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* Supposedly, Konami and Upper Deck Entertainment have created several ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' 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 [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/The_Seal_of_Orichalcos the Seal of Orichalcos]]. As for the Egyptian God cards, alternate, tournament-legal "effect" versions have been released for [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Obelisk_the_Tormentor Obelisk the Tormentor]], [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/The_Winged_Dragon_of_Ra the Winged Dragon of Ra]], and [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Slifer_The_Sky_Dragon Slifer the Sky Dragon.]] The latter addition has prompted the creation of the long time anime-only [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/The_Creator_God_of_Light,_Horakhty 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".
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** In the early days, 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 [[http://magiccards.info/uh/en/141.html "Super Secret Tech,"]] and its collector number is 141 out of 140.
** Unstable, the third parody set, made the long-fabled "Last Strike," (a creature that deals combat damage after both First Strike and normal damage), along with Triple Strike (a creature that deals First, Normal, ''and'' Last Strike damage).
** Unstable also kicked out a few Urban Legends of Zelda of its own by breaking the long-held rule that each card must have a unique name. The set features a number of cards with the same name and cards type but different stats, rules text, and/or art. This led to some very interesting discoveries in the time between the official "complete" spoiler of the set (which listed one version of each of said cards) and the product's wide release a few weeks later.
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* Supposedly, Konami and Upper Deck Entertainment have created several ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' 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 [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/The_Seal_of_Orichalcos the Seal of Orichalcos]]. As for the Egyptian God cards, alternate, tournament-legal "effect" versions have been released for [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Obelisk_the_Tormentor Obelisk the Tormentor]], [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/The_Winged_Dragon_of_Ra the Winged Dragon of Ra]], and [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Slifer_The_Sky_Dragon Slifer the Sky Dragon.]] The latter addition has prompted the creation of the long time anime-only [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/The_Creator_God_of_Light,_Horakhty 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".
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** In the early days, 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 [[http://magiccards.info/uh/en/141.html "Super Secret Tech,"]] and its collector number is 141 out of 140.
** Unstable, the third parody set, made the long-fabled "Last Strike," (a creature that deals combat damage after both First Strike and normal damage), along with Triple Strike (a creature that deals First, Normal, ''and'' Last Strike damage).
** Unstable also kicked out a few Urban Legends of Zelda of its own by breaking the long-held rule that each card must have a unique name. The set features a number of cards with the same name and cards type but different stats, rules text, and/or art. This led to some very interesting discoveries in the time between the official "complete" spoiler of the set (which listed one version of each of said cards) and the product's wide release a few weeks later.
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* An early Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly April Fool's joke insisted that Simon Belmont of the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games is a secret character in the NES port of ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTheArcadeGame''. After they got called on it, they "promised" never to do something like that again -- while showing a picture of the ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'' in the first NES ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' (which predated it by years). They couldn't know that [[HilariousInHindsight later Rare really would]] make a game called ''Battletoads [[IntercontinuityCrossover and]] Double Dragon''.

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* An early Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly ''Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly'' April Fool's joke insisted that Simon Belmont of the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games is a secret character in the NES port of ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTheArcadeGame''. After they got called on it, they "promised" never to do something like that again -- while showing a picture of the ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'' in the first NES ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' (which predated it by years). They couldn't know that [[HilariousInHindsight later Rare really would]] make a game called ''Battletoads [[IntercontinuityCrossover and]] Double Dragon''.



*** In 1992, Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly (of course) published this rumor as true as an AprilFoolsDay 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 NintendoHard, and ''EGM'' knew it. (''EGM'' would repeat the joke five years later for ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII: New Generation'', [[http://fightingstreet.com/folders/variousinfofolder/shenglong/shenglong.html 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.

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*** In 1992, Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly ''Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly'' (of course) published this rumor as true as an AprilFoolsDay 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 NintendoHard, and ''EGM'' knew it. (''EGM'' would repeat the joke five years later for ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII: New Generation'', [[http://fightingstreet.com/folders/variousinfofolder/shenglong/shenglong.html complete with more doctored screenshots and even character artwork.]])
*** Not long after, the character Akuma made his first appearance in ''Super Street Fighter II: 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.



