-> ''Franchise/StarTrek fans need to do what us Franchise/{{Highlander}} fans and a great majority of Franchise/StarWars fans do: If you don't like it, get angry over it for a very brief period of time, then go into a severe drinking fit, and then pretend the sequels you don't like don't exist! ... It's called selective amnesia, and it works wonders for nerds.''
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Noah Antwiler]]''' on Trekkie reactions to the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film

Established movie franchises tend to have FanonDiscontinuity imposed on them, especially whenever [[Main/{{Sequelitis}} crappy sequels]] rear their ugly head.

Note 1: Do not include examples based only in adaptation. [[TheFilmOfTheBook A movie adaptation]] can not be discontinued since it is not part of the continuity of the original. You can discontinue a sequel of the adaptation but not the actual adaptation. To a lesser degree you can discontinue PARTS of a movie.

Note 2: Ignoring certain works of a person or company so they're "still good" is also forbidden as that would be ignoring real life events (which we are not doing here).

Note 3: Do not post personal examples. Examples should only be of groups of fandoms.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' fandom has several groups of fans who disavow various parts of the franchise.
** Notably, ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' often receives this reaction from fans, due to it [[ShootTheShaggyDog killing off the previous film's survivors, making the last 20 minutes of]] ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' [[ShootTheShaggyDog pointless and dooming Ripley]]. Others say the series ended with Ripley's death, ignoring ''Film/AlienResurrection'' instead. Notably, Creator/GearboxSoftware (while promoting ''VideoGame/AliensColonialMarines'') said that although ''3'' was still canon in their mind, their game would be the "true sequel to ''Aliens''".
** And others only consider ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' canon if watching the work print version of the film.
** A number of fans also consider the Dark Horse Comics' ExpandedUniverse (which includes ''Earth War'', the continuation of Ripley, Newt and Hicks' storyline after the second film) canon, and dismiss any movies after ''Aliens''.
** ''Film/AlienResurrection'' also gets this for being bizarrely quirky and an amped-up copy of the original film's plot. Other fans are open-minded enough to acknowledge both ''3'' and ''Resurrection''.
** Some fans refuse to believe that the two ''Film/AlienVsPredator'' films were made, the first of which was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson of ''Film/MortalKombat'' and ''Film/ResidentEvil'' fame. Others accept only the first ''AVP'', which at least tried to retain the atmosphere of the respective series, while rejecting the second for being squicky without actually being scary. There are others who like ''Requiem'', and ignore ''AVP'' for being a PG-13 movie marketed to kids.
** ''{{Film/Prometheus}}'' has been viewed by some fans as this, not only for being a largely-inconsequential addition to the overall mythology, but for dropping a metric load of unanswered questions and shoddily-written characters into a plot that has little-to-no purpose other than explaining the origin of the "Space Jockey" seen in the original film.
** Amusingly enough, the next installment in the Franchise will apparently be a sequel to Aliens and will tell it's own story ignoring the existence of the third and fourth films according to Neil Blomkamp although he has made clear the films are not being removed from continuity.
* Some fans prefer to pretend that the [[Film/TheMatrixReloaded second]] and [[Film/TheMatrixRevolutions third films]] in ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' franchise never happened. Particularly the third, as it introduced [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic philosophical concepts which just plain didn't make sense]] and then [[AbortedArc suddenly dropped them]].
** [[http://xkcd.com/566/ XKCD says "Damn Straight!"]]
** In [[Film/TheMatrix the first film]], Neo was a man told that everything he knew was a bunch of raining green data and was thrust into a much more dangerous new world. The audience learned right alongside him, and the smirk he makes in the dojo fight with Morpheus is an example. In ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'', Neo has become a BoringInvincibleHero who can kick the asses of 100 Smiths and remains a totally emotionless robot through the whole movie, even when he's making out with Trinity.
** It can be noted however that many feel ''Reloaded'' is the better of the sequels, while a handful think it even ''surpasses'' the first film.
