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* An InUniverse example occurs in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', where various characters claim throughout the series that Krieger is probably a clone of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. In one Season 6 episode, he points out that he can't be a clone of Hitler because if he was, [[CaptainObvious he would look like Hitler]]. Malory seems to have never considered this.
10th Aug '16 8:29:35 PM AshlynNyx
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': A wildly accepted theory amongst fans was that Rose Quartz (and by extension Steven) was really Pink Diamond of the, one of the rulers of the Gem Homeworld that had defected (evidence being that Pink Diamond's symbol being nowhere in the modern Diamond Authority emblem, and Rose being different from the other Quartz warriors introduced). The theory was destroyed during the later parts of Season Three, where it was revealed that [[spoiler:Rose ''shattered'' Pink Diamond to save Earth]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': A wildly accepted theory amongst fans was that Rose Quartz (and by extension Steven) was really Pink Diamond of the, one of the rulers of the Gem Homeworld Homeworld's Diamond Authority that had defected (evidence being that Pink Diamond's symbol being nowhere in the modern Diamond Authority emblem, and Rose being different from the other Quartz warriors introduced). The theory was destroyed during the later parts of Season Three, where it was revealed that [[spoiler:Rose ''shattered'' Pink Diamond to save Earth]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': A wildly accepted theory amongst fans was that Rose Quartz (and by extension Steven) was really Pink Diamond of the, one of the rulers of the Gem Homeworld that had defected (evidence being that Pink Diamond's symbol being nowhere in the modern Diamond Authority emblem, and Rose being different from the other Quartz warriors introduced). The theory was destroyed during the later parts of Season Three, where it was revealed that [[spoiler:Rose ''shattered'' Pink Diamond to save Earth]].
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* When it was announced that Creator/WilliamHurt was reprising his role as General Ross for ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', the rumor mill went into overtime with speculation that Ross would become the Comicbook/RedHulk in the movie. He doesn't.

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* When it was announced that Creator/WilliamHurt was reprising his role as General Ross for ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', the rumor mill went into overtime with speculation that Ross would become the Comicbook/RedHulk in the movie. He doesn't.didn't.



** From the ambiguous ending of the Celebi event in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'', it was widely believed that [[spoiler: after the player defeats Giovanni in a battle, he walks out of the cave and kills himself by jumping off the cliff it's perched on.]] His appearance at the tournament in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' confirmed this to not be the case.

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** From the ambiguous ending of the Celebi event in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'', it was widely believed that [[spoiler: after the player defeats Giovanni in a battle, he walks out of the cave and kills himself by jumping off the cliff it's perched on.]] His appearance at the tournament in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' confirmed this to not be the case.
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* In 1893 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle killed off SherlockHolmes in ''The Final Problem'', and John Kendrick Bangs took this opportunity to write ''In Pursuit of the House-boat'' (1897), a fantasy novel in which

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* In 1893 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle killed off SherlockHolmes in ''The Final Problem'', and John Kendrick Bangs took this opportunity to write ''In Pursuit of the House-boat'' (1897), a fantasy novel in whichwhich which the detective goes to the afterlife and meets a bunch of famous historical figures. But this fanciful tale of Holmes' post-mortem adventures was rudely jossed when Conan Doyle revealed, in 1903, that the detective had never really gone over the waterfall after all.
* A fictional, OlderThanFeudalism example: In Lucian's ''Literature/TrueHistory'', the narrator gets to the Isles of the Blest, and meets, among others, Creator/{{Homer}}. Homer tells him that everyone's wrong about where he's from (he's actually Babylonian) and that all the lines bracketed as not really Homeric by scholars are, in fact, his. Then the narrator asks why he began the ''Literature/{{Iliad}}'' with the word ''menis'' [wrath]: "and he said it came to him that way, without his intending anything." All this was pretty clearly meant to make fun of the various theories held by scholars at the time.
* In the ''Literature/AlexRider'' series, many readers believed Alex to [[spoiler: have died]] at the end of ''Scorpia'', but there are four books following that. Also, author Creator/AnthonyHorowitz stated that [[TonightSomeoneDies a major character who had appeared in all the books so far would die]] in the final book ''Scorpia Rising''. Readers are led to believe that it's [[spoiler: Smithers]], when really it's [[spoiler: Alex's housekeeper Jack Starbright]] who dies.
* The last book of ''Literature/OrigamiYoda'' Jossed the fan theory that [[spoiler: Harvey likes Amy.]]
* Creator/DianeDuane began writing the ''Literature/{{Rihannsu}}'' novels during the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' movie period, and a not inconsiderable amount of what she came up with for the Romulans was Jossed by the '90s and 2000s TV series.
** The ''Rihannsu'' version of the Earth-Romulan War has the Federation discovering the Romulans when the latter had only sublight vessels, albeit an extensive capability to that end. Based on prior bad experience with the AbusivePrecursors of the Orions that sparked the Sundering, the Romulans misinterpreted things and built a warfleet to attack the next Federation ship to visit the Romulan system. They captured it, gained warp drive and sundry other tech from it, and things went downhill from there until the Romulans were destroying entire fleets, at which point the Federation decided to cut its losses and negotiated a peace treaty by subspace radio, designating a swathe of space surrounding the Romulan sun Eisn as the "Romulan Star Empire".\\
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The ''Enterprise'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekEnterpriseS02E03Minefield Minefield]]" shows the Romulans as already possessing warp drive and cloaking devices at FirstContact with United Earth in the 2150s. While some of the ''Literature/StarTrekEnterpriseRelaunch'' novels (effectively ENT seasons 5 through 7, written partially using the notes of Manny Coto et al.) borrowed parts of Creator/DianeDuane's worldbuilding, the Earth-Romulan War instead took place before the Federation, and in fact was [[FireForgedFriends a catalyst for its creation]] out of an alliance of Alpha and Beta Quadrant races (chiefly humanity, the Andorians, the Vulcans, and the Tellarites) that joined forces to beat the Romulans.
** The Vulcans are stated in ''The Romulan Way'' to have joined the Federation during the Earth-Romulan War, and identified the Romulans as their long-lost brethren, whereas in ''Enterprise'' the Vulcans are a founding member of the Federation.
** The Remans, referred to as Havrannssu ("the Travelers") in ''The Romulan Way'', are said to be a frequently dissident faction or ethnicity of Romulans who were forced onto the Sundering's colony ships involuntarily, and Remus is a Class M garden world. In ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', Remus is a barren planet {{tidally locked|Planet}} to Eisn, and the Remans are a different species entirely.
** The structure of the Romulan government is given as a series of aristocratic councils referred to as the Tricameron, with among other things twelve praetors ("''fvillham''") serving in a separate chamber from the Senate ("''deihuit''"). The TV series beginning with ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' showed the Senate as a unicameral legislature, with a single praetor apparently equivalent to a prime minister.
* The ending of ''Literature/TheGiver'' led many school study groups to believe that [[spoiler:the story's final pages depict a DyingDream, since they have Jonas departing the world he grew up in and reaching "Elsewhere" after he and the reader find out exactly what being ReleasedToElsewhere means]]. This theory was finally disproved when the sequel was written.
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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. In the episode "Legendaddy", it's revealed that Barney has a step-sister in college. Combined with the knowledge that The Mother was in college (at the end of season 4) and would meet Ted at Barney's wedding, it quickly became a popular and very plausible theory that The Mother was her. However, in ''Ring Up'', Ted actually does date her, but they break up since she was too young (only 20). This, in turn, led to an EpilepticTrees theory that she actually was The Mother, since at the time of the wedding she'd be 21. Which actually would give a rationale for why it took 9 years for Ted to meet her: at the start of season 1, ''she was only 12''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Any idea that the modern series was a reboot (or that the film was considered discontinuity, making Eccleston the real ''Eighth'' Doctor, Tennant the ''Ninth'' and so on) was immediately thrown out once Sarah Jane Smith and K-9 appeared and Tennant's Doctor mentions regenerating "half a dozen times" in the same episode. In several episodes, starting with 2007's "Human Nature", [=McGann's=] Doctor's face explicitly appears on screen.
** ''Who'' fans eventually got to be used to being Jossed; the modern series in particular takes a perverse pleasure in contradicting {{Fanon}} without violating any actual {{Canon}}. The Doctor's references to his family in "The Empty Child", "The Doctor's Daughter", "Fear Her" and "Smith and Jones" have evoked particular Jossing. Even though his granddaughter Susan is introduced in ''the very first episode of the entire show'', many fans maintained that the Doctor was asexual in some way. In one of the AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audios, the Doctor clearly and unequivocally says that he has never been a father, but (a) that's not part of the TV show, (b) the Doctor lies pretty often and (c) the MST3KMantra is recommended with the sheer amount of writers the show has.
** The Doctor's "you've been watching too much TV" reaction in "The Sound of Drums" to Martha's suggestion that the Master could be his brother is a particularly self-aware example, because the fandom had been throwing that idea around for years (although if the TV movie had been picked up for a series, that WAS their plan).
** Before ''The End of Time'', many fanfics were written to undo the FateWorseThanDeath forced upon Donna Noble. At the end of Part I it appeared as if she ''was'' beginning to remember her time with the Doctor, but this is resolved by the Doctor putting some sort of 'release-valve' in her mind to protect her, and she spends most of Part II unconscious. She never does remember ([[ShootTheShaggyDog and apparently there is absolutely nothing that can be done by anyone ever to help her]]), and now never will since it has been confirmed that her story is over and will never appear in the series again. In effect, everything she was is DeaderThanDead. Number of fanfics [=Jossed=]: Too many to number, and they are ''still being written''.
** The appearance of [[spoiler: John Hurt as the Doctor's regeneration during the Time War]] led to many fans thinking that he was [[spoiler: an [[TimeshiftedActor older version]] of [=McGann's=] Eighth Doctor.]] This fan theory was thrown out the window in the short "Night of the Doctor [[spoiler: which brought back [=McGann=] as the Eighth Doctor and showed how he regenerated into the Doctor from the Time-War.]]
** There's also the theory that the Daleks can't climb stairs.
*** Jossed for the first time in "Remembrance of the Daleks," when we first see a Dalek flying up a flight of stairs.
*** Jossed ''again'' in "Dalek," when a guy climbs a flight of stairs and taunts his Dalek pursuer under the assumption that the Dalek can't get him. Then the Dalek says, "ELEVATE," and floats off the ground...
*** And originally Jossed back in 1965 in "The Chase". We don't see Daleks in the act of climbing stairs, but we do see some upstairs from the spot where their time machine landed.
** The revelation that Ian and Barbara were still alive and apparently TheAgeless, in "Death of the Doctor" from ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', Jossed the very common grim darkfic fanon that gave Barbara the early death from breast cancer that claimed her actress Jacqueline Hill in real life, and ascribed it to her irradiation on Skaro in "The Daleks".
* The creators of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' have specifically shot down the fan theory that the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 are actually [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory all dead and in a kind of purgatory]], despite the belief that this was the only explanation that actually made Season One make any kind of sense. Lingering hopes of this being true have been ''thoroughly'' Jossed as [[spoiler:the fourth and sixth seasons actually does allow several of the main characters to escape the island and return to the real world. Although in either a TakeThat or a ShoutOut, one of those returnees "now" holds the theory that he and the other "Oceanic 6" are in fact dead.]]
** Richard [[LampshadeHanging hangs a Lampshade]] on this in "Ab Aeterno", declaring that he, at least, considers the island to be Hell.
** As a lampshade hanging, in season 6, the ghost of [[spoiler: Michael]] reveals to Hurley that the island actually does serve as an instance of purgatory for people who have committed atrocious acts while on the island. The series finale reveals that [[spoiler: the AlternateTimeline Los Angeles where the plane didn't crash is really some kind of purgatory.]]
** After years of some of the most elaborate fan theories to grace modern television, The Island is... [[spoiler:just an island. For the most part, anyway.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. Nearly every episode went against some bit of fanon, but careful examination reveals the writers never went against canon, with near Magnificent Bastard precision (with the exception of cloaking devices appearing much earlier than previously established). For example:
** Several well-known alien species encountered in ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' had originally received first contact later in the chronology. The dialogue carefully avoided mentioning the species by name to keep canon intact.
** When T'Pol becomes an officer in Starfleet towards the end of the series, many fans cried foul claiming the original Star Trek series established that Spock was the first Vulcan to serve in Starfleet... Until some enterprising (heh) fans took time to watch the entire run of the original series on DVD only to confirm no such reference was ever made on screen, and since [[WordofGod Paramount and Gene Roddenberry]] proclaimed EU sources non-canon, any references to Spock being the first in the novels and other media don't count.
** The portrayal of Vulcans in general was perhaps the single biggest source of outrage: some fans took it extremely poorly that Vulcans were portrayed as arrogant, duplicitous, and generally not all that noble, despite the fact that the Vulcans previously seen in the original series, except for Spock and Sarek, showed these same traits. And even Spock and Sarek demonstrated an irrational years-long grudge. In particular, the fans who objected to the portrayal of Vulcans in this series apparently never watched, or had forgotten about, the TOS episode "Amok Time", in which T'Pau (one of the most eminent Vulcans, though her exact position is never stated; she's said to have been the only person ever to decline a seat on the Federation Council) makes statements about Terrans that could very easily be construed to be racist, and T'Pring hatches a plot with her lover Stonn to get Spock killed by challenging the marriage. Not very nice people by any reasonable standard. Spock himself states on several occasions that one reason Vulcans place so much of a premium on logic and strict emotional control is that their emotions and passions are far stronger and harsher than humans, and it's canon that Vulcan civilization was very nearly destroyed centuries ago in wars that were worse than anything Earth ever experienced, even World War III itself. And the objectors are ignoring the example of the Romulans, who are basically the descendants of Vulcans who refused to accept Sarek's philosophies and struck out to greener pastures offworld instead in order to preserve their original civilization, both the good and the bad.
** One particular example works off both definitions: [[spoiler:Trip's death in "These are the Voyages..."]] By that time there was already a novel written with Trip as an old man, meeting a young James Kirk, and mentoring the designer of the Constitution class starship. The event in question was also equally reviled by the fanbase, Trip being one of the most beloved characters in the series. While considered Non-Canon by all TPTB, the later ENT novels (''The Good that Men Do'' through ''The Romulan War: To Brave the Storm'') brought Trip back, turning his death into a {{Heroic Sacrifice}}, to work behind the scenes to sabotage the Romulan efforts to create a Warp 7 stardrive.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' did this as well:
** Between the end of the Original Series in 1969 and the airing of TNG in 1987, the only 'official' stories that came out were the four Star Trek movies. Because demand for Trek remained high, a good number of novels and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek_role-playing_game_%28FASA%29 RPG material]] were published, and assumed to be canon (or at least close to it,) by the fans. Apparently, Gene Roddenberry was frustrated that creative control had effectively been taken away from him (both in most of the films and the fiction,) and when he re-asserted creative control at the beginning of TNG, he deliberately ignored the corpus of work that had been done and took things in a different direction with TNG. The strange thing is that Roddenberry added The Animated Series to his non-canon list, even though he was involved in its production, it had all of the original cast except Chekov, shared story editors, screenwriters, and directors with the live-action series, and even has the same guest stars.
** Some fans had a theory that the episode ''Yesterday's Enterprise'' actually took place in the Mirror Universe, where Goatee!Spock had received knowledge of the Federation from Prime universe Kirk, and had reformed the Terran Empire into the Federation, complete with Federation ideals and history, and that the resulting war with the Klingons was due to the softening of the former Empire, which they would eventually lose, leading to the events in the Mirror Universe on Deep Space Nine.
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', it was something of a no brainer ([[{{Pun}} so to speak]]) that Sylar [[BrainFood ate the brains of his victims]]. He makes frequent use of EvilTastesGood dialogue, and WordOfGod itself stated that he was originally supposed to eat the brains, but they couldn't figure out a way to show it on-screen without being silly. And yet brain-eating is explicitly Jossed in a very funny scene in the first episode of Season 3.
-->[[spoiler:'''Claire:''' Are you going to eat it?\\
'''Sylar:''' Eat your brain? Claire, that's disgusting!]]
* This occasionally happens in ''Franchise/PowerRangers''. The problem is that much of the info comes from casting scripts or pre-season profiles; this info has been repeatedly wrong and/or changed when the show begins airing since 2002, but the fans keep using it as source material for fic. Such is the case of the majority of the older fanbase (those aware of the Sentai source shows) assuming that ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' would be skipped over to adapt ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', only to be surprised with the announcement of ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'', which is a ''Goseiger'' adaptation. And then they really got hit in the face with the reveal that the second half of ''Megaforce'' would be a ''joint'' ''Goseiger'' and ''Gokaiger'' adaptation.
* PowerRangersLightspeedRescue has an interesting on. Fans theorized that Commander Mitchell was, in fact, a grown up Billy, who used his knowledge of Ranger Tech to create his own team. The fact that his name is William Mitchell and the actor had a passing resemblance to David Yost also played into this. The theory was Jossed by producers and then firmly killed when Billy's official last name was revealed to be Cranston.
* ''{{Series/Smallville}}'':
** The theory that Chloe might change her name to become "Lois Lane" later in life was pretty thoroughly Jossed when the ''actual'' Lois Lane showed up in season 4 (and several times afterwards by WordOfGod).
** When Jor-El's voice began telling Clark that it was his destiny to rule the people of Earth with strength, fans believed either General Zod was Clark's biological father, or that Zod had somehow intercepted the ship and placed a message inside. This was jossed by the powers that be who assured fans that Jor-El was still Clark's father.
* In the 2003 remake of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', one episode revealed that there was originally a number 7 Cylon named Daniel, but Cavil destroyed them all. The fanbase went wild with EpilepticTrees over this, saying that Daniel was Starbuck's father, Starbuck herself, any or all of the imaginary friends, the thirteenth lord of Kobol, etc. Then WordOfGod said that no, Daniel is not Starbuck's father, will not play any part in the finale, and was only created to explain why there was no number 7, while adding to Cavil's evil backstory to boot. Another one is what is going on with the apparently non-sensical numbering scheme for the models? There are supposed to be twelve all together, the unique five (who became known as the Final Five, despite existing before the seven) who came from the wreck of Earth and the seven they helped the machine Cylons create. Despite this, the models created with the machine Cylons are known to include Model One AND Model Nine.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Directed by Creator/JossWhedon, this is the fandom reaction to the season 5 revelation that Drusilla sired Spike. Until this point, it was assumed that Angelus siring Spike was canon (what with Spike outright referring to Angel as his sire at least twice); suddenly almost all existing Fanged Four and Angel/Spike fics were 'Jossed'. The explanation is that "sire" can refer to any vampiric ancestor, not just the direct one. Angel sired Drusilla, so is Spike's sire - and did indeed have a mentor relationship with him, which isn't always the case.
** In season seven it looks like Faith slept with Spike. When Harmony introduces herself in the Season 9 comics however Faith offers these words:
--> "I love that '''I'm''' supposed to be the slutty one when everyone '''but''' me has nailed Spike."
* A popular fan theory about ''{{Series/Firefly}}'''s Shepherd Book was that he had spent time as an Operative. This has been Jossed by the Shepherd's Tale comic, which reveals that [[spoiler: he was at one point high-ranking Alliance commander, but was working as a spy for the Browncoats the whole time. Before that he was a streetkid named Henry Evans, who joined the Independent movement to get off his homeworld, stealing his identity from the ''real'' Book, whom he killed and impersonated to infiltrate the Alliance.]]
* The ''Series/{{Skins}}'' fan theory that Effy was going to be the character who died at the end of Series 4, her mental illness [[DrivenToSuicide Driving Her To Suicide]]. Instead, [[spoiler: it was Freddie]], in a plot twist so ridiculous it could have come straight out of the Whedon playbook.
* This occasionally happens with ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.
** In early seasons, it was a widely accepted theory that Tony's father was an abusive alcoholic, based on Tony saying that his father "was too drunk to hurt anyone" while undercover in a Season 2 episode. This was jossed by the appearance of Tony Sr. in Season 7, in which he was shown to be neglectful but very clearly not abusive or in any way violent.
** Quite a few fanfictions were jossed by the Season 10 episode "You Better Watch Out" when it was explicitly stated that Ziva had never been to Tony's apartment, nor any other woman for that matter. It is possible that this was intended to show the significance of her staying at his apartment two episodes later as a precaution after her father was assassinated.
** The theory of [=McGee=] having a dead mother was well on its way to becoming accepted fanon in seasons nine and ten, mostly because that seemed to be the trend on the show - Tony, Ziva, Gibbs, and Abby have all lost their mothers. The idea was jossed in the latter half of Season 10 when it is mentioned in an episode that this character's mother is very much alive and well.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Throughout the entirety of Season 3, fans were convinced Sam and Dean would find a way to free Dean from his deal. They didn't.
** There are several examples of this in Supernatural, most often accompanied by a fan cry of 'I can't believe they actually went there!'. See Sam sleeping with Ruby and drinking her blood (both heavily debated, but many fans were convinced he Would Never) Sam breaking the final seal and defeating Lucifer, Dean not saying 'yes' to Michael, Sam saying 'yes' to Lucifer, and the list goes on.... Especially notable as Supernatural frequently managed to create some spectacular [[InternetBackdraft fandom explosions]] whenever they Jossed the fans.
** Throughout much of S5 many fans believed pagan gods might ally themselves with - or in some way offer assistance to - the Winchesters. This was Jossed not once, but ''twice'', first with Paris Hilton's self-obsessed forest god, and then with the council of pagan gods who determined the best way to avert the apocalypse would be to kill the Winchesters. On the other hand, fans were vindicated in believing the Trickster/Gabriel would become an ally, they just never quite guessed how it would work out.
* ''Series/LifeOnMars'': A very popular theory regarding the last episode, which was even embraced by John Simm himself, was that Sam never actually woke up from his coma, and his return to the "real world" was a hallucination, which is why he didn't feel anything there. This is however jossed by the first episode of ''Series/AshesToAshes'' which reveals that he did indeed wake up and committed suicide a few days later. Strangely enough, ''Series/AshesToAshes'' actually did this with Alex in the beginning of the third season, where her imagined awakening in the real world later turned out to actually be her dying.
* ''Series/MadMen'': Based on the title sequence, which shows Don Draper falling off a building, many fans thought that he would commit suicide at the end of the series. [[spoiler: He doesn't, and is in fact very happy at the end.]]
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' shows will occasionally go out of their way to shoot down fan theories about secondary characters (usually female ones) becoming Riders, either by taking up the title character's belt or gaining their own powers. A specific instance comes in ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'', where the direct-to-DVD mini-episode ''Type Tokujou'' shows that [[ActionGirl Kiriko]] attempted to transform into Drive, only for the transformation to fail because she lacks some unspecified factor which [[TheHero Shinnosuke]] possesses.
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* Music/JohnLennon had repeatedly denied that [[Music/TheBeatles "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"]] had anything to do with LSD, despite him having LSD experiences and writing "She Said She Said" beforehand about a bad trip. According to Lennon, he was not aware of the LSD abbreviation at the time, had only heard the substance referred to as "acid," and was inspired by a painting that his son Julian made in school of his classmate Lucy O'Donnell. His son and Lucy also confirmed this answer. However, [[FanDislikedExplanation the explanation didn't deter his fans]], and Music/PaulMcCartney has refuted John's statements.
* Another drug related one: Peter Yarrow denied that his song "Puff the Magic Dragon" was about smoking marijuana, and that it "never had any meaning other than the obvious one": the "loss of innocence in children."
* Continuing on with the drug theme. Many people believe Pink Floyd's "Comfortable Numb" is about heroin use, in reality it's about David Gilmour's experiences with different illnesses and the feelings that came along with them. The second verse in particular is about a specific concert where he had become sick prior to performing. A doctor had given him a muscle relaxant which had made him numb.
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* A week of ''Brevity'' (starting [[http://www.gocomics.com/brevity/2010/09/27 here]]) focused on the life cycle of a couple. Readers following the sequence theorized that this is from the point of view of the tree in the background. However, [[http://www.gocomics.com/brevity/2010/10/03 the final strip revealed that the POV was actually from the benches the couple were sitting on throughout the sequence]].
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* Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw was so sick of all the people who felt Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins from ''Theatre/{{Pygmalion}}'' should've ended up together, that he wrote an entire essay on why Eliza and Henry could never be together; and in the original play she marries Freddy Eynsford-Hill. Nevertheless, in its film adaptation, and in the musical ''Theatre/MyFairLady'', (both the stage version and the film), ended with [[MaybeEverAfter Eliza and Henry possibly together]].
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* The first ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' game probably inspired many theories about Ansem that were invalidated by ''Kingdom Hearts II''. Theories about "Unknown" from ''Final Mix'' and the knights from the second game's secret ending were also invalidated.
** There was also quite a bit of speculation about Roxas, known only as the "Blond-Haired Kid", or BHK, after a few previews of ''Kingdom Hearts II'' were released. Many theories were in the correct vein, but as Roxas is linked to a group of people who were never mentioned at all in the first game, it was virtually impossible for anyone to guess his true identity. It got easier to pin "BHK" post-''Chain of Memories''. But then there was [=DiZ=]. The common theory was that he was the "Superior" of the Organization and Ansem's Nobody - because ''Chain of Memories'' heavily implied that Ansem's Nobody led the Organization and [=DiZ=] himself was Ansem (as King Mickey recognized him). The actual truth of the matter was something no-one could have predicted - [[spoiler: [[{{Retcon}} that the Ansem you fought in the first game wasn't the real Ansem King Mickey met.]]]]
** The fourth installment in the series, ''358/2 Days'', tossed a mysterious new Kairi lookalike into the events concurrent to ''Chain of Memories'' and preceding ''Kingdom Hearts II''. There were many theories that attempted to explain who she was and why she was never mentioned before, a fairly common one being she was Kairi's Unversed (Before the fandom really knew what an Unversed was) It turned out [[spoiler:that she was in fact a Replica infused with Sora's memories.]]
** A fairly minor one, it was the general fandom consensus that all Nobodies looked different, such as having a different hair color, and had a different voice than their "Other", like Roxas, Namine and Xemnas did. Then ''Birth by Sleep'' rolled around and we see the "Others" of Xigbar, Xaldin, Vexen, Lexeaus, Zexion, Saix, and Axel, and, while the latter three were kids at the time, they all looked and sounded exactly like their Nobodies. [[spoiler:It should be pointed out that Roxas, Namine and Xemnas aren't "typical" Nobodies.]]
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'':
** ''4'' inspired a lot of fan-thought that Nero was Sparda or Vergil reincarnate, or that his Devil Bringer arm held either spirit, and would be possessed by them. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, neither showed up in the game.]] Also, Dante's seemingly uncharacteristic assassination of Order leader Sanctus at the game's start inspired much speculation about his motives and whether he had pulled a FaceHeelTurn. It was eventually revealed that [[spoiler:he was pulling a ShootTheDog and trying to kill the game's BigBad.]]
** As a point of interest: while not [[IKnewIt confirmed]], Nero's link to Vergil is still hinted at quite a lot in the game. He wields the Yamato katana -- Vergil's weapon in ''Devil May Cry 3'' -- and in [[SuperMode Devil Trigger form]], he is overshadowed by a demonic spirit that resembles Vergil's own Devil Trigger and his Nelo Angelo form from the first game. DemonicPossession[=/=]SoulJar isn't off the table just yet.