--->''Sheng-Long is still now, and always will be, truly a character of legend.''

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--->''Sheng-Long ---->''Sheng-Long is still now, and always will be, truly a character of legend.''


-->''Sheng-Long is still now, and always will be, truly a character of legend.''

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-->''Sheng-Long --->''Sheng-Long is still now, and always will be, truly a character of legend.''



* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''
** The series has an incessant rumor mill regarding the character roster with each new release. This was especially true after ''Brawl'' introduced [[Videogame/MetalGearSolid Solid Snake]], the series' first non-Creator/{{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 ''Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly'' claimed that ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosMelee Melee]]'' features [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog 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 ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl Brawl]]''; Sonic made it, but we're still waiting on Tails.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''
''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'':
** The series has an incessant rumor mill regarding the character roster with each new release. This was especially true after ''Brawl'' ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl Brawl]]'' introduced [[Videogame/MetalGearSolid [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Solid Snake]], the series' first non-Creator/{{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 ''Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly'' claimed that ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosMelee Melee]]'' features [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog 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 ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl Brawl]]''; ''Brawl''; Sonic made it, but we're still waiting on Tails.



*** 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 DebugMode to play as any of its normally unplayable enemy characters (Giga Bowser, the Wire Frames, Master Hand, and Crazy Hand).
*** Videogame/{{Mega Man|Classic}} 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 Creator/{{Capcom}} that prevented it. Keiji Inafune [[WordOfGod claims]] Nintendo [[YouDidntAsk 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 ''Franchise/StreetFighter'') would make it to ''Smash 4''.
*** Videogame/{{Bomberman}} was rumored to be in ''Brawl''; it was so pervasive that Wiki/TheOtherWiki removed a legitimate screenshot (at least in terms of roster) of the select screen [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Super_Smash_Bros./Archive_9#Japanse_screen_shot_of_Charcter_Select because Bomberman wasn't on it.]] Bomberman did not appear in ''Brawl'' or ''Smash 4'' at all, though he would later appear as an Assist Trophy in ''Ultimate''.
*** Soon after ''Brawl'' was announced, there was a rumor that the head developer, Masahiro Sakurai, had stated on a radio show that Mr. Game & Watch, the Ice Climbers, and Young Link were going to be removed in favor of "Baby Bowser", Ridley, and "Wind Waker Link". Though this was false, Young Link was replaced by Toon Link in ''Brawl'', and 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.[[note]]The Ice Climbers were removed for the simple reason that the 3DS version's processor could not manage Nana properly. Since they didn't want any differences in the roster, they removed the character(s) entirely.[[/note]] Ridley is in ''Ultimate'' as well, but not only was it not at Mr. Game & Watch's expense, all characters (including Young Link and the Ice Climbers) returned.

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*** It was rumored that it is possible to unlock the opponent-only characters in [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros64 the original 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 DebugMode to play as any of its normally unplayable enemy characters (Giga Bowser, the Wire Frames, Master Hand, and Crazy Hand).
*** Videogame/{{Mega VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}} 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 Creator/{{Capcom}} that prevented it. Keiji Inafune Creator/KeijiInafune [[WordOfGod claims]] Nintendo [[YouDidntAsk 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 ''Franchise/StreetFighter'') would make it to ''Smash 4''.
''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosForNintendo3DSAndWiiU Smash 4]]''.
*** Videogame/{{Bomberman}} VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} was rumored to be in ''Brawl''; it was so pervasive that Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] removed a legitimate screenshot (at least in terms of roster) of the select screen [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Super_Smash_Bros./Archive_9#Japanse_screen_shot_of_Charcter_Select because Bomberman wasn't on it.]] Bomberman did not appear in ''Brawl'' or ''Smash 4'' at all, though he would later appear as an Assist Trophy in ''Ultimate''.
''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosUltimate Ultimate]]''.
*** Soon after ''Brawl'' was announced, there was a rumor that the head developer, Masahiro Sakurai, Creator/MasahiroSakurai, had stated on a radio show that Mr. Game & Watch, the Ice Climbers, and Young Link were going to be removed in favor of "Baby Bowser", Ridley, and "Wind Waker Link". Though this was false, Young Link was replaced by Toon Link in ''Brawl'', and 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. [[note]]The Ice Climbers were removed for the simple reason that the 3DS version's processor could not manage Nana [[AssistCharacter Nana]] properly. Since they didn't want any differences in the roster, they removed the character(s) entirely.[[/note]] Ridley is in ''Ultimate'' as well, but not only was it not at Mr. Game & Watch's expense, [[DreamMatchGame all characters characters]] (including Young Link and the Ice Climbers) returned.[[TheBusCameBack returned]].



