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  • Happy Tree Friends:
    • Back in 2005, one angry parent wrote a letter to The Washington Post to complain about the Subverted Kids Show nature of Happy Tree Friends. While nothing about the complaint itself is wrong (since it's about how such a cute/silly-looking animation can show extreme violence, which is the point of the show), fans might still shake their heads at how she got some aspects of the show wrong (for context, she was describing the episode "Hide and Seek"). Toothy the purple beaver is mistaken for a badger, blood is said to come out when said "badger" got his neck snapped (mistook the saliva for that), and Petunia the skunk is mistaken for a squirrel. At one point she mentioned "It recently snagged a place on cable TV, while spawning DVDs, trademark mints, T-shirts and, inevitably, a planned video game." While this is largely correct, said "planned video game" is a case of Older Than They Think, as outside of Flash games both official and otherwise, HTF Java games for mobile phones have been released during that timeframe.
    • The blurb on the back of the Swedish release of the "Overkill" DVD box set describes the characters as "nothing but insane psychopaths who brutally murder each other in the most innovative of ways." The only character who fits that description is Flippy's Ax-Crazy Split Personality Fliqpy; the other characters, with a few exceptions, range from generally decent to full-on Nice Guys. The signature gory deaths of the series are mostly accidents caused by stupidity or the universe just being a jerk, rather than intentional murder.
  • In the 2009 edition of the calendar The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said, one contributor attributes the phrase "Your Head A-Splode" to "the video game Homestar Runner". Although there have been video games based on Homestar Runner, the series itself is an online animated show, and the phrase originates from an initially fictional game called "StrongBadZone", which first appeared in Strong Bad E-Mail #94: Video Games, was playable as an Easter Egg in said animated short, and eventually was posted separately in the official website's "games" section. And on top of being from a web cartoon rather than a video game, the silliness of this choice of words was a deliberate parody.
  • The videos made by wikia for the RWBY wiki contain several factual errors. One pretty glaring example is in their video for Lie Ren: not only do they pronounce his name wrong, but they also claim he's voiced by "RWBY Chibi voice actor Monty Oum" who died over a year before RWBY Chibi first aired and has since been replaced by his brother Neath as Ren's voice actor.
  • Some listings of Pinkfong Baby Shark merchandise, specifically those that are unlicensed, list the other colors of sharks as also being the Baby Shark character. Baby Shark is actually the yellow one, while Mommy Shark is pink, Daddy Shark is blue, Grandma Shark is orange and Grandpa Shark is green.

    Web Comics 
  • Is Oasis lying to Sluggy? As the article is attributed to the author, it has to be parody.
  • One website describing Homestuck early into the comic's run referred to the post-apocalyptic nomad advising John as the Wandering Vagrant. At that point in time, the comic had exclusively called him the Wayward Vagabond; he later gained some alternate names, but "Wandering Vagrant" was not among them. note 
    • A NY Daily News article put the trolls as the main characters when describing Homestuck. While minor, long-time fans of the series' hearts will skip approx 6-12 beats after reading it. Although those characters are significant and popular, they are not exactly the main characters. It's nearly impossible to label any specific group as being the "main" characters, but the most likely candidates are John, Rose, Jade, and Dave, all of whom are very much human.
    • There was also an article in which the author interviewed a Homestuck cosplayer. When they said that they were cosplaying Eridan Ampora, the interviewer took that to mean that all of the trolls were named Eridan Ampora.
    • Strangely, while the Know Your Meme article for Homestuck is pretty good, edited by actual fans, the official explanatory video was...well, not. It showed a page of fantrolls when describing the trolls, implying that they were also canonicalnote , stated that Dante Basco was a recurring character instead of Rufio, a character he played in Hook;, and, at one point, showed a panel of Problem Sleuth instead. This combined with the extremely basic plot summary and lack of explanation of any of the memes - which was, y'know, theoretically the whole point of the video - leads one to the very tempting conclusion that the writers hadn't actually read the comic.
    • Then there was a short newspaper article that seemed to imply that you could finish Homestuck in only half an hour. This is impossible. The comic is infamously long. Even if you ignored the 450,000+ words of text and only watched the flash animations, that would still take you well over 30 minutes to get through. Hell, the end of act 5 animation would take nearly half of that by itself!
  • This article profiling notable self-sufficient web-cartoonists falls into this trap more than a few times. Marten has never worked at a coffee shop, and Pintsize can't really be considered a pet. Jeph Jacques later joked about making Marten work at Coffee of Doom to make the article accurate. Mistaking MS Paint Adventures as being made in MS Paint is a more understandable mistake, but MS Paint hasn't been used for it at all since the very first page in 2006, and the site's FAQ makes that quite clear.
  • Intentionally used by David Willis for an official t-shirt design, as most of the characters on it don't appear in the strip advertised.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent:
    • The comic's Encyclopedia Exposita includes a language tree that has gone viral due to being based on real data. However, proper context is rarely given for its other features, with the most frequent mistake being either claiming or implying that it shows how all languages are related. In reality, it's technically a Fictional Document for an After the End story in which the survivors of the Nordics have lost contact with the entire rest of the world for the better part of a century. This results in it actually only showing language families that include at least one Nordic language, namely the Indo-European and Uralic families. The story also has a Hit So Hard, the Calendar Felt It element to it, resulting in the year 0 mentioned in the document actually being an unspecified year in the 21st century and not year 0 A.D., which it can be very easily mistaken for by someone looking at the tree while unfamiliar with the comic.