** The [[CrystalDragonJesus Crystal Dragon Pope]] explicitly stated that [[spoiler:Nero carries the blood of Sparda.]]
** There is an interview where a member of the staff said that Nero is actually the son of Vergil.
** Morihashi Bingo, the scenario designer for ''Devil May Cry 3'' and ''4'', wrote a novelization of ''Devil May Cry 4'' that states that the connection between Nero and Vergil is that [[spoiler:Nero is the son of Vergil and a human prostitute.]] Bingo added a number of scenes into the novel that clarified the relationship, claiming that the scenes were intended to be in the game but were cut from the final version for various reasons. The problem? Well, before Bingo wrote the novel he actually left Capcom to be a freelance writer. This means that despite the book being the originally intended story for the game, it hasn't been in any published material written by Capcom. Since it hasn't been confirmed or denied, Capcom could easily [[SchrodingersGun change their mind and have the plot go in a different direction.]]
* Prior to ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' fans began concocting elaborate theories regarding the Forerunners' relationship to humanity and the Flood, Cortana's "ulterior motives" and what the Prophet of Truth's motivations were for wiping out the Elites. [[spoiler:Turns out, the Forerunner simply encountered and fought the Flood, humans were merely the most favored out of countless species the Forerunner preserved in the Ark, Cortana was always on the good guys' side, and Truth, though he's revealed in the novels be at least somewhat aware that the Covenant's religion is a lie, was simply a self-aggrandizing zealot who felt the Elites were too unreliable to be kept alive.]]
** Then Literature/TheForerunnerSaga and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' revealed all that to be only part of the story, with humanity, the Prophets, the Flood, and the Forerunners having a history going back hundreds of thousands of years. [[spoiler:A race literally called the Precursors created both humans and Forerunners; after they decided to favor the former and wipe out the latter, the Forerunners drove the Precursors out of the galaxy instead. In a plot for revenge against all of their creations, the surviving Precursors turned themselves into ''the Flood'', laying dormant until they were discovered by a joint Human-Prophet alliance. However, during the war between the two sides, humanity also wiped out several Forerunner worlds to sterilize any Flood they found there, then took the planets for their own to replace the worlds they lost. The Forerunners struck back by wiping out almost every human and Prophet, stranding the survivors on their homeworlds, and forcibly devolving humanity back to the Stone Age. Only then did the Flood, which had pretended to retreat from the Human-Prophet alliance, come back to nearly destroy all life in the galaxy. Additionally, it's revealed it was only the influential Forerunner Librarian and her followers who favored humanity, with the rest of her species viewing us as little better than animals. This all sounds like an AssPull, but it isn't. All the way back before the first ''Halo'' came out, supplementary materials on halo.xbox.com said that humanity found human populations on worlds that humanity had never, ever, ever been to. Though that tidbit seems to have been retconned away, the later ''Anime/HaloLegends'' and ''Literature/HaloEvolutions'' also foreshadowed later developments by mentioning that mysterious human-style ''architecture'' had been found on uninhabited worlds.]]
* After countless ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' fanfics about the mystery behind [[UrbanLegendOfZelda Schala]], ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' comes along with a conclusive answer, making many of them obsolete. Then the DS remake of ''Trigger'' Jossed even more fan theories with its added exclusive ending.
* After years of speculation surrounding the ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' series (namely, that [[VideoGame/MegaManX Zero]] went berserk and killed the original cast), Keiji Inafune casually dismissed the theory in a question and answer session, offhandedly stating that "it was not in Zero's character." Jossed. [[note]]Granted, Inafune's words made sense. True, Zero [[spoiler:was originally an AxCrazy destroyer of unparalleled magnitude]], but if he indeed killed the cast of the Classic series (''including'' his creator Dr. Wily), then comes the FridgeLogic of who would've been around to seal him away in the first place.[[/note]]
* A popular fan theory in the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series was that the Dark Elf/Mother Elf was an incarnation of Iris, Zero's infamous [[ILetGwenStacyDie Gwen Stacy]] from ''X4'', based on Zero's comment at the end of ''Zero 2'' that he felt he might know her and the Mother Elf's mercy act of [[spoiler:transforming a dying Elpizo into a Cyber Elf]], suggesting she may have formerly been a Reploid. This was eventually dispelled in ''[[AllThereInTheManual Rockman Zero Official Complete Works]]'', which states that [[spoiler:the Mother Elf was created from [[TheVirus Maverick Virus]] data in Zero's body as a Sigma Antibody Program]], thus explaining Zero's sense of familiarity with her.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' in general has been Jossing a lot of fan theories and fanfics since Square Enix finally started making sequels and spin-offs set in the worlds of the individual games:
** The [[GainaxEnding ambiguous ending]] to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', set 500 years into the future, deliberately refused to answer whether or not humanity had survived the clash between Meteor, Holy, and the Lifestream. Then along came the Compilation (some say [[FanNickname Complication]]) of ''Final Fantasy VII'', which continued the story only a few years after said event.
** ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' Jossed everyone's fanfictions. Especially Zack/Cloud ones. Since turns out Cloud was not as emo as they wanted to believe. And Zack didn't meet him by saving him from bullies either... Angeal also served as a tool for Jossing too since... well... he was never even referred to until he showed up in ''CC'' thus everyone had to assume Zack randomly got the Buster Sword which... isn't true.
** The ''FFVII Ultimania'' Guides: where fanon goes to die.
** There are also [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 the]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears sequels]] to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''. On an [[NoExportForYou equally annoying level]], there are also the Japanese-only ''Ultimania'' information books, which often contain details, histories, and character backstories that aren't even remotely hinted at in the games, some of which would look like outrageous EpilepticTrees if they had been fan theories.
** One cannot bring up ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' without mention of the legendary "[[MyFutureSelfAndMe Rinoa = Ultimecia]]" theory. Even after the ''Ultimania'' guide explicitly noted that Rinoa did not somehow become the game's BigBad in the BadFuture (which admittedly doesn't rule out the possibility that Ultimecia's Sorceress Power descended ''from'' Rinoa over the years), you'll find many a fan still clinging to this theory with an iron grip.
* Pre-release materials for ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie: Nuts & Bolts'' revealed the Lord of Games (L.O.G) and his role in the story, where he settles [[BigBad Grunty]] and Banjo's conflict with a contest. Some people didn't simply see L.O.G as a facilitator, and begin to speculate that Grunty might be a DiscOneFinalBoss, with L.O.G being the TrueFinalBoss plotting an EvilPlan against Banjo. Later, Rare opened Website/{{Facebook}} accounts for some of the game's characters for fans to post some questions to their walls for a limited time, with [[http://www.facebook.com/pages/LOG-Lord-of-Games/33513137116 L.O.G himself among them]]. This gave the Banjo theorists the chance to direct their accusations to L.O.G before the game is released. His response?
-->"What's all this talk of evil? I may be occasionally fallible and self-indulgent -- or so I'm told -- but I certainly wouldn't describe myself as evil."
* Despite heavy hints to the positive, the theory of the Wrecked Ship in ''Super VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' and the Pirate Mothership in ''Metroid: Zero Mission'' being the same was Jossed by Zero Mission's director not long after people started espousing it.
* Any update Kevan applies to ''VideoGame/UrbanDead'' tends to fly in the face of every one of the regular's beliefs about the game.
* Creator/{{Nintendo}} seems to take an almost vindictive glee in contradicting the {{Fanon}} that was established for the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series during those long years when the plots of the games were strictly SaveThePrincess affairs.
** The ''very first'' Mario game with an actual plot (''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'') creates an origin story for the Mario Bros. that places their birth in the Mushroom Kingdom - retconning ''Donkey Kong'', ''Mario Bros.'', and ''Super Mario Bros.'', which collectively state they were born in [[BigApplesauce Brooklyn]] and got to the Mushroom Kingdom [[DownTheDrain through a warp pipe]]. It also makes them twins, even though Mario was usually held as being the older brother by years rather than by minutes.
** Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto ''himself'' said that Mario's full name is not "Mario Mario"...[[FlipFlopOfGod but he later revealed that this is the case]].
** In an interview, Miyamoto disproved the common theory that the Koopalings are Bowser's kids (the current story is that the Koopalings are not Bowser's children, and Bowser has only one child, Bowser Jr.) This is despite that originally were Bowser's children in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' (the Japanese manual has Bowser referring to them as "Ore-sama no musuko-tachi", meaning "my children", and Larry calls Bowser "Oyaji", a word for "father"). But after this, their family relationship with Bowser didn't get mentioned in later games, [[{{Retcon}} and they got referred to as his "minions" or "underlings" instead]] (and this included the manual for ''Super Mario Advance 4'', a GBA remake of ''Super Mario Bros. 3'') - in Japan. It lived on much longer in English-speaking countries as WordOfDante though the English translations, which were more likely to refer to them as "Bowser's children."
** Despite the cartridge cover of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'' implying that Mario was about to fall into a pit due to clashing against a wall, Miyamoto Jossed that outcome in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu2DnTd3dEo a September 2015 video]]. In an inversion, he did confirm other beliefs and theories in that video.
* Many fans of ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' believed that the G-Man was in fact Black Mesa's administrator, which was a reasonable assumption in the interim before the sequel, but was Jossed when the Administrator, now named Wallace Breen, appeared as the principle antagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}.'' The G-Man turned out to have an entirely separate backstory.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' fans accepted ''Portal: Prelude'', a third-party mod revolving around Aperture's backstory, as canon, until Valve laughed at their faces by proposing their own entirely new canon [[spoiler:(which happened to also contradict their own previously made canon, but that is an entirely different story)]].
* ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters The King of Fighters 2000]]''. With that tragic ending where Heidern laments a city being wiped off the map. Wait a minute... Southtown has been destroyed! What an incredibly bold move by Creator/{{SNK}}! The city that all but defined this tournament, gone, just like that! Wait a minute, are you sure it was Southtown? It had to be Southtown! Yes, it was Southtown! But they'd never... could they... yes! No! It's definitely Southtown, yes, 100% sure, no other possibility! Well, you can imagine the crushing disappointment when later games make it plainly obvious that Southtown wasn't destroyed. Even worse, we never find out which city it supposedly was and the incident is never mentioned again. Of course, you could've predicted this if you remembered that the freaking EDIT TEAM ending has ''never'' been canon in any ''KOF'', ever.
* ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis Resident Evil 3: Nemesis]]'' would count. After several novels from S.D. Perry, ''Nemesis'' seemed planned to contradict what she wrote as much as possible, including elements such as the games' timeline, the fate of Raccoon City, the canon endings of each game, and the name of several offscreen personages such as the city's mayor. Indeed, her edition of the story comes with an author's note stating the continuity errors between book and game. As it is, ''Nemesis'' is rather faithful to the source material.
* Sherry Birkin's reappearance in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' Jossed quite a few fan theories and planned stories about what was likely to have happened to her, since earlier sources indicated she was at least somewhat likely to end up in Wesker's care.
%%* Any ''Franchise/MetalGear'' game after ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', take your pick.
* The WildCard ending of ''[[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas Fallout: New Vegas]]'' brought about many theories of the Yes Man A.I. turning against the player due to a mention of finding an upgrade that lets him be more "Assertive". However, when asked about this lead developer J.E. Sawyer stated that the upgrade was meant to ensure that Yes Man is capable of formulating his own decisions while also only following the Courier's orders, preventing someone else from hijacking the Courier's seat of power. The fan theories of ''New Vegas'' in general are particularly prone to being Jossed, since Sawyer keeps an active Formspring account and readily answers most questions.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''Hyrule Historia'', a book released in 2011 as part of the 25th anniversary of the series, debunked all timeline theories that placed the earlier 2D games (from the original ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' to ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening Link's Awakening]]'', plus the ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle]]'' duology) either in the Adult Timeline or the Child Timeline of the series' overall chronology, instead placing them in a ''third'' timeline that, like the other two, has its roots in the ending of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]''. In a [[InvertedTrope reverse case]], the book also confirmed lots of other theories, as well as previously ambiguous or unconfirmed stuff.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'' the last thing Link's Uncle says before he dies is "Zelda is your...". Many fans at the time speculated that he meant to say "Zelda is your sister" and that Link was secretly part of the royal family. As the series went on however it became increasing clear that this ''[[ImpliedLoveInterest wasn't]]'' the case. In the Game Boy Advance re-release of the game Link's Uncle's last words were changed to "Zelda is your destiny" to avoid any remaining confusion.
** Tingle, a ManChild who is obsessed with fairies and maps, is a very odd character. Many fans assumed Tingle was gay due to his fairy obsession and his big interest towards Link, who has clothes that remind Tingle of faeries (and he goes nutters in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' when he sees Link has an actual fairy by his side). Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma went on the record to debunk the theories and outright said that Tingle is "not gay, just really weird".
** A common theory regarding ''Majora's Mask'' is that it takes place inside a dream Link is having (there are also varations of the theory suggesting it's a DyingDream). But [[http://www.zeldainformer.com/news/aonuma-debunks-majoras-mask-dream-theory Eiji Aonuma]] jossed it when he was asked about why the Ballad of the Wind Fish was in the game (its first appearance is in ''Link's Awakening'', which ''does'' take place inside a dream).
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'':
** The original endings created a well known fandom theory that Shepard was indoctrinated by the Reapers due [[spoiler:to the Catalyst being the exact image of a boy who died at the beginning of the game.]] Once the Extended Cut DLC was released, however, it was clear that Shepard has his entire mind under control with [[spoiler:a new option to refuse all of the choices the Catalyst has offered]].
** And again with the details on the Control ending specifying that [[spoiler:the Illusive Man could never have controlled the Reapers due to being indoctrinated, yet Shepard is free and thus able to sacrifice their mortal existence to become the new, more benevolent Reaper overmind.]]
** IGN's documentary app, ''The Final Hours of Mass Effect 3'', further debunked the theory, as it contained interviews with [=BioWare=] developers, which revealed while they had considered a sequence in the endings wherein [[spoiler:Shepard was indoctrinated]], "the gameplay mechanic proved too troublesome to implement alongside dialogue choices", so the idea ended up getting completely exorcised from the final version of the script.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** From the ambiguous ending of the Celebi event in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'', it was widely believed that [[spoiler: after the player defeats Giovanni in a battle, he walks out of the cave and kills himself by jumping off the cliff it's perched on.]] His appearance at the tournament in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' confirmed this to not be the case.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' officially disproved the idea that a third version of the new games in a generation was inevitable. [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Gen VI]] would be confirmed only a few months after ''B2/W2'' was released in North America and Europe.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' also disproved the theory that the Straiton City Gym Leaders and the Shadow Triad are the same people.
** It had been widely believed that Dittos were the result of a failed attempt at cloning mew given that they appeared frequently in the Mysterious Dungeon/ Cerulean Cave, their colors (both normal and shiny) were the same, and that they were both the only Pokemon to know Transform legitimately. However, an interview with Gamefreak proved this to be false and Dittos were just transforming blobs.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'':
** Many fans wondered why the mercenaries involved would fight a pointless turf war, and assumed that the team [[ShellShockedVeteran would be both psychologically scarred and infinitely relieved when the Gravel Wars finally ended.]] The supplemental comic "A Fate Worse Than Chess" made their motivations crystal clear: The AffablyEvil PsychoForHire PrivateMilitaryContractors ''love'' [[InHarmsWay their jobs]], and [[OnlyInItForTheMoney will keep fighting as long as there's money involved.]]
** A large bulk of fans naturally assumed that the Pyro was no different from the rest of his team mates in terms of overall personality and how he socialized. This is evident in many fan stories. However, the video ''Meet the Pyro'' reveals that most of the other characters genuinely fear him (Even his closest and dearest friend Engie is unsettled when Pyro's in a killing mood) and that he himself behaves in a cold, almost inhuman fashion (at least on the surface).
* Attempts to joss things in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' tend not to work so well, not because the jossing is ignored, but because the fans are far too versatile to be encumbered by it. ''Double Spoiler'', which is the most cited attempt at unintentional jossing of a wide variety of things, caused ''an increase'' in AlternateCharacterInterpretations. Very early into the series, the {{fandom}} realized the importance of maintaining creator canon.
* It has been theorised in the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' fandom that Lon'qu, the swordsman who CannotTalkToWomen, would extend his awkwardness around them to [[spoiler: his own prospect daughters from the future, should he marry a first generation character who gives birth to a girl]]. The Future Past DLC josses this: [[spoiler: if he marries Tharja and then he goes rescue the alternate universe!Noire, AU!Noire bluntly brings up his aversion to women, and Lon'qu's reply is basically "WTF?! Why would I be scared ''of my own daughter''?".]]
* Before the release and fan-translation of Mother 3, many fans wrote Videogame/{{Earthbound}} fanfiction about how Ness's continuing conflict with Pokey would play out. Needless to say, Ness canonically never does see Pokey again. It's someone from another era altogether who does him in once and for all.
* For a long time, people held on to a theory that ''Creator/IdSoftware'' gave the source code for the Super Nintendo version of ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' to Christian game developer ''Wisdom Tree'' as a retaliation against Nintendo's [[{{Bowdlerise}} heavy censorship]] of the game (removing the swastikas, etc.). John Carmack, in an interview that was later quoted in the book ''Masters Of Doom'', debunked this rumor. Id gave the source code to Wisdom Tree because, well, [[MoneyDearBoy they were being paid a good sum of money for it.]]
* There have been a lot of Jossed theories regarding ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'', but the most notable one would come from the second season. Everyone expected there to be [[spoiler:a choice where you would have to pick between Luke and Kenny, where one of them would live and the other one would die. Then Tell Tale threw everyone a curveball by killing Luke halfway through Episode 5 and making the players pick between Kenny and ''Jane''.]]
* The ''VideoGame/DeadIsland'' series hints that the survivors are not immune to the virus, merely resistant. Six months later ''Escape Dead Island'' has Xian show up, not as calm as portrayed but otherwise normal, dispelling that idea. The first two games also suggests there is not a cure, however [[spoiler: when Cliff is succumbing to the virus Xian pushes him to take the antidote.]]
* It was rumored that Rashid's missing female friend from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'' was Crimson Viper, but later it turned out she was a nameless Shadaloo scientist known as "the Usher" [[spoiler: who was horribly murdered by F.A.N.G.]]. Viper herself '''is''' friends with Rashid and she appears in his story mode (as well as Bison's, Juri's and Urien's), she's just not '''the''' one he's searching for [[spoiler: and she manages to escape from Bison, Juri and Urien on her own.]]
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* Any popular fan theory on ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' usually gets Jossed the very next episode, or is confirmed the next episode. The reason for this is that Ryukishi07 often looked at online forums to find out the current popular theories, just to have them either confirmed, played with or flat out crushed in the next episode. The manga also confirms or denies things that were left ambiguous in the visual novels; for example, the [[spoiler:Rosatrice]] theory (a theory that was growing in popularity with the English-speaking fandom) was jossed entirely by the [=EP8=] manga, which confirmed beyond a doubt that [[spoiler:Beatrice, Shannon and Kanon are all the same person, Sayo Yasuda]].
* A lot of English-speaking ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' fans theorised that Nageki was actually a ''human'', but his ghost had [[{{Animorphism}} taken the form of a mourning dove]] for totemic-type reasons, hence his confusion over what and who he is, and why Hiyoko is surprised to see a [[MisplacedWildlife mourning dove in Japan]]. He also talks a lot about being bullied and tells Hiyoko that if you want to kill yourself, jumping out of the library window is a good way to go, implying he committed suicide because of bullying by jumping out of the window. In the full version, it's confirmed that he really was a bird, and the way in which he died and his reason for killing himself is explored in detail and something no-one could have predicted.
* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' ends with a shot of the characters [[spoiler:driving through the Nevada Desert]] when they notice a woman who seems to bare a resemblance to [[spoiler:"All-Ice", shortened to "Alice" by some, the apparent Egyptian mummy who according to legend has Ice-9 in instead of water in her body,]] hitch-hiking. Junpei notes that he 'recognizes' the woman, then the game abruptly ends. [[spoiler:Earlier in the game, the characters had already found a coffin where "All-Ice" was supposed to have been hidden, only to find it empty, concluding the entire thing to be a myth, so this ending just opened more questions]]. This led to loads of confused players, but also a pile of theories. Especially when the sequel, ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', seemed to have a character called "Alice" who resembles [[spoiler:All-Ice in looks. The most consistent theory was that "All-Ice" had somehow gotten out of her coffin and unfrozen]]. Then the sequel actually came out, and the entire thing turned out to just be a coincidence: [[spoiler:A government agent called Alice, who happened to resemble All-Ice in many ways, just happened to have been tracking terrorists to somewhere in the Nevada desert, and happened upon the characters as they drove. Just to add insult to injury, the game doesn't just joss it with new facts; it straight out kills the the theory with Alice herself calling anyone who believes in the fact she actually had Ice-9 in her body and is an ancient mummy a complete idiot]].
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* In ''Webcomic/AbstractGender'', many fan theories to the big conspiracy involved William Montgomery being somehow linked to the scientists. This was completely thrown out during the seventh and final chapter "Gods" where [[spoiler: he gets transformed too, complete with a mind wipe and new personality as well]].
* In the ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' fandom, the two most popular theories about the identity of the third girl from the photo (that she's a relative of Gamma's, and that she's a young Jones) were immediately Jossed by [[WordOfGod the author]] on the forum. Since most of the fans don't hang out on the forum, these theories remained popular, until TheRant below [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=365 this page]] put them to rest in the bluntest way possible. Also parodied in the rant on [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=336 this page]]. The first three theories that Tom facetiously shot down were {{Shout Out}}s to to actual EpilepticTrees from the fandom. He has taken this to a whole new level by having Renard Joss a theory that Jones was a robot ''in comic'' on this [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=592 page]]. When the theory refused to die, Jones herself stated she was not a Robot on [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=728 this page]]. The rant on that last one also includes a shirt design Jossing the theory yet again.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Rich Burlew, the author, tends to do this with many fan theories, such as [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0465.html Miko being zombified by Xykon]], [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0436.html the results of a misfired poison arrow]], and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0567.html whether Belkar's prophecy had come true]]. From the FAQ:
-->"In fact, I try not to read anything where people suggest upcoming plot ideas because I hate it when people guess what is going to happen. I feel the uncontrollable urge to change what happens, just to prove them wrong. Petty? Probably."
** The popular fan theory that the world of ''The Order of the Stick'' was an actual campaign was Jossed in strip # 606.
--->'''Shojo:''' No, the wisdom is simply this: Play the game.\\
'''Belkar:''' Uh, OK, but I thought we weren't actually representing a game campaign, we were just living in a world where the laws of...\\
'''Shojo:''' ''(while he and Belkar are playing Dungeons & Dragons)'' Not ''this'' game!\\
'''Belkar:''' Oh, whew!
** A DoubleSubversion of Jossing occurred with the theory that Elan's father is Lord Tyrinar, the warlord who had Haley's father imprisoned. The first strips where Tarquin appeared had him as a general who'd lost his empire long before; but it was eventually revealed that he was the man behind the throne of an empire that had gone through several figurehead rulers and names including Tyrinaria and Ian Starshine was one of the prisoners Roy befriended in the Empire's prisons. Tyrinar turned out to be just one of the figureheads, and dead in the present time of the comic.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' author Dan Shive has done this too many times to count.
* The author of ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' has a neat way about handling this. He insists, constantly, that every single [[EpilepticTrees epileptic tree]] is completely true, as sincerely as possible -- no matter what context: IM, forum, in actual discussion... He insists they are always correct, so that in the end, everyone, including him, is proven wrong.
* Done ''spectacularly'' in ''WebComic/EightBitTheater.'' Following [[spoiler:Black Belt]]'s death in, many fans clamored for his return and pointed out that this could be accomplished by [[spoiler:de-petrifying his doppleganger which was turned to stone way back near the start of the series]]. Clevinger responded by having White Mage attempt exactly that, and botch it ''horribly.'' The page where this happens is even titled, [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2005/11/10/episode-622-now-shut-up/ "Now Shut Up"]].
* The ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' webcomic ''TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' has been so thoroughly and consistently Jossed -- after each new game release since the series began -- about so many things, from the manner in which one character lost an eye to [[spoiler:his very state of existence]] -- necessitating massive, unconvincing [[RetCon retcons]] that even the ''characters'' [[LampshadeHanging find sketchy]]. The author is aware of this phenomenom. In one of his last blog posts, he says "if I'm lucky, I can be done before [=MGS4=] is released and my entire backstory is contradicted. Again". He was, and it was. Again. What's even more ironic is that the comic ended ''just under two weeks'' before [=MGS4's=] release.
* Despite attempts to reasonably, albeit comically, tie into the storyline of ''Half-Life'', the comic ''{{Concerned}}'' was pre-Jossed when their depiction of the elivery of the Xen Borderworld sample was already undone by ''Half-Life: Decay''.
* Randy Milholland seems to love to do this to his fans in ''SomethingPositive''. In fact, it could be said the only thing more enjoyable to him than not giving the fans what they want is giving them what they explicitly ''don't''. "Dont Give Him Any Ideas" is uttered regularly on feed commentaries. An example: [[spoiler:Pepito]] was originally going to live through the "insane catgirl massacre" storyline. Then somebody sent Milholland a letter saying he wasn't "allowed" to kill any of the characters. "Not even [[spoiler:Pepito]]." Note that the insane catgirls are the in-universe personifications of possessive, loony FanDumb. Having that dead character killed off by a fictionalized variant of the exact type of person who trying to ''save'' him is delicious, delicious {{irony}}. ([[YouKeepUsingThatWord Or something similar]].)
* ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'':
** While Andrew Hussie is usually very permissive of off-the-wall speculation, he sometimes feels the need to correct egregiously wrong interpretations. For instance, he has made it very clear that, in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[spoiler: Jade's Grampa]] was DeadAllAlong, Kanaya prefers the ladies, and, most of all, [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002584 WV IS NOT AN IMP]].
** When the [[spoiler: Alpha Kids]] were first introduced there was a lot of speculation about what [[spoiler: then unnamed Dirk and Roxy]]'s personalities would be. The most common theory for [[spoiler: Roxy]] was that she would be a scenester-esque HardDrinkingPartyGirl. Even more popularly, [[spoiler: Dirk was theorised to be a loser anime fanboy with the FanNickname "Weeabro"]]. [[spoiler:Roxy]]'s character turned out to be pretty close, though only on a superficial level [[spoiler: as Roxy is also a passionate scientist and very kind friend]]. [[spoiler: Dirk]]'s did not, and Andrew expressed great distaste for the theory.
** ''Homestuck'''s Jossed WMG pages are ''far'' bigger than the confirmed and active theory pages; so much so there are multiple pages because all of them on one page was breaking browsers. This is because Hussie encourages a lot of speculation.
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* Here's an actual example of Joss jossing something: less than a week after fans announced the WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog prequel [[http://horribleturn.com/ "Horrible Turn"]], Joss announced a [[http://io9.com/5398188/prequel-comic-reveals-dr-horribles-childhood-origins prequel comic book]] that appears to be covering the same topics (meeting Captain Hammer, turning evil, etc.).
