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In general

  • A good way to piss off any fan of animation is to unironically say animation is just for children or to assume a work is intended for children just because it's animated.
  • Related to the above, referring to it as a genre instead of a medium is another good way to piss off animation fans.
  • Saying that all cartoons from The New '10s have the same basic art-style (or, worse, refer to said allegedly similar art-style as the so-called "CalArts style") is a good way for people to stop taking you seriously and get a mob of fans of the many shows that came out that decade to come out of the woodwork to show you how distinct the shows actually are from each other and how a number of prominent TV animators never even went to CalArts in the first place.
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  • Another thing: if you were born after 1994 and say that a show you grew up with is from The '90s, that is a sure-fire way to get fans to yell at you and assure that certain shows such as The Proud Family and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends debuted after the 90snote .

Specific cartoons

  • Adventure Time
    • Don't ever refer to Jake as Finn's pet. He's Finn's adoptive brother.
    • Regarding the Bubbline note  pairing, do not dismiss it as simply a fan pairing, as not only is there evidence to suggest the two once dated as well as Word of God confirming that they were once a couple, but as of the Grand Finale, the two have shared a kiss and become a couple again, making it fully canon.
  • American Dad!: Do not call it a ripoff of Family Guy, especially since the show has found its own footing and voice.
  • Animaniacs:
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    • The show mercilessly mocked this attitude In-Universe with an ad for the Please Please Please Get A Life Foundation. In fact, the Straw Fan at the beginning and end of the segment says things reminiscent of most of the examples on this page. And the writers have said that most of the comments in that clip were taken from actual fans.
    • Don't refer to the Warner siblings collectively as "the Animaniacs". They are the Warner siblings. Jeopardy! learned this lesson in one episode.
    • This fanart of the Warners is constantly mistaken for official art due to the Animaniacs Wiki using these images for a very long time and being the first thing that comes up when searched for the Warners on Google images. The images on the Wiki have since been changed to official art in 2020, but mistaking fanart for official art is a big no-no (this goes for any fandom, really).
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  • Arthur's last name is Read and not "the Aardvark". None of the characters in the show, save for Mr. Ratburn, have a Species Surname. "Buster Bunny" is a completely different rabbit.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Don't call the show an anime. It's a common mistake, since the show is clearly anime-inspired, but some people will get very mad at you for it (not least of all because of its "Nicktoon" label).
    • Also, whatever you do, never confuse Avatar: The Last Airbender with James Cameron's 2009 blockbuster Avatar. Best-case scenario, you will be soundly mocked for being such an unoriginal troll.
  • BoJack Horseman: Referring to the location of the show from episode six onwards as "Hollywood" and not "Hollywoo," especially depicting the Hollywood sign with the "D" intact. Family Guy and The Simpsons both made that mistake when they referenced the show, and fans did not appreciate it.
  • Blue's Clues: Blue is not a male puppy, and Magenta is not her sister, girlfriend, nor best male friend. The rumors are so persistent that they bug fans.
  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers:
    • Don't mix CDRR up with the classic Chip 'n Dale cartoons. They've got about as much in common with each other as The Jungle Book and TaleSpin.
    • There are five Rescue Rangers. Not four. Do not overlook Zipper. He's a full-fledged team member.
    • Amongst other things you don't know for certain are the exact chronological order of the episodes, the spelling of the name of Gadget's Doppelgänger in "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" or in which city the Rangers live in. So don't claim that you do.
    • Never, ever, ever confuse Chip and Dale with each other. They don't even remotely look the same.
    • Never safely assume that Chip and Gadget are the Official Couple and defend your assumption. You do not want to trigger the ensuing backlash. The same goes for any other possible pairing involving Gadget.
  • Code Lyoko, please for the sake of the diety (or non-diety) you subscribe to, spell all the characters' names right and please keep the season arcs separate from each other. Season 4 does not have Aelita's connection to the supercomputer and William did not become evil in Season 2.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: All the KND agents are codenamed Numbuh (Something). Not "Number" or "Numbah". Unfortuantely, Cartoon Network itself used the latter mispelling multiple times, even back when the show was airing.
  • Elena is Disney's first Latina princess. Saying otherwise will not end well.
  • The Fairly OddParents
    • The names of three of the characters are Vicky, Tootie, and Trixie, not Vicki, Tooty, and Trixy.
    • Regarding the Distant Finale ending to Channel Chasers, do not say that the mother of Timmy's children Tommy and Tammy is explicitly Tootie. note  Who the mother is supposed to be (confirmed by Word of God) is ambiguous. Also, do not use the live action movies (where Timmy ends up with Tootie) as evidence that confirms Tootie is the mother, as those entries completely ignore the ending to Channel Chasers as a whole and thus have no bearing on who the mother is. Similarly, do not say that Wishology confirms Trixie is the mother either, especially since everyone's memories were erased at the end of that adventure. Tootie and Timmy are an Official Couple as adults in A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!, but that movie is almost definitely not canon to the animated series and few fans want to treat it as such.
  • Family Guy
    • Fans hate it when people and the media call it The Family Guy. This debacle was referenced in "Boopa-Dee Bappa-Dee".
    • Do not call it a ripoff of The Simpsons, something that the The Simpsons and South Park did without a hint of joking.
  • Hardcore Hanna-Barbera fans will likely get annoyed if you confuse Snagglepuss with The Pink Panther, although it's admittedly an easy mistake to make, seeing as they both happen to be large pink cats. (The Pink Panther fans probably will as well.) Ironically Hanna -Barbera DID do a Pink Panther series in 1984 called Pink Panther and Sons.
  • Hey Arnold!:
    • Hillwood is not in NYC. The town has elements of NYC, but it's in Washington State.
