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Unintentional Examples:

  • The Angry Video Game Nerd:
    • He rants, among other things, about being killed by a frog in Super Pitfall. The Granular Poison Frog has killed more than a few people, and yes, it lives in the jungle. That's also not counting people killed by weapons dipped in their poison, or various other kinds of frogs from the jungle that are also deadly to the touch.
      AVGN: Has anyone ever died by being attacked by a fucking frog?!note 
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    • In his Castlevania series, he mentions the plot of Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow but talks about Dawn of Sorrow, which a sequel to Aria that takes place about a year later and doesn't feature Dracula's Castle. His "fatal flaw" in Castlevania 64 is actually his own inability to try hitting the "interact" button (which is surprising, since he made it that far); instead, he had tried to use the items from the menu, which is for items you use on yourself. He also claims the game "has no music"... in an area that only has windy ambience, which is not only erroneous but also egregious considering not only would he have heard one of the best tracks in the game by that point, but was literally seconds away from hearing another great (and remixed) track if only he could figure out which button would lay down that nitro...
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    • In his review of the Ghostbusters (1984) games, he complains that the heroes can only shoot in an upward 45 degree angle in the Sega Master System version. Apparently James didn't think to try pushing the other button on a 2-button controller that allows the player to shoot horizontally.
    • He makes a similarly egregious claim in his review of The Wizard of Oz when he claims only Dorothy and The Lion can "shoot things". In actuality, Dorothy can shoot all three pickups and all three of her friends are restricted to shooting just gems, but all four characters are capable of shooting nonetheless.
    • When playing the video game adaptation of The Terminator for NES, he claims there are no codes for extra lives or continues either in the game or via Game Genie. He's right about the Game Genienote  but there absolutely is a "cheat mode" that grants unlimited lives and the option to skip to the next level by pressing start, activated by entering "B, B, Up, Left, A" on controller two.
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    • In the Snow White and the Seven Clever Boys episode of "Bad Game Covers", he states that the art on the cover should not resemble the bad in-game graphics. The "game" in question is actually a 2D cartoon with 3D backgrounds whose characters look nothing like the Disney knockoffs on the cover. (Though to be fair to the Nerd, this just makes the cover art even more inexplicable.)
    • On a making-of video, he revealed a particular blunder from his review of Street Fighter 2010 wherein he said the final boss looked like Grimace from Sesame Street. Grimace is from McDonald's. Fortunately, a friend had caught the mistake before the video went live.
    • His long-time hatred of LJN Toys, whom he frequently blames for making terrible games, is a case of this as they're not a game developer but merely a publisher. He's even drawn false comparisons, such as claiming Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street were the same because they were made by the same people, when the former was made by Atlus and the latter was made by Rare (who were responsible for countless games he's praised). Over 100 episodes (and presumably countless e-mails and comments) later, he finally acknowledged this but stated he didn't care who actually made the game and feels LJN's track record of publishing awful games makes it more than fair to blame them for "making" bad games.
    • When reviewing The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask he has to reset time right before the boss of the dreaded Great Bay Temple and has a meltdown over the fact that he has to redo the entire temple over again. The thing is, since he got the dungeon item he doesn't, and can skip well over half the temple and one of the Mini Bosses by using the ice arrows. Being able to use temple items to skip swaths of the game on subsequent time resets is one of the core elements of the game, and even practically necessary to acquire things like the Gilded Sword, so it's amazing he didn't realize this.
    • In the review of Planet of the Apes (2001) for the PlayStation, he takes note of wobbling and warping wall textures, rhetorically asking if that's ever happened in any other game. Yes, it has, as it was an inherent feature of the PS1's affine texture mapping (though developers usually tried to reduce the effect as much as possible, and the aforementioned game's texture warping was indeed particularly bad).
    • Other, non-AVGN videos from James Rolfe sometimes have similar errors.
      • His review of Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare incorrectly identifies it as the first film in the series when it is actually the second, totally misses the fact that the monsters in the film are characters from Japanese mythology rather than original creations, and features a lot of misconceptions and false assumptions about Japanese culture and how it relates to western culture. He also mistakes the "hopping vampire" archetype as a Japanese invention when it is in fact Chinese.
      • In Top 10 Reasons Blu-ray Sucks James noted format's ownership by Sony as a problem, and compared it with VHS, claiming "nobody owned VHS" (JVC owned VHS, and every video cassette and VCR manufacturer had to go through them), and how one didn't have to pay royalties in order to release something on VHS (JVC raked billions in royalties from said manufacturers for forty years of format's presence on the market). It would've made a lot more sense to compare the situation with DVD, which is owned by a consortium (DVD Forum), and he did also mention DVD format ownership later, but VHS example actually works completely against his point.
      • James's My Favorite Comedies of All Time video features an ad for Star Wars Episode I: Racer's HD re-release in the beginning, which claims that the only way to play it before was for the Nintendo 64. Even though the game was also released on PC and Dreamcast, and in fact the PC version was the HD way to play it for years.
  • ConnerTheWaffle:
    • His video on Mega Man fan games is rife with factual errors. The most blatant being claiming Mega Man: The Power Battle was a fan game (which it most definitely is not). Other errors include claiming that the characters in Mega Man 8-Bit Deathmatch all have unique abilities (all the characters in said game are skins, so they play exactly the samenote ), calling certain fan games “hacks”, and so on.
    • In his Satellaview video, he states multiple times (including the description) that the Satellaview uses the internet when it actually doesn't, and his passing mention of the Nintendo Gateway System (which allowed players to play a selection of Nintendo games in airplanes and hotels) uses an image of the Gateway 3DS flashcart.
  • In Gnoggin's "Pac-Man Theory: The True Story UNVEILED!" video, he claims that Pac-Man debuted in 1985, when it was actually in 1980. This blasts a hole in his whole theory, as he says that each of the ghosts represents an infectious disease and that Blinky stands for HIV, but that virus was not known to science until 1981.
  • The Honest Trailers Mary Poppins trailer's "starring" section calls Mrs. Banks "Doesn't Even Get a First Name", even though she is addressed as "Winifred" several times in the movie.