* A few ''Franchsie/StarWars'' fans hate the Ewoks so much that, nearly three decades later, they still disavow ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' as a legitimate episode of the franchise - which of course is pretty much impossible, because that's the film that ''resolves'' the entire franchise!
** Don't forget that there are still [[{{Twincest}} Luke/Leia shippers]] out there who disavow pretty much ''Return of the Jedi'' in its entirety. Well, maybe not the Jabba's Palace sequence, even if it does score Han/Leia points, but Luke/Leia had an instant NonStandardGameOver.
** Fans aren't the only ones who want to pretend Ewoks never existed, as you'll discover when you read just about anything Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) has to say about them.
** Ask anyone who saw the original trilogy first what they thought of the prequels. You are likely to be punched in the face and informed that there is no such thing, but it's ''so'' worth it.
** A good portion of ''Franchise/StarWars'' fans ignore the entire [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]], and have been vindicated now that Disney has declared the ExpandedUniverse CanonDiscontinuity in preparation for the sequel trilogy. Though the group that preferred the original EU material to the more recent Clone Wars series that has remained canon are rather disappointed.
** Lucas mentioned that his work on ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken-Star Wars' was his way of apologizing to the fans for anything they don't like about the series. Apology accepted.
** StarWars has ''all kinds'' of FanonDiscontinuity groups. Some say the Prequels and the Clone Wars movie never happened InUniverse. Others say that only the movies ever happened, and that the Expanded Universe is non-canon. Still others say that nothing after Empire Strikes Back happened. Then we get into the groups that dis the continuity in regards to certain parts of the Expanded Universe, like the Jedi Prince series, the NewJediOrder series, [[StarWarsLegacy the Legacy era]], and so on.
** Lucas once said that the Jedi, as seen in the prequels, were allowed to have sex, but ''weren't'' allowed to form attachments. Just about ''everyone'' has ignored this, from fans to EU creators, for obvious reasons.[[note]]Partially because it's not as fun writing fanfic if it's just sex, and partialy because some people don't like the idea of sex without love, or even a strong "like".[[/note]]
** And don't even mention ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial''. Lucas has said he'd personally destroy every copy of the show if given the chance.
** The most famous example is that every proper Star Wars fan believes that [[TheDogShotFirst Han shot first.]]
* While we're in GeorgeLucas productions, fans who [[HypeBacklash were frustrated]] with ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' (though like the ''Star Wars'' prequels, the expectations were really high after 19 years of waiting) try to ignore its existence.
** There is also the fact that unlike ''Franchise/StarWars'', Indy's EU is fairly obscure, so it's no surprise many fans not only don't think of any but the movies as canon... they don't even ''know'' about the novels, comics (specially the ''terrible'' 80s Marvel comics), park rides, tabletop games and videogames. Opinion is perhaps more divided about the prequel TV series, the only non-movie installment that gets some references in fan fiction.
** A small but committed group of Dr. Jones' students believes that any reports of [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom Dr. Jones' work in China and India circa 1935]] are entirely fictional. And [[BrokenBase other group of equally committed students]] believes that it was his most important expedition to date.
* Some people also play FanonDiscontinuity on ''Film/BatmanAndRobin.'' It's a different way, though. ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' gets openly razzed. ''Film/BatmanForever,'' being neither like the first two films nor as outrageous as this InkStainAdaptation, simply gets ignored.
* Plenty of ''Film/TheCrow'' fans only consider the first film in the series, starring Brandon Lee, worth watching, although to an extent ''Film/TheCrowCityOfAngels'' has a fan base too.
* With ''Film/ThePinkPanther'' films, there are fans who only count the films Creator/PeterSellers was in as canon. ''Trail of the Pink Panther'' is an interesting case here, since it was assembled from deleted scenes and flashbacks of Sellers two years after his death. If the film doesn't count on its own, then the deleted scenes can be seen as canon in their original context of material dropped from ''The Pink Panther Strikes Again''. Even MGM/UA has encouraged the Sellers-only approach on occasion; the ''Pink Panther Film Collection'' DVD box set from 2004 only included the Sellers films they owned the rights to. (They don't currently own the ''Return'' rights).