    • The above leads to making it look like the comic itself is a case of this trope to people who actually have knowledge about the Nordic countries and/or worldwide languages. For instance, Iceland wasn't settled until the 9th century A.D., making the fact that Icelandic is treated as its own laguage in the "before year 0" tree an easy "mistake" to point out, alongside the absence of any language that isn't Indo-European or Uralic (the list of which unfortunately includes African, Middle Eastern and Asian languages).

    Web Original 
  • The pretty cool guy meme, which is known for intentionally confusing the main character of a franchise with the title of the franchise itself for comedic/trolling purposes. As demonstrated by the original:
    i think Halo is a pretty cool guy. eh kills aleins and doesn't afraid of anything.
  • This article discussing issues with YouTube's content filtering seems to be under the impression that all YouTube Poop must be either violent or sexual, that the editor "record[s] a new soundtrack" for the source material, and that it'll corrupt the kiddies. While violence and sexuality are common in such videos, they're by no means required, and plenty of YTP videos include little to none of both (for instance, Daffy Makes A Poop is almost entirely clean). Nor is a "new soundtrack" always recorded; the videos are often made using the source material's original audio, which may or may not be manipulated to make the characters say new dialogue by rearranging words and/or syllables. The article also initially describes YTP as being made using cartoon footage, although it does go on to provide examples made using other sources.
  • In this blog post, baby-name expert Laura Wittenberg explains how distracting names that reveal that authors failed to check their work (e.g., a Work Com with an entire office full of men in their 30s who have names that are popular now but not so much in The '70s) have become to her, the point being that one or two characters having names that seem out of place for their age or demographic is fine but it's implausible when the whole cast do.
  • The humour in Cracked is often an example on this. You may laugh at how silly the, say, Polish movie posters are, unless, of course, you happen to know that some of the pictures are not movie posters but, say, a comic parodying the film. Or, for that matter, how the Voynich Manuscript is described as undecipherable for all the wrong reasons.
    • An article on Japanese versions of Western characters claimed that Luke chopped Vader's head off. Which he did. In the cave on Dagobah where, if you recall the scene from the movie, he chopped Vader's head off. It also claimed that Hellsing using the name Alucard was a clumsy way to avoid copyright issues over using Dracula, despite the fact that 1. Dracula is in the public domain and 2. in Hellsing Alucard is Dracula, which is explicitly confirmed when he reveals his true form and how he came to serve the Hellsing organization.
    • One article involving something along the lines of "the most offensive ways the 9/11 attacks have ever been cashed in on" mentioned that since Pokémon Black and White take place in a region inspired by New York City (whereas all other regions in the Pokémon universe seen so far have been inspired by areas of Japan), that the area had a nod to the attacks. Their evidence was that the area roughly equivalent to where the World Trade Center was was a desert with two ruined towers in it, filled with ghosts. OK, that's unfortunate, but you could say it was unintentional. The problem? They claimed that the area is a barren desert because it was hit by a meteor, which was never hinted at. They also said that the meteor contained Kyurem, a legendary Pokémon that stands at a height of 9'11. Granted, Kyurem does stand at 9'10, but the meteor didn't crash anywhere near that area and therefore the two have nothing to do with each other aside from being in the same game.
    • An article about Friends is entirely based on the premise that we don't know what started a fire in a specific episode (The One Where Ross Dates A Student), claiming it was a mystery left in the air. Too bad this shows that the columnist didn't even bother to finish watching said episode, and stopped after five minutes (halfway through it - not even at the end - the source of the fire is unmistakably identified).
    • In their "5 Famous Movie Characters Who Wasted Awesome Superpowers" article, when talking about Wreck-It Ralph, they originally said that the game that Vanellope is in is called Candy Crush. The game is actually called Sugar Rush. This was eventually fixed by the editors.
    • Cracked has had serious fact-checking problems with video games in particular. It's referenced at least five times on the Video Games page.
    • One article on movie endings said that Jack had a sad ending because, even though Jack's classmates learned to accept him, Jack's ageing disease meant he would die before graduating high school. Except they clearly hadn't watched the end of the movie, because he does just that, graduating valedictorian and going off with his friends to party.
    • This article on (post-2005) Doctor Who companions, which among other things describes Rose Tyler as middle class.
    • Cracked included Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier on a list of dumbest projects ever successfully funded on Kickstarter. The author expressed incredulity that a bunch of theatre kids successfully got funding for a stage show that openly plagiarizes Wicked and Aladdin and which most of the backers would never get to see. This overlooks the fact that the "bunch of theatre kids" were Team StarKid, and that as this would be their seventh feature-length stage production, they definitely had the notoriety to justify the campaign. Not knowing this undercuts the rest of the points as well, namely that they were already known for A Very Potter Musical and Holy Musical B@man!, which were not plagiarism but Affectionate Parody, as Twisted would be; and that all their shows are put up on YouTube after their stage run, so all the backers would absolutely get to see it.
  • Women's wrestling website Diva Dirt:
    • Writer Jack is prone to research mistakes, often getting the names of moves wrong (one infamous instance was where he thought a clear TKO was "some kind of botched back body drop"). This is especially glaring, as he replaced writer Bobby - who was famed for having very well-researched write-ups.
