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"Common Knowledge"

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Left: what most people think Sherlock Holmes looks like. Right: how Arthur Conan Doyle actually depicted him (as seen in Sherlock Holmes).

There are some things that everyone knows. Well, sorta. As it turns out, people as a whole know less than they think they do. Casual viewers of a series will often come away with their fair share of mistakes. Such fallacies are often used by real true fans as a yardstick of the difference between themselves and the masses.

All the same, these notions can be so firmly entrenched in the public zeitgeist that they can force their way into adaptations, much to the annoyance of the aforementioned real true fans.

Named for a Saturday Night Live game show sketch in which the questions were selected by experts reflecting things all high school seniors should know, and the answers were selected from a survey of high school seniors (that is, they were wrong).

Sub Tropes are Title Confusion, I Am Not Shazam, and Beam Me Up, Scotty!. May result from or lead to Lost in Imitation, or from any of the subtropes under Time Marches On. May result from Audience-Coloring Adaptation, where people assume the original work is the same as a well-known adaptation of the work. When left unchecked, it can lead to Cowboy BeBop at His Computer, Analogy Backfire, Public Medium Ignorance, and Never Live It Down. See also Reality Is Unrealistic, The Coconut Effect, Dead Unicorn Trope, Everybody Knows That, and Mis-blamed. No relation to Lost Common Knowledge.



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    Asian Animation 
  • It is commonly believed that Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf was banned following a controversy where a kid imitated the show and injured themselves. While a kid did injure themselves after watching this show, the show was never banned from television and it continued airing.

    Comic Strips 
  • Peanuts: Marcie and Peppermint Patty being a couple has been a reoccuring joke for decades due to Marcie's high respect for Peppermint Patty and Patty's tomboyishness. They've both been shown to have crushes on Charlie, which debunks the concept of them being exclusively lesbian (which is what the idea usually goes with).

    Fan Works 
  • Cupcakes:
    • The depiction of Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic having a violent, stoic alter ego named "Pinkamena Diane Pie" comes from the fanfic Cupcakes. It was thought to be inspired by her flat-haired, schizoid self from a disturbing scene in "Party of One" where Pinkie has a full conversation about how rude her friends are with various inanimate objects. Not only was the fic was released before "Party of One" premiered, but Pinkie is her curly-maned and cheerful self despite torturing ponies to death, this supposed "Pinkamena" alter ego never appearing. A lot of the unease of the fic comes from the fact that Pinkie, as her normal happy-go-lucky hyperactive self, is either unaware or apathetic to the horrors she's committing; a violent alter ego would defeat the whole point. The blog Ask Pinkamina Diane Pie probably didn't help.
    • Cupcakes is very frequently cited as a creepypasta. It was never intended to be one. It's a fanfic, or a Dark Fic more specifically.
  • The Rugrats Theory isn't nearly as violent or "creepy" as fanart and derivatives make it seem. It deals with dark themes, such as child loss and drug addiction, but it's mainly about a mentally ill child who has trouble deciphering reality from hallucination. The one violent thing Angelica does is hit Dil, resulting in his Childhood Brain Damage and Cloudcuckoolander personality in All Grown Up.
  • The Pokémon fanfic Lucki is famous for having received nothing but mindless praise from its reviewers despite having a Mary Sue as its protagonist, and no one suspecting a thing, cheering her on even as her conduct gets worse and worse, until the final chapter where the world comes to an end as a direct result of her inconsideration, at which point the author revealed the main character was a Sue all along and castigated the reviewers for having fallen for it just because she lost a few battles. Except that the part about the story getting mindless praise is only really true after chapter six or so. Before then, a few reviewers pointed out issues they saw and warned the author that Lucki could become a Sue if she were not careful, even if none of the reviews went into detailed constructive criticism up to the author’s ordinary standards. The reason the critical reviews dropped off is because most competent writers aren’t going to sit through six chapters of mediocre writing with a cliche plot, leaving only the inexperienced reviewers left, so only those who kept reading to the end — a minority of the readership — were fooled.

