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1st Jun '18 12:34:50 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* In the backstory of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', there were twenty Space Marine Legions before the Horus Heresy, where ten said Legions rebelled. In order prevent another organized revolt in the future, the remaining Legions were split into much smaller Chapters. Two of the original twenty Legions -- and whether these Legions stayed loyal or rebelled -- were intentionally left blank, so Space Marine (both loyalist and Chaos) players could fill in the details themselves when making their own Chapter/Legion, if none of the established lore fit the tone they were going for. The explanation for the identities and fates of these two blank Legions has caused no end of FanWank. Later novels set during the Horus Heresy expanded considerably on the time of the Space Marine Legions, including the "Lost Legions"; while they are never named nor are their Primarchs brought up, dialogue suggests they did, in fact, go with Horus -- and were wiped out for it.

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* In the backstory of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', there were twenty 20 Space Marine Legions before the Horus Heresy, where ten said 10 Legions rebelled. In order prevent another organized revolt in the future, the remaining Legions were split into much smaller Chapters. Two of the original twenty Legions -- and whether these Legions stayed loyal or rebelled -- were intentionally left blank, so Space Marine (both loyalist and Chaos) players could fill in the details themselves when making their own Chapter/Legion, if none of the established lore fit the tone they were going for. The explanation for the identities and fates of these two blank Legions has caused no end of FanWank. Later novels set during the Horus Heresy expanded considerably on the time of the Space Marine Legions, including the "Lost Legions"; while they are never named nor are their Primarchs brought up, dialogue suggests they did, in fact, go with Horus -- and were wiped out for it.



* 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 ''[[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.]]

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* A rather interesting example occurred with ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': Fans theorized that Terry and Matt's lack of resemblence resemblance 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 ''[[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 twist was influenced by due to realizing the realization of said improbability.]]genetic improbability]].
27th Apr '18 10:17:49 AM TheMountainKing
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* ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' gives us the fan wank of V's gender. In both the graphic novel and film, V is consistently referred to as "he" and "the ''man'' from room five", but V is also [[spoiler:Valerie, a female character we only see in flashback, presumably after some serious surgery]].

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* ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' gives us the fan wank of V's gender. In both the graphic novel and film, V is consistently referred to as "he" and "the ''man'' from room five", but V is also speculated to be [[spoiler:Valerie, a female character we only see in flashback, presumably after some serious surgery]].
14th Mar '18 3:31:28 PM matthewvzrussell
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** At the end of ''Film/ANewHope'', everybody got a medal at the end except for Chewbacca. Not wanting their heroes to look insensitive, fans have wanked that Wookiees don't believe in medals and awards, and that Chewie was offered a medal offscreen and declined the honor. One comic book {{continuation}}, however, cheekily suggested that Leia was just too short to actually put the medal around Chewie's neck, and it would have been undignified to give her a ScullyBox during the ceremony.

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** At the end of ''Film/ANewHope'', everybody got a medal at the end except for Chewbacca. Not wanting their heroes to look insensitive, fans have wanked that Wookiees don't believe in medals and awards, and that Chewie was offered a medal offscreen and declined the honor. One comic book {{continuation}}, however, cheekily suggested that Leia was just too short to actually put the medal around Chewie's neck, and it would have been undignified to give her a ScullyBox during the ceremony.
15th Jan '18 11:35:53 AM NickBana
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** The FandomRivalries between it and Halo is all but guaranteeing a mountain of Fanfics.

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** The FandomRivalries FandomRivalry between it and Halo is all but guaranteeing a mountain of Fanfics.Fanfic.
15th Jan '18 11:33:28 AM NickBana
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** The FandomRivalries between it and Halo is all but guaranteeing a mountain of Fanfics.
11th Jan '18 9:03:36 PM TheMasterPanda
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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' fans do this a lot, due to a combination of slow lore updates and [[ShrugOfGod limited input.]]
5th Jan '18 5:08:31 PM GoldenSeals
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** The many, many efforts to make a coherent timeline out of the series have led to endless FanWank. Furthering this is the infuriating fact that Aonuma and Miyamoto have ''confirmed'' the existence of a timeline, and made the placement of a few games WordOfGod, but refuse to reveal the document itself to anyone not working with the games until the release of the 2011 artbook/encyclopedia ''Hyrule Historia'', which contained the entire timeline. Fans originally theorized that the timeline split in two in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]''; ''Hyrule Historia'' revealed that it split in ''three''.

