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  • Despite what anyone tells you, X-Men: Evolution did not move the location of the Academy to California. It just took place in a... very California-like New York. Which admittedly is really odd because it's animated. The same one from the live-action movies, apparently. Rogue states at one point that it never snows in upstate New York.
  • Classic Disney Shorts:
    • Steamboat Willie is often credited as the very first Mickey Mouse short. However, Mickey and Minnie appeared six months earlier in Plane Crazy, which was produced first, but Disney couldn't sell it. Steamboat Willie was the short that made a star out of Mickey because it was the first short to use sound properly, allowing him to stand out from other cartoons, which is why the short sold. On that note, it's not Pete's first appearance either; he was antagonizing Oswald and, before that, Alice.
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    • Speaking of Mickey Mouse, many people think that he was only created by Walt Disney. Actually, he was created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks.
    • On the topic of Oswald, it's often believed that after the rights to the character were taken away from Disney by Charles Mintz, Ub Iwerks was the only animator to stick with Walt and Roy after all of the others defected to Universal. In reality he was joined by two other animators (Les Clark and Johnny Cannon, both of whom would become very important figures in the history of the studio) as well as by six ink and paint workers (one of whom was Walt Disney's wife Lillian).
    • Another anecdote toted around Oswald is that Walt Disney was completely blindsided when he lost the Rabbit, as he had been under the impression that the character belonged to him. In truth Walt knew upfront that he was only a contract worker and that the rights to Oswald were held by Universal. His big shock about the situation came from finding out that most of his staff had gone behind his back and signed a new contract with Mintz and Universal, and that he'd lose them if he stopped making Oswald cartoons.
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    • Donna Duck is not Daisy Duck. She is a precursor to her. But even some historians get them mixed up.
  • Two examples from the DCAU:
    • "Girl's Night Out", the episode featuring Batgirl and Supergirl against Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, and Livewire, is commonly thought to be a Superman: The Animated Series episode, but in reality, it's officially a Batman: The Animated Series episode, according to both the episode list on the official website and the fact that it was on the B: TAS Volume 4 DVD set rather than Volume 3 of S: TAS (which included the last third of the series, including Supergirl's debut).
    • Another BTAS one was that Mary Kay Bergman's death in 1999 is the reason why Tara Strong replaced her as Batgirl for The New Batman Adventures, except The New Batman Adventures started airing in 1997, two years before Bergman's death and Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero (intended for a release earlier that same year as a tie-in for Batman & Robin) came out in 1998, meaning the recast had nothing to do with Bergman's death as the recast predated it.
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    • Supergirl is not Kara Zor-El. She's Kara In-Ze. The main difference is that she's not Superman's biological cousin and that she's from a different planet. This was done to get around the veto against Supergirl, but even many DCAU fans refer to her as Kara Zor-El.
  • Transformers: Optimus Prime actually turned into a cab-over truck, not a regular truck. A cab-over is a special kind of truck which has a flat face and the cab sits above the front axle. A regular truck has the cab behind the axle giving the front an elongated look. The live-action films feature his alternate mode as a regular elongated truck because the animators found that, with their commitment to avoiding mass-shifting, a cab-over model resulted in a shorter Optimus; some subsequent adaptations, including Transformers Prime, followed its lead.
    • Prior to the live-action movies, several Optimus Prime toys were released in regular truck forms, most notably the Combat Hero Optimus Prime and Laser Optimus Prime from the Generation 2 line. Their only non-toy appearance was a brief appearance of the Combat Hero version at the end of the G2 comic.
    • A common one is the idea that Transformers are "robots in disguise", and therefore use their altmodes to maintain The Masquerade, often lambasting characters like the Dinobots for their obvious failings in that category. In the majority of series, including the original, the Autobots and Decepticons soon become public knowledge due to the absolute incompetence of either side in maintaining any masquerade. Altmodes are used more for combat, speed, or alternate functions (turning into a spaceship to fly and carry people, for instance) than to hide as cars. And that's ignoring a number of stories (most notably Beast Wars) that feature few or no human characters at all.