    Films — Animation 
  • Disney didn't shut down Robert Zemeckis's ImageMovers Digital studio after Mars Needs Moms flopped... because they had actually shut it down two years earlier, after the studio's previous film A Christmas Carol (2009) flopped. All the failure of Mars Needs Moms did was lead Disney to cancel the other "burn-off" projects that the remaining ImageMovers staff had with them, such as the Yellow Submarine remake and Zemeckis' adaption of The Nutcracker.
  • Many people who haven't seen the movie assume that Disney's 101 Dalmatians is about a pair of Dalmatians that produce a litter of 99 puppies, making 101 Dalmatians in total. In actuality, they only produce 15 puppies, and the other 84 puppies were obtained by Cruella DeVille from other places, some even purchased legally. The parent dogs do wind up adopting the other puppies, though.
  • The Lion King:
    • A lot of people assume Zira and Scar were romantically involved, because of how obsessed she is with him and that Nuka was the child they had together, based on his comment "Scar wasn't even his [Kovu's] father". While the second film's creators did initially intend for both of these to be the case and for Kovu to be Scar's son too, they scrapped the latter idea once they realized the incestuous implications this would have on Kovu's and Kiara's relationship, and to be safe opted not to even hint at step-cousinhood for the young lovers either. Scar could still be Nuka's father, and maybe even Vitani's father, but it's never specified.
    • Nala and Simba are not officially cousins or half-siblings. Many people think this because there are only two lions in the pride: Scar and Mufasa, who are brothers. While real lions don't tolerate other lions offspring in their prides, Mufasa only seems to be mated to Sarabi and Scar seems unaffiliated with any lioness. An unused scene had Scar trying to seduce Nala which implies even more that he was not her father, as it's unlikely Disney was going for the other interpretation. The Lion Guard jossed the theory by showing Nala's father as a cub, and he is neither Mufasa nor Scar.
    • There's a lot of confusion on how Kovu is related to his mother and siblings. He's usually pinned as Zira's biological son and often as Vitani's twin. Word of God, as revealed on Facebook, is that Zira adopted him.
  • Beauty and the Beast:
    • The Beast's real name is not "Adam". Officially, he's just "The Beast" or "The Prince". "Adam" is a Fan Nickname at best.
    • Everybody knows that Belle's relationship with the Beast is just a heavily romanticized portrayal of Stockholm Syndrome. Except it's not. Stockholm Syndrome is an instinctive form of self-preservation in which kidnapping victims try to bond with their captors in hopes that they'll treat them humanely. Belle explicitly refuses to bond with the Beast until after he starts treating her kindly, even when she has every reason to believe that she's putting herself in danger by doing so.
  • Because the musical number "Let's Make Music Together" from All Dogs Go to Heaven is widely known to be the Trope Namer for Big-Lipped Alligator Moment (via The Nostalgia Chick), many people often assume that it's a completely out-of-place moment with no relevance to the plot, and that the singing alligator in question completely vanishes from the movie when the song ends. In fact, not only does King Gator reappear towards the end of the movie, he's the one that takes down Carface and saves Charlie at the climax. Basically, the BLAM isn't the Alligator himself, but the musical number.
  • All Animation Is Disney. Only it's not... The one movie that deserves special mention here is Anastasia, which is mistaken for a Disney movie so commonly that even some Disney wikis include articles on it. It was made by Don Bluth and produced by 20th Century Fox, not Disney. Humorously, Anastasia actually would become a Disney movie over two decades later when Disney bought out Fox in 2019.
  • Beret Girl from An Extremely Goofy Movie has no known name. "Mocha Chino" is a Fan Nickname.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs:
    • The film is not the first animated feature film. It is the first to be released in America, the first from Disney, the first to feature color, and the first to turn a profit and be successful, but it was by no means the first to be what we now consider a "feature length" film (over 60 minutes). That honour goes to two films (now lost) by Argentinian animator Quirino Cristiani. The oldest surviving animated feature is Lotte Reiniger's silent film The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926, 65 minutes).
    • Despite common belief, there's nothing to suggest that "Snow White" is a nickname in the Disney incarnation of the film.
  • Frozen:
    • With the release of the 2013 Disney Animated Canon movie Frozen, many people have commented how "ground-breaking" it is that the main female character's Love at First Sight and Fourth Date Marriage is deconstructed and discouraged. This builds on the assumption that such tropes are extremely common in Disney movies, while actually the last Disney movie that played these tropes straight was The Little Mermaid - in 1989. All Disney movies after that, Disney Princess movies included, either played with the tropes or avoided them entirely. Frozen is just the first one to deconstruct those tropes by having the apparent Prince Charming turn out to be the villain.
    • The subversion of True Love's Kiss is also praised as incredibly inventive. While the only two Disney movies that played that trope straight are Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty - which means the last time that trope was really used was 1959. The Little Mermaid also toys with it, but as in Frozen doesn't end up playing it straight.
  • Everyone knows Aladdin was the first animated film to have a Celebrity Voice Actor in the form of Robin Williams... except that Disney had been using celebrities in their films as far back as Pinocchio, which had well-known singer Cliff Edwards as Jiminy Cricket. Many other animated films (both Disney and non-Disney) before Aladdin had casts of well-known celebrities in them, most notably The Last Unicorn (which featured Mia Farrow, Jeff Bridges, Alan Arkin, Tammy Grimes, Christopher Lee, and Angela Lansbury) and An American Tail (featuring Dom De Luise, Madeleine Khan, and Christopher Plummer).
  • Pixar always includes Hilarious Outtakes in their movies... except, no, they don't. They did that in A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, and Monsters, Inc., and then got bored with the practice and stopped forever to focus on other kinds of Creative Closing Credits. Also the notion that the outtakes are genuine flubs from the voice actors which are then animated; while surely some of the concept's imitators took that route, Pixar's outtakes feature the Animated Actors getting hit by shenanigans such as Corpsing, forgetting their lines, on-set pranks, stunt and prop failures, and other things that wouldn't happen in a booth.
  • Many claim that all five of the crows in Dumbo were voiced by white men doing their best "black guy" voice. While it's true that the lead crow was voiced by a white actor, the other four were voiced by actual black singers.
  • The Aristocats: Duchess' line "If you want to turn me on" is often cited as a Parental Bonus. She's actually using an older meaning of the term that refers to getting someone's attention, not sex.
  • Despite their reputation for Disneyfication, Disney doesn't censor a lot of topics nearly as much as the general public believes they do. For example, while they're not big on blood, Disney Animated Canon films generally don't believe in Never Say "Die" and they don't censor alcohol.
  • Cinderella:
    • Despite common belief, "Cinderella" is not a nickname. You often see people wondering what her "real name" is (with many people usually pin it as "Ella", "Elizabeth", or something similar), as well as complaining about Cinderella continuing to use her a derogatory nickname even post-marriage. However, Cinderella implies that her name is "Cinderella": the opening narration introduces the heroine as her father's "little daughter Cinderella" before the wicked stepfamily appears. This isn't helped by Disney's live action Cinderella remake using the idea that her name is really "Ella".
    • The personality of Cinderella has been washed away over the decades, to the point where her very name is popularly used in reference to outdated archetypes of women. This is in part due to both Lost in Imitation in relation to other versions of Cinderella and the general manner of lumping Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora as identically "bland" characters. Cinderella is dismissed as a demure, passive Princess Classic who just sits around all day waiting for her Prince Charming to save her. In the actual film, Cinderella is quite sassy and isn't nearly as passive as people think. She also doesn't wait for Charming to save her. This makes her xenafication in Cinderella III: A Twist in Time less surprising than it usually is seen.

