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1st Aug '16 11:01:38 AM thunderchild120
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* [[WesternAnimation/LEGOStarWarsTheFreemakerAdventures LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures]] has been described [[http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/06/17/lego-star-wars-the-freemaker-adventures-is-more-intense-than-you-think]] as "canon paraphrase"; think a kid reenacting things through their toys. Being told in LEGO, the specifics of the episodes are not canon, but the status of the basic events of the plot is less clear.
31st Jul '16 12:16:32 PM nombretomado
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* This is the status of the VertigoComics line of DCComics: it started as part of the DCUniverse, with most if not all characters simply being mature readers takes on existing characters, but has grown progressively more separate (and also began introducing new titles with no connection to the DC Universe). Basically, a Vertigo story featuring a DC character ''only'' applies to the main universe IF a story in a DC comics says it did. For example, we know that [[ComicBook/TheSandman Dream of the Endless]] exists in the DC Universe because he (or rather [[LegacyCharacter his replacement]]) has appeared in issues of ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' and ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica''. However the versions of Hell from those universes do not match.

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* This is the status of the VertigoComics line of DCComics: Creator/DCComics: it started as part of the DCUniverse, Franchise/DCUniverse, with most if not all characters simply being mature readers takes on existing characters, but has grown progressively more separate (and also began introducing new titles with no connection to the DC Universe). Basically, a Vertigo story featuring a DC character ''only'' applies to the main universe IF a story in a DC comics says it did. For example, we know that [[ComicBook/TheSandman Dream of the Endless]] exists in the DC Universe because he (or rather [[LegacyCharacter his replacement]]) has appeared in issues of ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' and ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica''. However the versions of Hell from those universes do not match.
8th Jul '16 8:31:06 PM Adept
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* ''Zuko's Story'' is a tie-in {{Prequel}} comic to ''TheLastAirbender'', the live-action film adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. However, the writers went out of their way to incorporate details from the animated series. Except for Zuko and Iroh being drawn as their movie counterparts, the story would fit right in with the animated series, [[http://splashpage.mtv.com/2010/05/17/the-last-airbender-qa-exploring-zukos-story-with-co-writer-dave-roman/ which was in fact the authors' intent.]] There is however no word on whether the series considers it to be canonical.

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* ''Zuko's Story'' is a tie-in {{Prequel}} comic to ''TheLastAirbender'', ''Film/TheLastAirbender'', the live-action film adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. However, the writers went out of their way to incorporate details from the animated series. Except for Zuko and Iroh being drawn as their movie counterparts, the story would fit right in with the animated series, [[http://splashpage.mtv.com/2010/05/17/the-last-airbender-qa-exploring-zukos-story-with-co-writer-dave-roman/ which was in fact the authors' intent.]] There is however no word on whether the series considers it to be canonical.
22nd Jun '16 11:09:47 PM JoeMerl
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* The ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' comics that appeared in ''Magazine/{{Dragon}} Magazine'' might fall into this. In one online strip where Haley mentions Belkar claiming to be a gourmet chef, he responds that it was in ''Dragon'' so he's not even sure if it's the same continuity.

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* The ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' comics that appeared {{Lampshaded}} in ''Magazine/{{Dragon}} Magazine'' might fall into this. In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick:'' in one online strip where Haley mentions Belkar claiming to be a gourmet chef, he chef. He angrily responds that it was he said that in ''Dragon'' a ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine script, so he's not he has no idea if that's even sure canonical. (For what it's worth, he ''does'' manage to cook something afterwards, but given that it's for [[ExtremeOmnivore the Monster in the Darkness]], who can say if it's the same continuity.good.)
15th Jun '16 6:59:22 PM nombretomado
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* Given how most ''SamAndMax'' comics usually only last three pages and how most stories (including the cartoon and video games as well) are mostly standalone, an official canon for the overall franchise is a really hard thing to decipher. The only time continuity really comes into play these days is in the TelltaleGames ''Sam & Max'' series and tiny references to past cases (like Jesse James' severed hand from ''Sam & Max: Hit The Road'' appearing in recent episodes of the Telltale Games ''Sam & Max''.

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* Given how most ''SamAndMax'' comics usually only last three pages and how most stories (including the cartoon and video games as well) are mostly standalone, an official canon for the overall franchise is a really hard thing to decipher. The only time continuity really comes into play these days is in the TelltaleGames Creator/TelltaleGames ''Sam & Max'' series and tiny references to past cases (like Jesse James' severed hand from ''Sam & Max: Hit The Road'' appearing in recent episodes of the Telltale Games ''Sam & Max''.
5th May '16 7:06:11 PM ErikModi
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If the events are not inconsequential, such an episode may contain ResetButton, OrWasItADream or PerspectiveFlip to UnreliableNarrator, forming a weakened link with the {{Canon}}. Compare BroadStrokes. Unrelated to CowboyCop.

