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"You know, try as I might, I openly admit that I occasionally get things wrong on this channel. When you've done nearly 200 episodes covering topics as diverse as helicopter physics to gemology and ancient history to hacking, then you fuse those with franchises that have lasted literal decades with each installment involving 60+ hours of gameplay per game, and do that weekly to meet the unforgiving treadmill of YouTube, well, things unfortunately slip through the cracks. #Excuses."
MatPat, "The Pokédex is FULL OF LIES!"
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Despite calling itself "The Smartest Show in Gaming", MatPat's Game Theory manages to make quite the substantial amount of false claims.


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     DeadLock; Pokémon: Which Gen 1 Starter is Truly the Best? 
  • Austin cites popularity polls to support that the Charmander/Charizard evolutionary family is better-appreciated and preferred than the other starters. He forgets several major things:
  • Matt claims that Ember, the Charmander's first fire attack is learned at level 38. This is very very wrong. It's learned at level nine. It's Flamethrower that is learned at level 38 (37 as of Generation VII).
  • Austin claims that Charizard having access to Hyper Beam makes up for Charizard lacking in the fire-type attack department. Except that the other two starters can use Hyper Beam too.
  • In addition, Hyper Beam was based off your physical attack in Gen I and their Gen III remakes, not your special attack, so even then, it still fails to substitute for a missing Flamethrower.
  • Austin then says that Charizard flying around is more impressive than surfing. The issue is, the flight function in the games serves solely as a Warp Whistle, no more no less. Meanwhile, Surf lets you traverse water barriers, and is utterly mandatory because the game throws such barriers at you. To nail its coffin, there are MUCH faster ways to get a flying Pokémon (e.g. a mere Pidgey).
    • The worst part? Charizard can't fly in any Gen 1 game except Pokémon Yellow.
  • Type resistances and weaknesses are also brought up and Charizard is argued to gain good resistances from having two types, but Austin fails to note that Charizard takes quadruple Rock damage due to its dual fire/flying typing.
  • Matt severely overexaggerates Squirtle's niftiness for speedrunning Gen I games, claiming that "it has no weaknesses until the Elite Four", coming off as if speedrunners would actively fight with it for most of the run. In reality, it is in fact Nidoran's evolutionary line that serves as the main fighter for a vast majority of a given speedrun. And that's ignoring Lt. Surge and Erika (Electric and Grass gyms, respectively), meaning the idea that Squirtle has no weaknesses is flatly untrue. (In fact, the Elite Four don't have many Pokémon that have type advantage against Squirtle; in Red and Blue, outside of Blue's team, the sole Grass or Electric move among them is Bruno's Hitmonchan and its Thunder Punch.)
  • Matt claims that a player going through Mount Moon would have to fight "endless waves of Geodudes", hence using the Squirtle family's type effectiveness against Ground typesnote . Unfortunately, Zubats are far more common there, and they are dual poison and flying types.
  • Austin claims that Charizard is better than Blastoise due to having a higher Special Attack stat. Problem is that this stat did not exist in Gen I, instead Gen I has a Special stat. Charizard's Special stat was identical to Blastoise's.

     DeadLock; Team Fortress 2 vs Overwatch 
While not exactly a Game Theory video, MatPat's Deadlock video about Overwatch vs Team Fortress 2 has gotten a lot of flack from both fanbases because of really poor research on both games (mostly TF2 though). There are some good, more entertaining videos in response to the subject by V3rbify, King Raja, Travingel, Peterscraps, and Mystery Flavored Air Head.
  • The defender of TF2 in this video, Todd, starts with a TF2 quote "Kaboom indeed, you drunken wretch!" with a bad Demoman impression, when the quote actually belongs to the Spy, who says it when dominating the Demoman.
  • Todd claims that TF2 is, and always has been free, but it originally had to be bought for $20 USD; it was only made free-to-play after the Über Update in 2011. Todd was also inaccurate about Overwatch's price; Overwatch can indeed cost 60 dollars, but the referred version here is the Origins Edition, which nets you only 5 more skins and a few goodies for other Blizzard games. The PC version can be bought for 40, and Console releases cost slightly less.
  • MatPat claims that "Overwatch is being sold as a complete game at full price, but that’s because it is." Objectively speaking, TF2 has way more content, including a horde survival co-op mode, offline bot matches, and an ass-ton more maps and gamemodes. To be fair, TF2 on release in 2007 had 6 maps and 3 games modes (Territorial Control, Capture the Flag, and Control Point) when it was sold in the Orange Box pack, and then as a stand-alone game. Though bear in mind that in 2007, The Orange Box was a collection of games, it didn't just contain TF2, so the limited game modes and such can be chalked up to needing the disk space for other games in The Orange Box, a problem Overwatch didn't have as it's always been a standalone game. However, by the time TF2 was released into the Free-to-play format, it contained 33 official maps and 8 official games modes note .
    • And this is before even mentioning content created by the community, which by itself, cover maps, mods, cosmetics, weapons, and more game modes. In fact, a significant portion of the official maps, weapons, and cosmetics in the game have been contributed by fans via the Steam Workshop.
  • Todd completely glosses over the fact that TF2 has a loot box-like system too, called "crates" that sometimes contain exclusive or rare cosmetics. When you open most crates you have a 1% chance to get an unusual hat, which is ridiculous even compared to Overwatch's loot boxes. At least in Overwatch you have the option to get them through level grinding or by paying for Lootbox bundles, as opposed to having to pay $2.50 for every crate you open. However, TF2 benefits from the Steam Marketplace and the Trading community where you can sell/buy other items for generally cheap prices.
  • Todd claims that "If you want to play as a Scout with a Dovahkiin helmet and a giant fish as a weapon, you can!". For one, it's called the Dragonborn helmet in-game, not the "Dovahkiin helmet". Two, the "Dragonborn helmet" is exclusive to the Heavy, so no, you can't. And three, if you were talking about the Spine-Chilling Skull, congratulations, you've got the name wrong. It didn't help that the "evidence" to prove this point was taken from a GMod video (this one, to be precise), with a lazy photoshop job of the "Holy Mackerel" weapon/bat pasted on top. All the production team had to do was just equip the items onto Scout to find this information out for themselves!
  • MatPat claims that TF2's fanbase is dwindling and doomed, citing a gradual decrease in player numbers since 2014, and a sharper drop in player numbers when Overwatch was released. Then ignores the fact that numbers went back up to normal, even going above its normal average a few weeks later, likely due to exposure from the Overwatch hype/rivalry. MatPat also failed to mention that this problem wasn't just limited to TF2; other, vastly more popular games, such as CS:GO and DOTA 2 saw playerbase hits as well. Note that the return to normal player numbers happened before the Deadlock video was released, so MatPat either deliberately ignored this to prove an already flawed argument, or failed to check his facts properly. You can check it here.
    • It should be noted that Blizzard don't give out real-time "current players online" statistics for their games for public consumption (Unlike every Steam game, which is viewable on Steamcharts, Steam Database and the like), meaning MatPats entire argument falls flat when he can't give out the same graphs for Overwatch, as said graphs don't exist, which explains the jarring cut in topic. It's also obvious that when the researchers found the "all time low" statistic chart shown for TF2, it was zoomed in such a way that made TF2 look like it lost more players than it actually had done. note .
  • MatPat says that because of stats related to killing people it makes playing as a healer or other support class less desirable because they aren’t getting kills. Which is not true; A good Medic can easily reach the top of the leaderboard, as Medics can get points for helping their team via healing, deploying Übercharges, getting kill assists by proxy, just by healing someone that's attacking, and so on. There's even an achievement for being at the top of the leaderboard as the Medic without killing anyone! There are more ways of getting points by playing Medic than just killing people. All of this means that active medics are almost always near the top of the leaderboard, not the contrary. The other major support class, Engineer, also gets lots of points by teleporting teammates and providing healing via dispensers. Neither of these classes are bad at dominating a player, and MatPat's claim that there are stats for killing people ignores the fact that there are also Medic and Engineer-specific stats designed specifically for helping the team (see above), TF2 goes out of its way to avert No Experience Points for Medic for both Medic and Engineer (and to a lesser extent, Heavy and his lunchbox items).
    • This is also forgetting that, you know, Overwatch also has stats related to killing, and a "Play of the Game" mechanic which has very obvious bias towards players who are able to get a lot of kills in a short period of time. Overwatch also rewards killstreaks, objective completion, and objective defenses with the "on fire" status effect.
    • The video zooms in on a table displaying a player's kills, deaths, and assists, but it's cropped in a way that conveniently leaves out, that in the very same table, it also displays the amount of points captured, points defended, Übercharges deployed, players teleported, healing, and support. Stats that are related to the objective and teamwork, and not just kills.
    • This isn't going into the fact that there are other ways of playing classes, such as Battle Medicnote  and Battle Engineer note , which shakes up the playstyle of the classes. You may not do as well on the scoreboard, but TF2 encourages its use of customisable loadouts to find a playstyle that suits you. In comparision, Overwatch's playstyles are limited by the weapons the characters are given when they're first released...and that's it. There is no way of swapping out one weapon for another, making creativity in tactics very limited.
  • MatPat claims that in TF2, you get rewards for dominating the enemy, which is largely untrue. To clarify, you DO get two special cosmetic rewards for killing enemies wearing certain cosmetic itemsnote , but after that you get diddly squat going forward, except a medal on the scoreboard whenever you dominate someone, which isn't exactly an achievement or anything. It just symbolises how good you are to other team members.
    • He also states that "it increases the likelihood that offensive players will go rogue, heading out into the map solo to boost [their stats] up for themselves". Except, Overwatch has proven that's not true. Variants of "GET ON THE PAYLOAD" became a meme for a reason.
  • MatPat boasts that Overwatch focuses more on the "team" aspect than Team Fortress 2 does. Anyone who has played TF2 for a decent amount of time will know that you will have to communicate with your team and spread your classes around if you want a chance at winning. Take a shot every time someone on your team nags at one of the three Snipers or four Spies to switch to something else they need...
  • MatPat claims that TF2 maps are quantity over quality without backing up his claim with any evidence. And while MatPat admits that "[That] isn't necessarily a bad thing", there are many community maps that are decently and competently crafted, not to mention the existing controversy behind Overwatch's own maps, like Temple of Anubis, Volskaya Industries, and Hanamura, which are blasted for being plagued with limited paths, choke points, and just general balance issues.
  • MatPat claims that Overwatch's characters are more mobile because they can roll, fly, teleport, and use grappling hooks. TF2 characters can do three of those four things: Soldier and Demo have the BASE Jumper for Flying, Engineer's Teleporter or Eureka effect for Teleportation, and all-class grappling hooks exclusive to the Mannpower gamemode. For the record, "Rolling" in Overwatch is an ability exclusive to McCree, which also reloads his revolver. Overwatchnote  doesn't count McCree's Roll as a movement ability because A: It doesn't move you that far compared to other similar abilities like Tracers' Blink ability, and B: Because it's meant for dodging projectiles via a quickstep, not for travelling faster. Also Worth mentioning is that Scout (who can Double Jump) runs faster than any Overwatch character at their base speed. Even Engineers can use their sentries to rocket-jump, and each class (excluding the Sniper) has at least one item that can grant them increased movement speed when certain conditions are met (Triple Jump with the Atomiser for Scout, Flare Jump for Pyro, Disciplinary Action to whip players for Soldier etc.)
    • More importantly, the Soldier and Demoman, in the hands of a skilled player, are far more mobile than any class in Overwatch, able to practically fly across maps in seconds; it's just that advanced mobility in TF2 is much more mechanically complex and skill-intensive than simply pressing a button like how it is in Overwatch. On top of having to develop a good sense of aim and timing, rocket- or sticky-jumping takes off a fair chunk of health every time, plus the risk of fall damage, which consequently means that one must be familiar with the map they're in to manage it. While Overwatch may have more mobility options, the methods that TF2 does have are much more efficient at getting the player where they need to be in a shorter amount of time.
  • Todd talks about the community but pretty much only mentions the memetic status the game has online, and fails to mention the Pixar-like animations the community have made with Source Filmmaker, such as The Winglet. Todd also fails to say that the community has created entire updates by itself (End of the Line and Invasion). Not to mention the quality-made videos by the main representatives of the TF2 Community like King Raja, Uncle Dane, Nate Fox, ScottJaw, Arrayseven, FUNke and so on.
  • MatPat implies that the Overwatch community is just as good because of its cosplays and porn, something that not only does TF2 have a fair collection of, but anything with even a small-to-moderate fanbase would have (See Rule 34). Searching "TF2" on Tumblr will likely give you...ahem, interesting results.
  • Todd describes the server based system that was in TF2 with servers with specifics maps and rotations as a positive. While mostly correct, the official Valve "pub" servers were abandoned during the "Meet Your Match" update (July 2016), for a casual mode similar to Overwatch. Recently, the map rotation has been somewhat reinstalled by a vote for choosing the next map (the current one or two more) in the same game mode.
  • Todd claims that one of the game modes in TF2 is team death match. Anyone who has played TF2 for ten seconds will tell you that it isn't. Player Destruction and Arena are technically death-match modes, but neither one of those modes are of the main draws to TF2note . When you think TF2, you're likely thinking "Capture The Flag", "King Of The Hill", "Payload", or regular "Control Point" maps.
  • MatPat cites Overwatch's emphasis on characters countering other characters as an element it has over TF2... even though the classes in TF2 also have their own strengths and vulnerabilities against certain other classes. While class counters in TF2 aren't as strict as they are in Overwatch, it does not mean that counters don't exist. If you want to defend against the frail Scouts, set up sentries as Engineer; If you want to get rid of the Engineer and his equipment, sap them as Spy, blow them up as Demoman, or send in an Übercharged teammate; If you want to deter Spies and deflect non-hitscan projectiles, go Pyro; pick off slow Heavies as Sniper, or get rid of those tunnel-visioned Snipers as a Spy; so on and so forth. You can check the full version here.
  • MatPat says that Overwatch is about getting good with multiple characters and switching when the situation demands it... which is also a big part of competitive 6v6 TF2, but also just the game in general. If your team doesn't have a Medic, someone is going have to switch to him if you want your team to stand a chance at winning, whether they like it or not. Likewise, you're probably not going to succeed if over half your team consists of Snipers. The standard composition for a competitive TF2 team is two Scouts, two Soldiers, one Medic, and one Demoman. However, it's generally advised for players to be competent at every class before playing competitively, as it's not uncommon to see someone switch to another class when the situation calls for it.
    • He also says that the central gameplay of characters countering other characters means that the game will stay fun for longer. TF2's counterplay is far softernote , but that hasn't deterred it from having high player numbers nine years after release.
  • MatPat talks about multiple healers being good at multiple things, apparently implying that the Medic only has one playstyle. If you equip the Crusader’s Crossbow, Medi-gun, and the Amputator, you can have long-ranged heal/damage picks (like Ana), a healing beam (like Mercy), and a healing AoE (similar to Lucio's), all in one character.
  • MatPat implies that Overwatch's larger character roster means a higher skill ceiling, which is untrue. While Overwatch does have more characters to learn, mastering a hero in Overwatch is far simpler than mastering a class in TF2. A TF2 veteran will tell you that blast jumping is a skill that takes countless hours to perfect, to the point where there's an entire custom gamemode (JUMP maps) revolved around improving Rocket/Sticky Jumping. Contrast that with Pharah, who only needs to press a button to fly. The fact that he dismisses rocket jumping as unnecessary and convoluted earlier does not help matters.
  • MatPat implies that Overwatch is better than Team Fortress 2, because it has a much more diverse character cast in terms of race and gender. While Overwatch does undeniably feature more playable non-white characters and females, citing this statement as a point against TF2 comes out really biased and unprofessional for a number of reasons:
    • 1: Team Fortress 2 was released in 2007, while Overwatch was released 9 years later in 2016, where there is more pressure for "diversity". Thus, comparing the racial standards in gaming of 2016 and 2007 isn't really fair.
    • 2: Overwatch is set in the semi-distant future whereas Team Fortress 2 is set in 1968, a time when very few women were allowed in combat (explaining the lack of female playable characters).
    • 3: Not all the characters in [TF2] are "straight white males" as MatPat would like to believe. TF2 has supporting characters that are female in its shorts and comics, the most notable being The Administrator, AKA the Announcer you hear in-game!, who was able to get control of all the world's australium (A miracle metal that can cause huge advancements in technology) with nothing but her slippery wit, making her probably the smartest and the most powerful person in the Team Fortress 2 universe.
      • Another person being The Administrator's right-hand (wo)man; Miss Pauling. She's a female mercenary working under the Administrator, and gives out Contracts to the Mercs in-game. While Miss Pauling isn't playable in the game proper, she plays a significant role in TF2's lore and story.
      • In addition to that, MatPat's comment also comes off as racist as he is completely ignoring the Demoman, who happens to be black.
    • 4: Just focusing only on the look of the character and ignoring how they are played is incredibly amateur (note that earlier in the video, MatPat himself said that gameplay matters more than "aesthetics"). A diverse cast of characters doesn't make a movie/game automatically better than another one, it just makes it more diverse.
  • Todd asks what should you do if you come across 3 Roadhogs. The answer is to switch to one of Roadhog’s counters. He fails to realise or bring up the major problem of lack of class restriction in TF2, that leads to huge teams of Snipers, Spies, or Engineers. Sniper himself lampshades this practice in-game at the start of a competitive match sometimes!note 
  • MatPat claims Overwatch is more balanced because of its 6v6. While TF2 was originally intended to be a casual game, and therefore can allow more players in each server for a more free-for-all moshpit feeling, that doesn't mean that TF2 has no potential to grow a competitive scene; in fact, it already has one, albeit rather small and niche. Leagues have been around for years; 6v6 followed by "Highlander"note  are the most popular formats for competitive TF2 matches (with 6v6 finally getting official recognition as of the Meet Your Match update).
  • MatPat tries to make a diss about no autobalance in Overwatch, but when the video was released, auto-balance was removed from TF2 in the "Meet Your Match" update.
  • One of the pictures Todd shows during his character customization argument (this one) is not from Team Fortress 2. The picture is actually that of T-Bone, a character from Loadout.
  • MatPat tries to point out that: "The one place TF2 misses out on is aesthetics", and gives a rundown on how Overwatch is graphically superior. What MatPat just did was mistake graphics and aesthetics for the same thing, when they're not. Graphics is the technical aspect of games, of which he largely talked about (Screen resolutions, the age of the Source engine etc), whereas aesthetics is the visual art style. Overwatch is slightly more realistic with a futuristic aesthetic, TF2 is more cartoony with a theme based around the 1960s, and an artstyle following that of J.C Leyendecker. Neither would look out of place in a Pixar film though. MatPat didn't mention why Overwatch is "aesthetically superior", just that Overwatch runs better on modern hardware (unfortunately, this also means that it requires higher-end computers to even run properly on, making it less accessible to those who don't have a console nor a gaming computer). Aesthetically, TF2 still looks really nice. Just look at Borneo or Upward as examples of this. And yes, TF2's Source Engine is ancient at this point, but that doesn't mean a game visual art style will suffer as a result.
  • MatPat says that the characters of Overwatch are tributes to various characters in other games, comparing Pharah to Samus, citing D.Va as a tribute to Titanfall, and saying "Soldier 76 is straight out of Call of Duty". Pharah is nothing like Samus aside from wearing an armored suit, any similarities between D.Va and the mechs in Titanfall are bafflingly tangential at best, and Soldier 76 just plays like the standard, generic FPS character if anything.

     UNDERTALE - Sans's SECRET Identity! 
This Undertale theory, coming to the conclusion that Sans is Ness, overlooks several factors in the things it cites, and at several points just ignores the lore outright.
  • Naming errors:
    • He refers to the Underground as "Underworld". Not the Underworld. Just "Underworld".
    • The MTT Resort is labelled as the "Mettaton Hotel" in the video.
  • MatPat focuses on a photo you find in Sans's lab where the protagonist doesn't recognize people in it, so he comes to the conclusion it's a photograph from the end of EarthBound... except that they do recognize Sans, and if he was human, you wouldn't know who he was. The fact that they're referred to as "people" and not "monsters" probably means that the protagonist doesn't see them as any different, as to access this area, you have to be on a pacifist run.
  • Papyrus's costume (with the Starman symbol on it) is just that: a costume. He made it himself for a costume party and just hasn't taken it off because he loves it so much. It is not, unlike what Matt assumes, the remains of a Starman's body.
    • He also says that Papyrus' stance is "a perfect match" to how Starmen stand, even though Papyrus' stance is anything but a perfect match. Starmen stand upright with the ends of their "tentacles" on their "hips", as if they have their hands on their hips, while Papyrus has his right leg bent and his left arm is straight down with the palm facing down.
    • MatPat also suggests that Papyrus not being familiar with the sun like Sans is is due to Starmen, being an alien species, don't "have any knowledge of earthly things", apparently implying that the sun (which is a star, by the way) is something specific to Earth...
    • The Starmen have tentacles instead of arms. However, Papyrus clearly has human-like arms and hands.
    • One more nail in the "Papyrus is a Starman" coffin: Starmen have been repeatedly suggested to be robots, or at the very least robotically-enhanced aliens, as shown by their description in the Player's Guide, their whirrs and beeps during speech, the fact that the "Atomic Power Robot" enemies are said to be prototypes of the Starmen line, and the fact that their speech in the Japanese version is written in katakana, which denotes electronic or mechanical speech. At no point in the Mother series are Starmen ever indicated as ever having humanoid skeletons. How exactly do you get an organic human skeleton from a robotic alien?
  • Sans and Ness do not share any powers whatsoever. Sans' powers are to turn you blue and control which side you gravitate, which can be perceived as a sort of psychic power. However, it functions significantly differently to Ness's powers, which focus mostly on recovery and buffing, with one or two debuff powers and Ness' ultimate offensive power, PK Rockin.
  • MatPat treats the America in EarthBound Beginnings as if it were Eagleland from EarthBound, even displaying a map of the former when he mentions the latter. The two countries, as depicted in the games, share absolutely nothing in common geographically. The map in question that MatPat displays is not even officially made by Nintendo, but made for a non-canonical rom-hack.
  • The one contradiction that makes the theory crumble was that Ness entered the Phase Distorter and that turned him into skeleton Sans. The problem is that the Phase Distorter is programmed to destroy organic matter. Bones are organic matter. So, if Ness were to enter the machine, nothing would remain.
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     Phoenix Wright is a CRIMINAL!! 
  • In the Phoenix Wright is a CRIMINAL theory, MatPat claims that Phoenix bringing up evidence the prosecution was unaware about is illegal, but completely ignores that the prosecution does the exact same thing, most notably with the infamous "Updated Autopsy Report". (Though his claims that Phoenix collecting evidence on his own without a warrant does hold up — even Japanese lawyers would admit that's ridiculous.) It also ignores Evidence Law, a law introduced in the fifth case of the first game that states that, so long as the evidence has a proven relation to the trial at hand, it can be legally presented without needing to be submitted with the police department.
  • At the beginning of the video, he claims that Ace Attorney is "the game no one's ever played, but everyone knows the meme to", stating that it's huge in Japan but not nearly as popular overseas. This shows either disregard for—or ignorance of—the huge following that it has in America and Europe. This then begs the question: if Ace Attorney is so obscure, then why does this video exist in the first place?
  • Similarly, when he says Phoenix calling a bellboy as a witness would be illegal, he forgets to mention that the only reason Phoenix got the bellboy on the stand is because Edgeworth approves this request.
    • Even more so, he said that Edgeworth didn't know the Bellboy's existence and thus had no time to prepare. But during the cross examination of the Bellboy, he reveals that Edgeworth told him not to acknowledge Redd White's existence if not specifically asked, meaning Edgeworth not only knew about the Bellboy's existence, but manipulated the Bellboy's testimony in his favor.
  • MatPat repeatedly ignores that the game is a satire of the Japanese legal system and thus should be judged under its laws. What makes this glaring is that he does bring up the different systems...only to ignore how this makes half of his evidence irrelevant.
  • One of the first things MatPat does in the video is describe Phoenix Wright as a "paralegal." Paralegals are trained and educated on topics of the law, but they are not qualified to be lawyers by definition.
  • MatPat completely disregards anything after the first game (and not even that, as said below) despite claiming to be as in depth as he can go. Which is pretty funny, as Apollo Justice has Phoenix do some illegal things fans are actually torn on and would have possibly been much better evidence.
    • His disregarding of the other games is especially notable when he says that Phoenix is a criminal who will bend the trial to fit his needs. In the final case of the second game when Phoenix finds out that his defendant is responsible for the murder he's accused of (by hiring an assassin), and said assassin is threatening Maya's life if Phoenix doesn't get a 'Not Guilty' verdict, Phoenix tries to find a way to prove that his defendant is guilty without the cost of Maya dying.
  • But the most egregious research failure in this video HAS to be the part where he claims Phoenix conceals the receipt that has "Maya" written in blood. This is blatantly not true, since the ENTIRE reason Maya gets accused of her sister's murder is because Detective Gumshoe finds that receipt next to the body. Heck, while MatPat claims that Phoenix concealed evidence, the footage in his video proves him wrong. He also ignores how, after picking up the receipt, it's still there on the floor. He didn't even TAKE IT, let alone try to hide it.
  • In short, the whole theory is full of holes, many pointed out here, and reeks of pointlessness (EVERYONE already knows that Phoenix Wright games do not follow real-life law) and rushed production, since it's pretty clear MatPat didn't get past the first game's fourth case before making the theory. (In the first game's fifth case, the subject of Evidence Law is brought up, but MatPat fails to mention this.) In other words, it's rather objectionable.
  • And of course, all of the above reasons are insignificant compared to the most damning piece of evidence: every game in the main series is (or rather, was) set in the future, where a massively overworked court system forced the government to alter the way trials work. Plus, the writers have already confirmed that the games are set in an alternate universe in order to explain why there's so much Japanese culture in what's supposed to be Los Angeles. MatPat instead uses this to continue going by American law, only addressing Japanese law when it's convenient to the theory.