  • Everyone knows that "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" was written to honor Abraham Lincoln, except that it was not. The song is actually an old folk song that had new lyrics added by American writer Julia Ward Howe, inspired by an early battle of the Civil War; it was honoring the army of the Union, not the President.
  • "Jingle Bells" was written as a Christmas and holiday season song, right? Actually, wrong. When originally written in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont, it was intended to be sung on Thanksgiving.
  • Despite it being disproven for years, there are still people who are convinced that "Puff The Magic Dragon" is nothing but a long, badly-hidden drug reference, as is Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" (Refrain from Assuming: "Everybody Must Get Stoned").
    • When it comes to poor old Puff, people aren't just sure it's about drugs, but will state that the writers intended it to be, despite both Leonard Lipton and Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, who first recorded it, strenuously denying this. Paul Stookey even went as far as to say that when they recorded the song, none of them had even tried marijuana or had any interest in promoting it (not hard to believe when one looks at PP&M's general output).
    • When one actually listens to the lyrics, it becomes obvious that "Puff, the Magic Dragon" can't be about marijuana. Supposedly, Jackie Paper is a reference to rolling papers and their adventures are meant to represent a drug trip. However, marijuana is not a hallucinogen, so the only "adventures" Puff and Jackie would have would be sitting blazed on the couch considering ordering a pizza. Then there's the final verse, which highlights the fact that, although they both started off young and grew up together, Puff, as a dragon, is immortal while Jackie, as a human, is not, and thus, Puff has to face life without his childhood friend. Wouldn't such an ending be guaranteed to harsh your buzz?
    • According to Word of God, "Purple Haze" is a love song where Jimi Hendrix describes a dream he had where he was walking under the ocean.
    • And "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" is what John Lennon's young son titled his drawing, not a thinly veiled LSD reference (the original drawing can be found on Google Images). Bandmate Paul McCartney later suggested that it actually was about the drug, but Lennon constantly denied it.
  • The Norwergian band Nightcore is the Trope Namer for Nightcore, a type of Speedy Techno Remake involving speeding up slow dance/techno/trance songs to turn them into much faster and upbeat "nightcore versions". The group Nightcore never actually did this; the name is simply a reference to their prominence as one of the Trope Codifiers of the Happy Hardcore variety of EDM- which is what the typical "Nightcore version" of a song ends up sounding like.
  • Ragtime music is sometimes associated with The Great Depression era, but its popularity actually mostly died around World War I and by the '30s was as far from its heyday of mainstream popularity as Disco music was in The '90s or Grunge is today. The misconception was largely fueled by the 1973 film The Sting, which featured a prominent ragtime soundtrack and was set in 1936.
  • Everyone knows that "Louie Louie" was the filthiest, most obscene song you could commonly hear on the radio (before such controversy caused people to lash out against it, including an FBI investigation that finally released an 1100-page report concluding that they couldn't tell if there were any harmful effects to "Louie, Louie" or not, because they couldn't understand the words). In fact, it's just a completely unintelligible telling of a simple story. The creators themselves have gotten into screaming matches with fans over what the lyrics "allegedly" are.
  • Many people still think that Warrant hated the song "Cherry Pie." This isn't actually true. It is true it was something they wrote quickly, but they don't hate it and have said as much. The songwriter just flipped out during an interview because his life was falling apart at the time during the question about that particular song.
  • Vocaloid:
    • Vocaloid did not start in Japan; it started in the UK, with English speaking vocals. The misconception comes from Miku Hatsune's Breakout Character status, as she happens to be a Japanese Vocaloid. Additionally, Vocaloids were not initially intended to be virtual celebrities; they were intended to be backing vocals for "real" singers, but became celebrities when people started to realize that they can make them sing on their own, too.
    • When the above became common knowledge, Miku was then labeled the first Vocaloid made for the VOCALOID2 engine. This is also not true; the first V2 Vocaloid was an English voicebank named Sweet Ann. Miku's the second, but she was the first Japanese bank made for the engine. Ann herself is either thought of as an American or British bank, but she actually was made in Sweden (hence the Punny Name).
    • The Crypton Future Media Vocaloids aren't the "main chatacters" of Vocaloid, nor are the other corporations' Vocaloids "support" characters for this group. While heavily promoted, the Crypton Vocaloids are merely a few out of many voicebanks. Gumi and Gackpo aren't Crypton creations either; they're from Internet Co, Ltd.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic writes more than just parodies of specific songs. In fact his albums have almost as many (if not more) original songs (as well as, usually, a polka medley) as they do direct parodies. Most of these songs parody the style of an artist, but not any song specifically. Also, "Weird Al" Yankovic is not the only artist to do parodies, but many (unofficial) music downloading sites incorrectly list Yankovic (many times spelled as Yankovich) as the performer of nearly every parody available for download, even if it's obviously sung by a woman. There's even a "Not by Al" website listing the parodies he's been incorrectly associated with. Less people might think this now due to the rising popularity of song parodies on YouTube.
  • Genesis was once a cool Prog Rock band with an inventive, creative sound under the guidance of lead singer Peter Gabriel. Then Gabriel left, and drummer Phil Collins took over as lead singer, and that was the end of that. Collins prefers wimpy adult contemporary that does its best not to offend anyone, including straight love ballads that sound like cheesy Michael Bolton ripoffs, so that's all Genesis' music became. Except that's not true at all. It might be true of Collins's solo material, but while Genesis definitely became more commercial and radio-friendly, that was already happening before Gabriel left, and Collins was not at all the ringleader in that regard. Not to mention it wasn't all cheesy 80's synth and love ballads. At their most commercial, Genesis put out the hard-rock protest anthem "Land of Confusion", the superbly creepy "Mama", the attack on hypocritical religious leaders "Jesus He Knows Me", the domestic-abuse-themed "No Son of Mine" and the Blade Runner-inspired "Tonight Tonight Tonight".
  • Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" still regularly gets mentioned as the first pop promo vid. It wasn't, by quite a way, though it may have been the moment at which the medium Grew The Beard.
  • The much-publicized clip of Miley Cyrus gyrating on Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards may have led to "twerk" becoming a household word overnight, but anyone who actually knew the term "twerking" before that night will know full well that that's not what Cyrus was doing in the clip. The dance move that she did onstage during Thicke's performance of "Blurred Lines" would be more accurately described as "grinding".
  • The La's song "There She Goes" is well-known for being about heroin; however the artists deny that interpretation.
  • "Juggalo" is not just a Fan Community Nickname for fans of Insane Clown Posse. The term more accurately applies to fans of the record label Psychopathic Records, which was founded by Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope. ICP is the most well-known group on the label's roster by a pretty wide margin, but it also includes quite a few lesser-known rap acts who share ICP's love of face paint, theatrical alter egos, horror-themed subject matter, and grotesque humor (not to mention a few of ICP's frequent collaborators like Wolfpac, Tech N9ne, and the Kottonmouth Kings, who are considered "honorary" family members). Having "The Great Milenko" and "The Amazing Jeckel Brothers" in one's record collection doesn't necessarily make someone a Juggalo by default, but owning albums by Twiztid, Anybody Killa, Boondox and Blaze Ya Dead Homie definitely does. note 
  • Bob Dylan introduced The Beatles to pot in he didn't. They'd already tried it during their Hamburg stint, along with many other illicit substances. It would be more accurate to say he introduced them to high-quality pot.
  • Ringo Starr was the good natured everyman who was lucky enough to be bought into The Beatles because previous drummer Pete Best was too handsome and drawing attention away from the others, right? In fact, Ringo Starr was already a bigger name than the Beatles as drummer for Rory Storm and the Hurricanes where he was given his own solo spot "Starr Time" and the Beatles had been trying to poach him long before Pete Best was thrown out of the group - largely because he just wasn't good enough a drummer to cope with the recording studio.
  • All of Green Day's songs are exactly the same, right? Not so. This stems from the fact that in their 90s discography, they had a tendency to overuse Three Chords and the Truth, particularly on Dookie. In actuality, the band works in two-album cycles with songs and sounds that sound similar to each other. The fact that they actually worked to expand their sound by 1997 on Nimrod, then diversified their sound a lot on Warning really cements this. Any actual fan of them will tell you this. In terms of their range expanding, they have Warning, American Idiot, and 21st Century Breakdown to really show their range musically, not even counting their side projects, The Network, New Wave, and The Foxboro Hottubs, Garage Rock. In fact, their 2012 album trilogy really shows off their range quite nicely, with Power Pop and Pop Punk indicative of their early albums, the Punk and Garage Rock of their middle albums, then the more stadium-oriented and political music of the two albums before the trilogy.
  • Deep Purple memorably blamed the Montreux Casino fire on "some stupid with a flare gun" in "Smoke on the Water", but it's actually not completely clear how the fire started. Frank Zappa's recollection was that an audience member shot a bottle rocket into the ceiling. Another witness said the audience member was actually lighting matches, tossing them in the air, and catching them, only to have one match go too high. It's also been suggested that it was caused by faulty wiring.
  • Everyone knows that one of the great mysteries of Rock & Roll is what exactly Meat Loaf "won't do" in "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)". Except it's not; he says it right in the lyrics (just not in the chorus). He makes a different promise to his lover in each verse: first "I'll never forget the way you feel right now", then "I'll never forgive myself if we don't go all the way tonight", then "I'll never do it better than I do it with you", and finally "I'll never stop dreaming of you every night of my life". Then at the conclusion, his lover predicts "You'll see that it's time to move on" and "You'll be screwing around", and he emphatically responds "I won't do that!" to both.
  • Ask any non-fan of Death Metal to name a Death Metal band and someone will inevitably mention Slayer, even though Slayer are actually Thrash Metal, not Death Metal.
  • My Chemical Romance is often cited as the Emo band, even though the members have pretty consistently said that they consider their music Pop Punk and Alternative Rock, and they generally spurned the "Emo" label. Only their first album You Brought Me Your Bullets, I Brought You My Love could really be classified as a straight example of Emo music, and that one was made when the band was (by their own admission) still trying to figure out their sound; by the time they had become widely-known with Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, they had almost entirely abandoned it in favor of a more fast-faced, upbeat pop sound with occasional Gothic Horror-inspired lyrics. Most of their Emo reputation comes from their breakout hit "Helena", which was often called an Emo song because of its rather depressing lyrics, and because its music video featured a funeral procession; but that was because it was originally written as a tribute to Gerard and Mikey's deceased grandmother, whose name was "Elena".
  • Nirvana:
    • They did not originate in Seattle; they actually came from the small town of Aberdeen, about two hours away from the Emerald City. The confusion is understandable, since they did play Grunge (also known as the "Seattle Sound"), they were based in Seattle after making it big, and they were responsible for Seattle becoming well-known in mainstream popular culture..
    • They're often called "the Beatles of the '90s", due to the common belief that they did for alternative music what the Fab Four did for rock n' roll. While no one can dispute Nirvana's commercial success or artistic influence, their rivals Pearl Jam consistently outsold them when they were together, and they never really outstripped them in popularity until after Kurt Cobain's death. And during the same period, Metallica were also at the height of their popularity, and R&B and hip-hop were breaking into the mainstream. Nirvana was big, but to say that their success reached the heights of Beatlemania is pushing it.
  • Skrillex did not invent Dubstep despite what people seem to think. While he did popularize it, the genre existed a good decade or so in the UK before Skrillex got big. Also, people seem to be under the impression that Skrillex is a dubstep producer because it made him famous, and that's all he's made as far as they're concerned. In reality, his repertoire is as diverse as trap, electro house, deep house, dance-pop, acid techno, future bass, and hip-hop. That's not without getting into the fact that he broke into the music industry as a rock singer for the band From First to Last, which he has since rejoined.
  • It's commonly thought that the Beastie Boys album Paul's Boutique, which is made up entirely of samples, couldn't be made today because all of the sampling done in it was unauthorized. In fact, most the samples were cleared and above-board - they were just dirt cheap.
  • A Flock of Seagulls is known for two things: ''I Ran (So Far Away)'' and Mike Scores' hairstyle. However the I Ran video never featured the haircut, despite being by far their most known.
  • The opening lines of Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" are not just catchy nonsense sung to a beat. The opening lyrics are "Para bailar la Bamba", which means "To dance the Bamba...". Of course, to listeners who don't speak Spanish, the line sounds uncannily like "La-la-la-la-la Bamba".
  • Smash Mouth's "All Star" was not written for the Shrek soundtrack, as Memetic Mutation would suggest. The song actually debuted in 1999 (Shrek came out in 2001), and it was featured in the soundtracks of multiple films before Shrek, including Inspector Gadget, Mystery Men, and Digimon: The Movie. Ironically: despite being most commonly associated with Shrek, its official music video is a direct tie-in with Mystery Men.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Hulk Hogan gets a lot of flak for being an Invincible Hero, like André the Giant, during his WWF Title runs. However, he jobbed several timesnote  to put his opponent over as a viable threat for the title. Between 84 and 91 the supposedly never losing Hogan jobbed 137 times, and put over 3 dozen superstars note  . During his first run he would usually lose once or twice a month. He did even worse during his second run losing over a third of his matches. The only year in which he regularly wrestlednote  and had fewer losses than months was 88 which he spent the majority of without the belt. The reason for this misconception might be because champions in the mid-90's did tend to be Invincible Heroes. Contrast Hogan in 84-87 with Bret Hart's run as the top face a decade later note : during that time frame Hogan lost 55 matches and Hart lost 15. It should be pointed out that most of Hogan's losses during that time period (especially in the WWF) were by countout, not from being pinned or submitting. Nowadays, countouts are considered a cop-out finish and rarely ever used. His run in WCW, however, had him utilize his "Creative Control" card quite often.