    • Erin is not as bad as Jack but she frequently can't tell the difference between a headscissors, hurricanrana and Frankensteiner. She notably will call any hurricanrana variant a Frankensteiner - when the latter is only ever done from the top rope. She also has been known to call the Victory Roll a "reverse Frankensteiner."
    • One of the History Lesson posts regarding the "Judgement Day" PPV mistakenly listed the Torrie Wilson vs Dawn Marie match from the 2004 show as being a grudge match for the stepmother storyline. That storyline's blow-off match happened at the 2003 Royal Rumble. Their match at Judgement Day 2004 was actually one where Torrie's career was on the line.
  • Feminist Frequency research mistakes:
    • Remixing video game stock footage for a blog that praises the game Portal.
    • Initially characterizing Bayonetta as a single mother.
    • Lumping Y: The Last Man and the Daughters of Amazon therein as example of "crazy man hating Straw Feminists without any realistic feminists showing up" when not only do calmer more grounded feminists appear but Brian K. Vaughan explicitly created the characters as examples of one type of feminist school of thought and other characters as opposing ones.
    • Dismissing Clarice Starling from The Silence of the Lambs because she's overshadowed in the cultural memory of the film by a male character (Hannibal) even though Clarice fits previously established criteria; she has the most screen time in the film, the story arc revolves around her, we see her make decisions and she is the character that the viewer identifies with in a role that earned Jodie Foster her second Oscar along with Anthony Hopkins for his Hannibal Lecter role. It's virtually impossible to describe the plot in a way that makes Hannibal seem anything like the lead character, but the exact opposite of this is stated.
    • Listing Clementine from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as a straight example of a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, even though she is a character who was an outright subversion of this trope who actually says to her romantic foil: "I'm not a concept. Too many guys think I'm a concept or I complete them or I'm going to make them alive, but I'm just a fucked up girl who is looking for my own peace of mind. Don't assign me yours." Addtionally she acknowledges Summer from (500) Days of Summer when examining the trope - but fails to mention that the film deconstructs said relationship.
    • Anita only briefly mentions a second playable character in the Dinosaur Planet game that became Star Fox Adventures; she does not mention that said character, Sabre, was male and promoted as the main character, instead continuing with the thought that Fox had usurped Krystal as the main character.
    • She lambastes Super Princess Peach for how Peach's powers in that game are "her out-of-control female emotions." However, the actual plot of the game is about Bowser causing everyone's emotions to become super-powered and out-of-control and Peach being the only one capable of controlling her emotions.
    • She said that the Hitman games (specifically HitmanAbsolution) has a level in which you go through a strip club solely so the player can go through the dressing rooms and use the women there as eye-candy, and also that the game encourages the player to kill the women and disrespect their remains. This is ignoring the core premise of the Hitman games, which are called that because you're a professional assassin, and you're therefore working to kill specific targets and nobody else. The games not only discourage, but actively punish the player for disturbing, much less killing, anyone besides the specific mark. The target in this case was the strip club's owner, and there are no good paths through the level mentioned that takes you through the dressing rooms. Because she showed footage of this taking place, it's even possible she actively sought out footage of players killing the girls or even recorded it herself. Which makes it doubly odd that she didn't pick up on the fact that the game clearly penalises you as the player for doing it.
    • She lists Betty from Rugrats as a Straw Feminist - because she's a Lad Ette who has the female symbol on her sweater. Not once in the cartoon does Betty display a Straw Feminist or Does Not Like Men attitude. Plenty of episodes of Rugrats and even more of the spin-off All Grown Up! show that Betty loves her husband very much. She's an example of Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy but not a Straw Feminist in any sense of the trope.
    • She criticises Angel for having Cordelia suffer a Mystical Pregnancy twice but fails to mention that the second one had to be put in because Charisma Carpenter became pregnant for real.
    • When criticising Sucker Punch she didn't seem to realise that the girls' names are not actually their real names - and they're only called as such in the fantasy worlds. We never find out the girls' real names.
    • When complaining about Femme Fatale in The Powerpuff Girls she expresses disappointment at the anti-feminism message. Except the episode does the very thing she complains at it for not doing. The girls deliver An Aesop to the villain about how her method isn't real feminism.
    • Anita complained about a mission in Watch_Dogs where the player is investigating a sex trafficking ring. Specifically she used it as an example of women being used as titillation. This is ignoring the fact that the mission is to stop the ring, and save the girls. The player is notably not rewarded with sex for this, and the game emphasises how scary and dehumanising it is for the girls. It was pointed out that this scene was meant as Nightmare Fuel, calling Anita out for the Unfortunate Implications of assuming gamers were automatically turned on by female abuse.
  • The Agony Booth's recap of High School Musical made an error by saying that Ashley Tisdale basically played an identical Alpha Bitch character on that "awful sitcom The Suite Life of Zack and Cody". If you're not familiar enough with the show to know that Ashley Tisdale plays the exact opposite character type on that show, you obviously haven't even seen a commercial for it, and probably shouldn't be making judgments about it.