    • Also from the Honest Trailer on Mary Poppins where they claim that Saving Mr. Banks and Mary Poppins Returns were made as soon as author PL Travers was dead painting Disney as disrespectful and greedy for dishonoring her memory. However, this is more of a lie of omission since their wording implies it was immediate when in reality Travers died in 1996 and both movies were released in the 2010s.
  • JonTron's review of Clock Tower declares that if you die in the game it's "back to the beginning". Literally the opposite is true: the game gives you unlimited continues, respawns you as close as to where you died as possible, and lets you keep any progress you made. It's only if you get a Bad Ending (caused by missing items or making wrong choices) that you're forced back to the beginning, which is actually helpful as it allows you to go back and avoid the same fate in your following playthrough. Not to mention, getting the bad endings is necessary for 100% Completion, so getting sent back to the beginning upon getting an ending is actively aiding the player instead of being a Classic Video Game Screw You.
  • In the Half in the Bag preview for their Prometheus review, Mike claim that there were 65 million years of dinosaurs before humans. Unfortunately, he has that backwards: dinosaurs have been extinct for 65 million years.
  • The Irate Gamer claims a lot of these, including the fact that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time was only released on the Super Nintendo when it actually was released as an arcade game before being ported to the Super Nintendo.
  • Lily Orchard is notorious for this.
    • In "Guard Break", she accuses Josh Scorcher of being a fake marine, all because his details about American marine training didn't match her Canadian marine grandfather's details.
    • Her "Steven Universe Is Garbage, Here's Why" video had several errors, which served as a part of its... less than stellar reception. The Wikia has a better dissection.
      • Her discussion of Concrete seems to be unaware that the Crewniverse openly removed it from further printings of the Artbook mere days after it was discovered.
      • Her discussion of "A Single Pale Rose" claims that the main plot twist of Rose Quartz and Pink Diamond being the same person was barely foreshadowed if at all, and add that the crew likely just stole it from a popular fan theory. This in spite of the fact that fans have found hints to the twist dating back to not only the first episode, but the original pilot as well.
      • Lily rants for a while that the above-mentioned plot twist made Rose into a horrible person and claims that the story continues to treat her as morally perfect. While the issue with Rose is a subjective one, it's clear that Rose is meant to be morally flawed at best. In fact, the revelation causes a major case of Broken Pedestal for Sapphire.
      • She acts as though Rebecca Sugar has at least some control over scheduling of the show (easily one of the biggest complaints the show received), even though the crew has made it clear that it's completely out of their control.
    • Similarly, in her review of The Legend of Korra she goes off on a poorly researched tirade about Anarchism that highlights how little she knows about Anarchism or World History for that matter. She also seems to conflate Anarchism with right wing Libertarianism which are two very different and often opposing viewpoints.
      • Her review of Legend of Korra is notorious for this in general; she insists that Republic City is just "Steampunk New York," when in reality, the aesthetic of Korra is much more Dieselpunk, and the United Republic does very much resemble cities such as Tokyo and Beijing as they looked in the 1920s. She also commits the common fallacy that technology and bending progressed unrealistically quickly between the two shows, which is so patently false that Korra actually shows these things progressing more slowly than they do in our world.
  • Matthew Santoro:
    • In "20 Reasons Why NOT to Be 'In Da Club'", Matt says that if you're at a club and you fall anywhere, you should just assume you have AIDS or herpes, because of all the broken glass lying around. In reality, falling on broken glass lying around is extremely unlikely to give you AIDS, as that has only happened a few times, because the virus can't survive long outside a host.
    • In "Catching Up: With Matt! (#1)", Matt says that Mexico is part of South America, but it's actually part of North America.
    • In "10 Famous Paintings with HIDDEN CODES!", Matthew refers to Hades as a "Greek goddess." Hades is male.
    • In "10 Weirdest Dinosaurs You Never Knew Existed" includes four animals that aren't dinosaurs: Sharovipteryx (a non-dinosaurian reptile), Longisquama (another non-dinosaurian reptile), Jeholopterus (a pterosaur) and Helicoprion (a shark). He also claims that Longisquama had feathers and was a relative of modern birds (the fronds on its back were not feathers at all, and some argue that they weren't even attached to the body and instead just plant matter that happened to be fossilized with the animal) and that Jeholopterus was a vampire bat analogue (apart from David Peters insisting that he sees adaptations for vampirism in the animal, there is no tangible evidence for it and Peters is generally regarded as a Know-Nothing Know-It-All in paleontological circles).
    • In "Mysterious Videos on the Internet No One Can Explain", the vast majority of the videos on the list actually were explained, some of them even years prior to the video's upload, or were debunked as hoaxes.
  • The Mysterious Mr. Enter:
  • In Quality Control's review of Interstella 5555, he claims that Discovery was Daft Punk's first album. Discovery is their second album. Homework was their first.
  • SF Debris has a couple minor examples.
    • Chuck says in his Batman Beyond review that the movie was censored because it was judged too violent. While that helped, the real catalyst was the Columbine Shooting that occurred before the film came out.
    • Another small error is in his review of The X-Files episode "Aubrey", where Chuck says Harry Cokley (a suspect in unsolved serial murders from the 1940s) did only 8 years for attempted murder and rape. In the dialogue, however, it's said he was convicted in 1945 and released December 5th, 1993, meaning he must have served 48 years at least.
    • In his review of Star Trek: The Animated Series episode "Yesteryear", Chuck claims that the series was perhaps best known for the infamous audio clip of Shatner arguing with a producer over the pronunciation of the word "sabotage". Said audio clip was actually from the recording session for the video game Star Trek: Judgment Rites, not Star Trek: The Animated Series.