    RD Reynolds has acknowledged Hogan's loss record, but pointed out that there's a difference between losing and putting someone over - when Hogan loses a match, it's usually a case of him inflicting a Curb-Stomp Battle until suddenly being defeated via a dirty trick. This is against the entire point of jobbing, since it fails to make the winning wrestler look strong (after all, they were getting thrashed until they suddenly won). It may be this factor that gives us the "Hogan never loses" belief.
  • Hulk Hogan tends to be remembered as much more squeaky-clean (if not boring) than his actions at the time would suggest. For instance, while 1984's Hulk vs. The Iron Sheik is remembered as a cartoonish battle of the All-American Face vs. the Foreign Wrestling Heel, it's Hogan who starts the match with a flurry of cheap shots.
  • At Over the Edge 1999, no one watching on PPV saw Owen Hart fall to his death. He was being lowered to ring during a pre-taped interview segment backstage prior to the accident.
  • Several people claim that Shawn Michaels gave up the WWF Title because he "lost his smile". However, they are confusing two very different promos that happened months apart. At Survivor Series 96, Shawn lost the belt to his one time friend Sycho Sid after Sid attacked Michaels' mentor and manager Jose Lothario; a week later, HBK gave an interview where the always upbeat former champion said the event caused to be afraid for his mentor's safety and it hurt him more than losing the belt, it made him lose his smile. Two months later, Michaels regained the belt at the Royal Rumble, but suffered a severe knee injury and needed surgery, so he would be out of action for at least six months and maybe permanently. He gave up the title in a Tear Jerker speech where he made a brief reference to the earlier promo.

