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God Never Said That

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"I really didn't say everything I said."
Yogi Berra

When there are important gaps in a work's Canon, there are a few ways that they can be filled in (short of within the work proper, which would just be additional Canon):

  • Sometimes, creators say stuff about important gaps in canon. This is Word of God.
    • If they wind up changing their mind afterwards, Word of God turns into Flip-Flop of God.
  • Sometimes, people close to the creator say stuff about important gaps in the canon. That's Word of Saint Paul.
  • If Word of neither God nor Saint Paul is available, fans will often make stuff up themselves to fill in important gaps in canon. This is Fanon.
    • Sometimes, Fanon ends up being taken as the next best thing to canon, at which point it becomes Word of Dante.
    • Sometimes, Fanon gets imported right back into the original canon. Unsurprisingly, that's Ascended Fanon.
  • And sometimes, people just make stuff up, and falsely attribute it to the creators or the original canon (sometimes unintentionally). Many who hear this type of information don't usually realize that God Never Said That.

This is about that last one (in case you couldn't tell from the Title Drop).

Subtrope of Common Knowledge. God Never Said That differs from Beam Me Up, Scotty! in that that trope is about things not said or done by the characters. This is about things not said or done by the creators. Compare Urban Legends and Pop Culture Urban Legends, which propagate themselves by similar means.


This is occasionally what happens when the line between Fanon and Canon is blurred.

Note that while God's words can fall victim to this trope, it also applies to human authors who are gods of the worlds they create.


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  • Pokémon:
    • A mistranslation of a line in the episode "Bye Bye Butterfree" led to the mistaken belief that it was canon that Butterfree die after they mate.
    • In an interview in 2008, Masamitsu Hidaka stated that when Ash Ketchum becomes a Pokémon Master, the show will end. Many fans took that to mean that Ash will never win a Pokémon League because if he wins, he would be a Pokémon Master. Never mind the fact that the goal of Pokémon Master is deliberately vague, with Ash himself saying that winning a League is just a small step to that goal and that being a Pokémon Master is greater than simply being the world's strongest Pokémon Trainer. This misconception has become so notorious that Sun & Moon director Daiki Tomiyasu had to address the issue by saying that a Pokémon Master is not just winning the League and that learning is more important over winning or losing. Amusingly, Tomiyasu had Ash win his first Pokémon League and become the Champion, as if to hammer in that fact once and for all.
    • This is also stated that Pokémon Sun & Moon was non-canon to the anime timeline according to a Twitter post written by the sound director. However, that was a mistranslation because Word of God said that, after returning from Kalos, Ash spent three weeks at home before going to Alola.
    • Despite fans saying someone confirmed it, it has not been confirmed that Verity from Pokémon: I Choose You! is the daughter of Cynthia. Her mother is a powerful trainer from Sinnoh who looks like Cynthia, but the director has stated that they're not the same character.
  • For years, fans of Mobile Suit Victory Gundam used Tomino saying that "for people like Katejina, death is the easy way out" to illustrate just how evil she was. In fact, Tomino never said this. The actual quote was that he "wanted to give Katejina a punishment heavier than death", and even this was a misquote from this interview, where the actual quote is that he wanted to give her a punishment heavier than the blindness that was ultimately decided upon. Tomino pitied Katejina, and insisted that though he was obligated to punish her at the end, he wanted to leave her alive so that she has the chance to work hard to atone for her evil deeds and earn her happy ending eventually. Basically, Tomino's stance on Katejina's fate shows that he believes she is redeemable, rather than the opposite.
  • This was pretty common during the airing of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny:
    • An interview from director Mitsuo Fukuda was altered, leaving many a fan to think that he actually believed that Chairman Durandal was right for his actions in the last episodes.
    • Another was SEED Destiny's infamous interview with screenwriter Chiaki Morosawa, which was also a fake. Thankfully, this was caught by a forum administrator when they looked for the original article.
  • Happens quite a bit in Ranma ½, partially thanks to its age and its copious amount of Fanon. Four of the most common "falsely canonical" statements are:
    • "The Jusenkyo Guide took Ranma and Genma to Joketsuzoku to investigate a cure": He didn't. No reason why he took them there is ever given, though the fact that the two are in China to train and the fact that the village is full of martial artists, plus the fact he is doing the tour-guide routine when they reach the place, may indicate he took them there per request after Jusenkyo turned out to be such a flop for training.
    • "Happosai/Nabiki is a total villain": Rumiko Takahashi has never said anything about their villain status; the most that happened was that she once reported in an interview that being a Karma Houdini is what makes Nabiki funny and has called her nothing more than "a greedy girl with an impure heart". She also thrice drew non-canonical pieces of artwork showing Nabiki in a stereotypical "devil suit".
    • "There is no cure for Jusenkyo": Takahashi has, in fact, stated that the water of Nanniichuan will undo a Jusenkyo curse for Ranma or any of the other cursed men, and showed a temporary version of Nanniichuan curing him and Genma for its duration. This likely came from the fact that nobody ever managed to get their hands on Nanniichuan water and use it (which can actually be explained quite easily as Status Quo Is God), and the fact a minor villain managed to use Jusenkyo to create a Mix-and-Match Critters curse (though he was one to begin with).
    • "Ranma accepts being trans/genderfluid": A popular scanlation penned by well-known Western H-fanartists replaced Ranma's dialogue after the Final Battle to say that "[his] girl side was a part of [him], and it wasn't a curse after all." Which has been used as ultimate evidence of Ranma's feelings about his curse. While there is characterization elsewhere in the manga to support such interpretations, Ranma never said that particular line. In both the original Japanese and the official translations, Ranma is merely musing to himself that, with Akane's life on the line, trying to get a cure for himself didn't matter anymore. But he's still jumping at the chance to cure his curse in the very next scene. Why the scanlators decided to invent dialogue wholesale, leading to fanon that persists over a decade later and has supplanted the official release, is anyone's guess.
  • Digimon:
    • There's a rumor in the fandom that not only did the couples of Ken/Miyako and Yamato/Sora end up married, but they originally slated Mimi/Koushiro and Takeru/Hikari for marriage as well. Since the ending was ambiguous many fans like to make that as an excuse to ship them stating that "technically, they got married". In fact the rumor was started by a fansite, and since every single All There in the Manual extra material has been leaked in every possible place and nobody can get a copy of the "interview" saying so, it's most likely false. (Especially since Mimi/Koushiro is particularly illogical given that the most screen time they had within four feet of each other was in only one minor episode until Digimon Tri came out and gave them more Ship Tease.)
    • Another bit of fanon is that Yamato and Sora were divorced. Many a fan were certain they'd heard it mentioned on the original episode, but the facts turned out to be false. While there is no evidence that Yamato and Sora were ever married, the Distant Finale of Adventure 02 claims that Ken and Miyako did wind up being married. Thus the idea that Ken/Miyako was never stated to happen ended up being false, instead of the idea of their eventual marriage being false.
    • It's sometimes said that the Show Within a Show in Digimon Tamers was explicitly said to not be Digimon Adventure or its sequel... except the only thing Konaka actually said on the subject was that he wasn't going to tie the two continuities together or have characters from Adventure interact with the Tamers characters for the sake of fanservice. Further materials released after Tamers actually go as far to imply that it was, after all, Adventure and Adventure 02.
    • Another Tamers tidbit is the fact that certain fans tend to take the interpretation of Digimon "biology" and generalize it to other seasons, specifically things like "Digimon have No Biological Sex". Tamers has no such sway over any other Digimon universe.
    • Certain events in 02 have led the fans to believe that it is impossible for Digimon who die in the real world to be reborn in the standard way, but this has never actually been declared or established. While it's perfectly legitimate to infer such a thing, it's not the hard-and-fast rule that fanon thinks it is. Until Digimon Tri came out and confirmed this theory in its fourth movie.)
  • One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda is frequently claimed by fans to have said a great many things that he never actually said. He really does give regular Word of God answers to fan questions, but not in a language that most English-speaking fans can read, but even if he they could, some of his answers are crazy even by One Piece standards. Some of them are clearly jokes (for example, claiming that Chopper eating four Rumble Balls within six hours results in Oda turning into an uncontrollable monster), but sometimes it's impossible to tell.
  • Once, a Troll posted an interview on 4chan, supposedly by the director of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, in which he claimed that the series was made on a dare in order to prove that any poorly-written piece of trash would succeed as long as the cast was packed full of Bishōnen. Obviously, this was fake, but it didn't stop the Hatedom from giving out triumphant cries of "I Knew It!!".
    • In an interview with Animerica, director Masashi Ikeda said that he didn't write the relationship between Heero and Relena as romantic because he "can't write boy-girl relationships" and considered their symbolic relationship more important. Some yaoi fans gleefully seize on this as proof that Heero/Relena is non-Canon and never would be, which ignores what Ikeda said after that, which was (paraphrased) "I wouldn't rule out the possibility, though." They also ignore the fact that he said he didn't intend ANY romance at all.
    • Similarly, one of the biggest points of contention in the infamous "Great Trowa Rape Debate" was in reference to supposed interviews where the producers had "confirmed" that Trowa Barton was sexually abused during his days as a mercenary. Obviously, these claims were fake.
  • In Naruto:
    • Masashi Kishimoto is often mentioned as having said that Sasuke is his favorite character, particularly by people who think he's a Creator's Pet with too much screentime. He actually said Sasuke is his favorite character... to draw.
    • During mid-2014, persistent rumors circulated about how Kishimoto had stated that the manga would end in 2014; in truth, he did say that the manga was nearing completion and was in its final arc, but didn't put forward a concrete deadline. This is a very peculiar example in that the manga did end in 2014 after all, so anyone who believed the rumor was Right for the Wrong Reasons.
    • During the fandom meltdown surrounding the resolution of the series' Romance Arcs, several "translations" of Word of God were strategically circulated that were so out of touch with the original source that they had to have been deliberately engineered to cause grief, facilitate denial and mislead impressionable minds. Those consisted of a myriad in-universe and out-of-universe disheartening "true" reasons that the Official Couple got together - it was only because one of them felt sorry for the other and settled for her as a consolation prize; it only happened because of Executive Meddling and the author caving in to fan demands; the TRUE love standing in its way was there and mutual, but it never got to materialize merely due to some tragic misunderstanding, or ill-conceived and needless martyrdom on the part of the characters - the author failed to follow through on it on a vindictive whim, or because his hand was forced.