* Many fans [[http://proxy.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/011207 declared]] that ''Film/RockyV'' never happened, even before ''Film/RockyBalboa'' ([[BroadStrokes mostly]]) [[CanonDisContinuity ratified that judgment]]. [[Creator/TheSportsGuy Bill Simmons']] use of the phrase "never happened" might be the TropeCodifier, or, at the very least, one of the more popular uses.
* Many people wish they had never heard of ''Film/HomeAlone 3'', due to the absence of Macaulay Culkin, its [[SoOkayItsAverage mediocre]] quality, and the lack of genuinely funny villains, or ''Home Alone 4'' simply because it sucks. A few even wish they hadn't heard of ''Home Alone 2'' because it's similar to the first one, just recycled in [[BigApplesauce some other town.]]
** Understandably though, Macaulay Culkin would have been gotten too old to be able to keep up the part of Kevin by the time of ''Home Alone 3''. (This was mocked on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' in which Jay Sherman reviews ''Home Alone 5'', and the [=McAllisters=] are horrified to learn that they've - [[AesopAmnesia once again]] - left Kevin home alone because "he's only 23!")
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise:
** ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' featured a positive ending where John Connor not only survives, but manages to prevent the global nuclear apocalypse that would nearly wipe out humanity from ever happening. (This was an alternate ending.)
** ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'', on the other hand, takes a ShootTheShaggyDog approach to the previous movie and flat-out states that Judgment Day is inevitable, rendering every action taken in the previous movie a waste of time, including the HeroicSacrifice of one of the well-intentioned programmers who would have originally brought the apocalypse about. No mention was made that this inevitability renders the entire time traveling kill-your-enemy-before-the-war theme of the series equally pointless. As a result, many fans insist that the series ended after the second movie, or that the more positive ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' TV series is the only follow-up. Never mind that it was hinted at being inevitable the entire time - John sent his own father back in time in the original ''Film/TheTerminator'', which couldn't happen without a StableTimeLoop, and thus a more or less stable timeline..
*** It should be noted that there's an alternate ending to ''Terminator 2'' which is far less ambiguous about its positivity. This was released as part the director's cut DVD. In this ending Sarah Connor is shown many years after the timing of Judgement Day in both 2 *and* 3, alive and well, talking about how it was averted. The featured ending in the original version instead was an ambiguous commentary about how we attempted to change fate and it may or may not have worked, featuring the camera travelling down a road.
**** The important date-establishing bit from said alternate ending "August 29th, 1997 was just another day. Michael Jackson turned 40. [...] That was 30 years ago. *image of children playing*"
** And then there's the people that refuse to acknowledge even ''Terminator 2'', believing that it screws up things just as badly, if not worse, than everything that came after it.
** The fourth movie, ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' gets some discontinuity because it follows the events of the third movie, changing the focus of the series (future war against the machines instead of the present day). ''Salvation'' also gets some discontinuity because it contradicts ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', most notably through the absence of any reference to Derek Reese. Some fans who otherwise wouldn't have had an issue with it choose to ignore it simply because keeping it would make it tricky to keep the series in canon as well.
** ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' is ''also'' disowned by sizable portion of fandom, since it mess up with just about everything stated in first two films, creating even more paradoxes. Oh, and it was cancelled before giving anything close to ending.

** Some fans are already taking this approach to ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'' due to it [[spoiler:creating an entirely new timeline with time travel, removing all four previous films from continuity]] and [[spoiler:the decision of turning John Connor into a part man-part machine hybrid who is implied to be the film's antagonist.]]
* Many ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fans avoid any mention (or even thought, as much as possible) of the events in ''[[Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier Star Trek V: The Final Frontier]]'' which almost became the FranchiseKiller. The WordOfGod from GeneRoddenberry himself was that many elements were "apocryphal".
