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  • Ao no Flag: Some people with less knowledge about the story say that it's a Boys' Love. It isn't, it's shonen with a few gay characters. While the main character's best friend is secretly gay and in love with him, the main character is definitely heterosexual. And the story covers a fair amount more than just romance anyway.
  • Space Runaway Ideon's famous ending where it "blows up the universe" never happened. Granted it killed all of humanity (both Terrans and Buff Clan), destroyed hundreds of planets, spawned thousand of meteors that blew up the Earth, destroyed Saturn's rings, and took out much the Milky Way Galaxy, but the rest of the universe is just fine. This was largely a piece of Memetic Mutation as "Ideon blows up the universe" sounds a lot funnier.
    • In the other movie, it is stated by one of the Buff Clan protagonists such. This can be dismissed as hyperbolic enthusiasm, however.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya:
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    • The main twist manages to be this and All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game" at the same time. Namely all the people that specifically think/say "Haruhi is God", when all the audience or any of the characters in the story know is that she's some sort of Reality Warper, and being "God" is just one theory which is stated to not be particularly likely. In fact it's Koizumi who makes the God claim, and we know that a lot of what he says is a lie. He also says that he's working under that assumption mostly because it's the worst-case scenario.
    • Many of the comments left on videos of the anime, both on YouTube and Crunchyroll, state that the original broadcast order is the only way to properly enjoy the series and that those who are watching the episodes in chronological order are missing out, implying that the directors of the anime chose to broadcast the first season in anachronic order in order to be artsy. In reality, this is not the case. Those making this claim are unaware of the novels which existed first, which do not have anything significantly out of order.note  Obviously, the original fans who were only familiar with the light novels did not have the experience "ruined" for them. The actual reason for the anime's strange order is because of how the industry works— the studio demanded at least a 12-Episode Anime (and when the anime-only episode and "The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina" are included, they wound up with fourteen) and the first novel only has enough material for six episodes. Standard practice when adapting light novels is therefore to adapt the first two, but the second novel's ending doesn't compare at all to the ending of the first, and so would have resulted in an anticlimax. Skipping it and adapting the third novel would have been even worse, because of the third novel consisting of a bunch of disconnected stories, and so would be the equivalent of having the second half of the season be nothing but filler. And of course, they couldn't skip straight to the fourth novel because those stories from the third are necessary to understand the plot. Therefore, the only way that the series could be animated without massive Adaptation Explanation Extrication, anticlimax, or hours of padding was to disperse the later stories amongst the first arc. It wasn't done for the art at all. Finally, with the second season and movie included, chronological order no longer drops the overt supernatural elements partway and it does end with a climax.
  • Sword Art Online
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    • Ask anyone (whether they're haters or supporters) and they will probably say that the Kirito is an overpowered and confident protagonist who can effortlessly defeat anyone in the series barred Konno Yuuki and is even more invincible while dual wielding where once the second sword comes out his victory is imminent. The truth however is that he usually starts out losing instead, is never sure of his victory unless he knows he will win with certainty, is reluctant to even dual wield at all and his victories is always accompanied by some sort of external factor of various degrees such as Sinon/Shino's phantom bullet and unintentionally discovering Eugene's Demonic Sword Gram's weakness that shifts the flow of the battle to his favor momentarily which he takes full advantages of to deal a decisive or critical blow deciding the fight. While Kirito is by no means weak and is certainly one of the strongest characters in the series he has never actually outright simply overpowered his opponents through brute force or speed alone leaving a sense of how strong he is exactly being vaguely left in the dark.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
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    • Many people like to complain about how the Duelist Kingdom arc don't follow the rules, either; that's because at that time, the game was a Plot Tumor that basically had no rules to follow, and needed to be made up wholesale (there's even an obscure version of the game made by Bandai that follows a much different set of rules than the OCG/TCG). In fact, Pegasus even states that "there would be new rule changes" at the beginning of the arc, meaning we don't know exactly how the rules prior to that arc was any different. That being said, the anime didn't start following the OCG/TCG rules until the Battle City arc, when Kaiba instated them, and the rules weren't fully solidified until GX. That being said, a lot of the crazy things that happen in that arc do have some merit in regards to the game; for instance, the "field power bonus" correlates to the real game's concept of a Field Spell, and the former Trope Namer of "New Rules as the Plot Demands'' could've actually worked in the real game, given the effect of Catapult Turtle and the progress of the duel (and the obscenely low LP the players start out with, at the time).
