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  • Adventure Time: Many fans have come to the conclusion that Finn the Human's female counterpart imagined by the Ice King, Fionna the Human, is the same age as Finn just because she is his Distaff Counterpart, when there is substantial evidence that Fionna is intended to be much older. Most notably is how the Ice King stated his desire to make his fan character a real person so that he could marry her and how he temporarily stopped pursuing Princess Bubblegum when she was de-aged to 13 years old in "Mortal Recoil", which made it explicitly clear that the Ice King drew the line at courting underage girls. The Adventure Time wiki used to say that Fionna was estimated to be the same age as Finn, but Fionna's article has since been revised to remove the part of her character template giving her age when it was found out that there is no explicit proof of Fionna being the same age as Finn and that any guess at how old she truly was would be pure speculation. This isn't even getting into the flagrant evidence that gender isn't the only difference the Fionna and Cake versions of the characters have (e.g. Prince Gumball being a baker rather than a scientist like Princess Bubblegum, Flame Prince and Turtle Prince being implied to be attracted to one another in "Five Short Tables" when their female counterparts were only shown to be interested in men).
  • Angela Anaconda:
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    • This is the show where, Once an Episode, Angela fantasizes about doing all sorts of crazy over-the-top type of things to her Sitcom Arch-Nemesis Nanette Manoir...not quite. While it's usually Nanette Manoir, Angela's Imagine Spot will target almost everyone who wrongs her, up to and including herself.
    • As mentioned by a Youtuber named Billiam in this video, it was Fox Kids who put the Angela Anaconda sequence into the Digimon movie. The creators of the show didn't have much to do with it at all.
    • And finally, the fact it was owned by DHX Media is thought of as being one of the reasons why the KaBlam! episodes that showed its sequences were not given a legit release. While KaBlam! is indeed mired in ownership issues, Viacom still owns these particular original shorts. The episodes played during syndicated reruns on Nickelodeon with no issue whatsoever, even concurrently with its run on Fox Kids and Fox Family.
  • Arthur:
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    • While D.W. is a bit of a brat occasionally, she's not nearly as big of a brat as the fandom makes her out to be—she's just a normal four-year-old girl.
    • People remember "Grandpa Dave's Memory Album" as "the episode where Grandpa Dave got Alzheimer's". In reality, while he is getting a brain condition that affects his memory, the specific ailment is left ambiguous.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Fire Nation is commonly mistaken for a straight-up Fantasy Counterpart Culture Japan. They're a Cultural Chop Suey of China, Japan, and Korea.
  • Baby Looney Tunes never actually aired on Kids' WB!, much to the belief of many fans. It aired in local syndication, and in many markets, on the WB affiliates leading into Kids' WB! proper, and in some areas, with Kids' WB! branding and bumpers.
  • Beavis And Butthead: It's common when referring to the show to claim that their misadventures are interspersed with Beavis and Butt-head watching heavy metal music videos and riffing, hating almost all of them. Others "remember" that Beavis and Butt-head watch a lot of videos but like only the heavy metal videos and hate everything else. Neither of these is accurate. They dimwitted duo do in fact watch a wide variety of music videos, ranging from everything from Michael Bolton to Morbid Angel, and while many of them across all genres are submitted to merciless riffing (especially Michael Bolton), their reaction to videos is actually pretty varied, with about a third being brutally riffed, a third receiving a neutral reaction that would lead to some tangent unrelated to the video and another third receiving a positive review. And it isn't just the heavy metal videos, some of the most positive reviews are to punk videos by The Ramones and The Butthole Surfers, and they also enjoy Radiohead (even the ballad "Fake Plastic Trees"), and give other positive reviews to some atypical ones too, such as a Bananarama video and one by the New Wave group The Beloved (granted, that was mostly due to the nudity in it). They even liked a Bee Gees song enough to start dancing to it!