     Zelda Theories 
  • In the video "Is Link's Quest in Majora's Mask Pointless?", a large point is made about how little mass Majora's Moon has, and how it hitting the planet would do next to nothing. However Mat then goes on to talk about how the increased gravitational effects of the falling moon would do far more damage than the moon itself... completely forgetting that the gravity an object exerts is determined by its mass, and that such a tiny moon wouldn't have anywhere near the effect of the Earth's full size moon.
    • The moon in question is apparently hollow (proven when you enter it) and ostensibly made of magic. Anything could happen when it lands.
    • There's also the fact that it's unclear if Termina even exists on an Earth-sized planet or is just a relatively tiny Discworld-esque floating landmass, in which case even a moon so small could utterly devastate it.
    • Meteors much smaller than that moon have caused craters miles wide in Real Life. Even if it didn't destroy the planet, Clock Town and likely the areas around it would probably be obliterated (although it might not be as devastating as a meteor of the same size, given how slow it seemed to be falling, but it would still certainly be catastrophic). Given that there are considerable barriers all the way around Termina, those who evacuated at the last minute wouldn't be able to get very far and would almost certainly be doomed.
  • "Link is Dead" completely disregards many important bits of info from official material, namely Hyrule Historia. Key ones include claiming that Termina is purgatory (it's actually an Alternate Universe), that Link would get lost in the Lost Woods and turn into a Stalfos (that only applies to adults, children become Skull Kids) and that this is how the Hero's Shade is created (the Hero's Shade isn't a Stalfos and, being the ancestor of TP Link, couldn't have died as a child).
    • Probably the most egregious example is when discussing the "Elegy of Emptiness" which creates a statue based on the form you're currently taking: three of them are based on the people that died beforehand (the Deku Butler's son (Deku Scrub), Darmani (Goron), and Mikau (Zora)), while the fourth is based on Link (and collectively named Ben). MatPat and PeanutButterGamer come to the conclusion that, since they're based on dead people and Link has a statue, that Link is also among the dead. In actuality, there are several key factors that disprove this: the Deku, Goron, and Zora statues in question lack pupils, signifying their dead eyes, while Ben still has his. In addition, there are other factors in Ikana Canyon, the place where you get the song, such as the elder brother Sharp saying "This is no place for one as full of life as you!" or Pamela's father having a device that goes off when you're in either one of your transformed states, but when you're Link it doesn't go off and he comments on Tatl instead.
    • His theory also makes the claim that Link couldn't possibly have survived the initial fall in the game because a normal human would have died from it. This not only ignores that Link is clearly superhuman and has a history of surviving such impacts, but also completely disregards the likelihood that he was passing through a portal to an alternate world where "falling" would count for nothing. The previous game depicting Link returning from the Temple of Light in the Sacred Realm by descending slowly from the sky is also conveniently unmentioned.
  • In his theory on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, titled "How Breath of the Wild SOLVES Zelda's Timeline". MatPat claims that the game is placed in the so-called "Fallen Hero Timeline", and that "the most convincing piece of evidence" of that is the Cap of the Wild, i.e. Link's classic green hat canonical to Breath of the Wildnote . Namely the fact that it has a yellow stripe in it, something that only have happened so far in incarnations of Link of that specific branch of the timeline. The problem is that the stripe is not yellow at all. It's just a lighter shade of green than the rest of the hat. But still, he insists for a significant amount of time it's yellow while showing it clearly on screen.
    • Another point of evidence he uses is that Lynels, an enemy type appearing in Breath of the Wild, have only ever been in games from the Downfall timeline. While this is true, it’s also completely ignoring the fact that Bokoblins, ChuChus, and Lizalfos, some of the most common enemies in the game, have never appeared in the Downfall timeline.
    • He makes a similar claim about Spectacle Rock only appearing in the Downfall timeline, ignoring that Spectacle Island exists in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker: a game that explicitly states the islands are the mountaintops of the now flooded Hyrule.
    • While he does bring up and explain some of the common points people bring up in timeline debate, such as the presence of the Rito and Koroks, there are others he doesn’t that could contradict his theory. Most notably, one of the Zora monuments recounts the legend of Princess Ruto, who became a sage and assisted the hero in fighting Ganon, implying Ganon was defeated.

     For Honor and Historicity 
MatPat's video on For Honor about who would win a fight between Vikings, Knights and Samurai had so many mistakes, misconceptions and outright impossibilities that it would be easier to list the things he got right.
  • For those who don't have the time to watch all the videos, here's the Cliff's Notes version:
    • Vikings did in fact have armor and quality weapons. Wealthier Vikings in particular (i.e., societal equivalents to knights and samurai) did have very high quality swords available and would wear the same mail as the knights of the period. In contrast, seax's were basically the everyday utility knives of the day while the bare-chested, leather-bound viking berserker probably never existed outside of modern fiction.
    • Contrary to the video's claims, riveted chainmail (which, as stated above, was something both knights and vikings had access to) was in fact very effective at stopping arrows, especially when worn over quilted gambesons, as it usually was. Furthermore, the bows used by the samurai of the chosen time period were not only incapable of piercing through said mail, but probably the gambeson alone was enough to stop them from being lethal.
    • The protectiveness of the knight's armor was severely underestimated and its weight over-exaggerated. Knights, especially in the chosen time period, weren't these slow, lumbering tanks on the battlefield; as re-enactors have shown, trained people can do cartwheels and somersaults in a full set of plate armor, let alone in chainmail and gambeson.
    • As if the previously described armor-facts didn't already demolish the samurai's greatest "advantage", their bow, MatPat completely ignores the fact that both knights and vikings were using shields specifically to guard against arrow fire. Even more egregiously, he mentions that vikings would have had a shield "on their back", but then he conveniently forgets about this when he pits them against the samurai.
    • Advantages ascribed to the samurai in weight came much later, a fully armored 11th century samurai was at least as weighed down as his contemporary European counterparts. The actual armor the samurai would have been wearing in this theoretical battle was a poorly balanced, boxy lamellar armor that was designed to be worn on horseback and was ironically more cumbersome and offered less protection on the limbs than the maille the knights and vikings would have been wearing in the period. There was lighter armor available, but it didn't offer the protection described and was generally for less established samurai who couldn't afford heavier armor.
    • Samurai didn't have any dedicated anti-armor weaponry in the period, meaning the kanabo would have been the only weapon that could damage the armor worn by the other warriors. This, of course, wasn't mentioned, instead focusing on using the bow to pierce through maille (aka. blatantly impossible) and using "superior martial arts" to strike the weak points of the enemy's armor, something all warriors could do, and the vikings and knights arguably had even more experience with that, since they were the ones who fought more against heavily armored opponents.
    • Scandinavia isn't a lifeless wasteland of misery and death, where wild animals literally drop dead and freeze on the spot. The Vikings had multiple reasons for attacking villages but the main reason was to loot valuables to buy better equipment and other desired things at home. Also, there are some accounts of the Vikings staying in the attacked towns and villages to enslave the inhabitants. Scotland is the best example of this because Scotland has a history with the Vikings and some Scottish words are modelled after the original Scandinavian language. A secondary example is Yorkshire, England. As the area is rich in Viking history.
    • Another point that MatPat never addresses when talking about the "superior" Samurai weapons and armor is that Japan is a very iron-poor location. While knights and Vikings had veins of iron ore to build arms and armor from, Japan had to get it from sand. The reason that Japanese swords were "folded ten thousand times" is because they had to be. note 
    • Also, apparently MatPat thinks greaves are worn on one's forearms.note 
    • Several YouTubers have taken Matt to the task of debunking the Game Theory soon after the video's release.
  • On a related note, the Game Lab episode about For Honor suffers immensely from factually incorrect information and lack of swordfighting expertise whatsoever in the episode. KnightSquire picked it apart here. To sum up that:
    • Labelling stunt coordinators as sword masters. Their jobs are completely opposite of each other. Mastering a sword is to effectively use them to fight other people to their doom. On the other hand, stunt people do not want to get hurt when performing stunts!
    • There is no sign in the episode that any treatise or book written by historical sword masters, or actual HEMAnote  experts were consulted by the Game Theory crew or the stunt coordinators.
    • The stunt people and the Game Lab stars jumping into stance and shouting "en garde". There is absolutely no reason to do these flashy motions in actual practice.
    • The lead stunt coordinator refers to a "hand-and-a-half broadsword". This is actually two separate terms combined: "hand and a half" is a longsword, while "broadsword" refers to a basket-hilted sword, which the sword he's holding does not resemble.
    • The coordinators then teach the Game Lab crew to do blatant stunt moves whose contortions are clearly unusable in an actual fight. MatPat himself even points this out to the coordinator. Who then answers that it's "awkward" but says that it will stop a movement to the bottom, going out to demonstrate a completely contrived mere tap.
    • Blatant Flynning is everywhere, for them being stunt coordinators. The lead coordinator tries to demonstrate his target blocking a potentially harmful strike from the side, and yet it's clear that he didn't even aim for the target's body!
    • The entire outdoor play "fight" sequence fails to exhibit any actual swordfighting; on screen one can see that in reality what they are doing is "attack one guy's weapons/shield a few times, then move on to the next guy".

     Metroid Theories 
  • "The Metroid Morph Ball is LAME!":
    • The Morph Ball theory fails to take into account that the 3D games, especially the Metroid Prime Trilogy, have clearly shown that Samus actually turns into the ball, rather than curl up into the shape when it is used, a fact is actually addressed here, in a rebuttal video by Gnoggin. This makes the entire theory moot and is made all the more irritating by how he shows the clip of Samus having the power-up attach to her in Prime when it's recovered in a cutscene, but passes it off as her actual activation of the feature when the two are separate visuals in actual gameplay.
    • The theory also doesn't take into account most of the advantages that the Morph Ball grants. It minimizes her size in every direction, not just one. It also maintains and perhaps even increases her mobility, allowing her to navigate small areas much quicker than crawling would allow (to say nothing of Morph Ball sections in the Prime games that are momentum based). And, of course, the form grants access to things like power bombs (the strongest weapon in her arsenal). MatPat didn't seem to have researched any use for the Morph Ball beyond reducing Samus' vertical height.
    • MatPat uses real-world examples to demonstrate why a person of Samus' height and physique curling up and fitting into the volume of the Morph Ball is not an impressive feat. However, he fails to consider that the people shown in the real-world examples are dressed very lightly, while Samus is wearing very bulky Powered Armor (complete with giant Shoulders of Doom in Metroid II: Return of Samus onward) that would make it much more difficult to fit in such a compact space.
  • "Exposing Metroid's HIDDEN Threat":
    • MatPat's entire theory falls apart because he completely ignores that Adam (the computer on Samus' ship in Metroid Fusion) scanned the Etechoons and Dachora when they showed up on Samus' ship and found no sign of infection.
    • MatPat claims it's never explained how the BSL station got infected. However, at the beginning of the game, it is stated that the X Infestation began in Fusion: the entire prologue shows how Samus was infected on SR388, was brought to the space station for treatment, that her infected suit parts became the SA-X which breached its capsule with a Power Bomb, spreading the other parasites. It's a major key plot point of the entire game that is shown and discussed in great detail.
    • The crux of the theory is that the animals are patient zero for the X Infestation and that they were already infected in Super Metroid. This is impossible, as the X are native to SR388, and Super Metroid takes place on Zebes.

     Five Nights at Freddy's Theories 
  • In his part 2 episode, he theorizes that the Purple Guy's identity is Phone Guy, and brings up some fairly solid evidence to back it up, going so far as to suggest all the voice messages you hear in all three games were recorded prior to the prequel FNAF 2 to clear up the confusion with the Purple Guy's final scene in FNAF 3. The only problem with this is he fails to recognize that the very first recording you hear in FNAF 1 refers to the "Bite of 87", something the Purple Guy could never have known about if his death was indeed before the second game took place. He also fails to take into account that Phone Guy refers to the new animatronics in the second game, something he could have never known would exist before they were even created.
  • His theory that every message was recorded before the time of the second game may also fall flat if you play Night 6 of that game, which pretty heavily implies that the Phone Guy is talking about the murders that recently happened. Why would pre-recorded messages for a new employee include talk about a tragic event that happened presumably years before?
  • And then you realize that in the first game, you're the new guy. No ties to previous Fazbear establishments. How could you find Phone Guy in the safe room? You don't know where to look, and you don't know it even exists.
  • He tries pushing his "Phone Guy is Purple Guy" theory again regarding Five Nights at Freddy's 3, claiming that Phone Guy's knowledge of the hidden employees-only rooms is proof that he must have been involved, as nobody would have been able to leave the suit used by the murderer inside one of those rooms without knowing where they were. Except... the game outright states that the recordings that reveal the existence of these rooms are training cassettes used for new Freddy Fazbear employees, and thus anybody with access to those tapes would know about the rooms. There is also the matter of MatPat's insistence that Phone Guy must have used the Spring Bonnie suit to commit the murders, when Phone Guy himself says in one of the tapes that the Spring Bonnie and Spring Freddy suits are not to be worn by employees anymore because they're too prone to injuring and/or killing the wearer.
  • In his Five Nights at Freddy's 4 science-based theory he declares that the main character wouldn't be able to experience fear, real or in his dreams, but he fails to realize that it's just one of the many possible symptoms of losing a frontal lobe, and that it relies entirely on the main character experiencing that particular symptom. Many people who have lost their frontal lobes report only experiencing one or two symptoms, or even none at all, with people who haven't had a frontal lobe since birth only having troubles with complex scenarios. Series creator Scott Cawthon even told MatPat directly that he was wrong.
    • Though more likely Scott was referring to how it's heavily implied that the game doesn't revolve around the frontal lobe bite MatPat thinks it does. So the entire video is invalidated because no matter what he said, he's saying it about the wrong character in the game and was so eager to show up Scott that he fell for a Red Herring.
    • This video explains the circumstances well.
  • During his Milestone Celebration, MatPat attempts to conjecture the idea at one point that Ballora is modeled on Afton's wife, who either divorced him or suffered Death by Despair following the death of their daughter Elizabeth. Problem with that is that it's made clear that Ballora was part of Circus Baby's gang, which was recalled immediately after the accident that killed Elizabeth, meaning there is simply no time for such an idea to work with the presented timeframe.
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     Mario Series/Universe Theories 
  • With a few exceptions, MatPat completely disregards the RPG's, despite them providing a ton of important World Building and development for the Mario setting, much of which flies in the face of Alternate Character Interpretation he gives the cast.
  • The video revolving around Wario's flying farts infamously had him claim Wario is ten feet tall despite being obviously shorter. He later turned this into a form of Self-Deprecation for future research failures.
  • "How Deadly is Super Mario's Bullet Bills?":
    • The video revolving around Bullet Bills becomes this after claiming the largest Bullet Bill is the golden Banzai Bill, despite it being the same size as a normal Banzai Bill and the King Bills from New Super Mario Bros. Wii are far larger then the golden Banzai Bills.
    • In the video, MatPat has to convert modern Mario's size to 8-bit Mario's size, and the entire rest of the theory uses 8-bit Mario's size as a reference, saying that the conversion is necessary because his size relative to Bowser changes throughout the games. It's more like Bowser's size is the one that fluctuates - anyone who's played a wide variety of Mario games will know that Mario will be about the same size in comparison to Princess Peach.
  • "Mario is Mental":
    • In this controversial video, MatPat claims that "there is no Peach toy" in Mario vs. Donkey Kong, when there was a Peach toy shown in the same video where he said this.
    • This same video has received large amounts of flack for relying on fan-made timelines for his "Mario is a womanizer" supporting argument twice; the Mario franchise doesn't have a fleshed-out canonical timeline.
      • Adding to this, he does not link the viewers to the timelines that he is referring to, making it seem more like he created this bit in order to cover his tracks.
    • Half of his evidence against Mario's treatment of Yoshi is that "he'd abandon him just a for a few inches in a jump". This is despite such an action being entirely player-derived. Under that logic, literally any video game protagonist who can do negative actions under player command is a sociopath.
    • It's also worth noting that his major argument for Mario being abusive to Luigi comes from Luigi's win cutscene from Mario Power Tennis, where he lightly grinds his foot on Luigi's. This is likely to just be friendly Sibling Rivalry and not outright abuse. Siblings playfully shoving each-other and such after a game is highly common, and Luigi is clearly giving an awkward smile and not "confused" like he says, yet he treats Mario's behavior as sociopathic. He also ignores Koopa Troopa's win cutscene, where Mario shows concern for Luigi after he gets injured.
    • He treats the Wigglers from Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine as innocent victims who Mario "crushed to death" after he "ruined their homes". The former's home being ruined was an accident, the latter tried to ruin someone else's home, and neither died: The 64 Wiggler merely shrinks and flees, and while the Sunshine Wiggler melts away upon defeat, this means nothing because Petey Piranha melted in a similar manner and he obviously didn't die given how often he appeared in the franchise.
    • He states that at the end of Mario Is Missing!, there's no thank you from Mario. There is, literally seconds after the scene he showed. The PC version goes even further by having the two high-five each other and then hug.
    • The whole "Mario is an abusive brother" argument in general. At the time of the video's release, it was the Year of Luigi and we got two games that show their relationship as brothers. In them, we see Mario earnestly thanking Luigi for saving him (yet again) and calling him number one in the former, and in the latter we actually see the inner workings of Luigi's mind: Luigi would gladly help Mario no matter what, even willingly staying in the shadows if it means the two get to work together, and time and time again we've seen that Mario would gladly let him help if the chance arises. So basically, the year was full of Heartwarming Moments for the younger plumber, and MatPat just disregards all of that. Heck, the entire Mario & Luigi series is disregarded, which paints Mario as a caring older brother who'll always come to Luigi's rescue.
    • The video claims that "names only get repeated in romantic settings". There are far too many counterexamples to list, such as the Game Over quotes in the Metal Gear series (in which the player character's name is often shouted at least twice by another character, regardless of romantic affiliation).
    • MatPat frames Mario's act of jumping on his enemies as murder, even comparing it to the Indian method crushing someone with an elephant. This completely ignores that the RPG's have made it clear Mario doesn't always kill his enemies when he defeats them with his jump attacks.
  • "Rosalina UNMASKED":
    • The ultimate evidence that MatPat uses to prove Rosalina being Peach's daughter is that director Yoshiaki Koizumi originally planned for them to be related. Problem is that Koizumi said "originally", in other words What Could Have Been. Despite this jossing the idea being in the final game, he still treats this as definite proof.
    • The same video attempts to make the argument as well that Miyamoto snubbed the idea "protect the truth" regarding Luigi ending up with Peach. It's actually quite well-known that Miyamoto is heavily against any story in Mario period, and has infamously committed several cases of Executive Meddling to enforce that.
  • "The Mario Timeline's SHOCKING Reveal":
    • MatPat takes a jab at Nintendo for their presumed averseness to dark and deep stories. Anyone who is invested in Nintendo will tell you that this is far from the truth (the links only lead to some of the more prominent examples). What makes this example particularly irritating is that he dismisses Fire Emblem and Xenoblade in earlier videos, and clearly has knowledge on the Zelda and Mother series, even calling himself a fan of them.
    • Yoshi's Island DS establishes that the Mario Bros, Peach, Donkey Kong, Wario, Bowser and implicitly Yoshi are all about the same age, something even acknowledged in the episode itself. This causes MatPat's use of ape maturity to prove "Jumpman is Mario's father" to fall apart, since, in order for such an idea to work, everyone would at best be in their mid to late teens. Which they are very clearly not.
  • In the "Would Super Mario Win the Olympics?" video, MatPat uses Peach's hover from Super Mario Bros. 2 to come to the conclusion that Princess Peach is a better jumper than Mario. However, Princess Peach isn't jumping, but instead floating or gliding, so it wouldn't count as a long jump. Plus, most Olympic Sports are divided by gender: Mario wouldn't get the Bronze as MatPat claimed he would, because Peach can't compete in the Men's Long Jump. He also puts together the length of three long jumps to get the height of Mario's triple jump. In both the games and real life, the triple jump is a hop, step, and jump, not three running long jumps.
  • "Luigi's Secret Identity":
    • During the video explaining Luigi's identity of Mr. L, MatPat tells us that the type of brainwashing Nastasia uses is suggestive hypnosis, which is a type of hypnosis that does not make those experiencing it go against their morals that they withhold, and then jumps to the conclusion that Mr. L's personality and actions are emotions that Luigi keeps buried deep down inside himself. He then shows footage of YouTubers MatPat knows have experienced this kind of hypnosis to prove this point. Seems to make sense at first, but then the Critical Research Failure kicks in when you realize that Nastasia's hypnosis forces Peach to say "I do" during her and Bowser's wedding, something Peach would never want to do on her own accord. Furthermore, Nastasia ALSO uses it to brainwash Bowser's minions into serving Count Bleck instead, despite the fact that they are shown to have a deep respect and desire to obey Bowser at any costs. This makes the logic of Nastasia using suggestive hypnosis to hypnotize people impossible to work in Super Paper Mario, since almost everyone she DOES brainwash are almost always used to go against any morals they may have. Lastly, when Nastasia brainwashes anyone at all, including Luigi, they are clearly shown struggling and do not want this. The only one that willingly joins (a Goomba) does so out of mere desperation rather than willingness (speaking of which, MatPat states that the Goombas duped Luigi instead of wanting to get out, and one of them got brainwashed which the other showed clear despair over. The only duping was the Goombas telling Luigi that he is awesome).
    • In the same episode, MatPat says that another name for Persuasive Brainwashing is Classical Conditioning, and defines it as the use of punishments and rewards to change behavior based on our actions. However, what he actually defined was Operant Conditioning, whereas Classical Conditioning involves pairing stimuli together to elicit a response from a previously neutral stimulus. This was later fixed in an annotation.
    • Another example from this video: MatPat says that Mr. L appears several times, including as the final boss (thus spoiling the final boss of all things, but we're getting ahead of ourselves). On the subject of Mr. L's Recurring Boss status, you only ever encounter him twice in the game, and after the second time, Dimentio "kills him", freeing him of mind control and sending him to the Underwhere where Mario finds him. And then there's the matter of the final boss. First of all, Nastasia didn't even brainwash him that time; the cause of the brainwashing this time was a Floro Sprout that Dimentio planted in his head, which basically accomplishes the same thing. Secondly, Nastasia was supposedly killed from her Taking the Bullet for Count Bleck, so it couldn't have been her anyway. Third, the final boss isn't even under Luigi's control; rather, Dimentio fuses the brainwashed Luigi with the Chaos Heart to form a giant, mindless abomination and takes command of the body, thus it's Dimentio that's the final boss and not Luigi. Heck, the final boss's official name is "Super Dimentio". Kind of a dead giveaway there...
  • In his Halloween Special for Luigi's Mansion, he claims that Luigi is the richest person in the Mushroom Kingdom because of how many things are in the Mansion as well as how much treasure is there. He doesn't account for one thing: The Mansion in the end fades away after Luigi saves his brother Mario and sucks up King Boo. This makes the Mansion worth a whopping $0.00, since it and anything inside it no longer exists.
  • "Super Mario...BETRAYED!":
    • The opening of the video addresses the part of the Mario is Mental theory about Mario punching Yoshi in the head to make him stick his tongue out, and a developer interview that had debunked this. According to said interview, this was the original intention, but it was changed to Mario simply pointing in a direction. Except MatPat claims the interview proved him right while only quoting the first part.
    • Mat says that the sole occupant of the time machine in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time on its maiden voyage was Peach. Except that in the very section he said this, two other Toads are shown to have also joined Peach in the machine.
    • The video claims that E. Gadd did absolutely nothing to help the Bros. in that game. Completely untrue; he in fact helped the Bros. multiple times.
      • He built Stuffwell, the player's talking inventory.
      • He builds the Hydrogush 4000 over the course the game. It is used to extinguish the Thwomp Volcano so that the Bros. could reach Bowser, and at the end of the game to revert everything contaminated by the Shroobs to normal via using chemicals found in baby tears.
      • He repairs the time machine so that he could use it to rescue the Bros. and Peach from directly inside the throne room, as well as sending all the past selves back to the past.
    • MatPat says that E. Gadd gave no warning about the Shroob infected Bowser when in fact Bowser was perfectly normal until Elder Princess Shroob's mushroom form wriggled out of the Bros. pockets and force fed itself to him, possessing him with the ghost of Elder Princess Shroob.
    • The theory then focuses on the Luigi's Mansion series.
      • It is posited in the video that Luigi had to suck up the ghosts in the first game because E. Gadd told him to. In reality, Luigi was forced to suck up the ghosts in order to get keys in order to access the other parts of the mansion, and thus reach Mario.
  • Mario's LUNAR APOCALYPSE!!
    • Towards the end of an episode on Super Mario Odyssey, MatPat suggests the moon being destroyed by gravity might lead to the apocalyptic version of earth that can be found in the Kirby franchise. He also provides a picture of said earth. Said picture shows that the moon is fully intact.