** Numerous fans also throw out ''[[Film/StarTrekNemesis Nemesis]]'', due to (among other things) the appearance of a sister race of the Romulans that had never been featured or mentioned before, the crew acting like they had never met another Soong-type android before, and Data dying even though it could have been easily avoided using other pieces of Treknology. On a lesser scale, fanfic writers {{Retcon}} the ending to allow Data to survive through various means (from swapping his mind with B4 to being blown into an AlternateUniverse). In fact, the comic book series "Countdown", a lead-in to the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie suggests EXACTLY that Data's neural patterns were downloaded into B4 (the film itself makes the same suggestion, although perhaps not to the same degree).
*** ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' is sometimes ignored simply for generally being considered bad, although this is easier as no canon-changing events occurred.
** And a good number of fans throw out ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'', because they don't think [[spoiler: Kirk should have been [[DroppedABridgeOnHim killed off so ingloriously.]]]] Even some TNG fans would rather forget it.
** Then of course, many fans will ignore JJ Abrams' ''Film/StarTrek'' films, for wrongly assuming that it "wipes out" the events of every series other than ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', but also for taking ''Star Trek'' from 'vaguely plausible' to 'no idea how physics works in any way' and for a perceived "[[DenserAndWackier dumbing down]]".
** Specifically, many fans who disliked Khan's RaceLift and colder characterisation in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' have come up with elaborate theories on how "John Harrison" was an impersonator and the real Khan is still floating around as a popsicle somewhere. It helps that the movie only uses "Khan Noonien Singh" to refer to the Prime universe's Khan, and in [[{{UsefulNotes/Mongolia}} the real world]], "Khan" is a title, not a name, making entirely possible for the same word to refer to different people.
* A number of ''Film/SpyKids'' fans agree that the less said about the third film, with its poor writing (including an ending which made no sense whatsoever by failing to explain how the virtual reality creations ended up in the real world) and a stupid "3D" gimmick, ''the better''! It doesn't help that it was a DolledUpInstallment made from a totally unrelated script.
** Some would also say there wasn't a second film either.
*** And the [[FranchiseZombie fourth]] is possibly the least well-received of the bunch.
* Some in the ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' fandom disregards all sequels. It helps that each installment, besides quality problems, ignores events outside the first movie. (The only exceptions: ''Film/HighlanderEndgame'' is a cross between the first movie's and the TV series' continuity, and the DirectToVideo ''Film/HighlanderTheSource'' follows the events of ''Endgame''). Those who enjoy most of the movies will still adamantly ignore ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening'', which has little more than a few names in common with the Highlander universe. ''Highlander II'' may be the most hated sequel ever made.
** Other ''Highlander'' fans decide to ignore ''all'' the films for the sake of a protagonist who KNOWS how to handle a sword - that is, for ''Highlander'' the series.
** In short, there should've been only one.
* All the sequels to ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' are disregarded by much of the fandom, in part because of the sharp drop in quality with each entry: the mediocre ''Film/{{Jaws 2}}'', the cheap but counterproductive "3D" gimmick in ''Film/Jaws3D'', and the ridiculous VoodooShark concept and horrific execution in ''Film/JawsTheRevenge''.
* As far as many fans of the ''Series/MissionImpossible'' TV series are concerned, whatever [[Film/MissionImpossible those movies]] were, they certainly did not depict the real IM Force, and that definitely wasn't Jim Phelps. Besides, the films completely ignored the elaborate scams aimed at fooling the bad guys which were the entire ''raison d'etre'' for the original series.
** This is especially the case for ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'', which was basically a generic action flick. The [[Film/MissionImpossible first movie]] was more cerebral, and thus closer to the tone of the TV show (even if they did derail individual characters quite a bit).
* ''Film/TheGodfatherPartIII'' is widely perceived to be inferior to the first two movies made during the classic New Hollywood era. With a convoluted plot, a love story featuring KissingCousins (Mary Corleone and Vincent Mancini), a former main character getting McLeaned (Tom Hagen), and arguably some BadassDecay (Michael Corleone), this sequel alienated a great deal of fans, many of whom prefer to pretend this never happened. Some viewers point out that it's still a decent movie, just not on par with ''Film/TheGodfather I'' and ''II''. Others use BrainBleach to forget its existence. In any case, when people refer to the great Film/TheGodfather movies, they more often than not mean the first two.