  • When a school shooting rekindled discussions in Germany about video games being responsible for real life violence, the news broadcast Focus TV showed the infamous clip of the "Angry German Kid", claiming that the footage was secretly recorded by Leopold's father while he got mad playing on his computer. (If you didn't know by now, the clip was staged and recorded by the kid himself for the lulz.)
  • When The Nostalgia Critic announced his appearance in the Entrepreneur magazine, we all went straight to or searched for the article online! But here's the thing: Mike Ellis and Mike Michaud have been mislabeled in the article.
    • Plus, Doug and the Mikes are listed as co-founders and runners of Channel Awesome...but not even a mention of Bhargav?
    • Moreover, the article actually goes into detail in another Channel Awesome website, the much less popular Chicago nightlife review site Barfiesta instead of mentioning Bhargav, when that site is actually Bhargav's pet project. Weird, huh?
  • An image for the "Bleach Has No Backgrounds!" meme had a shot of Bleach compared to a shot from Naruto and One Piece respectively. While this isn't a problem if you want to make a point, the problem is that the pictures from the other two were of cities, while the picture from Bleach was of...Hueco Mundo, a statedly empty and barren desert.
    • Arguably, the real issue is that Naruto had a visibly bigger animation budget (possibly because the original manga's art style was inspired by AKIRA and they wanted to do it justice), and One Piece's art style (being more cartoony) works better with a smaller budget than Bleach's does.
  • Animated Views has so many of these it's not even funny. A few of the examples include an assumption that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer began airing with "Fame and Fortune" instead of "We're a Couple of Misfits" in 1998 as opposed to 1965 (1998 is actually the year "We're a Couple of Misfits" returned to Rudolph, a fact the reviewer could have confirmed simply by watching the previous year's broadcast!), a lament that the "Recommended Features" box on the Toy Story 3 Blu-Ray does not include a link to Day and Night even though the link is randomized, and could link to that short on certain viewings, and an assumption that in the Watchmen graphic novel, Dr. Manhattan and the squid were the same being (a site devoted to animation probably shouldn't review Watchmen in the first place!).
  • Spoony's Deadliest Character: Megazord VS Mechagodzilla video was chock full of innacurate discriptions and blatant Critical Research Failure, which were invoked as it was a parody/ Take That! at Deadliest Warrior's research fails, including-
    • 1.) Talking about the Showa (1974) Mechagodzilla while showing clips of Kiryu. While Kiryu is an incarnation of Mechagodzilla, it is not the same monster (The original Mechagodzilla is a robot built by aliens to take over the world and Kiryu is a cyborg version of the original Godzilla).
    • 2.) Saying that Mechagodzilla was unable to defeat a single monster (IE: Godzilla). In reality, Mechagodzilla is one of the few Kaiju that Godzilla is unable to defeat on his own. The Showa Mechagodzilla required the aid of King Caesar (Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla) and humanity (Terror of Mechagodzilla) to defeat.
    • 3.) Completely ignoring (or simply not knowing about) the fact that Mechagodzilla also has an ally in the form of Titanosaurus.
    • His review of Knightmare erroneously states that the show was made by the BBC, when the show was actually produced by Anglia Television, one of the many (former) regions of ITV. It's even painfully clear when he shows footage of one of the winning teams receiving a trophy (The Silver Spurs), which have the words ANGLIA TELEVISION emblazoned atop it.
  • Headline on AOL's welcome page: "Actor, 87, Suffers Stroke." The "actor": Elmore Leonard. OK, he's appeared in a few documentaries, but he's NEVER been an actor. Since it was a link to an article on the Moviefone website, obviously someone just figured "Moviefone article=actors & actresses."
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd
  • This article makes the surprising claim that there exists Harry Potter fanfiction written in Parseltongue. A brief Googling demonstrates otherwise (although it does also demonstrate that there does exist a fanfic in which Harry uses Parseltongue to converse with trouser snakes), which is to be expected as Parseltongue is basically just various hissing snake noises.
  • This site posted a short story about the Emma Watson prank pulled on Jovenshire of Smosh Games. Problem is that they mistakenly refer to Joven as a news reporter, when he is in fact a video game show host, and mistakenly believe that his name is actually Joven Shire. For those unaware, Jovenshire's name is Joshua Ovenshire.
  • Invoked for humor in one online video, where an exasperated Samuel L. Jackson is harassed by a bunch of overly touchy parents, with one of them saying her son wound up in jail because he saw him act in The Shawshank Redemption, to which Jackson incredulously shouts "That was Morgan Freeman!"
  • While addressing the several plot holes of Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew in his review (a film he feels suffers from Hype Backlash), Duckyworth questions why Mew can suddenly shapeshift at will. Bulbapedia will tell you that it could do this since Generation 1. When the error was pointed out in the comments, he was surprised Mew could know the move.
    • Another example comes into his The Elf That Rescued Christmas review, where he gets angry about the discovery of Basil's ice lair being built over a volcano, in Lapland. While the fact that an ice structure being built over a volcano does stretch the Willing Suspension of Disbelief, the nearby area, ironically named Iceland, does have prominent volcano activity, even with all the snow, including the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in 2010 that brought air traffic in Europe to a grinding halt.
    • In the All Dogs Go to Heaven review, he thinks that the use of the word 'craps' early on in the film (on a poker sign) is Don Bluth trying to sneak in a curse. It's a real casino game.