      Compared to all of this, the truth is ridiculously banal; the Official Couple got together in the usual way that fictional couples do — because the author decided, from the early stages of the manga, that it would be great if they were to fall in love, so they did. No reservations, no cynical "yeah, but"s about it. Some of the "true" alternate explanations were just fabricated whole-cloth; others were "inspired" by actual Word of God that had little resemblence to them, and instead described considerations that are much less scandalous and are par-for-the-course for the occasion, e.g. "I threw in some nuggets towards one pairing just to throw their fans off, but I never thought about making that pairing official, because I already decided on the Official Couple at an early stage".
    • Kishimoto's involvement with the production of the movie Naruto the Movie: Road to Ninja which is heavily loaded with Naruto/Sakura Ship Teasing, made a lot of their shipping fans to claim that the author was giving an explicit endorsement of the pairing and that it was meant to be the official one; in reality, Kishimoto was only involved with the characters' designs and story draft, while the actual script of the movie was done by Yuka Miyata, who was infamous for her Naruto/Sakura-teasing scene additions to the anime filler that didn't exist in the manga (although she stopped doing this after the manga ended and the anime continued to drag on, for obvious reasons).
    • When the series was reaching its end, quite a few fans claimed that Kishimoto had confirmed that in the ending Naruto would have a son named Shinachiku, based on an interview made during the promotion of the aforementioned Road To Ninja movie; in reality during the interview Kishimoto when asked if Naruto would have a child how would he call him, he jokingly answered that probably Shinachiku. The real names for Naruto's children turned out to be Boruto and Himawari.
    • A few of their shippers claimed that Kishimoto had confirmed in an interview that Naruto and Sakura's relationship was based upon his and his wife's; in reality during the interview when asked if his relationship was more similar to Naruto/Hinata than Sasuke/Sakura, he answers "it might not actually be like either", then when comparing Hinata to his wife he describes the latter as "strong", then it's the interviewer who suggests that Sakura could be more similar to Kishi's wife personality-wise (Naruto's relationship and dynamics with Sakura were not even mentioned).
    • Some fans claimed that Kishimoto wanted to reboot the series after he finished it. In reality, according to this 2016 Jump Festa interview, the one who actually said that was his assistant, Mikio Ikemoto. Kishimoto has consistently said that he's happy with Naruto and the way he finished it, and Ikemoto stated that he loved the idea of making a sequel rather than a reboot, so after Kishimoto endorsed him to Shueisha, he began writing the Boruto manga under Kishimoto's supervision.
  • There's currently a faked Bokurano novel translation circulating the 'net, which was actually based off a wildly canon-divergent fanfic which includes, among other things, Waku as the Dead Man Writing who narrates the story. It took in a fair few tropers on this very site, so watch out for that.
  • In the Macross Frontier fandom, former Fandom VIP Shaloom made up multiple fake interviews by a supposed writer of the series, Hiroshi Ohnogi (who did work on the Macross metaseries but not on Frontier itself, though that show did have some Shout Outs to stuff he did for Macross Zero). They also referred frequently to series creator Shoji Kawamori in a pretty... bad light. Everyone believed him until someone actually went searching for the interviews in question. Here is the Macross World FAQ on the whole deal.
  • The Hetalia Axis Power fandom has numerous instances of this, often as a result of fans mistranslating or misinterpreting the source material and Word of God:
    • The most infamous examples are Sweden's "grunting speech" (in canon he speaks with a Tohoku Regional Accent which was mistranslated and consequently Bowdlerized by fandom into grunting and mumbling), and America's Idiot Hero behavior being a case of Obfuscating Stupidity (what Word of God actually said was that America could read the atmosphere, but he just doesn't care).
    • There was also the claim that the to-be-created fifth season of Hetalia would make certain pairings, like US/UK, canon. Nothing was said by Word of God on this, and it was apparently just started up by fans.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Many fans believe that the creator, Akira Toriyama, had once stated he planned to end the manga at the Freeza arc, yet he has never once stated this. He only ever said the only planned ending for the manga was the first saga. The one who said that it should have ended in the Freeza saga was the editor at the time Kazuhiko Torishima note 
    • He has never said anything about the original version of Broly (the new version created for Dragon Ball Super was actually created by Toriyama), since as a movie character, Toriyama's only involvement was giving him a design. That hasn't stopped Broly fans from claiming Toriyama has said he was "the strongest" in one place or another, even fabricating "interviews" out of whole cloth to "prove" their point.
    • Likewise, Toriyama has never gone on record stating a dislike of Dragon Ball GT, and was actually rather positive about it while it was on the air in Japan. The only Dragon Ball property he has gone record stating his dislike for is Dragonball Evolution.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica:
    • Word of God stated that Mami Tomoe's wish was "to connect to life" - as in remain connected to her own life because she was going to die. Editors on this very wiki seemed to think it actually meant "connecting other lives" and stated that Mami had lied about her wish in the anime.
    • Some people are quick to say that Gen Urobuchi changed the ending to Rebellion to be more open-ended for the executives and that he hated it. Not true. He did say someone's gonna hate it, but that the people hating it would be the fanbase, ironically enough considering that the "some people" are usually members of said fanbase. As for the ending, it actually came up before Gen even wrote the script (He did considered an ending with more closure, but the problem was less meddling and more 'where do I go from there?' and that the idea to change the ending actually came from a co-worker.
  • An early online translation of Soul Eater manga referred to Crona with female pronouns, because the translator couldn't quite determine what Crona's gender was. This led some fans to believe that Crona was a boy in the anime but a girl in the manga. Canonically, Crona's gender is unknown in both, but both official English translations use male pronouns for convenience. These cases happened before "they/them" became more widely used as gender-neutral pronouns in English.
  • Fans flew into a panic when a magazine article stated that Doki Doki Pretty Cure would end in December, a whole month earlier than usual.note  The director of the series went onto his Twitter that very day and reassured fans that it was still committed to a full 49 episode series.
  • Happens quite a bit in the Sailor Moon fandom.
    • "But Naoko said this!" and "Naoko said that!", it's rarely true. Series creator, Naoko Takeuchi rarely gives interviews or even makes public appearances, and fans very rarely interact with her. There are many fan misconceptions that range from her hating the 90s anime adaptation to regretting creating the series at all. There's also the long standing rumor that she prevented the final season of the anime from making it over to the states out of fear of how they would treat it. None of these are true, although supposedly she did have some issues with the original anime, there's no evidence that she outright hated it.
    • There's some debate if Naoko really did approve of the English voice cast for the Viz redub. Viz themselves only say the "creator" approved them. Some believe they were actually referring to Toei. In addition, there's the longstanding rumor that Naoko hated the 90s anime dub, and that influenced the the prevention of the final season making it over. There's really no evidence one way or the other, although she did once directly complain at DiC's slow pace of bringing the show to the US, and supposedly thought Jill Frappier's performance of Luna was interesting, while finding Usagi/Serena's voice too deep.
    • One Wiki once posted a "quotation" from Naoko, ostensibly from an interview, saying that the lesbian relationship between Sailors Uranus and Neptune was actually between Sailor Neptune and Prince Uranus, the latter of whom had died and been reborn as a girl (as his sister's powers had been passed on to him, causing him to be reborn as her). When no one could find a source for said quote, or the interview in question, the site quietly removed it.
    • There's no concrete proof that Naoko said that Setsuna was part Romani, but it's a persistent rumor—and generally accepted headcanon. The official reason for Setsuna being Ambiguously Brown is simply aesthetic.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • The fandom (or at least the sizable number of Natsu/Lucy shippers) claim that Hiro Mashima stated that the two would end up together and have a child named Nashi, which isn't quite true. Rather, he was responding to a hypothetical question, not to mention that the word nashi is the Japanese equivalent of "n/a" (no answer, no comment, not available).
    • Another claim from shippers is that Mashima said that the mind control magic Lucy fell victim to in the first chapter can only be broken by true love, or Natsu in her case. The only way to break that particular magic was actually stated in that chapter: the victim merely has to be aware that this magic is being used, which happened when Natsu distracted her. Mashima has never gone back on this explanation.
    • People came under the impression from Mashima's manga volume afterwords that he planned for Fairy Tail to be roughly ten volumes long, with the Phantom Lord arc being the intended ending of the manga, had positive fan reception not led him to keep it going. While Mashima has said the manga became far longer than he ever imagined, and credited fan reception for this, the rest is misinterpreted: ten volumes was merely Mashima's rough estimate for how long he initially thought the manga would last, with his idea for the Phantom Lord arc coming much sooner than he anticipated—both statements ironically being accompanied by his admission that he had zero plans for the manga's overall story, giving his spur-of-the-moment decision to jump into Phantom Lord as an example of this.
  • Yu Yu Hakusho fandom frequently circulates a quote from the author wherein he states he had to nix a potential romantic relationship between Hiei and his liege lady Mukuro because he was legitimately afraid that the Hiei/Kurama fangirls would make an attempt on his life. The source has never been traced.
  • Stitch!, the second TV series in the Lilo & Stitch franchise, is so disliked by much of the Western fanbase that many Western fans say that either Disney or Lilo & Stitch creator Chris Sandersnote  have declared the anime to be Canon Discontinuity to the previous works in the franchise. No legitimate evidence have ever turned up confirming this. Even then, neither party is likely to make any declaration on the Stitch! anime's status in the canon because the franchise is very popular in Japan; Disney doesn't want to lose sales on such a lucrative property, and Sanders, who has been to Japan several times, most likely doesn't want to upset his fans over there. Same thing applies to the Chinese series Stitch & Ai, although that show is much more recent and does have the distinction of sharing a showrunner (Tony Craig) with the American animated series.
  • A persistent rumor about the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga said that Yugi has diabetes, allegedly from Word of God at an American convention. Not only did Kazuki Takahashi not go to any American conventions, a line implying Yugi did have diabetes was added by a Viz translator for no apparent reason and didn't exist at all in the original version.
  • Unsourced claims that "the creator" has stated that Rei and Nagisa are canon periodically pop up in the Free! fandom. An instance even appeared on the Wikia for some time before being deleted.
  • Similar to the above, an alleged interview in which Haikyuu!! creator Haruichi Furudate seemingly confirms Tsukishima and Yamaguchi to be an item has been thoroughly debunked, but still occasionally manages to fool new fans.
  • Believe it or not, Neon Genesis Evangelion was never expressly stated to be any kind of reaction to trends in anime. Series creator Hideaki Anno loved older mecha shows and has said so publicly more than once. Rei was not intended to be disturbing, Anno stated that Rei represented "the most inscrutable" part of him, and her voice actress Megumi Hayashibara backed this claim up.
  • It's commonly said by fans that Slayers creator, Hajime Kanzaka, hates Slayers TRY, but good luck ever finding a source for it.

