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Don't like the CanonDiscontinuity the writers introduced in your favorite storyline? Something stupid [[{{Rewrite}} never actually happened]]? Got a favorite element from the ExpandedUniverse that you just ''know'' in your heart is {{Canon}}? Forget the {{MST3K Mantra}}. Don't relax.

Go on the Internet and fight for your right to participate in determining show canon! Perpetrate interminably long tracts and holy wars on the Internet. This is Canon Wank-ing at its finest.

Compare ContinuitySnarl, which this tries to fix, and ContinuityPorn, which is the writers trying to address this.

AscendedFanon is the Holy Grail of this activity.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* The internet fights over which parts of the ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' franchise are canon and how (or even if) they all connect can reach immense levels.
** Same thing with ''Manga/DragonBall''


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Many crusades have been fought over the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' comics. It doesn't help that the UK comics published stories taking place in between the US issues (which came out much more slowly) without knowing what specifically would happen next. At one point there were three Megatrons running around.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers The original cartoon]] is even worse, with every bit of {{backstory}} contradicting all others as if it went out of its way to do so. It's no wonder the comics' take, even with conflicts, is generally taken over it. Ask someone where Megatron came from, you're more likely to hear "gladatorial combat" than "[[MultipleChoicePast The evil Constructicons built him. Then he turned the good Constructicons evil. Then he built the evil Constructicons]]."


[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* The ''Franchise/{{Whoniverse}}'' is such a complete ContinuitySnarl that it's only through severe Canon Wank (often in essay form) that people can begin to put things in order.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''. Sort of. Most of ST's canon is straightforward enough other than that Abrams thing, time paradoxes excepted, which always work out in-arc. [[Literature/StarTrekEnterpriseRelaunch The Enterprise relaunch novels]] may attract this though due to avoiding [[spoiler:Trip's death]] in the last TV episode.
* A notable exception is the ''Trek'' comic books of the early 80s. i.e. the ones written after ''Khan'' without any knowledge of the plot of ''Search For Spock,'' where Kirk spends an extended time with Saavik as his science officer because Spock is dead. Even worse are those written after ''Search'' with no knowledge of the plot of ''Voyage Home,'' where Kirk is captain of the ''Excelsior,'' and Spock is captain of another ship, the ''Surak.'' Severe wanking ensues.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' is a variation, in that it's not what's canon that's the problem, it's what ''order'' it's in. And now that we do know the order, the contention is all over filling in the gaps between titles- and that's not even considering the sizable group of fans who don't accept the official order, or even are firmly against any continuity in the series at all.
%%* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'': Axl.
* Any attempt to work out how ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'''s powers work in relation to physics -- albeit a distorted set of physics, due to the conceit of a universe with seven GreenRocks which become an InfinityPlusOneSword when their powers are combined. This is not helped by the actual different origin that Sega of America was allowed to come up with (whereas Sonic's speed was an in-born trait according to Sega of Japan, Sonic was the result of a lab experiment by Robotnik's GoodTwin via Sega Of America).