  • Bob Chipman has an episode about how Halo is racist because the UNSC was composed of white people, while the Covenant were ethnically diverse. However, both of these are quite false. Sergeant Johnson, one of the biggest badasses in the series and a fan favorite, is black, and several of the Marine Red Shirts beginning in the first game have identifiably Latino accents, the Elites leave the Covenant to assist humanity in Halo 2, and in Halo: Reach, the majority of the place names are Hungarian, while Emile is black and Jun is Chinese, making it clear that the UNSC is composed of all of humanity. As for the Covenant, while they do have a wide range of alien races, they're segregated in a strict caste system and most of them are enslaved (and the reason the Elites jumped to humanity's side is because the Brutes and Prophets enact genocide against them); hardly a shining example of ethnic diversity. While he does mention the fact that the Covenant military is basically a slave army in the video, he then tries to justify himself by saying that nobody plays Halo for the story. In other words, Chipman basically admitted that Halo is only racist if you completely ignore any and all context.
  • This TheGamer video about Following The Leader in video games states that Bubsy is a rabbit, when he is actually a bobcat.
  • Epic Rap Battles of History: It could probably be chalked up to Rule of Funny, except that this series is usually so well-researched that almost every line is a reference to one of the rappers' lives. Mr. T calls Mr. Rogers a "40-Year-Old Virgin." This is just wrong. Fred Rogers married at the age of 24, and had his first son at the age of 31.
    • Another example comes from their "Artists vs. TMNT" rap battle, where Leonardo da Vinci has the line "I love the ladies/I like to keep it mellow", when in fact, historians generally agree, based on Da Vinci's personal relationships, legal history, and writings on sex and romance that he was either gay or asexual.
  • SomecallmeJohnny:
    • In his review of Pokémon Red and Blue, he mixes up a photo of Satoshi Tajiri (creator of Pokémon) with that of Tsunekazu Ishihara (the president and CEO of The Pokémon Company). Not a huge offender, but it's still a failure in research.
    • Another minor one appears during his Pokémon Gold and Silver review not from Johnny, but from co-reviewer Ryan when they question some of the evolution methods. Ryan then takes a potshot at Generation 4 for its use of trade evolutions which has existed since the beginning of the series and has appeared in every generation. Even worse, this was said when the Porygon line was shown on-screen, which received its first evolution by trade in the same generation they're reviewing.
  • In Lady Jess's crossover review of The Jazz Singer with The Rap Critic, she briefly discusses heroines in young adult novels, putting up images of their covers. Problem is, half of them have male protagonists (I Am Number Four, Beastly, The Maze Runner, Harry Potter, and The Hobbit). This is all the more egregious by how the male lead of Harry Potter is right on the front cover on the image and The Hobbit (which isn't even a YA book) has no female characters.
  • A Chain Letter which circulated in the late 1990s promised that if it were kept going until the millennium, all participants would get their names listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. Apart from the obvious fact that what goes in GBWR is solely up to Guinness Superlatives and nobody else, there are a few other points:
    • Guinness can and sometimes does reject records which it considers undesirable or unwholesome (for instance, all food-consumption categories have been retired). A spam-related record is likely to fall foul of this.
    • Guinness only publishes names where the record is held by an individual or a very small group; where there are hundreds or thousands of holders, it would be tedious and pointless to name every last one, so they are acknowledged only as "[X number of] people".
  • The "101 Facts About Space" video uploaded by 101Facts has a lot of inaccuracies that would make astronomers and space enthusiasts cry, but by far the most egregious example on the video is fact #23, where the speaker says it would take a spacecraft 70,000 years to reach the Sun. This is completely false, because it's been estimated that it would take today's fastest spacecraft actually less than a year to reach the Sun. Until 2018, the closest any spacecraft has ever gotten to the Sun was Helios 2 during its closest approach in April 1976, at a distance of 0.29 AU (that's closer to the Sun than Mercury), a mere three months after it had launched. The Parker Solar Probe, which was launched in August 2018, will get much closer to the Sun at 0.040 AU in a span of six years after making several flybys of Venus and broke Helios 2' record, approaching at 0.17 AU of the Daystar, less than three months after launch. In addition, several other spacecraft have also crossed distances in our Solar System greater than 1 AU.note 
  • Channel Frederator's "107 Facts" videos occasionally have rather glaring cases of misinformation.
    • One particular example is claiming that Dan Castellaneta voiced Squidward Tentacles in some episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants instead of Rodger Bumpass, when the only source of information claiming that was an article for an upcoming episode that turned out to be a hoax.
    • Another damning case is in their video containing 107 facts about Scooby-Doo, where they acknowledge that Fred Jones' voice actor Frank Welker did voice work for The Transformers and the Transformers Film Series, but claim that he voices the character Barricade in both of them. G1 Barricade was a toy that came out a good while after the Generation 1 Transformers cartoon ended, and the Barricade of the live-action films was in fact voiced by Jess Harnell.
    • Craig Bartlett has called out the show for their Hey Arnold! video, for spreading false information about the show such as him asking the network to remove an episode from rotation.
    • Their video about Transformers had many wrong claims too:
      • The most obvious one is when they say that Transformers Animated is the show where Bumblebee can't talk, when actually that is in Transformers: Prime.
      • It also claims that the Diaclone toyline was a spinoff of the Microman one when they were actually two separate franchises... and when they talk about the Microchange Cassette Man that was used as basis for Soundwave they show the AM Radio Robot, the basis for Blaster!
      • They claim that the plot of the episode of The Transformers "Auto-Bop" was recycled from the G.I. Joe episode "Cold Snake". The title of the latter episode was actually "Cold Slither".
      • At a certain point they say that the Autobots befriend a Witwicky in "Every incarnation of the G1 series", giving the implication that the Michael Bay movies are intended as a G1 reboot, when they're their own thing.
      • In multiple moments, when talking about the toys, they often show pictures of newer toys implying that they're the original G1 figures, such as the Generations Jetfire and Masterpiece Ironhide. In a similar fashion, when mentioning that Brad Garrett voiced Trypticon, they show his Transformers: War for Cybertron incarnation rather than the G1 one, and when talking about Optimus Prime's death in the Marvel Comics they show panels from the IDW one-shot The Death of Optimus Prime.