* For a while, it was thought that the anthropomorphic animals in ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' were originally [[WasOnceAMan humans]] turned into animals via advanced technology. WordOfGod [[http://z7.invisionfree.com/thegangoffive/index.php?showtopic=6970&view=findpost&p=9149810 states]] that the anthropomorphic animals were merely "there" alongside humans.
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* Common fan theories insinuate that WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}} was created as a substitute for a [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Roger Rabbit]] cartoon that [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was never made]] due to [[ScrewedByTheLawyers legal and copyright issues]] surrounding Roger. Creator/GregWeisman, who helped develop WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}} and other [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} other notable]] Creator/{{Disney}} shows, says that Bonkers was certainly ''inspired'' by Roger, but Disney never had any plans to make a Roger Rabbit cartoon at any point.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** [[spoiler:Jet is [[HesJustHiding still alive]]]] -- Jossed by WordOfGod.
** [[spoiler: Smellerbee and Longshot]] died -- Jossed by the sequel comic ''The Promise''.
** [[spoiler:Suki is [[BusCrash dead]]]] -- Jossed by "The Boiling Rock".
** Zuko's mother [[DeathByChildbirth died in childbirth]] ("... I was lucky to be born.") -- Jossed by "Zuko Alone".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** [[spoiler:Amon is Koh the Face Stealer]] -- Jossed by season one finale: [[spoiler: Amon is a human.]]
** [[spoiler:Amon is a firebender who killed his parents]] -- Jossed by season one finale: [[spoiler: Amon is a waterbender, his abusive father died in different circumstances, and we don't know about his mother.]]
** Any theories about the identity of Lin's father ([[FanPreferredPairing Sokka]], Satoru from [[Comic/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheRift the comics]], etc.) were Jossed in "Operation Bei Fong," when it was revealed to be an unseen character named Kanto.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'': All widely accepted EpilepticTrees jossed with the release of the script of the unaired finale. The kids did ''not'' die in a rollercoaster crash, they are ''not'' in Hell, and Dungeon Master is ''not'' {{Satan}}.
* During the first two seasons, the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' fandom came up with a number of theories as to the isolated, motherless Sari's actual identity, the most popular being some variation of [[spoiler: Sari actually being a robot or cyborg created by Professor Sumdac, possibly made by reverse-engineering Megatron.]] During the second season finale, Sari [[spoiler: injured her elbow, revealing circuitry underneath her skin]], which seemed to support this idea. However, while the theory was right about Sari's true nature, it wasn't entirely correct about her origins. [[spoiler: Sari wasn't constructed by Sumdac or made from Megatron's parts, she was a technorganic protoform created by the Allspark using Sumdac's DNA.]] Also that [[spoiler: Ironhide]] was TheMole, which came up in the first case becauseof a screwup involving faction symbols.
* Literally hundreds of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' [[FanFic fanfics]] about [[spoiler: Terra's resurrection]] were written in the interim between the end of season two and the series finale "Things Change". When it was revealed that [[spoiler: Terra is alive as a schoolgirl who may or may not remember everything that happened to her in season two, and [[IJustWantToBeNormal just wants to live as a normal girl]]]], 99.9% of these fanfics were Jossed. Fans were left with two choices for future [[spoiler: Terra resurrection]] FanFic: write according to the new, official continuity, or [[FanonDiscontinuity ignore the last episode entirely]] and write FixFic about how [[spoiler: Terra ''should'' have been resurrected]].
* A lot of fanfiction for ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'' has now been Jossed because we now know the reason behind Zak's cryptid powers [[spoiler: he has cryptid powers because he's Kur]]. Also, most fanfictions related to the actual plot of the show have been Jossed because of the end of the latest episode [[spoiler: when we find out that Zak is Kur]], which resolved the story arc with a surprise ending.
* Due to having so much WordOfGod around, this has happened ''many times'' in regard to ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' on issues such as gargoyle customs and breeding habits, Elisa and Goliath's ability to reproduce, Lexington's sexuality, Katana's physical appearance, etc. Looking at older fanfics can sometimes be a very strange experience...
* After seeing [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] appear in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', supporting ComicBook/LexLuthor's presidential campaign, and then giving a bone chilling speech to his fellow leaguers, many fans of the show believed he would return as an unwitting tool of Luthor. This was jossed by...well, him not coming back.
* Due to the creators of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' refusal to discuss it, there are many theories regarding the whereabouts of the original parents of the characters, including the popular one that Doofenshmirtz is Phineas' father. In the episode "What Do it Do?" it was shown that Doof did go on one date with Linda Flynn, but they never went out again (although she supposedly was what convinced him to conquer the Tri-State Area). In a New York Times P&F panel, Dan and Jeff addressed one of those points, finally stating that, no, Doof is ''not'' Phineas' father.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** For a couple of weeks, it was fanon among fans that Scootaloo was the sister of Rainbow Dash. It made a bit of sense: Scoot is part of a PowerTrio, and the two other members are younger sisters of members of the main cast. Since Scootaloo is a pegasus, and it had already been established that she was not Fluttershy's sister, that left Dash as the only other potential sister (and the two have similar personalities and even looks). Creator Lauren Faust, though, insisted on her blog that Dash and Scootaloo are not related at all, though she hinted that they will form a friendship in the near future and it quickly became clear in subsequent episodes that Scootaloo idolizes Rainbow Dash.
** [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/03/pinkie-pies-4th-wall-antics-denied.html It has also been confirmed]] that [[GenkiGirl Pinkie Pie]] was ''not'' meant to be a FourthWallObserver, and that all the times she looked into the camera were animation mistakes where she was actually looking at someone else. The ability to break the fourth wall was never discussed by the writers, at least during meetings. However, this does not account for the times she directly communicated her excitement to the audience at the end of the second episode or physically interacting with the IrisOut (seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFlOZFSIsMQ&feature=related here]]) at the end of "Over a Barrel." (Also, subsequent instances of apparent BreakingTheFourthWall may indicate that the ongoing popularity within the fandom of interpreting Pinkie Pie as being aware of the fourth wall may well have led to the production team choosing to [[AscendedFanon adopt this stance themselves]].)
** Princess Luna's [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed return and subsequent official characterization]] has invalidated a great deal of fan interpretation. Most fan writers and artists nailed her social awkwardness, but few guessed she'd be just as hammy as Nightmare Moon.
** She also demonstrates a bit of a prankster streak, something usually attributed to Celestia (or [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Trollestia]]) in fics involving the two - often with Luna as the ButtMonkey. Of course, we still haven't ''seen'' the two directly talk to each other (minus their brief reconciliation at the beginning of Season 1 and a handful of one-sided exchanges in "A Canterlot Wedding"), so fan theories on how they'd interact in day-to-day situations currently remain safe. Celestia and Luna were eventually seen interacting in a day-to-day situation, appropriately enough, in "Slice of Life".
** The first week of November, 2011 had significant amounts of {{Fanon}} Jossed. First, a new blind bag wave was released which contains mostly background ponies from the show. None of the five whose toy names had become well-known had their {{Fan Nickname}}s, which caused heated debates about which names to call them by--the old and established {{Fan Nickname}}s or the brand-new toy names whose likes have been rendered obsolete by {{Canon}} in two other blind bag ponies' cases. The good news for them is that the later waves of blind bags stated those official names as second names, making some fan interpretations canon. For example, fan name "Lyra" + old official name "Heartstrings" = new official name "Lyra Heartstrings."
** Lauren Faust once revealed more of the actual backstory of Nightmare Moon, and how she was banished, on her Website/DeviantArt page. (Unfortunately, it was in the page-comments section, and has long since scrolled off.) Much of it invalidates the common fanon interpretation of [[DracoInLeatherPants Luna]] as basically the victim of [[RonTheDeathEater Celestia]] in the whole affair. Different from many other forms of Jossing in that Faust pointed out that since it was never stated in the show, it isn't really canon, and it was perfectly possible for the current crew to contradict it. Later, the two-part episode "Princess Twilight Sparkle" made the Jossing fully canonical.
** Fanon usually presents Luna and Celestia as the only "[[WingedUnicorn alicorns]]" in Equestria. "A Canterlot Wedding" revolves around Twilight's older brother getting married to Celestia's niece, an alicorn. She was apparently not originally designed as such when Lauren Faust worked on the story.
** The popular background pony DJ Pon-3's eyes have been almost universally depicted as red in fanon, but a tiny split-second shot in "A Canterlot Wedding" showed them as being magenta. Fans of her red eyes look quickly scrambled to offer justifications such as; the light making them look different (the split-second in question in which her eyes are revealed took place in shadow), to wearing contacts, to having magical eyes that can change color depending on which one she thinks looks coolest on the given day.
** Spitfire, captain of the Wonderbolts, commonly had her previously unrevealed cutie mark drawn by fans as a lightning bolt similar to the one that appears on her flight suit, but mixed with a dash of flames at the top of it (seen [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=spitfire+fanon+cutie+mark#/d5i3vox here]]. "Wonderbolt Academy" officially revealed it as more of a set of flames worming a wing-like image, possibly representing that of a phoenix (as can be seen [[http://spitshy.deviantart.com/art/Spitfire-s-cutiemark-343051621 here]].
** After the release of a toyline putting special focus on a particular unicorn named Sunset Shimmer, fan speculation arose that she would be taking Twilight Sparkle's place in the series [[spoiler: after Twilight became an alicorn at the end of the third season.]] Writer Megan [=McCarthy=] later stated in a tweet that Sunset Shimmer was a toyline-exclusive character and would not be appearing in the series (She appears in the ''WesternAnimation/EquestriaGirls'' series, but this will most likely be her only appearances outside of the toys).
** The author of the Daring Do books have long been believed to be Twilight's mother, Twilight Velvet; her blind bag card says she's a writer, and her appearance in the IDW comic reveals several writing awards. However, the fourth season reveals that the books are written by the reclusive A.K. Yearling, [[spoiler:who also happens to be Daring Do, an adventurer archaeologist; the books are based on real events.]]
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]'', finally seeing him without his straw hat, the fans now know for sure that Rarity's father is a unicorn, and not an Earth pony as many had believed. (Though this was previously revealed in the Elements of Harmony guidebook.)
** It was part of the [[{{Fanon}} collective headcanon]] that ages ago, before they were as powerful as they are now, Celestia had pink hair instead of her rainbow mane (as seen in various old depictions of the sisters, including the book seen ''in this two parter'') and Luna looked like her season one self (as per Creator/LaurenFaust's explaining of the redesign by saying it was because right after being purified her magic was at its lowest). Well in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 Twilight's Kingdom Part 1]]'', when the princesses explicitly lend ''all'' of their magic to Twilight, the only change to their designs is that their manes are no longer blowing in a nonexistent wind. This makes nonsensical oddities out of Luna's earlier design (why ''did'' she look that way after purification, then?) and Celestia's depiction in books and tapestries (if she ''never'' really looked like that, is ''every'' pony ever to draw her colorblind?) but hey, every show has a {{Headscratchers}} page for a reason. However, it could be that donating all their Alicorn magic does not stop them from being Alicorns, as indicated by Cadence remaining one.
** It was surprising to see in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'', that the black patches on Luna's rump are part of her coat, not her cutie mark.
** A common AlternateCharacterInterpretation of Celestia was nicknamed "Trollestia," after it was revealed in-canon that Celestia plays some good-natured pranks. This extended so far as to give her RonTheDeathEater tendencies in fanworks, up to and including treating Twilight terribly and ruling as a tyrannical dictator. Much of this revolved around the idea that Celestia could have solved lots of problems in Equestria, but did nothing. An issue of the IDW comic Jossed this idea, with Celestia saying that it's true that there were a lot of problems that she could have solved without Twilight's help, but Celestia does it because it's how Twilight will best learn.
** It was common for fans to depict griffons as a ProudWarriorRace, with all sorts of lore to go along with it. The episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E8TheLostTreasureOfGriffonstone The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone]]" showed that the griffons were really a greedy race that [[OnlyInItForTheMoney only do anything for money]], and who all live in squalor since a sacred treasure was stolen from them.
** It was common for fans to think that [[AlphaBitch Diamond Tiara]] only had her father [[UnclePennybags Filthy Rich]] to raise her. Then came [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E19CrusadersOfTheLostMark "Crusaders of the Lost Mark"]], where we were introduced to Diamond's mother [[AbusiveParents Spoiled Rich]].
* Fans swore ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuyPresentsLaughItUpFuzzball'' used {{Rotoscoping}} for certain scenes from the ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies, but the people who made it insisted they just were really precise about recreating the scenes.
* ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''. WordOfGod says that Henry and June are only like brother and sister and neither have feelings for each other in any direction, which breaks the fanon that's been going on since the show premiered.
* After the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "You're Getting Old" aired, many fans speculated that series creators Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone were suffering from CreatorBreakdown, but when asked on the matter, Trey and Matt replied that fans "took the episode too seriously" and denied being unhappy with the show.
* A hugely popular theory among ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' fans was that TheFlash would pull a HeroicSacrifice in the Season 2 finale, acting as a [[MythologyGag nod]] to his death in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. [[spoiler:''A'' Flash did indeed end up dying in this manner...except it was ''Kid'' Flash!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'':
** There were quite the fans that readily assumed that the season 3 premiere "Stingstress" would resolve the Ultraprison takeover in either having everyone fight it out, or that it would have the Warden and the Mistress become an OfficialCouple and triumph over the Lord Stingray/Mistress pairing. The reality? The episode was mostly built on a TimeSkip from the end of season 2 showing the disastrous effects of an integrated jail with no real huge bloodbaths (aside from a brief bathroom brawl), and the Warden/Mistress expectations were sunk when the Warden had ''no clue'' how to have sex with the Mistress, leaving Alice to settle the matter instead.
** The idea of Jailbot coming to save the day in the above mentioned episode was based off TheStinger to the season 2 finale that preceded it (Jailbot repairing himself and rushing back to the jail). However, it too was debunked when it was revealed that Jailbot did arrive back to the jail... just several months too late to do anything helpful, and he instantly got threatened by Nova.
** Gary's increased prominence in season 3 led to lots of fan theories that he'd be the BigBad for the finale, and that he was clearly up to something. Not such the case, especially with the plot of "Burn Stoolie Burn" being more about Warden and Ash ruining everything, although [[spoiler: his vocal cords did wind up possessing the Peedee puppet in the episode BEFORE the finale, leading to another plot point to be resumed in season 4.]]
** Due to the minor amount of continuity and follow-through in season 3 ("Stingstress" being a resolution to "Vacation", the Rat plot in "Uh Oh It's Magic" and "Planet Radio"), the ending of "The Trouble with Triples", rather than being taken as a simple GainaxEnding, had some amount of fans believing that it was another plot point to be resolved, what with the Twins being forcibly taken back to their world. Not quite the case [[SnapBack when the Twins were back in the following episode]]. The writers even ridiculed the fans who thought it would actually be continued, pointing out that several endings were only meant as gags and never meant to be resolved. Although there is also the tease that due to said reactions, that it may be revisited in season 4 (with there already being speculation if the episode will be a TakeThat to the fans that missed the point).
** It was a bit of a meme to depict Lord Stingray as a yellow mutant creature when out of his suit, due to a roleplayer insisting on it being his real appearance. After "Stingstress" revealed him to be a human man (though without removing his mask, and [[TrollingCreator Christy Karacas asking fans if they were really "sure" if he was human]]), "Beast Ray" died down a little, but is still seen in occasional fanworks.
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''. There are several episodes which do not include Higher For Hire or Kit, and are Baloo and Louie having adventures on their own. This led to a fan theory that these episodes were from an earlier version of the show, and Kit and Higher For Fire were added as retooling. However once things like the series bible, and the episodes production numbers became public, this was quickly squashed. In fact the very first episode written and produced was "I Only Have Ice For You", in which Rebecca tried to get her pilot's license, revolved heavily around Higher for Hire.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''. For a while, it was speculated among fans that the reason for the reviled pairing of WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck and SpeedyGonzales was that, in the mid-1960's (see: UsefulNotes/FallOfTheStudioSystem), the moviegoing public was largely reduced to the American Southwest. Daffy and Speedy (along with Bugs Bunny) were the two most popular Looney Tunes characters there, so naturally Warner Brothers wanted to produce more cartoons with them. Meanwhile, due to budget constraints, it was decided that the most logical thing to do was to pair the two characters together. While the second half of this theory (that they were paired together for financial reasons) is correct, the first part was debunked by renowned animation historian Jerry Beck around 2005-ish. The reason why so many cartoons featuring the two characters were made was because television distributors were demanding more cartoons with them, not because of a segmented moviegoing audience.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': "Society of the Blind Eye" ends a popular fan theory that even seemed to have a leaked image confirming it. [[spoiler:[=McGucket=] did ''not'' write the journals, but he was involved with the true author before he overused a mind eraser and went insane. Said true author would be revealed four episodes later]]. The leaked image in question turned out to be a [[TrollingCreator deliberate hoax]] by the show's creator, to discredit ''another'' popular fan theory [[IKnewIt that turned out to be right]] (relatedly, it was revealed that [[spoiler: Grunkle Stan was never involved with the original research team that worked on the portal).]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', Penny was frequently depicted in fanart as a deer without her shell on due to her antlers. [[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS3E20TheShell ''The Shell'']] revealed she was actually [[spoiler:a shapeshifting fairy like creature without her shell.]]
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* RealLife does this to you all the time. Note on this Wiki [[ScienceMarchesOn Science]], [[TechnologyMarchesOn Technology]], [[DatedHistory History]], and [[SocietyMarchesOn Society]] Marching On.
* Various end of the world theories have been thoroghouly jossed by our continued existence.
** The Y2K bug did not cause a catastrophic collapse to society by cripping our computer infrastructure.
** The Mayan calendar [[MayanDoomsday "predicted"]] the world would end in 2012, but nothing happened. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the sense that the mayans didn't even say the world would end on December 21, 2012.
** Various interpretations of UsefulNotes/{{Nostradamus}}'s writings have theorized world-end dates; so far, all jossed.
* Many, many ConspiracyTheories in general are jossed as predicted results of whatever EpilepticTree you followed down the rabbit hole refuses to materialize.
* Throughout the 20th century, the idea that space travel would become common by X date. Some predicted it as early as the 50s. As ScienceMarchesOn, and the actual logistics of it are more known, it's becoming more and more of a discredited trope. Flying cars also.
* Sports betting and stock market speculations get thoroughly jossed constantly, leading many to financial ruin.
* Every new generation for ages has been dismissed as lazy/stupid/entitled/dangerous, and many a doomsday prophet predicted that those damn kids will blow up the world in a few years. Meanwhile the apocalypse keeps not happening, and every time it seems to come close, those responsible are usually two generations up from the current so-called nihilists. Plus, the "lazy and stupid" folk keep coming up with better and better technology. Including, ironically, medical advances that have increased our expected lifespan and ameliorated many conditions associated with aging.
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* When it was announced that Creator/WilliamHurt was reprising his role as General Ross for ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', the rumor mill went into overtime with speculation that Ross would become the Comicbook/RedHulk in the movie. He doesn't.



* In 1893 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle killed off SherlockHolmes in ''The Final Problem'', and John Kendrick Bangs took this opportunity to write ''In Pursuit of the House-boat'' (1897), a fantasy novel in which the detective goes to the afterlife and meets a bunch of famous historical figures. But this fanciful tale of Holmes' post-mortem adventures was rudely jossed when Conan Doyle revealed, in 1903, that the detective had never really gone over the waterfall after all.
* A fictional, OlderThanFeudalism example: In Lucian's ''Literature/TrueHistory'', the narrator gets to the Isles of the Blest, and meets, among others, Creator/{{Homer}}. Homer tells him that everyone's wrong about where he's from (he's actually Babylonian) and that all the lines bracketed as not really Homeric by scholars are, in fact, his. Then the narrator asks why he began the ''Literature/{{Iliad}}'' with the word ''menis'' [wrath]: "and he said it came to him that way, without his intending anything." All this was pretty clearly meant to make fun of the various theories held by scholars at the time.
* In the ''Literature/AlexRider'' series, many readers believed Alex to [[spoiler: have died]] at the end of ''Scorpia'', but there are four books following that. Also, author Creator/AnthonyHorowitz stated that [[TonightSomeoneDies a major character who had appeared in all the books so far would die]] in the final book ''Scorpia Rising''. Readers are led to believe that it's [[spoiler: Smithers]], when really it's [[spoiler: Alex's housekeeper Jack Starbright]] who dies.
* The last book of ''Literature/OrigamiYoda'' Jossed the fan theory that [[spoiler: Harvey likes Amy.]]
* Creator/DianeDuane began writing the ''Literature/{{Rihannsu}}'' novels during the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' movie period, and a not inconsiderable amount of what she came up with for the Romulans was Jossed by the '90s and 2000s TV series.
** The ''Rihannsu'' version of the Earth-Romulan War has the Federation discovering the Romulans when the latter had only sublight vessels, albeit an extensive capability to that end. Based on prior bad experience with the AbusivePrecursors of the Orions that sparked the Sundering, the Romulans misinterpreted things and built a warfleet to attack the next Federation ship to visit the Romulan system. They captured it, gained warp drive and sundry other tech from it, and things went downhill from there until the Romulans were destroying entire fleets, at which point the Federation decided to cut its losses and negotiated a peace treaty by subspace radio, designating a swathe of space surrounding the Romulan sun Eisn as the "Romulan Star Empire".\\
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The ''Enterprise'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekEnterpriseS02E03Minefield Minefield]]" shows the Romulans as already possessing warp drive and cloaking devices at FirstContact with United Earth in the 2150s. While some of the ''Literature/StarTrekEnterpriseRelaunch'' novels (effectively ENT seasons 5 through 7, written partially using the notes of Manny Coto et al.) borrowed parts of Creator/DianeDuane's worldbuilding, the Earth-Romulan War instead took place before the Federation, and in fact was [[FireForgedFriends a catalyst for its creation]] out of an alliance of Alpha and Beta Quadrant races (chiefly humanity, the Andorians, the Vulcans, and the Tellarites) that joined forces to beat the Romulans.
** The Vulcans are stated in ''The Romulan Way'' to have joined the Federation during the Earth-Romulan War, and identified the Romulans as their long-lost brethren, whereas in ''Enterprise'' the Vulcans are a founding member of the Federation.
** The Remans, referred to as Havrannssu ("the Travelers") in ''The Romulan Way'', are said to be a frequently dissident faction or ethnicity of Romulans who were forced onto the Sundering's colony ships involuntarily, and Remus is a Class M garden world. In ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', Remus is a barren planet {{tidally locked|Planet}} to Eisn, and the Remans are a different species entirely.
** The structure of the Romulan government is given as a series of aristocratic councils referred to as the Tricameron, with among other things twelve praetors ("''fvillham''") serving in a separate chamber from the Senate ("''deihuit''"). The TV series beginning with ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' showed the Senate as a unicameral legislature, with a single praetor apparently equivalent to a prime minister.
* The ending of ''Literature/TheGiver'' led many school study groups to believe that [[spoiler:the story's final pages depict a DyingDream, since they have Jonas departing the world he grew up in and reaching "Elsewhere" after he and the reader find out exactly what being ReleasedToElsewhere means]]. This theory was finally disproved when the sequel was written.
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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. In the episode "Legendaddy", it's revealed that Barney has a step-sister in college. Combined with the knowledge that The Mother was in college (at the end of season 4) and would meet Ted at Barney's wedding, it quickly became a popular and very plausible theory that The Mother was her. However, in ''Ring Up'', Ted actually does date her, but they break up since she was too young (only 20). This, in turn, led to an EpilepticTrees theory that she actually was The Mother, since at the time of the wedding she'd be 21. Which actually would give a rationale for why it took 9 years for Ted to meet her: at the start of season 1, ''she was only 12''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Any idea that the modern series was a reboot (or that the film was considered discontinuity, making Eccleston the real ''Eighth'' Doctor, Tennant the ''Ninth'' and so on) was immediately thrown out once Sarah Jane Smith and K-9 appeared and Tennant's Doctor mentions regenerating "half a dozen times" in the same episode. In several episodes, starting with 2007's "Human Nature", [=McGann's=] Doctor's face explicitly appears on screen.
** ''Who'' fans eventually got to be used to being Jossed; the modern series in particular takes a perverse pleasure in contradicting {{Fanon}} without violating any actual {{Canon}}. The Doctor's references to his family in "The Empty Child", "The Doctor's Daughter", "Fear Her" and "Smith and Jones" have evoked particular Jossing. Even though his granddaughter Susan is introduced in ''the very first episode of the entire show'', many fans maintained that the Doctor was asexual in some way. In one of the AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audios, the Doctor clearly and unequivocally says that he has never been a father, but (a) that's not part of the TV show, (b) the Doctor lies pretty often and (c) the MST3KMantra is recommended with the sheer amount of writers the show has.
** The Doctor's "you've been watching too much TV" reaction in "The Sound of Drums" to Martha's suggestion that the Master could be his brother is a particularly self-aware example, because the fandom had been throwing that idea around for years (although if the TV movie had been picked up for a series, that WAS their plan).
** Before ''The End of Time'', many fanfics were written to undo the FateWorseThanDeath forced upon Donna Noble. At the end of Part I it appeared as if she ''was'' beginning to remember her time with the Doctor, but this is resolved by the Doctor putting some sort of 'release-valve' in her mind to protect her, and she spends most of Part II unconscious. She never does remember ([[ShootTheShaggyDog and apparently there is absolutely nothing that can be done by anyone ever to help her]]), and now never will since it has been confirmed that her story is over and will never appear in the series again. In effect, everything she was is DeaderThanDead. Number of fanfics [=Jossed=]: Too many to number, and they are ''still being written''.
** The appearance of [[spoiler: John Hurt as the Doctor's regeneration during the Time War]] led to many fans thinking that he was [[spoiler: an [[TimeshiftedActor older version]] of [=McGann's=] Eighth Doctor.]] This fan theory was thrown out the window in the short "Night of the Doctor [[spoiler: which brought back [=McGann=] as the Eighth Doctor and showed how he regenerated into the Doctor from the Time-War.]]
** There's also the theory that the Daleks can't climb stairs.
*** Jossed for the first time in "Remembrance of the Daleks," when we first see a Dalek flying up a flight of stairs.
*** Jossed ''again'' in "Dalek," when a guy climbs a flight of stairs and taunts his Dalek pursuer under the assumption that the Dalek can't get him. Then the Dalek says, "ELEVATE," and floats off the ground...
*** And originally Jossed back in 1965 in "The Chase". We don't see Daleks in the act of climbing stairs, but we do see some upstairs from the spot where their time machine landed.
** The revelation that Ian and Barbara were still alive and apparently TheAgeless, in "Death of the Doctor" from ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', Jossed the very common grim darkfic fanon that gave Barbara the early death from breast cancer that claimed her actress Jacqueline Hill in real life, and ascribed it to her irradiation on Skaro in "The Daleks".
* The creators of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' have specifically shot down the fan theory that the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 are actually [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory all dead and in a kind of purgatory]], despite the belief that this was the only explanation that actually made Season One make any kind of sense. Lingering hopes of this being true have been ''thoroughly'' Jossed as [[spoiler:the fourth and sixth seasons actually does allow several of the main characters to escape the island and return to the real world. Although in either a TakeThat or a ShoutOut, one of those returnees "now" holds the theory that he and the other "Oceanic 6" are in fact dead.]]
