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22nd Jul '16 11:41:51 AM MyFinalEdits
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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'': For whatever reason, a FixFic generally only changes one of the Canon Stations: the DL-6 case, the SL-9 case, Diego [[spoiler:going into a coma]], Mia [[spoiler:getting killed by Redd White]], Phoenix [[spoiler:losing his badge]], and the real perpetrators of each of the cases. Though as ''Trials and Tribulations'' and ''Investigations 2'' establish, the DL-6 case had a '''huge''' impact on the rest of the series canon, to the point where even slightly changing it often creates a radically different AlternateUniverse.

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For whatever reason, a FixFic generally only changes one of the Canon Stations: the DL-6 case, the SL-9 case, Diego [[spoiler:going into a coma]], Mia [[spoiler:getting killed by Redd White]], Phoenix [[spoiler:losing his badge]], and the real perpetrators of each of the cases. Though as ''Trials and Tribulations'' and ''Investigations 2'' establish, the DL-6 case had a '''huge''' impact on the rest of the series canon, to the point where even slightly changing it often creates a radically different AlternateUniverse.
22nd Jul '16 2:41:49 AM enigmaticwonder
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** Following the DarkerAndEdgier turn, fics dealing with the events and aftermath of Volume 3 will likely get tons of attention for years to come. Is there a completely original team of OCs competing in the Vytal Festival Tournament? If so, you can count on the following happening: [[spoiler: Pyrrha and Penny will be killed, Yang will be crippled by Adam, Team RWBY will be broken up, and Beacon will be destroyed.]]
12th Apr '16 4:19:08 AM LinTaylor
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** ''Darkest Knight'' was worse by several measures. After Wayne becomes a Green Lantern, Sinestro starts wearing a purple trenchcoat and hat ''for no reason whatsoever.''

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** ''Darkest Knight'' was worse by several measures. After Bruce Wayne becomes a Green Lantern, Sinestro starts wearing becomes a purple trenchcoat and hat Joker-like figure ''for no reason whatsoever.''whatsoever''[[note]]He absorbs Joe Chill's mind to gain his "criminal brilliance" and goes nuts, but that doesn't explain why he adopts any of the Joker's classic mannerisms[[/note]].
26th Mar '16 7:24:34 PM BigKlingy
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** Many fangames like to imitate the basic formula of the canon games as close as possible, which goes something like this: first case is a short one against a WarmupBoss Prosecutor like Payne or an {{Expy}} of him, with an obvious culprit, but maybe [[SequelHook slight ties]] to the overall StoryArc. Second case introduces the new Prosecutor, who has some gimmick to them, is very antagonistic towards the main lawyer for some unexplained reason and seems like a FlatCharacter at first. One or two later cases flesh out the Prosecutor's backstory, explain their reasons for hating the lawyer, and reveal they have ties to a major unsolved case (Usually some kind of "Letter Letter-Number" Incident). Final case connects to this unsolved case from X years ago (playable flashbacks are often involved), often has a major recurring OC as the victim and/or defendant, has a temporary change of prosecutor (the new one is often Edgeworth or Franziska) and eventually leads to the BigBad behind everything.
12th Mar '16 4:02:46 PM Luc
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* Partial example: The ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series passes through the Stations of Disney Animated Canon either as the events of their respective movies are happening, or right before the start of any exciting plot action. It gets very noticeable in VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII where most of the worlds' events are "The plot from the movie, but with [[RunningGag Sora, Donald, and Goofy]]."

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* Partial example: The ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series passes through the Stations of Disney Animated Canon either as the events of their respective movies are happening, or right before the start of any exciting plot action. It gets very noticeable in VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII where most of the worlds' events are "The plot from the movie, but with [[RunningGag Sora, Donald, and Goofy]]."" (On the mild plus side, for just about every world, there's a second, non-Station following episode.)
10th Mar '16 1:59:29 AM Luc
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* The ''Franchise/MassEffect'' SelfInsertFic ''FanFic/MassVexations'' and its sequel both play with this trope extensively; general things occur as they should in the games, but often little details will change, such as differing body language and people not being where they should at a given time. And then there are the times where it's flat-out subverted, such as [[spoiler:Garrus's squad surviving; his loyalty mission still goes through Harkin giving them the information and Garrus finding Sidonis, but that's only the first half of the mission then.]]
17th Feb '16 8:05:43 PM ThatFanwiththeGlasses
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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'': For whatever reason, a FixFic generally only changes one of the Canon Stations: the DL-6 case, the SL-9 case, Diego [[spoiler: going into a coma]], Mia [[spoiler: getting killed by Redd White]], and the real perpetrators of each of the cases. Though as ''Trials and Tribulations'' and ''Investigations 2'' establish, the DL-6 case had a '''huge''' impact on the rest of the series canon, to the point where even slightly changing it often creates a radically different AlternateUniverse.