    • Much of this also comes from the fact that the Duelist Kingdom arc is Mis-blamed; it was the people making the card game that were getting things wrong. Catapult Turtle's effect was closer to "tribute a monster, take damage equal to half its ATK, destroy a card on the field", and Castle of Dark Illusions might have been something like "flip all your monsters facedown, when this card is destroyed, destroy all monsters you control and take damage." That the card game didn't reflect either of these things is hardly the manga's fault, even if some of the reasoning (for instance, the possibility that the monsters could have "run away", which was nullified by Chaos Shield) is hard to suss out how it would work.
    • The Shadow Realm. It is not a place of eternal torment, or an analog to death, and there is actually a place called "the Shadow Realm" in the Japanese anime; it's actually a pocket dimension created around the players of a Shadow Game to enforce the rules of the game and prevent outsiders from interfering, or the players from leaving the game until there is a winner.
    • Contrary to what Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series made many people think, Kaiba did not actually summon three Blue-Eyes White Dragons in one turn in the first episode. He summoned them one each in separate turns, and the only current rule he broke (which wasn't a rule at the time) was that he summoned them without tributing.
    • Many people have heard that the original manga started out as a delightfully gory Revenge Fantasy featuring a Villain Protagonist Yami Yugi dishing out ironic deaths to people for minor slights against him and was later dumbed down to a generic Power of Friendship story by heartless executives to better sell cards. In reality, the Power of Friendship theme and numerous lighthearted moments were present from the beginning, Yami Yugi indeed starts off as a dark character but mellows out through real and gradual Character Development, and very few of the victims of his punishments actually died, the ones that did always being outright murderers themselves. The series shifted its focus to the card game well before the actual game came out, and while the shift was indeed imposed by editorial it was done in the interest of saving the series, as the early done-in-one format was extremely unpopular, with the noted exception of the two-parter focusing on the card game. Even after the shift took place the series still had plentiful dark moments as well, including limb-chopping, eye-gouging, horrendous child abuse, and even a Psychic-Assisted Suicide.
    • In point of fact, Yami Yugi definitively kills a grand total of one person over the course of the entire manga. There's a few characters with ambiguous fates (the Player Killer) or punishments that could have killed them (Goro Inogashira), and one case of a character who challenged him to a game and put his soul on the line (Imori), but he only ever killed one person via Karmic Death, and that person was a serial killer.
    • By a similar token, many fans will tell you that "Season Zero", the Toei adaptation, is far more faithful to the manga than the more famous anime adaptation. It's not; it just adapted a different part of the series (which has also given rise to the "Common Knowledge" that it's canon to the other anime, hence the name). Among other things, a lot of plots were given new scenes or added padding, an entire story arc that wasn't present in the manga was added, and a character who was originally a one-off got moved to the main cast. It's also often regarded as incredibly dark and violent when it was actually mostly Bowdlerized compared to the manga - for instance, the aforementioned serial killer ended up Spared by the Adaptation. Another common claim is that it wasn't Merchandise-Driven, unlike its successor series. It was; there are multiple one-off episodes added just to show off the cards, and even a Non-Serial Movie dedicated entirely to Red-Eyes Black Dragon. It's just that the game based on it wasn't nearly as successful as the one that would follow.