** Richard [[LampshadeHanging hangs a Lampshade]] on this in "Ab Aeterno", declaring that he, at least, considers the island to be Hell.
** As a lampshade hanging, in season 6, the ghost of [[spoiler: Michael]] reveals to Hurley that the island actually does serve as an instance of purgatory for people who have committed atrocious acts while on the island. The series finale reveals that [[spoiler: the AlternateTimeline Los Angeles where the plane didn't crash is really some kind of purgatory.]]
** After years of some of the most elaborate fan theories to grace modern television, The Island is... [[spoiler:just an island. For the most part, anyway.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. Nearly every episode went against some bit of fanon, but careful examination reveals the writers never went against canon, with near Magnificent Bastard precision (with the exception of cloaking devices appearing much earlier than previously established). For example:
** Several well-known alien species encountered in ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' had originally received first contact later in the chronology. The dialogue carefully avoided mentioning the species by name to keep canon intact.
** When T'Pol becomes an officer in Starfleet towards the end of the series, many fans cried foul claiming the original Star Trek series established that Spock was the first Vulcan to serve in Starfleet... Until some enterprising (heh) fans took time to watch the entire run of the original series on DVD only to confirm no such reference was ever made on screen, and since [[WordofGod Paramount and Gene Roddenberry]] proclaimed EU sources non-canon, any references to Spock being the first in the novels and other media don't count.
** The portrayal of Vulcans in general was perhaps the single biggest source of outrage: some fans took it extremely poorly that Vulcans were portrayed as arrogant, duplicitous, and generally not all that noble, despite the fact that the Vulcans previously seen in the original series, except for Spock and Sarek, showed these same traits. And even Spock and Sarek demonstrated an irrational years-long grudge. In particular, the fans who objected to the portrayal of Vulcans in this series apparently never watched, or had forgotten about, the TOS episode "Amok Time", in which T'Pau (one of the most eminent Vulcans, though her exact position is never stated; she's said to have been the only person ever to decline a seat on the Federation Council) makes statements about Terrans that could very easily be construed to be racist, and T'Pring hatches a plot with her lover Stonn to get Spock killed by challenging the marriage. Not very nice people by any reasonable standard. Spock himself states on several occasions that one reason Vulcans place so much of a premium on logic and strict emotional control is that their emotions and passions are far stronger and harsher than humans, and it's canon that Vulcan civilization was very nearly destroyed centuries ago in wars that were worse than anything Earth ever experienced, even World War III itself. And the objectors are ignoring the example of the Romulans, who are basically the descendants of Vulcans who refused to accept Sarek's philosophies and struck out to greener pastures offworld instead in order to preserve their original civilization, both the good and the bad.
** One particular example works off both definitions: [[spoiler:Trip's death in "These are the Voyages..."]] By that time there was already a novel written with Trip as an old man, meeting a young James Kirk, and mentoring the designer of the Constitution class starship. The event in question was also equally reviled by the fanbase, Trip being one of the most beloved characters in the series. While considered Non-Canon by all TPTB, the later ENT novels (''The Good that Men Do'' through ''The Romulan War: To Brave the Storm'') brought Trip back, turning his death into a {{Heroic Sacrifice}}, to work behind the scenes to sabotage the Romulan efforts to create a Warp 7 stardrive.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' did this as well:
** Between the end of the Original Series in 1969 and the airing of TNG in 1987, the only 'official' stories that came out were the four Star Trek movies. Because demand for Trek remained high, a good number of novels and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek_role-playing_game_%28FASA%29 RPG material]] were published, and assumed to be canon (or at least close to it,) by the fans. Apparently, Gene Roddenberry was frustrated that creative control had effectively been taken away from him (both in most of the films and the fiction,) and when he re-asserted creative control at the beginning of TNG, he deliberately ignored the corpus of work that had been done and took things in a different direction with TNG. The strange thing is that Roddenberry added The Animated Series to his non-canon list, even though he was involved in its production, it had all of the original cast except Chekov, shared story editors, screenwriters, and directors with the live-action series, and even has the same guest stars.
** Some fans had a theory that the episode ''Yesterday's Enterprise'' actually took place in the Mirror Universe, where Goatee!Spock had received knowledge of the Federation from Prime universe Kirk, and had reformed the Terran Empire into the Federation, complete with Federation ideals and history, and that the resulting war with the Klingons was due to the softening of the former Empire, which they would eventually lose, leading to the events in the Mirror Universe on Deep Space Nine.
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', it was something of a no brainer ([[{{Pun}} so to speak]]) that Sylar [[BrainFood ate the brains of his victims]]. He makes frequent use of EvilTastesGood dialogue, and WordOfGod itself stated that he was originally supposed to eat the brains, but they couldn't figure out a way to show it on-screen without being silly. And yet brain-eating is explicitly Jossed in a very funny scene in the first episode of Season 3.
-->[[spoiler:'''Claire:''' Are you going to eat it?\\
'''Sylar:''' Eat your brain? Claire, that's disgusting!]]
* This occasionally happens in ''Franchise/PowerRangers''. The problem is that much of the info comes from casting scripts or pre-season profiles; this info has been repeatedly wrong and/or changed when the show begins airing since 2002, but the fans keep using it as source material for fic. Such is the case of the majority of the older fanbase (those aware of the Sentai source shows) assuming that ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' would be skipped over to adapt ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', only to be surprised with the announcement of ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'', which is a ''Goseiger'' adaptation. And then they really got hit in the face with the reveal that the second half of ''Megaforce'' would be a ''joint'' ''Goseiger'' and ''Gokaiger'' adaptation.
* PowerRangersLightspeedRescue has an interesting on. Fans theorized that Commander Mitchell was, in fact, a grown up Billy, who used his knowledge of Ranger Tech to create his own team. The fact that his name is William Mitchell and the actor had a passing resemblance to David Yost also played into this. The theory was Jossed by producers and then firmly killed when Billy's official last name was revealed to be Cranston.
* ''{{Series/Smallville}}'':
** The theory that Chloe might change her name to become "Lois Lane" later in life was pretty thoroughly Jossed when the ''actual'' Lois Lane showed up in season 4 (and several times afterwards by WordOfGod).
** When Jor-El's voice began telling Clark that it was his destiny to rule the people of Earth with strength, fans believed either General Zod was Clark's biological father, or that Zod had somehow intercepted the ship and placed a message inside. This was jossed by the powers that be who assured fans that Jor-El was still Clark's father.
* In the 2003 remake of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', one episode revealed that there was originally a number 7 Cylon named Daniel, but Cavil destroyed them all. The fanbase went wild with EpilepticTrees over this, saying that Daniel was Starbuck's father, Starbuck herself, any or all of the imaginary friends, the thirteenth lord of Kobol, etc. Then WordOfGod said that no, Daniel is not Starbuck's father, will not play any part in the finale, and was only created to explain why there was no number 7, while adding to Cavil's evil backstory to boot. Another one is what is going on with the apparently non-sensical numbering scheme for the models? There are supposed to be twelve all together, the unique five (who became known as the Final Five, despite existing before the seven) who came from the wreck of Earth and the seven they helped the machine Cylons create. Despite this, the models created with the machine Cylons are known to include Model One AND Model Nine.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Directed by Creator/JossWhedon, this is the fandom reaction to the season 5 revelation that Drusilla sired Spike. Until this point, it was assumed that Angelus siring Spike was canon (what with Spike outright referring to Angel as his sire at least twice); suddenly almost all existing Fanged Four and Angel/Spike fics were 'Jossed'. The explanation is that "sire" can refer to any vampiric ancestor, not just the direct one. Angel sired Drusilla, so is Spike's sire - and did indeed have a mentor relationship with him, which isn't always the case.
** In season seven it looks like Faith slept with Spike. When Harmony introduces herself in the Season 9 comics however Faith offers these words:
--> "I love that '''I'm''' supposed to be the slutty one when everyone '''but''' me has nailed Spike."
* A popular fan theory about ''{{Series/Firefly}}'''s Shepherd Book was that he had spent time as an Operative. This has been Jossed by the Shepherd's Tale comic, which reveals that [[spoiler: he was at one point high-ranking Alliance commander, but was working as a spy for the Browncoats the whole time. Before that he was a streetkid named Henry Evans, who joined the Independent movement to get off his homeworld, stealing his identity from the ''real'' Book, whom he killed and impersonated to infiltrate the Alliance.]]
* The ''Series/{{Skins}}'' fan theory that Effy was going to be the character who died at the end of Series 4, her mental illness [[DrivenToSuicide Driving Her To Suicide]]. Instead, [[spoiler: it was Freddie]], in a plot twist so ridiculous it could have come straight out of the Whedon playbook.
* This occasionally happens with ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.
** In early seasons, it was a widely accepted theory that Tony's father was an abusive alcoholic, based on Tony saying that his father "was too drunk to hurt anyone" while undercover in a Season 2 episode. This was jossed by the appearance of Tony Sr. in Season 7, in which he was shown to be neglectful but very clearly not abusive or in any way violent.
** Quite a few fanfictions were jossed by the Season 10 episode "You Better Watch Out" when it was explicitly stated that Ziva had never been to Tony's apartment, nor any other woman for that matter. It is possible that this was intended to show the significance of her staying at his apartment two episodes later as a precaution after her father was assassinated.
** The theory of [=McGee=] having a dead mother was well on its way to becoming accepted fanon in seasons nine and ten, mostly because that seemed to be the trend on the show - Tony, Ziva, Gibbs, and Abby have all lost their mothers. The idea was jossed in the latter half of Season 10 when it is mentioned in an episode that this character's mother is very much alive and well.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Throughout the entirety of Season 3, fans were convinced Sam and Dean would find a way to free Dean from his deal. They didn't.
** There are several examples of this in Supernatural, most often accompanied by a fan cry of 'I can't believe they actually went there!'. See Sam sleeping with Ruby and drinking her blood (both heavily debated, but many fans were convinced he Would Never) Sam breaking the final seal and defeating Lucifer, Dean not saying 'yes' to Michael, Sam saying 'yes' to Lucifer, and the list goes on.... Especially notable as Supernatural frequently managed to create some spectacular [[InternetBackdraft fandom explosions]] whenever they Jossed the fans.
** Throughout much of S5 many fans believed pagan gods might ally themselves with - or in some way offer assistance to - the Winchesters. This was Jossed not once, but ''twice'', first with Paris Hilton's self-obsessed forest god, and then with the council of pagan gods who determined the best way to avert the apocalypse would be to kill the Winchesters. On the other hand, fans were vindicated in believing the Trickster/Gabriel would become an ally, they just never quite guessed how it would work out.
* ''Series/LifeOnMars'': A very popular theory regarding the last episode, which was even embraced by John Simm himself, was that Sam never actually woke up from his coma, and his return to the "real world" was a hallucination, which is why he didn't feel anything there. This is however jossed by the first episode of ''Series/AshesToAshes'' which reveals that he did indeed wake up and committed suicide a few days later. Strangely enough, ''Series/AshesToAshes'' actually did this with Alex in the beginning of the third season, where her imagined awakening in the real world later turned out to actually be her dying.
* ''Series/MadMen'': Based on the title sequence, which shows Don Draper falling off a building, many fans thought that he would commit suicide at the end of the series. [[spoiler: He doesn't, and is in fact very happy at the end.]]
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' shows will occasionally go out of their way to shoot down fan theories about secondary characters (usually female ones) becoming Riders, either by taking up the title character's belt or gaining their own powers. A specific instance comes in ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'', where the direct-to-DVD mini-episode ''Type Tokujou'' shows that [[ActionGirl Kiriko]] attempted to transform into Drive, only for the transformation to fail because she lacks some unspecified factor which [[TheHero Shinnosuke]] possesses.
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* Music/JohnLennon had repeatedly denied that [[Music/TheBeatles "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"]] had anything to do with LSD, despite him having LSD experiences and writing "She Said She Said" beforehand about a bad trip. According to Lennon, he was not aware of the LSD abbreviation at the time, had only heard the substance referred to as "acid," and was inspired by a painting that his son Julian made in school of his classmate Lucy O'Donnell. His son and Lucy also confirmed this answer. However, [[FanDislikedExplanation the explanation didn't deter his fans]], and Music/PaulMcCartney has refuted John's statements.
* Another drug related one: Peter Yarrow denied that his song "Puff the Magic Dragon" was about smoking marijuana, and that it "never had any meaning other than the obvious one": the "loss of innocence in children."
* Continuing on with the drug theme. Many people believe Pink Floyd's "Comfortable Numb" is about heroin use, in reality it's about David Gilmour's experiences with different illnesses and the feelings that came along with them. The second verse in particular is about a specific concert where he had become sick prior to performing. A doctor had given him a muscle relaxant which had made him numb.
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* A week of ''Brevity'' (starting [[http://www.gocomics.com/brevity/2010/09/27 here]]) focused on the life cycle of a couple. Readers following the sequence theorized that this is from the point of view of the tree in the background. However, [[http://www.gocomics.com/brevity/2010/10/03 the final strip revealed that the POV was actually from the benches the couple were sitting on throughout the sequence]].
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* Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw was so sick of all the people who felt Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins from ''Theatre/{{Pygmalion}}'' should've ended up together, that he wrote an entire essay on why Eliza and Henry could never be together; and in the original play she marries Freddy Eynsford-Hill. Nevertheless, in its film adaptation, and in the musical ''Theatre/MyFairLady'', (both the stage version and the film), ended with [[MaybeEverAfter Eliza and Henry possibly together]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The first ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' game probably inspired many theories about Ansem that were invalidated by ''Kingdom Hearts II''. Theories about "Unknown" from ''Final Mix'' and the knights from the second game's secret ending were also invalidated.
** There was also quite a bit of speculation about Roxas, known only as the "Blond-Haired Kid", or BHK, after a few previews of ''Kingdom Hearts II'' were released. Many theories were in the correct vein, but as Roxas is linked to a group of people who were never mentioned at all in the first game, it was virtually impossible for anyone to guess his true identity. It got easier to pin "BHK" post-''Chain of Memories''. But then there was [=DiZ=]. The common theory was that he was the "Superior" of the Organization and Ansem's Nobody - because ''Chain of Memories'' heavily implied that Ansem's Nobody led the Organization and [=DiZ=] himself was Ansem (as King Mickey recognized him). The actual truth of the matter was something no-one could have predicted - [[spoiler: [[{{Retcon}} that the Ansem you fought in the first game wasn't the real Ansem King Mickey met.]]]]
** The fourth installment in the series, ''358/2 Days'', tossed a mysterious new Kairi lookalike into the events concurrent to ''Chain of Memories'' and preceding ''Kingdom Hearts II''. There were many theories that attempted to explain who she was and why she was never mentioned before, a fairly common one being she was Kairi's Unversed (Before the fandom really knew what an Unversed was) It turned out [[spoiler:that she was in fact a Replica infused with Sora's memories.]]
** A fairly minor one, it was the general fandom consensus that all Nobodies looked different, such as having a different hair color, and had a different voice than their "Other", like Roxas, Namine and Xemnas did. Then ''Birth by Sleep'' rolled around and we see the "Others" of Xigbar, Xaldin, Vexen, Lexeaus, Zexion, Saix, and Axel, and, while the latter three were kids at the time, they all looked and sounded exactly like their Nobodies. [[spoiler:It should be pointed out that Roxas, Namine and Xemnas aren't "typical" Nobodies.]]
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'':
** ''4'' inspired a lot of fan-thought that Nero was Sparda or Vergil reincarnate, or that his Devil Bringer arm held either spirit, and would be possessed by them. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, neither showed up in the game.]] Also, Dante's seemingly uncharacteristic assassination of Order leader Sanctus at the game's start inspired much speculation about his motives and whether he had pulled a FaceHeelTurn. It was eventually revealed that [[spoiler:he was pulling a ShootTheDog and trying to kill the game's BigBad.]]
** As a point of interest: while not [[IKnewIt confirmed]], Nero's link to Vergil is still hinted at quite a lot in the game. He wields the Yamato katana -- Vergil's weapon in ''Devil May Cry 3'' -- and in [[SuperMode Devil Trigger form]], he is overshadowed by a demonic spirit that resembles Vergil's own Devil Trigger and his Nelo Angelo form from the first game. DemonicPossession[=/=]SoulJar isn't off the table just yet.
** The [[CrystalDragonJesus Crystal Dragon Pope]] explicitly stated that [[spoiler:Nero carries the blood of Sparda.]]
** There is an interview where a member of the staff said that Nero is actually the son of Vergil.
** Morihashi Bingo, the scenario designer for ''Devil May Cry 3'' and ''4'', wrote a novelization of ''Devil May Cry 4'' that states that the connection between Nero and Vergil is that [[spoiler:Nero is the son of Vergil and a human prostitute.]] Bingo added a number of scenes into the novel that clarified the relationship, claiming that the scenes were intended to be in the game but were cut from the final version for various reasons. The problem? Well, before Bingo wrote the novel he actually left Capcom to be a freelance writer. This means that despite the book being the originally intended story for the game, it hasn't been in any published material written by Capcom. Since it hasn't been confirmed or denied, Capcom could easily [[SchrodingersGun change their mind and have the plot go in a different direction.]]
* Prior to ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' fans began concocting elaborate theories regarding the Forerunners' relationship to humanity and the Flood, Cortana's "ulterior motives" and what the Prophet of Truth's motivations were for wiping out the Elites. [[spoiler:Turns out, the Forerunner simply encountered and fought the Flood, humans were merely the most favored out of countless species the Forerunner preserved in the Ark, Cortana was always on the good guys' side, and Truth, though he's revealed in the novels be at least somewhat aware that the Covenant's religion is a lie, was simply a self-aggrandizing zealot who felt the Elites were too unreliable to be kept alive.]]
** Then Literature/TheForerunnerSaga and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' revealed all that to be only part of the story, with humanity, the Prophets, the Flood, and the Forerunners having a history going back hundreds of thousands of years. [[spoiler:A race literally called the Precursors created both humans and Forerunners; after they decided to favor the former and wipe out the latter, the Forerunners drove the Precursors out of the galaxy instead. In a plot for revenge against all of their creations, the surviving Precursors turned themselves into ''the Flood'', laying dormant until they were discovered by a joint Human-Prophet alliance. However, during the war between the two sides, humanity also wiped out several Forerunner worlds to sterilize any Flood they found there, then took the planets for their own to replace the worlds they lost. The Forerunners struck back by wiping out almost every human and Prophet, stranding the survivors on their homeworlds, and forcibly devolving humanity back to the Stone Age. Only then did the Flood, which had pretended to retreat from the Human-Prophet alliance, come back to nearly destroy all life in the galaxy. Additionally, it's revealed it was only the influential Forerunner Librarian and her followers who favored humanity, with the rest of her species viewing us as little better than animals. This all sounds like an AssPull, but it isn't. All the way back before the first ''Halo'' came out, supplementary materials on halo.xbox.com said that humanity found human populations on worlds that humanity had never, ever, ever been to. Though that tidbit seems to have been retconned away, the later ''Anime/HaloLegends'' and ''Literature/HaloEvolutions'' also foreshadowed later developments by mentioning that mysterious human-style ''architecture'' had been found on uninhabited worlds.]]
* After countless ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' fanfics about the mystery behind [[UrbanLegendOfZelda Schala]], ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' comes along with a conclusive answer, making many of them obsolete. Then the DS remake of ''Trigger'' Jossed even more fan theories with its added exclusive ending.
* After years of speculation surrounding the ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' series (namely, that [[VideoGame/MegaManX Zero]] went berserk and killed the original cast), Keiji Inafune casually dismissed the theory in a question and answer session, offhandedly stating that "it was not in Zero's character." Jossed. [[note]]Granted, Inafune's words made sense. True, Zero [[spoiler:was originally an AxCrazy destroyer of unparalleled magnitude]], but if he indeed killed the cast of the Classic series (''including'' his creator Dr. Wily), then comes the FridgeLogic of who would've been around to seal him away in the first place.[[/note]]
* A popular fan theory in the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series was that the Dark Elf/Mother Elf was an incarnation of Iris, Zero's infamous [[ILetGwenStacyDie Gwen Stacy]] from ''X4'', based on Zero's comment at the end of ''Zero 2'' that he felt he might know her and the Mother Elf's mercy act of [[spoiler:transforming a dying Elpizo into a Cyber Elf]], suggesting she may have formerly been a Reploid. This was eventually dispelled in ''[[AllThereInTheManual Rockman Zero Official Complete Works]]'', which states that [[spoiler:the Mother Elf was created from [[TheVirus Maverick Virus]] data in Zero's body as a Sigma Antibody Program]], thus explaining Zero's sense of familiarity with her.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' in general has been Jossing a lot of fan theories and fanfics since Square Enix finally started making sequels and spin-offs set in the worlds of the individual games:
** The [[GainaxEnding ambiguous ending]] to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', set 500 years into the future, deliberately refused to answer whether or not humanity had survived the clash between Meteor, Holy, and the Lifestream. Then along came the Compilation (some say [[FanNickname Complication]]) of ''Final Fantasy VII'', which continued the story only a few years after said event.
** ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' Jossed everyone's fanfictions. Especially Zack/Cloud ones. Since turns out Cloud was not as emo as they wanted to believe. And Zack didn't meet him by saving him from bullies either... Angeal also served as a tool for Jossing too since... well... he was never even referred to until he showed up in ''CC'' thus everyone had to assume Zack randomly got the Buster Sword which... isn't true.
** The ''FFVII Ultimania'' Guides: where fanon goes to die.
** There are also [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 the]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears sequels]] to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''. On an [[NoExportForYou equally annoying level]], there are also the Japanese-only ''Ultimania'' information books, which often contain details, histories, and character backstories that aren't even remotely hinted at in the games, some of which would look like outrageous EpilepticTrees if they had been fan theories.
** One cannot bring up ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' without mention of the legendary "[[MyFutureSelfAndMe Rinoa = Ultimecia]]" theory. Even after the ''Ultimania'' guide explicitly noted that Rinoa did not somehow become the game's BigBad in the BadFuture (which admittedly doesn't rule out the possibility that Ultimecia's Sorceress Power descended ''from'' Rinoa over the years), you'll find many a fan still clinging to this theory with an iron grip.
* Pre-release materials for ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie: Nuts & Bolts'' revealed the Lord of Games (L.O.G) and his role in the story, where he settles [[BigBad Grunty]] and Banjo's conflict with a contest. Some people didn't simply see L.O.G as a facilitator, and begin to speculate that Grunty might be a DiscOneFinalBoss, with L.O.G being the TrueFinalBoss plotting an EvilPlan against Banjo. Later, Rare opened Website/{{Facebook}} accounts for some of the game's characters for fans to post some questions to their walls for a limited time, with [[http://www.facebook.com/pages/LOG-Lord-of-Games/33513137116 L.O.G himself among them]]. This gave the Banjo theorists the chance to direct their accusations to L.O.G before the game is released. His response?
-->"What's all this talk of evil? I may be occasionally fallible and self-indulgent -- or so I'm told -- but I certainly wouldn't describe myself as evil."
* Despite heavy hints to the positive, the theory of the Wrecked Ship in ''Super VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' and the Pirate Mothership in ''Metroid: Zero Mission'' being the same was Jossed by Zero Mission's director not long after people started espousing it.
* Any update Kevan applies to ''VideoGame/UrbanDead'' tends to fly in the face of every one of the regular's beliefs about the game.
* Creator/{{Nintendo}} seems to take an almost vindictive glee in contradicting the {{Fanon}} that was established for the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series during those long years when the plots of the games were strictly SaveThePrincess affairs.
** The ''very first'' Mario game with an actual plot (''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'') creates an origin story for the Mario Bros. that places their birth in the Mushroom Kingdom - retconning ''Donkey Kong'', ''Mario Bros.'', and ''Super Mario Bros.'', which collectively state they were born in [[BigApplesauce Brooklyn]] and got to the Mushroom Kingdom [[DownTheDrain through a warp pipe]]. It also makes them twins, even though Mario was usually held as being the older brother by years rather than by minutes.
** Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto ''himself'' said that Mario's full name is not "Mario Mario"...[[FlipFlopOfGod but he later revealed that this is the case]].
** In an interview, Miyamoto disproved the common theory that the Koopalings are Bowser's kids (the current story is that the Koopalings are not Bowser's children, and Bowser has only one child, Bowser Jr.) This is despite that originally were Bowser's children in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' (the Japanese manual has Bowser referring to them as "Ore-sama no musuko-tachi", meaning "my children", and Larry calls Bowser "Oyaji", a word for "father"). But after this, their family relationship with Bowser didn't get mentioned in later games, [[{{Retcon}} and they got referred to as his "minions" or "underlings" instead]] (and this included the manual for ''Super Mario Advance 4'', a GBA remake of ''Super Mario Bros. 3'') - in Japan. It lived on much longer in English-speaking countries as WordOfDante though the English translations, which were more likely to refer to them as "Bowser's children."
** Despite the cartridge cover of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'' implying that Mario was about to fall into a pit due to clashing against a wall, Miyamoto Jossed that outcome in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu2DnTd3dEo a September 2015 video]]. In an inversion, he did confirm other beliefs and theories in that video.
* Many fans of ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' believed that the G-Man was in fact Black Mesa's administrator, which was a reasonable assumption in the interim before the sequel, but was Jossed when the Administrator, now named Wallace Breen, appeared as the principle antagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}.'' The G-Man turned out to have an entirely separate backstory.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' fans accepted ''Portal: Prelude'', a third-party mod revolving around Aperture's backstory, as canon, until Valve laughed at their faces by proposing their own entirely new canon [[spoiler:(which happened to also contradict their own previously made canon, but that is an entirely different story)]].
* ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters The King of Fighters 2000]]''. With that tragic ending where Heidern laments a city being wiped off the map. Wait a minute... Southtown has been destroyed! What an incredibly bold move by Creator/{{SNK}}! The city that all but defined this tournament, gone, just like that! Wait a minute, are you sure it was Southtown? It had to be Southtown! Yes, it was Southtown! But they'd never... could they... yes! No! It's definitely Southtown, yes, 100% sure, no other possibility! Well, you can imagine the crushing disappointment when later games make it plainly obvious that Southtown wasn't destroyed. Even worse, we never find out which city it supposedly was and the incident is never mentioned again. Of course, you could've predicted this if you remembered that the freaking EDIT TEAM ending has ''never'' been canon in any ''KOF'', ever.
* ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis Resident Evil 3: Nemesis]]'' would count. After several novels from S.D. Perry, ''Nemesis'' seemed planned to contradict what she wrote as much as possible, including elements such as the games' timeline, the fate of Raccoon City, the canon endings of each game, and the name of several offscreen personages such as the city's mayor. Indeed, her edition of the story comes with an author's note stating the continuity errors between book and game. As it is, ''Nemesis'' is rather faithful to the source material.
* Sherry Birkin's reappearance in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' Jossed quite a few fan theories and planned stories about what was likely to have happened to her, since earlier sources indicated she was at least somewhat likely to end up in Wesker's care.