      • Arcee is mentioned as the first female Autobot ever introduced to the franchise. Actually, the episode "The Search of Alpha Trion", who came before Arcee's introduction, already featured four female Autobots (Elita-1, Chromia, Firestar and Moonracer).
      • When saying that Frank Welker voiced Ravage, they say the growls were recycled for his appearance in the 2007 movie... except Ravage appeared only in Revenge of the Fallen.
      • Talking about Transformers: Robots in Disguise, they claim that both Bumblebee and Sideswipe have scissor doors in altmode, just like the DeLorean. The kind of car doors the DeLorean has are actually called seagull doors.
    • They also have a video talking about Dragon Ball Super where they get several facts wrong that, obviously, weren't checked before it was recorded; even overlooking the numerous mispronunciations (which can be excused by the fact that the narrator of the video seems to have learned English as a secondary language after Spanish, as indicated by his accent), there are several errors that even a few minutes on the Dragon Ball wiki could have corrected. First, the video claims that Super started airing after Z finished; in reality, there was a gap of several years between the two, and it overlooks an entire other series that fits within the gap. Second, they claim that Akira Toriyama created Chrono Trigger, when he was actually just the art director (Toriyama is an illustrator and manga creator and has never helmed a video game). Then, they claim that the existence of Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan Blue was spoiled by the marketing; in reality, it was the original Super Saiyan God that was spoiled this way. Finally, Hit defeated Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta, not him as a regular Super Saiyan (this is even worse because they show animation from the show with his narration there).
    • Their "107 Facts about CatDog" video had two glaring mistakes made.
      • Lola Caricola is referred to as Lola Cherry Cola, which in the show was a case of Accidental Misnaming.
      • They claim that the Licensed Game Quest for the Golden Hydrant was based on the episode "The Golden Hydrant", when the only thing the game had in common with the episode was that the plot involved Cat wishing to make money off the Golden Hydrant.
    • Needless to say they've gotten such backlash that sometimes made a video apologizing and going over their mistakes.
  • In his review of the "Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!" Lego set, Stuart Ashen refers to some "weird little sets of three sirens" near the back of the ship. Anyone who is a fan of rocket ships will tell you that those are actually RCS thrusters, which control the trajectory of the ship. In fact, the official name for the piece representing this part of the build is "Steering Nozzle".
  • In the Feminist Frequency YouTube essay series:
    • Anita claims that Betty DeVille from Rugrats is a Straw Feminist in her episode on the eponymous trope, which anyone who ever watched an episode of the show featuring her can tell you is blatantly false. Betty was nothing more than a masculine woman with a feminine husband. The fact that all the other examples in the video are correct just makes this even more infuriating for any Rugrats fan.
    • She also once said that Hitman: Absolution 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 straight-up 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.
  • One YouTube user said that Pokémon: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction is the first time a PokeDex is used in a movie. Anyone who watches the regular anime knows that the device in question is a Town Map.
  • From the YouTube channel TheRichest:
    • This video shows pictures of Pokémon in a circle. The Pokémon they show? Squirtle, Pikachu... And Mega Man. They thought Mega Man was a Pokémon.
    • In fact their video games videos are among their most criticized content such as another video as they also referred the mods as "apps", drawing much ire from the comments section. In the same video, they claim that in order for the Missingno. glitch to work, your character needs to be named "Ash". The glitch will work regardless of what you named your character at the start of the game.
  • The Happy Video Game Nerd:
    • In his second look at Eternal Darkness, he calls Pious Augustus a "badass Spartan dude" when the game directly says that he's a Roman centurion.
    • He doubts that the failure of EarthBound was because of the infamous "Because this game stinks" ads, citing (among other things) "the popularity of Captain Underpants (...) at the time". EarthBound was released in North America in 1994, but the first Captain Underpants book didn't come out until 1997.
  • This list of most unusual smartphones includes the "Nintendo Plus". There's no such thing as a Nintendo Plus; in fact, the device representing this fictitious phone is actually a New Nintendo 2DS XL, an upgraded version of the Nintendo 2DS.
  • In one of their top 10 lists, Jalopnik posted that front license plates are "useless". Actually, they are not. In many cases, speed cameras take pictures of a car's front. That is what front plates are needed for: identification of a car in such situations.
  • Game Theory has become a bit infamous for these.
    • Probably the most infamous ones are the claim that Sans is Ness and MatPat's miscalculation with Wario's Fartillery, stating that he's 10 feet tall (which seems to have been the result of MatPat getting information from a previous episode and converting from meters to feet, not realizing that the unit he was looking at was already in feet).
    • For the real vs. fake boob episode, he used the character heights from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Viewers were quick to point out that Brawl's heights are distorted and inconsistent from their canon sources.note 
    • For his episode on Ace Attorney, MatPat stated that Phoenix Wright is effectively a criminal, due to the seemingly dubious way he handles cases and crime scenes. To his credit, MatPat did a lot of research in how the American court system works. It's just that he failed to understand how the system in the series works, or even, for that matter, the Japanese one.
    • The "Overwatch vs Team Fortress 2" Deadlock video has so many inaccuracies that it would take a while to tell you all of them. However, some of the worst and most egregious failings include:
      • Second host Todd claiming "Kaboom indeed, you drunken wretch!" is a Demoman voiceline when it actually belongs to the Spy.
      • Scout can apparently wear the Dragonborn Helmet in-game—false, since it's a Heavy-exclusive cosmetic. His "evidence" seems to have been taken from this Gmod video.
      • Mat Pat's claim Team Fortress 2 was dying when Overwatch was released, only looking at the dropoff when the game released and then outright ignoring the stats from Steamcharts when the numbers went back up to normal levels (above average, even!). They even used Steamcharts to make the point! He also never directly compares TF2 and Overwatch's real-time playerbase numbers (Blizzard doesn't have those sorts of figures available for public consumption), making both the statement seem reckless and TF2 look like it lost more players than it actually did.
      • His comment on the games' lack of diversity came off as unprofessional and ignorant of TF2's plot found in the comics, outright ignoring Ms. Pauling and The Administrator, both powerful women in male-dominated careers. Even still, the game's main cast is still made up of people of widely differing nationalities.