  • Ultimate Spider-Man editor Axel Alonso fell victim to this when, addressing the controversy over the new lead Miles Morales, stated that maybe one day a gay character could even be introduced without it causing an uproar. This caused mass speculation that Miles Morales was going to be both mixed and gay, and that his best friend Ganke was going to be his love interest. This had to be debunked multiple times just because one quote got taken out of context.
  • This image made the rounds on Tumblr, purporting to be a Take That! from Archie Comics's Sonic comic at the new character designs in the Sonic Boom cartoon and games. Actually, it was part of a fan-produced comic distributed at a British Fan Convention dedicated to Sonic the Comic - the animal showing Sonic his Boom design is a fan character created by one of the convention's Kickstarter backers, and Sonic's indifference to the Boom design is consistent with his characterization in that comic.
  • Former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada is said to have defended the critically panned One More Day storyline and his own role in it by saying something to the effect of "Fans can't relate to Spider-Man having a hot wife; they can relate to Aunt May walking in on Spider-Man downloading porn," among other statements indicating that he does not have a high opinion of his public. These statements have never been sourced.
  • Even on this Wiki there were quotes that, at a convention, one of the writers said Amy and Tekno from Sonic the Comic were a couple. This quote doesn't exist.

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    Films — Animation 
  • Beauty and the Beast: The Beast is never given a name in the film, though many fans will tell you that he's called "Adam" in the commentary. Actually, the commentary just mentions that they forgot to give the Beast a name. Even though "Adam" has sneaked its way into into a small handful tie-in media, such as a computer trivia game called The D-Show, the Beast continues to not have an official name with Disney continuing to make a point of calling him just "the Beast" or "the Prince".
  • Being to video games what Roger Rabbit was to classic Western animation, Wreck-It Ralph has a ton of cameos from real video game characters. A number of Nintendo-owned characters and references show up, but Mario himself didn't get a direct cameo, only a verbal reference. A rumor spread like wildfire that Mario didn't get in because Nintendo demanded too much money, and that the director said so. As it turns out, this is patently false. In a video interview (around 15:30) with, director Rich Moore debunks the rumor, positing that it grew out of a joke John C. Reilly made at Comic-Con when he said "Luigi wants more money than Mario." In reality, the creators were able to use Mario; they just didn't know what to do with him. They felt that he was too important a gaming icon for a short gag, but were unable to figure out a bigger role in the narrative that he could have, so they chose to forego him.
  • The voice actress for GoGo Tomago from Big Hero 6, Jamie Chung, stated that she thinks that GoGo's name is "something plain, like Ethel, Marge or Patty". This quickly warped into "GoGo's VA said that her real name is Ethel".
  • The Lion King:
    • It's been circulated that someone on the The Lion King II: Simba's Pride team clarified on Facebook that Zira adopted Kovu and that Kovu is an orphan, but no quote exists. This confusion probably exists because of a separate, similar quote: The film's director, Darrell Rooney, has noted on Facebook that Kovu isn't Scar's son (something mentioned in the film itself).
    • It's been repeated in the fandom that Kiara's scrapped twin brother Chaka was engaged to a female cub named either "Timira" or "Kirijah". Despite this, there's never been any source on this info and no one involved on the project seems to remember her. The closest source listed is a "Dan T. Guyton" but no one by that name worked on the film.
  • Despite claims otherwise, no one at Disney has said that Lady is in heat during Lady and the Tramp and that the strays that attack her were trying to rape her.
  • Frozen:
    • In 2015, director Chris Buck jokingly claimed that he likes to think King Agnarr and Queen Iduna survived their shipwreck, ended up in the jungle and became Tarzan's parents. Many fans took this as canon, even though it's not really consistent with the two films' details (Tarzan's parents look different from the king and queen, they escaped from a burning ship, not just a sunken one, the time periods don't match up, and they already had baby Tarzan with them, whereas Queen Iduna showed no sign of being pregnant when she and the king left on their voyage). Those who spread this statement also left out that Buck went on to say that he imagined that the films also take place in the same continuity as Surf's Up, a film from Sony Animation also directed by Buck, demonstrating that it was meant in jest, since it would otherwise probably result in a legal disputes, given that two different studios are involved. In 2019, Buck finally confirmed that his comment was only meant as a joke.
    • A persistent belief among some fans, due to an alleged "leak" from an early screening, is that Frozen 2 originally had a deeply Bittersweet Ending with Elsa Killed Off for Real instead of only suffering a Disney Death, but that the ending was changed after test audiences disapproved. There has been no hint of this whatsoever from either the Walt Disney Company or the movie's creative team.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Gene Roddenberry has been cited as declaring one Star Trek movie or another as Canon Discontinuity. The closest he got was disapproval with most any movie that wasn't Star Trek: The Motion Picture and calling Star Trek V: The Final Frontier's canonicity "uncertain". And even then, it tended to be just minor elements. For example, he reportedly disapproved of a "No smoking" sign being visible on the Enterprise bridge in one of the films. Nevertheless, to this day there are fans absolutely convinced that he declared this or that film as non-canon.
  • George Lucas has occasionally, and admittedly, changed his mind about some things about the Star Wars saga (which, let's be fair, is a saga that has gone on for several decades), but he has gained a largely unfair reputation of shifting his ground willy nilly about every topic under the sun which is based on a combination of misquotes, false rumors, and misunderstandings of things he actually did say.
    • There have been claims that George Lucas is all over the place with regard to the canonicity of the Expanded Universe, alternating between calling it canon and not. Actually, he's been pretty consistent in calling it an alternate universe. This was later rendered irrelevant after Disney's purchase of the franchise, as they relegated the entire Expanded Universe as non-canon unless otherwise stated (and the entirety of said universe designated with the "Legends" tag).
    • Lucas supposedly changes his position on how many movies there were originally supposed to be every other week. The official position is that, at his most ambitious, he wanted twelve, but, realizing it was unfeasible, decided on nine. At some point very early into the original trilogy he realized that he did not want to make nine movies, and incorporated the sequel trilogy into Return of the Jedi. In interviews he refers to his planning process in all its stages, leading to the confusion.
    • There were rumors that he said Jar-Jar Binks died on Alderaan, which he publicly dismissed.
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe, being an extremely large franchise known for making not-well-known-characters into the stars of multi-million-dollar, blockbuster films, is constantly plagued by this — especially because it makes good clickbait. Nathan Fillion will cameo as Ant-Man in The Avengers! note  Adam Warlock will be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2! note  Phil Coulson will return in Iron Man 3/Captain America: The Winter Soldier/Avengers: Age of Ultron/Ant-Man/Captain America: Civil War! note  The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Defenders will be in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame / Kevin Feige has said the TV and Netflix characters aren't ever coming to the movies! note . Spider-Man: Far From Home had an out of context Mythology Gag from a trailer that was misconstrued to make it seem like the MCU was changing its Earth 199999 designation to the comic universe's Earth 616 which wasn't true. note  And so on.
  • DC Extended Universe:
    • The franchise is referred to by that name by many people... except by Warner Bros. and DC Comics themselves. It turns out the name was a joke that came from an article written by Keith Staskiewicz for Entertainment Weekly in July 2015. It's only two years later that Abraham Riesman of Vulture learned from DC Films executives that it's not the official name for that shared universe. It didn't prevent some of the people involved like Ezra Miller from referring to it by that name or "DCEU". WB themselves usually use "DC Films" which is the official name of the subsidiary of the studio headed up by Walter Hamada and his team. However, HBO Max refers to it as DC Extended Universe since early 2020, so it became official somewhere.
    • Between November 2017 and May 2020, a number of fans assumed that there was a completed director's cut of Justice League that was ready to be released based on comments by Zack Snyder, while others made more educated guesses that it wasn't one hundred per cent finished.note  In actuality, Snyder mentioned that there were multiple cuts but none of them had totally completed VFX and post-production work. When it was finally confirmed in May 2020 that Zack Snyder's Justice League would be released on HBO Max, the release date was slated for 2021 to allow time to complete the effects and other needed post-production work.
  • Very early on, it was rumored that Matt Reeves' The Batman would be a Period Piece set in The '90s, and this became such a ubiquitous talking point that many websites began reporting it as fact. However, Reeves himself never said that; the idea that the movie was set in the 90s began due to fans assuming it would be a prequel to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with Robert Pattinson merely playing a younger version of Ben Affleck's Batman from the previous movies. However, as time went on, it became increasingly likely that The Batman would either be set in a standalone continuity or serve as a Continuity Reboot of sorts, and Reeves eventually Jossed the whole 90s theory when saying it would explore what Batman would be like if he'd been conceived in the present day.

  • Reportedly Josef Stalin was once asked, at one of his conferences (Tehran or Yalta) with Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, how he knew that he would become ruler of the Soviet Union. Stalin says that God came to him in a vision and told him so (let's forget he was a staunch atheist for the purpose of the joke, or say he said so jokingly). FDR turns to Stalin, and says, "Now wait a minute Joe, I never said any such thing!"

  • Plenty in the Harry Potter fandom:
    • There used to be a rumor about a gratuitous sex scene in the last book. Everyone heard that rumor (from everyone else), and all the sources claimed to have heard it straight from the author. A video on The Onion about Rowling including a date rape in an upcoming Potter book may have had something to do with the rumor.
    • It was rumored that Rowling had confirmed Harry Potter and the Green Flame Torch / Pillar of Storge / Fortress of Shadows as the title of books six/seven. She responded by suggesting Harry Potter and The Toenail of Icklibogg.
    J.K: I am trying very hard not to feel offended that anyone thought this was possible. 'Storgé', for crying out loud. Come on, people, get a grip.
    • There was an article Harry/Hermione shippers would sometimes cite which claimed Rowling had said Harry would develop "more of an interest in pal Hermione" in book 5. Nobody was able to trace this to an actual interview, and it ended up being Jossed. More information here.
    • Rowling never said that she may have subconsciously let the name "Harry Potter" from the Troll series seep into her story, regardless of what Phelous or any number of other people may tell you. What she actually said is that she took the name "Potter" from a family she was friends with as a child, and "Harry" simply because she has always loved that name.
    • In 2016, she published a story about how there are eleven prestigious Wizarding schools in the world but explained that are plenty of smaller ones as well. Some people have squabbled with the fact that Europe has three but while the continents of Africa, South America, and North America have one each. Japan has one as well, leaving four of them’s locations unknown. She never said that there were no schools in say, continental Asia, just that there wasn’t one with a storied history while also leaving the door open for one (or more) of the undisclosed schools to be there.
    • There's a quote floating around on the Internet which confirms the fanon belief that Nagini is the snake Harry set free from the zoo, specifically "Yes, it’s rather funny, really, that next to no one realized the snake that Harry set free in Philosopher's Stone turned out to be Voldemort's final Horcrux, Nagini." It never happened. There's also a scientific hole in the theory, incidentally. Harry set a boa constrictor loose, which in the movies, was a Burmese python. Neither one is venomous or has fangs. Nagini is and does.
    • There are persistent rumors that Rowling said "In a fight between a wizard and a muggle with a shotgun, the muggle will win every time." This quote has never been traced, and whether muggles or wizards would win is a continuing debate.
    • Rose/Scorpius Shippers will often claim that Rowling has confirmed that Rose and Scorpius eventually ended up together. She hasn't.
    • A really old one that people love to misquote, but Rowling never actually said that people were delusional if they ship Harry/Hermione, that was the owner of, Emerson Spartz.
    • In February 2014, Rowling did an interview where she commented that Ron and Hermione would have a rocky relationship, but probably be happy after marriage counseling. A preview of the interview took that section out of context, and the press quickly twisted it into "Rowling says she should have put Hermione with Harry instead of Ron" (Harry was barely even mentioned in the interview). Naturally, fans then twisted this into "Word of God has declared that Harry and Hermione are actually canon, Distant Epilogue be damned." An often overlooked segment of the interview is Rowling stating that the Ron/Hermione pairing was Wish Fulfillment on her part, Hermione being an admitted Author Avatar - the obvious implication being that Rowling herself would choose Ron.
    • Rowling is often quoted on saying that Lord Voldemort was born physically incapable of loving because he was conceived under the effects of a love potion. What she actually said was that him being conceived under artificial love is supposed to symbolise his lack of understanding for love, not that it actively caused it. In the same interview, she goes on to note that he would have turned out differently if Merope had lived and raised him herself, which instantly contradicts the often Rowling-cited notion that Voldemort was born inherently evil.
    • Certain fans are fond of accusing Rowling said that autism could be "cured" with magic. What she actually said was that magic can easily cure non-magical illnesses, but magical injuries and diseases were more difficult (which is to say, this is why a wizard can overcome the flu with a simple potion, but potentially die of dragon pox). Autism, being a developmental disorder, is not the same as an illness.
    • On the old version of her website, Rowling had an entire section called the "Rubbish Bin" devoted to debunking rumors about both herself and the Harry Potter series. It can still be viewed in archived form.
    • Many people also seem to believe that Rowling said she had originally planned to have Hermione end up with Fred Weasley. She never did.
    • In 2019, a post by entertainment magazine Complex went viral that took something something she said about Dumbledore and Grindelwald way out of context. It said she said they had an “intensely sexual relationship” which took two separate things she said and put them together. She said it was intense and that there was a sexual element to it, she didn’t say the sexual part was intense. She was accused of fetishizing it. However, if you actually watch the interview it’s from, she goes out of her way to say she’s not really interested in the sexual side, she was more interested in the clash of two equals side.
  • Many Twilight fans have claimed that Stephenie Meyer ruled out vampires being able to have children. Meyer herself claims she only said that female vampires couldn't have children but got misinterpreted. She did, however, say that all fluids in a vampire's body turn to "venom," later redacting this to all fluids except semen.
  • In one interview, Stephenie Meyer supposedly said that she was going to write a book about "time-traveling mermaids." If you listen to the clip it's clear that she's listing "time travel" and "mermaids" as ideas that she's considered, she just speaks a bit quickly so that it comes out sounding odd.
  • Due to the complicated mess that resulted in the wake of L. Sprague de Camp's additions to the Conan the Barbarian mythos, many things which were introduced with De Camp or others are mistakenly attributed to Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan. Some of these include:
    • The idea that Howard said Conan and the Hiberno-Norman warrior Cormac Fitzgeoffrey, who is stated to be 6'2" and 210lbs, were "physical doubles." This myth is even referenced on The Other Wiki. Not only is this very interesting factoid completely absent from Howard's letters, notes and stories, but the very numbers are incorrect—Cormac is a fraction of an inch over 6 feet, and 200lbs.
    • Howard's Hyborian Age is often placed in 10,000 BC, give or take a millennium or two, as established by L. Sprague De Camp in the later Conan novels and stories. In fact, Howard never dated the Hyborian Age at all, but he did date the Thurian Age (the time period of his other barbarian king Kull of Atlantis) as 100,000 BC. Calculating the centuries that pass in the "Hyborian Age" essay, one can place the age of Conan in any period from 90,000 BC to 10,000 BC.
  • The Dragonriders of Pern fandom mostly believes in the veracity of Anne McCaffrey's infamous "Tent Peg" interview, in which she states that anal penetration will instantly turn a man gay, by way of explaining how riders of green and blue dragons can all be gay). However there's no actual evidence that it's more than an internet legend. She did, however, espouse similar, if much much milder ideas in her "Renewable Air Force" essay—in which she says green dragons tend to pick males with more feminine personalities and blues tend to pick Straight and Manly Gays.
  • Happens all too frequently in the Warrior Cats fandom:
    • Often people in the fandom claimed that author Victoria Holmes said that Brambleclaw would not succeed Firestar as ThunderClan leader. In reality, she said that the leader after Firestar "might be unexpected", and noted later that her editor made her change who the leader would be.
    • She is also cited as saying that Ivypool and Bumblestripe would hook up, when she actually told a fan that they could support whatever shipping they wanted to.
    • Vicky is cited as saying that cats can't be named "Moon-" or "-moon" because the moon is too sacred to cats. It's not. Never are the characters shown worshipping the moon and the quote said the exact opposite. The real reason for this decision is that using "moon" as a prefix or suffix makes that cat seem more important or attractive than the other cats in their clan. Even this rule was abolished, with characters like "Ambermoon" being introduced in future books.
    • There are no official "naming traditions". No author has never mentioned it and it has never been stated in-universe. The only names not allowed were the before mentioned "moon" names (which later began being used) and "Hammerclaw" (Tigerclaw's original name before it was noted feral cats don't know what hammers are).
  • A common myth is that, as a toddler, J. R. R. Tolkien, known for writing The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, was bitten by a poisonous spider in South Africa, causing him to develop a phobia about them. Therefore many of his works feature giant, malevolent arachnids, including the spiders of Mirkwood, Shelob, and Ungoliant. However, this article proves the incident was no inspiration whatsoever to the spiders. In fact, Tolkien admitted to having no dislike for spiders at all and even rescued them if they fell into the bath. However his youngest son Michael was afraid of them and Tolkien took inspiration from that when writting The Hobbit