%%* Any ''Franchise/MetalGear'' game after ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', take your pick.
* The WildCard ending of ''[[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas Fallout: New Vegas]]'' brought about many theories of the Yes Man A.I. turning against the player due to a mention of finding an upgrade that lets him be more "Assertive". However, when asked about this lead developer J.E. Sawyer stated that the upgrade was meant to ensure that Yes Man is capable of formulating his own decisions while also only following the Courier's orders, preventing someone else from hijacking the Courier's seat of power. The fan theories of ''New Vegas'' in general are particularly prone to being Jossed, since Sawyer keeps an active Formspring account and readily answers most questions.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''Hyrule Historia'', a book released in 2011 as part of the 25th anniversary of the series, debunked all timeline theories that placed the earlier 2D games (from the original ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' to ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening Link's Awakening]]'', plus the ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle]]'' duology) either in the Adult Timeline or the Child Timeline of the series' overall chronology, instead placing them in a ''third'' timeline that, like the other two, has its roots in the ending of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]''. In a [[InvertedTrope reverse case]], the book also confirmed lots of other theories, as well as previously ambiguous or unconfirmed stuff.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'' the last thing Link's Uncle says before he dies is "Zelda is your...". Many fans at the time speculated that he meant to say "Zelda is your sister" and that Link was secretly part of the royal family. As the series went on however it became increasing clear that this ''[[ImpliedLoveInterest wasn't]]'' the case. In the Game Boy Advance re-release of the game Link's Uncle's last words were changed to "Zelda is your destiny" to avoid any remaining confusion.
** Tingle, a ManChild who is obsessed with fairies and maps, is a very odd character. Many fans assumed Tingle was gay due to his fairy obsession and his big interest towards Link, who has clothes that remind Tingle of faeries (and he goes nutters in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' when he sees Link has an actual fairy by his side). Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma went on the record to debunk the theories and outright said that Tingle is "not gay, just really weird".
** A common theory regarding ''Majora's Mask'' is that it takes place inside a dream Link is having (there are also varations of the theory suggesting it's a DyingDream). But [[http://www.zeldainformer.com/news/aonuma-debunks-majoras-mask-dream-theory Eiji Aonuma]] jossed it when he was asked about why the Ballad of the Wind Fish was in the game (its first appearance is in ''Link's Awakening'', which ''does'' take place inside a dream).
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'':
** The original endings created a well known fandom theory that Shepard was indoctrinated by the Reapers due [[spoiler:to the Catalyst being the exact image of a boy who died at the beginning of the game.]] Once the Extended Cut DLC was released, however, it was clear that Shepard has his entire mind under control with [[spoiler:a new option to refuse all of the choices the Catalyst has offered]].
** And again with the details on the Control ending specifying that [[spoiler:the Illusive Man could never have controlled the Reapers due to being indoctrinated, yet Shepard is free and thus able to sacrifice their mortal existence to become the new, more benevolent Reaper overmind.]]
** IGN's documentary app, ''The Final Hours of Mass Effect 3'', further debunked the theory, as it contained interviews with [=BioWare=] developers, which revealed while they had considered a sequence in the endings wherein [[spoiler:Shepard was indoctrinated]], "the gameplay mechanic proved too troublesome to implement alongside dialogue choices", so the idea ended up getting completely exorcised from the final version of the script.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** From the ambiguous ending of the Celebi event in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'', it was widely believed that [[spoiler: after the player defeats Giovanni in a battle, he walks out of the cave and kills himself by jumping off the cliff it's perched on.]] His appearance at the tournament in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' confirmed this to not be the case.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' officially disproved the idea that a third version of the new games in a generation was inevitable. [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Gen VI]] would be confirmed only a few months after ''B2/W2'' was released in North America and Europe.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' also disproved the theory that the Straiton City Gym Leaders and the Shadow Triad are the same people.
** It had been widely believed that Dittos were the result of a failed attempt at cloning mew given that they appeared frequently in the Mysterious Dungeon/ Cerulean Cave, their colors (both normal and shiny) were the same, and that they were both the only Pokemon to know Transform legitimately. However, an interview with Gamefreak proved this to be false and Dittos were just transforming blobs.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'':
** Many fans wondered why the mercenaries involved would fight a pointless turf war, and assumed that the team [[ShellShockedVeteran would be both psychologically scarred and infinitely relieved when the Gravel Wars finally ended.]] The supplemental comic "A Fate Worse Than Chess" made their motivations crystal clear: The AffablyEvil PsychoForHire PrivateMilitaryContractors ''love'' [[InHarmsWay their jobs]], and [[OnlyInItForTheMoney will keep fighting as long as there's money involved.]]
** A large bulk of fans naturally assumed that the Pyro was no different from the rest of his team mates in terms of overall personality and how he socialized. This is evident in many fan stories. However, the video ''Meet the Pyro'' reveals that most of the other characters genuinely fear him (Even his closest and dearest friend Engie is unsettled when Pyro's in a killing mood) and that he himself behaves in a cold, almost inhuman fashion (at least on the surface).
* Attempts to joss things in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' tend not to work so well, not because the jossing is ignored, but because the fans are far too versatile to be encumbered by it. ''Double Spoiler'', which is the most cited attempt at unintentional jossing of a wide variety of things, caused ''an increase'' in AlternateCharacterInterpretations. Very early into the series, the {{fandom}} realized the importance of maintaining creator canon.
* It has been theorised in the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' fandom that Lon'qu, the swordsman who CannotTalkToWomen, would extend his awkwardness around them to [[spoiler: his own prospect daughters from the future, should he marry a first generation character who gives birth to a girl]]. The Future Past DLC josses this: [[spoiler: if he marries Tharja and then he goes rescue the alternate universe!Noire, AU!Noire bluntly brings up his aversion to women, and Lon'qu's reply is basically "WTF?! Why would I be scared ''of my own daughter''?".]]
* Before the release and fan-translation of Mother 3, many fans wrote Videogame/{{Earthbound}} fanfiction about how Ness's continuing conflict with Pokey would play out. Needless to say, Ness canonically never does see Pokey again. It's someone from another era altogether who does him in once and for all.
* For a long time, people held on to a theory that ''Creator/IdSoftware'' gave the source code for the Super Nintendo version of ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' to Christian game developer ''Wisdom Tree'' as a retaliation against Nintendo's [[{{Bowdlerise}} heavy censorship]] of the game (removing the swastikas, etc.). John Carmack, in an interview that was later quoted in the book ''Masters Of Doom'', debunked this rumor. Id gave the source code to Wisdom Tree because, well, [[MoneyDearBoy they were being paid a good sum of money for it.]]
* There have been a lot of Jossed theories regarding ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'', but the most notable one would come from the second season. Everyone expected there to be [[spoiler:a choice where you would have to pick between Luke and Kenny, where one of them would live and the other one would die. Then Tell Tale threw everyone a curveball by killing Luke halfway through Episode 5 and making the players pick between Kenny and ''Jane''.]]
* The ''VideoGame/DeadIsland'' series hints that the survivors are not immune to the virus, merely resistant. Six months later ''Escape Dead Island'' has Xian show up, not as calm as portrayed but otherwise normal, dispelling that idea. The first two games also suggests there is not a cure, however [[spoiler: when Cliff is succumbing to the virus Xian pushes him to take the antidote.]]
* It was rumored that Rashid's missing female friend from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'' was Crimson Viper, but later it turned out she was a nameless Shadaloo scientist known as "the Usher" [[spoiler: who was horribly murdered by F.A.N.G.]]. Viper herself '''is''' friends with Rashid and she appears in his story mode (as well as Bison's, Juri's and Urien's), she's just not '''the''' one he's searching for [[spoiler: and she manages to escape from Bison, Juri and Urien on her own.]]
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Any popular fan theory on ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' usually gets Jossed the very next episode, or is confirmed the next episode. The reason for this is that Ryukishi07 often looked at online forums to find out the current popular theories, just to have them either confirmed, played with or flat out crushed in the next episode. The manga also confirms or denies things that were left ambiguous in the visual novels; for example, the [[spoiler:Rosatrice]] theory (a theory that was growing in popularity with the English-speaking fandom) was jossed entirely by the [=EP8=] manga, which confirmed beyond a doubt that [[spoiler:Beatrice, Shannon and Kanon are all the same person, Sayo Yasuda]].
* A lot of English-speaking ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' fans theorised that Nageki was actually a ''human'', but his ghost had [[{{Animorphism}} taken the form of a mourning dove]] for totemic-type reasons, hence his confusion over what and who he is, and why Hiyoko is surprised to see a [[MisplacedWildlife mourning dove in Japan]]. He also talks a lot about being bullied and tells Hiyoko that if you want to kill yourself, jumping out of the library window is a good way to go, implying he committed suicide because of bullying by jumping out of the window. In the full version, it's confirmed that he really was a bird, and the way in which he died and his reason for killing himself is explored in detail and something no-one could have predicted.
* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' ends with a shot of the characters [[spoiler:driving through the Nevada Desert]] when they notice a woman who seems to bare a resemblance to [[spoiler:"All-Ice", shortened to "Alice" by some, the apparent Egyptian mummy who according to legend has Ice-9 in instead of water in her body,]] hitch-hiking. Junpei notes that he 'recognizes' the woman, then the game abruptly ends. [[spoiler:Earlier in the game, the characters had already found a coffin where "All-Ice" was supposed to have been hidden, only to find it empty, concluding the entire thing to be a myth, so this ending just opened more questions]]. This led to loads of confused players, but also a pile of theories. Especially when the sequel, ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', seemed to have a character called "Alice" who resembles [[spoiler:All-Ice in looks. The most consistent theory was that "All-Ice" had somehow gotten out of her coffin and unfrozen]]. Then the sequel actually came out, and the entire thing turned out to just be a coincidence: [[spoiler:A government agent called Alice, who happened to resemble All-Ice in many ways, just happened to have been tracking terrorists to somewhere in the Nevada desert, and happened upon the characters as they drove. Just to add insult to injury, the game doesn't just joss it with new facts; it straight out kills the the theory with Alice herself calling anyone who believes in the fact she actually had Ice-9 in her body and is an ancient mummy a complete idiot]].
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/AbstractGender'', many fan theories to the big conspiracy involved William Montgomery being somehow linked to the scientists. This was completely thrown out during the seventh and final chapter "Gods" where [[spoiler: he gets transformed too, complete with a mind wipe and new personality as well]].
* In the ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' fandom, the two most popular theories about the identity of the third girl from the photo (that she's a relative of Gamma's, and that she's a young Jones) were immediately Jossed by [[WordOfGod the author]] on the forum. Since most of the fans don't hang out on the forum, these theories remained popular, until TheRant below [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=365 this page]] put them to rest in the bluntest way possible. Also parodied in the rant on [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=336 this page]]. The first three theories that Tom facetiously shot down were {{Shout Out}}s to to actual EpilepticTrees from the fandom. He has taken this to a whole new level by having Renard Joss a theory that Jones was a robot ''in comic'' on this [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=592 page]]. When the theory refused to die, Jones herself stated she was not a Robot on [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=728 this page]]. The rant on that last one also includes a shirt design Jossing the theory yet again.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Rich Burlew, the author, tends to do this with many fan theories, such as [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0465.html Miko being zombified by Xykon]], [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0436.html the results of a misfired poison arrow]], and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0567.html whether Belkar's prophecy had come true]]. From the FAQ:
-->"In fact, I try not to read anything where people suggest upcoming plot ideas because I hate it when people guess what is going to happen. I feel the uncontrollable urge to change what happens, just to prove them wrong. Petty? Probably."
** The popular fan theory that the world of ''The Order of the Stick'' was an actual campaign was Jossed in strip # 606.
--->'''Shojo:''' No, the wisdom is simply this: Play the game.\\
'''Belkar:''' Uh, OK, but I thought we weren't actually representing a game campaign, we were just living in a world where the laws of...\\
'''Shojo:''' ''(while he and Belkar are playing Dungeons & Dragons)'' Not ''this'' game!\\
'''Belkar:''' Oh, whew!
** A DoubleSubversion of Jossing occurred with the theory that Elan's father is Lord Tyrinar, the warlord who had Haley's father imprisoned. The first strips where Tarquin appeared had him as a general who'd lost his empire long before; but it was eventually revealed that he was the man behind the throne of an empire that had gone through several figurehead rulers and names including Tyrinaria and Ian Starshine was one of the prisoners Roy befriended in the Empire's prisons. Tyrinar turned out to be just one of the figureheads, and dead in the present time of the comic.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' author Dan Shive has done this too many times to count.
* The author of ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' has a neat way about handling this. He insists, constantly, that every single [[EpilepticTrees epileptic tree]] is completely true, as sincerely as possible -- no matter what context: IM, forum, in actual discussion... He insists they are always correct, so that in the end, everyone, including him, is proven wrong.
* Done ''spectacularly'' in ''WebComic/EightBitTheater.'' Following [[spoiler:Black Belt]]'s death in, many fans clamored for his return and pointed out that this could be accomplished by [[spoiler:de-petrifying his doppleganger which was turned to stone way back near the start of the series]]. Clevinger responded by having White Mage attempt exactly that, and botch it ''horribly.'' The page where this happens is even titled, [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2005/11/10/episode-622-now-shut-up/ "Now Shut Up"]].
* The ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' webcomic ''TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' has been so thoroughly and consistently Jossed -- after each new game release since the series began -- about so many things, from the manner in which one character lost an eye to [[spoiler:his very state of existence]] -- necessitating massive, unconvincing [[RetCon retcons]] that even the ''characters'' [[LampshadeHanging find sketchy]]. The author is aware of this phenomenom. In one of his last blog posts, he says "if I'm lucky, I can be done before [=MGS4=] is released and my entire backstory is contradicted. Again". He was, and it was. Again. What's even more ironic is that the comic ended ''just under two weeks'' before [=MGS4's=] release.
* Despite attempts to reasonably, albeit comically, tie into the storyline of ''Half-Life'', the comic ''{{Concerned}}'' was pre-Jossed when their depiction of the elivery of the Xen Borderworld sample was already undone by ''Half-Life: Decay''.
* Randy Milholland seems to love to do this to his fans in ''SomethingPositive''. In fact, it could be said the only thing more enjoyable to him than not giving the fans what they want is giving them what they explicitly ''don't''. "Dont Give Him Any Ideas" is uttered regularly on feed commentaries. An example: [[spoiler:Pepito]] was originally going to live through the "insane catgirl massacre" storyline. Then somebody sent Milholland a letter saying he wasn't "allowed" to kill any of the characters. "Not even [[spoiler:Pepito]]." Note that the insane catgirls are the in-universe personifications of possessive, loony FanDumb. Having that dead character killed off by a fictionalized variant of the exact type of person who trying to ''save'' him is delicious, delicious {{irony}}. ([[YouKeepUsingThatWord Or something similar]].)
* ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'':
** While Andrew Hussie is usually very permissive of off-the-wall speculation, he sometimes feels the need to correct egregiously wrong interpretations. For instance, he has made it very clear that, in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[spoiler: Jade's Grampa]] was DeadAllAlong, Kanaya prefers the ladies, and, most of all, [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002584 WV IS NOT AN IMP]].
** When the [[spoiler: Alpha Kids]] were first introduced there was a lot of speculation about what [[spoiler: then unnamed Dirk and Roxy]]'s personalities would be. The most common theory for [[spoiler: Roxy]] was that she would be a scenester-esque HardDrinkingPartyGirl. Even more popularly, [[spoiler: Dirk was theorised to be a loser anime fanboy with the FanNickname "Weeabro"]]. [[spoiler:Roxy]]'s character turned out to be pretty close, though only on a superficial level [[spoiler: as Roxy is also a passionate scientist and very kind friend]]. [[spoiler: Dirk]]'s did not, and Andrew expressed great distaste for the theory.
** ''Homestuck'''s Jossed WMG pages are ''far'' bigger than the confirmed and active theory pages; so much so there are multiple pages because all of them on one page was breaking browsers. This is because Hussie encourages a lot of speculation.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Here's an actual example of Joss jossing something: less than a week after fans announced the WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog prequel [[http://horribleturn.com/ "Horrible Turn"]], Joss announced a [[http://io9.com/5398188/prequel-comic-reveals-dr-horribles-childhood-origins prequel comic book]] that appears to be covering the same topics (meeting Captain Hammer, turning evil, etc.).
* For a while, it was thought that the anthropomorphic animals in ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' were originally [[WasOnceAMan humans]] turned into animals via advanced technology. WordOfGod [[http://z7.invisionfree.com/thegangoffive/index.php?showtopic=6970&view=findpost&p=9149810 states]] that the anthropomorphic animals were merely "there" alongside humans.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Common fan theories insinuate that WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}} was created as a substitute for a [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Roger Rabbit]] cartoon that [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was never made]] due to [[ScrewedByTheLawyers legal and copyright issues]] surrounding Roger. Creator/GregWeisman, who helped develop WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}} and other [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} other notable]] Creator/{{Disney}} shows, says that Bonkers was certainly ''inspired'' by Roger, but Disney never had any plans to make a Roger Rabbit cartoon at any point.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** [[spoiler:Jet is [[HesJustHiding still alive]]]] -- Jossed by WordOfGod.
** [[spoiler: Smellerbee and Longshot]] died -- Jossed by the sequel comic ''The Promise''.
** [[spoiler:Suki is [[BusCrash dead]]]] -- Jossed by "The Boiling Rock".
** Zuko's mother [[DeathByChildbirth died in childbirth]] ("... I was lucky to be born.") -- Jossed by "Zuko Alone".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** [[spoiler:Amon is Koh the Face Stealer]] -- Jossed by season one finale: [[spoiler: Amon is a human.]]
** [[spoiler:Amon is a firebender who killed his parents]] -- Jossed by season one finale: [[spoiler: Amon is a waterbender, his abusive father died in different circumstances, and we don't know about his mother.]]
** Any theories about the identity of Lin's father ([[FanPreferredPairing Sokka]], Satoru from [[Comic/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheRift the comics]], etc.) were Jossed in "Operation Bei Fong," when it was revealed to be an unseen character named Kanto.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'': All widely accepted EpilepticTrees jossed with the release of the script of the unaired finale. The kids did ''not'' die in a rollercoaster crash, they are ''not'' in Hell, and Dungeon Master is ''not'' {{Satan}}.
* During the first two seasons, the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' fandom came up with a number of theories as to the isolated, motherless Sari's actual identity, the most popular being some variation of [[spoiler: Sari actually being a robot or cyborg created by Professor Sumdac, possibly made by reverse-engineering Megatron.]] During the second season finale, Sari [[spoiler: injured her elbow, revealing circuitry underneath her skin]], which seemed to support this idea. However, while the theory was right about Sari's true nature, it wasn't entirely correct about her origins. [[spoiler: Sari wasn't constructed by Sumdac or made from Megatron's parts, she was a technorganic protoform created by the Allspark using Sumdac's DNA.]] Also that [[spoiler: Ironhide]] was TheMole, which came up in the first case becauseof a screwup involving faction symbols.
* Literally hundreds of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' [[FanFic fanfics]] about [[spoiler: Terra's resurrection]] were written in the interim between the end of season two and the series finale "Things Change". When it was revealed that [[spoiler: Terra is alive as a schoolgirl who may or may not remember everything that happened to her in season two, and [[IJustWantToBeNormal just wants to live as a normal girl]]]], 99.9% of these fanfics were Jossed. Fans were left with two choices for future [[spoiler: Terra resurrection]] FanFic: write according to the new, official continuity, or [[FanonDiscontinuity ignore the last episode entirely]] and write FixFic about how [[spoiler: Terra ''should'' have been resurrected]].
* A lot of fanfiction for ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'' has now been Jossed because we now know the reason behind Zak's cryptid powers [[spoiler: he has cryptid powers because he's Kur]]. Also, most fanfictions related to the actual plot of the show have been Jossed because of the end of the latest episode [[spoiler: when we find out that Zak is Kur]], which resolved the story arc with a surprise ending.
* Due to having so much WordOfGod around, this has happened ''many times'' in regard to ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' on issues such as gargoyle customs and breeding habits, Elisa and Goliath's ability to reproduce, Lexington's sexuality, Katana's physical appearance, etc. Looking at older fanfics can sometimes be a very strange experience...
* After seeing [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] appear in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', supporting ComicBook/LexLuthor's presidential campaign, and then giving a bone chilling speech to his fellow leaguers, many fans of the show believed he would return as an unwitting tool of Luthor. This was jossed by...well, him not coming back.
* Due to the creators of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' refusal to discuss it, there are many theories regarding the whereabouts of the original parents of the characters, including the popular one that Doofenshmirtz is Phineas' father. In the episode "What Do it Do?" it was shown that Doof did go on one date with Linda Flynn, but they never went out again (although she supposedly was what convinced him to conquer the Tri-State Area). In a New York Times P&F panel, Dan and Jeff addressed one of those points, finally stating that, no, Doof is ''not'' Phineas' father.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** For a couple of weeks, it was fanon among fans that Scootaloo was the sister of Rainbow Dash. It made a bit of sense: Scoot is part of a PowerTrio, and the two other members are younger sisters of members of the main cast. Since Scootaloo is a pegasus, and it had already been established that she was not Fluttershy's sister, that left Dash as the only other potential sister (and the two have similar personalities and even looks). Creator Lauren Faust, though, insisted on her blog that Dash and Scootaloo are not related at all, though she hinted that they will form a friendship in the near future and it quickly became clear in subsequent episodes that Scootaloo idolizes Rainbow Dash.
** [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/03/pinkie-pies-4th-wall-antics-denied.html It has also been confirmed]] that [[GenkiGirl Pinkie Pie]] was ''not'' meant to be a FourthWallObserver, and that all the times she looked into the camera were animation mistakes where she was actually looking at someone else. The ability to break the fourth wall was never discussed by the writers, at least during meetings. However, this does not account for the times she directly communicated her excitement to the audience at the end of the second episode or physically interacting with the IrisOut (seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFlOZFSIsMQ&feature=related here]]) at the end of "Over a Barrel." (Also, subsequent instances of apparent BreakingTheFourthWall may indicate that the ongoing popularity within the fandom of interpreting Pinkie Pie as being aware of the fourth wall may well have led to the production team choosing to [[AscendedFanon adopt this stance themselves]].)
** Princess Luna's [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed return and subsequent official characterization]] has invalidated a great deal of fan interpretation. Most fan writers and artists nailed her social awkwardness, but few guessed she'd be just as hammy as Nightmare Moon.
** She also demonstrates a bit of a prankster streak, something usually attributed to Celestia (or [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Trollestia]]) in fics involving the two - often with Luna as the ButtMonkey. Of course, we still haven't ''seen'' the two directly talk to each other (minus their brief reconciliation at the beginning of Season 1 and a handful of one-sided exchanges in "A Canterlot Wedding"), so fan theories on how they'd interact in day-to-day situations currently remain safe. Celestia and Luna were eventually seen interacting in a day-to-day situation, appropriately enough, in "Slice of Life".
** The first week of November, 2011 had significant amounts of {{Fanon}} Jossed. First, a new blind bag wave was released which contains mostly background ponies from the show. None of the five whose toy names had become well-known had their {{Fan Nickname}}s, which caused heated debates about which names to call them by--the old and established {{Fan Nickname}}s or the brand-new toy names whose likes have been rendered obsolete by {{Canon}} in two other blind bag ponies' cases. The good news for them is that the later waves of blind bags stated those official names as second names, making some fan interpretations canon. For example, fan name "Lyra" + old official name "Heartstrings" = new official name "Lyra Heartstrings."
** Lauren Faust once revealed more of the actual backstory of Nightmare Moon, and how she was banished, on her Website/DeviantArt page. (Unfortunately, it was in the page-comments section, and has long since scrolled off.) Much of it invalidates the common fanon interpretation of [[DracoInLeatherPants Luna]] as basically the victim of [[RonTheDeathEater Celestia]] in the whole affair. Different from many other forms of Jossing in that Faust pointed out that since it was never stated in the show, it isn't really canon, and it was perfectly possible for the current crew to contradict it. Later, the two-part episode "Princess Twilight Sparkle" made the Jossing fully canonical.
** Fanon usually presents Luna and Celestia as the only "[[WingedUnicorn alicorns]]" in Equestria. "A Canterlot Wedding" revolves around Twilight's older brother getting married to Celestia's niece, an alicorn. She was apparently not originally designed as such when Lauren Faust worked on the story.
** The popular background pony DJ Pon-3's eyes have been almost universally depicted as red in fanon, but a tiny split-second shot in "A Canterlot Wedding" showed them as being magenta. Fans of her red eyes look quickly scrambled to offer justifications such as; the light making them look different (the split-second in question in which her eyes are revealed took place in shadow), to wearing contacts, to having magical eyes that can change color depending on which one she thinks looks coolest on the given day.
** Spitfire, captain of the Wonderbolts, commonly had her previously unrevealed cutie mark drawn by fans as a lightning bolt similar to the one that appears on her flight suit, but mixed with a dash of flames at the top of it (seen [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=spitfire+fanon+cutie+mark#/d5i3vox here]]. "Wonderbolt Academy" officially revealed it as more of a set of flames worming a wing-like image, possibly representing that of a phoenix (as can be seen [[http://spitshy.deviantart.com/art/Spitfire-s-cutiemark-343051621 here]].
** After the release of a toyline putting special focus on a particular unicorn named Sunset Shimmer, fan speculation arose that she would be taking Twilight Sparkle's place in the series [[spoiler: after Twilight became an alicorn at the end of the third season.]] Writer Megan [=McCarthy=] later stated in a tweet that Sunset Shimmer was a toyline-exclusive character and would not be appearing in the series (She appears in the ''WesternAnimation/EquestriaGirls'' series, but this will most likely be her only appearances outside of the toys).
** The author of the Daring Do books have long been believed to be Twilight's mother, Twilight Velvet; her blind bag card says she's a writer, and her appearance in the IDW comic reveals several writing awards. However, the fourth season reveals that the books are written by the reclusive A.K. Yearling, [[spoiler:who also happens to be Daring Do, an adventurer archaeologist; the books are based on real events.]]
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]'', finally seeing him without his straw hat, the fans now know for sure that Rarity's father is a unicorn, and not an Earth pony as many had believed. (Though this was previously revealed in the Elements of Harmony guidebook.)
** It was part of the [[{{Fanon}} collective headcanon]] that ages ago, before they were as powerful as they are now, Celestia had pink hair instead of her rainbow mane (as seen in various old depictions of the sisters, including the book seen ''in this two parter'') and Luna looked like her season one self (as per Creator/LaurenFaust's explaining of the redesign by saying it was because right after being purified her magic was at its lowest). Well in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 Twilight's Kingdom Part 1]]'', when the princesses explicitly lend ''all'' of their magic to Twilight, the only change to their designs is that their manes are no longer blowing in a nonexistent wind. This makes nonsensical oddities out of Luna's earlier design (why ''did'' she look that way after purification, then?) and Celestia's depiction in books and tapestries (if she ''never'' really looked like that, is ''every'' pony ever to draw her colorblind?) but hey, every show has a {{Headscratchers}} page for a reason. However, it could be that donating all their Alicorn magic does not stop them from being Alicorns, as indicated by Cadence remaining one.
