosterone tend to be ''less'' irritable than men with less testosterone.


* In ''Film/AfterEarth'', humanity's former homeworld Earth is depicted as having changed dramatically in the thousand years since humans left the planet. Since then, the planet's rainforests have overgrown the continents, the weather changes from warm to ice cold every night, and "everything on this planet has evolved to kill humans". However, evolution does not work ''that'' fast. Biological changes on the scale depicted take millions, not thousands of years, and most plants and animals would have gone extinct trying to adapt to temperatures that fall far below freezing each night. In the time it would take for animals to change that much, humans would have changed significantly as well. Also, there'd be no reason for the animals to continue evolving abilities to efficiently kill humans since humans don't even live on Earth anymore. The primary predator of the film, the Ursa, is a blind creature that hunts by smelling the pheromones produced by fear. This is not a great feature for a predator; most predators hunt by ambush since prey goes down faster if it doesn't know you're there. But if the prey is displaying fear, it likely knows the predator is there and so has a chance to run or fight back, which would only make things more difficult for a fear-smelling hunter.

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* In ''Film/AfterEarth'', humanity's former homeworld Earth is depicted as having changed dramatically in the thousand years since humans left the planet. Since then, the planet's rainforests have overgrown the continents, the weather changes from warm to ice cold every night, and "everything on this planet has evolved to kill humans". However, evolution does not work ''that'' fast. Biological changes on the scale depicted take millions, not thousands of years, and most plants and animals would have gone extinct trying to adapt to temperatures that fall far below freezing each night. In the time it would take for animals to change that much, humans would have changed significantly as well. Also, there'd be no reason for the animals to continue evolving abilities to efficiently kill humans since humans don't even live on Earth anymore. The primary predator of the film, the Ursa, is a blind creature that hunts by smelling the pheromones produced by fear. This is not a great feature for a predator; most predators hunt by ambush since prey goes down faster if it doesn't know you're there. But if the prey is displaying fear, it likely knows the predator is there and so has a chance to run or fight back, which would only make things more difficult for a fear-smelling hunter. Also, being blind is a huge disadvantage for an animal that lives on the surface of the Earth and would make it very difficult for a large, active predator to simply navigate, much less hunt, given that it would be unable to see any obsticals in its path like trees or cliffs.


* ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'': PlayedForLaughs. Within the game's lore, whatever wins a Splatfest competition is ''legally'' the "correct" choice. Most are simple things like "Which is better: ketchup or mayonnaise?", however one was "Which came first: the chicken or the egg?". Pearl believes it was the chicken and Marina believes it was the egg. Chicken ended up winning. After losing, Marina notes that most scientists believe that the egg came first, but Pearl won't listen and says that the law is the law.

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* ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'': PlayedForLaughs. Within the game's lore, whatever wins a Splatfest competition is ''legally'' the "correct" choice. Most are simple things like "Which is better: ketchup or mayonnaise?", however one was "Which came first: the chicken or the egg?". Pearl believes it was the chicken and Marina believes it was the egg. Chicken ended up winning. After losing, Marina notes that most scientists believe that the egg came first, but Pearl won't listen and says that the law is the law.law [[note]]though an evolutionary biologist would say that there was never a point when a clearly not-chicken bird laid an egg that hatched into something clearly identifiable as a chicken, as speciation takes as an accumulation of many generations of changes[[/note]].


** The rules for creatures that can [[SwallowedWhole Swallow Whole]] say that if a swallowed opponent manages to cut their way out of the stomach, "muscular action" will force the hole shut behind them. Of course, muscles don't work like that, but the rule was instituted as an ObviousRulePatch to keep the creature from becoming little more than a really macabre water slide.

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** The rules for creatures that can [[SwallowedWhole Swallow Whole]] say that if a swallowed opponent manages to cut their way out of the stomach, "muscular action" will force the hole shut behind them. Of course, muscles don't work like that, but the rule was instituted as an ObviousRulePatch to keep the creature from becoming little more than a really macabre water slide. Fifth Edition changed things so that instead a creature will involuntarily regurgitate everything it's swallowed if it takes a certain amount of damage from creatures it's swallowed whole in one round.

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