    • Many fans will let you know that most duels are won by the protagonist pulling a card out of their ass that conveniently defeats the opponent and is never seen again...only, this is really not the case. While the cards are often extremely convenient, they tend to be foreshadowed or Chekhov's Gunman affairs just as often, and crop up a lot more. It's zigzagged depending on the media; on one hand, the wonky rulings for certain cards in comparison to the TCG/OCG mean that reappearances of manga cards are replacednote , while the longer length of the anime allowed certain cards to show up again. Later installments of the franchise do play this straight, though, especially from 5Ds onward.
    • Anzu/Tea is universally remembered for doing nothing but making speeches about The Power of Friendship. This happened... maybe twice significantly, one of which was added for the anime, plus a Call-Back to one in a Non-Serial Movie. Considering that friendship is one of the biggest themes of the series, that's pretty thin on the ground. She does make a few other speeches, but they're generally not about friendship. The fact that one of those speeches was in the first episode of the anime probably throws the margin off. Also, while she only duels a handful of times (once in the manga, three times in the anime) and frequently played the Distressed Damsel, she's fairly active in both the manga and the anime (solving traps in Death-T, blowing up Zorc in Monster World, defeating one of the Big Five in Virtual Nightmare, keeping Atem together in Orichalcos, coming up with the cartouche in Millennium World).
  • A commonly-stated fact about Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's is that the character of Crow Hogan was rewritten from a primary antagonist to a tritagonist due to strong sales of his cards, against the wishes of the creators. This is basically impossible, since Crow had already debuted as a heroic character before his archetype ever hit the stands. It's true that he was rewritten from an early concept (Takahashi's character design envisioned him as a minor antagonist and Jerk with a Heart of Gold who makes a Heel–Face Turn), and that many of his plot points seem to have been rushed or altered in some manner, but it can't have been because of card sales - at least, not initially. Crow also reappeared in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, which had the same director, and he had a basically identical personality there (which was unique among reappearing characters), implying that the creators had no problem with making Crow a good guy - if anything, he seems to be something of a Creator's Pet.
  • Most people commonly assume that the factions seen in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V are representative of their entire dimension, particularly in the case of the Xyz Dimension. Fans commonly assume and/or state that the Fusion Dimension has destroyed humanity in the Xyz Dimension, when in reality, it's only Heartland that has been attacked. The Synchro Dimension clarifies that only City is involved when Reiji calls out Roget on being satisfied with control over one city.
  • According to most people, Shana of Shakugan no Shana and Louise of The Familiar of Zero are equals personality wise. Except they're not, at all. Shana starts rather rough but becomes nicer, less tsundere and more Defrosting Ice Queen (this is technically the original definition of a tsundere, but that's neither here nor there). At points she's more of a Type 2 tsundere, but in general she veers towards nice. In the other hand, Louise is a Type 1 tsundere through and through, and a rather harsh one at that (But she has her sweet moments too, mind). Yet despite the obvious disparity, people will treat them as the same. In all fairness, this is more JC Staff's fault, who after the success of Shakugan No Shana decided to play Louise's physical similarities by giving her Shana's voice, despite being completely different kind of tsunderes, as said. It's even better when Nagi and Taiga are thrown on the mix: While Taiga is indeed a lot like Shana (only not an Action Girl because her show isn't about fighting), Nagi is a regular Type 2 tsundere as well as a Gamer Chick and a Otaku Surrogate; once again, little to do with Shana and nothing to do with Louise. Yet still all four are treated as the exact same character, and all because they're all long-haired, flat-chested, have Zettai Ryouiki and share a voice actress! It's gotten so entrenched in the minds of anime fans everywhere, that This Very Wiki has the Shana Clone trope just for this sort of thing.
  • In regards to the Digimon series many people will refer to fanfics that are supposed to be a sequel to 02 (or sometimes even Tamers) as "Digimon (Adventure) 03". While technically correct, it's not right for the reason people think it is: "02" in "Digimon Adventure 02" refers to the year in which the story takes place (2002; Adventure took place in 1999, three years before); thus "03" would actually be a story in 2003.