  • An In-Universe example occurs in the Growing Around episode, 'Silly Sally'. The town hall website, in order to create a smear campaign against Sally Duun, contains lies (i.e She's Too Dumb to Live, her breath is terrible, etc.) presented as facts, to wreck her reputation. Mainly, everyone believes it, setting the catalyst of the plot.
  • In 2007 there was a legendary Fox 11 report about the denizens of 4chan and the other 'chans, referring to them as "Anonymous", and portraying them as mafia-like domestic terrorists and evil hackers who gather on secret underground websites. (While in fact, nobody used "Anonymous" as a collective name at the time, they're not hackers, the site is publicly available, and although it's true that they can be very mean in their pranks, they're not nearly as much of a threat as the report implied.) It all caused not so many heads to be banged against walls as it caused arses to be laughed off. Among other things, it actually coined the now widely used name "Anonymous", and introduced instantaneous memes such as "hackers on steroids", "internet hate machine" and dogs and closed curtains being Anonymous' only weakness.
    • Ironically, in both this case and a similar Fox 11 report on trolls in general, the station is universally mistaken for Fox News Channel when, in fact, they have almost nothing to do with one another; the station is an owned-and-operated affiliate of FOX, the separate broadcast network, and its local news operations are independent of Fox News Channel. Another recent example of this occurred when someone posted a news clip claiming that "Fox News attacks bronies". However, the clip came from a St. Louis Fox affiliate, and not the Fox News Channel.
  • Speaking of 4chan; after the August 2014 celebrity nudes leak that was sourced from a 4chan user, CNN reporters thought "4chan" was the name of the hacker itself.
  • This article in on Men's Journal's website described the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota as "A small town in the middle of a metro area of 2,000,00". Small problem. As of the writing of the article on, the city of Saint Paul had a population of nearly 300,000. Or about the size of Cincinnati, Saint Louis, or Pittsburgh. And the Twin Cities metro itself has a population of 3.5 million people as of the writing of the article. Or the same size as Seattle and a bit larger than San Diego.
  • GameChap infamously got into a spat with Marc Watson of Mojang AB, claiming that the company was trying to cover up 500,000 Minecraft accounts being hacked. Marc was quick to correct them, pointing out that it was actually 1,800 accounts temporarily not working and that the source came from a kid online, who claimed to have killed 2 FBI agents. This did not stop Gamechap accusing Marc of lying, causing him to quite understandably declare that he was through with them.
  • Deliberately parodied with Sips' miniseries featuring "Chet Williams" reviewing games such as FIFA or Minecraft. Throughout the videos, Chet constantly makes mistakes about the genre of games, such as claiming that FIFA 15 is about a female football (soccer for North Americans) team when in reality that's not true, or claiming that Minecraft is an open-world simulator (not necessarily wrong, but the picture Sips uses it that of a car driving along a highway).
  • A staple of the infamous Keemstar's content for "#DramaAlert" is that he tends to not do the research on topics he makes videos on, most infamously with his attempted coverage of the controversy surrounding Bashur. He claimed that Bashur had sexually assaulted a 13-year old when there had been a seven year age gap; while Bashur had held her hand in a way that was deemed inappropriate, that's nowhere in the same league.
  • The Mysterious Mr. Enter, despite being a huge fan of animation, has made a few glaring mistakes of his own:
    • In his Bubsy review, he called it a ripoff of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, which didn't air until the following year.
    • In his Q&A video, he used Planes as an example of Pixar Jumping the Shark, even though Planes (while Pixar creator John Lasseter's idea) was actually made by DisneyToon Studios, not Pixar.
    • He mistakenly complains in his "One Coarse Meal" review that whales don't eat plankton when, in fact, some whales do. He brought up this point in his "Top 11 Worst Episodes Reviewed" video, admitting he did some research and found out that some whales do eat plankton... and then points out that some whales also eat crabs, fish, and squid.
      • He also points out that Pearl is a sperm whale, which doesn't eat plankton itself.
    • In his review of The Hunchback of Notre Dame II, he stated that Disney had been making Direct to Video Sequels since the early 2000s. They actually started making them in 1994, starting with Aladdin: The Return of Jafar.
    • In his review of "A Kind Mamodo, Kolulu" he mentioned it takes place before Sherry and Brago appeared. The episode is actually 3 or 4 episodes after their debut appearance.
    • He also questions why the oil rigs in the beginning of Cars 2 have gas flares and thinks they're not supposed have them when in reality, they're supposed to have them to burn off natural gas. He referenced this in his review of "Twilight's Kingdom" when he stated that he shouldn't be ranting about errors when he's made some himself, playing a clip of the film's beginning.
    • In his "Top 11 Worst Episodes Reviewed" video, he mentions that Mr. Krabs has fired Squidward and SpongeBob before, in "Can You Spare a Dime" and "Welcome to the Chum Bucket," respectively. However, neither scenario happened; Squidward quit after being accused of stealing by Krabs (though it was likely that Krabs would've fired him anyway), and SpongeBob was forced to work at the Chum Bucket after Krabs bet SB's contract and lost it to Plankton (though SpongeBob was fired before in episodes such as Karate Choppers and Squid on Strike).
    • In his "Fart Baby" review, he ends up mixing up the titular duo's names throughout the review. This didn't go without lampshading in later videos.