      • MatPat claiming playing support is unrewarding, despite their being stats related to getting heals and assists, as well as kills. Even Heavy averts No Experience Points for Medic, and he's the tankiest character in the game!
      • MatPat implies that the Overwatch community is just as good as TF2's because of its cosplays and porn, something that not only does TF2 have a fair collection of anyway, but anything with even a small-to-moderate fanbase would have (See Rule 34).
      • Todd claims that one of the game modes in TF2 is Team Death Match. Anyone who has played the game for any more than ten seconds will tell you that it isn't. The closest TF2 comes to this is Player Destruction and Arena, which are technically death-match modes, but neither one of those modes are the main draws to the game.
    • His "For Honor" video has been blasted by the YouTube martial arts/historical weaponry community a thousand times over. Matt makes several mistakes, with the worst examples being "Vikings were unarmored" (They weren't, in addition to shields and helmets Vikings would frequently make use of mail and lamellar. Even the cloth gambison they would use would be fairly cut resistant), that European armor was heavy and clumsy (It really wasn't, full plate didn't weigh that much and was articulated with the mass distributed fairly evenly, and reenactors have even been able to do cartwheels in them. Also not relevant since this was a comparison of 11th century equipment anyways), and worst of all that Japanese O-Yoroi was light and mobile (It really wasn't, it was large and bulky, weighing upwards of 60 pounds). The latter mistake comes from him using Tosei Gusoku (not O-Yoroi) as an example... a 16th century design.
      • Ultimately, he concludes that archery gives samurai the decisive advantage. ...Ignoring the fact that the shields used by vikings were practically designed to block arrows, and that there were indeed knights who could use bows.
      • He also assumes that the entire Scandinavian region is Grim Up North cold wasteland all around, all year. It isn't. Especially as the target time period was in what is called the Medieval Warm Period, where global temperatures warmed a bit for a few centuries.
    • In the episode "Why You CAN'T Beat Super Smash Bros Ultimate!", Matt falsely claims there are 75 items in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, when there are in fact 71.note 
    • Though Exposing Metroid's Greatest Threat makes a number of mistakes on how the BSL Research Station was infected by the X-Parasites which lead him to conclude the Etecoons and Dachoras rescued in Super Metroid were the Patient Zeros, it has two incredibly egregious mistakes that render the whole thing moot. One is that the opening cutscene and first mission of Metroid Fusion explain and show in great detail how the station was infected unwittingly by Samus Aran. It's even a major plot point that spans the entire game as the cure for Samus renders her immune to infection and effectively drives the entire plot, rendering the entire theory completely pointless. Ignoring that, the other is that the Etecoons and Dachoras in Super Metroid came from Zebes which has no X-Parasites on it, while the X-Parasites came from SR388 which has no Etecoons and Dachoras on it.
  • Did You Know Gaming?:
    • Their video on Spyro the Dragon makes the claim that Carlos Alazraqui, who voiced Spyro in the first game, also voiced Crash Bandicoot in his first three games, when it was actually Brendan O'Brien. This confusion likely stems from the fact that Jess Harnell, Crash's current voice actor, also voiced the titular dragon in Spyro: A Hero's Tail.
    • In a now-deleted episode on Pac-Man, it claims that the version of Pac-Man being played for the World's Largest Pac-Man Tournament was the Atari 2600 version, when anyone decently versed in video game history will recognize right away that that is clearly not the Atari 2600 version, as not only do the graphics not match up, but the game being played on the screen lacks the version's infamous flickering ghosts. The version actually being played is the Atari 8-Bit version. In fact, the footage in the video zooms out to reveal an Atari 8-Bit computer plugged into the TV, and if you review the original footage, there is a clear shot of the computer, revealing that it's more specifically an Atari 400.
  • The Nostalgia Critic: much so that he has done a series of videos listing his mistakes.
    • During Ferngully The Last Rainforest he is confused why it takes place in a rain forest near Mount Warning in Australia, with The Nostalgia Chick making a vaguely racist insinuation that they wanted it to take place in a rain forest that had "a ready supply of White people". In actuality it's because the movie was an Australian/American co-production and based on a book written by Australian author Diana Young who of course set it in her home country.
    • His rant in Pearl Harbor, started by a soldier in the film yelling that he can't swim, about how insulting it was that (among other things) the film was claiming there were sailors in the Navy who couldn't swim drew a lot of ire because there actually were (and still are) many sailors and soldiers in the military who can't swim. Passing a swim test isn't mandatory, and many sailors actually intentionally avoided learning to swim in World War II so they wouldn't suffer as long if their ship was sank. Doug's father actually was in the Navy and could have easily corrected him on it had Doug actually asked instead of assumed.
    • His review of Night of the Living Dead he mocks how the house the survivors are hiding in somehow has a "radio hook up" but the phone lines are down. Has nobody ever told him radios don't have "hook ups" but receive wireless transmissions, and that a radio will function as long as there is power?
    • In Battle of the Commercials he takes a shot at the Game Boy by claiming it bombed and that the Game Gear was a million times better. Anyone who grew up with these consoles or who even has a passing knowledge of video games knows the polar opposite is true, as the Game Boy blew the Game Gear out of the water and outsold it over ten-to-one with a much longer lifespan. Even in terms of technical specs, really the only thing the Game Gear did better were graphics as it had a color screen and twice the video ram than the Game Boy, but even this worked against it as it made it much more expensive and drained batteries much fasternote .
    • His review of the film version of The Wall is overloaded with this, but one of the most noticeable examples is about "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" (a.k.a. the famous "We don't need no education" song.) Doug acts as if the song, sung by a British band that grew up in the '50s and '60s, is about the modern American education system, and writes off the entire song as pandering to teens resentful of being made into a productive member of society, instead of a song about the actually brutal UK boarding school system of the time, where physical and emotional abuse ran rampant as teachers attempted to iron out all individuality from their students. He also seems to get confused on which came first; the album or the film, and calls one of the slower songs an "Oscar-bait song," even though there were a few other slow songs before and after it on the album and in the film, as well as the album having come out a few years before the film, which was based on the album and even has some additional songs and some alternate versions of the songs in it.