** WordOfGod says that the movie was never intended to be on the epic scale of the first two, and in fact the original title was the spoilerific [[spoiler: ''The Death of Michael Corleone'']] before ExecutiveMeddling took over.
*** An ironic reversal of what happened with Part II. The studio were dead set against simply calling it ''The Godfather Part II'' -- "Boring! More of the same!" -- but Coppola dug in, insisting that it was a continuation of the original movie and not a separate story. Fifteen years later he wants to make ''[[spoiler:The Death of Michael Corleone]]'', and -- "You want to call it'' what''? You're insane!'' The Godfather '' is the most acclaimed franchise in cinema, and this is part three!" Cue the crushing disappointment when it turns out to be utterly unlike parts I and II. (Of course, as the original entry points out, there were other problems.)
* Most people throw out the very end of Dario Argento's ''Film/{{Opera}}'', especially because it's a DiabolusExMachina.
* Where to begin with ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}''? Only the [[Film/{{Halloween 1978}} first two]] [[Film/HalloweenII1981 films]] are accepted by all fans as canon, and after that, there are two continuities: the Jamie Lloyd story (''[[Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers 4]], [[Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers 5]]'', and ''[[Film/HalloweenTheCurseOfMichaelMyers The Curse]]''), and the second half of the Laurie Strode story (''[[Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater H20]]'' and ''[[Film/HalloweenResurrection Resurrection]]''), the latter ignoring the former and following on directly from the second film. Some follow the opinion of WordOfGod and treat the Laurie Strode films as the only canonical ones, viewing the first two films and ''[=H20=]'' as a trilogy of sorts and the films in between as having thrown the series into a DorkAge, while fans of the Jamie Lloyd story reject ''[=H20=]'', feeling that its [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] of the series cheapened the prior films. The two sides can agree, however, that ''Resurrection'' never happened, because the alternative is to accept as canon a film in which Michael Myers got his ass kicked by Music/BustaRhymes.
** ''Almost'' everyone ignores ''Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch''. Not that it matters, since it was never in continuity with the rest of the series to begin with.
* The ending of ''Film/PrettyInPink'' outraged many, and it is generally ignored in favor of the ''original'' ending, which was thrown out because Molly Ringwald, the star of the movie, suggested the new ending. Creator/JohnHughes was notably displeased with the revised ending.
* Some ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' fans chose to ignore [[spoiler: [[ShootTheShaggyDog Jean's and Scott's deaths]]]] or [[spoiler: [[BadAssDecay Rogue taking the Cure]]]] in the third movie. Other fans tend to disregard the movie as a whole.
** The writers of ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' seem to agree, considering that the movie was one long [[AuthorsSavingThrow Author's Saving Throw]] to remove ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' from the movie continuity.
** And then there are some that prefer to ignore ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', because it was poorly executed and has a lot of continuity errors with the main series. The two movies that followed even ignored it (although ''Film/TheWolverine'' briefly includes a scene of ''Origins'' in a flashback).
* More than a few fans (including [[WordOfGod Wes Craven himself]]) prefer to think of the first ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984'' as ending with the original, more upbeat finale where [[spoiler: Freddy is defeated for good and everyone lives]]
* Many [[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppet]] fans like to pretend ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace'' never happened, not from quality reasons, but for resolving [[RunningGag what Gonzo]] ''[[RunningGag is]]''.
** Many pretend that every Muppet movie after that (at least until ''Film/TheMuppets'') never happened for quality reasons.
*** Some regret that the series ended with ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol'', for the same reason.
** The revival movie flat-out says everything after 1981 never happened, although there are references.
* Invoked in WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic review of ''Film/TheNeverendingStory 2'' in which he says it's a good thing there was never another sequel, even though there actually was, before turning on the theme from the movies to drown out the complaints to that effect. He ended up reviewing the third anyway.