    It also became common knowledge that he only claimed to have lost his smile so he would not have to lose the title to Bret Hart at WrestleMania and did not even need surgery. This is strange for a couple of reasons: First, Michael's surgery was covered on TV - they even showed footage of him getting the operation done - and he walked with a cane on TV for several weeks while he recovered and returned to his old job as a commentator. Secondly, Hart was at the time the most booed face in the company after his 7 month vacation and feud with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, so it is unlikely that they would give him the belt at the biggest event of the year; also, they did give him a brief reign by winning the Final Four and losing it the next night to Sycho Sid, so they could have easily had Hart as champion at WrestleMania without Michaels, he just was not over enough to justify it.
  • It's also common knowledge—to the point of being listed on all the corresponding pages at The Other Wiki—that the Acolytes were called Hell's Henchmen when the Jackyl was managing them, then took on the Acolytes name after he left and they became part of the Ministry of Darkness. Except there is no official record of them ever competing in a match under the banner of Hell's Henchmen, and video of old Raw and Heat episodes from that time period proves that the Jackyl was always calling them his Acolytes from the first day he'd associated with them.
  • In summer 2018, Tama Tonga and his family have betrayed the Bullet Club to form a group called the Firing Squad. Except, as Tama express here, that's not the point of the story at all.

  • Despite their world-famous team name, The Harlem Globetrotters are not a real competing basketball team; they are an athletic/comedic theatrical act made up of talented basketball players. All of their "games" are pre-rehearsed spectacles and almost always result in them winning (they are only known to lose by accident, and this happens very rarely).
  • Contrary to popular belief, Oakland Raiders Owner/GM Al Davis was neither a member of "The Foolish Club", the eight original team owners of the American Football League (AFL)note  nor was he the Raiders original head coach. Davis did not assume control of the Raiders until 1967. He was an assistant coach under Hall of Fame coach Sid Gillman for the Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers for the AFL's first three seasons (1960-1962), and head coach of the Raiders (hired by actual original Raiders owner F. Wayne Valley) from 1963 to 1965, before handing things over to John Rauch (Which is yet another bit of "common knowledge": John Madden was not Davis' immediate successor - he was Davis' defensive line coach and Rauch's defensive coordinator).
    • Speaking of the AFL: Upon his death in 2014, Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson was not the last member of the Foolish Club. He was the last surviving active member. Baron Hilton, the original Chargers owner, is still alive. He sold the team to an investment group in 1963, at the request of the other members of the Hilton family.
  • The so-called "Tom Brady Rule" (which prohibited a defensive player from hitting quarterbacks below the knee) was wrongly attributed to Tom Brady after his season-ending knee injury during the 2008 NFL season. It's unofficially called the "Carson Palmer Rule"note  (which Brady calls his knee injury in a interview with WEEI radio), which was passed back at the start of the 2006 season after Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer suffered the same injury during the 2005 playoffs against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The actual "Brady Rule" (which was passed back in 2009) was a clarification to the existing "Palmer Rule" by stating the following:
    Note 1: A defender cannot initiate a roll or lunge and forcibly hit the passer in the knee area or below, even if he is being contacted by another player.
    Note 2: It is not a foul if the defender swipes, wraps, or grabs a passer in the knee area or below in an attempt to tackle him.
    The Tom Brady Rule, Official NFL Playing Rules
  • The general consensus on the 2007 Spygate scandal is that the New England Patriots were cheaters. In actuality, the Patriots were punished for recording the New York Jets' defensive signals from an illegal location (i.e., the sidelines). Also, Super Bowl-winning coaches Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cowher, Dick Vermeil, and Mike Shanahan admitted to doing the same thing, and stated that the filming of the opponents' signals were common practice back then. Finally, the Patriots were punished after the rule prohibiting the recording of signals from an illegal location was passed at the start of the 2007 season.
  • Speaking of the 2007 season, David Tyree's miracle late 4th quarter helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII did not win the game for the New York Football Giants. The winning touchdown was scored later when Eli Manning hit Plexico Burress. The catch **did** give the Giants excellent field position and helped continue what turned out to be the game winning drive. However there were several plays between the catch and the win, and the Patriots defence actually forced a 3rd and long in that time. Not to mention that when New England got the ball back, Tom Brady got this close to setting up a game tying field goal. The Patriots rightly rue the catch, but they still did have a chance to win regardless.
    • Indeed, this is borne out by the fact in future Super Bowls the Patriots have been on the end of some other late spectacular catches which would have led to game winning scores, and their defence made the stop. See Super Bowl XLIX and Super Bowl LI. They did come up short in Super Bowl XLVI though.
  • Everyone know that Pete Carroll's call to pass on the one yard line (leading to an interception) in the dying moments of Super Bowl XLIX, instead of handing it off to Marshawn Lynch, was the worst call ever. This is mostly based on the immediate reactions of the announcer Cris Collinsworth, who called it the "dumbest". What's forgotten is that after Kearse's circus catch got the Seahawks to the goal line (remember the aforementioned example?), Seattle did in fact hand off to Lynch and the Patriots stopped him. For the next snap, the Patriots were expecting the ball to be sent to Lynch and throwing was the right idea..... indeed the Patriots Defensive Coordinator later said that the call was the right one ( .
    • To wit, Lynch was heavily covered, and his actual record in such situations is fairly poor. The goal line interception was the only one that season and it required the defender to read the play and adjust in time. It was basiclly a 1-1000 situation.
  • On the issue of the Patriots, everyone knows that Tom Brady was an unknown late round pick, who was put in for the injured starter and won the Super Bowl (and a lot more over the years)? Actually, Brady played for Michigen, one of the top programmes in the country and threw for 4 TD passed against Alabama in the Orange Bowl.He was well known to College football fans as seen in the original ESPN draft announcement ( ). People who had followed Brady gave him a high grade. He fell on Draft Day for a variety of reasons, including having had an unimpressive combine, having to share playing time, and Quarter Backs not being something many teams needed that year.
  • Everybody knows that Tom Brady was just a game manager for his first three titles, and relied on the defence. It is true that the Patriots put out some masterclass peformances in big games in that era (notably against Kurt Warner in Super Bowl XXXVI and Peyton Manning in the 2003/2004 AFC Championship), but Bill Bellichik has always been a first rate defence coach. Brady led plenty of game winning drives and comeback wins. In Super Bowl XXXVIII, the Patriots defence was unable to stop the Panthers and needed Brady.
  • Everyone knows that Mixed Martial Arts is the combat sport where there are no rules. Except that there are tons of rules. Just as many, if not more, rules than other combat sports like boxing and amateur wrestling. The misconception stems from the early days of the UFC, which had hardly any rules, but it did have a few. In fact, the relative lack of rules was intentional: As early UFC was meant to be a showcase of different fighting styles (wrestling vs. boxing vs. judo vs. kickboxing), the fewer hard/fast rules there were, the freer the participants were to utilize their techniques in full. As more and more fighters began to adopt the style of the dominant Gracie brothers (a mix of grappling and striking), it became easier for UFC to institute more uniform rules.