     Film Theory 
  • In his Frozen film theory: Not really sisters, MatPat has next to no actual evidence that Elsa and Rapunzel are twins, other than they both have magic powers and blonde hair. But let's not get into how the healing flower from Tangled could give Elsa ice powers, or why on earth Rapunzel's parents would send away one of their newborn daughters for no reason and be distraught about losing their other daughter for 18 years. MatPat also seems to ignore that if Elsa was adopted it would make her ineligible for the throne and Anna should be queen of Arendelle.
  • In his Film Theory video "Why The Star Trek Federation is Fascist" is full of these, with half of his arguments come from him mistaking the show's tendency to leave civilians out of the spotlight for the Federation being essentially nothing but its military and the other half essentially boil down to Hitler Ate Sugar. He also opens with him referencing the infamous "KHAN" shout with a pile of nuts that are supposed to be pecans but are actually cashews.
  • A more lighthearted, theory-irrelevant example in "Harry Potter: More Voldemort than Voldemort". There's a brief tangent on math being "number magic" and how poorly branded it currently is, followed by MatPat being surprised at the lack of number magic at Hogwarts. Except there is. The little-mentioned class of Arithmancy is exactly that, a numerological form of magic (which never has any role in the series, other than influencing Voldemort's decision to split his soul in seven pieces to make six Horcruxes since seven is the most powerful magical number).
  • In the Harry Potter Video preceding this, "Harry Potter ISN'T The Chosen One?", he proceeds to explain that it's just as likely that Neville Longbottom could have been the Chosen One instead of Harry. And he's correct. The only issue being that this is stated OUTRIGHT in the books. To add further insult to injury, in his "More Voldemort than Voldermort" episode, he references fan backlash to this fact by acting as if it was "Obscure Pottermore Information", leading people to be even more convinced that he's either stupid, or faking it for "outrage views".
    • Actually, he only said that he thought the theory was obscure information; in the second video, he admits that he didn't know the theory was common knowledge at the time. Though this only raises further questions, not the least of which is how exactly he managed to arrive at the theory without apparently knowing it was common knowledge.
    • In the theory he also says young Tom Riddle got the information about Horcruxes from Horace Slughorn, and only made the ring he is seen wearing in the scene where they talk into a Horcrux later. The proper order of events is as follows. 1: Riddle got information about Horcruxes from elsewhere. 2: He also found out about his family circumstances and went to search for his remaining relatives, mainly his maternal grandfather. 3: He found his maternal uncle, his father and paternal grandparents. 4: He killed his father and paternal grandparents and pinned it on his uncle, making the ring he stole from his uncle into his first horcrux. 5: He talked to Slughorn about his theory of making more than one Horcrux (specifically seven), to which Slughorn says, "well who would be willing to try to test it is that is true? Creating ONE is a terrible enough thing... but I GUESS in THEORY it could happen, yes." Small mistake, but this order of things shows that Riddle got nary an information from Slughorn that he didn't already have.
  • MatPat also notes at one point that Deadpool is currently dead in the comics but at the time of the video's release Deadpool had been back for months and a main character in three ongoing books.
  • The Film Theory video about Snow White has him use evidence from Once Upon a Time for the side effects of ingesting deadly nightshade, completely ignoring the fact that the movie and the series are two completely different stories. For that matter, he appears to be unaware of the actual ingredients to the Sleeping Death that appear in Disney's Villains' Revenge, none of which include deadly nightshade.
    • Adding to the evidence from Once Upon A Time, it's made very clear in the episode concerning the effects of the Sleeping Death (or as it's called in the show, the Sleeping Curse) that the "hallucinations" MatPat brings up is actually the soul being trapped in a flaming limbo.
  • In a later video dealing with Frozen, he brings up Once Upon A Time again to showcase the troll's memory manipulation. Though it's a little less failure than the poison apple theory, as Frozen's involvement in the show has it so that the movie happened without any alterations like with the other fairy tales, with the only thing changing being what happened before and after the events of Frozen, with the clip he used being from the former. Oh, and Olaf not being a thing.
  • In "The REAL Reason Wolverine is DYING!", MatPat incorrectly says that Logan takes place within the MCU when it actually takes place in the universe of the X-Men Film Series. Like the first Harry Potter example in this folder, this has no impact on the theory in question.
  • In the Film Theory episode on Dory faking her short-term memory, he correctly explains why Dory doesn't have anterograde amnesia. However, that means nothing, as despite what he claims, short-term memory loss is NOT the same thing as anterograde amnesia. In fact, short-term memory is unaffected by the disorder.
  • "Is Suicide Squad's Joker ACTUALLY Batman's Boy Wonder?"
    • Mat claims there are three Robins (Dick Grayson, Jason Todd and Tim Drake). He corrects himself and says there a four (having forgotten about Damian Wayne). Not including alternate reality versions, there are five Robins (with Stephanie Brown being the one not mentioned).
    • He also suggests that Harley Quinn likely brainwashed Tim Drake into inheriting the Joker's identity, obviously ignoring the fact that, at the time of Harley Quinn and The Joker meeting, Harley Quinn was still mentally sound and went by Harleen Quinzel, and it wasn't until after The Joker escapes that the two begin their relationship. Why, then, would sane and responsible Harleen Quinzel be interested in turning Tim Drake into The Joker? (This is never elaborated on in the video.)
    • He also acknowledges some "suspicious" lines of The Joker, claiming that he's lost his memory, implying that that means his backstory holds something significant. However, it's a rather well-known fact The Joker simply doesn't have a backstory, his mental state having deteriorated to the point that he can't remember clearly what he was like before becoming The Joker. In reality, this line was most likely just establishing this point of characterization and not to imply The Joker has some hidden identity.
    • How is Dick Grayson's tombstone anything besides an Easter Egg? It says he died in 2000, which was after the funeral scene.
    • MatPat at multiple times asserts that becoming The Joker is a "Robin tradition". Thing is though, none of that really applies. Dick and Tim's cases were not in the main continuity, Jason only took The Joker's former identity, and Damian has had nothing of the sort happen to him.
  • "He is LYING! | Better Call Saul's Phony Disorder"
    • MatPat presents his theory that Chuck doesn't really have electromagnetic hypersensitivity, he is just convinced he does. Problem is, this isn't a theory at all. The show has been very clear that Chuck's illness only existed in his head since season one, and an episode of the show released a few weeks before Mat's theory made it very much official to the point that Chuck himself realized his problem was psychosomatic.
  • “Ariel is RELATED to Hercules?!”
    • MatPat claims Zeus is the son of two titans. While this is true for Greek mythology, it is never mentioned in the film. This comes after Mat explains how the film takes liberties with Greek mythology.
    • The theory claims Triton is the son the Greek god Poseidon. While his father is named Poseidon, Triton's grandfather is shown to be a normal merman named “Neptune”. This would seem to support the idea Triton's father is a normal merman named “Poseidon”.
      • For that matter, Disney went and debunked this theory nearly 20 years in advance with an episode of Hercules, showing that yes Herc is cousins with Triton, but he is not cousins with the Little Mermaid version of Triton. For that matter, this Triton looks more like the usual Amazing Technicolor Population that the Olympian gods usually have, wearing sea-themed clothing much like Poseidon, rather than be shown as a merman like the Little Mermaid version.
    • Also if Triton is demigod, why does he have no powers? The film shows his powers come from his trident.
    • Mat's "evidence" that The Little Mermaid takes place in Denmark is that one guy has a Danish name. It never occurs to him Grimsby could be the son of immigrants or one himself.
  • "Is Thor STRONGER than Hulk?"
    • In the video, the deciding factor in who's stronger is who leaves deeper imprints into the ground when trying to lift Mjolnir, MatPat uses Thor trying in Thor and Hulk trying in The Avengers (2012) as examples, declaring Hulk stronger however this ignores the fact that in his first film Thor was explicitly depowered and was no more than a human when he tried, this is especially glaring considering that was one of the major plot points of the film.
    • At one point, MatPat references the famous scene in Secret Wars (1984) where Hulk holds up a mountain. However, he claims that it was the Beyonder who dropped the mountain, even though it was actually Molecule Man on Dr Doom's urging.
  • "Which of the Incredibles is THE MOST Incredible?"
    • In the video, MatPat makes the claim that Elastigirl/Helen Parr is comparatively stronger than Mr. Incredible, due to her appearing to resist the force of the missiles destroying the plane she and her children were in, using only her own body. This is willfully ignoring the capabilities of her new super-suit, which is pointedly described by Edna Mode as "virtually indestructible," even while under stress (demonstrated in the movie both during the plane scene, and during the presentation when Edna stretches the suit, and then fires missiles at it).
    • Addtionally from the Incredibles video, MatPat claims that Syndrome was portrayed poorly in the film, stating that the film sends the message that Syndrome was treated like a bad guy because he put in the effort to get himself the money and resources he has in the story. This would be the case, were it not for the fact that the film doesn't demonize Syndrome for being a hard worker despite being powerless (as MatPat seems to be claiming), it does so because of what he CHOOSES TO DO with the results of that hard work.
  • "Phineas and Ferb's SECRET Hero!"
    • The first step of logic in MatPat's theory states that Dr. Doofenshmirtz was once a member of O.W.C.A.'s training program, as shown in the episode "The OWCA Files," but left for some reason and turned to evil. But "The O.W.C.A. Files" takes place after the series proper, after Doofenshmirtz turns to good.
    • He also says that the O.W.C.A. has never attempted to arrest Doofenshmirtz, and concludes that there’s an ulterior motive behind this. They actually did try to arrest him in the special episode "Summer Belongs to You!"
    • To demonstrate the O.W.C.A.’s apparent refusal to arrest Doofenshmirtz, he shows a clip of Rodney, another villain, being arrested while they leave Doof behind. In the context of the episode, this is actually because Doof turned on Rodney and helped save the day. While it could be argued that this doesn’t balance out all the evil things he’s done, it still stands that MatPat doesn’t bring this up at all.
    • Perhaps the most egregious claim is that, by the end of the O.W.C.A. Files, Monogram concludes that Doof has done more harm inside the organization than he ever did outside. He actually says this in a completely different episode.
  • His second Phineas and Ferb theory, "Doof’s BIGGEST MISTAKE!", contains more incorrect information and outright manipulative editing.
    • He calls the invention Doof used in the first episode the “Magnetism Magnifinator”. This invention is actually one of the few that he didn’t give the “inator” suffix to, simply being called the Magnetism Magnifier. The second version he made in Rollercoaster: The Musical was named this, however.
    • He says that of all Doof’s inventions, this is the most infamous, being referenced all throughout the series. It actually doesn’t come up all that much, only being mentioned when harkening back to the first episode in general.
    • To illustrate how Doof’s plan was doomed from the start, he shows a clip of him activating the magnet ray, only for the tinfoil wrapped around the eastern seaboard to do nothing, with MatPat going on to say that tinfoil isn’t magnetic. This isn’t how it happens in the show at all. The tinfoil is attracted by the magnet, but instead of changing the Earth’s rotation, it gets pulled off the buildings and comes hurtling towards Doofenshmirtz’s building. This could be simply MatPat showing that in real life, tinfoil wouldn't be magnetic like in the show, but it would still fool anyone who hasn’t seen the show into thinking this is what happened.
  • Example not specific to the theory at hand, MatPat describes in his Justice League (2017) has him describe the circumstances behind air molecules rushing into a space as faster than "The Red Sea-post Noah". Yes, not Moses, Noah.
  • His theory on Bee Movie and why bees are bad, while making fair points on honeybees being an invasive species, fails to acknowlege that 1/3 of all crops worldwide and other benefits are only possible because of honeybees. If they went extinct, agriculture would take a huge hit.
  • His video titled "Luke SHOULDN'T Destroy The Death Star". As many commenters pointed out, in his argument about protecting the Death Star due to the economic problems brought from its destruction, he glosses over any of the other, multiple problems that would arise from the destruction of Alderaan and any other planets the Death Star might be used against.
    • From the same video, his claim that Palpatine's rise to power was smooth and allowed most of the galaxy to live their lives as they pleased while comparing the Rebel Alliance to violent terrorism, while making it seem that the only violent act by Palpatine was the extermination of the Jedi. All of which is completely untrue. Palpatine orchestrated a massive interstellar war, dwarfing the conflict between the Rebels and the Empire, just so he could gain executive powers that allow him to remain in office beyond his term and later declare himself The Emperor. Palpatine's rise to power and the creation of The Empire were, in truth, far bloodier than the rebellion against him.
  • "Avengers Infinity War - Where is the Soul Stone?"
    • MatPat states that Captain Marvel's movie had been announced, only to correct himself in an annontation and say that it's actually about Carol Danvers. All fine and good, but he states she's the second holder of the title, when she's actually the fourth.
  • The theory episode on Solo is full of this to the point that it sometimes feels like he hasn't seen even the movie. In fairness, the films lack of release on home services at that point meant he couldn't easily double check things, and the episode was created shortly after his wife had given birth, meaning some of the errors could be excused from a lack of sleep and stress of raising a baby, something acknowledged did occur during the making of "Ash's Real Age". Even then, some mistakes are baffling:
    • MatPat claims that Han chose to "abandon" Qi'ra on Corellia. Only the entire reason he tried to enlist in the Imperial Flight Academy is to return to Corellia and get her.
    • MatPat claims that Han's first attempt at the "thread the needle" maneuverer ended in disaster, even showing footage of the flaming speeder and a graphic of Han bloodied to prove his point. Only...that doesn't happen. Han did the maneuverer because he was being pursued by the White Worms and knew their speeders wouldn't be able to fit. While his speeder didn't get all the way through, it was hardly totaled as MatPat claims, and neither Han or Qi'ra were injured.
    • The heist on Vandor-1 is misrepresented in such a way that it makes it sound like the scraping on the mountain (which was caused by Rio's death, not Han's supposed poor piloting) was responsible for the Coaxium cargo detonating, when the latter was a separate action Han did intentionally to save Chewbacca and Beckett. He also implies that Han was somehow responsible for the deaths of Rio and Val, neither of which were in any way in his control.
    • The part that causes the whole theory to self-destruct is when he claims that it's L3-37 being plugged in the Falcon that makes Han a good pilot. Problem with that is that L3 is made for navigation, not actual piloting. All the droid brains on the Falcon are shown to do is prepare is plot jumps to hyperspace. He tries to further back up his point by claiming that characters who are "not pilots" are able to fly the Falcon and uses Lando and Rey as examples, only Lando was the former owner of the Falcon (which he acknowledges) and Rey is a skilled mechanic from her time on Jakku who would have more than enough expertise to fly the ship (Rey even says herself that she has flown ships before). He even claims that she was able to pull the "thread the needle" on Crait, when anyone whose seen The Last Jedi would know it was Chewie who pulled that maneuverer, not Rey.
    • It's a somewhat moot point after the previous paragraph, but Han has been shown in other material to be perfectly capable of flying ships other than the Falcon, most notably Return of the Jedi.
    • The pilot theory also completely ignores the entire Tie Fighter chase scene, where Han was able to pilot the Millennium Falcon through the Maw, showing a lot of piloting skills to take on the Tie Fighters, and it was not until after said chase scene that L 3 was then actually plugged in to the system!
    • MatPat implies at the end that George Lucas is responsible for Solo. As is Common Knowledge at this point, Lucas has nothing to do with the franchise after the acquisition by Disney.
  • Mat's second theory video on WALL•E makes the same mistake as the Harry Potter and Splatoon theories, in which MatPat tries to answer a question that the work itself already had the answer to. In this case, he comes to the conclusion that Buy N Large was responsible for covering the entire Earth in trash. Not even considering the extra material found in the DVD, in the movie itself, BnL's logo is plastered everywhere, that it's nearly impossible to not come to that conclusion.
    • On top of this, MatPat insinuates that Buy N Large intended to destroy the living condition of Earth so everyone would be more willing to go up into outer space in BnL's starliners and fatten their bottom line. But WALL•E was made as part of a conscious effort to rid the Earth of its excess trash in a five-year plan called, "Operation Cleanup." BnL had every intention to clean up the mess they made until it was apparent to the CEO of the company that rising toxicity levels made life unsustainable on Earth, giving all the Autopilots in their starliners Directive A113 to never return to a seemingly dead planet.
  • The humorous Cold Open for the Ralph Breaks the Internet theory on Disney princesses shows MatPat auditioning for being the next Disney princess, but Mickey rejects him. When MatPat asks why, Mickey sarcastically asks him if he thinks that old racist movies are the only dark secret Disney has, accompanied by clips showing Donald Duck with Nazi imagery, with the obvious implication that Disney supported Nazism at some point. Except... the clips are from "Der Fuehrer's Face", one of the most famous anti-Nazi wartime cartoons. This is more likely to be an editor's mistake than MatPat's, given that he pointed this out himself in his Film Theory on PewDiePie. It's especially egregious given that they could have just as easily replaced the clip with actual racist things from past movies, such as the crows from Dumbo, the Siamese cats from Lady and the Tramp or The Aristocats, the Indians from Peter Pan, anything from Song of the South, or even the caricature of the Japanese Emperor Hirohito from Der Fuehrer's Face, the former three of which even being used in the same video to more seriously discuss Disney's history of racist appropriation of other cultures.
  • His Film Theory: Venom is the VICTIM! video has a few flaws:
    • He repeatedly refers to Venom in symbiotic form as a parasite, where it's more akin to symbiosis Parasitism, which means that venom is an organism that has parasitic intentions, but is often quite neutral in liquid form.
    • Venom has no firm "canonical" backstory in any media. Like with many comic book origin stories, it changes depending on which comic book run or movie one viewer might read or watch. For example, while in his original run, Venom may have indeed been created by Knull to kill the Celestials, in other more recent continuities, this isn't the case. The Spider-Man 3 Venom was a sentient symbiote found in a meteorite that crash landed in New York that did indeed want to survive by any means necessary, while in the Venom movie, it's a lab experiment created by a earth-bound corporation.
    • In pretty much all continuities that Eddie becomes Venom, he isn't a nice guy, often quite cocky towards Peter Parker and other characters. Venom enhances that behaviour to make Venom as bad and as ruthless, which is why there exists good-symbiotes talked about in the video!
  • His Halloween Theory has him label Sam Loomis the "worst psychiatrist ever" for referring to Michael as pure evil, and wanting to keep him locked up, despite Loomis also stating that the only reason he gave up on Michael was because he had spent the past 6 years trying to reach him, and getting nothing but more confirmation that Michael is an emotionless force of evil.
  • In his first Fullmetal Alchemist theory, “Fullmetal Alchemist's FATAL Miscalculation”, he makes a big error himself when calculating the mass of the individual elements from the compounds. To use his own analogy, he’s saying that he has 100 burgers, and since the patty makes up 50% of the burger's mass, he has 50 patties.
    • On the plus side, his errors cancel each other out in the end. Still, it leaves some people with a wrong view on how moles work in chemistry.
    • Alternatively, he could have simply calculated 11% of 35kg to get the mass of hydrogen in the water, making the whole section of the video needlessly complicated.
  • "Can You Speak Groot? (Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy)":
    • The video also misses out on vowel and consonant lengths completely, which forms minimal pairs in several languages (only looking at word lengths instead), which would provide far more permutations of "I am Groot" than he calculates.
    • The Silbo Gomero whistling language is claimed to lack words. Except that Silbo Gomero is literally Spanish, but whistled, and obviously since Spanish has words, so must Silbo Gomero.
    • The video attempts to count the amount the amount of words in the English language by counting the amount of dictionary entries in the Oxford English Dictionary. Nobody points out that dictionaries normally do not list inflected forms of words (such as plurals, past tenses, etc.) as entries, which would increase English's phonetic word count drastically.
  • In the Episode The Spiderman 2 Mystery! Why Spiderman Lost His Powers!, focusing on Spiderman 2 and it's sub-plot of Peter Parker losing his powers, he makes a few mistakes along the way:
    • Matpat keeps pointing out how Peter losing his powers, then suddenly regaining them after Mary Jane's kidnapping by Doc Ock has remained a mystery to the world since the films' release. Except that isn't really true. While his theory of Peter suffering PTSD is certainly new, the film make it quite obvious to the audience that Peter is struggling with civilian life, his loss of his Dad, as well as being Spiderman. Subsequently, Peters mental state is what causes him to lose his powers, as he's emotionally conflicted on how to live his life, as he keeps questioning why he does what he does. His sudden regaining of powers is after he feels more confident about himself after a brief period in civilian life. Hell, it's quite possible his Spidey-sense kicking in just before the car comes crashing through the window could be his powers activating out of necessity. The theory Mat Pat posits in the video, like many on this very page, is an amalgamation of theories placed into one video.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In the episode "The Secret Ingredient of SpongeBob's Krabby Patty", Matpat seems to have forgotten the existence of many episodes as he wrote this theory where he states the Krabby Patty's secret is marketing because of a gibberish formula shown in Krabby Road.
    • In "Plankton's Army" it is stated that Mr. Krabs has a phony formula in the Krusty Krab and Squidward correctly guesses he hides the real one in his home under his mattress promptly causing Mr. Krabs to change the hiding spot.
    • Both of the SpongeBob movies show that the Krabby Patty can successfully be recreated using the list of ingredients shown in the formula.
  • Near the end of "Disney's Biggest Disasters!", Mat Pat calculates the body count for Dinosaur" (which ultimately wins the award of the Disney movie with the highest body count) with his major focus being the deaths of the lemurs on the island that Aladar and his adoptive family escape from. However, there are a few major paleontological mistakeshe makes throughout. It is, however, worth noting that some of them are just to work around Disney's own major paleontological error of including anatomically modern lemurs in the Mesozoic era.
    • First of all, he states that Iguanodon lived at the end of the Cretaceous, and that the movie is likely set around that time. However, Iguanodon actually lived in the early Cretaceous, nearly 70 million years prior.
    • Secondly, while trying to work around the movie's prehistorical accuracy, he makes the bizarre statement that apparently contrary to popular belief, mammals and dinosaurs actually coexisted for an extremely small amount of time. In fact, the earliest animals that could be considered "mammals" appeared around the late Triassic (roughly around the same time the dinosaurs appeared), while the earliest "modern mammal", Juramaia, appeared around the mid-Jurassic, roughly around the middle of the dinosaurs' reign over the Earth. It is possible that he may have been referring to primates but accidentally said "mammals" instead, which would be more accurate.
    • Later, when trying to find scientific data on lemurs that could be applied to the lemurs in the movie, Mat Pat states that lemurs have always been found only on Madagascar and that thus the "Lemur Island" shown in the movie is actually Madagascar. However, fossil evidence indicates that lemurs evolved on mainland Africa and didn't arrive on Madagascar until later, with both these events happening long after the dinosaurs' extinction.