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  • Prior to the airing of the pilot episode for Fear the Walking Dead, the actress who played the undead Gloria gave an interview to in which she believed that "everything started with Gloria". The site and many other news outlets, including Metro Newspapers, Hitfix and fansites, took this to mean that Gloria was the first walker ever created (Patient Zero), and ran stories to this effect. However, Gloria is not the first walker in the series - in the pilot, Tobias tells Madison Clark the morning after Nick's encounter with Gloria that he has heard reports of the dead coming back to life in five states, showing that the dead were reanimating before Gloria was infected. Yet, this hasn't stopped some fans from still believing this to be the case.
  • Lost:
    • The producers never said that the show would never have time travel. They once said that the then-ongoing Season Two had no time travel — and it didn't — but never that there would never be time travel. Additionally, they never stated that there was one huge clue left in the pilot — in fact, they explicitly said there wasn't, and the last one to be made significant was the single white tennis shoe Jack found. Yet this is repeated to this day.
    • In an example of "Word of Mistaken God," an excellent way to see if someone is making something up about a producer comment is to see if they attribute it to J.J. Abrams, who has had little involvement in the series since season 1, helping to set it up, write and direct the pilot, and contributing to only a very few episodes since (the last being in S3).
    • They also didn't "lie" about the Purgatory theory - The fandom mistakenly believes that they said Purgatory would never be involved in the show, and claim that the fact that the series ended in Purgatory meant that they lied; or else they believe that the characters' explanation that the Flash-Sideways and the church are Purgatory means that the entire series was Purgatory; neither of which is the case.
  • Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation was notorious because of the unpopularity of the fifth female turtle Venus de Milo, who was despised by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird so much that she was barred from making appearances in any other continuities for the rest of the duration that the franchise was in his hands. After Nickelodeon obtained the rights to the franchise, many of Venus's detractors who wished for Venus to remain Exiled from Continuity cited both co-creators hating the character as a reason for why she shouldn't return, though the other co-creator Kevin Eastman has actually stated openly in an interview after Nickelodeon's acquisition of the franchise that he actually likes the character and hopes for her to someday make a comeback.
  • Star Trek is notorious for this sort of thing, though it can get complex because often "fan-created canon" or "fanon" often overlaps with the mistaken belief that "God" originally said something-or-other.
    • Just one example occurred with Star Trek: Enterprise which raised the ire of some fans for establishing a Vulcan serving with Starfleet, when the belief was Spock was the first. Many claims were made that the series violated established on-screen canon in this regard... until members of one of the Star Trek fan forums actually went back through all the televised episodes and movies and could find no such reference to Spock being the first Vulcan in Starfleet (in fact, the existence of an all-Vulcan ship in the original series establishes that Vulcans in Starfleet are not especially new or unusual).
    • One could write a book on all the various non-canon ideas that Star Trek fans routinely believe are canon, but one of the least talked about is a belief among fans that humans of the 24th Century have learned how to "always get along" and never fight with each other. Because of this, they tend to bash Deep Space Nine and Voyager, or even declare them not canon, because of the very concept of the Maquis, and other instances of humans fighting with humans. They cling to this even though The Next Generation never shied away from human-vs-human conflict. What Gene Roddenberry actually said was that humans have learned to rise above "petty bickering", but even he understood that there would always be legitimate issues that would cause conflict between humans.
    • This example has been referenced in mainstream press, especially around the release of Star Trek: Discovery as factual, and showrunner Aaron Harberts has discussed tossing out the so-called rule as a way of marketing the new show.
    • Among numerous other things Roddenberry supposedly said, one was that only he could create Star Trek. In this case there actually is some historical basis for the quote, which was actually "It's not Star Trek until I say it's Star Trek", but in context, this quote was referencing his habit of staying up until all hours of the night re-working scripts until they met his satisfaction. As for whether or not he thought of himself as the only man who could produce "real" Trek (an argument often used to excise various films or TV series from canon), he actually had a lot to say on the subject, and while some is self-contradictory, the main message is that he neither thought of himself as the franchise's sole owner nor did he want it to die with him. He even said he hoped any new additions to the franchise after his death would be considered better than his.
    • A certain vocal section of the fandom loves to trumpet nowadays that Roddenberry "always saw Kirk and Spock as a romantic couple" or that he "would have made Kirk and Spock gay lovers if he could have", and of course, because Roddenberry "said" this, it can now be considered canon that Kirk and Spock were indeed one another's true love. This actually comes from an interview Roddenberry did with Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath, two infamous "super-fans" who championed the idea of Kirk and Spock as lovers. To some, Roddenberry's answer was confirmation that he considered their story a romance. In actuality, the quote was more like Roddenberry fumbling for an answer that wouldn't offend, while not actually answering the question.
      • A side note to that was Roddenberry's footnote in his novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. For some, it's confirmation that Kirk was queer and saw Spock as his lover. For others, it's an express (though non-homophobic) denial. As it says:
    Editor's note: The human concept of friend is most nearly duplicated in Vulcan thought by the term t'hy'la, which can also mean brother and lover. Spock's recollection (from which this chapter has drawn) is that it was a most difficult moment for him since he did indeed consider Kirk to have become his brother. However, because t'hy'la can be used to mean lover, and since Kirk's and Spock's friendship was unusually close, this has led to some speculation over whether they had actually indeed become lovers. At our request, Admiral Kirk supplied the following comment on this subject:
    "I was never aware of this lovers rumor, although I have been told that Spock encountered it several times. Apparently he had always dismissed it with his characteristic lifting of his right eyebrow which usually connoted some combination of surprise, disbelief, and/or annoyance. As for myself, although I have no moral or other objections to physical love in any of its many Earthly, alien, and mixed forms, I have always found my best gratification in that creature woman. Also, I would dislike being thought of as so foolish that I would select a love partner who came into sexual heat only once every seven years."
  • A common misconception about Joe Odagiri is that he hated his role as Yusuke Godai, The Hero of Kamen Rider Kuuga. This stems from a mistranslated interview, as noted here - while he does dislike Tokusatsu as a wholenote , and he disliked doing Kuuga at the timenote , looking back, he does not regret his time playing the part. The only reason that the part isn't listed in his profile on his agency's website (the removal of said part is what started the rumor) is because it wasn't his debut - Odagiri himself says that there are other roles he did at the time that aren't listed either, and since Kuuga wasn't his debut, they can't give the part special treatment.
  • Power Rangers Megaforce: Does Bigs have a powerup called "Ultra Scmultra" [sic]? No, it was actually an error made by FANDOM. In reality, that was actually an insult Bigs made, and the misspelling came from a Morphin Legacy video title.
  • Many fans of The Umbrella Academy seem to be under the impression that the creators intend to have eight seasons, in correspondence to the eight planned issues of the comic book. In actuality there is no such proof that this is the case and the only quote from the runners close to this actually imply that they're aiming for less seasons than eight.

  • A common rumor is that Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails reportedly claimed that Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt" is either "the perfect cover" or "better than the original". Neither is true, as he said that listening to Cash's cover was like he had lost his girlfriend because it wasn't his anymore. While this may suggest that he thinks Cash's version is superior, he goes on to clarify that the two versions are "different - but every bit as pure".
  • The following hilariously pretentious quote about the true meaning of Radiohead's "Street Spirit (Fade Out)", attributed to frontman Thom Yorke, has been floating around the Internet since at least the early 2000s, despite the fact there's zero evidence he ever actually said it:
"Street Spirit" is our purest song, but I didn’t write it. It wrote itself. We were just its messengers; its biological catalysts. Its core is a complete mystery to me, and, you know, I wouldn’t ever try to write something that hopeless. All of our saddest songs have somewhere in them at least a glimmer of resolve. Street Spirit has no resolve. It is the dark tunnel without the light at the end. It represents all tragic emotion that is so hurtful that the sound of that melody is its only definition. We all have a way of dealing with that song. It’s called detachment. Especially me; I detach my emotional radar from that song, or I couldn’t play it. I’d crack. I’d break down on stage. That’s why its lyrics are just a bunch of mini-stories or visual images as opposed to a cohesive explanation of its meaning. I used images set to the music that I thought would convey the emotional entirety of the lyric and music working together. That’s what’s meant by ‘all these things you’ll one day swallow whole’. I meant the emotional entirety, because I didn’t have it in me to articulate the emotion. I’d crack… Our fans are braver than I to let that song penetrate them, or maybe they don’t realise what they’re listening to. They don’t realise that Street Spirit is about staring the fucking devil right in the eyes, and knowing, no matter what the hell you do, he’ll get the last laugh. And it’s real, and true. The devil really will get the last laugh in all cases without exception, and if I let myself think about that too long, I’d crack. I can’t believe we have fans that can deal emotionally with that song. That’s why I’m convinced that they don’t know what it’s about. It’s why we play it towards the end of our sets. It drains me, and it shakes me, and hurts like hell every time I play it, looking out at thousands of people cheering and smiling, oblivious to the tragedy of its meaning, like when you’re going to have your dog put down and it’s wagging its tail on the way there. That’s what they all look like, and it breaks my heart. I wish that song hadn’t picked us as its catalysts, and so I don’t claim it. It asks too much. I didn’t write that song."

  • L'Osservatore Romano— a perpetual source. Just because the newspaper of Vatican City pans Avatar does not mean that the Pope condemns it. It's just a newspaper.