** It was surprising to see in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'', that the black patches on Luna's rump are part of her coat, not her cutie mark.
** A common AlternateCharacterInterpretation of Celestia was nicknamed "Trollestia," after it was revealed in-canon that Celestia plays some good-natured pranks. This extended so far as to give her RonTheDeathEater tendencies in fanworks, up to and including treating Twilight terribly and ruling as a tyrannical dictator. Much of this revolved around the idea that Celestia could have solved lots of problems in Equestria, but did nothing. An issue of the IDW comic Jossed this idea, with Celestia saying that it's true that there were a lot of problems that she could have solved without Twilight's help, but Celestia does it because it's how Twilight will best learn.
** It was common for fans to depict griffons as a ProudWarriorRace, with all sorts of lore to go along with it. The episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E8TheLostTreasureOfGriffonstone The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone]]" showed that the griffons were really a greedy race that [[OnlyInItForTheMoney only do anything for money]], and who all live in squalor since a sacred treasure was stolen from them.
** It was common for fans to think that [[AlphaBitch Diamond Tiara]] only had her father [[UnclePennybags Filthy Rich]] to raise her. Then came [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E19CrusadersOfTheLostMark "Crusaders of the Lost Mark"]], where we were introduced to Diamond's mother [[AbusiveParents Spoiled Rich]].
* Fans swore ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuyPresentsLaughItUpFuzzball'' used {{Rotoscoping}} for certain scenes from the ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies, but the people who made it insisted they just were really precise about recreating the scenes.
* ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''. WordOfGod says that Henry and June are only like brother and sister and neither have feelings for each other in any direction, which breaks the fanon that's been going on since the show premiered.
* After the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "You're Getting Old" aired, many fans speculated that series creators Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone were suffering from CreatorBreakdown, but when asked on the matter, Trey and Matt replied that fans "took the episode too seriously" and denied being unhappy with the show.
* A hugely popular theory among ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' fans was that TheFlash would pull a HeroicSacrifice in the Season 2 finale, acting as a [[MythologyGag nod]] to his death in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. [[spoiler:''A'' Flash did indeed end up dying in this manner...except it was ''Kid'' Flash!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'':
** There were quite the fans that readily assumed that the season 3 premiere "Stingstress" would resolve the Ultraprison takeover in either having everyone fight it out, or that it would have the Warden and the Mistress become an OfficialCouple and triumph over the Lord Stingray/Mistress pairing. The reality? The episode was mostly built on a TimeSkip from the end of season 2 showing the disastrous effects of an integrated jail with no real huge bloodbaths (aside from a brief bathroom brawl), and the Warden/Mistress expectations were sunk when the Warden had ''no clue'' how to have sex with the Mistress, leaving Alice to settle the matter instead.
** The idea of Jailbot coming to save the day in the above mentioned episode was based off TheStinger to the season 2 finale that preceded it (Jailbot repairing himself and rushing back to the jail). However, it too was debunked when it was revealed that Jailbot did arrive back to the jail... just several months too late to do anything helpful, and he instantly got threatened by Nova.
** Gary's increased prominence in season 3 led to lots of fan theories that he'd be the BigBad for the finale, and that he was clearly up to something. Not such the case, especially with the plot of "Burn Stoolie Burn" being more about Warden and Ash ruining everything, although [[spoiler: his vocal cords did wind up possessing the Peedee puppet in the episode BEFORE the finale, leading to another plot point to be resumed in season 4.]]
** Due to the minor amount of continuity and follow-through in season 3 ("Stingstress" being a resolution to "Vacation", the Rat plot in "Uh Oh It's Magic" and "Planet Radio"), the ending of "The Trouble with Triples", rather than being taken as a simple GainaxEnding, had some amount of fans believing that it was another plot point to be resolved, what with the Twins being forcibly taken back to their world. Not quite the case [[SnapBack when the Twins were back in the following episode]]. The writers even ridiculed the fans who thought it would actually be continued, pointing out that several endings were only meant as gags and never meant to be resolved. Although there is also the tease that due to said reactions, that it may be revisited in season 4 (with there already being speculation if the episode will be a TakeThat to the fans that missed the point).
** It was a bit of a meme to depict Lord Stingray as a yellow mutant creature when out of his suit, due to a roleplayer insisting on it being his real appearance. After "Stingstress" revealed him to be a human man (though without removing his mask, and [[TrollingCreator Christy Karacas asking fans if they were really "sure" if he was human]]), "Beast Ray" died down a little, but is still seen in occasional fanworks.
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''. There are several episodes which do not include Higher For Hire or Kit, and are Baloo and Louie having adventures on their own. This led to a fan theory that these episodes were from an earlier version of the show, and Kit and Higher For Fire were added as retooling. However once things like the series bible, and the episodes production numbers became public, this was quickly squashed. In fact the very first episode written and produced was "I Only Have Ice For You", in which Rebecca tried to get her pilot's license, revolved heavily around Higher for Hire.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''. For a while, it was speculated among fans that the reason for the reviled pairing of WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck and SpeedyGonzales was that, in the mid-1960's (see: UsefulNotes/FallOfTheStudioSystem), the moviegoing public was largely reduced to the American Southwest. Daffy and Speedy (along with Bugs Bunny) were the two most popular Looney Tunes characters there, so naturally Warner Brothers wanted to produce more cartoons with them. Meanwhile, due to budget constraints, it was decided that the most logical thing to do was to pair the two characters together. While the second half of this theory (that they were paired together for financial reasons) is correct, the first part was debunked by renowned animation historian Jerry Beck around 2005-ish. The reason why so many cartoons featuring the two characters were made was because television distributors were demanding more cartoons with them, not because of a segmented moviegoing audience.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': "Society of the Blind Eye" ends a popular fan theory that even seemed to have a leaked image confirming it. [[spoiler:[=McGucket=] did ''not'' write the journals, but he was involved with the true author before he overused a mind eraser and went insane. Said true author would be revealed four episodes later]]. The leaked image in question turned out to be a [[TrollingCreator deliberate hoax]] by the show's creator, to discredit ''another'' popular fan theory [[IKnewIt that turned out to be right]] (relatedly, it was revealed that [[spoiler: Grunkle Stan was never involved with the original research team that worked on the portal).]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', Penny was frequently depicted in fanart as a deer without her shell on due to her antlers. [[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS3E20TheShell ''The Shell'']] revealed she was actually [[spoiler:a shapeshifting fairy like creature without her shell.]]
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* RealLife does this to you all the time. Note on this Wiki [[ScienceMarchesOn Science]], [[TechnologyMarchesOn Technology]], [[DatedHistory History]], and [[SocietyMarchesOn Society]] Marching On.
* Various end of the world theories have been thoroghouly jossed by our continued existence.
** The Y2K bug did not cause a catastrophic collapse to society by cripping our computer infrastructure.
** The Mayan calendar [[MayanDoomsday "predicted"]] the world would end in 2012, but nothing happened. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the sense that the mayans didn't even say the world would end on December 21, 2012.
** Various interpretations of UsefulNotes/{{Nostradamus}}'s writings have theorized world-end dates; so far, all jossed.
* Many, many ConspiracyTheories in general are jossed as predicted results of whatever EpilepticTree you followed down the rabbit hole refuses to materialize.
* Throughout the 20th century, the idea that space travel would become common by X date. Some predicted it as early as the 50s. As ScienceMarchesOn, and the actual logistics of it are more known, it's becoming more and more of a discredited trope. Flying cars also.
* Sports betting and stock market speculations get thoroughly jossed constantly, leading many to financial ruin.
* Every new generation for ages has been dismissed as lazy/stupid/entitled/dangerous, and many a doomsday prophet predicted that those damn kids will blow up the world in a few years. Meanwhile the apocalypse keeps not happening, and every time it seems to come close, those responsible are usually two generations up from the current so-called nihilists. Plus, the "lazy and stupid" folk keep coming up with better and better technology. Including, ironically, medical advances that have increased our expected lifespan and ameliorated many conditions associated with aging.
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* In 1893 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle killed off SherlockHolmes in ''The Final Problem'', and John Kendrick Bangs took this opportunity to write ''In Pursuit of the House-boat'' (1897), a fantasy novel in which the detective goes to the afterlife and meets a bunch of famous historical figures. But this fanciful tale of Holmes' post-mortem adventures was rudely jossed when Conan Doyle revealed, in 1903, that the detective had never really gone over the waterfall after all.
* A fictional, OlderThanFeudalism example: In Lucian's ''Literature/TrueHistory'', the narrator gets to the Isles of the Blest, and meets, among others, Creator/{{Homer}}. Homer tells him that everyone's wrong about where he's from (he's actually Babylonian) and that all the lines bracketed as not really Homeric by scholars are, in fact, his. Then the narrator asks why he began the ''Literature/{{Iliad}}'' with the word ''menis'' [wrath]: "and he said it came to him that way, without his intending anything." All this was pretty clearly meant to make fun of the various theories held by scholars at the time.
* In the ''Literature/AlexRider'' series, many readers believed Alex to [[spoiler: have died]] at the end of ''Scorpia'', but there are four books following that. Also, author Creator/AnthonyHorowitz stated that [[TonightSomeoneDies a major character who had appeared in all the books so far would die]] in the final book ''Scorpia Rising''. Readers are led to believe that it's [[spoiler: Smithers]], when really it's [[spoiler: Alex's housekeeper Jack Starbright]] who dies.
* The last book of ''Literature/OrigamiYoda'' Jossed the fan theory that [[spoiler: Harvey likes Amy.]]
* Creator/DianeDuane began writing the ''Literature/{{Rihannsu}}'' novels during the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' movie period, and a not inconsiderable amount of what she came up with for the Romulans was Jossed by the '90s and 2000s TV series.
** The ''Rihannsu'' version of the Earth-Romulan War has the Federation discovering the Romulans when the latter had only sublight vessels, albeit an extensive capability to that end. Based on prior bad experience with the AbusivePrecursors of the Orions that sparked the Sundering, the Romulans misinterpreted things and built a warfleet to attack the next Federation ship to visit the Romulan system. They captured it, gained warp drive and sundry other tech from it, and things went downhill from there until the Romulans were destroying entire fleets, at which point the Federation decided to cut its losses and negotiated a peace treaty by subspace radio, designating a swathe of space surrounding the Romulan sun Eisn as the "Romulan Star Empire".\\
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The ''Enterprise'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekEnterpriseS02E03Minefield Minefield]]" shows the Romulans as already possessing warp drive and cloaking devices at FirstContact with United Earth in the 2150s. While some of the ''Literature/StarTrekEnterpriseRelaunch'' novels (effectively ENT seasons 5 through 7, written partially using the notes of Manny Coto et al.) borrowed parts of Creator/DianeDuane's worldbuilding, the Earth-Romulan War instead took place before the Federation, and in fact was [[FireForgedFriends a catalyst for its creation]] out of an alliance of Alpha and Beta Quadrant races (chiefly humanity, the Andorians, the Vulcans, and the Tellarites) that joined forces to beat the Romulans.
** The Vulcans are stated in ''The Romulan Way'' to have joined the Federation during the Earth-Romulan War, and identified the Romulans as their long-lost brethren, whereas in ''Enterprise'' the Vulcans are a founding member of the Federation.
** The Remans, referred to as Havrannssu ("the Travelers") in ''The Romulan Way'', are said to be a frequently dissident faction or ethnicity of Romulans who were forced onto the Sundering's colony ships involuntarily, and Remus is a Class M garden world. In ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', Remus is a barren planet {{tidally locked|Planet}} to Eisn, and the Remans are a different species entirely.
** The structure of the Romulan government is given as a series of aristocratic councils referred to as the Tricameron, with among other things twelve praetors ("''fvillham''") serving in a separate chamber from the Senate ("''deihuit''"). The TV series beginning with ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' showed the Senate as a unicameral legislature, with a single praetor apparently equivalent to a prime minister.
* The ending of ''Literature/TheGiver'' led many school study groups to believe that [[spoiler:the story's final pages depict a DyingDream, since they have Jonas departing the world he grew up in and reaching "Elsewhere" after he and the reader find out exactly what being ReleasedToElsewhere means]]. This theory was finally disproved when the sequel was written.
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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. In the episode "Legendaddy", it's revealed that Barney has a step-sister in college. Combined with the knowledge that The Mother was in college (at the end of season 4) and would meet Ted at Barney's wedding, it quickly became a popular and very plausible theory that The Mother was her. However, in ''Ring Up'', Ted actually does date her, but they break up since she was too young (only 20). This, in turn, led to an EpilepticTrees theory that she actually was The Mother, since at the time of the wedding she'd be 21. Which actually would give a rationale for why it took 9 years for Ted to meet her: at the start of season 1, ''she was only 12''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Any idea that the modern series was a reboot (or that the film was considered discontinuity, making Eccleston the real ''Eighth'' Doctor, Tennant the ''Ninth'' and so on) was immediately thrown out once Sarah Jane Smith and K-9 appeared and Tennant's Doctor mentions regenerating "half a dozen times" in the same episode. In several episodes, starting with 2007's "Human Nature", [=McGann's=] Doctor's face explicitly appears on screen.
** ''Who'' fans eventually got to be used to being Jossed; the modern series in particular takes a perverse pleasure in contradicting {{Fanon}} without violating any actual {{Canon}}. The Doctor's references to his family in "The Empty Child", "The Doctor's Daughter", "Fear Her" and "Smith and Jones" have evoked particular Jossing. Even though his granddaughter Susan is introduced in ''the very first episode of the entire show'', many fans maintained that the Doctor was asexual in some way. In one of the AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audios, the Doctor clearly and unequivocally says that he has never been a father, but (a) that's not part of the TV show, (b) the Doctor lies pretty often and (c) the MST3KMantra is recommended with the sheer amount of writers the show has.
** The Doctor's "you've been watching too much TV" reaction in "The Sound of Drums" to Martha's suggestion that the Master could be his brother is a particularly self-aware example, because the fandom had been throwing that idea around for years (although if the TV movie had been picked up for a series, that WAS their plan).
** Before ''The End of Time'', many fanfics were written to undo the FateWorseThanDeath forced upon Donna Noble. At the end of Part I it appeared as if she ''was'' beginning to remember her time with the Doctor, but this is resolved by the Doctor putting some sort of 'release-valve' in her mind to protect her, and she spends most of Part II unconscious. She never does remember ([[ShootTheShaggyDog and apparently there is absolutely nothing that can be done by anyone ever to help her]]), and now never will since it has been confirmed that her story is over and will never appear in the series again. In effect, everything she was is DeaderThanDead. Number of fanfics [=Jossed=]: Too many to number, and they are ''still being written''.
** The appearance of [[spoiler: John Hurt as the Doctor's regeneration during the Time War]] led to many fans thinking that he was [[spoiler: an [[TimeshiftedActor older version]] of [=McGann's=] Eighth Doctor.]] This fan theory was thrown out the window in the short "Night of the Doctor [[spoiler: which brought back [=McGann=] as the Eighth Doctor and showed how he regenerated into the Doctor from the Time-War.]]
** There's also the theory that the Daleks can't climb stairs.
*** Jossed for the first time in "Remembrance of the Daleks," when we first see a Dalek flying up a flight of stairs.
*** Jossed ''again'' in "Dalek," when a guy climbs a flight of stairs and taunts his Dalek pursuer under the assumption that the Dalek can't get him. Then the Dalek says, "ELEVATE," and floats off the ground...
*** And originally Jossed back in 1965 in "The Chase". We don't see Daleks in the act of climbing stairs, but we do see some upstairs from the spot where their time machine landed.
** The revelation that Ian and Barbara were still alive and apparently TheAgeless, in "Death of the Doctor" from ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', Jossed the very common grim darkfic fanon that gave Barbara the early death from breast cancer that claimed her actress Jacqueline Hill in real life, and ascribed it to her irradiation on Skaro in "The Daleks".
* The creators of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' have specifically shot down the fan theory that the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 are actually [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory all dead and in a kind of purgatory]], despite the belief that this was the only explanation that actually made Season One make any kind of sense. Lingering hopes of this being true have been ''thoroughly'' Jossed as [[spoiler:the fourth and sixth seasons actually does allow several of the main characters to escape the island and return to the real world. Although in either a TakeThat or a ShoutOut, one of those returnees "now" holds the theory that he and the other "Oceanic 6" are in fact dead.]]
** Richard [[LampshadeHanging hangs a Lampshade]] on this in "Ab Aeterno", declaring that he, at least, considers the island to be Hell.
** As a lampshade hanging, in season 6, the ghost of [[spoiler: Michael]] reveals to Hurley that the island actually does serve as an instance of purgatory for people who have committed atrocious acts while on the island. The series finale reveals that [[spoiler: the AlternateTimeline Los Angeles where the plane didn't crash is really some kind of purgatory.]]
** After years of some of the most elaborate fan theories to grace modern television, The Island is... [[spoiler:just an island. For the most part, anyway.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''. Nearly every episode went against some bit of fanon, but careful examination reveals the writers never went against canon, with near Magnificent Bastard precision (with the exception of cloaking devices appearing much earlier than previously established). For example:
** Several well-known alien species encountered in ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' had originally received first contact later in the chronology. The dialogue carefully avoided mentioning the species by name to keep canon intact.
** When T'Pol becomes an officer in Starfleet towards the end of the series, many fans cried foul claiming the original Star Trek series established that Spock was the first Vulcan to serve in Starfleet... Until some enterprising (heh) fans took time to watch the entire run of the original series on DVD only to confirm no such reference was ever made on screen, and since [[WordofGod Paramount and Gene Roddenberry]] proclaimed EU sources non-canon, any references to Spock being the first in the novels and other media don't count.
** The portrayal of Vulcans in general was perhaps the single biggest source of outrage: some fans took it extremely poorly that Vulcans were portrayed as arrogant, duplicitous, and generally not all that noble, despite the fact that the Vulcans previously seen in the original series, except for Spock and Sarek, showed these same traits. And even Spock and Sarek demonstrated an irrational years-long grudge. In particular, the fans who objected to the portrayal of Vulcans in this series apparently never watched, or had forgotten about, the TOS episode "Amok Time", in which T'Pau (one of the most eminent Vulcans, though her exact position is never stated; she's said to have been the only person ever to decline a seat on the Federation Council) makes statements about Terrans that could very easily be construed to be racist, and T'Pring hatches a plot with her lover Stonn to get Spock killed by challenging the marriage. Not very nice people by any reasonable standard. Spock himself states on several occasions that one reason Vulcans place so much of a premium on logic and strict emotional control is that their emotions and passions are far stronger and harsher than humans, and it's canon that Vulcan civilization was very nearly destroyed centuries ago in wars that were worse than anything Earth ever experienced, even World War III itself. And the objectors are ignoring the example of the Romulans, who are basically the descendants of Vulcans who refused to accept Sarek's philosophies and struck out to greener pastures offworld instead in order to preserve their original civilization, both the good and the bad.
** One particular example works off both definitions: [[spoiler:Trip's death in "These are the Voyages..."]] By that time there was already a novel written with Trip as an old man, meeting a young James Kirk, and mentoring the designer of the Constitution class starship. The event in question was also equally reviled by the fanbase, Trip being one of the most beloved characters in the series. While considered Non-Canon by all TPTB, the later ENT novels (''The Good that Men Do'' through ''The Romulan War: To Brave the Storm'') brought Trip back, turning his death into a {{Heroic Sacrifice}}, to work behind the scenes to sabotage the Romulan efforts to create a Warp 7 stardrive.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' did this as well:
** Between the end of the Original Series in 1969 and the airing of TNG in 1987, the only 'official' stories that came out were the four Star Trek movies. Because demand for Trek remained high, a good number of novels and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek_role-playing_game_%28FASA%29 RPG material]] were published, and assumed to be canon (or at least close to it,) by the fans. Apparently, Gene Roddenberry was frustrated that creative control had effectively been taken away from him (both in most of the films and the fiction,) and when he re-asserted creative control at the beginning of TNG, he deliberately ignored the corpus of work that had been done and took things in a different direction with TNG. The strange thing is that Roddenberry added The Animated Series to his non-canon list, even though he was involved in its production, it had all of the original cast except Chekov, shared story editors, screenwriters, and directors with the live-action series, and even has the same guest stars.
** Some fans had a theory that the episode ''Yesterday's Enterprise'' actually took place in the Mirror Universe, where Goatee!Spock had received knowledge of the Federation from Prime universe Kirk, and had reformed the Terran Empire into the Federation, complete with Federation ideals and history, and that the resulting war with the Klingons was due to the softening of the former Empire, which they would eventually lose, leading to the events in the Mirror Universe on Deep Space Nine.
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', it was something of a no brainer ([[{{Pun}} so to speak]]) that Sylar [[BrainFood ate the brains of his victims]]. He makes frequent use of EvilTastesGood dialogue, and WordOfGod itself stated that he was originally supposed to eat the brains, but they couldn't figure out a way to show it on-screen without being silly. And yet brain-eating is explicitly Jossed in a very funny scene in the first episode of Season 3.
-->[[spoiler:'''Claire:''' Are you going to eat it?\\
'''Sylar:''' Eat your brain? Claire, that's disgusting!]]
* This occasionally happens in ''Franchise/PowerRangers''. The problem is that much of the info comes from casting scripts or pre-season profiles; this info has been repeatedly wrong and/or changed when the show begins airing since 2002, but the fans keep using it as source material for fic. Such is the case of the majority of the older fanbase (those aware of the Sentai source shows) assuming that ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' would be skipped over to adapt ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', only to be surprised with the announcement of ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'', which is a ''Goseiger'' adaptation. And then they really got hit in the face with the reveal that the second half of ''Megaforce'' would be a ''joint'' ''Goseiger'' and ''Gokaiger'' adaptation.
* PowerRangersLightspeedRescue has an interesting on. Fans theorized that Commander Mitchell was, in fact, a grown up Billy, who used his knowledge of Ranger Tech to create his own team. The fact that his name is William Mitchell and the actor had a passing resemblance to David Yost also played into this. The theory was Jossed by producers and then firmly killed when Billy's official last name was revealed to be Cranston.
* ''{{Series/Smallville}}'':
** The theory that Chloe might change her name to become "Lois Lane" later in life was pretty thoroughly Jossed when the ''actual'' Lois Lane showed up in season 4 (and several times afterwards by WordOfGod).
** When Jor-El's voice began telling Clark that it was his destiny to rule the people of Earth with strength, fans believed either General Zod was Clark's biological father, or that Zod had somehow intercepted the ship and placed a message inside. This was jossed by the powers that be who assured fans that Jor-El was still Clark's father.
* In the 2003 remake of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', one episode revealed that there was originally a number 7 Cylon named Daniel, but Cavil destroyed them all. The fanbase went wild with EpilepticTrees over this, saying that Daniel was Starbuck's father, Starbuck herself, any or all of the imaginary friends, the thirteenth lord of Kobol, etc. Then WordOfGod said that no, Daniel is not Starbuck's father, will not play any part in the finale, and was only created to explain why there was no number 7, while adding to Cavil's evil backstory to boot. Another one is what is going on with the apparently non-sensical numbering scheme for the models? There are supposed to be twelve all together, the unique five (who became known as the Final Five, despite existing before the seven) who came from the wreck of Earth and the seven they helped the machine Cylons create. Despite this, the models created with the machine Cylons are known to include Model One AND Model Nine.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Directed by Creator/JossWhedon, this is the fandom reaction to the season 5 revelation that Drusilla sired Spike. Until this point, it was assumed that Angelus siring Spike was canon (what with Spike outright referring to Angel as his sire at least twice); suddenly almost all existing Fanged Four and Angel/Spike fics were 'Jossed'. The explanation is that "sire" can refer to any vampiric ancestor, not just the direct one. Angel sired Drusilla, so is Spike's sire - and did indeed have a mentor relationship with him, which isn't always the case.
** In season seven it looks like Faith slept with Spike. When Harmony introduces herself in the Season 9 comics however Faith offers these words:
--> "I love that '''I'm''' supposed to be the slutty one when everyone '''but''' me has nailed Spike."
* A popular fan theory about ''{{Series/Firefly}}'''s Shepherd Book was that he had spent time as an Operative. This has been Jossed by the Shepherd's Tale comic, which reveals that [[spoiler: he was at one point high-ranking Alliance commander, but was working as a spy for the Browncoats the whole time. Before that he was a streetkid named Henry Evans, who joined the Independent movement to get off his homeworld, stealing his identity from the ''real'' Book, whom he killed and impersonated to infiltrate the Alliance.]]
* The ''Series/{{Skins}}'' fan theory that Effy was going to be the character who died at the end of Series 4, her mental illness [[DrivenToSuicide Driving Her To Suicide]]. Instead, [[spoiler: it was Freddie]], in a plot twist so ridiculous it could have come straight out of the Whedon playbook.
* This occasionally happens with ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.
** In early seasons, it was a widely accepted theory that Tony's father was an abusive alcoholic, based on Tony saying that his father "was too drunk to hurt anyone" while undercover in a Season 2 episode. This was jossed by the appearance of Tony Sr. in Season 7, in which he was shown to be neglectful but very clearly not abusive or in any way violent.
** Quite a few fanfictions were jossed by the Season 10 episode "You Better Watch Out" when it was explicitly stated that Ziva had never been to Tony's apartment, nor any other woman for that matter. It is possible that this was intended to show the significance of her staying at his apartment two episodes later as a precaution after her father was assassinated.
** The theory of [=McGee=] having a dead mother was well on its way to becoming accepted fanon in seasons nine and ten, mostly because that seemed to be the trend on the show - Tony, Ziva, Gibbs, and Abby have all lost their mothers. The idea was jossed in the latter half of Season 10 when it is mentioned in an episode that this character's mother is very much alive and well.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. Throughout the entirety of Season 3, fans were convinced Sam and Dean would find a way to free Dean from his deal. They didn't.
** There are several examples of this in Supernatural, most often accompanied by a fan cry of 'I can't believe they actually went there!'. See Sam sleeping with Ruby and drinking her blood (both heavily debated, but many fans were convinced he Would Never) Sam breaking the final seal and defeating Lucifer, Dean not saying 'yes' to Michael, Sam saying 'yes' to Lucifer, and the list goes on.... Especially notable as Supernatural frequently managed to create some spectacular [[InternetBackdraft fandom explosions]] whenever they Jossed the fans.
** Throughout much of S5 many fans believed pagan gods might ally themselves with - or in some way offer assistance to - the Winchesters. This was Jossed not once, but ''twice'', first with Paris Hilton's self-obsessed forest god, and then with the council of pagan gods who determined the best way to avert the apocalypse would be to kill the Winchesters. On the other hand, fans were vindicated in believing the Trickster/Gabriel would become an ally, they just never quite guessed how it would work out.
* ''Series/LifeOnMars'': A very popular theory regarding the last episode, which was even embraced by John Simm himself, was that Sam never actually woke up from his coma, and his return to the "real world" was a hallucination, which is why he didn't feel anything there. This is however jossed by the first episode of ''Series/AshesToAshes'' which reveals that he did indeed wake up and committed suicide a few days later. Strangely enough, ''Series/AshesToAshes'' actually did this with Alex in the beginning of the third season, where her imagined awakening in the real world later turned out to actually be her dying.