    • This goes for referring to season one as 01. Again, 02 takes place 3-4 years later; a scene in S1 would not take place in '01. However, referring to the seasons as 01, 02, 03, 04, etc. isn't going anywhere, to the point that the DVD release (at least in America) do it. So now it's at least an official way to refer to the seasons.
    • The term "Digidestined" refers only to the chosen children from Adventure and Adventure 02. The default term for any human with a digimon partner is "tamer", but people will often use the term "Digidestined".
  • Ranma ½:
    • The fact that Ranma and Genma disdain weaponry is common knowledge. In fact, Ranma is shown to be an expert with staff, spear, and nunchaku at the very least in both canons (one anime episode even opens with him and Genma practicing staff-fighting), and there are some official publicity pieces by Takahashi showing him performing routines with a Jian (the Chinese sword of nobility).
    • Everybody knows that Tatewaki Kuno is a huge Shakespeare buff. In fact, that's a Woolseyism; he's a fan of ancient Japanese samurai poetry, which is at most a cultural analogue, and the English dub changed that to Shakespeare because such references would have been impenetrable to the English fanbase.
    • Ranma and Genma like to melodramatically refer to martial arts in general as "The Art". In fact, Genma used that term once, in the first episode of the anime.
    • Ryoga constantly attacks Ranma, usually shouting "prepare to die!" Whilst Ryoga isn't adverse to leaping at Ranma when their paths cross in a manner that angers Ryoga (such as Ranma running over him), Ryoga prefers to arrange formal duels when he can. Also, he shouted "Prepare to die!" at least twice, but it's hardly his catchphrase.
    • Saffron was the God of the Phoenix People, if you ask anyone. Except that the term "god" never once comes up during the Phoenix People storyline, even if he is presented with Physical God tier powers upon awakening to his full form.
  • Naruto:
    • It is common knowledge that the Mist village, during its "Bloody Mist" days at least, had a policy of exterminating bloodline users, and that Madara was The Man Behind the Man in this village and orchestrated these genocides because he deemed them inferior to the Uchiha bloodline. Neither of these things are true- bloodline users were persecuted, yes, but by ordinary people in the Water country and elsewhere, not by the Hidden Mist village (which is only part of the Land of Water as its ninja village); and the idea that Madara has a problem with non-Uchiha users is based on a popular fan theory, due to his Motive Rant to Sasuke where he blames the Senju clan for persecuting and betraying the Uchiha clan, even though it was largely his fault, and tells Sasuke about how superior the Uchiha were. Fans put two and two together and assumed he was an Uchiha supremacist, even though much of his rant was mixed in with Blatant Lies and was transparently designed to mess with Sasuke's mind. Haku's mother was killed by his father, and Kimmimaro's clan was killed by the Mist only when they attacked it, which they only did because they were a clan of Stupid Evil Blood Knights. Madara has never shown a flicker of hatred for bloodlines in general and the Mist, being a Hidden Ninja Village, most probably had a policy of collecting them- the current Mizukage is actually a user herself (twice over). This one is quite egregious as even a lot of Real True Fans actually believe this. The fact that Tobi is not really Madara at all and only allowed people to think he was for a time does not help this.
    • Iwa is claimed to hate Minato and will kill anyone even related to him despite the fact that he's dead. It's usually the reason why Naruto's parentage is hidden. The Fourth Hokage has never even been mentioned by any Iwa Shinobi. What Iwa had was a "flee on sight" order regarding Minato during the last Shinobi War (when Iwa and Konoha were on opposing sides), because Minato was too powerful for any of them to stand a chance against, with the possible exception of the Tsuchikage. This doesn't indicate any grudge against him, just a tactical judgement that it's never wise to fight the One-Man Army on his own terms.
    • Kurenai has been claimed to have been in Hinata's life since she was a child. However multiple (anime-only) flashbacks say otherwise.
    • Naruto doesn't take place in the past, but in a Retro Universe. They have modern technologies like cellphones and video games but lack automobiles and guns. Boruto, which takes place less than two decades later, is straight-up modern in most respects.