*** Before the reveal of the last characters in ''Ultimate''[='=]s base-roster, an edited version of the group picture sprang up that appeared to depict characters such as [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog Shadow,]] [[VideoGame/GoldenSun Isaac,]] and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Skull Kid.]] Due to the image with the "full" group shot also including art of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrinch2018'', this has been called the "Grinch Leak" and rumors were about that it was legitimate until the final pre-release Direct happened, with [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ken]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Inceneroar's]] confirmation debunking the leak.

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*** Before the reveal of the last characters in ''Ultimate''[='=]s base-roster, base roster, an edited version of the group picture sprang up that appeared to depict characters such as [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog Shadow,]] [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Shadow]], [[VideoGame/GoldenSun Isaac,]] Isaac]], and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Skull Kid.]] Kid]]. Due to the image with the "full" group shot also including art of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrinch2018'', ''WesternAnimation/{{The Grinch|2018}}'', this has been called the "Grinch Leak" and rumors were about that it was legitimate until the final pre-release Direct [[WebVideo/NintendoDirect Direct]] happened, with [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ken]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Inceneroar's]] Incineroar's]] confirmation debunking the leak.



** There are persistent rumours that the [[JokeCharacter otherwise useless]] Goldeen will use [[OneHitKO Horn Drill]] under certain conditions.

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** There are persistent rumours that the [[JokeCharacter otherwise useless]] Goldeen will use [[OneHitKO [[OneHitKill Horn Drill]] under certain conditions.



** Goro, Shang Tsung, and Reptile were the subject of many, many rumors to make them playable in the [[VideoGame/MortalKombat first game]]. None of them work in the original. Goro, though, can be unlocked in the UsefulNotes/GameBoy version, he's barely controllable through a glitch in the SNES version, and he's playable in practically every other game he appears in.[[note]]Even the 2011 game, where he appears in a one-off challenge where you can fight Kung Lao with him.[[/note]]

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** Goro, Shang Tsung, and Reptile were the subject of many, many rumors to make them playable in [[VideoGame/MortalKombat1 the [[VideoGame/MortalKombat first game]]. None of them work in the original. Goro, though, can be unlocked in the UsefulNotes/GameBoy version, he's barely controllable through a glitch in the SNES version, and he's playable in practically every other game he appears in. [[note]]Even [[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 the 2011 game, game]], where he appears in a one-off challenge where you can fight Kung Lao with him.[[/note]]



*** That the female characters have "nude-alities". 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?
** This is invoked in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' 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, [[TrollingCreator but is not playable in the game]].
* The ''MK'' clone ''VideoGame/TattooAssassins'' actually implemented "nude-alities" in reference to the ''MK 2'''s rumors. However, it was PlayedForLaughs rather than titillation: nude-alities make the opponent's clothes poof away, leaving them humiliated and [[HandOrObjectUnderwear trying to cover up]].

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*** That the female characters have "nude-alities". It actually sounded somewhat plausible at the time. Mortal Kombat ''Mortal Kombat'' had ''already'' pissed off plenty of parents, why not take it to the next level?
** This is invoked in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' 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 reminiscent of Twitter. One of them is from Ed Boon, who asks if anyone has unlocked Fujin -- a character who makes a cameo, [[TrollingCreator but is not playable in the game]].
* The ''MK'' clone ''VideoGame/TattooAssassins'' actually implemented "nude-alities" "bude-alities" in reference to the ''MK 2'''s above ''[=MK2=]'' rumors. However, it was PlayedForLaughs rather than titillation: nude-alities make the opponent's clothes poof away, leaving them humiliated and [[HandOrObjectUnderwear trying to cover up]].