** ''The Neverending Story 3'' is so awful that fans of the original like to pretend that it doesn't exist. It's often placed on Worst Movies of All Time lists.
* Fans of ''Film/TheMask'' almost unanimously loathe its [[Film/SonOfTheMask sequel]] mostly because of its overwhelmingly horrible quality and lack of JimCarrey.
** The same could be said for [[WesternAnimation/TheMask the animated series]] as well, although, unlike ''Son of the Mask'', the animated series has fans who will defend the show from detractors.
* Many who watched ''Film/AIArtificialIntelligence'' feel that the movie should have ended with David [[spoiler: at the bottom of the sea in front of the statue of the Blue Fairy and wishing he was a real boy]], rather than the [[TastesLikeDiabetes overly-sugary]] last 10 minutes of the movie, which feels awkwardly tacked on in any case.
* Most fans of Film/{{Dragonheart}} agree that there is no sequel.
* Though technically a sequel to ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', being that it takes place after the prior film and even subtly references it a number of times, most fans would rather consider ''Film/ShockTreatment'' to be a separate entity entirely. Even creator Richard O'Brien has claimed that the Brad and Janet of that film are not the same characters previously seen in RHPS - which is more or less universally accepted, due to their vastly different physical appearances (Jessica Harper bears absolutely no resemblance to Susan Sarandon) and failure to recognize characters that look *exactly* like the castle inhabitants.
* Quite a few fans like to pretend that ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel'' never happened. Not so much for quality reasons as they just prefer to remember ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' as a standalone classic and aren't big on the absence of the ZAZ team. Those who do admit its inevitably not on par with the original but is very funny on its own.
* Fans of the ''Film/AmericanPie'' series refuse to acknowledge the straight-to-DVD installments and skip to the seventh entry (''American Reunion''). Though American Reunion effectively rendered the DirectToDVD sequels CanonDiscontinuity anyway.
** Some also opt to discount the third film due to the absence of several main characters.
* Many fans of ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' will tell you that the boys called it quits after Shemp's death in 1955. A substantial number will go further, insisting that the Stooges broke up after Curly's stroke in 1946. And don't even mention Joe Besser to a die-hard fan of the Stooges.
* Some ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' fans choose to ignore the final original film, ''Film/BattleForThePlanetOfTheApes'', due to the bad quality of the plot and the writers' insistance on reinforcing the circular timeline theory that [[BrokenBase not all fans agree with]].
* Members of ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' original fan base often wish a sequel had been made before Creator/JohnBelushi died and [[CousinOliver "Buster"]] was born.
* ''Film/DonnieDarko'' fans will be ''very'' quick to inform you that there is no such movie as ''Film/SDarko''.
* Many fans of the franchise tend to accept only the [[Film/SupermanTheMovie first]] [[Film/SupermanII two]] ''{{Franchise/Superman}}'' films as worthy of canon, furiously denying the validity of [[Film/SupermanIII further]] [[Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace sequels]]. In fact, ''Film/SupermanReturns ''attempted to play into the fans little game by also ignoring films beyond ''Film/SupermanII'' but it also fell prey to the ostracism.
* Some fans of the ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Fast And The Furious]]'' consider ''2 Fast 2 Furious'' to be this, due to the entry's GenreShift to heist movie to urban action movie and most of the franchise's fans not liking the new characters.
* Many ''Series/TheXFiles'' fans will inform you that ''[[Film/TheXFilesIWantToBelieve I Want to Believe]]'' never happened.
** [[Webvideo/{{Moviebob}} "I Want to...]] ''I want my money back!"''
* For ''Film/DumbAndDumber'' fans, the 2003 [[PreQuel prequel]] ''Dumb and Dumberer'' is simply '''NOT''' how Harry met Lloyd.
** Apparently ''[[Film/DumbAndDumberTo Dumb and Dumber To]]'' "never happened" either.
* A large amount of [[{{Film/TheBourneSeries}} Bourne]] fans conclude that ''Film/TheBourneLegacy'' doesn't exist and that the franchise ended after ''Film/TheBourneUltimatum''.