    • The idea that you need to be twelve to become a genin is incorrect. There is no known minimum age to be a ninja. Kakashi, for example, is indicated to have become a chunin at the age of 6, meaning he was that old at the most when he became a genin.
    • Many people think that genin are all beginner ninja. That is not true. A ninja could theoretically never become a chunin. The chunin exams even showed a lot of adults taking the exam. Might Guy's father, however, showed that while adults can be permanent genin, it's seen as very embarrassing.
    • It's commonly stated that Sasuke left the village when Sarada was still an infant. There's a flashback showing that he was still around when she was learning to walk, so he didn't leave that early. Sarada can't remember Sasuke but that doesn't mean he left when she was a baby.
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, the Nazca carrying the Neutron Stampede is commonly assumed to be called the ''Marie Curie''. Except that it's not; no name is given in-series, and the origin of the name is from a fanfic called Birds of a Feather.
  • It is common knowledge that Kagura from Fruits Basket is Yandere toward Kyo, constantly beating him whenever she's around him. In canon though it's treated more like a Split Personality. She has no recollection of doing this and it developed due to rather realistic causes.
  • People saying that Black★Rock Shooter is a Vocaloid or that her design is based on Hatsune Miku (or even that she's a dark version of Hatsune Miku herself). Miku sang the song, but Black★Rock Shooter is not a Vocaloid and has nothing to do with them.
  • Everyone knows that Edward from Fullmetal Alchemist is an atheist... except he's not, especially in the 2003 version. He's an agnostic theist, which makes perfect sense seeing as how he actually met this universe's depiction of god face-to-face during the event that kickstarts the entire plot. Beyond this, Edward makes several references that heavily imply he believes in a God, he just doesn't show any interest in praising/worshiping it, seeing as it took away his limbs and little brother. In the 2003 anime Edward never meets God, but he still has lines showing he does believe a God exists but he doesn't want to worship it.
  • Everyone knows that Shinji from Neon Genesis Evangelion is a wuss that keeps whining and running away from his duty as an Eva pilot, when he’s actually more of a Cowardly Lion. He avoids his duties three times: near the beginning, after Misato assured him Rei would replace him and egged him on (and that was after he ignored orders to retreat, fighting the Angel like an angered beast and killing it); around the middle, when he was horrified by his father sanctioning the Dummy Plug in Unit 01, which lead to Touji almost being killed and losing a leg in the anime and actually being killed in the manga; and in End of Evangelion, when he was severely traumatised by Kaworu’s death. In the first two, he comes back on his own accord. He also complains fairly little about his situation and mostly just accepts his fate humbly, which causes Misato and (far more harshly) Asuka to berate him as an Extreme Doormat. In the famous final scene of the original airing, he manages to get a breakthrough in his ability to balance influence by other people and his own personality, and is applauded by Misato, Rei, Asuka, his friends, the other Nerv employees, Pen Pen, and his parents for this. However, this is a Subverted Trope, in a sense, as he admits in episode 25 of the original airing that he doesn’t run away because it would mean being alone and shunned.
    • In addition, Shinji isn't actually altogether that angsty or whiny as common knowledge seem to portray him as, and for the most part he really just expresses his anguish through quiet brooding. If anything, Asuka is the character who most often complains vocally about her situation.
    • There's really too many to list, or rather they are listed here.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Yamcha from Dragon Ball Z is known for being an utterly useless weakling who is constantly getting killed off. Actually, he only dies twice (the same number of times as Goku), was the first person to use a ki technique, and ends up saving everyone from Goku's Great Ape form in the original series. However, it is true that he has never won at the Tenka'Ichi Budoukai and he was the first to die in the battles with the Saiyans and the Androids (though he got better before actually dying in the latter case). This may also be conflation with Krillin, who actually does die with some frequency - indeed, Yamcha died the first time because he didn't want Krillin to risk sacrificing himself again.