     Miscellaneous 
  • He has drawn some criticism for his "What Gamers Want" trilogy for appearing to distort facts to get his opinions across (his usage of sales numbers regarding tired franchises vs innovation). This is most apparent in how he completely fails to take into account the radically different nature of the Western and Japanese markets, and how Japan's vastly lower population size combined with the lower budget of Japanese productions means the bar for a game being considered a sales success is much lower.
  • His "Leave PewDiePie Alone" video, which is about traditional media being replaced by the Internet, has a section where he looks at graphs and statistics proving that less and less people are watching TV. One poll even states that 86% of the people who contributed don't even watch TV and only use the Internet as their source for entertainment. A seemingly strong statistic, until you realize the poll was held by Mat. On Game Theory. For the Game Theory audience. On the Internet. Where people are obviously going to be more likely to use the Internet and possibly not television. It can still be seen as a legitimately impressive statistic, but Mat never acknowledges how holding a poll for an Internet-based audience could potentially be biased for the pro-Internet choice.
  • "Who is Mega Man's TRUE Villain?":
    • Early in the video, MatPat cracks a joke about Dr. Wily being evil because he's German. However, Dr. Wily's actual nationality is never stated in canon materialnote .
    • MatPat uses Mega Man 7's ending as proof that Mega Man wasn't programmed to follow the Three Laws of Robotics... except that's not actually the case. The "I am more than a robot" line is from a localization difference; in the Japanese version, when Wily tells Mega Man that he can't harm humans, he stops and goes silent.
      • There is also Mega Man 10's ending, which sees a similar scenario: Dr. Wily at the mercy of Mega Man... but instead of charging a buster shot, Rock brings the sick Wily to a hospital to treat his flu. Of course, this is ignored in the video.
      • Even if the localized version was considered canon, the whole thing about murdering Dr. Wily is a moral landmine. Depending on how one looks at it, it's technically not immoral to kill him. Wily is a dangerous man; he seeks for world domination, his machines probably harmed millions of others through the Classic series (of course, not that anyone would show this), and would later develop the Maverick Virus that would spark forth the centuries-long conflict through the X and Zero series. You can't even put him in jail for life, as Mega Man 7 opens with him breaking out of prison.
      • Dafawfulizer brought up MatPat's logic in his rundown of what he considers to be the Worst Game Theory videos ever, citing it as Insane Troll Logic. His example with this logic goes as thus; if there is a homicide by gun, who do you blame: the assailant with the gun, or the manufacturer of said gun? The logic that MatPat brings up is that the true villain is Doctor Light, being the hypothetical "gun manufacturer" in the example, rather than Wily being the hypothetical "assailant", due to Light being the creator of robotkind.
  • His theories comparing the Wii U to the Virtual Boy fail to take into the fact the Virtual Boy is infamous for being faulty and capable of causing permanent eye damage, things the Wii U isn't being criticized for. Though he was able to draw several other parallels between the two consoles, many of them were extremely weak, such as listing the fact that it didn't come with a game as a serious flaw. As another uploader pointed out, this is like complaining that a kitchen appliance you bought didn't come with free food in it.
  • In the video about games being anti-LGBT he fails to point out that, while the crossdressing, gender-fluid magypsies are indeed portrayed as alien and bizarre, they're all portrayed as distinctly better people than the one among them who doesn't crossdress and who appears to identify as distinctly male, who is also depicted as almost completely unambiguously evil. Admittedly, he may have left this out because it's a pretty major spoiler for the game (which was never officially released in English).
    • In the same video, he critizes Phantasmagoria 2 for how Curtis is portrayed as being interested in BDSM. This completely ignores Trevor who, while Camp Gay, is pretty much the most likable and helpful character in the game.
    • When attempting to list positive examples of LGBT character, MatPat lists Bridget. This ignores that Bridget's entire backstory involves him being Raised as the Opposite Gender because of a superstition, and he openly dislikes people thinking he's a girl. This actually makes him yet another negative portrayal of LGBT people, given that his crossdressing is framed as something undesirable and born out of fears.
    • He also attempts to label Persona 4 as positive, which is a shaky label at best. While the game does discuss homosexuality with Kanji, the game is deliberately vague if he's gay or straight, and Naoto's arc being tied to trans people is a Misaimed Fandom inferred by Western viewpoints. Not to mention that, despite having tons of Ho Yay with The Protagonist, Yosuke's romance route was cut (though it's unclear if MatPat knew that at the time).
  • "Why Star Fox has NO LEGS, the REAL Reason":
  • In his Smite video, MatPat says that since Kali is a sexual goddess and is usually drawn topless, it makes sense for her to be so sexy in the game. She is NOT a sexual goddess, and although being topless is completely normal for Hindu deities, Kali is supposed to be scary since she is a death goddess. He also refuses to acknowledge that breasts can exist without being sexual. In multiple cultures around the world, including the one Kali is from in the first place, breasts are not considered to be sexual.
  • In his Dead or Alive episode, he makes a comment about how female DOA players "don't exist", when in fact 3/5 of the highest-earning female gamers play DoA 4.
  • An unusual example comes in the form of Is the MMO Genre Dying? video, in which he claims that since a lot of subscription-based games are declining, mobile MMOs are becoming more popular due to their subscription-free intent. However, critics of that theory claim that MMOs like Final Fantasy XIV, as well as one-time game purchase MMOs or Buy to Plays, like Guild Wars 2, are still successful.
  • In the "Video Game Crossovers" video, where he claims all video-games are set in the same Universe, including ours, he clearly didn't take into consideration Continuity Reboots, or games set in an Alternate History, like the Fallout franchise, or blatant inconsistencies between universes.
  • His video on Chrono Trigger claims that the game is a retelling of the Bible. He was not the first to come up with this theory, but the entire premise still collapses when you consider that one of the writers, Masato Kato, flat out denied that Chrono Trigger had anything to do with Christianity. Even the names of the gurus were the result of localization.
    • The four parallels he drew between Chrono and Jesus are flawed, because they don't all even apply to Chrono. They were also not sequential (Chrono was not tried after he was "betrayed" for example).
  • In the The Binding of Isaac video, MatPat claims the biblical Samson's sin was allowing a woman to cut his hair despite it being blessed by God. Actually, his sin was arrogance. In fact, Samson didn't let Delilah cut his hair. She tricked Samson into letting her in close enough to do so.
    • Actually Delilah never cut Samson's hair. It was actually another man who cut his hair. Delilah just caused Samson to let his guard down enough for her to let the other man in.
  • When trying to link Far Cry: Primal to the other Ubisoft games, he neglects to account for the language of the people in Primal. At their location in the Caucuses, they would have traveled a different path, making a link with the Assassins impossible. These people would later go on to populate India, leaving another line to spawn Europeans.
  • His Pokémon GO theory has several, as shown here:
    • He claims Professor Willow and Pryce are the same character. However, Pryce says "Willow" is his middle name, not his surname. He also fails to address that the two characters have different eye colors.
    • MatPat cites the fact Omanyte and Kabuto are alive as proof Pokémon Go is a prequel. However, Kabuto's Pokedex entry in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire revealed some of them have survived to the modern day.
    • MatPat comments on how Razz Berries are rarer in Pokémon Black and White than Pokémon X and Y. He claims that this is because these games takes place later on in the Pokémon timeline. While these games do take place later in the chronology of the series, the item description for Razz berries in these games explain that the berries are rarer in Unova (the setting for BW) than in other regions due to the climate. The video itself even proves that.
    • A particularly humorous example is when Mat brings up Professor Westwood mere moments after noting the anime canon contradicts game canon. This is despite Westwood being an anime-original character.
    • He then claims Porygon exists during the time of GO. This is despite the video itself showing Porygon was created less than a decade before the canonical beginning to the franchise, well after the Professor Willow=Pryce connection would work.
    • The final nail in the coffin to the theory was the official announcement of Melmetal which had both the young Professor Willow and the old Professor Oak communicating with each other. This begs the question as to why Oak didn't refer to him as "Pryce" as MatPat suggested.
  • The Pokemon Are Going EXTINCT! (Pokémon Sun and Moon) theory:
    • At the beginning, MatPat makes fun of Bewear's design, calling it "phoned in". This ignores that Bewear is modeled on Japanese mascots, known for their simplistic designs.
    • Among the Pokemon Matt suggested are at risk are Magikarp. Magikarp breeds like crazy, the exact opposite trait that makes a species vulnerable.
    • He uses Pokédex entries to justify several of his arguments, completely ignoring that he himself made a video not long before this one where he says the Pokédex can't be trusted.
    • Another Pokemon shown as 'being on the chopping block' is Eevee. Eevee in Sun and Moon is found wild, something it normally is not in most games. This suggests that is more common than usual, not at risk.
    • Most of the Pokemon shown in the video are not native to Generation 7. That meaning they can be found in other regions. While them dying out in Alola would be bad for them, they would not go extinct if Yungoos ate all of them. The main Gen 7 Pokemon shown as being at risk is Pikipek, a Pokemon that not only can fly and is fairly well distributed in Alola, but also capable of learning fighting type attacks that would be good for driving away the Meowth and Yungoos he gave as harbringers of doom.
    • As an adaption, Alolan Forms took time and specific breeding conditions to create. That implies that these Pokemon have been there long enough to adapt to Alola, and not only is Meowth one of these Pokemon, but Yungoos was brought into Alola in response to Ratatta, which gained the Alolan form to avoid them. Meaning that Yungoos has been around for long enough for a species to specifically adapt to them, and by extension the Alolan ecosystem to start incorporating them, akin to the Australian Dingo.
    • The entire thing ignores the fact that Pokemon are more intelligent and powerful than animals. While Yungoos is also this, Yungoos also does not have the ability to use electricity, psychic powers, and other useful attributes that would reduce its effectiveness as a ecosystem destroyer.
  • In "Hello Neighbor's SATANIC Plot!", MatPat cites Isaiah 14:14 as proof of his theory. He claims the "son of the morning", who the quote is attributed to, is Satan. This is a common misconception; in reality, "son of the morning" actually refers to the king of Babylon.
  • The "Splatoon: Are You A Kid Or A Squid? Splatoon SOLVED!" video is a 13-minute discussion on what species the Inklings actually are. Similar to the "Harry Potter" incident, MatPat ignores the lore of the work to prove something that was already explicitly explained within the game itself and tied heavily into the lore of the world, to say nothing of promo materials that get even more in-depth.note  In fact, he never brings up the lore at all and only cites evidence from gameplay footage, implying that he never even played the game before doing the episode. Yes, he does come to the same answer (Inklings evolved from squid) through some interesting scientific information about squid biology...but he still screws it up. He links to an article that he claims is proof that squid can evolve faster than any other species, but actually reading the full article or the paper it summarized reveals the exact opposite: the "RNA editing" method that allows individual squids to quickly adapt to new environments comes at the expense of greatly slowing down evolutionnote  So not only does the video answer a question that anyone who played the game's single-player campaign or even glanced at the wiki would know, but he also failed to give adequate proof using his own methods AND gave false information. This video was the one who showed how MatPat didn't read the article to use in his theory.
  • The "Undertale Who is W.D. Gaster?" video has one not in the theory itself, but in the beginning portion of the video where MatPat gets real about the backlash he has gotten in the previous videos in the Undertale series. He cites a certain petition on Change.org as a rally to oust him from the Internet, when in reality, it's just a petition to get him to admit that he was wrong about the already-controversial Mario is Mental theory. Heck, just seeing the image of the petition on his own video will show that it is indeed the latter rather than the former.
  • His theory on Bendy and the Ink Machine states that Bendy is more likely modeled after Bimbo than Mickey Mouse, as evidenced by Bendy being characterized as a mischievous trickster like Bimbo, whereas Mickey Mouse often played the role of "the good guy" in his cartoons. This is blatantly untrue, as any classic animation fan will know that Mickey actually used to be very mischievous and self-centered in his early days before being reworked into an overall nice character. Granted, it doesn't actually have any relevance to the theory, and he does bring up enough other evidence to make the comparison between Bendy and Bimbo a sound idea.
    • Another thing in this theory is that MatPat is very intent on proving that the Fleischers and Fleischers Studios are the ones being represented in the game, as Disney's rival, and Fleischer being hard on their luck. Not only is this not the case (Fleischer fell apart due to the brothers relationship falling apart, and they sold their company to Paramount), the game is much more likely based on Walt's illustrator, Ub Iwerks. Ub helped co-create Mickey Mouse, but never got the credit he wanted, so he split from Disney to create his own company. Not only were Iweks' cartoons disturbing, like Bendy's cartoons were, but Iwerks had the grudge against Disney required for the hatred in this game.
  • In "How Bendy Will END!", he comes to the conclusion Wally Franks has turned into Boris. Part of his reasoning is that Wally is the only human character left unaccounted for in the theory. This in spite of the fact that there are several other human characters whose fate we weren't told about as of yet, discarding MatPat's qualifier that Boris has some degree of knowledge regarding machines and engineering. Which means characters like Grant Cohen, Shawn Flynn and Lacie Benton are left completely unaccounted for.
    • If we consider the qualifier, then this theory still hits a roadblock, given that Wally wasn't the only repairman in the studio. There was also Thomas Connor, whose tapes explicitly have him discussing aspects of the machinery around the studio and how he has to keep track of it. And lo and behold, the new Boris we meet in Chapter 4 is identified in the game files as "Tom", which means there might be several other people we still don't know about who could have become the Boris we meet in Chapter 3. He admits this in a later video, saying that he simply didn't pay attention to Thomas until updates to the earlier chapters come the release of Chapter 4 expanded his role.
  • In the Digressing and Side questing video about how Doom is really 2D isn't necessarily correct because the game does take the z axis into account. It's just that graphically the game is 2D, using tricks like scaling and skewing textures to achieve a 3D effect. The "no shooting up / down" is actually the game itself checking if a line intersects with an enemy. However, all projectiles and sprites have a z axis, and the game takes 3D calculations into account but then projects it on a 2D plane.
  • In his "Jurassic World Hybrid Dinos ARE COMING!" video, he discusses the possibility that dinosaurs actually could be resurrected based off of fossilized soft tissues found inside of a broken dinosaur femur. However, DNA half life is only 521 years, and even in the estimated absolute best case scenario, usable amounts of DNA would only survive for about 6.8 million years. It's certainly longer than scientists previously thought it would survive, but it's nowhere near long enough for dinosaurs.
  • In Petscop, he claims the game is about the death of Candace Newmaker. However, the title screen of the Petscop game claims the game was created around 1997. Candace Newmaker died in 2000. MatPat never explains his discrepancy.
    • In addition, the entire video plagiarises Scare Theater 's video on Petscop, with Eric's video delving into the theory and debunking it at the same time.
  • In "Hello Neighbor - The DEVIL is in the Details!", MatPat claims the Golden Apple of Discord is the Forbidden Fruit. In reality, they are two different things (with the Golden Apple being from Greek myth).
    • MatPat claims there are four angels named in The Bible. More specifically, he names Gabriel, Raphael, Satan and Michael. Problem is that Raphael does not appear in all versions of the Bible. His main appearance, the Book of Tobit, is accepted by Catholics and most Orthodox while rejected by many Protestants; thus, while Raphael can be argued to be Biblical, there are many people who will argue he isn't.
  • In his video on Sonic Mania, MatPat claims that Mania has both a pink and purple Chaos Emerald. Anybody who's collected all the emeralds knows that none of them are pink (Once again MatPat's footage shown in the actual video manages to prove him wrong). He also talks about the abilities the emeralds have while showing a clip of the Phantom Ruby. Somehow, MatPat totally missed that the Phantom Ruby isn't a Chaos Emerald.
    • He also portrays the Chaos Emeralds as just conducting electricity, when in all of the previously mentioned continuities, they're said to use a unique energy called Chaos Energy.
    • Perhaps what else is intriguing about this video is that he considers the seven Emeralds to be completely different types of gemstones altogether, with a rather smug look of satisfaction of disproving what is outright Word of God. As for an example of Word of God that goes against this theory is how Sonic X has a jeweler in one episode referring to a fuschia gem as an Emerald. While MatPat can brush this off as him considering all gemstones to be emeralds, he would be ignoring the fact that a jeweler is able to look at the compounds that make up the gem to determine if it is an emerald or not.
  • "How Fast Is Sonic the Hedgehog?"
    • MatPat takes a jab at people who say that Sonic is 3 feet and 3 inches tall. Except that it's indeed his actual official height, if one remembers to convert 3 foot 3 into metric.
    • He tries to apply Modern Sonic's aforementioned height to Classic Sonic in order to measure level length. Except that Sonic Generations, released a year before, revealed that Classic Sonic is shorter than Modern Sonic.
  • In his "Final Fantasy is Anti-Religion" video, he cites the scene in The Final Fantasy Legend which reveals that God is the main antagonist as proof that this theme goes all the way back to the beginning of the franchise, ignoring the fact that this game is actually the first in the SaGa series and not a Final Fantasy game at all, and thus has no bearing on the series' views on traditional religion.
  • The "What is a Kirby?" theory:
    • Fingerless Hands are not exclusive to Kirby; Waddle Dees also lack fingers and still hold onto spears and parasols just fine, without being amorphous like Kirby.
    • MatPat's claim that Kirby is filled with liquid comes across as odd, since Kirby is usually seen as air-based; inhaling is his signature attack and he inflates like a balloon to fly. Squeak Squad, the only game to give any insight into Kirby's stomach, seems to show it as a Pocket Dimension or at least an empty vacuum, though the representation may just be symbolic.
    • MatPat treats Kirby being duplicated as a common ability of his. However, Kirby is almost always duplicated by an outside, magical force: in Amazing Mirror, he's sliced into four by Dark Meta Knight's sword, and in Mass Attack, he's split by Necrodeus in an attempt to weaken him. The only time Kirby clones himself on his own volition is during the "Kirby Dance". He also says that the duplicated Kirbys all act independently instead of being a hive mind, but this is only true in Amazing Mirror. The Kirby dance is done in unison, and in Mass Attack, they’re all following Kirby’s Heroic Heart wherever it goes.
  • Kirby - Dream Land's Biggest Threat: Notably, the backlash against this video was enough for him to cancel part 2 as an Author's Saving Throw. As for the backlash, throughout the video, MatPat repeatedly makes an attempt to explain that Kirby works on a "Shoot First Ask Later" mentality, cutting context from his examples.
    • Kirby's Adventure: He only sticks with gameplay, ignoring the intro presented in the game and the plot in the manual where Kirby suspects Dedede of being up to some dirty tricks and defiling a holy shrine (read: the Fountain of Dreams).
    • Kirby's Avalanche: MatPat refers to Kirby's competitive edge as being Brains Evil, Brawn Good, using the dialogue against Waddle Dee as the example. Then he goes against it by pointing out that the game is non-canon. On the matter of Critical Research Failure, MatPat calls the gameplay a Candy Crush-clone, completely ignoring that it's actually a reskin of Puyo Puyo.
    • Kirby Super Star: In the case of Gourmet Race, MatPat treats the subgame as if Kirby and Dedede are trying to starve Dream Land to death, even though the Dream Landers are taking part with the subgame. Regarding Dyna Blade, MatPat attempts to explain that Kirby going after her wasn't just for the crops, but because his nap was disturbed, ignoring the fact that Dyna Blade was also destroying the landscape while gathering the crops. With the Revenge of Meta Knight, he treats Kirby as if he enjoys destruction, claiming that he is blushing upon seeing the Halberd and everyone on it sink into Orange Ocean, as if saying that the Halberd was acting like a cruise ship. Again, context was cut to make Kirby look worse when arguably he was in the right since Meta Knight was going full Knight Templar for the destruction of what he perceived as "lazy". This is also ignoring the fact that Meta Knight tells him "Prepare to die!" just before the fight, and that he and Sailor Dee were the only ones on board the Halberd as it sank. Then comes Milky Way Wishes, acting almost as a repeat of "Mario is Mental," painting Kirby as an invader to the stars in the game and the bosses as "heroes," also making it seem that NOVA's destruction set the galaxy back worse than it started at the beginning of the game, completely ignoring that Access Ark was built into Star Dream, another NOVA-like clock that can erase souls and the fact that the galaxy ended up better than the beginning of the game as the Sun and Moon end up cooperating to help defeat Marx.
    • Squeak Squad: MatPat paints the whole segment as another repeat of "Mario is Mental" as if implying that Dedede is fought later in the game, when really he's only the first boss, and that the rest of the game involves Kirby trying to find his lost cake, with the Chest containing Dark Zero as a side quest, when it's really the other way around, as Kirby beleives his cake is in the chest.
    • Epic Yarn: The "Shoot First" mentality is brought up again when Kirby encounters Yin Yarn in the prologue, edited to make it seem like Kirby is to blame for Dream Land being turned into yarn. Context was cut showing that rumors had been going around that Yin Yarn was turning people into yarn, well before he turned all of Dream Land into yarn.
    • Return to Dream Land: Much like how he painted Meta Knight and Dedede in the previous game as being more heroic than Kirby, despite being bad communicators, MatPat treats Kirby as being the one responsible for falling for Magolor's trickery, when really all three of them, plus Bandana Dee, are to blame.
  • "Persona's Lost Shadow... FOUND!"
    • The episode starts off with a baffling assertion that the franchise's lore is "self-contradictory". Nowhere does MatPat give an explanation on what he means by this.
    • The crux of the theory is that Teddie is actually Yu's "forgotten Shadow". His main points being that Yu and Teddie are the only ones to enter the Velvet Room, Yu being one of the three people who can enter the Midnight Channel, and the Star tarot card's influence on the World tarot, which Yu inherits at the end of the game. However:
      • Despite MatPat acknowledging that Personas are "tamed" Shadows, and thus a person's Shadow and Persona are one in the same, he insists that Teddie is Yu's Shadow, despite Yu already having Izanagi. While Teddie doesn't follow the standard rules of Shadows already, namely being able to have his own Shadow and Persona, it's never established in any games that a Shadow can be "forgotten" or that a Shadow and Persona can exist at the same time. And while Teddie isn't typical of a regular Shadow, he's not typical of any of the Investigation Team's Shadows either, as his human form looks nothing like Yu, lacks golden eyes, and he doesn't have a "berserk" form.
      • He claims Yu is special amongst the ones who can freely enter the Midnight Channel because Taro Namatame and Tohru Adachi still have and fuse with their Shadows. Except they don't—neither of them are shown having Shadows and Adachi has his own Persona. The beings they fuse with are parts of Izanami, who gave them their power, and not their own Shadows. It's heavily implied that Yu and Adachi were given their Personas directly from the goddess.
      • He notes that the qualities of the Star and the World are similar because Teddie is, again, Yu's Shadow. However, the power of the World is named in-game to be the result of all of Yu's bonds, and thus everyone else's arcana, and not just Teddie. (In fact, this is supported by the tarot cards themselves, with the concept of the "Fool's Journey" being used in readings to explain the journey from Fool to World, or in other words, enlightenment. Teddie's arcana is The Star because his Social Link ranks up automatically, and The Star fits the game's themes of seeking truth (much like how Persona 3's auto-ranking Social Link, Death, fit that game).)
      • Finally, while he mostly discusses the canon of the mainline games, including Persona 3 and Persona 5, he neglects to mention that Persona 4: The Animation and Persona 4: Arena Ultimax do in fact feature a Shadow Yu, who acts and looks nothing like Teddie. In the latter game, it's established that Shadows and Personas are indeed the exact same being, and the fact that Yu still has his Persona tipped him off that all of the Shadows the protagonists meet (except for Labrys) aren't their actual Shadows.
    • Also, he mistakes Margaret, Persona 4's Velvet Room attendant with Elizabeth, the attendant from Persona 3.
    • Fither created a video breaking down the theory.
    • MangaKamen also created a video breaking down the theory, and drew attention to some... Other issues behind the theory.
    • It's even mentioned in-game that Yu didn't have his shadow appear because he's a very open person. Shadows are summoned when the person is repressing something they don't want others to see.
  • In "Will the Fortnite Meteor Destroy EVERYTHING?", MatPat makes one of his most egregious physics-related fails yet. After calculating that the meteor is about the weight of a jumbo jet and currently moving at a speed of 0.013m/s across the sky, he claims that it would make a tiny shallow crater and do absolutely no damage to Tilted Towers whatsoever... completely forgetting that gravity exists! As soon as that meteor came within range of Earth's gravity (or Venus's, based on his previous Fortnite theory), it would begin to accelerate. By the time it reached the ground, it would be moving at terminal velocity and the impact would definitely be great enough to destroy at least a sizable chunk of the area. Anyone who thought about this scenario for even 5 seconds would realise that no meteor has ever drifted slowly down to Earth like a feather as MatPat claims. Lampshaded in a later video, where is says he "Forgot how gravity works".
    • His Fortnite theory before this one, "Did I Find Fortnite's SECRET lore?", tries to go in depth about how the planet that Fortnite takes place on is a futuristic Venus, made hospitable for people to live on. There's a huge glaring hole in his theory though: the planet's satellite. Venus has never had a satellite, neither has Mercury, yet in Fortnite, you can clearly see a moon up in the sky. Not only that, but the moon in the sky has the same color and distinctive craters of Earth's moon. There's also the fact that no other planet in our solar system has a single moon. Mars has 2, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune have dozens of moons, and even dwarf planets such as Pluto have multiple moons. Earth is unique with a single moon.
  • His "Gaming is Broken!...What comes Next?" video makes the preposterous claim that Doki Doki Literature Club! invented an entire genre by being Psychological Horror game masquerading as a Dating Sim. As anyone who has spent any time in the VN community will tell you, this is objectively false no matter how you slice it. Plenty of VN's utilize a Genre Shift (including some of the most famous such as Muv-Luv and Higurashi: When They Cry) and Psychological Horror has been part of the medium for literal decades. DDLC just got recognised due to its freeware nature, short length and lack of pornographic content making it optimal for streaming.
  • In his "The Secret Life of Markiplier" theory video, he mentions that the Colonel from Who Killed Markiplier? literally stole Celine away from Mark but not for a romantic reason. Mark has confirmed several times that Celine cheated on Mark with the Colonel and then left him to be with the latter. It's confirmed both in the WKM? series and in the "I EXPLAIN EVERYTHING" charity livestream.
  • "How Rich is a Pokemon Master" has the cardinal sin in the Pokemon community of overlapping the game and anime continuities and assuming that costs would be the same between two distinct continuities. It also assumes that costs of living are the same between the highly urbanized real world areas of Japan, and the much more rural Pokemon regions.
  • "Why You CAN'T Beat Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!" has MatPat calculating the amount of possible matches in three Smash games, one of them being the Wii U version. For this equation, he factors in the amount of character matchups possible in 8-player battles and the regular and Omega forms of every stage. The problem is that many stages are inaccessible in Wii U's 8-Player Smash.
  • In Resident Evil's Zombie Outbreak is Closer than You Think (Resident Evil 2), MatPat claims that the zombies seen in the series are not reanimated dead. He cites the Wesker's report from Resident Evil 3 to support his claim. Except, Resident Evil 3 also shows Brad Vickers getting killed by Nemesis before returning as a zombie a day later. There is no way he is somehow alive during this time before succumbing to the virus.
  • In "Portal's Companion Cube has a Dark Secret," a sound clip is played with the description that it's a "scream" you hear when you disintegrate the Companion Cube. This is actually the sound that plays when you disintegrate the radio. Destroying the Companion Cube makes the same noise as a normal cube.

DanBrowned.Honest Trailers

In a world where movie trailers don't always tell the truth, you can always trust these guys to give you the facts—except when they slack off on doing their research!