  • Mention "the underarm incident" to any cricket fan, and they'll know you're talking about the 1981 ODI where the Australian bowler Trevor Chappell bowled an underarm delivery to deny the New Zealand batsman Brian McKechnie a chance to hit a six and win the game off the last ball. All correct, except for the last bit: New Zealand was actually 6 points behind Australia and could only aim for a tie by hitting a six.
  • Everyone knows that the Boston Red Sox had the 1986 World Series locked up against the New York Mets when first baseman Bill Buckner let a ground ball bounce between his legs, costing the Red Sox the championship, right? Well...not quite. The Red Sox did come within one strike of winning the Series, and the Mets' winning run of that game did score when the ball went through Buckner's legs, but what everyone forgets is that there was a whole string of Red Sox F-ups in between those things that led to the game being TIED when Buckner made the error. There are a handful of people who could be considered more blameworthy than Buckner for the loss, including Roger Clemens (who, as the starting pitcher, insisted on trying to close out the game despite having a blister on his throwing hand), Calvin Schiraldi (who relieved Clemens and was pitching when the tying runs got on base), catcher Rich Gedman (whose passed ball caused one of the runs to score), and manager John McNamara (who, for sentimental reasons, insisted on having the aging and injured Buckner on the field when the game appeared to be in the bag, rather than the more reliable Dave Stapleton). The other thing people forget is that the Buckner game was game SIX of the Series, which the Sox had previously led 3 games to 2. Buckner's error didn't cause the Mets to win the championship, merely forced Game 7. In the final game, the Sox jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but pitcher Bruce Hurst was unable to hold the lead, and the Mets won the Series. The most egregious part is that Boston fans misblamed Buckner for years, to the point where his kids were harassed in school, until he ended up moving his family to Idaho, where nobody cared about baseball or knew who he was, and working as a car salesman.
  • Everyone knows the term "Soccer" is strictly an American word that was made up by the United States to differentiate Association Football from American Football, and that football is the true name for the sport. Europeans, particularly Brits, have been known to get outright violent over that word. However, "soccer" actually originates in England, not the United States. It is derived from association football, and it spread across the world until it eventually reached the United States, where "soccer" was adopted there and subsequently fell out of use in England. And this is Newer Than They Think, too: it only fell from favour as recently as the 1990s. In other words, any Brits who get angry over the word soccer have nobody to blame but themselves. Also, it's not uncommon for someone to say that only Americans use the word soccer. Actually, it's also used in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons examples:
    • The game was directly inspired by The Lord of the Rings, right? No, it wasn't. Gary Gygax hated Tolkien — he only incorporated elements such as halflings and treants on the insistence of his gaming group, who wanted to play as Frodo. He actually drew much of his inspiration from the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories by Fritz Leiber, and Jack Vance's Dying Earth works.
    • D&D players gain extensive knowledge of historical armor types such as plate mail, chainmail, ringmail, splint mail, etc. Incorrect knowledge, to the point of Critical Research Failure. There has historically been exactly one type of armor made from interlocking rings, and its name is simply mail. Likewise, the correct term for "plate mail" is plate armor, and the one for "scale mail" is scale armor. But many more people have played D&D and its various derivatives than have a cursory knowledge of real-world armor.
    • A "morning star" is usually depicted in game art like a mace, but with spikes on it. In truth, that's simply a different type of mace. A morning star is a longer weapon, kind of like a metal baseball bat with spikes on the business end.
    • Likewise, a "long sword" is a one-handed sword commonly wielded alongside a shield, right? Wrong, a long sword is a two-handed sword, and is neither light enough nor properly balanced for being used in one hand. The sword commonly referred to as a "long sword" in Dungeons & Dragons is actually more akin to the real life arming sword.
    • The game is heavily steeped in the Occult, and the "deeper" you go into the game, the more you are called upon to actually recite Occultic prayers, cast real spells and summon real demons with incantations based on actual pagan rituals. None of that is true, and is all based on the completely made-up testimony of Patricia Pulling, who blamed the game for her son's suicide and later claimed to be an expert on it while attempting to get the game banned. note  In fact, D&D as a whole could be considered The Moral Substitute compared to many other RPGs; good and evil is clearly defined, the protagonist classes include paladins and clerics while the antagonists include The Legions of Hell, and Gary Gygax himself was reluctant to include stats for angels (which are always Good) because he thought players might be tempted to kill them otherwise.
    • Oh, bards. The always underpowered losers, with about as much use as Sir Robin's minstrels and likely to meet the same fate. What kind of idiot wanders into a dungeon to fight monsters with an instrument? The kind of idiot who's going to save the whole party, as it turns out. Over the course of D&D's many editions, bards have been a mid-tier class at worst, and often edge on being one of the best. The original bard was a special super class that could only be entered after a complicated process that would usually make them the strongest character at the table. The 2e bard, the first one to become a regular class, was a more than serviceable caster and thief, and often preferable to the actual thief. The 3.5 bard was the most powerful core class not considered an outright Game-Breaker. The 4e bard was a completely competent Leader with some handy specialized skills. The current 5e bard is often regarded as flat-out the best core class, with the potential to be a Master of All. Though some versions have been poorly designed or Difficult, but Awesome, the class as a whole has never been weak. A mixture of new players failing to understand their mechanics and how they synergize with each other, the longstanding trope of the comic-relief Wandering Minstrel, and the crappiness of Edward in Final Fantasy IV may be to blame for this one.
    • Contrary to almost all depictions (and how they're portrayed in just about every other form of media), elves in D&D are, by the rules as written, a head shorter than humans.
  • A Green Sun Prince from Exalted is not necessarily offered their Deal with the Devil after My Greatest Failure. This is nearly always the case, because it's in the nature of mortals to fail — especially in the sort of circumstances that would attract an Exaltation — but if, somehow, against all odds, they manage to succeed, the Infernal Exaltation doesn't just go away. It would take a very unusual person to accept under those conditions, but the offer is still made.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • Every fan knows that the Squats were driven to extinction by the Tyranids in order to facilitate their removal as a playable faction in the third edition of the game. Not many realize that this has been retconned as of sixth edition and that they've been mentioned in other army books as a thriving race in the galaxy still, just without their own army list. On that note, Squats weren't removed as a faction because they were considered "too silly" (Black Comedy has always been a cornerstone of 40K, after all) or because the models weren't selling, but because Games Workshop themselves didn't know what to do with them, and there was nothing they could do that wasn't already covered by other factions.
    • Similarly, Malal, the fifth Chaos God, is commonly alluded to in the context of 40K. Not only is Malal no longer canon, he was never canon to 40K. He briefly did exist in the Warhammer Fantasy setting, but Games Workshop had already lost the rights to use him by the time Chaos was added as a faction in 40K. The closest there is is the Sons of Malice warband, which uses a lot of Malal iconography as a Mythology Gag, but for obvious reasons Malal himself is never mentioned.
    • The Tau are not Communists — they have a caste system, something which is anathema to the classless nature of Communism. Their ideology has more in common with Utilitarianism than anything else.

