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  • Babylon 5 has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with either Star Wars or Star Trek. Claiming otherwise in the presence of any of these three will result in you being fed to the Sarlacc, "The Vorlon" or some random Negative Space Wedgie. Possibly all three.
  • The Colbert Report: Don't spell Stephen Colbert's name wrong. There is no such person as "Steven Colbert". Pronouncing the T in "Colbert" will cause similar levels of rage.
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  • The Daily Show with John Stewart is not a thing. His name's Jon Stewart. Learn it, or suffer the consequences.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Referring to everyone's favourite Time Lord as "Doctor Who" or his show as Dr. Who is not going to ingratiate you with the fanbase. The origin of all the confusion, as noted on the main Doctor Who page, is that the character's name during the show's development was originally Dr. Who, a name retained in the credits and internal documentation for over 20 years, even though the character was never called that on-screen except in Mythology Gagsnote  and once by accident — a scriptwriter had had a computer ask in dialogue "Where is Doctor Who?" and it was not corrected. He was called Dr. Who in the two movies released in The '60s, but those were clearly an Alternate Continuity.
      • As a point of interest, the closing titles of the 2005 series, the first to be made after a lengthy hiatus, refer to the character as Doctor Who. Since the producers were by this time largely composed of passionate fans of the series who could be safely assumed to know all of the above, a likely explanation for this is an attempt to deliberately wind up overly pedantic or sensitive fans by getting the name "wrong". It certainly wound up one fan; David Tennant insisted they were changed when he took the role.
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    • On that note, the Doctor's real name In-Universe is not "The Doctor"; that's just a title he chose for himself because his real name is a dark secret. Fans of the show will be very quick to point this out to you if you ask a question such as "why did his parents name him after a medical profession?"note 
      "I'm the Doctor. Well, they call me the Doctor — I don't know why. I call me the Doctor, too. Still don't know why."
      • Neither is his real name "Theta Sigma". That was a school nickname, which he claims to have disliked.
    • Using "Timelord" instead of "Time Lord", or any spelling other than TARDIS (with all capital letters), is a bad idea. Or "Darlek", for that matter.
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    • It's also a good idea to avoid referring to the actor that played the Fifth Doctor as "Peter Davidson" unless you enjoy the thought of being lectured on how Peter Davison is an actor, while Peter Davidson is the guy who used to draw Desperate Dan in The Dandy.

      Doctor Who Magazine's Fifth Doctor announcement managed to mess this up , reading "PETER DAVIDSON IS THE DOCTOR" (they lampshaded this later when Davison got a cover for "Time Crash").
    • Regarding the Doctor's incarnations:
      • Don't refer to NuWho Doctors' regenerations as any of the first five: that is, don't refer to Christopher Eccleston as the First instead of Ninth, David Tennant as the Second instead of Tenth, Matt Smith as the Third instead of Eleventh, Peter Capaldi as the Fourth instead of Twelfth, and Jodie Whittaker as the Fifth instead of Thirteenth. Really, any show of ignorance towards the show's past in light of the NuWho series, but this is probably the most prominent example.
      • Fans also don't appreciate when new viewers overlook Christopher Eccleston's tenure as the Ninth Doctor (who appeared in the first series of the revived show) just because David Tennant's Tenth Doctor is more popular, hence the adage "don't skip Nine" among Whovians.
      • Journalists who claim that Jodie Whittaker is playing the "first female Time Lord" or "first Time Lady" tend to be on the receiving end of mass eye-rolling. Whittaker is the first official female Doctor, but the Doctor isn't the only Time Lord by a long chalk, and the others certainly weren't all male.
    • Why, no — despite the opinions of some, Steven Moffat was not responsible for the revival of Doctor Who (it was Russell T. Davies, for the record). Nor, for that matter, did Russell T. Davies "create" the show. And technically, Russell didn't revive the show either; that decision had already been made, he just produced the first 4 series.
    • The Daleks are not "robots", they're tentacled aliens in Powered Armour. Infamously, there's one story where their own creator forgot this detail.
  • It's Downton Abbey, not Downtown Abbey. Only one "w". Noted by xkcd. Also pointed out in an episode of NTSF:SD:SUV::.
  • Family Feud is misspelled as "Family Fued" so often that the fanbase is driven up the wall every time somebody spells it that way.
  • In the early days of the Glee fandom, spelling Quinn's name as "Quin", "Gwen", or "Gwynn" was a good way to expose yourself as a noob. Nowadays, the relentless exposure the show gets makes it kind of hard to misspell any major character's name if you're following it with any regularity.
  • In the first season of The Good Place Chidi (who's Senegalese) explains that he's actually speaking French (his first language) but that the Good Place is translating for him. He never said he didn't speak English and in fact he taught an ethics class at an Australian university, implying that he knew English but prefers to speak French. In the season 2 finale, he speaks English outside the context of the Good Place with an American accent. Many people posted online, particularly the subreddit, about how they had found a huge Plot Hole because Chidi can speak English. [1]. It quickly became a huge point of contention within the fandom, who grew tired of people pointing out a plot hole that didn't exist. In the premiere of the third season, he explained that he grew up going to English speaking schools but went to an American university for undergrad which is why he speaks with an American accent and speaks even more languages than English and French, putting the kerfuffle to rest once and for all.
  • Law & Order:
    • As far as SVU, the show is called, for short, Law & Order: SVU or SVU, NOT SUV.
    • Criminal Intent fans really hate it when the show is confused with SVU.
  • Luke Cage: An in-universe case in season 2. When Luke is doing a crossfit to raise some money, a reporter says Luke is faster than Usain Bolt. This results in a running gag wherein every Jamaican that Luke interacts with acts offended at him as if he said it himself. Even Bushmaster gets in on the dissing.