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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'': For whatever reason, a FixFic generally only changes one of the Canon Stations: the DL-6 case, the SL-9 case, Diego [[spoiler: going [[spoiler:going into a coma]], Mia [[spoiler: getting [[spoiler:getting killed by Redd White]], Phoenix [[spoiler:losing his badge]], and the real perpetrators of each of the cases. Though as ''Trials and Tribulations'' and ''Investigations 2'' establish, the DL-6 case had a '''huge''' impact on the rest of the series canon, to the point where even slightly changing it often creates a radically different AlternateUniverse.
8th Feb '16 6:46:55 AM Luc
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* Certain genres of a full Alternate Universe fanfiction avert this trope... but fewer then you might think.

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* Certain genres of a full Alternate Universe fanfiction (such as High School AU) avert this trope... but fewer fics within those genres avoid the Stations then you might think.think, if for no other reason then because it helps protect the result from being accused of being InNameOnly.
8th Feb '16 6:44:29 AM Luc
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Examples should be of works whose fanfic show this tendency, rather than individual fanfics. Connected to BroadStrokes: how broadly the events are painted relates to how many Stations the work bothers crossing. On the other hand, when you hit the broad stroke of a Station the fine details can also be changed up. Compare with InSpiteOfANail.

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Examples '''Examples should be of works whose fanfic show this tendency, rather ''rather than individual fanfics.fanfics'''''. Connected to BroadStrokes: how broadly the events are painted relates to how many Stations the work bothers crossing. On the other hand, when you hit the broad stroke of a Station the fine details can also be changed up. Compare with InSpiteOfANail.



* Certain genres of a full Alternate Universe fanfiction avert this trope... but fewer then you might think.



** Defied with ''FanFic/DejaVuNoJutsu'' the only thing that stays the same is Minato rescuing Kushina from Kumo nin, with [[OriginalCharacter Natsumi]] being there the Butterfly Effect is felt as Suna and Konoha remain stalwart allies and Suna gains its own sealing master in Komushi. Which results in [[spoiler: Gaara getting a stable seal and childhoood and Sasori becoming Kazekage.]] Yahiko never dies, leading to the Akatsuki remaining good guys. The changes continue further down the line.



** ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': At the beginning the story seems following the main events normally, but soon it is obvious that Asuka and Shinji getting together is changing the timeline radically and profoundly: [[spoiler:Unit 03 gets activated instead of Unit 04, Hikari becomes the Fourth Child, Rei defeats Zeruel, Shinji does not get absorbed into Unit 01, Kaworu shows up before Arael...]] and all of it makes sense!
** ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': Despite of –or maybe because- being one of the first major Eva fics, it plays with the timeline very loosely. The story starts out some while after Shinji and Asuka's FirstKiss. However it introduces two new Angels after Ireul. The sequel ignores –possibly- Leliel, Bardiel and Zeruel entirely and skips straight to Arael. Touji never becomes the Fourth Children and Unit-03 never shows up. Also, it is generally accepted by fandom that Sachiel attacked in June 2015 and Third Impact happened at the start of 2016. This fic pushes the timeline forward, and this history's events happen from August 2016 to May 2017.
** ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': The canon timeline is thrown completely out of the window as soon as the first chapter, when Shinji fights Matarael -in lieu of Sachiel-, supported by Rei. The Angels (in reality {{Eldritch Abomination}}s from the Franchise/CthulhuMythos) are completely different and so is the story.
** ''Fanfic/HigherLearning'': The story begins between Shinji and Asuka’s botched first kiss and the attack of the Twelfth Angel, going through the main canon events from that point. There're several important differences, though: [[spoiler:Bardiel got killed before hijacking Unit-03. Hence, Touji became the Fourth Child and the dummy plug tragedy did not happen.]]
** ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': The story starts halfpoint through the series and it follows the order of battles and main events closely. However it introduces little gradual changes that alter the outcome radically.
** ''Fanfic/SuperwomenOfEvaTreacherousWeb'': Aside from the fact that [[SuperFic Ritsuko Akagi gets superpowers]], a really big divergence is that [[spoiler:Gendo is assassinated ''very'' early on (by ''Ritsuko'')]], which allows SEELE to put its own puppet Commander in charge and re-arrange NERV's command roster (which gets Ritsuko and Kaji kicked out of their positions). Much emphasis is put on the secret war Ritsuko and Commander [[spoiler:Wilson Fisk]] wage to prevent him from ruining the lives of the Pilots (to not mention everybody else) for the sake of SEELE's scenario. The Angels continue to appear on their canonical order and designs, though, and Spider-Woman doesn't has to powers to fight those monsters, focusing instead on helping people during the battles.
** On the same vein, ''Fanfic/SuperwomenOfEva2DarkLadyOfTokyo3'' has the entire "Angel War" part of the storyline untouched (because Batgirl doesn't has any weapons capable of hurting the Angels-of the various Angels that appeared, she was involved on the grand total of ''one'' battle), instead focusing on fighting the Tokyo-3 criminal underworld [[spoiler:and NERV's control over said underworld]].