    • In his review of Jurassic World, he seems to be acting under firm belief that there were only two known carnivorous theropods in history — T.Rex and raptor — therefore, any theropod which is not a Tyrannosaurus Rex is automatically a raptor (notabene, completely fictional species made up for Jurassic Park movie and loosely based on real-world Deinonychus, something which Doug apparently does not realize either). This leads him to insist, throughout entire review, that Indominus Rex resembles an enlarged raptor and makes him repeatedly outraged and flabbergasted that characters in the movie are supposedly so stupid and blind that they never notice that. In reality, there were many, many known species of theropods and Indominus Rex just shares various similarities with them, on top of having the same general body build typical for dinosaurs of that clade. She is definitely not a carbon copy of any exact species and is just as similar to Deinonychus as it is similar to, say, Allosaurus. Basically, NC's failure here is an equivalent of seeing a tiger and claiming that it is just an enlarged domestic cat.
    • In similar vibe to the above, he persistently shows, in multiple reviews, his apparent ignorance of the fact that there are many species and many genera of lizards and calls them all "iguanas". No matter whether the lizard in question is actually an iguana, or monitor lizard, or agama, or gecko, or skink or whatever. Each one of them is an "iguana" in Doug's mind — as if this word was some fancy term for lizards in general (where in reality, it is a name of a genus which includes only two species, namely Green iguana and Lesser Antillean iguana). Examples include Ferngully 2: The Magical Rescue review, where he calls Lou (who is actually a monitor lizard or, more specifically, a goanna) an "iguana" and Ghost Rider review, where that poor lizard (most likely, a Common collared lizard) which got burned alive by two titular riders passing by, is named "evil iguana". He's Lampshaded this on several occasions, with him admitting during a couple of his "Top 11 Nostalgia Critic F*ck-Ups" that he doesn't know much about animals.
    • His The Magic Voyage review is a particularly jarring example (the lack of historical accuracy in the film itself notwithstanding), since he begins it by mocking the makers of the movie (which was made in Germany) on how are they supposed to know about the discovery of America if it isn't a part of their history (thus ignoring the fact that a) great geographic discoveries are a rather common chapter of history, an important part of school lessons in every country and equally accessible to everyone, regardless of nationality; b) knowledge of your own nation's history is not genetically ingrained in you and you need to learn about it just like everybody else, whether you were born in that country or not; c) the nation which calls themselves "Americans" today did not yet exist in time of Columbus, so in a way, it isn't a part of NC's history either), only to repeatedly show his own, glaring ignorance in the subject. On the whole he seems to be confusing Christopher Columbus with William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims, when the former sailed under commission of the Crown of Castile between 1492 and 1503, and the latter was a separatist English Puritan who sailed to Plymouth Rock (modern-day Massachusetts, USA) some hundred years later in 1620.
      • He persistently equates the Americas to the USA, which is not only egotistic, but shows Doug's evident ignorance of the fact that in none of his journeys did Columbus set foot on lands that would become the continental territory of United States in the future. He visited the Bahamian islands, the Caribbean, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad, the South American mainland, and finally Panama, without ever once setting foot in North America at all let alone what would eventually become the United States.
      • He mocks the portrayal of Indians in the movie by asking "did you think they lived in tipis or something?" and expressing his bewilderment that they have a pyramid there. Although the way The Magic Voyage portrayed Indians is indeed far from accurate, some native peoples of Middle America did build pyramids (of stepped variety, like the one shown in film), so the movie is still closer to truth than NC's idea with tipis — which were typical for native tribes of North America, not the lands visited by Columbus.
      • Near the end of his review, he points out that discovery and following colonization of Americas would inevitably lead to slaughter of their native inhabitants. To make a point, he simultaneously shows a montage of pictures which only portray battles that took place on territory of United States (again, as if America did not exist beyond the USA in Doug's mind)... with one small — and definitely not intentional on NC's part — exception in form of a picture portraying British soldiers fighting against Zulu warriors in Africa (you can see it for yourself here, on 17:41 mark).
  • Despite normally putting effort and care into researching his videos, horror YouTuber GloomyHouse does slip up on occasion:
    • In his video "YouTuber Missing for Over 10 Years", which explains the Louise Paxton ARG, he forgets to acknowledge that the story is fiction, making it seem like he didn't do his research and believed it was real. However, it's possible that he knew it was just a web series, and didn't say so because he thought it was common knowledge, which is evidenced by the fact that he refers to Paxton as "our main protagonist", something he would have been extremely unlikely to do if he actually thought it was real. He makes the same mistake in his video explaining the Ash Vlogs ARG as well.
    • He presents the CERN ritual prank as a possible real event, showing skepticism at the purpose of it, despite a literal one-second Google search leading to endless articles debunking it as a hoax.
    • The story of father and son cannibals Jack and Scott Fileman, as presented in his video "The Man Who Ate His Own Son", is actually a Spanish creepypasta, and the image is actually taken from a haunted house attraction, with the story written around the photo due to the two workers looking alike. This one can be forgiven, however, as despite no evidence to validate the story, finding hard proof of its origin takes a lot of digging.
  • A minor example in "That Game of Thrones Browser Game You've Been Seeing Ads for is Garbage." Six minutes into the video, Jay Exci, the uploader, complains that Kevin, a member of the Night's Watch you can recruit in-game, doesn't have a very Game of Thrones-like name. Since the uploader only watched Season 1, he'd never heard of the similarly named Kevan Lannister (Tywin's brother, as well as Cersei, Jaime and Tyrion's uncle), and acknowledged the mistake in the follow-up video.
  • This BBC documentary about hate preachers in America stated that preachers in Arizona was no surprise, as it was "one of the most conservative parts of the country." In reality, Arizona is a purple state known for having a very divided populace politically.