  • The Honest Trailer for The Notebook asks why Noah could write Allie hundreds of letters, but couldn't just call her on the phone at least once to clear up any confusion about whether he still loved her. Um... Because it was World War II, and Noah was serving overseas in Europe. They don't have payphones on the battlefield.
  • In X-Men Origins: Wolverine the narrator says that the audience will "spend time with some of the lamest mutants you've never heard of: Wraith, Agent Zero, Bolt, and... Silver Fox? Wow, Marvel, really scraping the bottom of the barrel, huh?" While that might be applicable to the rest, Silver Fox and Team X are integral to Wolverine's origin. Gets particularly glaring after their X-Men: The Animated Series Honest Trailer, which praises the episode "Weapon X, Lies and Videotape" for being so much better than X-Men Origins. They apparently forgot that Agent Zero and Silver Fox were in that episode too. Of course, maybe that was the joke.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • The trailer refers to Sora as "a ten-year-old boy", when he's actually fourteen in the original Kingdom Hearts. The prequel Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep makes this explicit, showing Sora and Riku as four-year-old children ten years before the original takes place.
    • When complaining about the series "reusing the exact same worlds over and over and over again", the narrator cites "Deep Jungle" and "Space Paranoids"—two levels that were only used once. Also: while the series does sometimes reuse movies, the games always add at least one new area to the levels whenever they do. Case in point: Kingdom Hearts II adds a "Christmastown" area to "Halloweentown" and an "Underworld" area to "Olympic Collosseum", and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep's "Neverland" includes the Indian Village and Mermaid Lagoon when the original took place entirely on Captain Hook's ship.
    • The video contains some pretty glaring mispronunciations of major characters' names, which should be pretty obvious to anyone who's played past the first game. Most obviously: the narrator pronounces "Eraqus" as "ERR-kwuss" instead of "EHR-uh-kuss", and "Xehanort" as "ZEH-huh-nort" instead of "ZAY-uh-nort".
  • In the Honest Trailer for The Fault in Our Stars, the Narrator sounds incredulous on the fact that Gus Waters, "a confident, six-foot-four, well-spoken, adorkable, polite, funny star athlete-philosopher-poet with a six-pack" is a virgin. They conveniently leave out the movie's explicit explanation: in the scene where Gus admits that he's a virgin, he outright says that he's never had sex because most girls are disturbed by his missing, amputated leg.
  • A minor example: the trailer for The Little Mermaid refers to Ariel as "a half-naked 15-year-old" despite the movie itself stating that Ariel is 16.
  • The Honest Game Trailer for Super Smash Bros. said that Lucario was a clone, when such was disproven for years.
  • The Mission: Impossible Honest Trailer mentions that the movie was part of a wave of movie adaptations of 1960s TV shows in the 1990s (including Lost in Space, The Mod Squad, The Beverly Hillbillies, and The Brady Bunch Movie), and describes it as "the only one that actually worked". While this is partly a statement of opinion, the narrator seems to forget that the same wave produced The Addams Family—which made back its budget nearly eight times over, got decent reviews, spawned two sequels and a TV revival (plus the most successful licensed pinball machine ever made), and remains a quite well-regarded Cult Classic.
  • The trailer for Frozen claims that the movie is the first "good Disney musical" since Pocahontas. In reality, reception to Pocahontas was very mixed, while other Disney musicals since, such as Tarzan, were overwhelmingly well-received.
  • Near the end of the Jurassic World Honest Trailer, they list a bunch of questions that supposedly weren't answered in the movie. While many of them might depend on interpretations of the characters or the writing or are more about personal opinions of some scenes, there are some that run contrary to things actually stated in the movie:
    • They think it's weird that the Indominus Rex has the ability to camouflage itself, even though it's meant for public display, and make a big deal of the fact that frog and cuttlefish DNA was used to make the Indominus and think it's redundant. In the film, Henry Wu explicitly states that the DNA from frog and cuttlefish (the latter of which gave it its camouflage ability) were added specifically to make the I. Rex grow faster and to adapt it to the tropical climate of the park. Also, the film later suggests that InGen and Hoskins had him create a killer dinosaur on purpose, explaining both why the Indominus was designed the way it was and why he won't share the full specifics of what DNA it's built of.
    • The Honest Trailer is also surprised that the park chose to develop more predator dinosaurs rather than safer herbivore ones and treats it like a logical flaw. However, in the film they explicitly say that predators tested better with audiences, so it makes sense that they would make more of them. In one scene, Wu even calls out Masrani for asking for scarier predator dinosaurs without regard for how dangerous those dinosaurs would have to become.
    • The narrator also claims that the film never actually explains what Claire's role in the park is. She's supposed to be the operations manager, and even if that exact title wasn't outright said in the film, it's pretty clear that her role was more or less second in command to Masrani.
  • The Honest Trailer for Terminator Genisys has the line, "In a world where the PG-13 RoboCop (2014) and Die Hard sequels taught us nothing…" However, the clips shown for Die Hard are from the R-rated A Good Day to Die Hard, instead of the PG-13 Live Free or Die Hard. The Stinger also has the narrator calling John Connor's dad traveling back in time to have sex with John Connor's mom "incest", when they aren't related.
  • The Honest Trailer for Ant-Man credits Luis as "the only Latino in the MCU." Between the film's release and the Honest Trailer's release, a Latino character, Joey Gutierrez, debuted in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..note  This seems to be lampshaded in the Honest Trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp, where they call him "the MCU movies' only Mexican character."
  • The one for Pokémon Black and White interprets Team Plasma as a group of Designated Villains who are "seen as the bad guys for wanting to stop a system of normalized animal abuse". In the actual game, only a few members, most specifically N Harmonia, are explicitly shown to fit that description. The rest are greedy, self-righteous hypocrites who will gladly steal and abuse Pokémon for the sake of power. Indeed, a huge plot twist in the game is that the organization's real leader, Ghetsis Harmonia, didn't give a Raticate's tail about liberating Pokémon and simply wanted to make it illegal for anyone who isn't him to use Pokémon so he can Take Over the World. Granted, it's possible that they were trying to keep from spoiling the twist, though the game had already been out for several years by the time the trailer was made.
  • In the Honest Trailer for The Force Awakens, it claims that one of the similarities between The Force Awakens and A New Hope is having characters learning about the Force from a tiny alien, though Yoda didn't appear until The Empire Strikes Back.
  • The Honest Game Trailer for Pokkén Tournament seemed to be under the impression that the game was developed by Game Freak and Nintendo when it is a Bandai Namco and The Pokemon Company production, which is shown by the game's case and intro. Game Freak and Nintendo are instead relegated only to a copyright credit.
  • Their Honest Trailer for Zootopia tries to call the movie out for having a Broken Aesop about stereotypes being wrong, since all of the animal stereotypes are actually true ("So settle in for a fantastically animated, well-told lesson about disproving stereotypes, even though the fox character really is sneaky, the weasels do cheat, and the sloths are slow"). Except all of the examples that they cite are pretty clearly subverted and/or deconstructed in the actual movie. Nick Wilde is a con artist, but it's shown that he was bullied as a child for being a fox, and learned that people would treat him as untrustworthy no matter what he did; he also proves them all wrong in the end by becoming a police officer. The weasels are criminals, but they only serve as dumb muscle for the real villain, who's an outwardly respectable sheep. And a Brick Joke reveals that Flash the sloth is actually a drag racer who loves fast cars.
  • The Honest Trailer for Mortal Kombat says the movies introduce the heroes "and introduces them again as everyone is recast in the sequel". Then each character shows up with screen split between the original and Annihilation versions... only the very first is Liu Kang, whose actor is one of the two who didn't change - and the fourth and last one shown, Kitana, is the other one whose portrayer was also kept.
  • The Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Honest Trailer lists "Coach" as a character Rankin/Bass created especially for the special, even though his first name, Comet, gets mentioned in the second line of the song.
  • The Suicide Squad (2016) Honest Trailer shows Iron Man in its collage of movies that climax with a portal opening in the sky. Except, no such portal appears in Iron Man, with the clip used actually depicting the Stark Industries arc reactor firing a skybeam at Iron Monger.
  • In the Honest Game Trailer for Dishonored, the Narrator references the "Clean Hands" achievement for not killing anyone in the entire game, then plays a clip of an unconscious NPC falling off a dock and dismissively points out it's possible for an enemy to die after being non-lethally knocked out. The game counts that as a kill, which makes Clean Hands unobtainable, adding to the challenge. Additionally, the game actually becomes easier the less you kill and nets a better ending.
  • In the Batman Begins Honest Trailer, the Narrator finds it unrealistic that Wayne Manor was a stop on the Underground Railroad, simply because Gotham is (by all appearances) in the Northeastern United States. Actually, that's not unrealistic at all: the Underground Railroad was very active in the North, and many of its efforts involved smuggling escaped slaves across the Canadian border. While slavery may have been illegal in most of the North, the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 meant that any escaped slaves living in free states could be forcibly returned to the South if found, so Canada was often the only place where they could be truly safe from persecution.
  • The eponymous heroine of Moana is said multiple times during its Honest Trailer to have water manipulation powers, when it's actually that she's friends with the spirit of the ocean and it occasionally helps her out of its own accord.
  • In Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie: The trailer claims that Rita frees Ivan Ooze, but this is actually Lord Zedd's doing (who isn't mentioned in the trailer at all).
  • The Honest Trailer for Aliens criticizes characters in the movie for not taking Ripley's advice about the Xenomorphs into account even though she has survived an encounter with them before. However, most of the scenes that they show in the montage are from before the Xenomorphs have actually been proven to exist; earlier in the movie, it was made clear that no trace of the Xenomorph from the first movie could be retrieved, and after the Xenomorphs appear, people actually listen to her.
  • The Honest Game Trailer for Injustice 2 criticizes it for including certain characters as fighters, specifically Cheetah, Dr. Fate and Captain Cold, describing them as weird choices. Earlier in the trailer, Gorilla Grodd was even described as a "complete Ass Pull". While Dr. Fate and Cheetah might not be as well known to non-comic readers, Captain Cold and Grodd had both been prominently featured in Arrowverse shows before the game's release. Grodd had guest-appeared as a villain in the then most recent season of The Flash (2014).
  • The Honest Game Trailer for the Nintendo Switch supposedly claims that, among its games, Super Mario Odyssey is "the first 3D Mario since Galaxy", which ignores that after Galaxy there was Super Mario Galaxy 2, Super Mario 3D Land, and Super Mario 3D World, which as the name of the latter two can attest, were all in 3D. However, it's actually subverted, as the narrator adds a note about the former game stating Mario to supposedly be "not a human man", but awkwardly pauses before delivering the line, causing the viewers to take it as seperate from the first part.
  • The Honest Trailer for Face/Off explicitly claims that Sean Archer "[does] absolutely nothing to change his body" when taking Castor Troy's face and impersonating him. However, the movie explains in detail exactly how he does just that by undergoing extensive plastic surgery to alter his skull shape, slim down his abdomen to give him Troy's build, alter his hair line and use hair plugs to recreate Troy's body hair, etc. The Honest Trailer also criticizes the fact that Archer heals unrealistically quickly after the operation. That too is explained within the movie as being the result of In-Universe medications that accelerate the healing.
  • The Honest Trailer for Wonder Woman (2017) criticizes the film for pulling an All Germans Are Nazis with Imperial Germany during World War I. This ignores the fact that, while Imperial Germany weren't the Nazis, they did commit many gruesome atrocities during the conflict, mainly in the conquest of Belgium (most famously the Rape of Belgium) and against the Herero peoples. It is also well known that the fallout of World War I contributed to the factors that caused the European front of World War II. Luddendorf, while killed in the film, in real life did become a Nazi.
  • The Honest Game Trailer for Pokémon Sun and Moon criticizes the game for "having the same formula as always" and comments that "playing Pokémon for the plot is like watching porn for the acting". Even if one puts personal opinions aside, it's universally agreed that Sun and Moon are very plot-centric Pokémon games that defy numerous series conventions, for better or worse.
  • In the Spider-Man: Homecoming Honest Trailer:
    • The narrator claims that Peter Parker is different because "he's a Millennial now". While the exact definition of the term "Millennial" is rather fuzzy, the most widely accepted definition is "A member of the generation born between the early 1980s and the turn of the Millennium"; as Tom Holland's Peter Parker is still in his mid-teens in 2017, most people would consider him too young to be a Millennial. And even if he is a Millennial, he definitely wouldn't be the first Millennial Spider-Man; Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man (who was around 17 in 2012) was definitely a Millennial, and Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man (who was around 18 in 2002) might even qualify too.
    • Additionally, the narrator claims that Peter never faces serious consequences for his mistakes, in particular showing Peter in a disciplinary meeting with Principal Morita ending on a lighter note. In the actual film, however, Peter does suffer legitimate consequences for his mistakes. Despite the fact that Morita does end the meeting with Peter on a lighter note, Peter explicitly says that he is going to be serving detention for a long time due to constantly ditching class. His social life takes a major hit since he always chooses being Spider-Man over chances to hang out with his friends, slightly alienating him from the Decathlon team. When he ditched Liz at the dance, she did not forgive him before she had to suddenly leave due to her father's arrest.
  • The Return of the Jedi Honest Trailer starts by mentioning that Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, and David Cronenberg passing on directing, with Lucas picking the cheapest director he could find (Richard Marquand). While it's true that Marquand was not Lucas' first choice to direct, the others could not sign on because Lucas resigned from the Director's Guild of America shortly after The Empire Strikes Back and Guild rules prohibited them from working on a non-union film.
  • Their Bright Honest Trailer cites I, Robot as one of the many films where Will Smith plays "a loose cannon cop with a by-the-book partner", even though Bridget Moynahan's character (shown in the clip) isn't his partner—she's a civilian scientist who serves as his informant in an investigation. Smith's character doesn't even have a partner in I, Robot.
  • In the Honest Trailer for The Incredibles, a montage of violent scenes makes the Narrator wonder "what made Brad Bird fly into an homicidal rage between The Iron Giant and this movie," implying that it was even darker than The Iron Giant, even though The Iron Giant has violent scenes such as the Giant almost shooting Hogarth at least twice.
  • In the Mary Poppins Honest Trailer:
    • Mrs. Banks' actress, Glynis Johns, is credited as "Doesn't Even Get a First Name" in the "Starring..." section, even though George Banks frequently calls her by her first name, Winifred.
    • The Narrator claims that P.L. Travers hated the film, and implies that Disney gave her a Historical Villain Upgrade in Saving Mr. Banks to get back at her for refusing to let them adapt the sequels. According to most accounts, though, Travers grew to like it after accepting that it was never going to be entirely true to her novels, and her portrayal in Saving Mr. Banks actually softens much of her more extreme behavior.
  • In the Guardiand Of The Galaxy Vol 2, Honest Trailer when going over other deaths in the MCU, to see if Yondu's is the biggest Tear Jerker, they reject various ones due to being fake-out deaths, deaths that were reversed or just not sad enough for whatever reason. But when going over Grott dying in Guardians of the Galaxy, they say that he came back, which is false. The baby and later teenage Groot in this film and its sequels is a new character and not just Groot being reborn but instead his son.

CowboyBebopAtHisComputer.The Nostalgia Critic

  • The Michael Bay rant in Pearl Harbor. A lot of people in the comment sections told him that soldiers really didn't have to learn to swim before WW2 because they would have been screwed anyway (some even deliberately avoided it so they would die less painfully).
  • In a sketch in his The King and I review ironically complaining about animated films' errors of history, he calls The Little Mermaid English literature (it's actually Danish). Two things, Hans Christian Andersen doesn't even sound like a English name, and Doug knew all about the fairy-tale in his Disneycember review.
  • He has complained that some elements in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies are not consistent with the TV animated cartoon series, despite the fact that the films were actually meant to be closer to the original comic series.
    • In his crossover with AVGN to review Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), they question the 90's film's depiction of the foot clan. Most of their arguments hold (Shredder wants to send teenagers with a few weeks ninja training to fight armed police, they all instantly believe his stories about giant rats and turtles, he claims to want to take over the city but never orders them to do more than petty theft), but their main question is why any rational teenager would risk their life in the Foot Clan in the first place when Shredder can't offer them much more than video games, junk food, and sex, even though that was the whole point of the film's subplot involving Foot-Clan new recruits that served as commentary on real life street gangs. These kids would, irrationally, rather enjoy whatever hollow camaraderie and vice a dangerous gang would give them than submit themselves to the authority of their parents or the foster system, who they view as corrupt and evil. Strangely, Doug commented on this believable irrationality of teenagers in his original review.
  • An egregious case, since he says he is a big fan, is in the editorial about Tom and Jerry, where he states that Tom always starts the fight. While Tom does start the fight often, sometimes it's Jerry who starts it. Jerry almost always receives comeuppance in these episodes to soften the blow, however.
  • Not that it helps make the movie better, but the budget of Foodfight! was actually 45 million, not 65 like he keeps pointing out. Another moment in the review is when he expresses surprise that Lieutenant X is voiced by Tim Curry. He's actually voiced by Jeff Bennett doing a Tim Curry impersonation.
  • In his editorial about The Looney Tunes Show, he stated that in the episode To Bowl Or Not To Bowl, Daffy was the only player on the team who couldn't bowl. However, while Daffy was a mediocre player, the only member on the team who was shown to be better than him was Bugs, while the rest of the members (with the possible exception of Porky, whose skills as a bowler were never shown in the episode) were even worse at bowling than Daffy was.
  • When reviewing Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) he mentions Furries, and describes them as people who are sexually attracted to "half-human, half-animal" creatures, and wonders why Centaurs are never part of their fantasies. The Critic is confusing "half-human" animals with anthropomorphized animals, in which the animals are depicted with all the fur, tales, whiskers, ears, etc., they should have, but their bodies are more like those of humans. That said, there are other groups that are sexually attracted to Centaurs.
  • In his review of The Purge, he repeatedly refers to the gang leader as 'Henry'. But, Henry was the name of the daughter's boyfriend, not the gang leader; he was unnamed and instead given the title 'Polite Leader' by the credits. Henry, on the other hand, is repeatedly named in the clips used in the review and was already dead when the Polite Leader first appeared. This mistake was eventually pointed out in both the commentary for the review and an overview of the entire Purge franchise.
  • In his review of Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw, he was justified in complaining about McNasty being a Devil in Plain Sight, but he seems to be unaware that Cooler didn't believe Whopper because the latter is Crying Wolf personified.
  • In his The Matrix review:
    • He states that Trinity is played by Kate Moss, even though she's actually played by Carrie-Anne Moss.
    • He took issue with Neo being released from his pod and being easily saved by the Nebuchadnezzar, seeing it as an incredibly flawed security system and treating it as a major plot contrivance. However, the sequels reveal that the machines tacitly support the rebellion to ensure the continuation of the Matrix, so they would allow the crew to gain fresh recruits from the Matrix.
    • He treats it as an Armour-Piercing Question that the Machines didn't actually need to create the Matrix to feed on human energy, but this is explained in the backstory. The Machines were actually trying to find a mutually beneficial solution after the war. They performed experiments to find the best ways of capturing their energy while also occupying their minds, and thus they created the Matrix.
  • In the next review about The Matrix Reloaded:
    • He treats Neo in What the Hell, Hero? fashion for the rest of the review series for choosing saving Trinity over Zion after the Architect scene. Zion was going to be destroyed anyway. What the Architect was offering Neo was to choose people to be unplugged from the Matrix to rebuild it, starting the whole process again, with humanity still enslaved by the machines. The movies acknowledge that this was a huge gamble, but one that paid off.
    • The explanation he accepted for Neo's new powers in the real world was that "he's just Jesus." The next movie explained that it was because he connected to the Source. He can't warp reality outside of the Matrix, he can only destroy the Sentinels, which are presumably connected to the Source.
    • He chalked it up to lazy writing that the Keymaker knows how to find the Architect, when the machines created him to help guide the One on his journey, so of course he would have insider knowledge about the workings of the Matrix.
    • He also mocked the studio for forcing a stand alone film to become a major franchise. The studio was always willing to makes sequels if the original turned out to be a hit.
  • In the review of The Matrix Revolutions:
    • He thinks it's ridiculous for Neo to have such issues with a single Smith when before he walked over a whole army of them. He seems to have overseen the fact that Smith has gotten a hell of a lot more powerful after taking over the Matrix, especially after absorbing the Oracle.
    • He said that it made no sense to send Neo to defeat the Smiths because the machines could have just reloaded the Matrix. The Architect established that the entire system was about to crash, and it can only be reloaded when the One cancels out the anomalies, bringing the program to 100% acceptance.
    • He went on to say that Neo suddenly became invulnerable, when he was shown bleeding just a few scenes ago. He doesn't seem to grasp that while Neo could die in the real world, it would be very difficult for two supremely powerful beings to kill each other in the Matrix.
    • He claims that it was Neo's spirit that balanced the equation and destroyed both of them, when the Machines, not Neo, destroyed Smith with a massive energy surge. They could only do this because Neo was connected to the Source.
  • In his review of Dunston Checks In, he opens up with "MONKEYS AREN'T FUNNY!", despite the fact that this movie and every other example he brings up use apes, not monkeys. He later brings this up in "Top 11 F*ckups part 3".
  • In his Labyrinth review, he refers to Jareth the Goblin King as "Jared".
  • In his review of The Legend of the Titanic, he's dumbfounded that someone made another animated kids' movie about talking mice on the Titanic, saying it ripped off The Legend Goes On, which was itself a rip-off of Titanic. In actuality, it was the other way around: The Legend of the Titanic came out a year before The Legend Goes On.
  • Critic makes a rather notable mistake in his Warriors of Virtue review, where he assumes that the movie erroneously uses the term Tao (from Taoism) and mocks how they get it wrong. However, the director of the movie is the established Hong Kong filmmaker Ronnie Yu who knew both languages and clearly simply named the magic land in the film Tao.
  • In his review of The Haunting remake, he repeatedly refers to the doctor as "Dr. Moreau," even though this isn't his name in either version (it's Markway in the original, Marrow in the remake). The second mistake is forgivable, since "Marrow" and "Moreau" sound fairly similar, but you'd expect him to know the character's name in the original, given that he holds it in such high esteem.
  • In the Cool World review Critic asks "When will people learn that the vision of the artist is all you need to make something brilliant?" which immediately leads into Ralph Bakshi and similarly kooky directors talking about their more insane visions that didn't exactly work. The joke however falls flat when the first example used is the Saruman/Aruman fiasco from Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings...which happened because of executives, not Bakshi.
    • Also, his version of Ralph Bakshi, despite getting almost everything else correct about the movie's original pitch (a half-cartoon, half-human child wanting to kill their dad), uses masculine pronouns to talk about the child despite how the character was intended to be a girl.
  • In the A Kid in King Arthur's Court review he stated that Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes was ten years old; that is incorrect, as Calvin is six.
  • In Beauty and the Beast (2017), he complained that Gaston had no endgame in taking Maurice to the woods to find Belle because he didn't believe a word of it. He was trying to receive her father's blessing to pressure Belle into marrying him, which was strongly implied in the scene where Maurice was being sent to the asylum. When Maurice caught onto this and said no, he was furious and saw no need to continue down that path.
  • Uh, that's not Kal Penn in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, that's John Cho. What's even worse is that the immediate following joke is one about a future movie called "Harold and Sulu" in which the mock-up poster has two John Chos on it. However, at least he seems to have caught on to the mistake rather quickly, as the YouTube version at least actually refers to him as John Cho.
  • In his Super Mario Bros. (and later on Thomas and the Magic Railroad), he claims the movie versions of Mario and Luigi are father and son. However, Luigi says Mario is like a father to him because of Mario's Promotion to Parent after their parents died. It's been more than ten years since the review and the Critic appears to still believe they are father and son.
  • In his Top 11 Dumbasses In Distress, he claims that Princess Peach's ability to fly was only shown in Super Mario Bros. 2 which was All Just a Dream and in her own game, Super Princess Peach, she only had weak abilities like crying. Super Princess Peach did show her flying. Said game also showed that she could control fire. In fact, Super Mario RPG has the Princess able to cast Flare. He makes this error again in his editorial on Mario comics. By that point, Super Mario 3D World showed Peach as a playable character more than capable of protecting herself.
  • In his X-Men review, he claims that Morph is only in the first two episodes before being Killed Off for Real, but it was revealed in season 2 that Morph survived, and appears in multiple episodes afterwards.
    • He also claims Morph is a Canon Foreigner. In reality, Morph was a character in the comics (albeit called "Changeling" instead of "Morph").
  • Alien vs. Predator. Critic wonders why the Predators — who want to use Humans as living incubators for more Aliens to hunt — don't just unleash Facehuggers all over the planet instead of bothering with the trouble of posing as gods to attract Human Sacrifice volunteers. Said suggestion requires that you ignore the Predators' long-established Never Hurt an Innocent and Noble Demon beliefs.
    • He assumes that Weyland Bishop has a case of asthma, when the movie establishes that he's dying from terminal cancer.
    • He also questions, among otherwise valid criticisms about the Predalien chestburster, why the DNA of the Predator and the Alien would combine like that. That's absolutely how the Xenomorph species works and why facehuggers "impregnate" other species in the first place: the chestburster inherits DNA and physical attributes from the host victim.
  • In his editorial "Was The Killing Joke That Bad?", he praises the Joker's Villain Song as one of the few additions to the comic outside of the reviled prologue, when it was in fact in the comic.
  • In the Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory he notes Slugworth being German as a change (which he calls redundant considering Augustus Gloop) for this particular version even though he was played by German actor Günter Meisner.
  • In Spawn, he mistakes Malebolgia for Satan. In reality, Malebolgia is a high ranked demon working for Satan.
  • The episode for Superman: The Animated Series has the Critic point out that they never explained why Krypton was destroyed. Meanwhile, at the three minute and four second mark of the video, Jor-El is explaining why the planet is blowing up.
  • His review of Halloween (2007) has him stating that Rob Zombie decided to remake the original because he thought the story was in need of a re-telling. In fact, almost the complete opposite is true. Zombie initially rejected the film because he didn't think he could do the original justice, and it was only after being encouraged by John Carpenter himself that he hesitantly agreed to do it.
  • The Dragonball Evolution review has a mistake made not by Critic but by guest starring MasakoX. At one point he claims that Goku hates fighting and only fights when he has to. Goku hates killing, but is otherwise a Spirited Competitor who loves fighting strong opponents. Made egregious by the fact that Masako X was in the review specifically for his knowledge about Dragon Ball. Though he later claimed that he tried to be sarcastic, but the inflection was off.
  • An interesting one is his ripping on Jupiter Ascending for using a Maxi Pad as a bandage. Not only is this actually a good idea, but the Maxi Pad originally was intended to treat battlefield injuries before a better use was found for it. In his defense, he was probably dumbfounded by all the other ludicrous things in the movie (including Jupiter using the pad sticky side down for some reason).
  • While it is true that he says it's his own opinion, his review of It (2017) does have some glaring flaws in their critiques:
    • The first is It itself, the Critic portrays the new It as if it is a gritty remake that has no interest in anything funny, mainly due to It's new design, however throughout the movie it is made very clear that It is doing this partially because it needs to eat, and partially because it finds the misery and fear of the children hilarious, ultimately the difference between the Curry version from the Skarsgard version is that the Skarsgard version of Pennywise is seeking to entertain, just not other people, it seeks to entertain itself through a morbid and depraved "show" and it chooses that appearance to make children uncomfortable.
    • Another point is the fact that the Critic complains that the apathy of the adults towards the alarming situation is not made very clear, this is false, not only are the adults in the town shown to be awful people, there is an entire scene dedicated to show just how apathetic the adults of Derry are, the scene in which the Losers Club discover just how many missing children posters actually are and how they are forgotten.
  • In his review of Water World he's confused as to why the villains are called The Smokers and assumes it's because they smoke a lot of cigarettes. It's very clearly established in the film that The Smokers have access to fuel, as their headquarters is the Exxon Valdez oil tanker, and thus have gas-powered smoke-spewing vehicles (including aircraft) as opposed to the man and wind-powered skiffs and rafts used by everyone else. It's even a plot point as part of The Smoker's motivation for finding Dryland is that their finite oil supply is almost depleted.
  • He calls Tom Cruise's character in The Mummy (2017) Rick Morton instead of Nick Morton.
  • In his "Top 11 Worst Sequels" video, his entry on X-Men Origins: Wolverine claims that Fred J. Dukes ("The Blob") isn't a Mutant in the movie, but just a morbidly obese human. Except he is a Mutant, just like in the comics; the movie clearly shows that he had invulnerability and super-strength during his time with Team X, even before he gained all that weight. And though it's never spelled out, it's pretty strongly implied that his obesity is a side-effect of his powers.note 
  • In The Last Jedi, he claims that the First Order using hyperspace tracking technology was an Ass Pull, but the tech was first referenced in Rogue One.
  • In Alice Through the Looking Glass he complains about Time trapping the Mad Hatter and friends at their tea party, saying the film was "trying to add logic in something that doesn't need it". He seems to forget that in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland it is all but outright stated that this is the case. The Hatter tells a story about how, during a trial, the Queen of Hearts accused him of murdering the time and "Now he won't do a thing for me". This is the reason why it is always six o'clock for them. It is particularly frustrating that the film scene triggers a rant about how much the franchise changes things when this is one of the few instances of the franchise returning to the source material.
  • In his review of The Emoji Movie, he says the main character is named "Meh". He's a "meh" emoji, but his name is actually Gene. He is referred to as Gene by other characters in the clips he shows.
  • He refers to Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins as a prequel to the first and second live action Scooby Doo films. The movie, while very similar to the other installments, is actually a rebooted origin story.
  • He refers to Dr. Doofenshmirz as "Dr. Heinz" in his Doom review. While this is technically correct (Doof's first name is Heinz), nobody in the show ever calls him that (he's called "Heinz" or "Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirz" but never "Dr. Heinz" on its own).
  • In his and Todd in the Shadows' review of The Wiz, they go on and on about how disappointing it was that they had Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, in the film, but he doesn't do any great dancing or a lot of singing in the film despite being a great singer and dancer. The problem is that the film came out in 1978. While Michael had made several solo albums by that time, he hadn't really branched off from his family band, The Jackson Five, or made his defining solo albums yet, so his role in the film is understandable when you know that part.
  • He assumes that the animators of Eight Crazy Nights are Korean when the film's animation firms, Yowza! Animation and A. Film Production, are Canadian and Danish respectively.
  • In the Fox Kids review, Critic snaps at a supposed Cowboy BeBop at His Computer moment from Seinfeld where Jerry is on the phone while watching Tiny Toon Adventures on Nickelodeon. In actuality, the show did air on Nick through syndication from 1995-1999, though the episode predates that and Jerry sings "The Wheels on the Bus", which can be found nowhere in any episode, suggesting the target audience was toddlers (it was aimed at preteens with pop culture references in its humour).
    • He also goes on to say that The Kingpin was voiced by Tony Jay in Spider-Man: The Animated Series when he was in fact voiced by Roscoe Lee Browne. Tony Jay actually voiced Baron Mordo. He did however correct this mistake in his following video, The Evolution of The Purge Movies.
  • In his review of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Critic criticized the film for not portraying Lex Luthor as a mad scientist. He seems to imply that this is at odds with his characterization. However while Lex has historically been a mad scientist, he also has history of being a Corrupt Corporate Executive, a portrayal the film's version was clearly attempting to emulate.
    • He also claims that he has no motive to kill Superman, when he is driven by hatred of God and sees Supes as a godlike figure. A more correct claim would be that Lex has no coherent reason to hate Superman since he has too many separate motivations.
  • In his Full House review he claims that the mother died of a Soap Opera Disease, when in actuality she died in a car crash. This one was mentioned in his Top 11 F*ckups, however he claims that this was never mentioned in the episodes he watched. It’s mentioned several times, especially in season one and a later episode even adds that the other driver involved was drunk.
    • He also claims that the final episode when Michelle gets her memory back (portrayed as the Olsen twins being on-screen together) is the only time the girls were on-screen together. However, they’ve been on-screen together in three previous episodes (in one of which the other plays Michelle’s identical cousin and another where Michelle had her "good self" and "bad self" influencing her actions; one twin would play Michelle and the other her good or bad self).
  • In his review for Independence Day, the Critic claims that Will Smith's character somehow managed to find his fiancee Jasmine in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night with absolutely no idea of where she would be, deeming it as "Brought To You By the Laws of Improbability." Before he headed off to join the initial attack on the aliens, he had instructed Jasmine and her son to meet him at the base he was stationed at. After the aliens destroyed everything, Jasmine, her son, and various survivors she rescued headed to the ruins of the base to hole up. Smith later requested and was denied permission to head to the base to see if Jasmine had managed to survive and headed there. So no, it's not improbable that Smith would reunite with his fiancee at the location he instructed her to meet up with him.
  • In his review for The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, he claimed that MGM made the film. However, it was produced and released by Atlantic Releasing Corporation. MGM later owned the film after a series of events.note 
  • In his "Old vs New" video for Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go! he states that Titan Tower is outside Metropolis. It is actually on a island offshore of the fictional West Coast metropolis of Jump City.
  • In his review of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, he refers to the Silver Surfer's master as Galactigas. His name is Galactus. Making this particularly egregious is that he does reference the comics near the end of the review.
  • His referral to Crom from Conan the Barbarian as "Crumb" is a mispronunciation that persists. He even mistakes the skeleton that Conan gets his sword from for Crom.
  • While he corrects himself in later videos, in his "Top 11 Dumbest Spider-Man Moments" video he refers to Curt Connors' supervillain persona as "Lizard-Man."
  • In his Follow That Bird review, the Critic says that Sesame Street was created by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, among others. They created the puppets, sure, but the concept for the series was the idea of Joan Ganz Cooney. The series itself is owned by Sesame Workshop.
  • In his review of Van Helsing he continually refers to Van Helsing as just "Helsing" and refers to Jekyll as innocent even though the portrayal of him is anything but when one takes "The London Assignment" into account.
  • During When Did Marvel Villains Get Good? he refers to Killmonger as the rightful heir. Due to being the firstborn of the second son, younger brother to the previous monarch, he would be if not for the existence of the previous monarch's own firstborn T'Challa meaning Killmonger is not the rightful heir.
  • In the First Viewing of Max Payne, Rob jokes "Fine, I'll leave this scene so I don't have to pretend I know Russian" regarding Mila Kunis' character. Mila Kunis is from (modern day) Ukraine and speaks Russian as a native language and English as a second language.
  • In his review of Batman & Robin, he refers to the Snow Miser song, simply titled "Snow Miser", as "I'm Mr. White Christmas, I'm Mr. Snow."