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If the events are not inconsequential, such an episode may contain ResetButton, OrWasItADream or PerspectiveFlip to UnreliableNarrator, forming a weakened link with the {{Canon}}. Compare BroadStrokes. Unrelated to CowboyCop. Compare SchrodingersCanon.
25th Apr '16 6:02:32 AM pinkdalek
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* ''Series/{{Doctor Who}}'' is often this, but most of these cases during the '60s and early '70s were due to the BBC wiping most of their tapes for storage - even though the audio and scripts still exist, episodes that ''can't actually be watched'' are sort of treated like ExpandedUniverse works - for obvious reasons they're never required knowledge for later episodes, though sometimes things that occurred in them get sneaky references.

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* ''Series/{{Doctor Who}}'' is often this, but most has a sort of these cases during slow, evolving continuity based mostly on [[BroadStrokes the '60s bits people remember]], allowing huge changes in continuity points, [[SameCharacterButDifferent characterisation]] and early '70s were due the show's entire genre. Due to the BBC wiping most of their tapes for storage - even though the audio and scripts still exist, [[MissingEpisode destroying many tapes]], episodes that ''can't actually be watched'' are sort of treated like ExpandedUniverse works - for obvious reasons they're never required knowledge for later episodes, though sometimes things that occurred in them get sneaky references.


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*** "External Gazer" is a goofy CrackFic about Philanthropy fighting a {{Kaiju}}, but explains details about Philanthropy's living situation and Mei Ling's role in the organisation.
14th Feb '16 8:22:42 PM Arawn999
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* The ''Franchise/{{Bleach}}'' anime: While the ''Bount'', ''Forest of the Menos'', and several other filler arcs do fit in to the anime's timeline where they're set and the former is even referenced in later episodes, the ''The New Captain Shūsuke Amagai'' and ''Zanpakutō Unknown Tales'' arcs are separated from the anime's main continuity and the ambiguous place of the former in the timeline is even lampshaded. Despite not being referenced after their conclusions, they are not removed from the anime's continuity either.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Bleach}}'' anime: anime:
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While the ''Bount'', ''Forest of the Menos'', and several other filler arcs do fit in to the anime's timeline where they're set and the former is even referenced in later episodes, the ''The New Captain Shūsuke Amagai'' and ''Zanpakutō Unknown Tales'' arcs are separated from the anime's main continuity and the ambiguous place of the former in the timeline is even lampshaded. Despite not being referenced after their conclusions, they are not removed from the anime's continuity either.either.
** As with the later filler arcs, the place of the movies in the anime's canonicity is unknown.
14th Feb '16 8:20:32 PM Arawn999
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* The ''Franchise/{{Bleach}}' anime': While the ''Bount'', ''Forest of the Menos'', and other filler arcs do fit in to the anime's timeline where they're set and the former is even referenced in later episodes, the The ''New Captain Shūsuke Amagai'' and ''Zanpakutō Unknown Tales'' arcs are separated from the anime's main continuity and the ambiguous place of the former in the timeline is even lampshaded. Despite not being referenced after their conclusions, they are not removed from the anime's continuity either.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Bleach}}' anime': ''Franchise/{{Bleach}}'' anime: While the ''Bount'', ''Forest of the Menos'', and several other filler arcs do fit in to the anime's timeline where they're set and the former is even referenced in later episodes, the The ''New ''The New Captain Shūsuke Amagai'' and ''Zanpakutō Unknown Tales'' arcs are separated from the anime's main continuity and the ambiguous place of the former in the timeline is even lampshaded. Despite not being referenced after their conclusions, they are not removed from the anime's continuity either.
14th Feb '16 8:19:50 PM Arawn999
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* The ''Franchise/{{Bleach}}' anime': While the ''Bount'', ''Forest of the Menos'', and other filler arcs do fit in to the anime's timeline where they're set and the former is even referenced in later episodes, the The ''New Captain Shūsuke Amagai'' and ''Zanpakutō Unknown Tales'' arcs are separated from the anime's main continuity and the ambiguous place of the former in the timeline is even lampshaded. Despite not being referenced after their conclusions, they are not removed from the anime's continuity either.
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