  • In the Gaming in the Clinton Years video for Diddy Kong Racing, at 2:10, the video maker says, "It will take several tries to topple the first boss, a gigantic stegosaurus." The first boss's name is Tricky, and he is a triceratops.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog YouTuber Peter Knetter's "Getting 'A' Rank in All 3D Sonic Games!" video, he refuses to cover Sonic Lost World due to considering it a Spin-Off instead (it isn't since Sonic still plays similarly to previous games and the events are referenced in subsequent games) and Sonic Generations due to considering it a remaster of existing games (it's a completely new game; all the levels are reused from previous games but play vastly differently from their source material). He also considers the Sonic Storybook Series main series games, when they're actually SpinOffs. One would think that as someone who almost-exclusively covers the games, he would know what actually counts as a main series game.
  • WickedBinge:
    • In their Good to Evil video on Family Guy, Bonnie Swanson is listed under the good scale even though she was known for trying to kill or hurt Joe in several episodes up to and including putting shards of glass in his food.
    • Their video on The Cleveland Show is worse. They grant Auntie Momma the gold metal for "good" glossing over how he had relations with Cleveland's dad behind his wife's back.
    • In their Good to Evil list on Lilo & Stitch, Brad Gilliam claims that Angel:
      • Is freed off-screen. Her freeing is actually fully depicted on-screen in The Series's penultimate episode (and the last one to air before the premiere of Leroy & Stitch) "Snafu", which the video did use clips of. In that episode, Lilo and Stitch form a rescue party to free her and the other experiments that Gantu has in captivity, and after Lilo, Stitch and the experiments in their rescue party get captured, and Stitch confesses his love to Angel, she frees herself by headbutting the glass containment capsule she's in until it shatters.
      • Can turn people good or evil, implying that Angel's mortality-affecting ability works on anyone. Her ability is shown to only work on reformed experiments made before her and on Jumba; it doesn't work on experiments made after her (unless, according to the Stitch! anime, which wasn't featured in the video, she's sick) and it has never been shown to work on humans or other aliens.
      • Is coerced by Gantu into turning Stitch evil. Angel is actually introduced already working for Gantu (since he found her first before the events of the episode) and didn't care for Stitch at first, but it's Stitch's kindness that led her to betray Gantu. Also, to tie into the above, she can't convert Stitch to evil because he's immune to her song, being made after her, so she had to trick him into following her to be trapped in Gantu's rocket in the episode.
    • In their Good to Evil list on Courage the Cowardly Dog, Katz is given a lower ranking on the Bad to Evil scale due to the claim that he was a mere con artist. However, in the actual show, Katz is a sadistic Serial Killer who lures people into fake businesses with the intent to murder them whether through his spiders or transforming them into machines and forcing them to fight for his amusement. The actual recurring villain who is a con artist is Le Quack, but he wasn't included in the ranking.
  • There have been countless videos taken down due to YouTube recognizing bogus copyright claims. So many that listing them all would take all day, so that's all we're saying on the matter.
  • While Jello Apocalypse is known for including blatantly false statements in his So This is Basically videos for comedic value, he does make a few occasional genuine mistakes. For instance, in So This is Basically Kingdom Hearts:
    • The first thing the video mentions is that you play as Sora or "one of his clones"... while showing Ventus (who is a completely separate character who was born before Sora was) and Vanitas (who is an antagonist and not a playable character).
    • He constantly repeats the fact that there is "only one" Keyblade wielder, while showing the other Keyblade wielders from the franchise, acting as if the existence of multiple Keyblade wielders was a Retcon. In fact, while the first game does lead you to believe this, it's more intentional deception than Retcon, since the ending of that very same game shows that Mickey also has a Keyblade. And even before that, Riku (possessed by Ansem) is shown using yet another Keyblade, namely the Keyblade of Heart.
    • He describes the battle system thus: "Start the game mashing one button and finish the game mashing two buttons!" As any player of the games will mention, you won't get far just doing that, especially on the higher difficulties. He seems completely ignorant of things such as magic, dodging, blocking and countering, strategic use of Drive Forms, Limits, Summons, etc. and other techniques which don't only use the X and Triangle buttons.
    • He claims that the games consider dodging optional. The only time this is true is in the Final Mix version of Kingdom Hearts II, in which Dodge Roll is unlocked by levelling up Limit Form. In all other games, a dodge ability of some kind (whether it be Dodge Roll, Slide, Cartwheel, etc.) is either available right from the start, or automatically given to the player early in the story.
    • He implies that Maleficent is a Recurring Boss throughout the series. Maleficent is only a boss in three of the games - Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.
    • He mentions that the series hasn't released a main game in 13 years, apparently making the common mistake of considering the non-numbered games Spin-Off|s or side games. The non-numbered games are in fact "main" games - they're all part of the same story, and intended to move said story along towards its conclusion in Kingdom Hearts III.
    • One of the "lingering questions" mentioned in the video that people might have about the series is "Why did Riku age like 5 years in KH2 while Sora didn't age at all?" Except Sora did age - even a cursory glance at his character model in Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II shows a visible difference between the two in terms of how old they look. Riku just looks older because... he is. Older than Sora, that is.
    • The video depicts Mickey using the Kingdom Key, which is Sora's default Keyblade. Mickey's Keyblade is the Kingdom Key D (at least until he lost it in Kingdom Hearts III), which has a different appearance.
  • Matt McMuscles: His Wha Happun? episode on Metroid: Other M has him claim that Yoshio Sakamoto had no or little involvement in future Metroid titles. In fact, Sakamoto was the head producer on the acclaimed Video Game Remake Metroid: Samus Returns. Furthermore, Matt states that Sakamoto stated that he would gladly do Other M all over again if he could, when in reality, he has said that he has no plans to return to that game's style in the future.
  • Th3Birdman usually comments about these in his videos about CinemaSins — only to display it himself twice in the video for Deadpool 2.
    • The first is when he comments that Wade obviously healed, then headed to the Xavier Institute — except that Colossus came by the ruins of the apartment Wade was in, put the parts of Wade in a body bag, and took Wade back to Xavier's with him, so while Wade was alive, coming to Xavier's wasn't exactly his choice.