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** The many, many efforts to make a coherent timeline out of the series have led to endless FanWank. Furthering this The most accepted resolution is the infuriating fact that Aonuma and Miyamoto have ''confirmed'' the existence of a timeline, and made the placement of a few games WordOfGod, but refuse to reveal the document itself to anyone not working with the games until the release of the 2011 artbook/encyclopedia ''Hyrule Historia'', which contained the entire timeline. Fans originally theorized that split the timeline split in two in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]''; Time]]'', made possible by the game's use of TimeTravel. Creators Creator/EijiAonuma and Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto confirmed that there was a timeline but refused to show it to anyone, only occasionally saying which games come after which. That was until the 2011 release of the artbook/encyclopedia ''Hyrule Historia'' revealed Historia'', which indeed reveals the whole timeline -- and shows that it ''Ocarina of Time'' split in ''three''.the timeline into ''three''. Fans still aren't sure what to make of it.
23rd Dec '17 6:42:36 PM ClintEastwood
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** The 1996 MadeForTVMovie had the Doctor claim he was half-human. What to make of this? The revival series {{retcon}}ned it, but why would he say it? Many just give up and point to River Song's line, "Rule One: The Doctor lies."

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie The 1996 MadeForTVMovie TV Movie]] had the Doctor claim he was half-human. What to make of this? The revival series {{retcon}}ned it, but why would he say it? Many just give up and point to River Song's line, "Rule One: The Doctor lies."



** Who were the faces shown to the Doctor by Morbius in "The Brain of Morbius"? Were they previous incarnations of the Doctor (as intended by the production team but {{retcon}}ned due to being basically impossible), or were they incarnations of Morbius?
** Did "Shada" actually happen, and if so, which version? The "Shada" audio drama takes the view that it was [[CosmicRetcon cosmically retconned]] out by "The Five Doctors" and shoehorns the Eighth Doctor into the story, but the novelisation presents it with the Fourth Doctor as originally intended.
** As a NecessaryWeasel resulting from [[MostWritersAreHuman the actors playing the Doctor all being human mortals]], the ageing of the Doctor's individual faces is inconsistent -- the Doctor can take TheSlowPath for 400 years and not age a day in one story, but look visibly older after only five years in another. This has received an attempted HandWave by River Song in "Let's Kill Hitler", where she suggests that Time Lords can control their ageing and even age backwards if they want to (possibly used by the Tenth Doctor to reverse his age between his courtship with Queen Elizabeth in "The Day of the Doctor" and his death in the Specials), but there are points where the Doctor is physically ageing, getting only drawbacks from doing so, and clearly ''doesn't'' want to.

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** Who were the faces shown to the Doctor by Morbius in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E5TheBrainOfMorbius The Brain of Morbius"? Morbius]]"? Were they previous incarnations of the Doctor (as intended by the production team but {{retcon}}ned due to being basically impossible), or were they incarnations of Morbius?
** Did "Shada" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E6Shada Shada]]" actually happen, and if so, which version? The "Shada" audio drama takes the view that it was [[CosmicRetcon cosmically retconned]] out by "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors The Five Doctors" Doctors]]" and shoehorns the Eighth Doctor into the story, but the novelisation presents it with the Fourth Doctor as originally intended.
** As a NecessaryWeasel resulting from [[MostWritersAreHuman the actors playing the Doctor all being human mortals]], the ageing of the Doctor's individual faces is inconsistent -- the Doctor can take TheSlowPath for 400 years and not age a day in one story, but look visibly older after only five years in another. This has received an attempted HandWave by River Song in "Let's "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler Let's Kill Hitler", Hitler]]", where she suggests that Time Lords can control their ageing and even age backwards if they want to (possibly used by the Tenth Doctor to reverse his age between his courtship with Queen Elizabeth in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor" Doctor]]" and his death in the Specials), but there are points where the Doctor is physically ageing, getting only drawbacks from doing so, and clearly ''doesn't'' want to.