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  • 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. He also claims all the Tales characters fall into a "girly stereotype." While the series was obviously geared towards little girls, and the characters do things like flirt with boys and have tea parties, they have interests and ambitions that are not stereotypically feminine- Sweetheart aspires to be a doctor, Bright Eyes is a smart girl who wants to be an environmentalist, and Patch is a soccer-playing tomboy who wants to join the circus.
  • Caillou:
    • Many people who bring up "Caillou is Getting Older" claim that Gilbert the cat killed the bird. There's no proof of that in the episode— the bird was just found dead.
    • Detractors often call Caillou a spoiled brat and claim he never gets punished. While he does occasionally lapse into Bratty Half-Pint territory, he is by no means spoiled and many episodes are about his dealing with not getting his way. As for the "never gets punished" thing, that's also untrue— he's seen getting punished in several episodes, usually with punishments such as Go to Your Room!.
  • 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 is 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.
    • 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.
    • Donna Duck is not Daisy Duck. She is a precursor to her. But even some historians get them mixed up.
    • Similarly to Donna, Kat Nipp is a completely separate character from Peg-Leg Pete. They're both large cats who don't exactly get along with Mickey, but in Kat Nipp's appearances he's usually the one being antagonized (in contrast with Pete).
  • Clone High had a disrespectful portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi (or rather, Gandhi's clone, voiced by Michael McDonald). It's common knowledge that he's portrayed as a popular catchphrase-spouting "party animal". He wishes - that is how he describes himself in the first episode, but the character, in fact, is never invited to parties, can't get a date to prom, and his catchphrases and mannerisms always fall flat (in-universe, at least).
  • The DCAU has its share of this:
    • "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's 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 is 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. The misconception may arise from the fact that Bergman was also the original voice actress for Timmy Turner from The Fairly OddParents and Strong replaced her in that role after her death.
    • A borderline example is the fact that the DCAU Supergirl is not actually 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. Generally, she was created to be about as close to Zor-El as they could possibly make her without tripping over Supergirl's Exiled from Continuity status at the time. This extends to her clone Galatea, who isn't explicitly a reimagined version of Power Girl, but is very obviously intended as such (as in, she looks exactly like Power Girl does in the comics minus her cape and name).
    • There are quite a few people who know that in Superman: The Animated Series, Lex Luthor was portrayed as a black man only to get Race-Lifted into a white guy in Justice League, presumably to avoid being accused of racism. In reality, Luthor was always intended to be white, just like he is in the comics; the reason he looks so Ambiguously Brown is because his design was heavily modeled on Telly Savalas, who was Greek-American and fairly tanned. Unfortunately, the skin tone combined with other elements of his design (like fuller lips and a Badass Baritone) to cause a lot of people to think he was black and just roll with it since it had no impact on the plot or character. Thus when the creators lightened his skin up a little in Justice League to try and rectify the confusion, those who had gotten used to "black" Luthor cried They Changed It, Now It Sucks!.
    • It is commonly mistakenly believed that Teen Titans is a part of the DCAU, in a Broad Strokes way at the very least. It aired alongside Justice League, didn't share any characters with it, and — aside from being a bit Denser and Wackier — was just similar enough in tone and art style that a lot of viewers naturally assumed it was supposed to be in the same continuity, especially after the shows had a mutual Shout-Out (League had Mike Erwin reprise his role as a Speedy in one episode, complete with wearing his Titans costume, so Titans had Michael Rosenbaum appear as a young Wally West/Flash, his role in League). Officially speaking however, it is not part of the DCAU and never was at any point, though that does not stop some people from including it anyways in an odd inversion of Fanon Discontinuity.
  • 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 
  • 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's 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 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.
    • Parodies of the Flintstones often depict them using a dinosaur or other creature as a tool of some sort and said dinosaur shrugging and saying "It's a living". This rarely, if ever, is said in the real show. In fact, there are a few cases of the dinosaurs saying the opposite i.e being used as tools all the time is wearing out their bodies.