  • When Mystery Science Theater 3000 replaced main star (and creator of the show) Joel Hodgson with Mike Nelson, the result was one of the biggest flame wars ever seen to that point, raging absolutely everywhere the show had an online presence, resulting in numerous friendships being shattered and ultimately causing the topic to be banned in online fan groups even several years after the show ended. Luckily, time heals all wounds and the ban has since been lifted, though bringing up the topic may still get you in trouble with people who remember the whole mess. When the show was brought back in 2017, new star Jonah Ray even joked he'd be solving the divide by giving both sides someone they could all hate.
  • In an In-Universe example on The Office (US), Jim intentionally did this to irritate Dwight. After an ethics meeting where they were told to avoid "Time Theft" in the workplace, Jim had a deliberately loud conversation with Andy about the Battlestar Galactica TV show. During that conversation, he talked about how the show has Klingons and Wookiees, is a shot-for-shot remake of the original, and is about a character named Dumbledore Calrissian who has to return a ring to Mordor. Meanwhile, Dwight is seething at his desk, trying his hardest to refrain from getting involved in this non-work-related conversation.
  • On The Price Is Right, "Showcase Showdown" is when they spin the Big Wheel; "Showcase" is when they bid on the prize packages. Many people have been chewed out for referring to the two segments as "The (Big) Wheel" and "Showcase Showdown", respectively, as it supposedly makes more sense that way. However, the fact is that the "Showcase Showdown" was not part of the show until it became one hour long. Originally, they played three pricing games and the top two winners would compete in "The Showcase". When the show became an hour, another three pricing games were played in the second half, and the end of each half had a "Showcase Showdown" to see which two players would go to "The Showcase", and it has been that way ever since.
  • Confusing the British original and American remake versions of Skins is likely to get this reaction from fans of the former - who make up the majority of the fandom.
  • The Soup is the current incarnation of an older show that was named Talk Soup. When TV personalities refer to it by the old name (which happens a lot), you can be sure Joel won't let it pass without comment.
  • Calling any version of Stargate "StarGate" or "Star Gate" will cause every fan of the series in the world to tell you just how wrong you are, and how it's nothing like Star Trek or Star Wars.
  • Star Trek
    • Confusing it with Star Wars in the presence of either fandom is one of the most brutal suicide methods known to man. A troll jokingly asked in a YouTube comment if TNG was "the one with the ewoks". Insta-Flame War. This inspired several In-Universe examples:
      • A joke about it was made in The Big Bang Theory, when Amy confusing Star Trek with Star Wars, and Penny stating that they (Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Raj) will get mad at her if they confuse both series, but in her opinion they are basically the same thing.
      • Comedian and fellow nerd, Brian Posehn, discussed this in his stand-up, stating that the quickest way to piss off a nerd is to get their obsession wrong. He then gave an example by mentioning how he would drive out in front of people lined up to see the Star Wars prequels and shout, "STAR TREK SUCKS!"
      • In the Italian graphic nover Venerdì 12 (from the same author as Rat-Man), the protagonist mentions having joined the local Star Trek fan club only to get booted out after asking where they kept the lightsabers.
    • Claiming that Star Trek is a rip-off of Star Wars.
  • Supernatural: It might be "Cass" if you're referring to Cassie Robinson, Dean's ex of late Season 1, though she was never called anything but "Cassie" onscreen. But if you're discussing Castiel, erstwhile angel of the Lord, it's "Cas". (Despite the fact that it's often spelled "Cass" in official material.)
  • Super Sentai and Power Rangers:
    • A lot of Super Sentai purists get pissy if you use Power Rangers-specific terminology in the context of Sentai (e.g. "Zords" instead of "mecha") or if you refer to a Super Sentai character by the name of their Power Rangers counterpart (e.g. Rita Repulsa instead of Bandora the Witch). Some fans even go as far as to insist on using the term senshi (the Japanese word for warrior) instead of "ranger" when talking about the members of a Sentai (since the term "ranger" wasn't used for most of the teams prior to Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, with the exceptions of Himitsu Sentai Goranger and Kousoku Sentai Turboranger). Although, the introduction of the "Ranger Keys" in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger has made the term "Ranger" a bit more acceptable as a substitute for senshi among purists. The following series Tokumei Sentai Go Busters has introduced Megazord into the Sentai lexicon as well as the phrase "It's Morphin Time".
    • The Red Rangers from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger and Gosei Sentai Dairanger are named Tyranno Ranger and Ryu Ranger, not ZyuRed nor DaiRed like most Sentai heroes are. Also, the Sixth Ranger from Chouriki Sentai Ohranger is called King Ranger, not OhGold (and this is actually a double faux pas, as he's considered to be the team's black ranger by his Ranger Key, not gold at all, unlike his counterpart from Power Rangers Zeo). Official Parody Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger made reference to a similar mistake in this vein when one character referred to Boukenger as "Boukenranger", offending the resident Sentai fanboy.
    • Best way to piss of a Power Rangers fan? Ask them you didn't know that Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was still on. It's not. It's just Power Rangers now.
    • Or point out Zack and Trini's Ranger colors matching their ethnicity. note  And then there's the Austin St. John porn rumors... definitely not true in case you were wondering.
    • Calling Power Rangers a Voltron ripoff elicits fans to question whether this person actually knows the origins of both shows which originated from the same company, Toei at about the same time, Though Super Sentai beats them both in by several years, the multi-piece transforming mecha concept wasn't added to the show until 1981, where Sun Vulcan aired at the same year with Go-Lion, the former actually beating the latter to the air. Though Super Sentai wouldn't have a five-piece gattai until 1987's Maskman. Strange enough theres been at least one case of the Reboot Voltron Force being accused of ripping off Power Rangers by an uninformed fan.


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