    • In the same very scene, while commenting on Deadpool saying one of Vanessa's killers got away, Jeremy sins it as a modified "pronoun game", commenting on it being Wade talking about himself. Th3Birdman says that, no, it wasn't — which ignores that immediately after Colossus questions Wade about it, Wade outright states he was talking about himself.
  • VSauce3 has a video where he asks what would happen if you were Fus Ro Dah'd, a Shout from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and proceeds to list off effects of being exposed to noises of various decibels. Perhaps it's because it's called a Shout that's misleading, but to anyone who's played the game it's made quite clear it does not, in fact, knock people off their feet by sound alone, but rather Shouting those words summons a magical gust of wind which is what actually knocks people down.
  • Mother's Basement: The cheat sheet for Jojos Bizarre Adventure claims that Vanilla Ice's Stand, Cream, was only made for the sake of a stupid pun and not a reference to music, tarot cards, or Egyptian gods. A pun maybe, but a quick google search shows the latter is entirely wrong, since there was a band named Cream.
  • Thoughty 2's video The Insidious 'Toxic Masculinity' Myth is Damaging Humanity." Where to even begin?
    • He claims all animals have two sexes. There are many animals with more than two (most species of ants have three or four), some with only one (invariably Always Female, for obvious reasons), and some animals which reproduce asexually.
    • He says things like being gay or men crying are more socially acceptable now than they have ever been. Not only was homosexuality widely accepted in many ancient cultures (such as Ancient Greece), the whole Men Don't Cry trope is actually only a few centuries old at most, and in, say, the Middle Ages, it was considered completely normal and not at all unmanly.
    • He talks of nature's "doctrine" of "survival of the fittest", and seems to think that nature and evolution somehow have a will and purpose in mind.
    • At one point he talks about nature giving men the "natural courage" to do things. Which not only implies men are just naturally braver, but also seems to mean men have some sort of "courage gene" or whatever that women don't.
    • There's one part where he gives a Long List of various stereotypically masculine activities that most people would consider good (such as saving someone from a burning building), and repeating after each one "That is masculinity doing good", ingoring the fact that all of the things he list can be done by women as well, and aren't like some kind of magic power only men have.

In-Universe and Invoked Examples:

  • YouTube channel My Life in Gaming occasionally invokes this in their Retraux-style "How to Beat" videos, such as by mispronouncing terms and by getting the backstory of Super Mario 3D World wrong, to mirror the errors that often occurred in the '80s-era "how to beat" VHS tapes that the series is imitating.
  • Invoked by Some Jerk with a Camera. As he reviews the ABC sitcoms that went to Disney World, he quickly finds they make some blatant errors about the park:
    • The Full House episode has the family meet Donald and Goofy right outside of their hotel when the costumed characters never go that far from the park.
    • In Step by Step:
      • Flash attempts to break the record for fastest time riding every Disney World ride, with his neighbor Mark helping him from the park's control room. While riding the Astro Orbiter, he's advised to not go to Alien Encounter and instead go to the Jungle Cruise because the parade is in progress. Since going to Alien Encounter from Astro Orbiter would not pass through the parade (since it doesn't go through Tomorrowland) but passing through Fantasyland to the Jungle Cruise would, Jerk concludes Mark must be trying to sabotage him.
      • The Indiana Jones Epic Spectacular show fills up and Flash is let in if he plays the part of Indy. This infuriates Jerk, as the show is the most dangerous stunt show in the park and would never let a random novice play such a central role.
      • J.T. and Rich blow all their money on trying to impress girls by treating them to dinner at a supposed Disney World restaurant called Pinetta's. However, Jerk finds not only is there no place at Disney World called Pinetta's, the only dining place he can find with that name in the world is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
        Jerk: Was it this hard to find an expensive restaurant in Disney World?! The freaking churros have installment plans!
    • The Sabrina episode has her and her supporting cast travel from Animal Kingdom to their hotel room four times in one episode, even though the hotel they're at (the Coronade Springs Resort) is 3 miles away from the park. Roseanne commits a similar error, as the family somehow makes it from their hotel room to Main Street USA in only 14 minutes.
    • During his coverage of The George Lopez Show, a clip plays where George's mom claims she rode the Matterhorn ride while pregnant with him. As the safety announcement played every 5 minutes during the line to the ride shows, pregnant women are heavily discouraged from riding the Matterhorn.
    • In a later series, when reviewing Escape from Tomorrow, Jerk rips into the film after it claims that Disney's turkey drumsticks are actually made from emu. Given that Disney sells roughly 1.6 million turkey legs a year, it'd mean that Disney would have to breed and slaughter over 800,000 emus, more emus than even exist in their native home of Australia.
  • The Third Rate Gamer gives us many examples, parodying The Irate Gamer's above examples, such as claiming that the Super Mario Bros. film is the original and the game is just a cheap licensed cash-in.
  • Game Grumps:
    • Played for laughs in the first "Guest Grumps", with former Rare composer Grant Kirkhope. At the start of the video, Jon and Arin are playing Conker's Bad Fur Day, calling it Grant's first game. Grant gets pissed and storms out — then it Smash Cuts to them playing a game Grant actually worked on.
    • When the Game Grumps played the NES version of Jeopardy!, Arin rang in on this clue: "In a Disney cartoon, she falls under the spell of Queen Malificent [sic]." He entered "Sleeping Beauty", but the game told him he was wrong. He and Jon initially thought that the answer was supposed to be either Fantasia or Princess Aurora, but both immediately give a Big "WHAT?!" when the "correct response" is revealed to be Snow White.


  • In the Demo Disk episode, "Rayman SUCKS", Bruce Greene of Funhaus starts rattling off random trivia he knows about Braveheart, including that principal photography only lasted 21 days. Unable to believe this, his costars Adam Kovic and James Willems look it up, only to find out that it lasted 42 days — exactly double of what Bruce has insisted every time they discuss Braveheart.
    Adam: Should we submit that to IMDb Trivia?
    James: "Did you know that Bruce has always been wrong about how long it took to shoot Braveheart? Every single f*ckin' time he brought up the movie?!"

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