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20th Apr '16 9:28:52 PM Ambaryerno
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*** The strongest fan explanation is based on Tolkien's statements in the book that the Fellowship's quest required secrecy: Destroying the Ring was their best hope precisely because Sauron ''wouldn't expect'', and the best shot and accomplishing this task was to send a small party in by ways that couldn't easily be observed. By contrast, a GiantFlyer heading straight into the heart of enemy territory isn't exactly stealthy. Sauron would have realized something was up the moment his Eye caught sight of one of the Eagles speeding to Mordor. Additionally, the Ring couldn't just be dropped into the volcano, but per the text had to be thrown into the Crack of Doom itself, which is located inside a long, narrow tunnel. Between the need for stealth and just the practical needs of getting the Ring ''into'' the Fire, it was impossible for the Eagles to accomplish the task even if they ''were'' willing.
9th Apr '16 1:01:52 AM LinTaylor
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* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' obliquely references the concept in one of the ''Nyaruani'' shorts: In a FourthWallMailSlot segment, a reader asks for an explanation for why the order of Mahiro and Nyarko's classes is different between the novel series and a short story. Nyarko's response is to angrily tear the letter into confetti.
9th Apr '16 12:50:46 AM LinTaylor
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* The so-called Turn A Bang theory from the Gundamverse. After a scene in ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' depicting a period of history that was made up of clips from various other Gundam shows--shows that were originally toted as alternate universes--fans began trying to construct a timeline that would justify having all the shows in a single universe.

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* The so-called Turn A Bang theory from the Gundamverse. After a scene in ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' depicting a period of history that was made up of clips from various other Gundam shows--shows that were originally toted as alternate universes--fans began trying to construct a timeline that would justify having all the shows in a single universe. This only gets worse as time goes on and new shows add more timelines to the mix.
** The wank only intensified when a piece of official merchandise[[note]]the manual for the Master Grade Turn X model kit[[/note]] stated that even universes which were introduced after ''Turn A'' game out, like [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Cosmic Era]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Advanced Generation]], are part of the timeline; the sole exception is ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'', which takes place in a world where ''Gundam'' is fictional.
10th Mar '16 5:58:23 AM Vir
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** Go to the Website/YouTube clip about the creation of the Transformers taken directly from the G1 cartoon it came from. Behold the number of comic fans trying to explain to innocent viewers how it fits into the Transformer God Primus origin from the comics, despite the fact the G1 Transformers cartoon made no reference to Primus, and as far as the TV producers were concerned, this was the intended origin for the show. However, Primus having created Cybertron before the Quintessons' arrival was canonized by the [[TransformersExpandedUniverse Wreckers]] comic.

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** Go to the Website/YouTube clip about the creation of the Transformers taken directly from the G1 cartoon it came from. Behold the number of comic fans trying to explain to innocent viewers how it fits into the Transformer God Primus origin from the comics, despite the fact the G1 Transformers cartoon made no reference to Primus, and as far as the TV producers were concerned, this was the intended origin for the show. However, Primus having created Cybertron before the Quintessons' arrival was canonized by the [[TransformersExpandedUniverse [[Franchise/TransformersExpandedUniverse Wreckers]] comic.
10th Mar '16 5:58:04 AM Vir
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* A rather interesting example occurred with ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. Fans theorized that Terry and Matt's lack of resemblence to their father, specifically their black hair, genetically improbable given their parents' hair colors (red and brown respectively for Mary and Warren), had a role in the divorce. Flash forward to the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' FullyAbsorbedFinale "Epilogue," and guess what? [[spoiler: Bruce Wayne is revealed to have been the boys' biological father, with Warren's genetic material having been, unbeknownst to anyone but CADMUS, overwritten with his. According to [[WordOfGod the series' writers]], this decision was influenced by the realization of said improbability.]]

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* A rather interesting example occurred with ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. Fans theorized that Terry and Matt's lack of resemblence to their father, specifically their black hair, genetically improbable given their parents' hair colors (red and brown respectively for Mary and Warren), had a role in the divorce. Flash forward to the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' FullyAbsorbedFinale "Epilogue," and guess what? [[spoiler: Bruce Wayne is revealed to have been the boys' biological father, with Warren's genetic material having been, unbeknownst to anyone but CADMUS, overwritten with his. According to [[WordOfGod the series' writers]], this decision was influenced by the realization of said improbability.]]
7th Mar '16 5:33:02 PM nombretomado
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* Aside from the two CareBears movie continuities, as the [[Headscratchers/CareBears Headscratchers]] mentioned, what happened to Dark Heart after he turned human, and for that matter, why did he attack them, why did he [[IncrediblyLamePun care]] about a girl that saved his life once? What was his backstory, and speaking of which, the backstory of all of the villains and the pre-Wishing Star bears and cousins?