  • Frosty the Snowman: It's often said that June Foray originally voiced Karen for the special's premiere in 1969 before her lines were redubbed by a child actress for subsequent airings. While Foray did indeed record the part, the decision to replace her was actually made before the first airing, though her dialogue still appeared on the show's official soundtrack album.
  • Many people believe that in the U.S. Acres segment of Garfield and Friends, the episode "Wanted: Wade" had Wade rip 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 he rips the tag, including 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.
  • 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 is 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 the Disney+ airing of Gravity Falls censored the symbol on Grunkle Stan's early Season 1 fez. The edit was already done for the TV airings of the show in some European countries like Italy, but Disney+ is just the first time the edited version was released in the whole world.
  • 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 even Rhonda in the cartoon itself mentioned it. He is wearing a long plaid shirt under his sweater.
  • 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 is one of the main complaints towards it. However, Kim is a world-renowned celebrity. Everyone knows who she is. Much of the humor comes from her lack of a secret identity and how people treat her.
  • Contrary to popular belief, King of the Hill never aired on Fox Kids. However, there were several cross-promotions for it on the Fox Kids block.
  • 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" overcomplicated 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 is once beaten by a gremlin.
  • The Loud House:
    • The idea that Lincoln's sisters gang up on him for being the only boy. While they have ganged up on him several times, it was to do with generic Sibling Rivalry such as wanting the best seat in the car, not because he's a boy.
    • A lot of people think Luan dresses up like a mime when she's sad. In reality, the only time a sad Luan was dressed up as a mime was in "Ties That Bind" and while those things did share a cause, she wasn't dressed as a mime because she was sad. She was sad because she thought her parents were going to kick her out for being "too loud", and she dressed up as a mime to keep quiet.
    • "It's a Loud, Loud, Loud, Loud House" is maligned in the fandom for having the sisters fight Lincoln for the money... except all the siblings were fighting one another for the money; it wasn't ten against one, it was everyone against everyone.
    • While it was certainly mean, and uncharacteristically so, for Lincoln's family to make him sleep outside in "No Such Luck", they didn't leave him "out in the cold" like some people claim— it wasn't raining like a few people seem to think, and it didn't seem to be that cold because he wasn't shivering or anything. Likewise, there's no real evidence that it was dangerously hot when he wore the squirrel suit to the beach besides "it's usually hot when people go to the beach".
    • Some people think that Luna (because she took him to a rock concert in "For Bros About to Rock"), Lynn (because they're closest in age), or Lucy (because he defended her in "Sleuth or Consequences") is Lincoln's closest sister. In actuality, the evidence seems to be that he loves his sisters equally- when asked who his closest sister was in his vlog, he says that Lucy is— but only because she's closest in distance, suggesting that he doesn't really have a closest sister.
    • Luna is sometimes stated to have been interested in classical music before getting into rock, perhaps because she owns a violin. Actually, while she has been somewhat interested in music in general since she was a baby (seen in "Not a Loud"), there was no indication that she was specifically into classical music, and in fact, "For Bros About to Rock" reveals that she had no strong interests until getting into rock.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    • The popular ship of background ponies Lyra and Bonbon (which eventually became Ascended Fanon) originated in a brief shot of the two of them sitting on a bench together, with Lyra sitting straight like a human (which would lead to the non-ascended fanon of her being obsessed with humans and/or hands) and Bonbon lying down like a regular horse... except the pony who is lying down isn't Bonbon but the much less famous background pony Shoeshine. The Lyra/Bonbon ship originated because the two of them were frequently together during crowd shots in other instances.
    • Despite what common fan depictions will show, Nightmare Moon was not banished on 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 Soul Jar (as indicated by the mare's silhouette that appeared on the moon when Nightmare Moon was sent there and disappears when she escapes). Adding further confusion is the official My Little Pony IDW comics actually do depict Nightmare Moon banished to the surface of the moon (and running her own whole kingdom of nightmare creatures at that), but as 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 and the series is vague on whether they were born alicorn or not (with one semi-canon book suggesting they were, one episode suggesting they weren't, and the duo having a largely Mysterious Past).