  • This actually happens quite frequently in The Bible, being perhaps the most translated text of all time. (for the purposes of this list, all quotations will be from the King James Version unless otherwise noted).
  • Genesis 3, which is about the Fall of Adam and Eve from Eden, is often summarized as "the Devil tricks Adam and Eve into eating an apple".
    • Christian tradition states that Satan took the form of a snake, this is never specified in the chapter itself. However, a verse that suggests that Satan did take the form of a snake is Revelation 12:9, which says: "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."
    • It's also often said that the serpent had legs before God curses it for tricking Adam and Eve, but the text only states that afterwards he was cursed to crawl on his belly.
    • The periy ("fruit") is never specified as an apple (the word though is hard to translate into English as it means any plant product — fruit, grain, nuts, berries, edible leaves, etc.) — the idea of it being an apple comes from the Latin word malus, which means both "apple" and "evil"; the Apple of Discord by Eris, which led to the Judgment of Paris and The Trojan War; and John Milton's Paradise Lost, an epic poem that states that the fruit was an apple. Whether the fruit is indeed an apple or not, the point is that Adam and Eve were told not to eat the fruit, they ate it anyway, and didn't own up to their error.
  • Exodus 34:29 is as follows: "And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him." This verse refers to Moses as having rays of light, not horns, emanating from his face. The image of Moses having horns comes from the Vulgate, a translation of the Bible into Latin by St. Jerome, which translates קָרַ֛ן, qāran (based on the root, קָ֫רֶן qeren, which often means "horn") into "cornuta". Even so, "horned" in this context is very likely meant to mean "glorified".
    • Joseph's coat may have been "richly ornamented" or "of many colors" depending on the translationnote 
    • The sea creature that swallowed Jonah is expressly called a דג גדול - a big fish. However, at the time whales were generally considered to be just a large kind of fish; the distinction between whales (which are mammals) and fish wouldn't be made for several centuries yet.
    • The Ten Commandments themselves. Aside from slight differences in dividing up the commandments between the original Hebrew and subsequent Christian versions, there are a few cases where people have deliberately tried to mistranslate or misread earlier versions, such as with the Commandment "Thou Shalt Not Kill." The original word used in the Hebrew version, רצח (r-ṣ-ḥ), clearly means just murder of the premeditated kind, as in "lie in wait for innocent blood" and the like (elsewhere, the command is that murderers and other criminals are to be executed, and accidental killings are not to be punished). Capital punishment and war are clearly not breaches of this Commandment, as they're specifically authorized on many occasions.
    • And "taking God's name in vain" is a rather sparse translation. It more literally means something like "You are not to take God's name up for nothingness" i.e. don't go using it casually to back up worthless and dubious claims, or claiming God as an ally in some scheme you're trying to pull (this can especially be applied to politicians and the like).
    • The identification of Satan as "Lucifer" or "the Morning Star." This comes from Isaiah 14:12, which does not refer to Satan, but King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. His fall from power is being compared with the fall of the morning star, Venus (Lucifer in Latin). This was later lumped in with Satan's fall (itself subject to a great deal of legend).
    • The New Testament provides an example recounted within the Gospels; God gave a number of general rules, but by Jesus' time these had been analyzed and quantified into strict rules by the Pharisees. When the Pharisees tried to call Jesus on his "rule-breaking", he often explained that they had over-analyzed the letter of the law and missed the spirit completely. For example, in Matthew 12:1-2, Jesus' disciples were plucking ears of corn with their hands, but the Pharisees accused them of working on the Sabbath: "At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day". The irony is that the disciples' actions were in accordance to Deuteronomy 23:25: "When thou comest into the standing corn of thy neighbour, then thou mayest pluck the ears with thine hand; but thou shalt not move a sickle unto thy neighbour's standing corn".
    • Despite the common interpretation, not once in the Bible does it mention that the angels sent down to Earth (e.g. Gabriel) have wings. Indeed the descriptions of them are often vague at best, describing them only by what they wore or being surrounded by bright light. The ones that are described as having wings have multiple pairs and some have eyes on their wings too... others are far closer to Eldritch Abominations. There's a set of angels in Ezekiel, for example, who take the form of "topaz wheels made of eyes", who may or may not act as Soul Jars for even stronger angels! The Winged Humanoids we know and love are a creation of Medieval European art (Rule of Cool was around even then).
      • Also, there is ambiguity about the term 'angel' itself. Occasionally it is used almost interchangeably with God himself (perhaps similar to 'avatar').note  And the more... colorful descriptions tend to use other words, such as 'seraph'. Also these descriptions take place solely in heavenly visions and revelations, and whether they are to be taken literally is highly debatable.
      • 'Angel' has such a feminine connotation in modern English, despite the fact that the only times angels have a specified gender in the Bible, it is male. This has led to the oddity of angels in general being thought of as being female, but most angel characters in works are male or sexless.
      • Speaking of angels, Gabriel is not actually an archangel. Per definition there can only be one (the word essentially meaning "the highest one of the angels"), and the Bible only mentions one by that title - Michael.
      • Also related to angels, there is absolutely no reason to think that the Bible states or even implies that humans can or will become angels after death. Unlike most misconceptions, this one is actually fairly recent as it was popularized by such things as It's a Wonderful Life.
    • Much of the conception of the Apocalypse is based on the commentaries contained in the Scofield Reference Bible. So you get ideas such as the Jews returning to Israel and expelling all non-Jews as required for Jesus to come back. Much of it was reinterpreted by televangelists, and it all went well, until America sided with Iraq (Babylon) against Iran (Persia) because America Saves the Day. The Great Politics Mess-Up should've discredited it altogether, but like all memes, it won't die. Also found in the Scofield was James Ussher's chronology of the Universe, which dates Creation to the 22 of October 4004 BC. Which is still what Young Earth Creationists believe. Ignoring the obvious, not only was Ussher's chronology not the first, nor did the others arrive at the same datenote , but not even Ussher was completely literal with his derivation, having shoehorned certain passages so that Jesus was born 4000 years after Creation when the Bible does not state this.
    • The King James translation of Deuteronomy 23:17 is as follows: "There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel".
    • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are, in order of appearance, Conquest (not Pestilence), War, Famine, and Death. Except that of the four horsemen, Death is the only one that is explicitly named. Conquest, War, and Famine are names given to the other three horsemen based on what they did.note 
  • Though multiple examples of the Seven Deadly Sins can be seen throughout the Bible, the seven sins are not explicitly referred to as such. The doctrine of the seven deadly sins is developed by a group of early Christians known as the Desert Fathers, who lived in about the third century A.D. It wasn't considered part of Catholic doctrine until 590 AD.
  • One important blessing of the Jewish Shaharit (morning) Service thanks God for giving "(something) the ability to distinguish day from night." In one Reform prayerbook, the "something" is translated as the mind. In one Orthodox prayerbook, the "something" is translated as the heart. In reality, it is an ancient Hebrew word for rooster, the alarm clock of the pre-Industrial era.
  • Due to the meaning of the word evolving over time, it is likely that the prohibition against cooking a kid (young goat) in its mother's milk originally banned cooking the kid in its mother's fat. That's right, to the ancient Israelites, there may not have been anything wrong with a cheeseburger. Unless it was fried. Poultry was declared meat in the rabbinical era, some time after the above line was interpreted to mean "don't mix dairy products and meat." Initially it was pareve (food that can be eaten with either milk or meat) like fish still is because birds don't nurse their young. The issue comes up frequently because kids, when learning the above line, start asking Kids Say the Darnedest Things-esque questions about how one milks a chicken.
  • The continuous argument of the creation of earth and life by God being completed in 6 Days (popularized as 7 Days). For many, religious or not, this has been interpreted as meaning: 24 hours for each day in a human's grasp of time.
  • Neither the number of magoi that come to visit the baby Jesus nor their names are explicitly mentioned. Nor were the magi explicitly referred to as kings.
    • Some early Christians (and the Western Church) think there were three magi because three types of gifts were offered. Those who do identify the magi as Gaspar, a king of India; Melchior a king of Persia; and Balthasar, a king of Arabia. On the other hand, some Eastern Churches lists up to twelve magi and have different names for the magi; the Syriac Church identifies three magi as Larvandad, Hormisdas, and Gushnasaph.
    • The word "magi" referred to a Mediterranean perception of Zoroastrians (Persian monotheists who follow the prophet Zarathustra and the god Ahura Mazda) as skilled astrologers who could control the fates. The magi were referred to as "kings" because of prophecies in the Old Testament describing that the Messiah will be worshipped by kings. One of them is Psalm 72:10-11, which reads: "The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him."

    Role-Playing Games 
  • During the Adventurers' Island Story Arc in Dino Attack RPG, PeabodySam was careful to never confirm OOC which temple was actually the Maelstrom Temple, deliberately invoking this trope to keep his fellow players from guessing his true intentions until The Reveal.
  • Within We Are All Pokémon Trainers there have been many instances of claims being made regarding statements about the WAAPTverse that have turned out to have never been said.