    • Two for The Transformers: The Movie: that there's some kind of hardcore "unrated" cut that features more explicit violence and that Optimus Prime crumbles to dust after his infamous Disney Death. The former seems to just be an internet rumor, while the latter is likely caused by people confusing scenes; Starscream does crumble to dust when he dies and it happens shortly after Optimus dies, so people may have just mixed the two up.
    • For a long time, the US fandom had a lot of weird misconceptions about the Japanese Transformers works. Claims like "Metrotitan is a zombie" or "the Decepticons are from a different planet than the Autobots" were thrown about thanks to bad translations and misinterpretations of obscure material.
      • A big one was that the various anime series were "more mature" than their English counterparts. Though there's a bit of content that might stick out if the shows were dubbed, one need only watch the ending theme of Transformers Victory to understand who these shows were aimed at.
      • In a particularly kludgey one, there's the idea that the Japanese Beast Wars anime sequel series (Beast Wars II and Beast Wars Neo) were meant to be contemporaneous with the American one, with the characters coming from hundreds of years in the future and jumping backward to prehistoric Earth. This was an idea no doubt fueled by the fact that Optimus Primal popped up in a movie for the former (providing people with lots of blurry screencaps). This isn't remotely true; the two series take place tens of thousands of years in the future, and they go to the Earth of their own time (which is long since abandoned). Primal in the aforementioned movie was basically treated as a figure of legend. This one was pervasive enough that it even leaked into some official bios, and formed the basis for IDW's comic take, albeit with a Hand Wave or two to justify it.
    • Everyone “knows” Challenge Of The Go Bots as being a Transformers ripoff made by Tonka to try and copy Hasbro’s success... only that’s not quite true. At the very least, the situation is more complicated than that; the two franchises were created independently around the same time under similar means (reworking earlier foreign toylines into something new) and the Gobots were technically the ones who came first, at least in terms of toys on shelves. At worst, the two were Dueling Shows for a brief time. And even ignoring all that, Hasbro eventually acquired the rights to the Gobots and effectively folded them into the Transformers universe; nowadays, Hasbro and the fandom largely treat Challenge Of the Gobots as just another Transformers series, which can be perplexing to casual viewers who only remember the former as the latter’s Unknown Rival.
    • An infamous one is the mistaken belief that there’s a blue-colored Bluestreak toy. There isn’t and there never was; the character has always canonically been colored silver. Bluestreak was based on a blue-colored Diaclone toy which got featured in toy catalogs and instructions by mistake instead of his real figure, leading to this misconception. The Non-Indicative Name definitely didn’t help, nor did the fact that Bluestreak shares a mold with Smokescreen, who actually is colored blue. Hasbro tried to put a stop to this by renaming him Silverstreak, but it didn’t stick.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
    • Krang from the 1987 show was not a Utrom. It's true his appearance was inspired by the Utroms, but he is himself a disembodied brain from another dimension. The Utroms are brain like creatures from another planet.
    • Many fans of the 1987 show recall that Turtles hate anchovies on their pizza. While several storybooks based on the cartoon have brought this up and Michelangelo did specifically say he wanted no anchovies in the first film when he phoned a delivery, the cartoon itself never said they hated them. Quite the opposite in fact; several episodes have mentioned that they did eat pizzas with anchovies.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • The main gang was never called "Mystery, Inc." or "Mysteries Incorporated". The actual "Mystery, Inc." name was derived from the "Mysteries Inc." cartoon block on Cartoon Network (aired back in the early 90s), which showed the Scooby-clone shows, but none of the Scooby-Doo shows. They were almost never called "Mystery Inc." on-screen until Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010). A promotion for a Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! comic book in Gold Key Comics printed and sold in November 1969 noted that they gang was called Mystery Inc. However, Velma does also refer to the group as Mystery Inc. in Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998).
    • Those cheesy pop songs used for every chase sequence? Only the second season of the original series utilized them, and only for seven episodes at that. The practice wouldn't be picked up again for another twenty years until A Pup Named Scooby-Doo used it as an Affectionate Parody, and then another ten years after that when the direct-to-video film series took it and just ran with it.
    • While one episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! did feature an amusement park owner called "Mr. Jenkins", no one ever called him "Old Man Jenkins", he wasn't the culprit behind that episode's mystery, and the mystery didn't actually involve a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax. The episode's Monster of the Week was a humanoid robot named "Charlie" (originally built by Jenkins), which turned out to have been reprogrammed by Jenkins' sister to become hostile.