      • He's also often regarded as the weakest fighter of the main cast. While he undeniably landed into Can't Catch Up, by the end of the manga, he was at least stronger than (among others) Yajirobe, Korin, Chiaotzu, and likely Master Roshi and Videl. It was his attempts to stay in the game in the Saiyan and Android Sagas, where most of the people even weaker than him had dropped off, that landed him in loser territory.
    • Many fans and especially detractors have brought up the series' formulaic nature of Goku constantly coming up against a big threat, losing, either training or finding some other MacGuffin in order to get stronger, and finishing off the threat in a rematch. In all of the fights in DBZ's run, this has never happened to Goku once. Through all the fights he's had, he's often defeated an opponent on the first try with little difficultynote , had a great amount of difficulty but ultimately brought the opponent down, mainly with assistance from othersnote , the fight ultimately ended inconclusivelynote , or Goku did ultimately lose, but someone else ended up defeating the opponentnote . In fact, the only times the theme of Goku losing a fight, finding a way to get stronger, and then defeating his enemy in a rematch is during the original Dragon Ball, primarily with his battles against Mercenary Tao and King Piccolo. A good number of the Non Serial Movies follow the formula of "Goku gets his ass kicked initially, then powers up somehow and wins in the rematch", though.
    • Some detractors claim that the series has loads and loads of plot holes and continuity errors. While there certainly are some note  they're not actually as prominent as many are led to believe. Most of the time, they're an Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole caused by the anime's filler. note 
    • Funimation's English dub may have been responsible for plenty of unintentionally hilarious moments, but the famously memetastic line "IT'S OVER NINE-THOUSAAAAAAAAND!" was not one of them. That was an earlier dub by The Ocean Group that originally aired on the The WB with a completely different cast, and was only 53 episodes long. When Funimation redubbed that episode after the show became a runaway hit on Cartoon Network, they actually gave the line a fairly understated read (by Vegeta's standards, anyway). Delivered by Christopher Sabat, it was more like "It's over nine-thousand!"
    • Contrary to popular belief, Goku is not illiterate. He was explicitly taught reading and writing by Master Roshi, as well as at least some math.
    • It's often thought that Roshi taught the Z-fighters the Kamehameha Wave. Except he didn't. Goku and Tien both copied it after seeing it once, while Yamcha and Krillin were able to recreate it independently without Roshi's knowledge — as proof, the first time he saw the latter two using it, he flipped out and insisted they weren't ready before being proven wrong. In fact, up until Dragon Ball Super, there's no indication that Roshi ever taught them any actual techniques — from what we see, the Turtle School seems to be more a method of training than a martial arts style in its own right.
  • In case anyone needs it cleared up, Kasukabe is not the name of where any of the Lucky Star girls live, nor is Saitama. The former is only where their school is located, and the latter is the prefecture where the twins and Konata live. Tsukasa and Kagami live in Kuki, Konata lives in Satte, and Miyuki lives in Tokyo.
  • Sonic is not from Mobius in Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie or Sonic X. In the former he is from "Freedom Planet" and in the latter his homeworld is unnamed.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Anyone who watches anime generally knows by now that its cutesy appearance is a facade, concealing ridiculously traumatizing Psychological Horror. This is only half right; its actual genre is tragedy, not horror. Characters die in dramatic and/or ironic ways, but it has no graphic violence or anything else that one would expect from the general perception of it. Its most infamous violent scene happens mostly offscreen (though the manga shows quite a bit more detail). There's a Satanic Archetype who likes to screw around with souls, but that's nothing new. Much of the overreaction comes from the heavy thematic content played out with an all-female cast—many viewers seemingly interpreted it as an Utsuge that lacks a damsel-rescuing male viewpoint character, instead of a self-contained story. And they do get semi-rescued in the end—just not by a guy. Madoka herself becomes the guardian deity of all magical girls, but vanishes from the mortal world, making for a Bittersweet Ending instead of the expected Downer Ending or Kill ’Em All ending.