    Video Games 
  • Five Nights at Freddy's:
    • The fanbase is infamous for believing fan videos or theories to be factual. The whole "Purple Guy is named Vincent because a Tumblr user used that name in their artwork" incident is the most well known example.
    • In a case of "God did say that, but not at that time", there were many who considered "William Afton" to be the Murderer's canon name long before Scott confirmed it to be the case; in Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location, he's simply Mr. Afton. He was previously called William Afton in the novel Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes, which is not canon to the games.
  • For a while, fans liked to report that the creator of Kingdom Hearts wanted to put Vincent Valentine in the game, but Executive Meddling made him put Cloud in instead, so he gave Cloud Vincent's design to compensate. It turns out this was a misunderstanding - all he said was that he would have liked to put Vincent in the game, not that he originally planned to do so. His plan was always to include Cloud, and the reason for Cloud using Vincent's design was that Cloud was on the side of darkness in this game, so they wanted to make him look a bit demonic - and since Vincent already kind of looked like that, they just went ahead and used his design.
    • The interview accompanying the Toy Story reveal trailer for Kingdom Hearts III didn't say that Kingdom Hearts is canon to Toy Story. What Nomura actually said was that he's interwoven the films' timeline into the game rather than create an alternate version of the events.
  • Touhou relies almost entirely on the Direct Line to the Author and Unreliable Narrators for storytelling (the various mutually-contradictory routes in the games are all canon simultaneously and the Universe Compendiums are in-verse documents) and the Shrug of God is rampant, so when ZUN does deem it necessary to deliver something definitive it is given enormous weight, and inevitably this trope tends to occur:
    • Probably the most wide-spread and believed example is ZUN outright forbidding any Anime of the Game from being made; what he actually said was if any anime was made (say, Musou Kakyou: A Summer Day's Dream) that the creators make it obvious that it is a fan-made endeavor and is not at all official.
    • Similarly, it is generally accepted that the reason ZUN won't give permission for an official Touhou anime is because he doesn't want Adaptation Displacement to occur, which would almost certainly happen given that the actual games, despite the popularity of Touhou as a phenomenon, is still an obscure shmup series. ZUN hasn't yet explained this refusal.
    • Many fans (including this wiki) think that ZUN confirmed the names of Daiyousei and Koakuma, two background characters for whom fans invented names and personalities. What he said was that "Daiyousei" and "Koakuma" are the names of specific types of youkai, of which those two are members, and said nothing about the names of the individuals.
  • Misquoted and falsified information prior to a game's launch can easily persuade people. For example, a rumor was started in the months leading up to the launch of Deus Ex: Human Revolution that it would only be five hours long. The game is actually said to be over twenty five hours long.
  • Persona
    • Persona 3: Fans have wondered why the Evokers - devices used to summon one's Persona in this game, and purely for symbolic effect in Persona 4: Arena - are shaped like guns, which one "shoots" into one's head. Based on a scene in the game's Playable Epilogue "The Answer," an explanation began making the rounds among fans that they were designed that way by Mitsuru in order to convince Akihiko to become her first official recruit into the fight against the Shadows, either by appealing to his self-destructive tendencies or just purely on the basis of Rule of Cool. This is false: as stated in an interview with Producer & Director Katsura Hashino in Persona 3 Official Design Works, the Evokers were shaped like guns because the act of putting a gun to one's head and pulling the trigger creates a visceral response similar to playing Russian Roulette, testing the Persona user's resolve every single time they use the Evoker. The cutscene in The Answer states only that Mitsuru chose her approach to catch Akihiko's attention; this statement is not in any way related to the subject of the design of the Evokers, which had already been determined long beforehand.
    • Persona 4:
      • Troy Baker, the voice actor of Kanji Tatsumi, revealed during a con that he was instructed by his voice acting director to act as if Kanji was actually gay. When he shared this info, he also offered his own interpretation that he felt Kanji was gay as well. This is often used as proof of Kanji's orientation despite the actual Word of God stating that Kanji's orientation is up to the interpretation of the player.
      • There's the persistent rumor that Naoto Shirogane was canonically transgender in the Japanese Version, which couldn't be further from the truth; in fact, many Japanese exclusive materials regarding Persona 4 (Drama CDs, Art Books and Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, to name a few) make it increasingly explicit that Naoto's gender was never the actual issue of her character arc and she has no actual issues with her sex itself whatsoever, only with its implications in her society.
      • Despite it being commonly quoted, Word of God has not said that Dojima was originally planned to be the killer. The only Word of God on the original planned killer was that it wasn't Adachi. Story elements make Dojima a very likely candidate, but it's never been confirmed.
    • Persona 5: Goro Akechi's status as a Phantom Thief is often debated within the fandom, given that he is only playable for one Palace and is absent from a fair amount of promotional materials and crossover content, especially regarding tie-ins for the original game. While Atlus officially considers him to be one, listing him as a Phantom Thief on the official website for Persona 5 Royal as well as promotional material for the game, and listing him as a Phantom Thief in character popularity polls and surveys, there are fans (mostly detractors and those that are familiar with the Persona series through Super Smash Bros. Ultimate) that refuse to include him amongst them.
  • Street Fighter canon has several examples:
    • The live-action film and cartoon, aside from combining Blanka and Charlie into Carlos "Charlie" Blanka, assigned first and last names and titles to characters who didn't have them normally (i.e. Ryu Hoshi, Chun-Li Zang/Xiang, William F. Guile, Dhalsim being a last name, Victor Sagat, etc.), which are sometimes attributed to the characters in other canon. Chun-Li's father's name has never been revealed, but is given as Dorai/Dourai in Street Fighter II V (the same anime also gave Vega/Balrog/Claw a surname, Fabio la Cerda) as well as the UDON comics.
    • Cammy is often claimed to have been Bison's lover before her Laser-Guided Amnesia. However, this was due to a mistranslation. In the original canon and properly-translated games, she was his Opposite-Sex Clone. Nowadays, fans like to run with BOTH versions.
    • Akuma's ultimate attack, the Raging Demon (Shun Goku Satsu or "Instant Hell Murder" in original Japanese) is often touted as an attack in which Akuma grabs his opponent and sends them to Hell where demons do all sorts of unspeakable things to them while the screen briefly cuts to black and the sounds of dozens of heavy blows are heard. This is often claimed to have been stated in a "Japanese sourcebook" or stated by "Capcom executives", but no copies of said book have been found and no one can pinpoint exactly where this information came from. Street Fighter V revealed that Akuma brutally beats you to death by striking your vital areas from all angles at the speed of light.
  • Thanks to the rather vehement Broken Base surrounding Metroid: Other M, it has been persistently reported that Metroid co-creator Yoshio Sakamoto declared the Metroid Prime Trilogy, handled by Retro Studios with minimal involvement from him, to be Canon Discontinuity, a talking point that frequently factors into arguments that he is taking Metroid down the wrong path. In reality, he said that he considers those Interquels to be fully canonical side-stories; the closest any statement has come to declaring the Prime games non-canon is him admitting he didn't specifically factor them into the plot of Other M. He later rectified this oversight in Metroid: Samus Returns, which features more references to the Prime games, particularly with Ridley transitioning from his cyborg-form Meta Ridley to his organic body from Super Metroid.
  • The late Satoru Iwata had multiple cases of this:
    • When he said in early 2013 that reaching a certain operating income target for Nintendo's profits in that fiscal year was a commitment of his, it somehow got broadly reported that he was promising to resign if the goal was not reached (which it wasn't). He had to directly refute the resignation rumor during a shareholder's meeting later that June.
    • In early 2014 there was a lot of rumors that Nintendo would go under, cancel support for the Wii U home console and then go mobilenote . Iwata addressed all these points in a shareholder meeting at the end of February: specifically stating that they would NOT happen. When they did decide to start licensing mobile games the following year, they even specifically announced a new dedicated hardware product at the same time in order to make it clear that they weren't quitting hardware.
    • When the Nintendo Switch was announced under the codename "NX" but before any meaningful detail was revealed about the system, some message board posters convinced themselves Satoru Iwata had ruled out the possibility of the NX being an portable/home console hybrid and used the supposed claim to "debunk" any speculation it would be one. When the Switch was properly unveiled and did end up being an hybrid, fans went back to the investor meeting transcript where this was supposedly said and found out Iwata's statement was actually far more vague and less definitive than claimed, more among the lines of "We will talk more about this when we have more to share about the system".
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Considering the headaches spent trying to figure out the timeline of The Legend of Zelda, it was almost inevitable that one timeline or another would emerge in popular consensus as "official" and "verified". It was rarely stated who did the supposed verification, and flew in the face of several creators. A general chronology was still believed to exist in the midst of this, believed to be flexible enough to put any new game they want anywhere in the timeline without screwing it up. In 2011, an actual official timeline came out that (mostly) settled all debates regarding the games released up to that point. As for some of the games released after the fact...
    • As the Zelda team started revealing bits of information about the DLC for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, they consistently said that "The Champions' Ballad", the second, story-focused DLC pack, would be a "new story" focusing more on the Champions. Many gaming news publications interpreted this to mean that the DLC pack would be an epilogue story taking place after the Final Boss of the base game. Turns out "The Champions' Ballad" meshed chronologically with the base game instead, with the ending of the base game unaltered.
  • The creator of Super Smash Bros., Masahiro Sakurai, tends to receive this a lot:
    • Some people insisted that Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U would have less characters than Brawl because Sakurai said so. What he actually said was that if adding characters was the only thing he did, the game wouldn't be any better. Even when the pre-launch revealed roster for Smash 4 exceeded 30, with many veterans still unannounced, and months to go before the 3DS version's release, such people still insisted the cast was going to be smaller than Brawl's 39. The final pre-DLC roster, not counting Mii Fighters, totaled in at 48.
    • In reference to a third party's "origins", he specifically said "no manga/anime characters". A later claim was that he wouldn't consider characters unless they debuted on a Nintendo system, which was debunked when Cloud Strife became playable. (And come on, fans know Sonic obviously didn't debut on Nintendo, yet he's been in Smash since Brawl). In fact, Mega Man was the only third party fighter to have debuted on a Nintendo console at the time of Cloud's reveal, as Snake debuted on the MSX2, Sonic debuted on the Sega Genesis, and Pac-Man and Ryu originally appeared in arcades.
    • When Sakurai lamented about The Subspace Emissary cutscenes being uploaded onto the internet and said he wasn't going to have cutscenes like that in Smash 4 because of it, many people took it to mean that Sakurai abhorred spoilers and would thus not try to keep any content secret in Smash 4. What Sakurai actually lamented, though, was since the cutscenes were something that could only really be enjoyed on a first viewing, that a player would not need to actually buy and play the game to enjoy them if they could just watch them on YouTube, i.e. the massive amount of development and space that was put into the cutscenes went to waste as people who didn't own and play the game could just watch them on YouTube. Thus it was simply more feasible for Sakurai to put all that development and space into the actual game.
    • Before Mewtwo was announced as the first DLC character, many were insisting that U/3DS would not have any DLC because Sakurai said that he didn't want any DLC. What he really said was that he wants to make the game as complete as possible, and that he wasn't opposed to the idea and would consider it once he felt satisfied with the released product.
    • Using the example of a fighting game character, Sakurai commented once that the nature of a character's home game is not enough to inherently grant them a spot in the roster over anyone else, and more than anything his criteria is they must bring something interesting and unique to the table. The fanbase warped this into "no fighting game characters, ever". Try saying that now that Ryu, Ken, Terry, and Min Min are in the game.
    • Near the end of the E3 2018 presentation of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, he stated that because the focus was on bringing back every previous fighter in the series, he hoped that people wouldn't expect too many newcomers this time around. Many news outlets took this to mean that the entire roster had already been revealed at E3, with Inkling, Daisy, and Ridley as the only newcomers. It later turned out that there would be 8 more newcomers for the game; while 11 total for the base game was the smallest number of newcomers for a Smash Bros. up to that point, it was still more than people initially thought there would be after E3.
    • Sakurai has claimed before that he always develops the latest Smash Bros. entry like it's going to be the last one in the series, as well as declaring that he isn't sure if he will be working in the next Smash Bros.' development. This tends to get twisted a lot into "Sakurai said this is the last Smash Bros. game".
    • Within the community, there's a large amount of made-up rules (often called "fanrules") that people cite as reasons why a particular character "can't" or "won't" be added to Ultimate. The only rule Sakurai has given is "no fourth-parties" (i.e. characters who aren't originally from video games such as Goku, Shrek or Spider-Man), but a casual perusal of Discord servers, Twitter, and any other online gathering place will show people saying characters can't be made playable in the game for various reasons (even if they're directly contradicted by characters who are already in the game). These include: "only appearing in one game" (which could be proven wrong as early as Ness in the first game, with later additions like the Ice Climbers, Sheik, Lucas, and Duck Hunt only disproving it further, and Roy's game wasn't even out yet when Melee came out), "being a Spirit or Assist Trophy" (the most lauded fanrule, which was recently halfway debunked by Min Min, Pyra and Mythra and could be taken further with the Mewtwo and Lucas Trophies in 3DS/Wii U which Spirits serve to replace), "being a Mii costume" (debunked in the previous game when Meta Knight's Mii helmet was revealed before the character himself was), "their aesthetic clashing with the game" (Toon Link and Solid Snake have appeared in the same game twice, and this can be taken further in the first game by pairing the cartoony Mario, Kirby and Pikachu with the more realistic Link and Samus), "not having moveset potential" (in a Famitsu column, Sakurai shot this one down) or "not being well-known by the general public" (this was also discredited by Sakurai in "Mr. Sakurai Presents "Terry Bogard"", where he said "whether or not the character is fun to play as is more important than whether the character is new or old, or whether the character is recognizable to everyone").
