Critical Research Failure can refer to:
- Anachronism Stew: A historical work includes people, technology, clothing, religions etc. that didn't yet exist or were widespread during the work's time period (or had perhaps gone out of fashion). Sometimes it's done deliberately for the story / setting, but other times it's a mistake.
- Artistic License: A factual error regarding certain aspects of the story. It may be included on purpose for the sake of improving a story. It may also, however, be an example of the creators simply getting things wrong.
- Canon Defilement: A Fan Work makes mistakes about the canon source material (beyond what Willing Suspension of Disbelief accepts as an adaptation).
- Common Knowledge: A wide-spread 'fact' about a work that isn't actually accurate.
- Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: A work or media reporting gets something factually inaccurate about a work.
- Creator's Apathy: The creators admit they didn't care enough to put thought or research into it.
- Did Not Do the Bloody Research: A work (typically one rated PG or lighter) includes some slang that is considered vulgar or inappropriate in some areas.
- Falsely Advertised Accuracy: A work claims it's accurate, but it actually isn't.
- Hollywood Style: An index filled with tropes about works that use common, yet crude and inaccurate, assumptions and depictions about various subjects.
- In-Universe Factoid Failure: A character in a work says something that's factually inaccurate.
- The Mountains of Illinois: A real life location in a work contains geographic features that do not actually exist.
- Rule of Index: An index of tropes where audiences can accept inaccuracies if it improves an emotional element of the story.
- Sadly Mythcharacterized: A portrayal of a deity or mythological figure doesn't match up with how they're presented in the original lore or religion.
- Sadly Mythtaken: A work references mythology that's inaccurate or mixes them up with others.
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