    • In his "Ren Seeks Help" review, he is dumbfounded when Ren's father is shown to be a Christian priest, claiming that Catholic priests can't marry. While this is true for both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches, they also allow already married men to be ordained, so it's entirely possible for Ren's father to have joined the priesthood after marrying Ren's mother.
    • In his "Arnold Betrays Iggy" review, he states that the city the show takes place in is Aron City and that it's based on New York City. In actuality the city Hey Arnold! takes place in is named Hillwood and is a mix of many different cities in the Pacific Northwest, such as Seattle and Portland.
    • In his "Top 25 Most Disturbing Episodes" list, the captions referred to "Life with Feathers" as a Silly Symphony. It's actually from Looney Tunes, something Mr. Enter correctly refers to it as.
    • In his "Pixel Pinkie" review, he criticizes the show for using a fake color, aubergine. Not only is aubergine is a real color, it's also a British term for eggplant. This is something that he later addressed in an update video.
    • At the end of his "Top 10 Worst Cartoons of the 2000's" list, the transition song is falsely credited to They Might Be Giants, when it was actually written by Stuart Hill and performed by Garrett Freireich. Somewhat justified, since the song is often falsely credited to They Might Be Giants.
    • In his "Staring at the Future" review he believes that Future Robin being in a relationship with Batgirl is a stupid joke. It's actually a reference to the fact that Dick Grayson (the Robin featured in the show) and Barbara Gordon (the current Batgirl) have been in relationships in the comics.
    • In his review of the My Life Me episode "The Pom Pom Girl", he claims that when people get angry in anime, the Cross-Popping Veins go on the side of the head, not the fist. It's actually common for anime to have that; it represents someone having the urge to punch something or just getting angry.
    • In part two of his "Top 10 Worst Cartoons of the 1980's" list, he says that the Mister T series was made by Hanna-Barbera. It's actually a Ruby-Spears production.
  • In the Toy Story episode of Console Wars, Dan says the Super Nintendo version of the game doesn't have "the Randy Newman Oscar-nominated song Friend Like Me". Well, neither does literally any Toy Story-related media. It's "You've Got a Friend in Me." "Friend Like Me" is from Aladdin and was not written by Randy Newman.
  • MetalSucks has never been a shining example of music journalism (a large part of its readership is people who know they're going to hate it anyway), but probably their worst blunder was their claim that Linkin Park left their old management company which crippled its music-management division so severely all the employees there got laid off. The Variety article they cited as a source clearly said the opposite - Linkin Park didn't leave, they were dropped because the company itself decided to no longer manage recording artists, and no one was laid off as a result. MetalSucks always hated Linkin Park, but this was a new low even for them - Linkin Park weren't even the only artist represented by this company, so they weren't the only ones affected by this move.
  • While Dis Raps For Hire isn't the kind of series to feature accurate facts, the opening lines of one episode has a Take That! to the film Cyberbully, with said lines saying "This cyberbully is worse than a Miley Cyrus movie". Which is incorrect since the lead actress is Miley Cyrus's co-star on Hannah Montana, Emily Osment.
  • One Beatles "facts" site claims on the page about the "Live at the Star-Club, Hamburg" bootleg album that the suit preventing further sales of the album was settled under the "Copyright Act 1998" — despite the fact that the settlement was in 1998, and British Acts of Parliament don't become law until 1 January of the year after the year in which they are enacted. (Plus the fact that five minutes with any search engine confirms that there is no "Copyright Act 1998".) Clearly this is a common kind of typo, that of repeating the wrong character (e.g. typing "feel" instead of "fell"), and the Act under which the case was settled was (to give it its full name) the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; but the site owner refuses to admit that he made a mistake, much less correct it.
  • The YouTube video Top 10 DEADLIEST Roller Coasters YOU WONT BELIEVE EXIST! has as its thumbnail a "coaster" which doesn't and indeed cannot exist (a common and often deplored YouTube practice called clickbait). Also the coasters depicted are not in any way "deadly" (if they were they wouldn't be allowed), the title is a reference to the prejudices of the video compiler; and one of them isn't even a coaster (it's a slingshot). The comments section is full of people claiming (with much emotion and name-calling) that the coaster in the thumbnail both can/does exist and that it cannot exist — and both sides cite Newton's First Law Of Motion as "proof" of their "case", showing that the ones in the first camp (if not both camps) are unaware of what that Law actually states, and possibly also of coaster physics, particularly the speed at which a coaster train needs to be going in order to make it through a loop. At such a speed, in the absence of a constraining track, what is supposed to prevent the train continuing to travel in the direction it was going when it left the track?
  • In early 2017, an alleged news story about Whoopi Goldberg insulting a Navy SEAL widow was being shared online by various conservatives on social media as though it were truth. Apparently, the story spread so fast that this information ended up being caught by fact-checking websites Snopes and Politifact, both of whom deemed it to be bogus. Goldberg even threatened to sue the website hosting the story, UndergroundNewsNet. Politifact ultimately caught up with the writer of this story and revealed him to be Jason McDaniel, an American expatriate in Costa Rica. McDaniel created UndergroundNewsNet as a satirical website to share parody news stories (with conveniently-placed disclaimers stating that they were fiction) about left-wing politicians and pundits and shared them on a Trump-themed Facebook page to see if people would actually buy the stories. A lot of them did.
