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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.
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  • "Common Knowledge": A wide-spread 'fact' about a work that isn't actually accurate.
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: Information about works that's factually inaccurate.
  • Dan Browned: A work claims it's accurate, but it actually isn't.
  • Hollywood Autism: A crude, inaccurate portrayal of autism by non-autistic writers who clearly did not do their research.
  • In-Universe Factoid Failure: A character in a work says something that's factually inaccurate.
  • 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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