* Rumor had it that the ''VideoGame/XMen'' 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 ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Scarlet Weather Rhapsody]]'', the most prevalent ones allowing you to unlock [[{{Tykebomb}} Flandre Scarlet]] and [[AnIcePerson Cirno]]. This was not helped by fans making their sprites for ''{{VideoGame/MUGEN}}'' 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 ''[[ExpansionPack 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. Flandre proper was eventually added to a later game, ''Touhou Genso Rondo'' (a BulletHell duel game) for the ''UsefulNotes/PlayStation4'' that was even released in the West, making this the closest Flandre ever appeared playable.

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* Rumor had it that the ''VideoGame/XMen'' 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 re-release makes it clear that it's not true.
* There are many (joking) rumors on how to unlock secret characters for ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Scarlet Weather Rhapsody]]'', the most prevalent ones allowing you to unlock [[{{Tykebomb}} Flandre Scarlet]] and [[AnIcePerson Cirno]]. This was not helped by fans making their sprites for ''{{VideoGame/MUGEN}}'' ''VideoGame/{{MUGEN}}'' 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 ''[[ExpansionPack 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. Flandre proper was eventually added to a later game, ''Touhou Genso Rondo'' (a BulletHell duel game) for the ''UsefulNotes/PlayStation4'' UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 that was even released in the West, making this the closest Flandre ever appeared playable.


** Herobrine, the supposed dead brother of the game's creator, known for creating strange structures and being elusive. Several ways have been rumored of to "summon" him, and many bogus symptoms of his appearance in your world (trees spawning with no leaves, long 2x1 pregenerated passages through stone, an abundance of redstone torches, glowstone towers, weird messages left on signs, etc.) have been spread through various forums and communities. Seeing as none of these things actually ''occur'' ingame, these seem less like cases of ingame behavior/bugs being attributed to the urban legend, and more like they were intended to spook children and teenagers in [[Main/{{Creepypasta}} horror stories]] or falsified YouTube videos.

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** Herobrine, the supposed dead brother of the game's creator, known for creating strange structures and being elusive. Several ways have been rumored of to "summon" him, and many bogus symptoms of his appearance in your world (trees spawning with no leaves, long 2x1 pregenerated passages through stone, an abundance of redstone torches, glowstone towers, weird messages left on signs, etc.) have been spread through various forums and communities. Seeing as none of these things actually ''occur'' ingame, these seem less like cases of ingame behavior/bugs being attributed to the urban legend, and more like they were intended to spook children and teenagers in [[Main/{{Creepypasta}} horror stories]] or falsified YouTube Website/YouTube videos.


** 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.

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** Brutus of ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing2001'' 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.

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* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption2'' has a few as well, although players are slowly starting to believe that most of the mysteries were either intentionally CutShort to keep people searching or just the result of cut content.
** The game has 2 meteorite fragments that the player can find, but their description always says "x out of 3", which has caused all kinds of speculation. This number stays at 3 even if the satchel is upgraded so it's not the default item count cap either. Supposedly finding all three would increase the player's tolerance to cold weather. If a glitch is used to obtain a 3rd meteorite from the same spawn points as the first 2[[note]]Entering the epilogue respawns some items into the world[[/note]], nothing happens.
** [[spoiler:Some believe that Arthur Morgan's tuberculosis can be cured by performing an extremely specific series of actions that often have no real connection to each other. That said, most agree that if there is a way to keep Arthur alive, he still needs to catch the disease because of how much of the plot depends on it]].
** The MissingSecret Princess Isabeau sidequest does have some remaining code and script in the files, but it's generally agreed to have been cut short either intentionally or unintentionally. Hasn't stopped players from coming up with various, sometimes outlandish theories of where she is. The PC version includes an unused model for her which stopped some theories - mostly those that claim she's *Insert any female [=NPC=] here* but those still pop up randomly.
** An [=NPC=] can be found looking for someone named Gavin. It's likely a reference to ''Creator/AchievementHunter'' (Gavin was intented to lend his voice to the game but never showed up), and this Gavin has no character model. As of 2020, claiming X is Gavin has instead became a RunningGag of sorts in the mystery community.
** The Legendary Channel Catfish is TheGhost in the game and game files revealed later it's model is unfinished (When spawned in air it's huge and low-res, and when spawned on land it breaks apart), but before the PC release players kept coming up with ways to catch it, including human bait, very specific time/weather circumstances and more.