* ''Series/MadMen'': Based on the title sequence, which shows Don Draper falling off a building, many fans thought that he would commit suicide at the end of the series. [[spoiler: He doesn't, and is in fact very happy at the end.]]
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' shows will occasionally go out of their way to shoot down fan theories about secondary characters (usually female ones) becoming Riders, either by taking up the title character's belt or gaining their own powers. A specific instance comes in ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'', where the direct-to-DVD mini-episode ''Type Tokujou'' shows that [[ActionGirl Kiriko]] attempted to transform into Drive, only for the transformation to fail because she lacks some unspecified factor which [[TheHero Shinnosuke]] possesses.
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* Music/JohnLennon had repeatedly denied that [[Music/TheBeatles "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"]] had anything to do with LSD, despite him having LSD experiences and writing "She Said She Said" beforehand about a bad trip. According to Lennon, he was not aware of the LSD abbreviation at the time, had only heard the substance referred to as "acid," and was inspired by a painting that his son Julian made in school of his classmate Lucy O'Donnell. His son and Lucy also confirmed this answer. However, [[FanDislikedExplanation the explanation didn't deter his fans]], and Music/PaulMcCartney has refuted John's statements.
* Another drug related one: Peter Yarrow denied that his song "Puff the Magic Dragon" was about smoking marijuana, and that it "never had any meaning other than the obvious one": the "loss of innocence in children."
* Continuing on with the drug theme. Many people believe Pink Floyd's "Comfortable Numb" is about heroin use, in reality it's about David Gilmour's experiences with different illnesses and the feelings that came along with them. The second verse in particular is about a specific concert where he had become sick prior to performing. A doctor had given him a muscle relaxant which had made him numb.
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* A week of ''Brevity'' (starting [[http://www.gocomics.com/brevity/2010/09/27 here]]) focused on the life cycle of a couple. Readers following the sequence theorized that this is from the point of view of the tree in the background. However, [[http://www.gocomics.com/brevity/2010/10/03 the final strip revealed that the POV was actually from the benches the couple were sitting on throughout the sequence]].
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* Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw was so sick of all the people who felt Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins from ''Theatre/{{Pygmalion}}'' should've ended up together, that he wrote an entire essay on why Eliza and Henry could never be together; and in the original play she marries Freddy Eynsford-Hill. Nevertheless, in its film adaptation, and in the musical ''Theatre/MyFairLady'', (both the stage version and the film), ended with [[MaybeEverAfter Eliza and Henry possibly together]].
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* The first ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' game probably inspired many theories about Ansem that were invalidated by ''Kingdom Hearts II''. Theories about "Unknown" from ''Final Mix'' and the knights from the second game's secret ending were also invalidated.
** There was also quite a bit of speculation about Roxas, known only as the "Blond-Haired Kid", or BHK, after a few previews of ''Kingdom Hearts II'' were released. Many theories were in the correct vein, but as Roxas is linked to a group of people who were never mentioned at all in the first game, it was virtually impossible for anyone to guess his true identity. It got easier to pin "BHK" post-''Chain of Memories''. But then there was [=DiZ=]. The common theory was that he was the "Superior" of the Organization and Ansem's Nobody - because ''Chain of Memories'' heavily implied that Ansem's Nobody led the Organization and [=DiZ=] himself was Ansem (as King Mickey recognized him). The actual truth of the matter was something no-one could have predicted - [[spoiler: [[{{Retcon}} that the Ansem you fought in the first game wasn't the real Ansem King Mickey met.]]]]
** The fourth installment in the series, ''358/2 Days'', tossed a mysterious new Kairi lookalike into the events concurrent to ''Chain of Memories'' and preceding ''Kingdom Hearts II''. There were many theories that attempted to explain who she was and why she was never mentioned before, a fairly common one being she was Kairi's Unversed (Before the fandom really knew what an Unversed was) It turned out [[spoiler:that she was in fact a Replica infused with Sora's memories.]]
** A fairly minor one, it was the general fandom consensus that all Nobodies looked different, such as having a different hair color, and had a different voice than their "Other", like Roxas, Namine and Xemnas did. Then ''Birth by Sleep'' rolled around and we see the "Others" of Xigbar, Xaldin, Vexen, Lexeaus, Zexion, Saix, and Axel, and, while the latter three were kids at the time, they all looked and sounded exactly like their Nobodies. [[spoiler:It should be pointed out that Roxas, Namine and Xemnas aren't "typical" Nobodies.]]
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'':
** ''4'' inspired a lot of fan-thought that Nero was Sparda or Vergil reincarnate, or that his Devil Bringer arm held either spirit, and would be possessed by them. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, neither showed up in the game.]] Also, Dante's seemingly uncharacteristic assassination of Order leader Sanctus at the game's start inspired much speculation about his motives and whether he had pulled a FaceHeelTurn. It was eventually revealed that [[spoiler:he was pulling a ShootTheDog and trying to kill the game's BigBad.]]
** As a point of interest: while not [[IKnewIt confirmed]], Nero's link to Vergil is still hinted at quite a lot in the game. He wields the Yamato katana -- Vergil's weapon in ''Devil May Cry 3'' -- and in [[SuperMode Devil Trigger form]], he is overshadowed by a demonic spirit that resembles Vergil's own Devil Trigger and his Nelo Angelo form from the first game. DemonicPossession[=/=]SoulJar isn't off the table just yet.
** The [[CrystalDragonJesus Crystal Dragon Pope]] explicitly stated that [[spoiler:Nero carries the blood of Sparda.]]
** There is an interview where a member of the staff said that Nero is actually the son of Vergil.
** Morihashi Bingo, the scenario designer for ''Devil May Cry 3'' and ''4'', wrote a novelization of ''Devil May Cry 4'' that states that the connection between Nero and Vergil is that [[spoiler:Nero is the son of Vergil and a human prostitute.]] Bingo added a number of scenes into the novel that clarified the relationship, claiming that the scenes were intended to be in the game but were cut from the final version for various reasons. The problem? Well, before Bingo wrote the novel he actually left Capcom to be a freelance writer. This means that despite the book being the originally intended story for the game, it hasn't been in any published material written by Capcom. Since it hasn't been confirmed or denied, Capcom could easily [[SchrodingersGun change their mind and have the plot go in a different direction.]]
* Prior to ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' fans began concocting elaborate theories regarding the Forerunners' relationship to humanity and the Flood, Cortana's "ulterior motives" and what the Prophet of Truth's motivations were for wiping out the Elites. [[spoiler:Turns out, the Forerunner simply encountered and fought the Flood, humans were merely the most favored out of countless species the Forerunner preserved in the Ark, Cortana was always on the good guys' side, and Truth, though he's revealed in the novels be at least somewhat aware that the Covenant's religion is a lie, was simply a self-aggrandizing zealot who felt the Elites were too unreliable to be kept alive.]]
** Then Literature/TheForerunnerSaga and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' revealed all that to be only part of the story, with humanity, the Prophets, the Flood, and the Forerunners having a history going back hundreds of thousands of years. [[spoiler:A race literally called the Precursors created both humans and Forerunners; after they decided to favor the former and wipe out the latter, the Forerunners drove the Precursors out of the galaxy instead. In a plot for revenge against all of their creations, the surviving Precursors turned themselves into ''the Flood'', laying dormant until they were discovered by a joint Human-Prophet alliance. However, during the war between the two sides, humanity also wiped out several Forerunner worlds to sterilize any Flood they found there, then took the planets for their own to replace the worlds they lost. The Forerunners struck back by wiping out almost every human and Prophet, stranding the survivors on their homeworlds, and forcibly devolving humanity back to the Stone Age. Only then did the Flood, which had pretended to retreat from the Human-Prophet alliance, come back to nearly destroy all life in the galaxy. Additionally, it's revealed it was only the influential Forerunner Librarian and her followers who favored humanity, with the rest of her species viewing us as little better than animals. This all sounds like an AssPull, but it isn't. All the way back before the first ''Halo'' came out, supplementary materials on halo.xbox.com said that humanity found human populations on worlds that humanity had never, ever, ever been to. Though that tidbit seems to have been retconned away, the later ''Anime/HaloLegends'' and ''Literature/HaloEvolutions'' also foreshadowed later developments by mentioning that mysterious human-style ''architecture'' had been found on uninhabited worlds.]]
* After countless ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' fanfics about the mystery behind [[UrbanLegendOfZelda Schala]], ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' comes along with a conclusive answer, making many of them obsolete. Then the DS remake of ''Trigger'' Jossed even more fan theories with its added exclusive ending.
* After years of speculation surrounding the ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' series (namely, that [[VideoGame/MegaManX Zero]] went berserk and killed the original cast), Keiji Inafune casually dismissed the theory in a question and answer session, offhandedly stating that "it was not in Zero's character." Jossed. [[note]]Granted, Inafune's words made sense. True, Zero [[spoiler:was originally an AxCrazy destroyer of unparalleled magnitude]], but if he indeed killed the cast of the Classic series (''including'' his creator Dr. Wily), then comes the FridgeLogic of who would've been around to seal him away in the first place.[[/note]]
* A popular fan theory in the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series was that the Dark Elf/Mother Elf was an incarnation of Iris, Zero's infamous [[ILetGwenStacyDie Gwen Stacy]] from ''X4'', based on Zero's comment at the end of ''Zero 2'' that he felt he might know her and the Mother Elf's mercy act of [[spoiler:transforming a dying Elpizo into a Cyber Elf]], suggesting she may have formerly been a Reploid. This was eventually dispelled in ''[[AllThereInTheManual Rockman Zero Official Complete Works]]'', which states that [[spoiler:the Mother Elf was created from [[TheVirus Maverick Virus]] data in Zero's body as a Sigma Antibody Program]], thus explaining Zero's sense of familiarity with her.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' in general has been Jossing a lot of fan theories and fanfics since Square Enix finally started making sequels and spin-offs set in the worlds of the individual games:
** The [[GainaxEnding ambiguous ending]] to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', set 500 years into the future, deliberately refused to answer whether or not humanity had survived the clash between Meteor, Holy, and the Lifestream. Then along came the Compilation (some say [[FanNickname Complication]]) of ''Final Fantasy VII'', which continued the story only a few years after said event.
** ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' Jossed everyone's fanfictions. Especially Zack/Cloud ones. Since turns out Cloud was not as emo as they wanted to believe. And Zack didn't meet him by saving him from bullies either... Angeal also served as a tool for Jossing too since... well... he was never even referred to until he showed up in ''CC'' thus everyone had to assume Zack randomly got the Buster Sword which... isn't true.
** The ''FFVII Ultimania'' Guides: where fanon goes to die.
** There are also [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 the]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears sequels]] to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''. On an [[NoExportForYou equally annoying level]], there are also the Japanese-only ''Ultimania'' information books, which often contain details, histories, and character backstories that aren't even remotely hinted at in the games, some of which would look like outrageous EpilepticTrees if they had been fan theories.
** One cannot bring up ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' without mention of the legendary "[[MyFutureSelfAndMe Rinoa = Ultimecia]]" theory. Even after the ''Ultimania'' guide explicitly noted that Rinoa did not somehow become the game's BigBad in the BadFuture (which admittedly doesn't rule out the possibility that Ultimecia's Sorceress Power descended ''from'' Rinoa over the years), you'll find many a fan still clinging to this theory with an iron grip.
* Pre-release materials for ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie: Nuts & Bolts'' revealed the Lord of Games (L.O.G) and his role in the story, where he settles [[BigBad Grunty]] and Banjo's conflict with a contest. Some people didn't simply see L.O.G as a facilitator, and begin to speculate that Grunty might be a DiscOneFinalBoss, with L.O.G being the TrueFinalBoss plotting an EvilPlan against Banjo. Later, Rare opened Website/{{Facebook}} accounts for some of the game's characters for fans to post some questions to their walls for a limited time, with [[http://www.facebook.com/pages/LOG-Lord-of-Games/33513137116 L.O.G himself among them]]. This gave the Banjo theorists the chance to direct their accusations to L.O.G before the game is released. His response?
-->"What's all this talk of evil? I may be occasionally fallible and self-indulgent -- or so I'm told -- but I certainly wouldn't describe myself as evil."
* Despite heavy hints to the positive, the theory of the Wrecked Ship in ''Super VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' and the Pirate Mothership in ''Metroid: Zero Mission'' being the same was Jossed by Zero Mission's director not long after people started espousing it.
* Any update Kevan applies to ''VideoGame/UrbanDead'' tends to fly in the face of every one of the regular's beliefs about the game.
* Creator/{{Nintendo}} seems to take an almost vindictive glee in contradicting the {{Fanon}} that was established for the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' series during those long years when the plots of the games were strictly SaveThePrincess affairs.
** The ''very first'' Mario game with an actual plot (''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'') creates an origin story for the Mario Bros. that places their birth in the Mushroom Kingdom - retconning ''Donkey Kong'', ''Mario Bros.'', and ''Super Mario Bros.'', which collectively state they were born in [[BigApplesauce Brooklyn]] and got to the Mushroom Kingdom [[DownTheDrain through a warp pipe]]. It also makes them twins, even though Mario was usually held as being the older brother by years rather than by minutes.
** Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto ''himself'' said that Mario's full name is not "Mario Mario"...[[FlipFlopOfGod but he later revealed that this is the case]].
** In an interview, Miyamoto disproved the common theory that the Koopalings are Bowser's kids (the current story is that the Koopalings are not Bowser's children, and Bowser has only one child, Bowser Jr.) This is despite that originally were Bowser's children in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' (the Japanese manual has Bowser referring to them as "Ore-sama no musuko-tachi", meaning "my children", and Larry calls Bowser "Oyaji", a word for "father"). But after this, their family relationship with Bowser didn't get mentioned in later games, [[{{Retcon}} and they got referred to as his "minions" or "underlings" instead]] (and this included the manual for ''Super Mario Advance 4'', a GBA remake of ''Super Mario Bros. 3'') - in Japan. It lived on much longer in English-speaking countries as WordOfDante though the English translations, which were more likely to refer to them as "Bowser's children."
** Despite the cartridge cover of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'' implying that Mario was about to fall into a pit due to clashing against a wall, Miyamoto Jossed that outcome in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu2DnTd3dEo a September 2015 video]]. In an inversion, he did confirm other beliefs and theories in that video.
* Many fans of ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' believed that the G-Man was in fact Black Mesa's administrator, which was a reasonable assumption in the interim before the sequel, but was Jossed when the Administrator, now named Wallace Breen, appeared as the principle antagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}.'' The G-Man turned out to have an entirely separate backstory.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' fans accepted ''Portal: Prelude'', a third-party mod revolving around Aperture's backstory, as canon, until Valve laughed at their faces by proposing their own entirely new canon [[spoiler:(which happened to also contradict their own previously made canon, but that is an entirely different story)]].
* ''[[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters The King of Fighters 2000]]''. With that tragic ending where Heidern laments a city being wiped off the map. Wait a minute... Southtown has been destroyed! What an incredibly bold move by Creator/{{SNK}}! The city that all but defined this tournament, gone, just like that! Wait a minute, are you sure it was Southtown? It had to be Southtown! Yes, it was Southtown! But they'd never... could they... yes! No! It's definitely Southtown, yes, 100% sure, no other possibility! Well, you can imagine the crushing disappointment when later games make it plainly obvious that Southtown wasn't destroyed. Even worse, we never find out which city it supposedly was and the incident is never mentioned again. Of course, you could've predicted this if you remembered that the freaking EDIT TEAM ending has ''never'' been canon in any ''KOF'', ever.
* ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis Resident Evil 3: Nemesis]]'' would count. After several novels from S.D. Perry, ''Nemesis'' seemed planned to contradict what she wrote as much as possible, including elements such as the games' timeline, the fate of Raccoon City, the canon endings of each game, and the name of several offscreen personages such as the city's mayor. Indeed, her edition of the story comes with an author's note stating the continuity errors between book and game. As it is, ''Nemesis'' is rather faithful to the source material.
* Sherry Birkin's reappearance in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' Jossed quite a few fan theories and planned stories about what was likely to have happened to her, since earlier sources indicated she was at least somewhat likely to end up in Wesker's care.
%%* Any ''Franchise/MetalGear'' game after ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', take your pick.
* The WildCard ending of ''[[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas Fallout: New Vegas]]'' brought about many theories of the Yes Man A.I. turning against the player due to a mention of finding an upgrade that lets him be more "Assertive". However, when asked about this lead developer J.E. Sawyer stated that the upgrade was meant to ensure that Yes Man is capable of formulating his own decisions while also only following the Courier's orders, preventing someone else from hijacking the Courier's seat of power. The fan theories of ''New Vegas'' in general are particularly prone to being Jossed, since Sawyer keeps an active Formspring account and readily answers most questions.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''Hyrule Historia'', a book released in 2011 as part of the 25th anniversary of the series, debunked all timeline theories that placed the earlier 2D games (from the original ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' to ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening Link's Awakening]]'', plus the ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle]]'' duology) either in the Adult Timeline or the Child Timeline of the series' overall chronology, instead placing them in a ''third'' timeline that, like the other two, has its roots in the ending of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]''. In a [[InvertedTrope reverse case]], the book also confirmed lots of other theories, as well as previously ambiguous or unconfirmed stuff.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'' the last thing Link's Uncle says before he dies is "Zelda is your...". Many fans at the time speculated that he meant to say "Zelda is your sister" and that Link was secretly part of the royal family. As the series went on however it became increasing clear that this ''[[ImpliedLoveInterest wasn't]]'' the case. In the Game Boy Advance re-release of the game Link's Uncle's last words were changed to "Zelda is your destiny" to avoid any remaining confusion.
** Tingle, a ManChild who is obsessed with fairies and maps, is a very odd character. Many fans assumed Tingle was gay due to his fairy obsession and his big interest towards Link, who has clothes that remind Tingle of faeries (and he goes nutters in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' when he sees Link has an actual fairy by his side). Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma went on the record to debunk the theories and outright said that Tingle is "not gay, just really weird".
** A common theory regarding ''Majora's Mask'' is that it takes place inside a dream Link is having (there are also varations of the theory suggesting it's a DyingDream). But [[http://www.zeldainformer.com/news/aonuma-debunks-majoras-mask-dream-theory Eiji Aonuma]] jossed it when he was asked about why the Ballad of the Wind Fish was in the game (its first appearance is in ''Link's Awakening'', which ''does'' take place inside a dream).
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'':
** The original endings created a well known fandom theory that Shepard was indoctrinated by the Reapers due [[spoiler:to the Catalyst being the exact image of a boy who died at the beginning of the game.]] Once the Extended Cut DLC was released, however, it was clear that Shepard has his entire mind under control with [[spoiler:a new option to refuse all of the choices the Catalyst has offered]].
** And again with the details on the Control ending specifying that [[spoiler:the Illusive Man could never have controlled the Reapers due to being indoctrinated, yet Shepard is free and thus able to sacrifice their mortal existence to become the new, more benevolent Reaper overmind.]]
** IGN's documentary app, ''The Final Hours of Mass Effect 3'', further debunked the theory, as it contained interviews with [=BioWare=] developers, which revealed while they had considered a sequence in the endings wherein [[spoiler:Shepard was indoctrinated]], "the gameplay mechanic proved too troublesome to implement alongside dialogue choices", so the idea ended up getting completely exorcised from the final version of the script.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** From the ambiguous ending of the Celebi event in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'', it was widely believed that [[spoiler: after the player defeats Giovanni in a battle, he walks out of the cave and kills himself by jumping off the cliff it's perched on.]] His appearance at the tournament in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' confirmed this to not be the case.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' officially disproved the idea that a third version of the new games in a generation was inevitable. [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Gen VI]] would be confirmed only a few months after ''B2/W2'' was released in North America and Europe.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' also disproved the theory that the Straiton City Gym Leaders and the Shadow Triad are the same people.
** It had been widely believed that Dittos were the result of a failed attempt at cloning mew given that they appeared frequently in the Mysterious Dungeon/ Cerulean Cave, their colors (both normal and shiny) were the same, and that they were both the only Pokemon to know Transform legitimately. However, an interview with Gamefreak proved this to be false and Dittos were just transforming blobs.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'':
** Many fans wondered why the mercenaries involved would fight a pointless turf war, and assumed that the team [[ShellShockedVeteran would be both psychologically scarred and infinitely relieved when the Gravel Wars finally ended.]] The supplemental comic "A Fate Worse Than Chess" made their motivations crystal clear: The AffablyEvil PsychoForHire PrivateMilitaryContractors ''love'' [[InHarmsWay their jobs]], and [[OnlyInItForTheMoney will keep fighting as long as there's money involved.]]
** A large bulk of fans naturally assumed that the Pyro was no different from the rest of his team mates in terms of overall personality and how he socialized. This is evident in many fan stories. However, the video ''Meet the Pyro'' reveals that most of the other characters genuinely fear him (Even his closest and dearest friend Engie is unsettled when Pyro's in a killing mood) and that he himself behaves in a cold, almost inhuman fashion (at least on the surface).
* Attempts to joss things in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' tend not to work so well, not because the jossing is ignored, but because the fans are far too versatile to be encumbered by it. ''Double Spoiler'', which is the most cited attempt at unintentional jossing of a wide variety of things, caused ''an increase'' in AlternateCharacterInterpretations. Very early into the series, the {{fandom}} realized the importance of maintaining creator canon.
* It has been theorised in the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' fandom that Lon'qu, the swordsman who CannotTalkToWomen, would extend his awkwardness around them to [[spoiler: his own prospect daughters from the future, should he marry a first generation character who gives birth to a girl]]. The Future Past DLC josses this: [[spoiler: if he marries Tharja and then he goes rescue the alternate universe!Noire, AU!Noire bluntly brings up his aversion to women, and Lon'qu's reply is basically "WTF?! Why would I be scared ''of my own daughter''?".]]
* Before the release and fan-translation of Mother 3, many fans wrote Videogame/{{Earthbound}} fanfiction about how Ness's continuing conflict with Pokey would play out. Needless to say, Ness canonically never does see Pokey again. It's someone from another era altogether who does him in once and for all.
* For a long time, people held on to a theory that ''Creator/IdSoftware'' gave the source code for the Super Nintendo version of ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' to Christian game developer ''Wisdom Tree'' as a retaliation against Nintendo's [[{{Bowdlerise}} heavy censorship]] of the game (removing the swastikas, etc.). John Carmack, in an interview that was later quoted in the book ''Masters Of Doom'', debunked this rumor. Id gave the source code to Wisdom Tree because, well, [[MoneyDearBoy they were being paid a good sum of money for it.]]
* There have been a lot of Jossed theories regarding ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'', but the most notable one would come from the second season. Everyone expected there to be [[spoiler:a choice where you would have to pick between Luke and Kenny, where one of them would live and the other one would die. Then Tell Tale threw everyone a curveball by killing Luke halfway through Episode 5 and making the players pick between Kenny and ''Jane''.]]
* The ''VideoGame/DeadIsland'' series hints that the survivors are not immune to the virus, merely resistant. Six months later ''Escape Dead Island'' has Xian show up, not as calm as portrayed but otherwise normal, dispelling that idea. The first two games also suggests there is not a cure, however [[spoiler: when Cliff is succumbing to the virus Xian pushes him to take the antidote.]]
* It was rumored that Rashid's missing female friend from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'' was Crimson Viper, but later it turned out she was a nameless Shadaloo scientist known as "the Usher" [[spoiler: who was horribly murdered by F.A.N.G.]]. Viper herself '''is''' friends with Rashid and she appears in his story mode (as well as Bison's, Juri's and Urien's), she's just not '''the''' one he's searching for [[spoiler: and she manages to escape from Bison, Juri and Urien on her own.]]
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Any popular fan theory on ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' usually gets Jossed the very next episode, or is confirmed the next episode. The reason for this is that Ryukishi07 often looked at online forums to find out the current popular theories, just to have them either confirmed, played with or flat out crushed in the next episode. The manga also confirms or denies things that were left ambiguous in the visual novels; for example, the [[spoiler:Rosatrice]] theory (a theory that was growing in popularity with the English-speaking fandom) was jossed entirely by the [=EP8=] manga, which confirmed beyond a doubt that [[spoiler:Beatrice, Shannon and Kanon are all the same person, Sayo Yasuda]].
* A lot of English-speaking ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' fans theorised that Nageki was actually a ''human'', but his ghost had [[{{Animorphism}} taken the form of a mourning dove]] for totemic-type reasons, hence his confusion over what and who he is, and why Hiyoko is surprised to see a [[MisplacedWildlife mourning dove in Japan]]. He also talks a lot about being bullied and tells Hiyoko that if you want to kill yourself, jumping out of the library window is a good way to go, implying he committed suicide because of bullying by jumping out of the window. In the full version, it's confirmed that he really was a bird, and the way in which he died and his reason for killing himself is explored in detail and something no-one could have predicted.
* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' ends with a shot of the characters [[spoiler:driving through the Nevada Desert]] when they notice a woman who seems to bare a resemblance to [[spoiler:"All-Ice", shortened to "Alice" by some, the apparent Egyptian mummy who according to legend has Ice-9 in instead of water in her body,]] hitch-hiking. Junpei notes that he 'recognizes' the woman, then the game abruptly ends. [[spoiler:Earlier in the game, the characters had already found a coffin where "All-Ice" was supposed to have been hidden, only to find it empty, concluding the entire thing to be a myth, so this ending just opened more questions]]. This led to loads of confused players, but also a pile of theories. Especially when the sequel, ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', seemed to have a character called "Alice" who resembles [[spoiler:All-Ice in looks. The most consistent theory was that "All-Ice" had somehow gotten out of her coffin and unfrozen]]. Then the sequel actually came out, and the entire thing turned out to just be a coincidence: [[spoiler:A government agent called Alice, who happened to resemble All-Ice in many ways, just happened to have been tracking terrorists to somewhere in the Nevada desert, and happened upon the characters as they drove. Just to add insult to injury, the game doesn't just joss it with new facts; it straight out kills the the theory with Alice herself calling anyone who believes in the fact she actually had Ice-9 in her body and is an ancient mummy a complete idiot]].
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/AbstractGender'', many fan theories to the big conspiracy involved William Montgomery being somehow linked to the scientists. This was completely thrown out during the seventh and final chapter "Gods" where [[spoiler: he gets transformed too, complete with a mind wipe and new personality as well]].
* In the ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' fandom, the two most popular theories about the identity of the third girl from the photo (that she's a relative of Gamma's, and that she's a young Jones) were immediately Jossed by [[WordOfGod the author]] on the forum. Since most of the fans don't hang out on the forum, these theories remained popular, until TheRant below [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=365 this page]] put them to rest in the bluntest way possible. Also parodied in the rant on [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=336 this page]]. The first three theories that Tom facetiously shot down were {{Shout Out}}s to to actual EpilepticTrees from the fandom. He has taken this to a whole new level by having Renard Joss a theory that Jones was a robot ''in comic'' on this [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=592 page]]. When the theory refused to die, Jones herself stated she was not a Robot on [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=728 this page]]. The rant on that last one also includes a shirt design Jossing the theory yet again.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Rich Burlew, the author, tends to do this with many fan theories, such as [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0465.html Miko being zombified by Xykon]], [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0436.html the results of a misfired poison arrow]], and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0567.html whether Belkar's prophecy had come true]]. From the FAQ:
-->"In fact, I try not to read anything where people suggest upcoming plot ideas because I hate it when people guess what is going to happen. I feel the uncontrollable urge to change what happens, just to prove them wrong. Petty? Probably."