  • One of the most well-known numbers from Chicago is the "Cell Block Tango" (which everyone knows is called "They Had It Coming"), in which six women on trial for murdering their lovers protest their innocence, even though the audience knows better. Except... only three of them make even a flimsy attempt to claim innocence of the crime. June says her husband "ran into my knife. He ran into my knife ten times", and Velma claims to not remember anything between opening the hotel-room door to see her man and her sister getting busy and "washing the blood off my hands". The sixth, The Hunyak, actually is innocent. The other three freely admit to it, though they also insist that the murders were justified, for whatever reason.
  • Despite casual references to him as "the fiddler", Tevye, the milkman and lead character of Fiddler on the Roof, is decidedly not the title character, nor is the title character an actual character. He is a visual representation of what it's like for a people bound by ancient tradition to live in an environment that is hostile to said traditions.
  • "Pirate" is never rhymed with "pilot" in The Pirates of Penzance, even in the song about Ruth's confusion between the two words.
  • William Shakespeare's plays:
    • Romeo and Juliet:
      • While the famous line "O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?" is usually quoted right, more or less, most people are unaware of the true meaning, often believing that Juliet is asking "Where are you Romeo?" Note that "wherefore" does not mean "where", it means "why". Compare "therefore". In other words Juliet is asking why Romeo must be who he is, a member of the family with which her own family has a long-standing feud.
      • And everybody "knows" that Juliet delivers that line from a balcony. Of course she does - it's the famous "balcony scene", isn't it? Well... no. It may typically be staged that way, but what the playscript actually says is that Juliet appears at a window.
      • Also, "star-crossed lovers" is not a synonym for "happily ever after". It means they have crossed or defied their fates, the stars. They die. There's a reason the Star-Crossed Lovers trope means a relationship is doomed to failure.
    • Hamlet's "The lady doth protest too much, methinks" doesn't mean she complains in a suspiciously over-the-top manner. It means that she promises more than she can reasonably deliver.
    • The Taming of the Shrew ends with a woman giving a speech about how great it is to be subservient to a man. Technically true, but the introduction establishes that the play is actually a Play Within a Play performed for a drunkard tricked into thinking he's a nobleman for shits and giggles. In that light, it comes across as more of a critical look at male fantasies about subservience than an endorsement of it.
    • Many assume that the line, "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers," from Henry VI Part 2 is an Evil Lawyer Joke. A joke, yes, but targeted at the speaker, not lawyers; the line is often spoken way out of context. Fist of all, the speaker — Dick the Butcher — is a thug and a killer. Second, he was saying this in reply to his friend Jack's scheme to revolt against the King, or rather, his plans should they succeed. (In a more modern setting, the joke may have started by Jack saying, "When I'm the King, there'll be two cars in every garage, and a chicken in every pot" but Dick interrupting and shouting, "AND NO LAWYERS!") In Shakespeare's time, lawyers were regarded as the protectors of truth, and Dick, being the scum he was, wanted to get rid of such people.
    • Richard III's most famous line, "Now is the winter of our discontent", is not delivered during a time of great hardship or suffering. It's actually the opposite: the full line is "Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sun of York". Richard says it while celebrating the House of York's victory over the House of Lancaster.
    • Twelfth Night - the opening speech by Orsino: "If music be the food of love, play on" is not in praise of music, or of love. It continues "Give me excess of it that, surfeiting,/The appetite may sicken, and so die", meaning that he wishes to bring his love for Olivia to and end, and asks for more music so as to achieve this through an excess of it.
  • Les Misérables:
    • It does not take place during The French Revolution, but the song "Do You Hear the People Sing" is frequently assumed to refer to it. It does, however, take place during a French revolution (one of many) just not The French Revolution. A highly unsuccessful French revolution.
    • Jean Valjean was not an innocent man wrongly imprisoned, as a lot of people (including some of those responsible for the show) seem to believe. It was the length of his sentence (five years of hard labor for stealing bread to feed his sister's children) that Valjean felt was unjust, as well as the fact that he was given fourteen more years for repeated escape attempts, and that his ex-convict status made it impossible to find lodging or honest work when he was released.
  • The Sound of Music: Even though Maria is a classic example of the Magical Nanny trope, she's technically not the von Trapp children's nanny. She's their governess - in charge of their education, not their physical care. The confusion likely stems from her sharing an actress and a few plot parallels with cinema's most famous nanny, Mary Poppins.