    • Some of the Smash fanbase (especially disgruntled fans who didn't want Minecraft content in the game) twisted Sakurai's words in the message following the reveal trailer for Steve/Alex about adding them to Ultimate being "a challenge" and that he was "asked" to add them into claims that he was forced to include Steve against his will and never wanted Steve in the first place. However, in the trailer Sakurai makes it clear that he was perfectly happy to add Steve/Alex to the game (being an active Minecraft player himself), and the only challenge was that he was originally unsure that he could create a moveset that was true to the character and the gameplay of Minecraft, but after being encouraged again, he did so anyway.
  • A Memetic Mutation within Star Trek Online is "Delta Rising is the best expansion EVER and the players LOVE it", claiming that someone within Cryptic proclaimed the game's second expansion was an out-and-out success, particulary amongst fans who did not, in fact, like Delta Rising. In actuality, they were saying that the expansion was a financial success. The players just took the quote, applied a heaping dose of Sarcasm Mode and we're off to the races.
  • There's plenty of this in the Tekken series, mainly thanks to two fan story guides written during the Tekken 3/4 era. Unfortunately, both writers heavily dipped into the non-canon Tekken OVA, as well as some "creative writing", in order to fill in some of the gaps in the story (most of the official profiles weren't available online at the time). Perhaps the most perduring "fact" that still today is believed canon is Kazuya's Deal with the Devil after he got thrown the ravine by Heihachi, something taken from the OVA and contradicted in Tekken 2 (Devil's bio states Kazuya was not aware of his presence).
  • The most infuriating aspect of Selena Recital from Super Robot Wars Alpha 3 was how little of a back-story she had compared to the other Alpha 3 protagonists. This has led to such Wild Mass Guessing regarding her origins that the popular "Shadow-Mirror theory" of her being one of their agents being sent across The Multiverse is also one of the most implausible.
  • A rather common one in the Star Fox series is that the members of Team Star Fox are amputees. Supposedly the metal boots they all wear are actually prosthetic legs that help them withstand G forces normal pilots couldn't survive. This actually started as a fan theory sent in to Nintendo Power, which later got referenced by Did You Know Gaming? During an interview with Miyamoto, Matthew Patrick of Game Theory asked about it, to which Miyamoto responded he had been hearing that a lot lately, but hadn't thought of that while developing the game.
  • Within the Broken Base of Fire Emblem Fates, there have been several instances of either mistaken or straight-up invented sources:
    • It was "reported" that head writer Shin Kibayashi hated working on the game's story and disowned it on Twitter, but in reality he had just said that he didn't like taking all the credit for the plot when there was actually a whole writing team behind it and he didn't want them to be overshadowed.
    • Rena Strober (Azura's English VA) never claimed she was completely blind during the recording process. She didn't know much about Azura when she auditioned, but she was given proper information as it became relevant and she interjected when stories began falsely accusing Nintendo of withholding information from her.
    • Thanks to a line by Leo in the beginning of the game, players believe that Elise was aged up for the Western release. His exact words were "... act like the adult you technically are..." which only means that Elise meets the age requirement for an adult by the standards of the game's universe. These standards are never actually revealed in the game itself, and if anything, only serve to highlight that she is indeed quite young compared to the rest of the cast, even if she is of marriageable age.note 
    • Also no, the character designer Yusuke Kozaki never compared Camilla to a cow. That was Toshiyuki Kusakihara, the art director and Kozaki's boss, and it was during a group interview for the newest FE artbook. Cue the fans still claming it was Kozaki and showing a lot of ignorance about work ethics in Japan note  and game design in generalnote 
  • Some detractors of Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords claim that Chris Avellone "admitted" he hates Star Wars and wrote the game as a massive Take That! against the whole franchise. What Avellone really said was that after consuming the entire Expanded Universe, he used Kreia's character to question things he hated about the Force (mainly that it's used as an Omniscient Morality License and the fact it has "a will" being used as an explanation for the EU's perpetual Happy Ending Override). He's on record as praising the first game and credits it for "making me love Star Wars again."
  • Command & Conquer:
    • Command & Conquer: Red Alert was originally envisioned as a prequel to the original Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn, but then Red Alert 2 came along and made it much more difficult to envision a concrete link between Red Alert and the Tiberium games. Then someone got the idea that both of Red Alert's endings were canon in alternate continuities, where an Allied victory lead to Red Alert 2, and a Soviet one led to Tiberian Dawn. This doesn't really make any sort of sense (just to start, the first game's Global Defense Initiative is explicitly a United Nations-backed organization; the United Nations probably wouldn't continue existing if the Soviets under Stalin conquered the world), but thanks at least in part to the Soviet ending of Red Alert where the Brotherhood of Nod gets explicit namedrops and Stalin's oddly-familiar advisor reveals himself to be Nod's leader Kane (not to mention his apparent lack of aging in the fifty years between the first two games, which actually did become something of a plot point later), this theory became popular enough that a lot of people started believing it was canon, even after the developers actually made a statement saying that the two series were now completely separate.
    • A more minor example is that some fans of Command & Conquer: Renegade believe that it takes place in 2020. That was actually a typo in the manual; it's supposed to be 2002, as implied by the technology overall being the same as in the original game. Part of the issue, besides that typo, is probably that a concrete date for when the original game takes place was never explicitly stated within the game, so a lot of fans just assume it takes place in 1995, the same year it was released.
  • Hideki Kamiya gets these regarding a few of his games, and opinions on other subjects.
    • To those who wanted Dante and Bayonetta to fight, no, he did not say Bayonetta would win. It was a joke about how women usually have the final say over men in a relationship.
    • Nor does he hate Super Smash Bros.; there were multiple requests from people over and over to put Bayonetta in the game, causing him to tell them to "fuck off". She did, in fact, become a playable character in later installments of the series.
    • People often cite the fact that Kamiya has never directed a sequel to any of his gamesnote  as evidence that he hates sequels. In actuality, he has nothing against sequels at all, and actively wants to make sequels to many of his games. He just never gets the chance to direct them himself due to business/availability reasons.note 
  • Castlevania: A commonly-cited quote from Koji Igarashi (IGA) is something to the effect of "No woman could ever be a Belmont", in regards to the decision to remove Castlevania Legends from continuity. This is used as evidence that IGA is a misogynist. Funnily enough, though, nobody can ever provide the source of that quote, just saying it's from "an interview". Considering that IGA has had numerous playable female characters - including in the first game he did after leaving Konami - it's ridiculous to think he'd say something like that.
  • Mighty No. 9, after many delays, was met with a disastrous launch. During a livestream event to help hype the release of the game Keiji Inafune and his translator were answering questions from fans and hyping the game. When confronted about the problems the game had, Keiji's translator said "It's better than nothing." That statement caused many people to believe that Keiji said that to spite fans, though it was discovered later on that it was the translator who said it.
  • Undertale:
    • Some fans dislike the term "Genocide Route" being used to refer to the Kill 'Em All ending, even going as far as to say that the creator himself has asked fans not to use that term. However, Toby Fox has never said such a thing on the matter, and has even used the term "Genocide ending" himself.
    • A wiki once reported that Toby Fox said that he based Papyrus's personality on a YouTuber known as Octopimp. Toby's response to this on Twitter was "uhhhhhhhh........ no LOL? deconfirmed?"
    • A case of "God Said That, but He Wasn't Serious" - Toby once made a joke/troll post on a friend's forum stating that Undertale began as an EarthBound ROM hack. Despite the post being backed up by screenshots with above-SNES-level resolution and music that was beyond the capabilities of the SNES, fans took it seriously, causing Toby to once again have to deny it on Twitter. Him using actual early assets for Undertale in it likely added to the confusion.note 
    • There are also a lot of times you may hear from various people that Toby Fox said to name the Fallen Child your name, because they're supposed to represent you. This is a case of "God Said That, But That's Not the Full Sentence", however, as Toby's words when asked what the name of the Fallen Child was actually "Name them your own name... If you can't think of anything else lol"
  • Dark Souls: Series creator Hidetaka Miyazaki has been misquoted in more than one way:
    • Miyazaki has cited the manga Berserk as an influence on the Dark Souls video game series in several interviews. In this interview, he acknowledged he is a Berserk fan and that it has greatly influenced the series since the first game. In another interview he gives a Shout-Out, noting that when Art Designer Masanori Waragai showed him his Catarina armor design, he felt reminded of Bazuso from Berserk and thought that old design was appropriate for Siegmeyer's character concept. He also said that the greatsword arts and playstyle in Dark Souls III were inspired by Guts. However, fanon sometimes exaggerates it, with some fans of both Berserk and the Souls games suggesting that Berserk was the primary inspiration of Souls. Miyazaki didn't cite it as the primary inspiration, but mentioned it among other sources of inspiration, including other manga such as Saint Seiya, Devilman, and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, as well as as his collection of Tabletop RPGs and Fantasy Literature, the earlier FromSoftware game series King's Field, and the Fighting Fantasy game books.
    • After Dark Souls 1 came out, That One Boss The Bed of Chaos was so poorly-received that it was said that Miyazaki had publicly apologised for it being so bad. He actually made no such apology. The closest thing to such a statement is FROM Software saying that they felt that the Lost Izalith area (which contains the Bed of Chaos) was not what it should have been and that they wanted to do more with it, but they'd run out of time.
    • Likewise, Miyazaki wasn't the one who said poise was "working as intended" in Dark Souls III. That was an unnamed Bandai Namco Spokesperson.
  • Creator of the Zero Escape trilogy, Kotaro Uchikoshi, is often stated to have said after the first game that "Junpei would spend the rest of his life searching for Akane, but would never find her", which is different from what happened in later games. This is based on "answers" section on the first game's homepage specifically, question 25. However said answer only mentions the first part, the second was merely fan's interpretation. Uchikoshi never said whether Junpei will actually find Akane or not after the game's events so what happened in later games was possibility from the start.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
    • There are a lot of fans who adamantly believe that Sonic is "the fastest thing alive" and that nothing else can possibly outrun him. That line came from the opening theme of the Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) cartoon, which is a separate canon from any of the video games (except possibly Sonic Spinball). While Sonic DID ultimately prove unmatched in speed in that TV show and its comic adaptation, plenty of things can match or exceed his speed in the video gamesnote , which invariably causes these fans to get upset whenever they play a Sonic game and see something or someone achieve a speed Sonic cannot reach.
    • One thing that has spread since the release of Sonic Mania is that the Super Emeralds from Sonic 3 & Knuckles are no longer around because somehow they were completely drained of their power during the events of & Knuckles. All that was shown in the former game was that seven gray cracked emeralds were around the Master Emerald. The belief was spread so fast that Word of God had to clarify that the emeralds shown were just stone replicas but you still see this belief in certain areas.
    • Word of God never said that Sonic's World and Earth are two entirely separate continuities, they said they were separate planets, and that characters from both can visit each other.
  • Super Mario Bros..
    • Nintendo never retconned anything about Mario being a plumber in 2017, in fact, they never made any meaningful statement about his current job at all. The Japanese Twitter linked to a profile that happened to refer to him being a plumber in the past tense, but this was specifically referencing the original Mario Bros. game, which was one of the few times he's actually done a plumbing job. Several articles reporting on this warped it into "Mario is no longer a plumber!" In response to the misunderstanding, the profile was updated again in 2018. Clearly stating that, yes, Mario is a plumber, but he's not limited to just that.
    • The 2017 interview about Super Mario World with Takashi Tezuka and Shigefumi Hino never confirmed that Mario is punching Yoshi in the head. It confirmed that this was the original intention, but also specifically confirmed that it was changed during development so that Mario is pointing instead. Unfortunately, misleading headlines reporting this interview resulted in Common Knowledge that Mario punching Yoshi was indeed always the case.
  • Overwatch:
    • A surprisingly large number of fans think Mercy is evil/doesn't age/is a vampire, despite no indication that this is true. Even official confirmation from the head writer, Michael Chu, and the introduction of Moira, an actual evil healer, hasn't done much to stem it. This likely stems from Mercy being surprisingly youthful, in full body armor (minus her face), and the reveal that she turned Genji into a cyborg.
    • Weirdly inverted with Symmetra's prosthetic arm. Despite multiple confirmations that it is, in fact, a prosthesis, the idea that it's just a sleeve or glove persists.
  • Amongst Splatoon 2 fans it's frequently quoted that Pearl's short height comes from her being electrocuted as a kid. This is stated to have either been mentioned All There in the Manual in a Japanese art book or implied in the Japanese version. In reality, no mention of this exists in canon. The series implies that Pearl is a member of a naturally small species of squid.
  • A large number of Xenoblade fans believe Dickson's last name is Soss. This odd name came from a vandal edit to his article on the Xenoblade Wiki which stated his last name was revealed in the game's art book or another official Japanese source. This fact went unchecked until a few years after when it was discovered that Dickson's last name is never stated in said book and that no Japanese sites ever bring up the name Soss.
  • Contrary to what Viz Media and various online "game blogs" claim, Yo-Kai Watch was never made to be a "Pokemon killer". Level-5 and Nintendo merely wanted it to be successful with no intent to "replace" Pokemon. Unfortunately, this false claim hurt the franchise's chances in America.
  • In a Japanese interview prior to the launch of Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, the game's co-director Yoshiaki Koizumi answered a question about the game's characters, which a Nintendo fansite contracted by IGN translated as "All the characters outside of Donkey Kong and the banana are completely original. We don't really feel the past look of Donkey Kong was fresh enough for today. We really gave our new development team the chance to really create something unique and stylish.". Needless to say, the negative implications of the statement were not well received by Donkey Kong Country fan, especially as this was after Rare's sale to Microsoft and admist concerns Nintendo would roll back the studio's contributions to the Donkey Kong franchise. However, fans would revisit the interview in 2019 and find this was a major mistranslation: the original statement was more tame, simply stating the developers of Jungle Beat focused on a new cast because the game's tone was very different from previous games and they hoped it would reflect the style of the newly-formed EAD Tokyo team.