    • Speaking more of Celestia, some say that she is able to send ponies to the moon, turn them into stone or transform into alicorns as much as she wants. But it's the Elements of Harmony that do all these things, and they've demonstrated a mind of their own ever since the Discord episode when they refuse to work for the corrupted heroes. This is mostly forgotten now and Played for Laughs, but still.
    • Equestria being a utopia, and sometimes the magical land of Equestria is even depicted as actual heaven. This image was created by the first two seasons when the show was much like a fairy tale, but even there, you can see that big cities are much like real life and nobody cares about you there. There are also Upper-Class Twit nobles, Fantastic Racism, a lot of bullies, tons of attacks from monsters and enemy forces, and even hints of social inequality. And this is only about the ponies themselves. This extends to all ponies being good, friendly and just better than humans, and some sort of friendship/harmony ideology existing in Equestria. In fact, the first has been proved wrong in the same utopic first season, and the second sort of starts to establish during season 5 or even 7 with the Cutie Map and the Friendship School.
    • The entire planet is often depicted as Equestria alone, but it's actually more diverse. This misconception is due to the first two seasons having little worldbuilding and the Royal Sisters ruling over the celestial bodies. Ponies are just one species amongst many and Equestria is a single country.
    • Twilight is Spike's mother figure. In canon, this varies Depending on the Writer. Some episodes depict them with a mother/son relationship and others depict them as being siblings. A season 9 episode later canonized that their relationship is closer to brother and sister.
    • The series premiers claims that friendship cannot be learned in class or books. That wasn't actually stated. Twilight's not learning friendship was portrayed as her not caring to do so prior as opposed to it being impossible to do though school.
    • Some say that Scootaloo is definitely either a late bloomer or disabled when it comes to her wings not working, but actually it remains unclear to this day. However, the last few episodes do imply the latter, since her adult design still has child-sized wings.
  • Pinky and the Brain: Everyone "knows" that the Brain's plans for world domination are always ruined by Pinky's idiocy. But while this is sometimes the case, more often it's Brain himself who makes the error that ruins the plan, or else there's some unforeseen problem that neither of them could have avoided.
  • 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.
    • It's a fairly common piece of trivia that the show's theme song samples the Amen Break. Except this is not true; the drum break used is actually a different often-sampled drum break taken from James Brown's "The Funky Drummer".
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • The main gang was never called "Mystery, Inc." or "Mysteries Incorporated". The actual "Mystery, Inc." name is 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 notes that they gang is 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 utilizes 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! does feature an amusement park owner called "Mr. Jenkins", no one ever calls him "Old Man Jenkins", he isn't the culprit behind that episode's mystery, and the mystery doesn't actually involve a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax. The episode's Monster of the Week is a humanoid robot named "Charlie" (originally built by Jenkins), which turns out to have been reprogrammed by Jenkins' sister to become hostile.
    • The ghost or Monster of the Week always turns out to be someone in a mask. This is absolutely not true; many times there is a real monster involved, the best example probably being "Halloween Hassle at Dracula's Castle". However, they are rarely the Big Bad of the episode.
    • Fred wears an ascot. What he actually wears, despite recent iterations of the show calling it an ascot, is actually what's known as a neckerchief.
    • Some people think the characters are based on colleges. They're not— the show was partly based on a radio show called I Love a Mystery, while the characters were pretty much created from whole cloth.
    • Never has the removal of masks been referred to as "unmasking" in-series, despite the fact that it'd be a clever pun.