  • YouTuber Connor the Waffle claims that Hey Arnold! takes place in "the Bronx" in his video "Top 9 BEST 90s NICKELODEON CARTOONS and SHORTS!". Hillwood is canonically in the state of Washington.
    • In his video about Tetris knockoffs, he says that one of the games shown, Wordtris, is a good game for 5-year olds while showing a picture of Lana Loud, who is one year older.
  • Youtube channel Everyone Is Gay has recurring "advice episodes" which include segues where the hosts lip-sync to popular songs, always including a disclaimer that states that they don't own the rights to the music and encourages the listener to listen to the original performer. "Being Awkward + Sex Before Marriage" is one such episode, and includes text telling the viewer to listen to Little Talks "because they rule"... "Little Talks" is the name of the song, performed by the band Of Monsters and Men, and evidently the creators realized their mistake: The video remains unedited, but the video description includes the text "We have no rights to any music, but you should totally check out (Of Monsters and Men who sing the song) Little Talks"
  • Referenced in the Bogleech Jojo's Bizarre Halloween reviews, when Bog lampshades the fact that he's about to review designs from a series he's never watched nor read.
    I'm sure the main character, Jojo Bizarre At His Computer, would have wanted it that way.
  • In 2017, the program 13 Investigations from the TV station WTHR showed a report about how "revenge porn" is sold on imageboards in exchange for money and drugs. This was "evidenced" by showing a random forum thread with a blurred-out photo, followed by a handful of replies consisting of the word "bump", supposedly a code word for cocaine. Anyone who's ever used a forum likely knows that a "bump" is simply a post which brings a forum thread back to the top of the list of recent threads; in other words, said posts not only had nothing to do with drugs, but also held next to no meaning whatsoever.
  • In a CollegeHumor parody of Jurassic Park, Dr. Grant says that the only dinosaur that is from the Jurassic in the film is the T. Rex, and that it was actually a scavenger. In fact, T. Rex was from the Cretaceous, just like some of the others he pointed out earlier. Perhaps he was confusing it with the Allosaurus. Incidentally, the first dinosaur we see in the film, the Brachiosaurus, was from the Jurassic, and that exact scene where they see it for the first time is parodied in the sketch. Also, the theory that T. Rex was a scavenger is... a point of debate at best, but has generally been overruled.
  • Happened to the Numberphile video "The Scientific Way to Cut a Cake" after it went viral (pointed out in Hello Internet episode 15):
    "It's ABC News, and they're talking about your video. And they start it by saying, 'A team of mathematicians and scientists at Numberphile have been working on the solution for how to cut a cake.' Now, what I love about this, is every part of that sentence is wrong. Nothing is correct! 'A team of mathematicians and scientists'? No. First of all, there's one guy in the video [who's not a mathematician or scientist]. 'At Numberphile' — Numberphile, at least as of now, is not some kind of great mathematical scientific institution. It's a YouTube channel. … And then, 'have discovered' — this is, what, it's a hundred years old?"
    • Later in the episode, another instance is mentioned: "They [MailOnline] said the article was all about Alex Bellos, 'who calls himself Numberphile on YouTube.'"
    • Also on Hello Internet, CGP Grey says that in his experience, if you do even a trivial amount of research into almost any news story, it will turn out to have this problem. Based on this and his knowledge of how news production works, his argument is that the news in general inevitably suffers from this problem across the board, and that there's usually no point in consuming it at all because it's just too unreliable and inaccurate.
  • RNS Productions' now-infamous review of Avengers: Infinity War featured some blatant misinformation about the film, to the point where it's debatable that he even watched the movie at all. To wit:
    • RNS claims that the movie is too heavily reliant on Toilet Humour. In reality, no such humor even remotely appears in the film.
    • He claimed that the movie was undermining the audience's intelligence by trying too hard to be silly and child-friendly, to the point where he said the film was "great for babies" - apparently forgetting the extreme violence and tense, dramatic story and character elements guaranteed to scare the living fuck out of or induce great sadness in any adult fan paying attention.
      • Similarly, he says that everything in the movie is either a joke or the set-up for a joke. Again, it should be emphasized that the film is actually extremely tense, dramatic, and overall the most serious Marvel movie to date with a hell of a Downer Ending to boot, and whatever humor is there only exists in fleeting moments of levity.
    • He claims that Thanos genuinely loving his daughter goes completely against how Thanos acted in previous films...even though Thanos' longest on-screen appearance prior to Infinity War had him establish how much he loves his daughter and how much she means to him.
    • He complains that there isn't any blood or violence at any point in the movie, saying instead that they just cheaped out by having people disappear into thin air. Two inaccuracies here:
  • Lindsay Ellis
    • In her video Woke Disney mentions that the crows from Dumbo were "almost all" voiced by white actors. In fact only Cliff Edwards, who voices the lead crow, was white. The rest were voiced by the Hall Johnson Choir - an all-black men's gospel choir. It's clear Ellis didn't bother doing research on who the crows' actors besides Edwards were.
    • In her video Mask Off, she attempts to clarify why she doesn't like The Prince of Egypt. She alludes to always having a problem with the religious text presenting the deaths of the Egyptian firstborns as something that's celebrated because it leads to the Hebrew slaves being freed (and the Mood Whiplash in the film from the deaths to the Award-Bait Song "Miracles"). She ignores that Moses is in fact so broken from the deaths that it's Miriam and Tzipporah that lead the Hebrews out of Egypt in the song - and that is taken directly from the Passover Seder.