** ''FanFic/{{Unfamiliar}}'' has [[{{VideoGame/Prototype}} Alex Mercer]] as the substitute and he simply doesn't use swords. [[spoiler: To make things even more different, [[TheMole Wardes]] picks up the sword seeing as Mercer doesn't. And Derf seems to have become a tad AxeCrazy with his new owner.]]
** ''Fanfic/AGreenSunIlluminatesTheVoid'' torpedoes canon even more thoroughly. Louise fails the summoning, resulting in an [[{{Exalted}} Infernal Exaltation]] showing up in response to this failure with cosmic ramifications. The duel happens, but against Monmon and results in a Mutual KO. [[spoiler: Foquet gets away. Louise winds up with the Staff of Destruction, here a magical BFS called a Shattered Crystal Blade. Wardes has Derf and isn't a traitor. And then the lead-up to Albion starts and everything goes off the rails. By the time Louise is in Albion, she's married to Wardes, no mind control needed and canon is irreparably destroyed.]]
** ''FanFic/{{Overlady}}'' wrecks canon about as well as "Green Sun" (by the same author). Again, Louise completely fails to summon anything. She runs away to make a name for herself as a wandering hero (just like her mother) and stumbles across an abandoned ''{{VideoGame/Overlord}}'' tower. [[spoiler: By the time she's dug her way out, the rebellion in Albion is over and Henrietta has been arrested for adultery and bigamy.]]



** Although ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'' puts an interesting spin on this due to the ButterflyOfDoom. The first few fights between Nanoha and Fate play out more or less the same. Things get a bit different when one of the Jewel Seeds triggers a minor ZombieApocalypse. And then the canon gets nuked from orbit [[spoiler:when Nanoha decides to help Precia.]]
** Another fanfic, ''Fanfic/MagicalPonyLyricalTwilight'', which retells the story with [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle]] in Nanoha's place, plays with the trope by hitting the stations while mixing up the details. For example, when the entirety of Ponyville catches Twilight and Yuuno after the first Jewel Seed battle, the end result is Twilight having the aid of the other Element bearers and the Princesses to help with the problem, whereas Nanoha dealt with her problems alone. When they have to go beat Precia, they go in with a lot more force in named characters and her eventual fate is different. When the Wolkenritter appear to do their thing, it's for a different master than from canon. So on and so forth.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': As described above.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': As described above.
** It was {{lampshaded}} in ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheNightmaresOfFuturesPast'' - Harry [[PeggySue goes back in time to fix things,]] [[YouCantFightFate but finds that some things keep happening anyway.]] He wonders whether or not he actually has any free will.
** It was also lampshaded in Fanfic/{{Sisyphus}}, where Harry keeps returning to his first year, and notices there are aparently rules for what he can and cannot do, like not being able to go past places from canon. He finds this to be a complete nightmare, when, no matter what he does, he can't stop going back



* ''Fanfic/{{Renegade}},'' a ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' FusionFic[=/=]AlternateUniverse story, has some of this initially, with the events surrounding the attack of Eden Prime and the initial timeline being the same despite the presence of GDI and Nod and their technology in the setting. The [[WordOfGod author has admitted]] this was a result of working on the fic in a spontaneous manner, but the storyline has quickly diverged from canon by the sixth chapter and continues doing that. By the tenth chapter, the storyline has gone pretty far off the rails, with [[spoiler: a Scrin attack on the GDI Embassy on the Citadel]].



* While the ''Franchise/MassEffect[=/=][[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Warhammer 40,000]]'' crossover ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6718220/1/Hammerhand Hammerhand]]'' plays this more or less straight, it's sequel ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6731833/1/Angels-of-the-Storm Angels of the Storm]]'' averts this; when [[BigBad the Reapers]] launch their invasion of Earth, [[TheCaptain Captain Malleus]] responds by kicking out the current Citadel Council and replacing them with much more competent leaders, rallying the Citadel Races (and getting the Quarians and Geth to stop killing each other in record time), and then launching a massive counter-attack against the Reapers. The result is turning ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' into a [[WarIsHell 40K-style meatgrinder]], complete with close combat, [[HumongousMecha Titan duels]], [[WeHaveReserves billions lost without much acknowledgement]], and entire cities being reduced to rubble.
* ''Fanfic/TalesOfBleachUnrealSociety'' follows almost every station there is to ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Tales of Symphonia's]]'' canon as does the sequel ''Return of the Samurai'' to ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld''. The author then went out of his way to avert this in the final installment of the trilogy ''Blades of Destiny'' just so that there could be some story told with [[Manga/{{Bleach}} both]] [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia series]] that didn't have a canon to follow.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''[=/=]''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' PeggySue fanfic ''FanFic/TheFifthAct'' more or less defies this. When [[PeggySue Cloud Strife]] shows up at the Wutai Front during the [=ShinRa=]-Wutai war to find and kill Sephiroth, he shows up months too early when Genesis was still in charge. As a result of his involvement, Wutai surrenders early to retain its independence, Genesis' degradation gets cured thus he never defects and Sephiroth never goes mad. Vincent gets awakened years early and AscendedExtra Kunsel takes the doomed Nibelheim mission [[spoiler: and survives it]].
3rd Feb '16 3:05:56 PM Rebu
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** Amusingly, the Armsmaster-branded underpants Taylor mentions once owning seem to be a popular mention.
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