** ''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 {{Music/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 Music/BretMichaels -- 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.

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** ''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 {{Music/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 Music/BretMichaels [[Music/{{Poison}} Bret Michaels]] -- but again, only on the [=PS3=], Xbox 360, and PC versions through a cheat code.code (the non-HD versions technically load Bret's model when you play his songs, but it's been overwritten with a duplicate of the default male singer, so it's impossible to tell anything's different). Some people fell for a rumor suggesting that you could unlock all missing characters via a cheat.


** The ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' franchise is so saturated and inundated with false rumors that ''legitimate events'' ingame have been confused for hoaxes in the past. Most infamous of these are [[spoiler: Shadow Freddy and Shadow Bonnie, rarely appearing animatronics who were introduced in the second game and originally received as hoax photoshops of [[PaletteSwap recolored characters]].]]



** A rumor that that began spreading shortly after the release of ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2'' centered around supposedly encountering [[BigBad 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.

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** A rumor that that began spreading shortly after the release of ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2'' centered around supposedly encountering [[BigBad 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 [[spoiler: Shadow Freddy, Freddy]], and the videos were created by people who hacked into the game to create custom renders.


** Herobrine, the supposed dead brother of the game's creator, known for creating strange structures and being elusive. Several ways have been rumored of to "summon" him, and many bogus symptoms of his appearance in your world (trees spawning with no leaves, long 2x1 pregenerated passages through stone, an abundance of redstone torches, glowstone towers, weird messages left on signs, etc.) have been spread through various forums and communities. Seeing as none of these things actually ''occur'' ingame, these seem less like cases of ingame behavior/bugs being attributed to the urban legend, and more like they were intended to spook children and teenagers in [[Creepypasta horror stories]] or falsified YouTube videos.

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** Herobrine, the supposed dead brother of the game's creator, known for creating strange structures and being elusive. Several ways have been rumored of to "summon" him, and many bogus symptoms of his appearance in your world (trees spawning with no leaves, long 2x1 pregenerated passages through stone, an abundance of redstone torches, glowstone towers, weird messages left on signs, etc.) have been spread through various forums and communities. Seeing as none of these things actually ''occur'' ingame, these seem less like cases of ingame behavior/bugs being attributed to the urban legend, and more like they were intended to spook children and teenagers in [[Creepypasta [[Main/{{Creepypasta}} horror stories]] or falsified YouTube videos.


** Herobrine, the supposed dead brother of the game's creator, known for creating strange structures and being elusive. Several ways have been rumored of to "summon" him, and many bogus symptoms of his appearance in your world (trees spawning with no leaves, long 2x1 pregenerated passages through stone, an abundance of redstone torches, glowstone towers, weird messages left on signs, etc.) have been spread through various forums and communities. Seeing as none of these things actually ''occur'' ingame, these seem less like cases of ingame behavior/bugs being attributed to the urban legend, and more like they were intended to spook children and teenagers in [[Main/Creepypasta horror stories]] or falsified YouTube videos.

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** Herobrine, the supposed dead brother of the game's creator, known for creating strange structures and being elusive. Several ways have been rumored of to "summon" him, and many bogus symptoms of his appearance in your world (trees spawning with no leaves, long 2x1 pregenerated passages through stone, an abundance of redstone torches, glowstone towers, weird messages left on signs, etc.) have been spread through various forums and communities. Seeing as none of these things actually ''occur'' ingame, these seem less like cases of ingame behavior/bugs being attributed to the urban legend, and more like they were intended to spook children and teenagers in [[Main/Creepypasta [[Creepypasta horror stories]] or falsified YouTube videos.


** Herobrine, the supposed dead brother of the game's creator, known for creating strange structures and being elusive.

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** Herobrine, the supposed dead brother of the game's creator, known for creating strange structures and being elusive. Several ways have been rumored of to "summon" him, and many bogus symptoms of his appearance in your world (trees spawning with no leaves, long 2x1 pregenerated passages through stone, an abundance of redstone torches, glowstone towers, weird messages left on signs, etc.) have been spread through various forums and communities. Seeing as none of these things actually ''occur'' ingame, these seem less like cases of ingame behavior/bugs being attributed to the urban legend, and more like they were intended to spook children and teenagers in [[Main/Creepypasta horror stories]] or falsified YouTube videos.