CowboyBebopAtHisComputer.Todd In The Shadows

  • During his diatribe against awful British pop in his review of "Want U Back", he cited as examples the Romanian pop duo The Cheeky Girls, whose accents at least should have been a hint, and the Irish twin act Jedward - though the latter is more forgivable as they broke out on a UK talent show. The former did get their bad reputation though their success in the UK, though. Also, he showed some hint towards the Crazy Frog being British, but the animation was actually from Swedennote .
  • In his "Deuces" review, he says Ashlee Simpson was kicked out of the pop world for lip-syncing. Ashlee had three more hits from her next album after the incident. Still, the SNL incident is what the media and public remember as her Creator Killer.
  • In his "Black and Yellow" review, he does his Finish The Rhyme bit with Wiz Khalifa's line "And my car look unapproachable", which he ends by mocking him for not even trying to come up with a good rhyme in the next line. However, Wiz had actually rhymed it (though stretching it painfully) with the two previous lines, one of which Todd had even played beforehand: "Stay fly like I'm supposed to do".
    • Additionally, in his review of "OMG", he gets mad at Usher's "rhyming" "wow" with "style", but the line ending with "wow" had already rhymed with the previous line, which ended with "pow pow pow", so ending with a different word is more excusable in the next two lines. Not only that, but will.i.am had 100% of the writing credit, although Todd did mention that early in the review.
  • Cited the "Marvin Gaye sample" in his "Blurred Lines" review. There's no sample credited in the song. Pharrell tried to pull off a Suspiciously Similar Song to the Gaye song in question, so it was understandable that Todd and a large part of the Web were fooled, but in the end both lost in a lawsuit regarding the song and were forced to pay Gaye's descendants $7.5 million due to the judge finding the song infringing of "Got to Give It Up"'s copyright. (That said, Todd has stated that he disagreed with the lawsuit while acknowledging he was wrong about the sample.)
    • He also stated that all three were happily married men when Pharrell was only engaged at the time. (It's likely Todd got confused by an interview Thicke gave where he sarcastically claimed "all three of us are happily married with children" while doing a bad Ron Burgundy impression.)
  • In his "Holy Grail" review he says Justin Timberlake had never had a flop before Runner Runner. Considering Justin was in The Love Guru, Bad Teacher and In Time, Todd seems to have dropped the ball.
  • During his diatribe against Nu Metal, Todd lists Three Days Grace as one of the bands. Three Days Grace are a Post-Grunge and Alternative Metal band, not Nu Metal.
    • He also lists Crossfade and Puddle of Mudd in there; they're both also Post-Grunge bands.
  • He mentions several times that Cee Lo Green's "Fuck You" chart success was attributed to Glee covering it. He fails to mention that the song's resurgence was around the time it was nominated for Record and Song of the Year at the Grammys which may have contributed more to its success.
  • In his review of "Cooler Than Me", he makes fun of Mike Posner's name, because of how uncool it is. He compares his name to Taio Cruz, saying that Taio Cruz had no choice but to be a pop singer due to his name. However, Taio Cruz is just a stage name.
  • He calls "Demons" a sell-out despite the song coming out before the band's success.
    • This is even Lampshaded in his worst of 2013 list where he hilariously claims it to be the result of time traveling.
    Todd: Goddamn it, quit time-traveling, Imagine Dragons! How am I supposed to like a band that breaks the laws of physics? Screw you, lawbreakers!
    • The list's gag ironically contains another research failure. Todd implies that "It's Time" debuted the same time as "Radioactive" and "Demons", when in fact "It's Time" predates those other two songs by about a year. "It's Time" first appeared on the last EP Imagine Dragons recorded independentlynote , while "Radioactive" and "Demons" premiered on the first ID EP released by Interscope.
  • In his 'Uma Thurman' review, he implies that Folie à Deux was FallOutBoy's third album. It was actually their fourth.
    • He also mentioned that Fall Out Boy seemed to always be competing with Panic! at the Disco, despite the fact both bands are signed to the same record label, and the members of Panic! are actually big Fall Out Boy fans (in fact it was thanks to FOB that Panic!'s music career got kick-started). Though, to be fair, Panic! does tend to emulate Fall Out Boy in a lot of ways, and others have noticed their similarities, so it's understandable.
      • On top of that, in his 'Uma Thurman' review, he gets a few facts wrong. He said Fall Out Boy were struggling with their third album, Infinity On High, when it was their fourth, Folie à Deux that they really struggled with, due to fan backlash. It was also a hiatus, not a break up, that they did after their 6 years of constant touring and music making burned them out. When they reformed, they didn't "come crawling back to each other," Patrick and Pete started writing new material, then Andy and Joe were brought in to help. They subsequently recorded Save Rock and Roll and relaunched the band. They also were only more overtly Emo for From Under the Cork Tree, then phased most of it out by the time Infinity on High was written and recorded, so they weren't always Emo. He also seems to think Folie and Infinity are one album, judging by the way he put the music video for their song, 'I Don't Care' in for the video clips used, though that could be reading into things a bit. Also, he seems to think that 'I Don't Care' was a song that was meant to be played straight, when in actuality, Pete Wentz had gotten into writing songs from different points of view, or satirical songs, on Folie. 'I Don't Care' was a song clearly making fun of self-obsessed behavior, not embracing it.
  • One he admits to in the One Hit Wonderland episode about Blue Swede's cover of "Hooked on a Feeling," where he discovered they actually had another top ten hit ("Never My Love") when he'd already committed himself to doing the episode. Though he argues they still count as a one hit wonder, as that second hit had nowhere near the staying power of "Hooked on a Feeling" and is completely forgotten today.
  • In the prelude of his review of "Talk Dirty" he goes off on Jason DeRulo for supposedly calling the girl he's singing about "a shit girl". The lyric is "Baby you're the shit, girl." A popular (albeit, in this context, kind of stupid) way of expressing something is awesome.
    • In the review itself, he expresses disbelief at Derulo mentioning Haiti in his list of various exotic locales, but Derulo's parents are Haitian immigrants, so it's kind of natural for him to think of it. (His name is actually spelled "Desrouleaux," which is more or less pronounced like "Derulo.")
  • Todd claims the song "Let Her Go" is a four chords of pop song. Well, it is, however the failure comes in when the chords he pulls up are I-V-vi-IV and the chords to "Let Her Go" IV-I-V-vi. An understandable mistake, but a mistake nonetheless.
  • He says that Rockwell's follow-up single "Obscene Phone Caller" didn't chart, when it actually peaked at #35.
  • He accuses a number of artists for piggybacking off Ariana Grande in 2014, one of them being Zedd. Zedd already had a few Top 40 hits before "Break Free" and was already well established in the electronic music fandom/scene even before breaking into the mainstream. Todd really doesn't have a reason for this, as two of Zedd's songs were in his Bottom/Top Ten songs of 2013 (Stay the Night and Clarity).
    • And why would Mac Miller try to ride Ariana's coattails when "The Way" was her first hit? Probably because she was well-known from Victorious at the time. But even then, Miller had a cult following.
  • Todd calls Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow" a needless ripoff of Katy Perry's "Dark Horse". The irony of this is that "Black Widow" was originally going to be a Katy Perry song, but once she wrote the hook, she dropped the track since it would have been too similar to "Dark Horse". As a result, the hook was given to Iggy Azalea, and she filled in the rest of the time with rap. (Perry still has a writing credit).
  • He says "Blank Space" rose faster on the charts than "Shake it Off" did. "Shake it Off" debuted at #1 whereas "Blank Space" took a few weeks to get there. On the radio charts this straight as "Shake It Off" got stuck behind "All About That Bass" for several weeks before going #1.
  • When talking about Cameo's "Word Up", he says he's not sure who Larry Blackmon's calling out with his "sucker DJs" line. As quickly pointed out to him on Twitter and acknowledged by him, the line has Larry backed up by blatant Run–D.M.C. lookalikes. (Made more amusing if one recalls one of his lines from Suburban Knights.)
  • When talking about Hot Chelle Rae's "Tonight Tonight," he points out that the second verse doesn't rhyme. It really does, but only the first and third lines ("tattoo" and "you").
  • In his "Shake It Off" review, he calls the bridge rapping when it's actually more of a chant similar to what cheerleaders would use.
  • In the "Hello"/"Hotline Bling" review, Todd bases most of his criticisms of "Hello" off being about a specific ex-boyfriend, specifically the one from "Someone Like You." Adele herself has clearly stated the subject of the song is far bigger than that. Specifically, it's about every relationship she can think of, including friends and family.
  • Alluded to in the "Worst of 2015" list. He mentions that he heard about the controversy surrounding "Girl Crush" long before he actually listened to the song. The song was supposedly banned from various country stations for being about homosexuality, but once you listen to the song, the "Girl Crush" in question only exists because the singer is in love with a man who is in love with another woman, and she wants to be like this other woman in order to attract the man. Todd criticizes the song for employing Bait-and-Switch Lesbians: the song was controversial as if it actually was about lesbians and got all the same press, but was still a generic pining ballad. It also doesn't help that most of the "controversy" over its homosexual overtones was manufactured by the label.
    • When discussing "Bad Blood" he misinterprets the "You know, it used to be Mad Love" lyric in the "mad skillz" way.
  • In his One Hit Wonderland on "Mickey," he says Bring It On came out in 1998. It actually came out in 2000.
  • In his Top Ten Best Hit Songs of 2011, he says that Pumped Up Kicks probably isn't about a school shooting. The band has actually stated that it is written from the point of view of a potential school shooter, with Columbine itself having been in mind, and one of the members of the band has a cousin who survived the massacre.
  • Todd says that Adina Howard's "Freak Like Me" follows G-funk's lead by sampling George Clinton songs. An easy mistake, as the two songs sampled - Sly and the Family Stone's "Sing a Simple Song" and Bootsy's Rubber Band's "I Wanna Be with You" - are by Parliament/Funkadelic contemporaries and veterans, respectively. note 
  • He called 5 Seconds of Summer Pop Punk in his review of SR-71's 'Right Now' for One Hit Wonderland. Anyone who is into pop punk and has heard 5 Seconds of Summer would tell you that they're clearly not completely in that genre, and a listen to their discography would tell you that they're more of a Power Pop/Pop Rock act. Even a lot of their fangirls, and the band themselves, readily admit that. What makes this odd is that taking a listen to the 2010's Pop Punk scene he would've come across actual newer Pop Punk bands.
  • In his top 10 list for 2017, Todd says of the titular castle in Ed Sheeran's "Castle on the Hill" that it was "probably just like a rotted-out dumpster where they'd hang out, but he makes it feel like a real castle." Multiple people in comments have pointed out that Ed Sheeran grew up in Framlingham, England, which does indeed have a very real castle on a hill.
  • In the "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" review, when Lupa comes back from 2010, one of her Dramatic Irony statements is that "'Gangnam Style' will never get old." "Gangnam Style" came out in 2012.
  • In his and The Nostalgia Critic's review of The Wiz, they go on and on about how disappointing it was that they had Michael Jackson, the king of Pop, in the film, but he doesn't do any great dancing or a lot of singing in the film despite being a great singer and dancer. The problem is that the film came out in 1978. While Michael had made several solo albums by that time, he hadn't really branched off from his family band, The Jacksons, or made his defining solo albums yet, so his role in the film is understandable when you know that part.
  • In the "Better Now/Lucid Dreams" double review, he said that the "Shape of My Heart" sample used in the latter was novel and original. A few weeks later in his "Worst Hit Songs of 2018" video, Todd says that he immediately got bombarded by people correcting him after that review as it turns out that the sample has been super popular in hip-hop since its release.
  • In his Best of 2018 list, when discussing the honerable mention "LOVE." by Kendrick Lamar, Todd mentions that he feels bad for not liking DAMN. that much after loving Kendrick's "first two" albums. DAMN. is actually Kendrick's fourth studio album (not counting his first retail release, the O(verly) D(edicated) mixtape, or the compilation of previously unreleased songs, Untitled Unmastered) - his first studio album was Section.80, even if good kid, m.A.A.d city was where he hit it big.
  • In his One Hit Wonderland episode covering "Groove Is in the Heart" by Deee-lite, he claims that Space Channel 5, a Sega Dreamcast game, was released for the PlayStation. Although, the sequel did get a re-release on the PlayStation 2...

While Cracked runs on Rule of Funny, sometimes not even that will excuse blatant lack of research. The worst thing, is that they rarely, if ever, fix articles after being called out for inaccuracy or bias. This is compounded by the fact that the site is not written by one person, so anyone can write for it, regardless of their knowledge of the subject at hand.


