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Basic Trope: An error in a video game's manual.

  • Straight:
    • In the Platform Game Bob's Trope Tales, the jellyfish enemies attack the eponymous hero by stinging him with their tentacles, but he can bounce off their top section and remain completely unharmed. And yet, the manual says that any kind of contact with them will instantly kill Bob.
    • The manual leaves out the location of a hidden door, creating a Guide Dang It!.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The manual is entirely in Engrish and features many non sequiturs.
    • The same page of info is printed on every last page of the manual. Including its front and back covers.
  • Downplayed: An enemy's name is misspelled, but since the name isn't given in the game, most players will never know.
  • Justified: The manual was presented in character and becomes less accurate the further one explores due to fewer people making it back with the truth.
  • Inverted: An "error" was intended but left out.
  • Subverted: The company reveals that the "errors" are intentional.
    • An obvious 'error' turns out to be a spoiler as a deliberate Cassandra Truth as it lists spoilers in ways that look like obvious mistakes Charlie as female and Bob as half-demon despite being listed as human for the first half of the game.
  • Double Subverted: ...Except one.
  • Parodied:
    • Intentional Engrish for Funny
    • The manual accidentally includes four pages of nothing but swearing at the developers and anyone playing the game.
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  • Zig Zagged: There are two versions of the manual: one with several errors, and one with none.
  • Averted:
    • The manual contains no errors.
    • There is no manual.
  • Enforced: The manual was mistranslated.
  • Lampshaded: "Some information in this manual may be inaccurate."
  • Invoked: No one proofreads the manual.
  • Exploited: A player doesn't tell his friends about the misprint, leaving them to wonder how he managed to beat the game.
  • Defied: The manual is proofread several times over.
  • Discussed: "Unlike other video game manuals that you may have read, this one contains no mistakes."
  • Conversed: "This video game manual doesn't help me. It's so horribly mistranslated that I'm not even sure it's for this game."
  • Implied: In universe Bob returns to the game and is surprised when he bounces off of a jellyfish he jumped on. He states that he thought the manual said they were toxic anyplace you touched them - it is left ambiguous if he remembered it wrong or not.
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  • Plotted A Good Waste: Not applicable. (This trope is always unintentional. Any intentional "error" is a subversion.)
  • Deconstructed: The misprint leads to myths about Easter eggs in the game.
  • Reconstructed: All myths about the game are quickly proven or disproven.
  • Played For Laughs: The line "Bob claps his hands in celebration" is misprinted as "Bob craps his pants in celebration".

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