    Liana K: "It is a sacred part of telling the story of Exodus; that we are not to feel good about what happened to the Egyptians. We are not to celebrate it. We are not to think it was a good thing.
  • Better With Bob? has admitted to a couple of research mistakes.
    • Looking Back at Suzie Wong has him admitting in the comments that he mixed up the backstories of book Robert vs movie Robert in The World of Suzie Wong. Robert was an architect in the film, but not the book, where he was significantly younger.
    • The Legacy of Imitation of Life has a pinned comment admitting he made a mistake with Peola's fate in the original novel. In the video, he says she moved to Europe, but she actually moved to Bolivia. He also names Susan Kohner as a white actress, when she was half-Mexican.
  • In 2004 a child on a tabloid TV show claimed that Neopets required its users to gamble to earn enough Neopoints to feed their pets or else they would be sent to the pound. Pets are not automatically sent to the pound under any circumstance (pets only go to the pound if their owners voluntarily send them there), the only penalty for leaving your pet unfed is that you can't use certain site features until you feed it, and although a few of the available activities on the site are based on real-world gambling, they are all completely optional and there are are a wide variety of other things which players can do to earn Neopoints.
  • The implementation of COPPA on YouTube has had this effect on specific videos. Since the system is automatic, most videos that feature animated characters and puppets, regardless of if it's aimed at adults or is a parody of the show in question, will get flagged as being "for kids". And sometimes, certain keywords in video title that relate to topics specific to kids will cause weird events to happen. One particular instance happened with an upload of a clip from the Animaniacs episode "Potty Emergency". The show is for children in the first place, so the clip being flagged was understandable. But since the video had the word "potty" in the title, most of the related videos were kids' videos about toilet training, despite the episode being about Wakko trying to find a place to pee when he really needs to go, not him learning to use the bathroom.
  • The WrestleCrap "Headlies" article "Cody Rhodes Responds to Sporticus, Stephanie" routinely mispells LazyTown main character Sportacus' name as "Sporticus". It's clear the writer didn't bother spending five seconds searching to check that Sportacus' name is spelt correctly.
  • TheThings's video "20 Things You Didn't Know About Peppa Pig" has several blatant factual errors appear, including certain facts that are especially notorious:
    • During every piece of footage from the show, the source at the bottom-left corner is listed as "Cartoon Network", when it actually airs on Channel 5's Milkshake!, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. The only relation that Peppa Pig has had to CN was when it aired as part of the short-lived preschool block Tickle-U from 2005 until 2007. This isn't helped by the logo of Milkshake! being constantly shown in the top-left corner of the featured clips.
    • In the section about the show's many characters, they refer to John Sparkes, the narrator and voice of multiple recurring characters, as "Johnny Sparkles". What makes this one particularly egregious is that they had spelt his name correctly thirty seconds earlier.
      • Mere seconds later, Uncle Pig's name is mentioned, accompanied by a picture of Daddy Pig.
    • Some parts of the video seem to be under the impression that Peppa Pig ended in 2016, when at the time of the video's upload, new episodes had already premiered as recently as the previous December.
    • The sections about the voice actors appear to use completely arbitrary figures concerning dates and number of episodes, claiming that Lily Snowden-Fine was the voice of Peppa from 2004 until 2012 for 64 episodesnote  and that Cecily Bloom voiced her from 2006 until 2010 for 32 episodesnote  and Harley Bird starting from 2009, when her first time playing the character was in the 2007 Christmas special. The first four seasons of the show comprise 208 episodes, yet according to them, Morwenna Banks and Richard Ridings played Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig for 95 episodes, and John Sparkes was the only one who didn't change, appearing in 195 episodes.
    • According to the video, Harley Bird appeared at an interview with the Daily Express in 2015 when she was 15 years old... except she was born near the end of 2001, so she would have been around 13 instead.
    • While many of the images shown are appropriate, one stands out in the interview section as it shows Peppa stark naked, when in the show she's always seen with at least undergarments (excluding scenes in the bathtub).
    • The section about the movie talks about Peppa's chance at hitting the big screen with her 15-minute special The Golden Boots, yet despite having significant coverage, the second anthology (Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience) is never mentioned, despite being released in 2017 (a year before this video was uploaded), featuring all-new and exclusive episodes and almost doubling the total gross of The Golden Boots.

    Fan Fiction 
  • Parodied in Justice Society of Japan, specifically in the Omake story "Justice Substitutes of Japan". The Big Bad turns out to be an OC named "Cowboy Bebop", and he specifically notes that he is at his computer. He then gets shot in the head by Spike.
  • The authors of My Immortal have been laughed off by most Goths (alongside many other people) as "posers" and "mall goths", with one particular red flag being a glaring case of Pop-Culture Isolation in Chapter 33; in which they describe The Exorcist as a Slasher Film despite being one of the, if not the, most famous horror movies of all time. And even if they didn't know, what the movie's actually about is right there in the title. The rather heavily-misspelled fanfic in question also calls the film "The Exercise", so there's a chance that the story is referencing another movie all together.


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