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  • Volume 5 of RWBY caused a few fans to be quite angry as they had been led to believe that fan favorite character Neo would return, and that having the main characters in Mistral would mean having big moments involving Pyrrha's parents, suggesting the characters would ask about her following her death in Volume 3. The creators went on to clarify that Neo would return soon and never gave an actual time period, and that while there were plans for Pyrrha's parents to show up in Volume 3, it ended up being cut. Both of these were addressed in Volume 6, by giving Neo a subplot and spending much of an episode addressing Pyrrha's fate.

  • Stand Still, Stay Silent had a huge fandom uproar when it turned out that an authorial statement in The Rant had been widely misinterpreted by the fans, leading the fandom to believe that there would be no named character deaths. This turned out to be false. The author released a statement saying that she was sorry for stringing her fans along for so long, but that the only way to debunk the rumor was to spoil the majority of the main Story Arc.

    Western Animation 
  • Invader Zim:
    • The fandom was quite prone to this. Some things are attributed to Jhonen Vasquez that were actually said by Steve Ressel or Eric Truehart, and then there's a lot of things that weren't said anywhere except perhaps in some particularly influential fanfic. Dib being an artificial creation of Professor Membrane's is an example of the formernote , Zim being "16 in Irken years" is an example of the latter.
    • Jhonen hating the show and saying that he "would never work in animation ever again" was also a common belief following the show's cancellation. However, he makes appearances at conventions and has repeatedly said how much he enjoyed working on the show due to how much he was allowed to get away with in a Nickelodeon cartoon (the only real Executive Meddling was not allowing deaths). Not only is Vasquez heavily involved in the comic book series that spawned over a decade later, but he also returned to direct the 2019 television movie. This belief may have stemmed from series director Steve Ressel, who stated that he'd never want to work on the show ever again, and left the animation industry after attempting one more animation project.
    • In the DVD commentary for "Bad, Bad Rubber Piggy" the cast claims that there were plans to kill off Dib and replace him with a new character named Louie. Many fans take this to be serious, though if you listen to the commentary it's pretty clear that this is just playful ribbing. (The supposed reason for killing Dib: Jhonen just hates his VA, Andy Berman, who's taking part in the conversation.)
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Lauren Faust never planned to have any major over-arcing plots for the show: the intention for the series was always as episodic comedy/adventure show.
    • Apparently inverted/subverted (as in, "God Never Said She Didn't Say That") in regards to the notion that Faust hated the earlier My Little Pony shows: What she has certainly said is that she never liked cartoons based on girls' toys, but that she loved the original toys. Possibly people have got confused over the statement that "She hated/didn't hate G1," which could refer to either.
    • Lauren Faust was particularly susceptible to this trope during her time with the show, it seems. Late during her tenure as the show's executive producer, when asked about the popular background character Derpy Hooves, she said there was an unseen character in an upcoming episode by the name of Ditzy Doo, and the name might at some point be applied to the character. What fans failed to notice was that she was just speculating at this, as she additionally noted that if the fans liked Derpy, then the name would remain Derpy. This has caused a bit of a Broken Base about which name was "canon" or "better", that persists to this day. Canonically, the character would eventually be referred to as "Muffins", though Derpy was the name used in her first vocalized appearance.
    • When supervising director Jim Miller said that the show and the comics would "remain separate", a Vocal Minority happened to take those words to mean the comics aren't canon. What he actually meant that nothing major from the comics would be integrated into the show in order to avoid Continuity Lock-Out between the show and comics.note  When accused by a fan of declaring the comics as "non-canon", Miller made it clear that "separate" and "non-canon" mean two different things.
  • Subverted with the romantic involvement of Princess Bubblegum and Marceline in Adventure Time. Initially, the only source for the claims aside from Les Yay subtext was a 2011 behind-the-scenes/episode recap video made by Frederator Studios (that was quickly taken down) which implied that the women could be paired together. The video in question only raising it as a possibly rather than stating it as a fact, with these videos having no involvement from any of the show's staff. The show's crew would occasionally joke about it when asked (one San Diego Comic-Con panel had storyboard artist Rebecca Sugar say their relationship is none of our business). Fast-forward a few years later, and Olivia Olsen, voice of Marceline, confirmed subtext. Official confirmations from creator Pendleton Ward and others followed, with them outright stating that the characters really did date in the past. It has since become one of the most noteworthy examples of Word of Gay in Western Animation and they finally kissed in the Grand Finale.
  • Young Justice co-creator Greg Weisman interacts quite a bit with fans, and naturally gets misunderstood from time to time. One of the most persistent examples: he stated that there would be deaths in season one, and that not even the main characters were necessarily safe. This was often misquoted as him saying that a main character definitely would die by the end of season one. None of them did.
  • The show Bonkers is frequently thought to be a retooled Roger Rabbit TV series, with Bonkers being an expy of Roger due to copyright issues. Greg Weisman, who worked on the series, has repeatedly stated that while Roger Rabbit was an inspiration, it was only that.
  • Word of God said Kovu wouldn't appear in The Lion Guard. This got twisted to "Kovu's dead," until it was made clear The Lion Guard takes place before Kiara meets Kovu and he is alive. Word of God later said he's going to appear, and indeed he eventually did, confusing this issue further.
  • A persistent rumor states that the Hey Arnold! episode "The Pigeon Man" would've ended with Vincent committing suicide by hurling himself off the building, but was nixed by the higher ups. Show creator Craig Bartlett denies this and says that the ending shown was the intended one from the beginning.
  • Since Alex Hirsch of Gravity Falls is active on Twitter, the fandom has an unsurprising tendency to photoshop screenshots to create fake tweets. After Hirsch hinted in the behind-the-scenes special Between the Pines that Dipper's real name had something in common with Mabel's, one of these screenshots gave rise to a popular rumor that his real name was Michael. Instead, Gravity Falls: Journal 3 tells us that it's Mason. And when he stated in an interview that a character would die in the show's second season, he never said that a main character would die: the death that he was referring to was of the town's elderly mayor, which served as the catalyst for a Breather Episode.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Many fans insist Pearl is canonically a lesbian to "disprove" heterosexual pairings involving the character and accuse shippers of homophobia and lesbian erasure. While the showrunners have confirmed that she has had romantic feelings towards at least two women, and she was explicitly uninterested in the one man who had feelings for her, they never specified her sexuality.
    • The artbook had a joking nod to the theory that fusion is just a metaphor for sex, but made it clear that that fusion actually serves as a much broader metaphor for various kinds of relationships, not just sexual or romantic ones. However, this was quickly warped into the exact opposite, with fans saying that the artbook confirmed the theory.
    • A persistent rumor sprung up after "Alone at Sea", an episode about Jasper trying to get Lapis Lazuli to fuse with her in order to become Malachite again, which becomes a metaphor for toxic relationships, that Lapis is a self-insert of Rebecca Sugar and her experience with an abusive relationship and that Jasper was based on her abuser. This was a conclusion fans made when Sugar said she started drawing her "Margo in Bed" comic after a "bad breakup" and that the eponymous character was a self-insert of herself and a "proto-Lapis." However, she has never disclosed such personal information or even said that Lapis was intended as the victim of the relationship. Rather that Malachite represents an unhealthy, loveless relationship that brings out the worst in people.
    • People who hated the plot twist from "A Single Pale Rose", in which Rose Quartz and Pink Diamond turn out to be the same person often say that the crew said they didn't plan past "Ocean Gem" until after the episode aired, often as proof that the writers came up with the twist at the last minute and that any quotes to the contrary are lies. This is incorrect, they actually said they didn't storyboard past "Ocean Gem" until after it aired, and have consistently stated that the aforementioned twist was one of the first plot points thought up about the show.
    • The crew never specifically debunked the theory related to the above twist. What they did say was stuff like "Her name is Rose QUARTZ", which turned out to be true in the end.
  • Detractors of Teen Titans Go! often make the claim that the producers have never seen the previous 2003 incarnation based on an interview done prior to the series' release. In reality, it was just one of a few jokes sprinkled throughout that interview. When asked later, both Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic were amused by the idea of them supposedly being unfamiliar with the characters. Some writers from the previous incarnation, such as Amy Wolfram, have also written episodes on the series throughout its run.
  • Alan Moore is often cited as having enjoyed Saturday Morning Watchmen and the Justice League Unlimited version of For the Man Who Has Everything, when in reality he's never made his views on either of them known (co-creator Dave Gibbons has, however). Bruce Timm has even clarified in the case of the latter that while Moore approved them adapting the story, he never provided them with any kind of feedback (positive or negative) once it was completed and aired.
  • It was once said that Craig McCracken himself gave his blessing on the The Powerpuff Girls (2016) reboot. What he actually said was that he wished they hadn't rebooted the show, but he understands why it was done.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • A lot of people on This Very Wiki have accused The Legend of Korra co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante Dimartino of being Lying Creators for claiming that they had always planned for Korra to end the series by getting together with Asami. However, they claimed no such thing. The closest was Bryan saying that he had pitched Korrasami during initial planning for Book One as a jokenote  and that (contrary to Fanon) they never planned for Korra and Mako to get back together after their breakup. They have both consistently stated that they only started writing a Korrasami romance at the beginning of Book Three.
    • It was widely claimed from around 2011 to 2018 that there were plans for a fourth season of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and that among other things, head writer Aaron Ehasz wanted Zuko and Katara to be the end pairing. Such information allegedly came from a discussion a fan had with him following a panel at some convention. This was later debunked when Ehasz outright said on Reddit during a Q&A promoting The Dragon Prince that all of this information was fabrication. He even states that he always planned Mai to be Zuko's love interest and cites her as one of his favourite characters he created during the show. He would later state that while he and series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino had floated around ideas for a fourth season, it was decided to stick with the original three season plan; With that in mind, of the ideas that were considered for this fourth season, the major one was an Azula redemption arc.
    • In the DVD commentary for Book 1 of Korra, the creators revealed that when the show only had one season Asami was going to end up in the United Forces and start a relationship with Zuko's grandson Iroh. They said that when she told Mako, his reply was "The heck, he's like 36!" which has since gotten taken out of context. Iroh is supposed to be a bit older than then 18 year old Asami but not that much older. She would have said she was 22. It's still a pervasive misconception but the discarded joke in context is clearly an exaggeration for comedic effect. The joke is also about Asami looking older than she is, not about Iroh looking younger than he is. Iroh also has a sister whose role got cut out of Book 4 (which had a three year Time Skip) due to time constraints. The plan was for her to be Mako’s love interest, meaning that she’s probably in her early twenties like he is. It’s unlikely that he’s almost two decades older than her and their mother, Firelord Izumi, also doesn’t look like she’s old enough to have child who’s 40.
  • Gerry Anderson once said that Team America: World Police was closer in spirit to his show Thunderbirds than that film's Live-Action Adaptation. Some accounts exaggerate this, saying that he liked Team America. This was not actually the case. Anderson didn't like Team America, all he said was that it was closer in spirit to his show, with the context being less praise of Team America and more a Take That! to the live-action film.
  • Word of God has said that the "Wolverine" short of Hulk Vs. takes place in the same universe Wolverine and the X-Men and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!. However, the same was never said for the "Thor" short in Hulk Vs., despite Graham McTavish and Kari Wahlgren reprising the respective roles of Loki and the Enchantress in EMH in addition to Fred Tatasciore as the Hulk.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • For years, many fans spread that it was confirmed that Edd has blond hair. It was mentioned in an interview that Edd has curly blond hair (most fans forgot the "curly" part), but it was clearly a joke. Edd has no confirmed hair colour.
    • The episode "Special Ed" may-or-may-not be an example. It was mentioned in an interview that "Special Ed" was an episode idea that was never produced because it was "too real". But, the quote in question might have been hacked into the interview.
  • Danny Phantom: It's commonly stated that one of the writers, directors, storyboarders, or even Butch Hartman himself had confirmed Ember's backstory as her being an unpopular high schooler who wanted to be a rock star. One day a popular boy asked her to the movies, but he never turned up. Ember stayed up all night waiting for him, which resulted in her sleeping through the freak fire that spread through her home and killed her. This fan-cited backstory has never been sourced. Not only does it contradict both Ember's Villain Song "Remember", which mentions that Ember died at least two weeks after interacting with a boy, and Hartman's official stance on the nature of ghosts in the show's universe, it also doesn't make much sense on its own either (why was there a fire and why does Ember care so much about it if it was random?).
  • DuckTales (2017) incorporates the original's Spiritual Successor, Darkwing Duck as a Show Within a Show beloved by Launchpad in his childhood during the Season 1 episode "Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!" In response, a fan asked co-producer Frank Angones whether or not the in-series show included Darkwing's Kid Sidekick Gosalyn, to which Frank replied, "Darkwing without Gosalyn is not Darkwing." The fandom at large generally interpreted this as, yes, Gosalyn had existed in the in-series show. Fast-forward to months later, when the Season 2 episode "The Duck Knight Returns!" airs, in-series Darkwing actor Jim Starling goes mad when replaced by another actor for a reboot film and turns into Negaduck. The actor's name is Drake Mallard, the civilian identity of the real-world Darkwing Duck series. Frank had actually meant that the Show Within a Show lacked Gosalyn's presence, because Jim Starling was not the real Darkwing.
  • A long-standing Jem rumor said Christy Marx would have liked to have had LGBT characters in the show and that Rapture would be revealed as not straight. This was disproven at JemCon 2018, where Christy said the topic never crossed her mind when she was working on the show.
  • Sofia the First: In 2012, it was claimed that Sofia was latina. After complaints, Disney revealed that she wasn't and blamed it on a misquote. Sofia's mother is from a Spanish-inspired country, making Sofia hispanic but not latina. In 2015, Elena of Avalor was revealed as "Disney's first latina princess".
  • For The Fairly OddParents, the Distant Finale ending for Channel Chasers showing Timmy's two children Tommy and Tammy depicted Tammy as wearing glasses similar to Tootie's, which many fans took as implying that Tootie is supposed to be their mother and thus who Timmy ends ultimately up with. This is a misconception, as it was never intended for the mother to be explicitly Tootie. note  Butch Hartman himself would state that who Tommy and Tammy's mother is meant to be is ambiguous. note 
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • The show does not have a consistent canon. Despite this, it is believed that The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is meant to be the grand finale, taking place at the end of the timeline. Stephen Hillenburg did say that he wanted the show to stop producing episodes at this point, but never that it was the official, canonical ending.
    • After a Spinoff Babies show titled Kamp Koral was greenlit, much outrage occurred because a lot of fans believed that Stephen Hillenburg stated that he did not want spinoffs and that Nickelodeon was essentially desecrating a dead man's wishes by going through with the spinoff after Hillenburg's passing. Vincent Waller clarified in a tweet that what Stephen Hillenburg actually said was that he did not expect any spinoffs, stressing that there is a difference between not expecting something to happen and not wanting something to happen.

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  • Greg Farshtey actively invokes this in the BIONICLE fanbase, as he's been known to "confirm" or "reject" plausible theories in order to throw fans off the trail of his actual plans; and when called on it would point out the Exact Words in his original statements.
  • Unfortunately true for the Nasuverse, due to the large amount of untranslated extra materials leading to certain fans making up plausible theories and passing them off as truths.

    Real Life 
  • Charles Darwin gets this a lot. Oftentimes, things that Häckel or Huxley said are attributed to Darwin. Huxley being especially notable, having earned the name "Darwin's Bulldog" vociferously defending evolution, because Darwin was too shy and too afraid to defend his theory himself. The big one is that Darwin didn't use the word "evolution" (a misnomer that has caused problems) to refer to the process he explained, though "evolved" is the last word of his book. He called it "descent with modification". Social Darwinism even has his name tacked on it, even though he was dismayed by his theories being misused in social context, in extremely unscientific ways. Even today people from both sides talk about eugenics like Darwin had anything to do with the practice, which he in fact opposed. When the idea of intentional "improvement" of humanity through selective breeding was first brought up (the term eugenics had yet to be coined), Darwin referred to it as "utopian" (as in impractical or unrealistic). It's also a concept that far predates his time, as it was advocated by Plato in The Republic based on ancient Sparta's practice for instance. Selective breeding of plants and animals is as old as agriculture.
  • This caused a stir when Halle Berry's Wikipedia page was edited with a quote from her that said "this new album will show people that [she] can do more than act". A number of news websites then reported that Berry was branching out into music, which caused Berry herself to report that she had no plans to do so.
  • With the relaunch of VH1 Classic as MTV Classic, it has been touted as being a return to MTV's musical roots. Neither Viacom, nor the MTV division itself ever made any such claims.
  • In a famous incident, Christian fundamentalists started burning Beatles merchandise when John Lennon's statement about the band being more popular than Jesus Christ was misinterpreted as them being bigger than Christ. Lennon's statement was intended as a Take That! to excessive fan worship and he would clarify "I never said we were better than Christ or greater than Christ. I'm just saying we're more popular." To this day, some have yet to be mollified. (Lennon becoming a vocal anti-theist in his later life doesn't help matters here, though he insisted he was a big fan of the man personally.)
  • Outside of apocrypha, no one officially connected with the RMS Titanic ever actually went on record claiming the ship to be literally "unsinkable". The closest official records come is are general suggestions that the ship's safety designsnote  made her "practically unsinkable". Later reports naturally dropped the 'practically' in order to sensationalise the tragedy and amp up the situational irony factor.
  • Bill Gates supposedly said in 1981 "640K[B] ought to be enough for anybody.", which when the personal computer took off would eventually proved a very short number (by 2008, a computer had up to 128 GB of memory!). However, the quote seems all but apocryphal, with Gates even stating in a 2001 interview "Do you realize the pain the industry went through while the IBM PC was limited to 640K?" while adding that IBM's RAM had to be pushed up from 512K following much pressure from software developers.


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