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* Aside from the two CareBears Franchise/CareBears movie continuities, as the [[Headscratchers/CareBears Headscratchers]] mentioned, what happened to Dark Heart after he turned human, and for that matter, why did he attack them, why did he [[IncrediblyLamePun care]] about a girl that saved his life once? What was his backstory, and speaking of which, the backstory of all of the villains and the pre-Wishing Star bears and cousins?
5th Mar '16 1:17:23 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** Luke uses the Force to choke a Gammorean in ''ReturnOfTheJedi'' ... but isn't that using the Dark Side of the Force? Not if he only used the Jedi Mind Trick to make the Gammorean ''think'' he was choking! Or maybe it's only considered truly dark if you use the Force choke with intent to ''kill'' someone, as opposed to just staggering them. Or, even simpler, that the Force Choke is not a specified "power" tied to one's alignment like Force Lightning, but rather merely [[MundaneUtility using the Force's telekinetic abilities to pinch a victim's airway closed]], and Dark Side practitioners are fond of it because it's an easy and psychologically effective way to injure or kill someone.

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** Luke uses the Force to choke a Gammorean in ''ReturnOfTheJedi'' ... but isn't that using the Dark Side of the Force? Not if he only used the Jedi Mind Trick to make the Gammorean ''think'' he was choking! Or maybe it's only considered truly dark if you use the Force choke with intent to ''kill'' someone, as opposed to just staggering them. Or, even simpler, that the Force Choke is not a specified "power" tied to one's alignment like Force Lightning, but rather merely [[MundaneUtility using the Force's telekinetic abilities to pinch a victim's airway closed]], and Dark Side practitioners are fond of it because it's an easy and psychologically effective way to injure threaten or kill harm someone.
12th Feb '16 12:33:38 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* The ''SilentHill'' series by its nature encourages this in their Fandom; GameFAQS is filled with exhaustive plot and character analyses. A sure way to troll any fan forum is to cut down EpilepticTrees with the insistence that it's all just deliberately Invoked MindScrew on Konami's part.

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* The ''SilentHill'' ''Franchise/SilentHill'' series by its nature encourages this in their Fandom; GameFAQS is filled with exhaustive plot and character analyses. A sure way to troll any fan forum is to cut down EpilepticTrees with the insistence that it's all just deliberately Invoked MindScrew on Konami's part.
11th Feb '16 12:02:39 AM Totema
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See also UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny, an entire trope driven by Fan Wank. Not to be confused with the other use of "wank" in many fandom circles, which refers to wankerish fannish behaviour of various kinds, such as pretentiousness, BrokenBase feuding, and general stupidity.

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See also UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny, an entire trope driven by Fan Wank. Not to be confused with the other use of "wank" in many fandom circles, which refers to wankerish fannish behaviour of various kinds, such as pretentiousness, BrokenBase feuding, and general stupidity.
stupidity. Also not to be confused with wanking the fans, which is described in PanderingToTheBase.
6th Feb '16 3:11:35 PM DarkastKiller
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When the show itself canonizes such a theory, it's a {{Retcon}} or a ReVision or one of the two varieties of ContinuityPorn. When a fan does, it's FanWank. Note, however, that {{Retcon}} is a value-neutral word, while fanwank definitely carries a connotation of crap. On the other hand, theories that get popular can become {{fanon}}.

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When the show itself canonizes such a theory, it's a {{Retcon}} or a ReVision or one of the two varieties of ContinuityPorn. When a fan does, it's FanWank. Fan Wank. Note, however, that {{Retcon}} is a value-neutral word, while fanwank fan wank definitely carries a connotation of crap. On the other hand, theories that get popular can become {{fanon}}.



Particular common triggers for fanwank include:

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Particular common triggers for fanwank fan wank include:



* {{Crossover}} versus arguments between two or more major sci-fi franchises. ''[[InternetBackdraft Good]] [[SeriousBusiness gravy]]'', the fanwank.

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* {{Crossover}} versus arguments between two or more major sci-fi franchises. ''[[InternetBackdraft Good]] [[SeriousBusiness gravy]]'', the fanwank.fan wank.



Compare with EpilepticTrees, ContinuityPorn (the {{canon}} variety of this), and of course, the TV Tropes WildMassGuessing. ShrugOfGod and (even more so) AscendedFanon will, at least in theory, validate FanWank theories.

TropesAreNotBad, however; if nothing else, FanWank can be immensely enjoyable, particularly if it's coupled with a self-awareness about how ludicrously over-the-top and ultimately futile it is.

See also UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny, an entire trope driven by FanWank. Not to be confused with the other use of "wank" in many fandom circles, which refers to wankerish fannish behaviour of various kinds, such as pretentiousness, BrokenBase feuding, and general stupidity.

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Compare with EpilepticTrees, ContinuityPorn (the {{canon}} variety of this), and of course, the TV Tropes WildMassGuessing. ShrugOfGod and (even more so) AscendedFanon will, at least in theory, validate FanWank Fan Wank theories.

TropesAreNotBad, however; if nothing else, FanWank Fan Wank can be immensely enjoyable, particularly if it's coupled with a self-awareness about how ludicrously over-the-top and ultimately futile it is.

See also UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny, an entire trope driven by FanWank.Fan Wank. Not to be confused with the other use of "wank" in many fandom circles, which refers to wankerish fannish behaviour of various kinds, such as pretentiousness, BrokenBase feuding, and general stupidity.
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