    • Arnold doesn't wear a skirt/kilt. This misconception is even joked about in the show itself. It's actually just a long, plaid shirt he wears underneath his sweater.
  • Infinity Train: Assuming that Tulip is the main character can be this. As a result of how the show was initially advertised, in addition to how some services continue to list it, a fair amount of people assume Tulip is the show's protagonist. While she does hold the role of main character in the first season, that's also the only season that she appears in; the show is an anthology that follows a different cast of characters in each story arc.
  • Don't refer to Kidd Video as "Kid Video", or assume that the characters are kids just because of the title, otherwise, the fanbase will take you to the Flipside.
  • The Legend of Korra:
    • Say that the eventual romance between Korra and Asami, now famous as one of the first explicit LGBT+ pairing in children's western animation, came out of nowhere at the end, and you'll get a thorough education in how the seeds for it were subtly planted throughout the last two seasons (and if you're really unlucky, accusations of being homophobic for not picking up on them).
    • On a similar note, Korra and Asami aren't lesbians, they're bisexual. Forgetting this puts you at risk of being accused of bi erasure.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • Looney Tunes fans hate it when someone spells it "Looney TOONS". Unfortunately for them, the spelling has occasionally popped up in official Warner Bros. material.
    • You'll get a similar reaction from the fans by referring to Tweety Bird as a girl.
    • Insisting that the original theatrical shorts are for kids is definitely a way to get fans angry at you. While it saw success with kids when The Bugs Bunny Show released, and it was a part of many people's childhoods, the series was never really for kids in the first place, with humor that is either not appropriate for children or will fly over the heads of children and those who know nothing of the pop culture or history at the time. Not only that, there are scenes with either extreme violence or Values Dissonance that have been edited when aired on television. The likes of "Hollywood Steps Out", "Bacall to Arms", "Wild Wife", and "Norman Normal (1968)" are definitive proof of this, as they all deal with more adult themes and subjects, the first of which features cameos by countless celebrities that most people born after The '50s wouldn't know.
    • Thinking that the entire series was done by a single person (most likely Chuck Jones due to him directing the most iconic short in the series), when in reality more than one person directed different shorts and created different characters. Hell, their very first character was created by two people.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: Calling the Chat Noir from the original trailer "Adrien". He was a completely different character, dubbed "Felix" by fans. His personality and interactions with Marinette would have been completely different from Adrien.
  • Never spell Leni and Luan as "Lenny" and "LuAnn" to a fan of The Loud House, unless you want to get some angry looks.
  • When discussing Oswald the Lucky Rabbit around his fans, don't mistake him for Oswald the Octopus from Nick Jr. due to the name being more recently attributed to the latter. Also, don't mistake him for Mickey Mouse.
  • The Powerpuff Girls
    • Do not mispronounce the title as "The Powderpuff Girls" in front of any fan of the show. Not unless you want to get beat up as badly as the show's villains, or at least get yelled at.
    • If you are from Latin America, their name is "Las chicas superpoderosas", period. Calling them "Las chicas coquetas" (the first translation used, and quickly dropped by the network) will not end well.
    • For Brazilian Portuguese, Don't call them "As Meninas Superperigosas".
  • Never call Robotboy "Little Blue Boy".
  • Rugrats:
    • Do not spell "Chuckie" as "Chucky".
    • And his father is "Chas" not "Chaz".
  • Samurai Jack: Don't refer to the Adult Swim episodes as a reboot. It's a continuation, being the fifth and final season of the show.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Since Word of God has confirmed Adora and Catra as lesbians, insisting that they could be bisexual and/or shipping them with men will irritate a good deal of the fanbase and possibly get you accused of lesbian erasure.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • It's SpongeBob SquarePants, not "Sponge Bob Square Pants" or "Spongebob Squarepants".
    • Assuming the show is for preschoolersnote  is a surefire way to get yourself chased by an angry mob of fans.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Referring to Stevonnie and Smoky Quartz with gender-specific pronouns.
    • Saying that Ruby and Sapphire are "Just Friends", "gal pals", "besties", "sisters", or anything else thereof. In a figurative sense, the original French version of "Stronger Than You" and a certain promo for the Peanuts Boomerang cartoon have learnt this the hard way. It's even sillier to do that now that, as of "Reunited", the two are officially married. In the same vein, the fandom won't tolerate trying to deny that Pearl had been in love with Rose...which, to be fair, one would have to be really dense to do.
  • In-universe example for Superman: The Animated Series: When Superman mispronounces the name of Mr. Mxyzptlk (Mix-Yes-Spit-Lick) as Mr. Miz-Ill-Plick, said Reality Warper promptly corrects him on it. This was done as a Take That! to how his name was mispronounced in the later Super Friends cartoons.
  • Referring to Thomas the Tank Engine as "Thomas the Train", "Thomas the Tank", or especially "Thomas the Choo Choo Train" will guarantee you a kick in the rear from the fanbase.
  • For fans of Ultimate Spider-Man, trying to say that Peter is just Deadpool in a Spider suit due to the fourth wall breaking is a good way to get the fandom upset with you. For one, the comics' Deadpool (and later this show's very own Deadpool) treats the fourth wall completely differently. Both Deadpools go about simply shattering it, and treating the viewers as if they are just extra characters, being (for the most part) extremely Genre Savvy despite their respective insanity, while lampshading the bizarre-ness of their respective worlds. ("Unalive," anyone?) Spidey on the other hand does it in a way that's arguably closer to Zack Morris in Saved by the Bell (but less aware and without his "time-outs" being able to change the situations he's currently in), full-on narrating his adventures in a way that's clearly meant to help him calm down and show his thought process. Heck, the entire Ultimate Deadpool episode is meant to show how different the two are on more than one level despite the surface similarities. The episode also establishes that Peter, isn't even actually aware of the audience, that's just how his thought process works.

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