[[WMG: ''Manhunter'' takes place in a separate continuity from all the other books and films.]]
Chilton isn't a dick. Dollarhyde [[spoiler:is killed by Will instead of by Molly. Will's marriage doesn't fall apart]]. Hannibal's victims were co-eds who happened to be his patients. His last name isn't even spelled the same (Lecktor). Heck, the Manhunter Lecktor might not even have been a cannibal at all.
** More or less WordOfGod, seeing as there exists a film of ''Film/RedDragon'', clearly tied to the other films.

[[WMG: Lady Murasaki is still alive]]
And is waiting for a chance to do what she should have done years ago: kill Hannibal. If there is another book, there will be an epic fight scene in which she faces off against Lector with the Murasaki family katana.
* Won't she be a bit... elderly to swordfight? Since she was (according to my superb calculations) thirtyish during TheFifties, she will be a bit geriatric when coming to seek revenge, Japanese or not.
** (OP) There are many instances of octogenarian martial artists who can still kick serious ass. Being that by that time, Hannibal will be no spring chicken himself, it might not be as one-sided a fight as you think.
* An addition to the theory, if there's a fifth book, that's what will happen..., but Hannibal would still win because there's no way Harris would allow [[DracoInLeatherPants the object of his mancrush]] to lose.

[[WMG: Hannibal Lector is, in addition to being a brilliant psychopath cannibal highly -cultured aristocrat (and a few other things I've missed, I'm sure), a SITH LORD.]]
Because, come on--HOW in Hell did he get ahold of that pen, if he didn't use [[StarWars the Force?]]
* In the movie, at least, there isn't a clear moment when he could have grabbed it. Maybe it's explained in the book.
** It is. Though I can't be bothered to find my copy and give a more complete answer.

[[WMG: Hannibal Lecter is a Time Lord]]
* Aaran Thomas regenerates into Gaspard Ulliel, who regenerates into Anthony Hopkins.
* If we somehow incorporate the theory below, Aaran Thomas regenerates into Gaspard Ulliel regenerates into Brian Cox, who regenerates into Anthony Hopkins.
** Perhaps Hopkins regenerates into Mads Mikkelsen, making him the Fifth Lecter?

[[WMG: ''The Silence of the Lambs'' is in a continuity separate from ''Red Dragon'' and ''Hannibal''.]]
Though the events of ''The Silence of the Lambs'' may take place between Red Dragon and Hannibal, the visual representation that we have seen is in a separate continuity.
* At the end of ''Red Dragon'', Dr. Chilton goes to Lecter's cell and tells him that a female FBI agent is there to see him. This is clearly meant to be Clarlice Starling. However, in ''The Silence of the Lambs'', Chilton does not leave Starling to see Lecter in his cell before she visits him, and his clothes are different.
* Jack Crawford is portrayed by Harvey Keitel in ''Red Dragon'' and by Scott Glenn in ''The Silence of the Lambs''. He is absent from Hannibal, in which Starling is portrayed by Julianne Moore instead of Jodie Foster.
* In ''Hannibal'', the dialog in the recorded conversation between Lecter and Starling is slightly different from how it is heard in The Silence of the Lambs.
* In ''Hannibal'', Starling says that Lecter killed Benjamin Raspail. This is also implied in ''Red Dragon''. In ''The Silence of the Lambs'', however, he denies it. He could have been lying. Then again, it could be that he did not kill Raspail in the continuity of ''The Silence of the Lambs'' film.

Alernatively...

[[WMG: Each film takes place in an alternate universe.]]
Perhaps due to the fact that...

[[WMG: Each book takes place in a different universe.]]
Thomas Harris is pretty inconsistent when it comes to the timeline of the book series.

[[WMG: The ''Hannibal'' novel is in the same universe as ''The Silence of the Lambs'' film.]]
The former takes place in the year 1997 and the Buffalo Bill murders are said to have taken place seven years prior, in the year 1990, when the latter is set.
* Jossed. ''Hannibal'' mentions Lecter's extra digit.

[[WMG: The FBI agent at the end of the ''Red Dragon'' movie was not Clarice Starling]]
Lecter asked, "What is her name?" but we never heard it. For all we know, it was a female FBI agent looking for a different killer.

[[WMG: The Silence from Series/DoctorWho was in ''The Silence of the Lambs.'']]
But where???

[[WMG: The Great Red Dragon is Francis Dolarhyde's Dark Passenger.]]
Connecting these stories to Series/Dexter.