    • The ghost or monster of the week always turned out to be someone in a mask. This is absolutely not true; many times there was a real monster involved, the best example probably being "Halloween Hassle at Dracula's Castle". However, they were rarely the Big Bad of the episode.
  • In Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony, "Let's Go and Meet the Bronies" has John de Lancie refer to My Little Pony Tales as generation 2. Tales is actually an Alternate Continuity part of generation 1; the real generation 2 is the only generation without an Animated Adaptation.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    • Derpy Hooves's obsession with muffins and association with delivering mail are never seen in the show. (She does say "Muffins!" at one point in an early episode, but so do about three other ponies at the same time.) She is, however, seen doing what appears to be moving company work in one episode, and wears a saddlebag with a muffin-shaped clip in another episode, though there is a separate pony who handles mail delivery in Ponyville. However, this has since become Ascended Fanon.
    • Despite what common fan depictions will show, Nightmare Moon was not banished to the moon, the opening narration by Princess Celestia/Twilight specifically states she was banished in the moon. She would not have been running around on the surface, but rather it seems to have been that the moon itself functioned as a Crystal Prison or possibly a Soul Jar for her (as indicated by the mare's silhouette that appeared on the moon when Nightmare Moon was sent there and disappeared when she escaped).
      • Further confusion was added to this when the official My Little Pony IDW comics actually did depict Nightmare Moon banished to the surface of the moon (and running her own whole kingdom of nightmare creatures at that), but as it has been confirmed that the comics' canon has no true bearing on the show's canon, this depiction is moot.
    • Much of the common perception towards Celestia and Luna is this. It's never clarified in-series that either are Semi-Divine, the series is vague on whether they were born alicorn or not, and there's no proof that Celestia ever had a pink mane.
  • Lauren Faust did not create The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. It was her husband Craig McCracken. She was a storyboarder for only a few episodes of Powerpuff and wrote a majority of episodes for Foster's.
  • Many people believe that in the U.S. Acres cartoon "Wanted: Wade", Wade rips a tag off of Orson's pillow. He actually ripped the tag off the bottom of Orson's couch, and there weren't any pillows on it in the first place! The confusion comes from a recurring mistake in the episode that occurs right after the song sequence where the characters (including Wade himself) say it's a pillow he ripped it off of. Due to this, many people (including fans of the show themselves who have watched the episode and even the official Garfield website) say this is true.
  • Tom and Jerry:
    • A lot of people believe that the final episode of Tom and Jerry ends with the pair committing suicide together. While there is a cartoon where that is the implied ending, it was not the last one.
    • Also, it's Common Knowledge that Tom and Jerry never speak, with fans even using this as a reason to criticize their Suddenly Voiced nature in The Movie. While most of the cartoons have the duo silent, a fair number of the episodes have dialogue from one or even both of them, including Tom's infamous Accidental Nightmare Fuel "DON'T YOU BELIEVE IT!" and particularly the episode "The Lonesome Mouse", in which both characters have quite a lot of dialogue.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • Wile E. Coyote fails to catch the Roadrunner because he comes up with overly complicated, intricate plans instead of trying a simpler strategy, right? Only if you consider "chase it down", "shoot it", "tie a rope around it and strangle it", "throw a rock at it", and "blow it up" complicated and intricate plans.
    • Also, few people know that Bugs Bunny does not, in fact, always win. He routinely loses to Cecil Turtle, has been beaten by Elmer and Daffy a few times and was once beat by a gremlin.
  • The Flintstones: The cars were powered entirely by the driver running...except for the fact that in a lot of shots, no feet are visible below the cars. The feet were just used to get it started. And also as the brakes, usually.
  • Several Doug fans seem to remember the classic episode "Doug's Sister Act" for having one of the most memorable Smash Adams moments in the whole show, where Doug dives on top of a lasagna after convincing Judy's boyfriend that there's a bomb in it ("A bomb in the lasagna?! GREAT SCOTT!"). While Doug does dress up as his Tuxedo and Martini alter-ego in that episode, it's not Smash Adams: he actually calls himself "Agent 000 of MI-5". Bizarrely, Agent 000 seems to dress, speak and act almost exactly like Smash, making the confusion understandable. note 
  • Hey Arnold!:
    • The series is largely assumed to take place in either New York City or a fictional counterpart to it. While Hillwood has some NYC elements, it's mostly based on Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. Hillwood is also canonically in Washington state, not New York state.