    • "Scrappy is weak and the joke is that he doesn't know it." The joke actually was that everyone ignored that Scrappy was capable of insane feats of super strength. This was not a gag, Scrappy was frequently shown carrying a passed out from fright Scooby or Shaggy (or both at the same time). Shaggy and Scooby didn't exactly ignore it, as one episode showed them casually having Scrappy act as a living carjack for the mystery machine. They just would rather run away from the monster. Two episodes actually lampoon this by having Scrappy easily catch the crook early in the episode, but having it not stick through some way or another. The first time was in "The Scarab Lives" where Scrappy ran after the Scarab (a fit, grown man disguising himself as a super hero) and drag him by the leg back to the gang, unfortunately the Scarab performed an instant costume change and the gang thought he'd just caught a random guy.note  The second time he caught a snake demon in full costume, but Shaggy and Scooby were too scared to think straight, dragged him away, causing him to let go of the monster. He later did catch the monster using an impromptu slingshot (this was, like the last three incidents, again completely ignored by everybody-hence why it's "common knowledge" that he was useless)
  • The Simpsons:
    • It's often claimed of early seasons that Bart is 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 is 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 shares 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 first episode to air, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," Homer is more or less the protagonist. This comes from the fact that, while Bart wasn't the main character, he was 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 turned out to be 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's 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 isn'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 is trying to murder Bart is "Funeral for a Fiend", which happens in the nineteenth season. By later seasons, that motive actually does become the focus of several of his episodes, usually while trying to lampshade that Bob has schemed to kill Bart countless times.
    • Smithers is usually portrayed as Mr. Burns' toadie, so much so that writers started writing gay jokes about it - except that the opposite is actually true. Smithers was the butt of gay jokes before he started being portrayed as a spineless boot-licker. Early episodes don't show Mr. Burns as a completely (and, it's been shown, literally) soulless Corrupt Corporate Executive, so he didn't really need a suck-up.
  • 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.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • Due to the fact that Mr. Krabs's daughter Pearl is a whale, most people make the obvious assumption that she's adopted — but canon suggests that she is his biological daughter. An official trivia book written by an episode writer also mentions that Pearl just takes after her mother.
    • Many people think the song "Sweet Victory" from "Band Geeks" was written for the show. That's not true, as the song comes from APM's stock music library, just like most of the background music on the show.
    • One of the most persisting misunderstandings in the fandom is that Spongebob doesn't get paid, but instead has to pay for the privilege of working at the Krusty Krab. This is due to an early episode (Big Pink Loser) where he mentions that he had to pay Mr. Krabs when he started working there - contrary to Patrick who gets paid from his first workday. Spongebob is shown getting paid in plenty of other episodes, though the exact amount varies. The most likely circumstance is that he initially had to pay Mr. Krabs, but started to actually get paid once he had enough seniority or had proved himself as a good enough worker.
  • Steven Universe:
    • People often mock Steven as a pacifist who easily forgives and befriends all the antagonists, most infamously the Diamonds. Firstly, Steven isn't outright averse to fighting; he just seeks out other solutions when the fighting fails. He isn't able to successfully reform every antagonist, as seen with Eyeball, Aquamarine, Emerald, and Jasper. He's also very capable of holding a grudge, as he's quite angry about Kevin's lecherous behavior and Marty's exploitative business; even in the case of the Diamonds, he's shown to be uncomfortable around them and keep his distance even after they begin to work towards improving Gem society. One of the biggest plot lines has Steven begin to dislike a character he had previously seen favorably, specifically his mother Rose Quartz / Pink Diamond. Steven Universe: Future makes it abundantly clear that Steven doesn't forgive other characters so easily; he just keeps the peace to prevent any further issues, even if he personally still resents them.
    • Another common belief is that the Diamonds are serial genociders who had wiped out intelligent life on other planets before they attempted to hollow out the Earth. This is not true; while other planets are shown to have had organic flora and fauna, Earth and the Gem Homeworld are depicted as the only two humanoid species. This is why Pink Diamond considered the Earth so special to begin with.
    • The Burning Room is not Garnet's room in the Crystal Temple, as proven by Steven accessing it when Ruby and Sapphire are unfused in "Made of Honor", whereas Sardonyx's room only exists when she does. This misconception most likely stems from Garnet being the only one to open the door to it onscreen, and Garnet's actual room never being seen in the show.