  • My Little Pony:
    • My Little Pony Tales is not G2. My Little Pony is a toy-line before anything else, its generations are defined by the toys. G2 started in the late 90s years after Tales, and it had a very noticeable Art Shift from G1 that makes it very distinguishable from other gens. Despite this, newer fans near constantly refer to Tales as G2.
    • Seen in many My Little Phony parodies, everyone think that My Little Pony features no males. While it is true that most ponies are female, even the original G1 line featured several colts and stallions (such as Lucky and the Big Brother Ponies). There's also a few non-pony males such as Spike and the other baby dragons. It's only G3 from the 2000s that featured no male toys (though Spike was The One Guy in the animated adaptation), but by then this misconception was already rampant. G4 strays even further from this by featuring a large cast of males.
  • G.I. Joe is not a person. It's a team code-name. Only the original '60s toys have the figure being a man named "Joe".
  • The titular character of Barbie is usually pinned as a teenager by adults, which has caused issues such as when one of the doll-lines was banned for supposedly supporting Teen Pregnancy. Barbie can be a teenager, but since the 1980s, at earliest, she's more frequently been depicted as an adult. Skipper is the default teenager of the family. Additionally, the "pregnant" doll, Midge, was explicitly portrayed as a married adult, with dolls of her husband and toddler son also available.
  • To anyone who was a child in The '50s, The '60s and The '70s, it was self-evident that German soldiers in World War II all wore the classic coal-scuttle helmet and jackboots all the time - why, that's the way they come in the toy soldier sets we collect, look! Miniature portrayals of World War II soldiers by Airfix and others might not have created the stereotype, but they fixed and perpetuated it in a new generation of young minds. note . The fact the Germans abandoned the jackboot as it was too expensive to make and consumed too many resources, as well as the fact the helmets were only worn in combat when most of the time soldiers preferred lighter and more comfortable headwear, was lost as, well, everyone knows this is how German soldiers look...note 

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney: It's common belief that Phoenix became lawyer because Mia inspired him, when she defended him for murder committed by Dahlia Hawthorne. In reality while Mia did defend him and that was when they first met, and indeed he became her student afterwards, he was already studying to become a lawyer at this point, and his motivation for doing so had nothing to do with Mia.
  • Rena from Higurashi: When They Cry is very often mistaken for a yandere. She is not. She's at most a yangire character and even then most of her most famous creepy moments are because the protagonist is delusional. Rena is overprotective about her friends and father, however Shion is the closest thing to a yandere the series has.

    Web Animation 
  • A large number of fans argue that the Yogscast Minecraft Series is the first set of videos that the Yogscast did. While it certainly projected them into the public eye, it is not true. Their first videos were actually World of Warcraft ones, and were enough for them to develop a small but devoted fandom.
  • Due to having a group of female monster-slayers as protagonists, RWBY is often thought to portray a World of Action Girls. Nothing in the setting implies that women are somehow inherently more badass and the hunstmen academies are portrayed as perfectly egalitarian every step of the way. Going by sheer numbers, there are actually more male fighters in the series than female ones - it's just that the members of team RWBY are the main focus most of the time.

    Web Comics 
  • Something*Positive's creator R.K. Milholland gets a lot of complaints grounded in this trope from readers; the most common objection is "Your comic didn't used to be mean," despite the fact that the main character sent a coat hanger to an ex-girlfriend as a baby shower present in the first strip.
  • College Roomies from Hell!!!'s trio of male protagonists all acquired a mutant ability: Mike's arm was replaced with a super strong tentacle, Dave got laser vision, and Roger got an eye in his hand (not his were-coyote nature, even though that's often mistakenly cited; he had that already). The confusion arises because this is what Roger uses when they have to fight, alongside the others' abilities, and because the eye in the hand hasn't been mentioned in a long time.
  • Penny and Aggie are not Canadian. In early strips, T and Gisèle put them in a purposefully ambiguous location on the Eastern Seaboard, and due to a previous collaboration by them set in Canada, many assumed this one to be set there as well, some ex-readers or (very) casual readers still so assuming. However, as strip became more plot-driven, T was forced to choose a side of the border, and the setting is now unarguably American even to someone who's only read the comic proper.

    Web Original 
  • On Reddit:
    • Users tend to believe that the guy who had a sexual relationship with his mother had broken both of his arms, leading to tons of inside jokes about how you should call your mom for "help" if you break your arm or similarly. In reality, he simply said he was disabled, not how he was disabled, so it's unknown if his arms were broken.
    • Another famous inside joke is referring to someone as "Kevin" if they admit that they, as children, thought that dogs were always male and cats was always female. This comes from a story about a weird kid named Kevin who supposedly thought this. However, what Kevin actually thought was that cats and dogs were the same animal, not that cats or dogs were single-gendered. People tend to mix up this story with the aforementioned common childhood belief.
  • Sailor Nothing is a Deconstructive Parody of Magical Girl anime that uses Sailor Moon as its basis, but it's not an outright Sailor Moon fanfic. The website even states that it's in no way related to Sailor Moon. Still, it's repeatedly mistaken for a Sailor Moon fanfic.

    Web Videos 
  • There is a rumor going around in certain Hat Films fan circles that Alex "Alsmiffy" Smith is in the Territorial Army (basically the British equivalent of the National Guard). Not only is Smiffy not in the British Army at all (in reality, all the pics of him in camo gear are from him playing Airsoft), but the Territorial Army does not even exist any more, having been replaced by the Army Reserves. He addresses it in this video and on Twitter.
  • The villain of the first Don't Hug Me I'm Scared video is officially named "Sketchbook", not "Notepad". They are also officially of unknown gender, though fans near exclusively consider Sketchbook female.