    • Arnold does not wear a skirt or kilt. This misconception still is strong twenty years later, to the point where the cartoon itself even mentioned it. He is wearing a long plaid shirt under his sweater.
  • The titular trio of The Powerpuff Girls do not have a large stripe on their dress. It is a stylized belt. Fusionfall didn't help as its animesque designs feature stripes, not belts.
  • It's Common Knowledge that Family Guy rediscovered a completely forgotten surf rock song from the fifties called "Surfin' Bird" and single-handedly revived it from its slumber. In truth, the song was featured in Full Metal Jacket. While that film's second half may not be as instantly memorable as the boot camp section, it's still one of the most famous war films by one of the most famous directors in the world. It may have introduced a new generation to the song, but it's not exactly the deepest deep cut. The song being from the Fifties is another example, when in fact, while it was found in a Fifties diner, it's from the Sixties. Not only is this in the episode itself, it's how Peter gets the record and kicks off the plot.
  • The Simpsons:
    • It's often claimed of early seasons that Bart was the main character of the show, and only became more central as time went on, before the show reined in use of him and focused on its ensemble cast. In point of fact, Bart was hardly the protagonist of the first season; he's the definite main character in about six episodes of the original 13note ; the most of any family member, but not by much, and he shared many of those episodes with other members of the family, especially Homer. And far from increasing, in the second season, he's, if anything, even less central, being the definite main character in six out of twenty-three note . Even in the pilot episode, Homer is more or less the protagonist. This comes from the fact that, while Bart wasn't the main character, he was a colossal Ensemble Dark Horse and by far the most popular and heavily-merchandised character of the early years, so Fox loved to play him up in advertising (often for episodes where he was barely involved) or rerun episodes where he had a major role. They even went so far as to move "Bart Gets An F" to be the season premiere, because it was a Bart-focused episode, and built up the "Cosby/Bart Rivalry" for publicity. The idea of him being toned down is more just that the "Bartmania" fad ran its course, and people watched the show to find that Bart wasn't actually the main character that often.
    • Ask people what Sideshow Bob episodes are about, and they'll usually say "Bob trying to murder Bart." Of the various Bob episodes in the first eight seasons, only one ("Cape Feare") had Bob's primary scheme being to kill Bart; in all the others, it's at most a side scheme, and several have him not caring about Bart at all. If anything, they almost made a point to avoid him repeating schemes. After "Cape Feare", the first episode where Bob's primary motive was trying to murder Bart was "Funeral for a Fiend", which happened in the nineteenth season. By later seasons, that motive actually did become the focus of several of his episodes, usually while trying to lampshade that Bob has schemed to kill Bart countless times.
  • It's frequently said that Fox Kids prevented the writers of Spider-Man: The Animated Series from having Spider-Man punch his enemies. While the show did undergo a lot of censorship, some very silly, the show's producer John Semper wrote multiple times that not having Spider-Man punch was a deliberate decision by the creative staff to make the fights more varied and creative.
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero:
    • The franchise is practically synonymous with Never Say "Die" and Bloodless Carnage... which is a little weird because G.I. Joe has historically had quite a lot of deaths and Family-Unfriendly Violence in it. The comics in particular have a pervasive Anyone Can Die tone to them. The original cartoon is the only series that’s ever really engaged in this, and even that show had plenty of Mooks die (explicitly or implicitly).
    • A strangely large number of people think that Destro was black in the cartoon and that later entries gave him a Race Lift. In truth, the character has always canonically been a white Scotsman and the cartoon is no different. This idea may have been caused by the fact that Destro was originally voiced by a black actor (Arthur Burghardt) who was Not Even Bothering with the Accent.
  • Many people think that titular lead of Kim Possible has a secret identity and that she doesn't mix her civilian life with her hero life. The 2019 film supposedly "changing" this was one of the main complaints towards it. However, Kim is a world-renown celebrity. Everyone knows who she is. Much of the humor comes from her lack of a secret identity and how people treat her.


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