    • Looking through fanworks involving her, it's not hard to believe Mystery Girl's name is Sheena; "Sheena" is actually a name her designer unofficially called her that the fandom picked up. Her actual name was never revealed.
    • Lion and Lars are not immortal. They're most likely ageless, but they, like the Gems, can still get hurt and die.
    • No one can seem to find any evidence of foreign language dubs making Ruby a male character to erase the homosexual romance between her and Sapphire. As far as anyone can tell, it seems that this started as just a suspicion of how a localization trying to tone down the show's homosexual content could do it, which then got talked up so much that people started thinking it had actually happened, especially after Ruby wearing the dress at her and Sapphire's wedding was suspected to be specifically designed to prevent it.
    • Fusion has often been assumed by fans to be a metaphor for sex, an interpretation which has been debunked repeatedly by the Crewniverse. It is actually intended to be a metaphor for relationships in general.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
    • Krang from the 1987 show is 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.
  • Teen Titans Go!:
    • Many people believe that the episode "Wally T" was another episode that made fun of people who hated the show. Actually, this is not the case: Wally T was based on a teenager named William Walter Thompson who grew up with the original show and had a rare disease called Barakat's syndrome and got to star on the show thanks to the Make A Wish Foundation.
    • Like the "Sweet Victory" example above, fans believe that "The Night Begins To Shine" was an original composition for the series when it was actually a stock music track in the audio library used by Warner Brothers. And it wasn't going to be included in the first place: the song was only included because the episode it first appeared in ran 10 seconds shorter than usual.
  • 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's 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 Speaking 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 "DON'T YOU BELIEVE IT!" and particularly the episode "The Lonesome Mouse", in which both characters have quite a lot of dialogue. Likewise, "Blue Cat Blues", the double suicide episode mentioned above, features Jerry narrating the entire story.
    • The basic premise of classic Tom & Jerry shorts is that Tom wants to eat Jerry. Actually, in most Tom and Jerry shorts, their relationship is more one of sparring partners — always one-upping another, getting immediate revenge, and fighting over a common goal.
  • Transformers:
    • 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 and therefore give no reason for the Transformers to be in hiding.
    • 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 is that the various anime series are "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 that these shows were still aimed at children.
      • 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 pops 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 is 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 GoBots 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 newnote ) 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 was a blue-colored Bluestreak toy released during G1. 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 Bluestreak's original toy being inaccurate to his show appearancenote , nor 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 (having briefly lost the trademark), but it didn’t stick. A few Bluestreak toys have cropped up since then that are blue, but they're more a reference to the phenomenon.
    • The terms "Generation 1" and "Generation 2" being so commonly thrown around in the fandom led to a belief among more casual followers that the term referred to, for instance, the '86 movie characters or the '87 Rebirth characters. In fact, Generation 2 was a 1993 Soft Reboot of the franchise, and doesn't involve the above characters in any meaningful way (to the contrary, most of its prominent characters and figures are from the first two years of G1). The movie and Rebirth characters are considered a part of G1, which lasted until roughly 1991 (but kept going through 1992 in some regions), which is what necessitated a reboot to begin with. This is a pretty understandable mistake, as G2 itself didn't last long and the '86 or '87 characters could be described as a second generation.
      • In more hardcore parts of the fanbase, a lot of characters are associated with G2 when they were actually very late-run G1 figures. This includes the Turbomasters, the Predators, the Action Masters, and a number of characters (the Aquaspeeders, the Stormtroopers, the Lightformers, the Trakkons, the Axelerators, the Skyscorchers, the Obliterators), initially released in Europe that only found their way to America in G2. This even leaked into Botcon, which, for its G2 celebration, made new figures of Clench and Pyro (Obliterators), Scorch (Turbomaster), and Double Punch and Slicer (Action Masters). The latter three were never released in G2 at all!
  • 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.

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