  • 4 Insane Pieces of My Little Pony Fanart (By Grown Men) reads like it was written by spending 5 minutes on Google, some highlights are:
    • Saying Fallout: Equestria has graphic rape and sex scenes, mistaking it for a series of pornographic images called Fall of Equestria.
    • Having a entry on a trollfic/crackfic writer who's not even active anymore, and presenting it as said author being serious.
  • In one of their most popular articles, 6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person, when talking about the famous monologue in Glengarry Glen Ross, they candidly affirm that "Alec Baldwin was nominated for an Oscar for that movie and that's the only scene he's in." It was Al Pacino who was nominated for an Oscar (for Best Actor in a Supporting Role).
  • The 5 Most Satisfying Tales of Payback includes a story from WWII about an American B-17 pilot shot down west of Italy by a supposedly-friendly American P-38 fighter, losing his whole crew in the process. This bomber pilot then discovered that the P-38 was captured intact by the Italians, has been sucker-punching American bombers for weeks, and its Sicilian pilot's wife lives in Allied-occupied Constantine. He then takes a YB-40 gunship (a heavily up-gunned B-17) paints a racy picture of said wife on the nose, and goes hunting. He finds the Trojan P-38, answers a query over the radio about the "Gina from Constantine" by saying that he's been screwing the Italian's wife, provokes a blind rage, and shoots the Italian out of the sky. Cool story, right? Except it turns out that it never happened. The P-38 captured by the Italians was anything but intact, no YB-40s were ever deployed to the Mediterranean Theater, and neither of the men involved existed. Martin Caidin pulled the entire thing out of his ass, as he often did with his cool stories about WWII.
  • 5 Famous Movie Characters Who Wasted Awesome Superpowers: Apparently in Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope's game is called Candy Crush. The author apparently also thinks Calhoun is a Player Character in a home video game, even though she's the main NPC in an arcade.
  • 5 Surprising Ways Your Language Affects How You Think, at best, contains some hypotheses that are still hotly debated amongst linguists, and flagrant falsehoods at worst.
    • #5 claims that gendered languages are directly related to sexism... despite that it was disproved already. For example, German, Icelandic and Dutch are gendered languages, yet Germany, Iceland and the Netherlands are egalitarian countries. On the other hand, Persian/Farsi and Chinese were traditionally genderless languages, but Iran and China historically had very conservative gender roles, China became less so concurrent to adapting more gendered language (e.g., differentiating between he and she in writing).
    • #4 cites a study of very loose intellectual rigor that tries to prove Language Equals Thought, but ends up simply asking the same question in a different context.
    • #2 says that culture and opinions are a product of language, not the inverse.
    • #1 also contains the patent nonsense that some languages don't contain any future tense. To elaborate, some languages may not have any verb conjugation for the futurenote , but it's still evident which time period is being referred to by virtue of context.
  • 5 Movie Happy Endings That Are About to Go Horribly Wrong has this to say about Monsters, Inc.: "First of all, we're explicitly told that the energy produced by laughter is '10 times more powerful than screams.' That's all well and good, but the monster world doesn't exactly appear to be in the grips of an energy crisis." Except we're told several times that it is, and this fact is central to the plot to the point of being part of the villain's motive.
  • In 5 Insane Ways People Trolled The System (And Won) the title for entry #4 calls the man Dutch, while the text calls him Norwegian. The man in question is actually Belgian.
  • #1 from The 9 Most Hilarious Ways Criminals Were Caught is actually from the Brazilian equivalent of The Onion ("Jornal Sensacionalista", literally "Sensationalist News"). A bit of an understandable mistake though because not only was there a language barrier, but apparently their source was a US site that also thought the incident was real.
  • 5 Ridiculous Myths You Probably Believe About the Midwest claims "You'll note that, despite having one-tenth of the population of New York, you're a lot more likely to be the victim of a violent crime in Columbus, Ohio," when the graph directly above shows the opposite.note 
    • In addition, the article was written in 2014. It contains the line "They voted the controversial Proposition 8 into law in 2008, and same-sex marriage has been illegal in California ever since." The very Wikipedia article it links to states that it was found unconstitutional in 2010.
  • 4 Reasons 2015 Could Be the Movie Industry's Worst Year Ever has some math/statistics errors, such as using graphs that extrapolate linearly from 2 or 3 data points.
  • 4 Irrational Fears That Aren't As Irrational As They Seem sorely misrepresents the infamous pesticide DDT.
    • It claims that the original study linking it to thinness in the eggshells of peregrine falcons was false, without providing a link. In truth multiple studies have shown the egg shell link (in multiple bird species), and other toxic effects of DDT build up in ecosystems.
    • It claims that DDT was banned world wide when only the agricultural use of it was banned. It is still sprayed in house-holds in many malaria afflicted countries.
    • Although malaria deaths did rise after the partial ban on DDT, there were other factors involved, such as the insects becoming resistant to the chemical.
  • 6 Formerly Kickass Creatures Ruined by Evolution makes tons of mistakes with animal relationships (claiming that Gastornis is close to kiwis and ostriches when it's really closer to ducks, and Hyaenodon close to raccoons when it's equally close to all carnivorans), confuses the "classic" saber-toothed felids with the saber-toothed sparassodont ("marsupial", in the article's words) Thylacosmilus, serves up an unhealthy serving of Anachronism Stew (Gastornis and Andrewsarchus actually died out long before the Pleistocene), makes unwarranted assumptions about ancestor-descendant relationships, and implies that dinosaurs are cold-blooded. In their video on the cassowary, they insinuate that pterosaurs were the ancient ancestors of modern birds, when anyone with a passing knowledge of paleontology will know that birds are directly descended from maniraptoran dinosaurs and that pterosaurs went extinct and left no known descendants. Even worse, the narration indicates that they think pterosaurs and dinosaurs are one and the same.
  • "5 Weird Directions Human Evolution Could Have Taken" treats the existence of "the Boskop Man" as a fact, which in reality it most likely isn't.
  • 5 B.S. 'Achievements' People Need to Stop Taking Seriously closes by saying "when The World Cup inevitably makes its way to the United States"... half the comments section is sure to point out it already did in 1994.
  • This article about life in South Korea attempts to make a point about plastic surgery, showing a picture of a group of girls with highly identical faces. However, that picture was actually photoshopped to make all of the girls look similar, and in reality they actually look completely different. Which was explained on a page that the Cracked article put a link to, directly underneath the picture.
  • 7 Methods for Coping with Tragedy (Courtesy of James Bond) tries to give readers tips on how to react to tragedy by using James Bond films with tragedy in them... and gets several facts wrong:
  • The article 6 Insane Meltdowns By Actors on Set of Their Greatest Movies briefly mentions Marlon Brando sending "a fake Native American woman" to reject an Oscar on his behalf. The very article it links to talks about how the woman, Sacheen Littlefeather, IS Native American and how much the accusations of being "fake" hurt her. Several commenters weren't amused.
  • 5 Ignorant Jokes From the Last Comedians You'd Expect features Jason Iannone criticizing George Carlin for saying that Christopher Columbus' statement of the Native Americans being "un gente en dios" (a people in God) is wrong because Carlin's Spanish is wrong. Anyone with even basic knowledge of Spanish vocabulary knows that "gente" does mean people and also that Iannone's source, Google Translate, is not a reliable source for translating any language.
  • #3 on 4 Obnoxious Behaviors The Modern World Made Worse compares Kickstarter to begging in the streets, completely ignoring the mechanics behind it, such as providing greater rewards for higher investments and refunding any donations if the target funding is not met on time.
  • #1 on 6 Insane Discoveries That Science Can't Explain—one of the most popular articles in the site's history—claims that the "Bloop" recorded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 1997 was determined to be from an animal, and that the sound's source is a "mystery" because there aren't any known aquatic animals big enough to have made a sound that loud. Actually, the link to the NOAA's website clearly explains that the sound was from a cracking iceberg (known as an "icequake" to geologists).
  • Five Classic Geek Debates That Were Settled A Long Time Ago claims that the Enterprise will win against a Star Destroyer because the Empire never encountered transporters and therefore, won't be able to defend against them. The Star Trek series contain boatloads of cases where transporters are blocked by everything up to transformer substations. Even ignoring that, Star Wars ships still have the one guaranteed defense: Deflector Shields.
  • 6 Sexist Video Game Problems Even Bigger Than the Breasts, among its many errors, says that Ellie from The Last of Us has "daddy issues". Thing is, she doesn't. If anything, her father figure, Joel, has severe issues related to the loss of his daughter. It also fails to mention that she's pretty bad-ass and able to take care of herself. The one time she breaks down in Joel's arms was because she had just violently killed a man that was attempting to rape and/or eat her. And she did so by repeatedly hacking into his face with a machete. While we don't see the aftermath, it's safe to assume it was quite a violent sight to behold.
  • The "Today's Topic" video on Pokémon repeatedly called Dugtrio "Digtrio" and referred to the plot of Pokémon Black and White as Pokémon X and Y. It would be acceptable if the video wasn't about two die-hard Pokemon fans trying to prove who's the bigger fan.
  • In "5 Sad Truths You Learn Watching All the Marvel Films at Once" they repeatedly claim that Loki came to Earth only because Nick Fury summoned him. Except Loki summoned himself to Earth without anyone other than Thanos (who wasn't on Earth) helping him. Even if S.H.I.E.L.D. was responsible, it wasn't Fury personally; he had nothing to do with the Tesseract project except assigning security detail.
  • This article about major flaws in famous sci-fi inventions has the Death Star at #1 because its gravity would cause all the debris of a planet it destroyed to gravitate towards it and destroy it. Makes sense, but they maintain throughout that this moon-sized space station is the size of the moon, about 3,475 km, meaning the debris would come careening towards it at about 3,000 mph, more than enough to do serious damage. One quick look at the Star Wars wiki lists the actual diameter at 160 km, just a bit less than our moon and with a much more manageable gravity well. Further, the Death Star likely wouldn't have the same gravitational pull as our moon even if they were the same size; the moon is a lot of dense rock, and while the metal the station is made of might (or might not) be denser, a considerable portion of the station is hollow. And even if they have the same density, the math shows that the Death Star would have a mass — and thus a gravitational pull — about 1/1220th that of the moon. And all this is rendered moot by the fact that the Death Star is both shielded and covered in smaller guns, meaning it could probably weather the debris storm anyway.
  • In "6 Horrible Aftermaths Implied by Movies with Happy Endings", number six states Top Gun ends in World War III because "[t]hanks to them, it's only a matter of time before said unnamed country addresses the United Nations about how the U.S. violated Article V of U.N. General Assembly Resolution 3314 by destroying some of their finest aircraft and killing some of their top pilots." Except the dogfight clearly shows the unnamed state's pilots firing first and shooting down a US plane without provocation. Plus it's explicitly stated at the end the state had denied the incident ever occurred. Not to mention that the final dogfight was Very Loosely Based on a True Story - the Gulf of Sidra incident - which clearly hadn't triggered World War III.
  • "6 Movie Scenes That Prove That Gotham City Hates Sex" '. Daniel Dockery also mistakenly believes that erogenous zones can only include the genital area.
  • 6 Cruel Ways Artists Got Back At People With Their Art claims that Grant Morrison's Superdoom character from Action Comics was a Take That! towards Man of Steel, claiming that it distorted its hero into a violent murderer purely for marketing purposes. Grant Morrison actually finished his run on Action Comics 3 months before Man of Steel was released and he's gone on record as being more or less ambivalent towards the film. Weirdly, they're sort of on the right track; it's much more likely a critique of the older comic The Man of Steel and the status quo that followednote , which the film is loosely based upon and Morrison has often expressed dislike towards.
  • In 6 Ridiculous Excuses Game Designers Gave For Sexist Costumes, the Xenoblade Chronicles X section of seems to have been written by someone who didn't actually play the game. It starts off by claiming that "the only acceptable clothes are fetish outfits, swimwear, and giant robotic battle suits", which is untruenote , then implies that Lin's default outfit is a bikini, when in actuality her costume is entirely conservative and practical and she only appears in a swimsuit if the player puts her in one note . It also claims that the western version raised her age to 15, when she's actually 13 in both the localization and the original Japanese. In general, the article makes out like "this game is marketed on fetishes, including catgirls, amazons, schoolgirls, and nurses-wearing-one-medical-eyepatch" when in reality there's very little sexual content.
  • In 5 Things Casual Viewers Will Never Get About Anime, they list Senran Kagura as being designed to "sell the tie-in fighting game to American kids", ignoring the fact that the video game came out long before the anime, and that the game is as far from child friendly as you can get. (The screenshot that Cracked used even had the big "mature" rating right on the box).
  • In 3 Bands Who Completely Disowned Their Former Members, they claimed that Pink Floyd did this to Syd Barrett, though Barrett inspired a good chunk of the band's work and guitarist David Gilmour personally ensured that Barrett got his royalties. Not to mention his former bandmates producing his solo albums. And writing, dedicating and addressing an entire album (Wish You Were Here) to him. The commentors really called Cracked out on this one.
  • "5 Awesome Movie Robots with Inexcusable Design Flaws" claims that the T-1000 of Terminator 2: Judgment Day is superior to the later T-X in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in every conceivable way, simply because the former is made of shapeshifting liquid metal and the latter isn't. They seem to forget that the T-X also has a hidden plasma cannon built into its arm, while the T-1000—despite being highly stealthy and resistant to damage—couldn't make weapons other than crude blades. In combat, at least, the T-X is a huge improvement over its predecessors. note  They also seem to think that the T-1000 is virtually indestructible compared to its predecessor the T-800, even though it has an obvious Kryptonite Factor in the form of extreme hot and cold, which the T-800 is completely unfazed by. His statement "The only 'improvements' the T-X seems to carry are a leather pantsuit and a built-in flamethrower, because if there was one problem with the previous two Terminators, it was their inability to kill human beings with their bare hands" is also immediately questionable given the first two Terminators were unable to kill their human targets, and the built-in weaponry was to combat the T-850 (whose arrival had been anticipated by Skynet) who was heavily resistant to present-era weaponry.
    • The same article claims that Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation was built to serve on a Federation starship, and explains all the reasons why his design and programming don't fit his purpose. Except Data wasn't built to serve on a starship: he was built by an eccentric civilian inventor who wanted to duplicate the miracle of human consciousness as an experiment, and was only later inspired to join Starfleet after a Starfleet vessel discovered his body in the aftermath of his colony's destruction. An integral part of Data's backstory is that his creator had no "purpose" in mind when he built him, forcing him to strike out into the world and decide his own purpose. In fact, when he finally meets his creator, Dr. Soong, the doctor even asks "Data, why Starfleet?"
  • E. Reid Ross, in 6 Specific Breeds of A-Holes Who Are Ruining Disney Parks, seems to think of Disneybounding as "shitty cosplay" that will confuse children into thinking they're employees. In actuality, the parks have specific rules about dressing up in costume precisely for that reason (no one over 14 is allowed to wear one on their premises). In addition, Disneybounding was created as a way to dress up without getting odd glances or breaking said rules. Also, most Disneybounds aren't literally meant to be the character, but more taking inspiration from them using color schemes and accessories.
    • The same section discusses businesses that are losing their market share after the costume rules were implemented. The examples that they link of pre-made purchasable Disneybound costumes? Actually just Polyvore sets, which are more of a curated collection than a thing you can buy. (Theoretically you could click through and buy some of the outfit pieces, but the creator doesn't get anything from that.)
  • 5 Words You Use Every Day With Shockingly Dark Backstories claims that "fornication" came from the Latin fornacis, because prostitutes of Ancient Rome worked in bakeries and they would have sex with their clients in the ovens after hours. Not true. Also, "fornication" isn't exactly the kind of word you use every day.
  • Bayer Purchased Monsanto (And We Are All Screwed) makes a couple of big ones. First, they go after Monsanto for making Agent Orange during the Vietnam war. But there are two different companies that have been named Monsanto, and the one we have today was spun off from the original, which was renamed Pharmacia and sold to Pfizer. They also insinuate that there's something dark about Monsanto making plants resistant to herbicidal chemicals, i.e. the kind its former parent company used to make. Like Monsanto was making both the disease and the cure. The fact is, the farmers are the ones who want to spray their crops with herbicides. Why? So they can kill the weeds that choke out their crops. Crops that don't die when exposed to herbicides are a very good thing. This is also in spite of the site hosting previous articles with pieces not only pointing out the unfair vilifying of Monsanto, but also specifically noting that the Monsanto that was tapped by the US Government to develop Agent Orange is a different company than the one today.
  • 12 Video Game Annoyances That Need to Die Part 2 lumps Delsin Rowe of inFAMOUS: Second Son in with the "white males", when a large chunk of his character's story is that he's a member of a Native American tribe in Seattle.
  • 6 Insane Movie Plots You Won't Believe Happened In Real Life claims that a plot point exists in The Mighty Ducks in which the rival Hawks manipulate the district lines to give themselves an advantage. The league itself redrew the district lines slightly, and it appears for all the world like an honest mistake; Banks' older brother was a Hawk, and they probably figured the younger brother would be on the same team, not realizing the district lines had been redrawn. Gordon finds a grand total of ONE player who's on the wrong team. Again, this is easily explained as an honest and perfectly understandable mistake, and no suggestion is made that the Hawks' coach intentionally schemed to get Banks on his team.
  • More than once, Cracked takes up for Walter Peck from Ghostbusters (1984), claiming that he was just doing his job and had come to the obvious conclusion based on the available data. It was reasonable for someone to want to do safety inspections for equipment that includes volatile energy such as the "streams" and Venkman was a dick in blowing him off, but that's about it.note  First of all, his conclusion didn't even match the available data; he tells the mayor that the Ghostbusters are putting hallucinogens into the environment to make people see ghosts, which they then pretend to catch. Hallucinogens might make people see ghosts...or pretty much anything else. It's not like you can control what people see, and you certainly can't make multiple witnesses see the same thing, or make the hallucinations go away with a fake light show. And what is Peck's basis for his accusations? Ghosts don't exist, therefore the Ghostbusters are running some scam. He doesn't, you know, find hallucinogens in the air or water supply, or waste of any kind originating from the firehouse. He has dick all to support his claims, and he shuts down a system without even the slightest understanding of what it does or how it works or what will happen when it's shut down, ignoring warnings even from his own engineer. Then he blames the Ghostbusters for what he did. But sure, Cracked, Walter Peck is secretly the good guy in this movie you likely haven't watched in recent memory.
  • 6 R-Rated Films That Totally Ripped Off Kids' Movies. Right off the bat, #6 claims that Kingsman: The Secret Service is a rip-off of the Harry Potter films. Guess they forgot that both Kingsman and Harry Potter films are based on both literature (Harry Potter) and comic books (The Secret Service). They also forgot that in #2, Charlie B. Barkin cheats his way into life in All Dogs Go to Heaven, while Sam Wheat is still a ghost (i.e., still dead) in (what else?) Ghost. Also half of the movies on this list (Ghost, Skyfall, and Thor) are rated PG-13 (not to mention that the latter one was also based on the comic book series). (The PG-13 one is worse in that it's a case of Title Guy striking again: The original title refered to "6 Famous Films".)
  • 4 Beloved Movie Heroes Who Are Clearly Criminally Insane names The Equalizer, which is fair since the character is extremely violent but they give the worst argument possible: He killed a robber that the author claims was probably just a desperate kid needing money to live and the main character unjustly killed him. In the movie the robber was ready to kill the cashier for a family heirloom, a ring that her grandma gave her, the main character had to pry off the ring out of her finger so that the robber doesn't shoot her and later he learns from the police this robber is a known criminal who killed two cashiers before. And describing him as a just a “kid” is pushing it; he was 30 if he was a day.
  • Particularly annoying is David Christopher Bell's repeated instances through numerous articles that Marvel Studios forced Joss Whedon to include a "gibberish cave scene" in Avengers: Age of Ultron to set up Thor: Ragnarok. Except anyone who has even paid a small amount of attention to Whedon's post-release interviews would know that said statement is absolutely not true; he wrote an extended farmhouse scene and an extended cave scene, and Marvel found the film to be overrunning, so they forced him to cut down either scene, to which he cut down the cave scene. This was even stated in another article.
  • 22 Things Movies Get Completely Wrong About Mental Illness: The very first entry. While they are correct in stating that amnesia can't be cured by a blow to the head, they also completely miss the fact that Hawkeye didn't even have amnesia in the first place. It was magical mind control, and Widow knocking him out was what severed his mental connection to Loki and broke the spell. The same article also uses Walter from The Big Lebowski as an example of a terrible and harmful representation of PTSD; there is absolutely nothing in the movie even suggesting he has PTSD (and a Deleted Scene has The Dude explicitly state Walter never served in Vietnam, though, being a deleted scene, its canonicity is unknown).
    • There are actually so many examples from that photoplasty, readers were very quick to point them out in the comment section of the article. Also note that it is another all-AuntieMeme photoplasty.
  • In 6 Things Everyone Knows About Women (That Aren't True), the way #2 Women Aren't as Good at Math is explained shows little effort at providing a research-based explanation, despite having the easy option of just saying that there is a stereotype of girls being inferior at math, but in fact they get the same average scores as men in standardized tests (which was consistent with the linked source). Instead it talked about math-heavy careers being male dominated, but the median score is not particularly relevant in math-based careers, because only the highest scorers will be going into those jobs, so the majority of test-takers (the low and middle-scorers) are just noise, because they won't be going into math-based careers anyway. That is why much of the original paper is a discussion of whether gender variance (specifically the idea that males have more low and high scorers) can account for the gender difference. Readers are free to draw their own conclusion from the data the study's author presents, but regardless, the data the Cracked article selected to present was answering a different question, and the data that was addressing Crack's actual question was omitted; Cracked switch by focusing on the clear-cut results from one issue (median performance) to answer a murkier issue altogether (top-level performance), despite using its source being an article that went on to address top-level performance.
  • "5 Movies That Have No Idea How Long Things Take" tries to argue for "real world" calculations while ignoring the details that are supposed to explain those problems in the first place. In #5, The Starkiller Base in The Force Awakens is firing through Hyperspace, the energy taking a shortcut through space, and arriving where it needs to, negating most of the distance involved (although this explanation comes from the art book was not even hinted at in the movie itself). In #4, Gandalf's horse Shadowfax, and Shadowfax's totally awesome magical super speed abilities, described in the novels, are totally ignored. In #3, Hyperspace travel, the ability to take shortcuts and ignore distance, is ignored. In #2, no possibility is brought up that other robots were helping to collect and stack trash besides WALL-E. #1 carries the most validity — time skips of several months could be assumed between scenes, but the characters' hair, wardrobe, and hygiene do not indicate months of travel on sea.
  • Tyler Linn, author of "15 Idiotic Dungeons and Dragons Monsters" says that they've never played D&D, and it shows. Judging from their assessments of the monsters, they've at best looked at the pictures and maybe read the short descriptions; they definitely don't take into account the range of dangerous abilities said monsters have before dismissing them. The article claims that undead creatures are no threat because they're already dead (when any degree of pop culture should teach you that the undead are extremely dangerous), that you could just walk up to a Grell or a Brain-in-a-Jar and punch them (the former can paralyze with a touch; the latter has a wide range of psychic abilities to wreck your day), and best of all compares the demi-lich to a magic pinata that can only try to bite you before you whack it out of the air (when it's in fact a magical powerhouse that can, besides regular spells, permanently imprison you deep under ground just by looking at you).
  • In "5 Worst Game Remakes Farted Out By Beloved Franchises", there are two MAJOR mistakes. First is claiming Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) is a remake/reboot of the series, when in reality it was a direct sequel to the previous games. Not too horrible, since their larger point still stands. Then they claim the Punch-Out!! remake replaced Mike Tyson with Donkey Kong. In actuality, Tyson's role in the game as de facto final boss was replaced with pre-existing character Mr. Sandman, with Donkey Kong as a Bonus Boss accessible in the game's endless mode, Mac's Last Stand.
  • 9 Beloved Characters Made Horrifying by Japan
    • #6 talks about Hellsing such that it makes you wonder if the author even watched the show. The first problem is that it states that no one ever calls Alucard "Dracula" even though a few people totally do. It mentions that Alucard is dressed good which is necessary when you're "facing a giant dog made of eyes commanded by a pedophile with bitchin' shoulder-pads". Problem is, that "pedophile" IS Alucard after releasing his restraints. Also, Alucard apparently faced a KKK regiment? Well, while they are kind of dressed like the Klan, they are actually Catholic soldiers enlisted for the 9th Crusade (the KKK stole and perverted the traditional capriotes of Spanish priests).
    • They also mistakenly implied that Hetalia: Axis Powers was a gritty war drama and used fan art as evidence rather than, well, the actual series.
    • They interpret a panel of Luke cutting off Vader's head as "in the Star Wars manga adaptation, Luke kills Vader." Presumably, they haven't seen Star Wars in a while, or at least The Empire Strikes Back, because that exact scene does happen - it's the part of Luke's training where he confronts an illusion of Vader, and immediately fights to kill, learning in the process that If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him. Considering it's one of the biggest pieces of foreshadowing that Luke and Vader have a connection, it's pretty hard to miss.
    • At one point, Haruhi Suzumiya is mentioned and accused of being porn, which gives off the feeling that the author didn't watch a single episode and only said it was porn for the sake of hating on anime and Japan in general.
    • In general, anime-related articles seem to rely on the author's Bias Steamroller because of the terrible research. Another example is 6 Pathetic Attempts by Corporations to Create a Superhero, which puts Tiger & Bunny in No. 1 and accuses it for being nothing but Product Placement.
  • 6 Awful Video Games Based on Great Movies tries to show how video game versions of some movies ignores the point of the films they're based on, and yet the author gets them completely wrong. They show Batman in Batman Begins upholding his moral code of never using a gun, then they show the Game Boy game of Batman with said character using a gun to kill people. The film shown was from 2005 and the game was from 1989. Not only did the Batman film barely touch upon Batman's dislike for guns when the video game version came out, the video game version isn't even based on the film it was compared to due to said film not existing in 1989. The video then compares Scarface (1983) with Scarface: The World Is Yours by claiming that Tony in the video game version learned nothing from the film and is back to his arrogant ways, showcased by the first level in the game where it reenacts the ending of the movie, but with Tony getting the jump on his attacker. It's clear that the author didn't play the game since Tony learned his lesson right after the mansion raid and gets himself cleaned up so he doesn't make the same mistakes again.
  • 5 Billionaires Who Pulled Some Monstrously 'Rich Guy' Moves. #2 on the list is a misrepresentation of the "Show and Display" rule. Instead of letting you drive unroadworthy imported cars on public roads if you pay the government enough, as the article claims, "Show and Display" merely lets you import an unroadworthy vehicle if you won't drive it on public roads.
    • Additionally, a vehicle not having an US homologation doesn't necessarily pollute too much for obtaining one. It often just means that the manufacturer of the vehicle didn't find applying for one worth the trouble,
  • #2 of 6 Throwaway Jokes That Ended Up Predicting Huge Plot Twists claims that Olde English successfully predicted that Lost would kill off Locke and have his body restored in some evil way. While Locke certainly dies, his body is never restored at all. The smoke monster merely takes on his appearance.
  • #1 of The 8 Shittiest Transformer Disguises features Sky Lynx as #1 on the list. Sky Lynx's altmode is a fairly normal space shuttle and its transport platform. There are liberties taken with the design, sure, and you could question whether a space shuttle could be considered low-profile, but it's far from the only shuttle mode in the franchise, and by that point most other characters weren't even trying to have realistic altmodes. While his robot mode is very definitely a Non-Standard Character Design for the franchise, it's not like a giant mechanical dragon-lion is much less hidden than a giant mechanical person, and characters who can't turn into humanoid robots have been around in the franchise since day one. Oddly, McKinney mentions the shuttle mode, but then talks about Sky Lynx's robot mode as if it were his alt mode.
    • The article also attempts to pull a Just Eat Gilligan, claiming that Omega Supreme could have easily ended the war singlehandedly but the Autobots never bothered to send him out. In point of fact, Omega had a pivotal role in at least eight episodes of the second season alone, and he was frequently shown being damaged or matched by Decepticons (particularly Devastator). He's also got major Logical Weaknesses (slow speed and high energy requirements) that'd make him hard to bring to every battle, and he quickly fell into So Last Season anyway, as combiner teams stronger than Devastator or the titanic cityformers started to crop up.
    • The entry on Nightscream not only mixes up Beast Wars with Beast Machines, but treats Nightscream's bat mode as a poor disguise. It's not; neither series had any humans around to be hiding from (taking place on a prehistoric Earth All Along and an alien robot planet, respectively). Neither series was at all shy about featuring animal modes that were clearly mechanical to some degree, and the characters of Beast Machines were explicitly the result of Organic Technology. Nightscream's bat mode is ugly as sin, but it's no less realistic than the altmodes of any of his teammates.
    • The article also includes Metroplex, Nosecone, and Rippersnapper who are all from season 3 when The Masquerade was gone for good (one of the recurring human characters was even a military officer) and most of the episodes didn't even take place on Earth.
    • They also bash Cosmos (one of the few Autobots who is a spaceship) claiming that both sides had functioning spaceships when he appeared when the only spaceships both sides had crashed in the first episode. This compounded by the fact his main job is reconnaissance not a space transport as they imply (Omega Supreme normally is the Autobots go-to transport).
    • They also single out Swoop out of the all of the dinobots (easily the most unsubtle transformers in any continuity) because they believe the Pteranodon is "a clumsy and medically retarded animal". They seem to miss the fact he is one of the earliest flying Autobots. They also claim that there no native animals on Cybertron (Which is only Depending on the Writer) ignoring both the cartoon and the comics have them built on Earth. They use a picture of Swoop's toy Transformers Animated yet treat it as if it were the Generation 1 Swoop.
  • Their articles "6 Famous Movie Wise Men Who Were Totally Full of Shit" and "9 Famous Movie Villains Who Were Right All Along" present some rather..."dubious" Alternative Character Interpretations of Gandalf and Sauron from The Lord of the Rings...both of which fall apart in about five minutes if you're actually familiar with the mythos. To elaborate:
    • The former tries to call B.S. on Gandalf's reassuring speech about why there's no reason to be afraid of death, since a happy afterlife awaits anyone who deserves it—simply because the Army of the Dead were shown to have been barred from the afterlife by a magic spell after they got on the King of Gondor's bad side; they also imply that Gandalf will probably suffer the same fate since he got on the dark wizard Saruman's bad side. For one thing, the Army of the Dead weren't just barred from the afterlife because of a magic spell, they were barred from the afterlife because they committed a grave taboo by deserting the king whom they had sworn to serve—and were thus unworthy of a happy reward after death. For another thing, Gandalf and Saruman aren't just normal humans with a little bit of magic training—they're Maia (beings roughly akin to angels or demigods in Tolkien's cosmology) who answer directly to the supreme god Eru Ilúvatar, and aren't exactly vulnerable to garden-variety magic spells. And even ignoring all that, Saruman was accurately shown in the extended cut of the films to be far weaker than Gandalf by that point (not to mention, dead).
    • The latter tries to argue that Sauron is actually just a noble revolutionary who wanted to lead the Orcs out of bondage after they'd suffered centuries of baseless Fantastic Racism at the hands of Middle Earth's other races and been forced into the barren wasteland of Mordor. Except none of that is even remotely true. As The Silmarillion makes clear, the other races of Middle Earth have a perfectly good reason to distrust the Orcs: they're Elves who were corrupted and tortured into insanity by Sauron's predecessor Melkor, and made to do his bidding. And the Orcs do not look on Sauron as a hero; as The Silmarillion says outright, "[D]eep in their dark hearts the Orcs loathed the Master whom they served in fear, the maker only of their misery." The same sources also make it perfectly clear why Sauron is considered evil: he isn't just the ruler of Mordor, he's a rogue Maia (a minor god) who rebelled against Eru Ilúvatar, and wants to impose proto-fascist rule on the mortals of Middle Earth to protect the people from The Evils of Free Will after the devastation wrought by Melkor. And Mordor is not a barren wasteland; as shown in The Return of the King, it houses vast tracts of extremely fertile farmland, which is why it can support a massive military juggernaut. Even if you only go by the films, there's no way that Sauron could be doing what he does to protect the orcs, because he happily served the guy who created them (their origin is explained by Saruman, and we even see him creating the Uruk-hai). The article also ignores all the bad stuff that Sauron and the orcs are shown to do onscreen, like burning farmlands, slaughtering and eating civilians, and using the One Ring to turn humans into mindless wraiths.
    • The latter article wants us to side with the hyenas in The Lion King (1994), and points out that the hyenas just want to eat, which is fair. But what happens when they take over the pride lands? It becomes a wasteland devoid of food for herbivores and carnivores alike. The movie establishes a perfectly good reason, if you watch it, why the hyenas are kept out of the pride lands.