** The popular fan theory that the world of ''The Order of the Stick'' was an actual campaign was Jossed in strip # 606.
--->'''Shojo:''' No, the wisdom is simply this: Play the game.\\
'''Belkar:''' Uh, OK, but I thought we weren't actually representing a game campaign, we were just living in a world where the laws of...\\
'''Shojo:''' ''(while he and Belkar are playing Dungeons & Dragons)'' Not ''this'' game!\\
'''Belkar:''' Oh, whew!
** A DoubleSubversion of Jossing occurred with the theory that Elan's father is Lord Tyrinar, the warlord who had Haley's father imprisoned. The first strips where Tarquin appeared had him as a general who'd lost his empire long before; but it was eventually revealed that he was the man behind the throne of an empire that had gone through several figurehead rulers and names including Tyrinaria and Ian Starshine was one of the prisoners Roy befriended in the Empire's prisons. Tyrinar turned out to be just one of the figureheads, and dead in the present time of the comic.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' author Dan Shive has done this too many times to count.
* The author of ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' has a neat way about handling this. He insists, constantly, that every single [[EpilepticTrees epileptic tree]] is completely true, as sincerely as possible -- no matter what context: IM, forum, in actual discussion... He insists they are always correct, so that in the end, everyone, including him, is proven wrong.
* Done ''spectacularly'' in ''WebComic/EightBitTheater.'' Following [[spoiler:Black Belt]]'s death in, many fans clamored for his return and pointed out that this could be accomplished by [[spoiler:de-petrifying his doppleganger which was turned to stone way back near the start of the series]]. Clevinger responded by having White Mage attempt exactly that, and botch it ''horribly.'' The page where this happens is even titled, [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2005/11/10/episode-622-now-shut-up/ "Now Shut Up"]].
* The ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' webcomic ''TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' has been so thoroughly and consistently Jossed -- after each new game release since the series began -- about so many things, from the manner in which one character lost an eye to [[spoiler:his very state of existence]] -- necessitating massive, unconvincing [[RetCon retcons]] that even the ''characters'' [[LampshadeHanging find sketchy]]. The author is aware of this phenomenom. In one of his last blog posts, he says "if I'm lucky, I can be done before [=MGS4=] is released and my entire backstory is contradicted. Again". He was, and it was. Again. What's even more ironic is that the comic ended ''just under two weeks'' before [=MGS4's=] release.
* Despite attempts to reasonably, albeit comically, tie into the storyline of ''Half-Life'', the comic ''{{Concerned}}'' was pre-Jossed when their depiction of the elivery of the Xen Borderworld sample was already undone by ''Half-Life: Decay''.
* Randy Milholland seems to love to do this to his fans in ''SomethingPositive''. In fact, it could be said the only thing more enjoyable to him than not giving the fans what they want is giving them what they explicitly ''don't''. "Dont Give Him Any Ideas" is uttered regularly on feed commentaries. An example: [[spoiler:Pepito]] was originally going to live through the "insane catgirl massacre" storyline. Then somebody sent Milholland a letter saying he wasn't "allowed" to kill any of the characters. "Not even [[spoiler:Pepito]]." Note that the insane catgirls are the in-universe personifications of possessive, loony FanDumb. Having that dead character killed off by a fictionalized variant of the exact type of person who trying to ''save'' him is delicious, delicious {{irony}}. ([[YouKeepUsingThatWord Or something similar]].)
* ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'':
** While Andrew Hussie is usually very permissive of off-the-wall speculation, he sometimes feels the need to correct egregiously wrong interpretations. For instance, he has made it very clear that, in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[spoiler: Jade's Grampa]] was DeadAllAlong, Kanaya prefers the ladies, and, most of all, [[http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002584 WV IS NOT AN IMP]].
** When the [[spoiler: Alpha Kids]] were first introduced there was a lot of speculation about what [[spoiler: then unnamed Dirk and Roxy]]'s personalities would be. The most common theory for [[spoiler: Roxy]] was that she would be a scenester-esque HardDrinkingPartyGirl. Even more popularly, [[spoiler: Dirk was theorised to be a loser anime fanboy with the FanNickname "Weeabro"]]. [[spoiler:Roxy]]'s character turned out to be pretty close, though only on a superficial level [[spoiler: as Roxy is also a passionate scientist and very kind friend]]. [[spoiler: Dirk]]'s did not, and Andrew expressed great distaste for the theory.
** ''Homestuck'''s Jossed WMG pages are ''far'' bigger than the confirmed and active theory pages; so much so there are multiple pages because all of them on one page was breaking browsers. This is because Hussie encourages a lot of speculation.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Here's an actual example of Joss jossing something: less than a week after fans announced the WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog prequel [[http://horribleturn.com/ "Horrible Turn"]], Joss announced a [[http://io9.com/5398188/prequel-comic-reveals-dr-horribles-childhood-origins prequel comic book]] that appears to be covering the same topics (meeting Captain Hammer, turning evil, etc.).
* For a while, it was thought that the anthropomorphic animals in ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' were originally [[WasOnceAMan humans]] turned into animals via advanced technology. WordOfGod [[http://z7.invisionfree.com/thegangoffive/index.php?showtopic=6970&view=findpost&p=9149810 states]] that the anthropomorphic animals were merely "there" alongside humans.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Common fan theories insinuate that WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}} was created as a substitute for a [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit Roger Rabbit]] cartoon that [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was never made]] due to [[ScrewedByTheLawyers legal and copyright issues]] surrounding Roger. Creator/GregWeisman, who helped develop WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}} and other [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} other notable]] Creator/{{Disney}} shows, says that Bonkers was certainly ''inspired'' by Roger, but Disney never had any plans to make a Roger Rabbit cartoon at any point.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** [[spoiler:Jet is [[HesJustHiding still alive]]]] -- Jossed by WordOfGod.
** [[spoiler: Smellerbee and Longshot]] died -- Jossed by the sequel comic ''The Promise''.
** [[spoiler:Suki is [[BusCrash dead]]]] -- Jossed by "The Boiling Rock".
** Zuko's mother [[DeathByChildbirth died in childbirth]] ("... I was lucky to be born.") -- Jossed by "Zuko Alone".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** [[spoiler:Amon is Koh the Face Stealer]] -- Jossed by season one finale: [[spoiler: Amon is a human.]]
** [[spoiler:Amon is a firebender who killed his parents]] -- Jossed by season one finale: [[spoiler: Amon is a waterbender, his abusive father died in different circumstances, and we don't know about his mother.]]
** Any theories about the identity of Lin's father ([[FanPreferredPairing Sokka]], Satoru from [[Comic/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheRift the comics]], etc.) were Jossed in "Operation Bei Fong," when it was revealed to be an unseen character named Kanto.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'': All widely accepted EpilepticTrees jossed with the release of the script of the unaired finale. The kids did ''not'' die in a rollercoaster crash, they are ''not'' in Hell, and Dungeon Master is ''not'' {{Satan}}.
* During the first two seasons, the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' fandom came up with a number of theories as to the isolated, motherless Sari's actual identity, the most popular being some variation of [[spoiler: Sari actually being a robot or cyborg created by Professor Sumdac, possibly made by reverse-engineering Megatron.]] During the second season finale, Sari [[spoiler: injured her elbow, revealing circuitry underneath her skin]], which seemed to support this idea. However, while the theory was right about Sari's true nature, it wasn't entirely correct about her origins. [[spoiler: Sari wasn't constructed by Sumdac or made from Megatron's parts, she was a technorganic protoform created by the Allspark using Sumdac's DNA.]] Also that [[spoiler: Ironhide]] was TheMole, which came up in the first case becauseof a screwup involving faction symbols.
* Literally hundreds of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' [[FanFic fanfics]] about [[spoiler: Terra's resurrection]] were written in the interim between the end of season two and the series finale "Things Change". When it was revealed that [[spoiler: Terra is alive as a schoolgirl who may or may not remember everything that happened to her in season two, and [[IJustWantToBeNormal just wants to live as a normal girl]]]], 99.9% of these fanfics were Jossed. Fans were left with two choices for future [[spoiler: Terra resurrection]] FanFic: write according to the new, official continuity, or [[FanonDiscontinuity ignore the last episode entirely]] and write FixFic about how [[spoiler: Terra ''should'' have been resurrected]].
* A lot of fanfiction for ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'' has now been Jossed because we now know the reason behind Zak's cryptid powers [[spoiler: he has cryptid powers because he's Kur]]. Also, most fanfictions related to the actual plot of the show have been Jossed because of the end of the latest episode [[spoiler: when we find out that Zak is Kur]], which resolved the story arc with a surprise ending.
* Due to having so much WordOfGod around, this has happened ''many times'' in regard to ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' on issues such as gargoyle customs and breeding habits, Elisa and Goliath's ability to reproduce, Lexington's sexuality, Katana's physical appearance, etc. Looking at older fanfics can sometimes be a very strange experience...
* After seeing [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] appear in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', supporting ComicBook/LexLuthor's presidential campaign, and then giving a bone chilling speech to his fellow leaguers, many fans of the show believed he would return as an unwitting tool of Luthor. This was jossed by...well, him not coming back.
* Due to the creators of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' refusal to discuss it, there are many theories regarding the whereabouts of the original parents of the characters, including the popular one that Doofenshmirtz is Phineas' father. In the episode "What Do it Do?" it was shown that Doof did go on one date with Linda Flynn, but they never went out again (although she supposedly was what convinced him to conquer the Tri-State Area). In a New York Times P&F panel, Dan and Jeff addressed one of those points, finally stating that, no, Doof is ''not'' Phineas' father.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** For a couple of weeks, it was fanon among fans that Scootaloo was the sister of Rainbow Dash. It made a bit of sense: Scoot is part of a PowerTrio, and the two other members are younger sisters of members of the main cast. Since Scootaloo is a pegasus, and it had already been established that she was not Fluttershy's sister, that left Dash as the only other potential sister (and the two have similar personalities and even looks). Creator Lauren Faust, though, insisted on her blog that Dash and Scootaloo are not related at all, though she hinted that they will form a friendship in the near future and it quickly became clear in subsequent episodes that Scootaloo idolizes Rainbow Dash.
** [[http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/03/pinkie-pies-4th-wall-antics-denied.html It has also been confirmed]] that [[GenkiGirl Pinkie Pie]] was ''not'' meant to be a FourthWallObserver, and that all the times she looked into the camera were animation mistakes where she was actually looking at someone else. The ability to break the fourth wall was never discussed by the writers, at least during meetings. However, this does not account for the times she directly communicated her excitement to the audience at the end of the second episode or physically interacting with the IrisOut (seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFlOZFSIsMQ&feature=related here]]) at the end of "Over a Barrel." (Also, subsequent instances of apparent BreakingTheFourthWall may indicate that the ongoing popularity within the fandom of interpreting Pinkie Pie as being aware of the fourth wall may well have led to the production team choosing to [[AscendedFanon adopt this stance themselves]].)
** Princess Luna's [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed return and subsequent official characterization]] has invalidated a great deal of fan interpretation. Most fan writers and artists nailed her social awkwardness, but few guessed she'd be just as hammy as Nightmare Moon.
** She also demonstrates a bit of a prankster streak, something usually attributed to Celestia (or [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Trollestia]]) in fics involving the two - often with Luna as the ButtMonkey. Of course, we still haven't ''seen'' the two directly talk to each other (minus their brief reconciliation at the beginning of Season 1 and a handful of one-sided exchanges in "A Canterlot Wedding"), so fan theories on how they'd interact in day-to-day situations currently remain safe. Celestia and Luna were eventually seen interacting in a day-to-day situation, appropriately enough, in "Slice of Life".
** The first week of November, 2011 had significant amounts of {{Fanon}} Jossed. First, a new blind bag wave was released which contains mostly background ponies from the show. None of the five whose toy names had become well-known had their {{Fan Nickname}}s, which caused heated debates about which names to call them by--the old and established {{Fan Nickname}}s or the brand-new toy names whose likes have been rendered obsolete by {{Canon}} in two other blind bag ponies' cases. The good news for them is that the later waves of blind bags stated those official names as second names, making some fan interpretations canon. For example, fan name "Lyra" + old official name "Heartstrings" = new official name "Lyra Heartstrings."
** Lauren Faust once revealed more of the actual backstory of Nightmare Moon, and how she was banished, on her Website/DeviantArt page. (Unfortunately, it was in the page-comments section, and has long since scrolled off.) Much of it invalidates the common fanon interpretation of [[DracoInLeatherPants Luna]] as basically the victim of [[RonTheDeathEater Celestia]] in the whole affair. Different from many other forms of Jossing in that Faust pointed out that since it was never stated in the show, it isn't really canon, and it was perfectly possible for the current crew to contradict it. Later, the two-part episode "Princess Twilight Sparkle" made the Jossing fully canonical.
** Fanon usually presents Luna and Celestia as the only "[[WingedUnicorn alicorns]]" in Equestria. "A Canterlot Wedding" revolves around Twilight's older brother getting married to Celestia's niece, an alicorn. She was apparently not originally designed as such when Lauren Faust worked on the story.
** The popular background pony DJ Pon-3's eyes have been almost universally depicted as red in fanon, but a tiny split-second shot in "A Canterlot Wedding" showed them as being magenta. Fans of her red eyes look quickly scrambled to offer justifications such as; the light making them look different (the split-second in question in which her eyes are revealed took place in shadow), to wearing contacts, to having magical eyes that can change color depending on which one she thinks looks coolest on the given day.
** Spitfire, captain of the Wonderbolts, commonly had her previously unrevealed cutie mark drawn by fans as a lightning bolt similar to the one that appears on her flight suit, but mixed with a dash of flames at the top of it (seen [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=spitfire+fanon+cutie+mark#/d5i3vox here]]. "Wonderbolt Academy" officially revealed it as more of a set of flames worming a wing-like image, possibly representing that of a phoenix (as can be seen [[http://spitshy.deviantart.com/art/Spitfire-s-cutiemark-343051621 here]].
** After the release of a toyline putting special focus on a particular unicorn named Sunset Shimmer, fan speculation arose that she would be taking Twilight Sparkle's place in the series [[spoiler: after Twilight became an alicorn at the end of the third season.]] Writer Megan [=McCarthy=] later stated in a tweet that Sunset Shimmer was a toyline-exclusive character and would not be appearing in the series (She appears in the ''WesternAnimation/EquestriaGirls'' series, but this will most likely be her only appearances outside of the toys).
** The author of the Daring Do books have long been believed to be Twilight's mother, Twilight Velvet; her blind bag card says she's a writer, and her appearance in the IDW comic reveals several writing awards. However, the fourth season reveals that the books are written by the reclusive A.K. Yearling, [[spoiler:who also happens to be Daring Do, an adventurer archaeologist; the books are based on real events.]]
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]'', finally seeing him without his straw hat, the fans now know for sure that Rarity's father is a unicorn, and not an Earth pony as many had believed. (Though this was previously revealed in the Elements of Harmony guidebook.)
** It was part of the [[{{Fanon}} collective headcanon]] that ages ago, before they were as powerful as they are now, Celestia had pink hair instead of her rainbow mane (as seen in various old depictions of the sisters, including the book seen ''in this two parter'') and Luna looked like her season one self (as per Creator/LaurenFaust's explaining of the redesign by saying it was because right after being purified her magic was at its lowest). Well in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 Twilight's Kingdom Part 1]]'', when the princesses explicitly lend ''all'' of their magic to Twilight, the only change to their designs is that their manes are no longer blowing in a nonexistent wind. This makes nonsensical oddities out of Luna's earlier design (why ''did'' she look that way after purification, then?) and Celestia's depiction in books and tapestries (if she ''never'' really looked like that, is ''every'' pony ever to draw her colorblind?) but hey, every show has a {{Headscratchers}} page for a reason. However, it could be that donating all their Alicorn magic does not stop them from being Alicorns, as indicated by Cadence remaining one.
** It was surprising to see in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]'', that the black patches on Luna's rump are part of her coat, not her cutie mark.
** A common AlternateCharacterInterpretation of Celestia was nicknamed "Trollestia," after it was revealed in-canon that Celestia plays some good-natured pranks. This extended so far as to give her RonTheDeathEater tendencies in fanworks, up to and including treating Twilight terribly and ruling as a tyrannical dictator. Much of this revolved around the idea that Celestia could have solved lots of problems in Equestria, but did nothing. An issue of the IDW comic Jossed this idea, with Celestia saying that it's true that there were a lot of problems that she could have solved without Twilight's help, but Celestia does it because it's how Twilight will best learn.
** It was common for fans to depict griffons as a ProudWarriorRace, with all sorts of lore to go along with it. The episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E8TheLostTreasureOfGriffonstone The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone]]" showed that the griffons were really a greedy race that [[OnlyInItForTheMoney only do anything for money]], and who all live in squalor since a sacred treasure was stolen from them.
** It was common for fans to think that [[AlphaBitch Diamond Tiara]] only had her father [[UnclePennybags Filthy Rich]] to raise her. Then came [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E19CrusadersOfTheLostMark "Crusaders of the Lost Mark"]], where we were introduced to Diamond's mother [[AbusiveParents Spoiled Rich]].
* Fans swore ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuyPresentsLaughItUpFuzzball'' used {{Rotoscoping}} for certain scenes from the ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies, but the people who made it insisted they just were really precise about recreating the scenes.
* ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''. WordOfGod says that Henry and June are only like brother and sister and neither have feelings for each other in any direction, which breaks the fanon that's been going on since the show premiered.
* After the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "You're Getting Old" aired, many fans speculated that series creators Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone were suffering from CreatorBreakdown, but when asked on the matter, Trey and Matt replied that fans "took the episode too seriously" and denied being unhappy with the show.
* A hugely popular theory among ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' fans was that TheFlash would pull a HeroicSacrifice in the Season 2 finale, acting as a [[MythologyGag nod]] to his death in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. [[spoiler:''A'' Flash did indeed end up dying in this manner...except it was ''Kid'' Flash!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'':
** There were quite the fans that readily assumed that the season 3 premiere "Stingstress" would resolve the Ultraprison takeover in either having everyone fight it out, or that it would have the Warden and the Mistress become an OfficialCouple and triumph over the Lord Stingray/Mistress pairing. The reality? The episode was mostly built on a TimeSkip from the end of season 2 showing the disastrous effects of an integrated jail with no real huge bloodbaths (aside from a brief bathroom brawl), and the Warden/Mistress expectations were sunk when the Warden had ''no clue'' how to have sex with the Mistress, leaving Alice to settle the matter instead.
** The idea of Jailbot coming to save the day in the above mentioned episode was based off TheStinger to the season 2 finale that preceded it (Jailbot repairing himself and rushing back to the jail). However, it too was debunked when it was revealed that Jailbot did arrive back to the jail... just several months too late to do anything helpful, and he instantly got threatened by Nova.
** Gary's increased prominence in season 3 led to lots of fan theories that he'd be the BigBad for the finale, and that he was clearly up to something. Not such the case, especially with the plot of "Burn Stoolie Burn" being more about Warden and Ash ruining everything, although [[spoiler: his vocal cords did wind up possessing the Peedee puppet in the episode BEFORE the finale, leading to another plot point to be resumed in season 4.]]
** Due to the minor amount of continuity and follow-through in season 3 ("Stingstress" being a resolution to "Vacation", the Rat plot in "Uh Oh It's Magic" and "Planet Radio"), the ending of "The Trouble with Triples", rather than being taken as a simple GainaxEnding, had some amount of fans believing that it was another plot point to be resolved, what with the Twins being forcibly taken back to their world. Not quite the case [[SnapBack when the Twins were back in the following episode]]. The writers even ridiculed the fans who thought it would actually be continued, pointing out that several endings were only meant as gags and never meant to be resolved. Although there is also the tease that due to said reactions, that it may be revisited in season 4 (with there already being speculation if the episode will be a TakeThat to the fans that missed the point).
** It was a bit of a meme to depict Lord Stingray as a yellow mutant creature when out of his suit, due to a roleplayer insisting on it being his real appearance. After "Stingstress" revealed him to be a human man (though without removing his mask, and [[TrollingCreator Christy Karacas asking fans if they were really "sure" if he was human]]), "Beast Ray" died down a little, but is still seen in occasional fanworks.
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''. There are several episodes which do not include Higher For Hire or Kit, and are Baloo and Louie having adventures on their own. This led to a fan theory that these episodes were from an earlier version of the show, and Kit and Higher For Fire were added as retooling. However once things like the series bible, and the episodes production numbers became public, this was quickly squashed. In fact the very first episode written and produced was "I Only Have Ice For You", in which Rebecca tried to get her pilot's license, revolved heavily around Higher for Hire.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''. For a while, it was speculated among fans that the reason for the reviled pairing of WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck and SpeedyGonzales was that, in the mid-1960's (see: UsefulNotes/FallOfTheStudioSystem), the moviegoing public was largely reduced to the American Southwest. Daffy and Speedy (along with Bugs Bunny) were the two most popular Looney Tunes characters there, so naturally Warner Brothers wanted to produce more cartoons with them. Meanwhile, due to budget constraints, it was decided that the most logical thing to do was to pair the two characters together. While the second half of this theory (that they were paired together for financial reasons) is correct, the first part was debunked by renowned animation historian Jerry Beck around 2005-ish. The reason why so many cartoons featuring the two characters were made was because television distributors were demanding more cartoons with them, not because of a segmented moviegoing audience.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': "Society of the Blind Eye" ends a popular fan theory that even seemed to have a leaked image confirming it. [[spoiler:[=McGucket=] did ''not'' write the journals, but he was involved with the true author before he overused a mind eraser and went insane. Said true author would be revealed four episodes later]]. The leaked image in question turned out to be a [[TrollingCreator deliberate hoax]] by the show's creator, to discredit ''another'' popular fan theory [[IKnewIt that turned out to be right]] (relatedly, it was revealed that [[spoiler: Grunkle Stan was never involved with the original research team that worked on the portal).]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', Penny was frequently depicted in fanart as a deer without her shell on due to her antlers. [[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS3E20TheShell ''The Shell'']] revealed she was actually [[spoiler:a shapeshifting fairy like creature without her shell.]]
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* RealLife does this to you all the time. Note on this Wiki [[ScienceMarchesOn Science]], [[TechnologyMarchesOn Technology]], [[DatedHistory History]], and [[SocietyMarchesOn Society]] Marching On.
* Various end of the world theories have been thoroghouly jossed by our continued existence.
** The Y2K bug did not cause a catastrophic collapse to society by cripping our computer infrastructure.
** The Mayan calendar [[MayanDoomsday "predicted"]] the world would end in 2012, but nothing happened. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the sense that the mayans didn't even say the world would end on December 21, 2012.
** Various interpretations of UsefulNotes/{{Nostradamus}}'s writings have theorized world-end dates; so far, all jossed.
* Many, many ConspiracyTheories in general are jossed as predicted results of whatever EpilepticTree you followed down the rabbit hole refuses to materialize.
* Throughout the 20th century, the idea that space travel would become common by X date. Some predicted it as early as the 50s. As ScienceMarchesOn, and the actual logistics of it are more known, it's becoming more and more of a discredited trope. Flying cars also.
* Sports betting and stock market speculations get thoroughly jossed constantly, leading many to financial ruin.
* Every new generation for ages has been dismissed as lazy/stupid/entitled/dangerous, and many a doomsday prophet predicted that those damn kids will blow up the world in a few years. Meanwhile the apocalypse keeps not happening, and every time it seems to come close, those responsible are usually two generations up from the current so-called nihilists. Plus, the "lazy and stupid" folk keep coming up with better and better technology. Including, ironically, medical advances that have increased our expected lifespan and ameliorated many conditions associated with aging.
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14th Jul '16 5:55:47 AM matruz
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** Post main series finale, there was the pervasive fan theory that [[spoiler: Sasuke's offspring, Sarada, was in reality Karin's daughter instead of Sakura's]], ''Manga/NarutoGaiden'' not only disproved this but also gave it a rather [[TakeThatAudience large middle finger]].
** The [[AllJustADream "Genjutsu]] [[EpilepticTrees Theory"]], espoused mostly by [[DieForOurShip upset shipping fans]], which claims that the events of the final chapters and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'' are in reality [[SchrodingersButterfly taking place in the]] [[LotusEaterMachine Infinite Tsukiyomi]] dream world; Suffice to say, the releases of ''Naruto Gaiden'' and ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie'', not to mention the [[WordOfGod author's statements]], have jossed this theory to hell and back.

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** Post main series finale, there was the pervasive fan theory that [[spoiler: Sasuke's offspring, child, Sarada, was in reality Karin's daughter instead of Sakura's]], ''Manga/NarutoGaiden'' not only disproved this but also gave it a rather [[TakeThatAudience large middle finger]].
** The [[AllJustADream "Genjutsu]] "[[AllJustADream Genjutsu]] [[EpilepticTrees Theory"]], Theory]]", espoused mostly by [[DieForOurShip upset shipping fans]], which claims that the events of the final chapters and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'' are in reality [[SchrodingersButterfly taking place in the]] [[LotusEaterMachine Infinite Tsukiyomi]] dream world; Suffice to say, the releases of ''Naruto Gaiden'' Gaiden'', ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie'' and ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie'', the sequel manga ''[[Manga/{{Boruto}} Boruto: Naruto Next Generation]]'', not to mention the [[WordOfGod author's own statements]], have jossed this theory to hell and back.
14th Jul '16 5:43:36 AM matruz
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** The [[AllJustADream "Genjutsu Theory"]], espoused mostly by [[DieForOurShip upset shipping fans]], which claims that the events of the final chapters and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'' are in reality [[SchrodingersButterfly taking place in the]] [[LotusEaterMachine Infinite Tsukiyomi]] dream world; Suffice to say, the releases of ''Naruto Gaiden'' and ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie'', not to mention the [[WordOfGod author's statements]], have jossed this theory to hell and back.

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** The [[AllJustADream "Genjutsu "Genjutsu]] [[EpilepticTrees Theory"]], espoused mostly by [[DieForOurShip upset shipping fans]], which claims that the events of the final chapters and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'' are in reality [[SchrodingersButterfly taking place in the]] [[LotusEaterMachine Infinite Tsukiyomi]] dream world; Suffice to say, the releases of ''Naruto Gaiden'' and ''Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie'', not to mention the [[WordOfGod author's statements]], have jossed this theory to hell and back.
12th Jul '16 8:33:39 AM JohnPrestwick
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** Likewise, Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows reveals that Ginny's real full name is Ginevra, rather than Virginia.
12th Jul '16 6:51:50 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* It was rumored that Rashid's missing female friend from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'' was Crimson Viper, but later it turned out she was a nameless Shadaloo scientist known as "the Usher" [[spoiler: who was horribly murdered by F.A.N.G.]]. Viper herself '''is''' friends with Rashid and she appears in his story mode (as well as Bison's, Juri's and Urien's), she's just not '''the''' one he's searching for [[spoiler: and she manages to escape from Bison, Juri and Urien on her own.]]
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