** Herobrine, the supposed dead brother of the game's creator, known for creating strange structures and being elusive. WordOfGod 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 itself, 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.

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** Herobrine, the supposed dead brother of the game's creator, known for creating strange structures and being elusive. WordOfGod 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 itself, 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.
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elusive.
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Rendering spasms can give the impression that Herobrine's face appeared on the screen. It is awfully uncomfortable to witness that this happen.
** *** WordOfGod 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.
**** Herobrine is often featured in promotional art for the game, often whenever said art features an ensemble cast of characters and monsters from the game.
**** The message that displays the cause of death if a player is killed by a snowball or an egg is said to be from Herobrine. This is because both projectiles are harmless and thus cannot kill the player, meaning the only way to see this message for yourself is to mod the game.
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One of the Christmas Skin Packs includes a "Holiday Herobrine". Basically, Herobrine with a Christmas Sweater.


* ''VideoGame/SilentHill'':

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** Many players were convinced that certain items (e.g. 4-Leaf Mandragora Bud, Millionaire's Bed) passively had an effect on the "Treasure Hunter" buff if kept in your inventory. The fact that for years the mechanics of "Treasure Hunter" were kept secret and the fact that many items ''did'' have invisible passive effects only added fuel to the fire. Later patches which made the effects of "Treasure Hunter" more explicit largely killed these rumours off.
** There were often rumours of rare enemies which have near-impossible spawn conditions existing in the game, usually just to screw with people or to hide how to get certain sellable items. Famous examples being a weapon NM which spawns as invisible and a Taisai that dropped the newly added "Refresh" spell. Both of them were later added by the devs as a result of the rumours. (Though the Taisai one only spawns if you '''don't''' kill any Taisai, most likely as a gag by the devs.)
*** Averted with certain rare enemies such as Voluptuous Vilma, which were considered by many to only be rumours but have been found to in fact exist and their spawn conditions really are ''that'' insane.

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** Many players were convinced that certain items (e.g. 4-Leaf Mandragora Bud, Millionaire's Bed) passively had an effect on the "Treasure Hunter" buff (or a supposedly hidden Luck stat) if kept in your inventory. The fact that for years the mechanics of "Treasure Hunter" were kept secret and the fact that many items ''did'' have invisible passive effects only added fuel to the fire. Later patches which made the effects of "Treasure Hunter" more explicit largely killed these rumours off.
** There were often rumours of rare enemies which have near-impossible spawn conditions existing in the game, usually just to screw with people or to hide how to get certain sellable items. Famous examples being a weapon NM which spawns as under the invisible status and a Taisai that dropped the newly added "Refresh" spell. Both of them were later added by the devs as a result of the rumours. (Though the Taisai one only spawns if you '''don't''' kill any Taisai, most likely as a gag by the devs.)
*** Averted with certain rare enemies such as Voluptuous Vilma, Vilma and Almighty Apkallu, which were considered by many to only be rumours but have been found to in fact exist and their spawn conditions really are ''that'' insane.

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** Many players were convinced that certain items (e.g. 4-Leaf Mandragora Bud, Millionaire's Bed) passively had an effect on the "Treasure Hunter" buff if kept in your inventory. The fact that for years the mechanics of "Treasure Hunter" were kept secret and the fact that many items ''did'' have invisible passive effects only added fuel to the fire. Later patches which made the effects of "Treasure Hunter" more explicit largely killed these rumours off.
** There were often rumours of rare enemies which have near-impossible spawn conditions existing in the game, usually just to screw with people or to hide how to get certain sellable items. Famous examples being a weapon NM which spawns as invisible and a Taisai that dropped the newly added "Refresh" spell. Both of them were later added by the devs as a result of the rumours. (Though the Taisai one only spawns if you '''don't''' kill any Taisai, most likely as a gag by the devs.)
*** Averted with certain rare enemies such as Voluptuous Vilma, which were considered by many to only be rumours but have been found to in fact exist and their spawn conditions really are ''that'' insane.

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