    • Same article, now the Wicked Witch of the West. "Remember that the Witch wasn't after Dorothy, and she wasn't trying to rule the world. All she ever wanted was those slippers. Say, how did Dorothy acquire those magical shoes in the first place? Why, by taking them off the blood-drenched feet of the Wicked Witch of the East. Who she just murdered. Who also happened to be the Wicked Witch of the West's sister." Except Dorothy didn't murder the WWE. She doesn't have magic powers. She happened to be in the house that a tornado picked up and threw into Oz. By any stretch of the imagination, that wouldn't be her doing. And sure, you could argue the WWW has a right to the shoes, but how is it remotely okay to kill someone to recover your property?
  • The article, 7 Bizarre Early Versions of Famous Cartoon Characters, it mentions a prototype Kermit the Frog as a "Coffee-loving sadist" who would violently (but humorously) attack another character for not liking the same brand of coffee in a series of commercials for Wilkins Coffee. The character in question, is actually named Wilkins, and the commercials began airing in 1957, whereas Kermit first appeared in 1955 in the show, Sam and Friends.
  • "6 Video Games Where You Get to Commit War Crimes (And Worse!)" claims that the climax of Kingdom Hearts "reveals" that the Heartless are Not Evil, Just Misunderstood, and that they can be turned back into humans if someone genuinely shows them love—implying that Sora is a mass-murderer for finding this out and continuing to murder them en masse anyway. While it's true that Sora remembered who he was after he became a Heartless, that's because he willingly became one to save Kairi; all other people become Heartless when they're corrupted by their negative emotions, which turns them into rampaging monsters that kill all living things on instinct. And Kairi doesn't turn Sora back by giving him a hug, she turns him back using the special magic she possesses as one of the Princesses of Heart. In all other cases, Heartless are very much evil, the heroes have a perfectly good reason to fear them, and they can't just turn them back through The Power of Love.
  • Their blatant ignorance of basic aspects of film history is common across a number of articles. But the one on 25th September 2017, 5 Simple Movie Scenes That Were An Insane Pain To Shoot, is a ridiculous howler:
    Why so many reshoots in the first place, though? Because this was in the early days of filmmaking, when things weren't as structured as they are now, which meant that Chaplin was effectively the writer, director, producer, composer, etc. There wasn't a formal script, so Chaplin would get ideas and then go try them out. Since he couldn't see his performance, he'd do a billion takes and then watch them later, make notes, and then do it again the next day. Thankfully, the process is a bit more organized now, and George Clooney doesn't have to endure bouts of diarrhea whenever he wants to act and direct a movie.
    • As anyone who knows about Charlie Chaplin will tell you, nothing about this has anything to do with "the early days of film-making" or lack of structure. For one thing, Chaplin was exceptional even back then. It was unusual for an actor to also direct, produce, edit and compose his own films. And Chaplin's improvisational approach of working without a complete script and so on was actually common for many silent comedians, such as Buster Keaton who noted that his movies were made day-to-day after working with gag-men the previous night and they used a basic sketch to build it up. It's also common in a number of low-budget and avant-garde films and it's common in Europe too.
    • Secondly, doing multiple takes has nothing to do with "seeing his own performance". Jerry Lewis the director-comedian who invented the video-assist precisely so he can "see his own performance" also did multiple takes and retakes and the reason is again because of the nature of visual comedy where timing, placement and movement is key, and as such quite iterative. Likewise, a number of directors like William Wyler and Stanley Kubrick shot multiple takes and they didn't act before the camera either, because again it was a fairly common production practise.
    • Their continuous articles against George Lucas borders on Malicious Slander especially since it is based on total misrepresentations and fundamental misunderstanding of what film direction and film production actually entails. Their entry on 6 Ways The Star Wars Movies Were A Total Nightmare To Make has a number one entry about Lucas being "a hilariously vague director" because he didn't tell actors their motivations. Hollywood directors of the Golden Age and genre films in general (and Lucas in Star Wars making a Genre Throwback is in that mold) didn't discuss motivations either. Alfred Hitchcock often insisted that his actors' motivations were their salary, and more generally directors in any era believe that motivations and characterizations ideally belong in the pre-production and rehearsal stage since the actual production is too much of a slog to halt down just because an actor wants to get in the mood (Charles Laughton and Marilyn Monroe were two actors cited as nightmares to work with for taking that to an extreme). And being an "actor's director" for a dressed-up B-Movie would have seemed absurd to everyone at the time, and even more so to Lucas who had to convince his actors not to camp up his movie (and deal with Alec Guinness' undisguised contempt for his own part).
  • In 6 Ways Movies Hilariously Misunderstand How News Works, the author cites the bit in Crocodile Dundee where Sue is able to talk her newspaper into paying for her to fly down to Australia to investigate a rumored story of a guy surviving a crocodile attack. The author states that there's no way a modern newspaper would have the budget to not only pay for that trip but also pay for Mick to stay at a posh New York hotel. However, readers pointed out in the comments how the movie took place in 1986, when newspapers were far more dominant and did indeed have the budget to spare for stuff like that. It's also noted how Sue just happens to be the daughter of the paper's owner which naturally means she has carte blanche to spend how she feels for a story and thus holding this as something against "modern" media is just foolish.
  • 5 Sucky Things That Suck On Purpose had an entry about how the female characters in Mass Effect: Andromeda were deliberately made ugly as some kind of statement about beauty standards in video games. What is missed is that both the article and video cited were speculating based entirely on an early trailer; the video even had Liana K pointing out exactly how stupid this theory was (although she had her own problems with the model). The article focused entirely on the default Sarah Ryder, who has a bizarrely distorted face compared to the default Scott who looks just like his model, and seemed under the impression this was true of every woman in the game. It's not, at all, and this whole theory died almost immediately after release. There's also no evidence making her unattractive was intentional, which the article asserts in its title.
  • In The 5 Most WTF Casting Decisions Of Teenage Roles, the author cites Grease as "the first PG-13 movie I ever saw." Grease came out in 1978 while the PG-13 rating wasn't created until 1984.
  • Both "21 Characters Who Were Unrecognizable When They Started" and "The 6 Most Ridiculous Superhero Weaknesses" show Thanos as a bumbling idiot, showing panels from Spidey Super Stories #39, a non-canon comic series and tie-in to the Spider-Man stories from The Electric Company (1971) TV series.
  • In If Disney Cartoons Were Historically Accurate, which is intended to satirize Disney Movies idealizing the lives of pre-modern heroines, the singer notes "a blacksmith with his daughter-wife", but medieval Christians (which is indicated by the thief statue) had anti-incest consanguinity laws much stricter than today, going back 7 generations at the beginning of the period, but eventually lowered to 4 generations because the 7 generations made finding a match too difficult unless you lived in a big city. Nobles could and did pay a tax to get around this to marry related royal families, but this would not be practical or permissible for a blacksmith, and dispensation was rare once 4th generation relation marriage was permitted. It would make much more sense that a time-traveler from the medieval period would be shocked that states as populous as New York and California still allow 1st cousin marriage and would put that on the 13th century version of Cracked if it had existed.
  • "Four Crazy Fan Theories That Explain Bizarre Casting Choices" gets a quite bit wrong in its Highlander entry when discussing Sean Connery playing the Egyptian Tak Ne/Ramirez.
    • Immortals are all foundlings/orphans so the debate about a white Egyptian is moot considering it's not impossible an Egyptian family found a white baby and raised him.
    • Immortals canonically can't conceive children so the entire theory about him sowing his oats all over what would be Scotland and thus most of the country being descended from him falls apart.
  • In "6 Happy Endings That Accidentally Screwed The Movie's Hero", their synopsis of School of Rock is so wrong, it makes you wonder if the writers of the article even watched the movie. Some notable errors include: Claiming that Dewey's band wins the contest at the endIn Actuality , claiming that none of the parents of the kids found out about the bandIn Actuality , and claiming that three students of "groupies", one of whom is played by Miranda Cosgrove, only show up in one scene and "are never seen again"In Actuality .
  • A bit on 22 Movie Plots That Rely On Ridiculous Amounts Of Luck cites how in Ocean's Twelve, "the gang get arrested by the feds and discover one of them has a mother who's an FBI agent...and, of course, she has to be the interrogator who frees them in the next scene." This has a pic from the movie yet somehow misses she isn't an FBI agent but a con artist herself and this "coincidence" is all part of the scheme.
  • "7 Classic Star Wars Characters Who Totally Dropped the Ball" cites Jabba the Hutt as an example because he tries to have Han, Luke and Leia executed in Return of the Jedi when he could have made some money by holding them for ransom. While that's a valid point, they go on to claim that he probably desperately needs the money because "he's just a sleazy racketeer whose entire operation amounts to little more than a hotel/casino on Tatooine". Firstly, it's established in A New Hope that Jabba runs a massive intergalactic smuggling network that regularly ships cargo worth thousands of credits (and can afford to, as Greedo puts it, casually "put a price on someone's head so large that every bounty hunter in the galaxy will be looking for them" just for welshing on a single debt). Secondly, Jabba's palace on Tatooine is not a "hotel/casino"; it's a headquarters for his criminal enterprise, and Jabba doesn't let anybody in unless they have business with him. note 
  • "19 Blockbusters You Didn't Realize Were Horror Movies" includes a photoplasty of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, despite not realizing that it wasn't a "blockbuster", but a box office disappointment that made twice its budget. However, it did make a profit on the 25th anniversary reissue, but still.
  • 5 Movie Plans You Never Realized Were Actually Insane calls out Dennis Nedry from Jurassic Park for having a horrible plan to steal the dinosaur embryos, claiming that it would have been obvious that he was the one who stole them; he was the only one who could have sabatoged the system, he had a motive for stealing them, he was absent when the systems went down, and he was driving around the island in a large jeep the whole time. However, the comments point out the issues with this being so "obvious".
    1. Nedry had a subroutine that would have erased any evidence that he stole the embryos or hacked the system.
    2. He only planned to be gone for 5 to 10 minutes before returning to reboot the system, and only got delayed because his jeep crashed in the rain and he got lost.
    3. He was "borrowing" a maintenance jeep that would have been on the road all the time, and the tracks would most likely have been washed out in the rain anyway.
    4. He was counting on being long gone and enjoying his money by the time anyone did a count to figure out the embryos were missing.
    5. The hurricane coming onto the island was a surprise to everyone, including Nedry. He had no way of knowing that it would hit during his carefully planned 18-minute window, and is seen visibly rushing and begging the captain at the docks to wait longer for him—which is likely why he didn't cover his tracks as well as he'd hoped. It's also why he ends up crashing and getting lost in the jeep. Without that storm, Nerdy could have pulled the theft off perfectly, but instead ended up paying with his life. As one poster puts it, "It was a perfectly good plan shot down by bad luck."
  • 5 WTF Ways Trump Has Been Immortalized As Artwork makes mention of the "God-Emperor" motif and how "he was born in central Anatolia (Turkey) in 8,000 BC." meaning any representation of him should be Middle Eastern. But as several comments point out, in this time period (before the Mamluk, Seljuk, and Turkic migrations) Anatolia was populated by Caucasians (which is why they're called "Caucasians" after the mountains in the area). As late as 300 B.C. most of Anatolia was still Ionian Greek and are cited as the origin for most European cultures. Meaning portraying a person of that time and location as white is perfectly logical.
    • Even ignoring that, official art of the character is deliberately inconsistent on his appearance, with the in-universe explanation that everyone sees something different. Even the picture in the article itself is Ambiguously Brown to the point he could very well be Turkish like the article claims... or just a white guy with a tan. Well, that and the origin story mentioned being one of many.
  • A bit on 23 Blockbuster Characters That Make No Sense Whatsoever contains slews of examples:
    • It claims that between movies, Odin "changed to a bloodthirsty tyrant" when the first movie had him keeping the peace. As Thor: Ragnarok showed, Odin was a bloodthirsty tyrant in his younger days creating an empire. It was afterward he realized with age that wasn't a good move and took on a more peaceful approach. If anything were to cause him to revert to his older ways, it would be the murder of his wife.
    • It cites the growing theme of Avengers: Infinity War that Thanos could simply use the Gauntlet to increase the resources of the universe instead of killing half the populace. Which would be a reasonable argument if not for how the movie makes it abundantly clear that Thanos is completely insane. He's called the Mad Titan, not the "forward-thinking and sensible Titan."
    • On The Lion King (1994) it talks of Simba never holding the wildebeests accountable for Mufasa's death. This would ignore the totally obvious fact that Simba knows Scar set the entire thing up and that Scar caused Mufasa to fall into the stampede. Simba has no reason to blame the frightened beasts as they had no idea what was happening and Scar was simply using them.
    • It claims that Mad-Eye Moody should have David Tennant's voice as "Polyjuice Potion only changes the appearance, not the voice," citing how when Ron and Harry use it, their voices are the same. Except, it can change the voice and the potion Harry and Ron were using in was a weaker version they brewed up on their own.
    • It says that Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was stupid for revealing to Peter how he caused his mother's death. But this shows Ego's Evil Cannot Comprehend Good mentality, that it never occurs to him that Peter, given a dose of pure cosmic power, would be so upset by the death of one mortal woman that he would turn his back on his new role.
    • With Tomorrow Never Dies, Elliot Carver is called "short-sighted" for pitting England vs China and thus risking WWIII all to increase his media empire in China. The movie establishes that Carver's plan is to use the Stealth Boat to wipe out the Chinese leadership and make it look like it was Britain that did it. This will let his puppet, General Chang, take over. CIA operative Jack Wade had stated the U.S. was being neutral in all this and not wanting things to escalate. As soon as Chang becomes Chinese President, he'd make deals to settle for peace (with the world blaming the U.K. for the attack so they'll want to accept) things de-escalate and Carver gets the huge ratings and entry into China. (There's also the tiny fact that Carver is clearly insane to explain his actions.)
    • On Wonder Woman (2017), it's made out to be odd how Diana is shown growing from a child to a young woman, then stops aging in her 20s. The author of the piece seems to believe Diana was born around 1890 and grew up like a normal woman. This ignores how it's cited Amazons aren't truly immortal but merely very long-lived and that Diana's "childhood" was actually several centuries long.
    • In Spider-Man, it claims the spider-sense "makes no sense" for not warning Peter the Green Goblin was disguised as a woman. This ignores how Peter happens to be in the middle of a burning building which means his Spider-Sense would be flaring constantly with danger. It's established in the comics how such a situation can overwhelm Peter's Spider-Sense and make it hard for him to realize a specific danger is coming.
    • The top entry asks why in Thor: Ragnarok, "Hela, the goddess of Death, need with an executioner?" Which is something the movie openly discusses.
  • Cracked seems to go out of its way to attack Samurai, even when facts don't quite link up with their writing. In 5 Scenes From History That Everyone Pictures Incorrectly Cracked claims that Samurai were embarassed by their swords, were primarily archers and retroactively incorporated them into their histories in the Edo period. This is completely ignoring many contemporary accounts of swordfighting being used prominently well before the Edo period such as during the battle of Okehazama or the Mongolian invasions. In fact it was during said invasions that their famous swordsmithing techniques were drawn up, which would not be necessary if their swords weren't actively being used. This article even goes as far as to say that Samurai gave up their careers as warlords when guns were introduced in the 16th century, which is false on both levels: Samurai warfare embraced the use of guns whole-heartedly and would frequently make use of firearms themselves. Also, the Sengoku period ended in the 17th century.
    • This continues in another article where they attempt to deconstruct the Katana's mysticism. It's true that the sword has developed a bit of a memetic mythology around it, however they attempt to make it out to be a terrible sword using false information. For starters it claims Tamahagane was just another word for pig iron, when the carbon content of tamahagane is usually around 1/3rd that of pig iron. While they do point out the actual reason for folding the steel over, the lamination technique is ignored completely. Finally, they claim that the swords were prone to breaking if not swung in just the right way, and use a youtube video of a katana breaking against a wooden bundle. The problems here are threefold; Katana are popular swords and are frequently made and sold very cheaply these days, meaning the individual in question was likely using a cheap replica. All swords can be damaged if you swing them incorrectly, this is why swordfighters train extensively to make sure they get the edge alignment right. And finally, chopping bundles of wood with a sword is extremely abusive and most sword smiths and distributors nowadays flat out state that you can break your sword doing this.
  • In "6 weird things that show up in every sitcom", they claim that an episode of Spongebob Squarepants reveals that Patrick has had a piece of coral acting as his brain for years which is what made him dumb. It was actually the opposite; Patrick becomes temporarily smart because he had his brain replaced with a piece of brain coral. That's the whole point of the joke, Patrick is so stupid he is literally dumber than coral.
  • Cracked has claimed that cavalry charges were ineffective and impractical on the battlefield. In other words; The Polish Hussars and Parthian Cataphracts didn't exist.
  • 5 Things We Learned Making The Biggest Flop In Game History states that "John Romero got his start at id Software", when John Romero had already ten years of experience in the game industry by that point and id was the fourth game company he had co-founded.
  • The comments section on 13 Movie & TV Jokes That Perfected The Art Of The Slow Burn shows how the authors of the piece clearly don't know the difference between a Brick Joke and a Call-Back.
  • Entry #3 on "16 Famous Plot Twists That Make No Sense (Diagrammed)" claims that Professor Callaghan, in being revealed as the villain, "went back to work like everything was normal," despite him faking his own death.
  • "6 Iconic Movie Scenes That Happened By Accident" has an entry on John Malkovich being beaned in the head by an extra in Being John Malkovich. This is based on a fake "commentary track" video supposed by the director — Spike Lee never actually recorded a commentary track. Maybe you could give them a break in 2012 which is when the article was written... but then they made a Youtube video out of it in 2017 after it was well-known to be a false rumour. To be fair, they do eventually correct themselves.
  • In the 26 'Happy' Hollywood Endings That Weren't So Happy, it claims that for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the Grail is full sight and the Nazi survivors can grab it. This ignores how it's shown the Nazis were all crushed in the collapsing temple and the Grail itself about to fall into a chasm.
  • Cracked repeatedly states The Mummy (1999) is the "original" Mummy movie. In Actuality 
  • In "6 Famous Geniuses You Didn't Know Were Perverts", their entry on James Joyce jokingly suggests that he got his famous eyepatch after he lost an eye to his wife's farts ("Now we know how he lost that eye"). Despite famously wearing an eyepatch, Joyce never actually lost an eye; he just suffered from severely impaired eyesight due to a serious bacterial infection that caused inflammation of the retina. note 
  • "The 10 Most Insulting Things Video Games Charged Money For" completely misunderstands Call of Duty: Black Ops' Rezurrection DLC, as well as the Nazi Zombies mode from Call of Duty: World at War. The article claims that the $15 DLC is required in order to play Zombies mode, which is false; Black Ops includes Zombies mode right out of the box. They also point out that four of the five maps in the DLC were recycled from World at War, which is true, but A: the Black Ops versions of these maps have various improvements, B: the writer of the article claims that anybody who owns Black Ops would also own World at War, which is just flat-out wrong, and C: said Zombies maps were part of multiple separate DLC packs in World at War, so if you own a copy of Black Ops and only care about the Zombies, it would be cheaper to just buy the Rezurrection DLC for that game rather than seeking out a copy of WaW and buying the DLC for that game.
  • 25 Ridiculous Plans That Only Make Sense To Villains first misses that at least half the villains involved are insane (they actually cite The Joker in The Dark Knight missing the man is all about chaos).
    • In Avengers: Age of Ultron, they claim Ultron is dumb for only having one body and "no back-ups elsewhere." It's specifically stated in the film that the Avengers destroyed all the other bodies and prevented Ultron from jumping to another system.
    • It claims Warden Norton in The Shawshank Redemption is foolish for killing Tommy, thus angering Andy, who had all the incriminating documents on Norton's activities. Except this shows the arrogance of Norton and how it never occurs to him Andy could possibly have been secretly working on an escape plan for the last 20 years and thus killing Tommy was the best logical option to keep Andy in jail.
    • It complains on Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos foolishly wipes out half the universe "and just hopes he's not among that half." The audio commentary has the directors openly saying Thanos did expect to be among that half and so devoted to his mad crusade that he was willing to risk it.
      • Related to the above, Thanos is outright said in the film to be the Last of His Kind so it wouldn't make sense for him to commit suicide when his plan is just to kill half of each individual species also brought up in the film.
    • It says Goldfinger "plot, plan and ruthlessly pursue James Bond." Except Goldfinger didn't pursue Bond but rather Bond going after Goldfinger. It also says Goldfinger just walks away with Bond in a trap and "let him escape." In the movie, Goldfinger is just a few feet off and, in fact, it's Bond's bluff of knowing his plans that gets Goldfinger to spare Bond's life.
    • It complains the Wet Bandits in Home Alone only target "the only occupied house" in the neighborhood. A scene clearly shows them in one of the unoccupied houses and working their way down the block. They didn't realize Kevin was home until they actually tried to rob it. The pair actually played it smart, one of them posing as a cop and verifying that the houses would be unoccupied over Christmas; it was sheer bad luck that one family left one of their kids behind.
  • A bit on 20 Completely Irrational Reactions By Rational Characters shows slews of misjudgements on these "irrational" reactions.
    • It cites several cases by Tony Stark, missing that Tony's entire character is making fast decisions. Most notably is in Captain America: Civil War which makes it seem so strange that Tony would attack Winter Soldier after just learning the man murdered his parents.
    • Also from Civil War, it makes it odd that Ant-Man would risk himself "for a guy he just met." That guy just happens to be Captain America, a known hero and thus ex-con Scott would gladly do anything to get on his good side.
    • It makes it seem so odd that Carrie's reaction to Big leaving her at the altar for an hour in Sex and the City is to attack him. That ignores how this was the day Carrie had long dreamed of and is overwhelmed by pain and anger to listen to any of Big's defenses.
    • It claims in Love Actually, Karen's reaction to Daniel to move on from his wife is too extreme and insulting. But that just fits both characters and establishes Karen's dry wit.
    • For Buddy turning into Syndrome in The Incredibles, it's trying to ascribe "rational thought" to someone who was literally a kid when Mr. Incredible turned him down. The film openly establishes how Buddy let this slight warp him beyond any rational thought.
    • The take on the plot of Legally Blonde is that Elle was dumped for being "dumb" and "enrolled to Harvard to stalk" Warren. The movie makes it clear from the start it's never about "stalking" Warren but Elle proving she's far smarter than he thought and proving herself.
    • Dewey is supposed to be laid-back in School of Rock but yells at a kid who sneaks off to play cards. This is actually a key moment in the film to show Dewey caring for these kids and concerned about one putting himself in danger.
    • It notes Cora in Once Upon a Time killing Regina's love so Regina won't be poor. Whoever did this misses how Cora's own backstory establishes she came from nothing and sacrificing so much for Regina. Thus, in her twisted mind, anything in the path of Regina becoming Queen must be eliminated. Indeed, the show openly shows how later on, Cora understands what she did was wrong.
  • Yet again, 20 Movie Villains Who Should Have Been The Heroes, a Pictofact on movie villains who were in the right gets a few things wrong:
    • It claims Darren Cross in Ant-Man "wanted to take world-changing technology public." Except that was just a smokescreen as anyone who watched the movie knows Cross was really planning to sell the tech to HYDRA and not care about the damage as long as he got rich.
    • It makes Cal in Titanic (1997) out to be the wronged party for some guy coming along and wooing his fiancee. Which completely ignores Cal's ultra-controlling nature and abuse of Rose.
    • It claims Zod in Man of Steel is trying "save his people from extinction" and Superman "condemns Krypton to genocide." Which somehow misses the tiny fact Zod was planning to "save" Krypton by wiping out all life on Earth.
  • 4 Fun Movie And TV Shows That Are Horrifying In Hindsight repeats the widely believed falsehood that James Bond was working with the future Taliban in The Living Daylights. Bond was actually working with the Mujahideen who are enemies of the Taliban who were a radical student movement that formed after the Russians left Afghanistan.
  • The very first photoplasty of 27 Science Lessons As Taught by Famous Video Games states that a Tauros can breed with another Tauros (it cannot, as Tauros is male-only) and a Ditto can breed with another Ditto (it cannot, as Ditto can breed with any Pokémon capable of breeding except for another Ditto). It also claims that a Magnemite and Magneton can breed with each other (they can't; both are genderless, and can only breed with Ditto).
  • Here’s Why This Entertainment From 2018 Won't Age Well states that Venom (2018) is all about a journalist becoming evil. Eddie Brock may not always play by the rules, but he's far from evil. The movie in fact makes a point of his inherent goodness rubbing off on the Venom symbiote.
  • An article about symbols' actual meanings is somewhat correct (such as saying the "hook'em horns" actually symbolize warding off evil), but it gets two things wrong: 1.) that mermaids were actually sirens, except they weren't sirens; sirens were bird women (and were mistranslated as "fish women" in early texts). 2.) that the Jesus fish is actually the symbol of the vagina of a Pagan goddess. This ignores the fact that "fish" derives from the Greek word Ichthys which means Christ, God's Son.
  • Cracked repeatedly obsesses over the scene where the Losers Club and Beth have sex in IT. Except anyone who has even read the book and taken it in context will tell you that the scene makes sense with the plot, because according to one commenter:
    Literally the entire book is filled with references to Native American rituals and traditions, which sex was one of.
  • 5 Famous Characters Basically Everybody Gets Wrong makes Killmonger of Black Panther (2018) out as the good guy "who wants to take apart structural racism." The comments section has a field day pointing out that Killmonger's supposed noble crusade will bring about countless deaths around the world. There's also the fact that Killmonger openly admits this is less about helping black people and more about making the rest of the world pay for what was done to him.
  • "21 Phrases Movies Don't Realize Nobody Actually Says" gets two things wrong: 1.) the "stock phrase" on #13 is actually what a certain commenter occasionally says when he uses "a really complicated scientific or overly 'posh' word, fully aware that it is a common movie quote or maybe even a meme," and 2.) the line on #6 is actually a counterthreat, not a threat. note 
  • 6 Reasons Famously Bad Movies Totally Sucked: Regarding Superman killing Zod in Man of Steel: "Christopher Reeve's Superman never even dabbled in slaughtering criminals, how would he know he wouldn't enjoy it?". Superman II climaxes with Reeve's Superman killing Zod and his henchmen with less cause than Cavill's Superman had.
  • 5 Films That Accidentally Made The Villain The Nicest Person said that Cruella De Vil was trying to protect Anita's career in fashion by telling her that settling down is a career-killer for women and that she shouldn't waste her potential. The article completely ignores how later in the movie Anita's fashion career is cut short, but not by getting married. She was blacklisted by Cruella herself purely to spite Anita for not allowing her newborn dalmatians to be skinned and made into a coat.
    • It also claims Bane in The Dark Knight Rises was good for "keeping Gotham so clean." Which ignores the entire bit of Bane keeping the populace in their homes and how he was planning to just nuke the city in the end.
  • 5 Dumb Myths About Prehistoric Times That Everyone Believes: The Beringian Migration may not be the whole story, but it's hardly a 'myth', and the alternative they present is patent nonsense that mixes together people more widely separated in time than Cleopatra and Captain Kirk, based in nothing but similarity in their tools. There's only so many ways to make a flint knife, you know.
  • "27 Movies and Shows That Obviously Knew Nothing About History" gets a few things wrong...
    • It claims Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour was doing a "V for Victory" sign to the press a year before he made the phrase famous. In reality, the image is Churchill giving the "v sign" which is the British version of "the finger."
    • It repeats the classic bit of how Raiders of the Lost Ark was wrong listing Iran as "it didn't exist until 1979." As the comments section shows, residents of that nation were calling it that for centuries, it just took a while before the name became officially recognized by other nations.
    • It criticizes how Queen in Bohemian Rhapsody performs "Fat-Bottomed Girls" four years before it's recorded and released. This ignores how it's commonplace for bands to be "workshopping" songs on the road and perform them before they're recorded for an album.
  • In 5 Cartoon Moments That Would Traumatize Characters, it points out the Fridge Horror of Dexter as a clown redirecting traffic causing massive deaths and injuries. This doesn't really mean much since Dexter's Laboratory has Negative Continuity and there was another episode where the entire world was blown up. If people can recover from the Earth being destroyed in the show, they can recover from that too.
  • In "12 Rules Anyone Considering Making A Reboot Should Follow" they claim that Predators is a "forgettable, fast-paced, action frenzie" reboot of Predator, when it's not forgettable (although Your Mileage May Vary) or a reboot. It's a spinoff of the Predator movies.
  • Five Tiny Yet Hilarious Plots Audiences Never Picked Up On claims that the use of Not Using the "Z" Word in The Walking Dead means either Night of the Living Dead was never made in that universe to popularize the term or the African slave trade never happened and the word never existed for Romero to use. The thing is, they're called "ghouls" in that movie and the word zombie never appears; it was the fans who applied the term.
  • "5 'Lovesick' Fictional Characters Who Are Really Just Dicks" makes several errors in regards to the # 1 entry, Xander Harris from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. They say that Xander manipulated Buffy for having the gall to love someone else in both Becoming, Part 2, obviously addressing his lie to Buffy right before the final battle between Buffy and Angelus and his anger towards Buffy in Revelations when the group finds out that Angel is back on earth and Buffy hasn't told them. Regarding Becoming, Part 2 it is a big case of Alternative Character Interpretation in the Buffy fanbase, so it is YMMV on this specific topic but Xander at least partly lied because he knew that if Buffy knew about what Willow was going to try to do that she would have held back in the fight in the hopes that Angel regained his soul, and even fighting at her best strength she still almost lost, also before Angel regained his soul he opened a portal to hell so Buffy would have to have done it anyway. Regarding Revelations, all of the Scoobies were pissed at Buffy for lying about Angel not just Xander and when she did accuse him of jealousy he responded by pointing out that Angel tried to murder them on several occasions and has murdered lots of people saying this. "I don't need an excuse. I think lots of dead people actually constitutes a reason." They also bash him for his behavior in the episode Entropy where he beats the hell out of Spike when he sees Spike have sex with Xander's ex-fiancee Anya and also slut-shames her and does the same to Buffy when Spike reveals there relationship in the same scene. Nevermind that the main reason that Xander has an issue with this is clearly that it is Spike a mass murderering, soulless monster who has attempted to murder him and his closest friends countless times and though this wasn't their intention Xander was forced to watch Spike and Anya have sex which would definitely hurt more than just hearing that it happened.
  • "5 Most Maddeningly Unresolved Plot Lines" has a few errors. In the #4 entry when they address how the cliffhanger at the end of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode, Teacher's Pet, goes unaddressed which is a good point considering that the episode is referenced several times in future episodes when lampshading the Running Gag of girls who are either demons or half-demons being interested in Xander. But the error comes when they claim that almost getting raped by Ms. French in the episode is the apex of Xander's sexual competence throughout the entire series. This is blatantly wrong since Xander actually does have consensual sex with attractive women in later episodes. In the #3 entry they address how Mr. Turner never shows up again after seemingly dying in a season finale in Boy Meets World only for the death to not be acknowledged. That is because he didn't die and a later episode addressed this with a joke when the main trio runs into Minkus a character who hadn't been seen since Season 1 who tells them that he has been there the entire time on the other side of the school that the others just don't show up at. He then says that Mr. Turner is there too and says hello to an off-screen Mr. Turner.
  • #7 of 8 Insane Coincidences You Won't Believe Happened Part 2 says, regarding the fates of the The Little Rascals cast, "Jesus, did any of these people die of natural causes?" and then lists two cast members who did before the age of 50. The most prolific kid in the entire film series was Allen Clayton Hoskins, Jr. ("Farina") who died of natural causes at age 59 and had appeared in over a hundred installments. The producer of the shorts, Hal Roach, also lived to the very ripe age of 100. It mentions things like how Carl Switzer ("Alfalfa") was the most popular one who was killed at the age of 31, but ignores these other cast and crew members who were more prominent than anyone on this list. It also references Dorothy Dandridge, who died of an overdose at the age of 42. Dorothy Dandridge was in only one The Little Rascals short and was by no stretch of the imagination a regular cast member. It also references Carl Switzer's brother Harold, who was only a Recurring Extra and also doesn't count. If they were to really take into account the incalcuable number of people who worked on literally hundreds of short films, they would not find these statistics amazing at all.
  • [[https://www.cracked.com/article_29550_who-saddest-character-in-brooklyn-nine-nine.html mentions that one of the reasons as to why Doug Judy is this is because of his unrequited attraction to Rosa which is unrequited because she is a cop and he is a criminal (true) and he is straight and she is a lesbian, which is wrong, when Doug made his first few appearances Rosa was treated as straight by the show and she is bisexual in the later seasons not gay.
  • # 5 of [1] calls out Chandler and Joey in Season 2 of Live-Action TV/Friends for their treatment of Chandler's new roommate Eddie, saying that they took advantage of a mentally ill and harmless person. While Eddie was mentally ill, he was certainly not harmless and behaved in a way where it was obvious that Chandler would be terrified of living with him, as he accused Chandler of sleeping with his ex-girlfriend for no reason, told Chandler that he watched him while he was sleeping and was just clearly unbalanced. Also the writer criticizes their being a big canned applause when Joey shows up at the end, because it is weird that they do that because Joey is a main character and it shouldn't be worthy of applause for one of the main characters to be on the show, when the reason why there was a big canned applause is because it showed that Joey had moved back in with Chandler which is worthy of applause.


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