  • Berserk:
    • Guts was not based on the real-life Götz von Berlichingen. While the similarities are uncanny (both are medieval mercenary captains with prosthetic hands, and both even have similar names), Miura has stated that he was unaware of Gotz until the connection was brought to his attention, and it's simply a very improbable coincidence.
    • Even among fans of the series, many believe that the Beast of Darkness is Guts's Superpowered Evil Side or an entity possessing him or inhabiting his body. It's not. It's merely a visual representation of Guts's rage and his struggle to control it, not a physical being.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Amongst fans, there is a ridiculously high number of people who insist that Jonathan Joestar was the father of Joseph Joestar. Except that's not true, Jonathan is Joseph's grandfather and Joseph's father, George, is Jonathan's son. One of the main plot points of Battle Tendency is the reveal of Joseph's heritage, but there are still fans who genuinely think that Jonathan is Joseph's father. (This tendency isn't helped by the fact that George is an extremely minor figure; he only appears in a flashback and is killed off.)
    • Because of Purple Haze's powers, it's often thought that Fugo was Put on a Bus halfway through Vento Aureo because he was too broken.note  The real reason was because Fugo was supposed to have been a traitor who spied on the heroes for the Boss, and Araki, in a dark place at the time, couldn't bear to have him betray Bucciarati and the gang, and therefore wrote him out instead.
  • Countless people treat the post-Time Skip episodes of Zoids: Chaotic Century, as either a Sequel Series with the subtitle "Guardian Force" (Like Naruto Shippuden), or "Season 2". The pre- and post-Time Skip episodes are all part of a single, continuous show titled Zoids: Chaotic Century.
  • My Hero Academia: The proportion of people with superpowers in this universe is constantly stated as 80%, with the protagonist being one of the other 20%. This shows up in the promo blurb on the back of every manga volume, and even in this wiki's series description. Only when you actually watch/read the series will you learn that these numbers are from several generations ago, when "Quirks" first appeared. In the story's present day, practically everyone has a supernatural ability; no exact numbers are given, but a doctor has to explain the concept of "Quirkless" people to the young hero and his mother, implying that mundane humanity has become extremely rare. (Some conspiracy theories claim his Quirk was stolen before he even discovered it).
  • Bunny Drop is about the relationship between a man and his adopted daughter (who happens to technically be his aunt). Except, their relationship is more complicated than that. Daikichi does raise Rin but she explicitly doesn't see him as her father. In the anime this is because she sees her deceased father as her dad, while in the manga this is foreshadowing for Rin falling for Daikichi as a teen. Either way, their relationship is similar to a parent/child one but is not exactly that.
  • Thanks to the manga suffering from a huge example of Keep Circulating the Tapes to the point where it borders on being lost media, there are misconceptions on Amy and Charmy's designs in the Shogakukan Sonic the Hedgehog manga. It's cited frequently online that originally Charmy had pink hair, Amy was brown/blonde furred, and both looked extremely different from their Canon Immigrant designs in Knuckles Chaotix and Sonic the Hedgehog CD. This is a misconception. The manga was drawn by several different artists with different styles. Sango Morimoto's designs weren't the only ones and likely weren't the original ones. 1992 issues show Charmy and Amy looking near-identical to their Classic game designs.
  • There's a persistent belief that Sound of the Sky ends with Amazing Freaking Grace magically stopping a battle and causing the two armies to make peace with each other. This is only partially correct. Kanata playing that song does interrupt a confrontation between Helvetian and Roman forces, but only temporarily. As soon as the song ends, a commander begins yelling at his troops to start shooting, only for Rio—now the daughter of one ruler and fiancee of the other—to arrive bearing a peace treaty and a sizable third army, ordering a ceasefire. That's what actually convinces the armies to stand down, but it's often not mentioned; sometimes deliberately, to promote the idea that the story is unrealistic.
  • Similar to Pokémon Adventures, the CoroCoro Comics Splatoon manga is often referred to as "the Splatoon manga" as if it were the only one to exist. There are actually several manga series based on the games; it's just that the CoroCoro one is the only series to defy No Export for You.

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