*** In "The Edge of Destruction", Ian uses a stethoscope on the Doctor without noting anything unusual, and in "The Sensorites", the First Doctor casually mentions his "heart", singular. But during the Third Doctor's tenure, we discover the Doctor has the BizarreAlienBiology quirk of having two hearts, easily detected by a casual stethoscope use in the Fourth Doctor story "Robot". One novel came up with the explanation that the Doctor only gained a second heart after his first regeneration, although the Second Doctor also mentions his "heart", singular. Strangely, the Doctor being AmbiguouslyHuman in Hartnell and Troughton's eras is almost never a target for this sort of thing.
*** If the Doctor is supposed to mature over the course of the show's run, why is the First Doctor portrayed as an elderly, SeenItAll patriarch? Some fans wanked that he's really a teenager with NoSocialSkills who feigns age and wisdom so that people will think he's important. The character does have ManChild qualities, which makes for a very entertaining alternative viewing of the Hartnell era. It eventually became AscendedFanon in "Time Crash", where the Tenth Doctor acknowledged trying to look old and important when he was young.
*** Why does WOTAN in "The War Machines" call the Doctor "[[IAmNotShazam Doctor Who]]"? We now know that his name is a secret, and [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep his courtesy title]] is simply "the Doctor"; so how does an early episode make such an easy mistake?

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*** In "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E3TheEdgeOfDestruction The Edge of Destruction", Destruction]]", Ian uses a stethoscope on the Doctor without noting anything unusual, and in "The Sensorites", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E7TheSensorites The Sensorites]]", the First Doctor casually mentions his "heart", singular. But during the Third Doctor's tenure, we discover the Doctor has the BizarreAlienBiology quirk of having two hearts, easily detected by a casual stethoscope use in the Fourth Doctor story "Robot"."[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Robot]]". One novel came up with the explanation that the Doctor only gained a second heart after his first regeneration, although the Second Doctor also mentions his "heart", singular. Strangely, the Doctor being AmbiguouslyHuman in Hartnell and Troughton's eras is almost never a target for this sort of thing.
*** If the Doctor is supposed to mature over the course of the show's run, why is the First Doctor portrayed as an elderly, SeenItAll patriarch? Some fans wanked that he's really a teenager with NoSocialSkills who feigns age and wisdom so that people will think he's important. The character does have ManChild qualities, which makes for a very entertaining alternative viewing of the Hartnell era. It eventually became AscendedFanon in "Time Crash", "[[Recap/DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash Time Crash]]", where the Tenth Doctor acknowledged trying to look old and important when he was young.
*** Why does WOTAN in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E10TheWarMachines The War Machines" Machines]]" call the Doctor "[[IAmNotShazam Doctor Who]]"? We now know that his name is a secret, and [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep his courtesy title]] is simply "the Doctor"; so how does an early episode make such an easy mistake?



** A whole book was written to explain the simple not-quite-an-error in "Warriors of the Deep" when the Doctor claims he tried to negotiate peace between the humans and the Silurians ''twice'' when he'd only done that once (the writer was presumably including the Sea Devils, a cousin to the Silurians, in that count).

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** A whole book was written to explain the simple not-quite-an-error in "Warriors "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E1WarriorsofTheDeep Warriors of the Deep" Deep]]" when the Doctor claims he tried to negotiate peace between the humans and the Silurians ''twice'' when he'd only done that once (the writer was presumably including the Sea Devils, a cousin to the Silurians, in that count).
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