* Quite common among the ''Film/JurassicPark'' film fans to say "what sequels?" Helping is that the [[Film/JurassicWorld latest installment]] [[http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/jurassic-world-ignore-jurassic-park-sequels-article-1.2204110 explicitly ignores continuity with them]].
* ''Film/HannibalRising'' is frequently ignored due to its absolute ridiculousness. Some fans also disavow Film/{{Hannibal}} for similar reasons.
* ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'' is an interesting case in that the first two films (''Film/TheMummy1999'' and ''Film/TheMummyReturns'') are well-liked, but part of the fandom rejects the third (''Film/TheMummyTombOfTheDragonEmperor'') due to a number of reasons including TheOtherDarrin.
* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse is rather well-received... except for ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk''. The least-known film, one of the first (only preceded by Film/IronMan), and the one that fans most often 'forget.' Some justify this due to TheOtherDarrin setting in for Bruce once Avengers rolled around. It's not as extreme of a case as so many others on this list, as some fans still include references or base fics off of it, but many prefer to forget that it's part of the series.
* ''Film/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer'' fans ignore the third movie for a number of reasons. Firstly there is the writing and acting but that's beside the point. The film doesn't continue the storyline of Julie and Ray, which was left in a cliff hanger in the second film, in favor for a new cast of characters and of course there's TheReveal that [[spoiler: the killer in that film is the ghost of the killer in the first two movies.]]
* The ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' film series tends to get its share of fans that believe either only the first film (''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'') or the first three films (which includes ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'' and ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'') as canon. The critically-panned fourth movie often gets passed over as not being a '''real''' entry into the series, just on account of lacking the quality of the prior ones.
* Some tend to pretend that ''Film/StarshipTroopers2HeroOfTheFederation'' never happened because it is an ''Film/{{Alien}}'' ripoff and has none of the original characters, yet they are okay with ''Film/StarshipTroopers3Marauders'' happening just because Rico from the first ''Film/StarshipTroopers'' movie is in it.
* Now for the ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' franchise.
** ''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'' is hated for featuring Jason as a body-snatching demon thing.
** Most ''Friday the 13th'' fans hate ''Film/JasonX'' with a passion and pretend that it never happened.
** Some choose to believe that only the first four films are canon. The writers of [[Film/FridayThe13th2009 the reboot]] even only used the first four films as inspiration.
* ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre'' is a really weird case since the continuity is very inconsistent.
** A number of fans say that only [[Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974 the first film]] is canon, ignoring [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2 the second film]] for being too comedic, [[Film/LeatherfaceTheTexasChainsawMassacreIII the third film]] for not being a continuation, [[Film/TexasChainsawMassacreTheNextGeneration the fourth film]] for being a cheap knock-off of the first film, and ''Film/TexasChainsaw3D'' for not making much sense.
** Some fans believe that only the first two films are canon, claiming that the second film is the true sequel since it features the same Sawyer family members from the first movie. Some even accept that Leatherface [[spoiler:dies]] at the end of the second movie.
** Other fans believe that the third film is the only canon sequel since it has no direct mention of the events of the second film, despite the fact that an actress from the second film has a cameo. Also, Leatherface is somehow [[spoiler: alive even after the explosion at the end of the second film.]]
** A lot of people hate the fourth film so much that they are willing to accept that the previous sequels are both true sequels and that the fourth film is non-canon.
** Controversely, some, including Kim Henkel himself, believe that the fourth film is the only true sequel since it has a similar tone.
** Others, including the writers themselves, choose to believe that ''Texas Chainsaw'' is the only true sequel since it does not mention the previous sequels and also because it opens with a scene that takes place right after the first movie that contradicts the second movie.
* Now for the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' series.
** Some believe that ''Film/EvilDead2'' is a remake of the first film, despite Sam Raimi's insistence that it is not.
** Some consider ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'' to be non-canon because of how ridiculously over-the-top the film is.
*** Still others acknowledge only ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness''...because of how ridiculously over-the-top the film is.
*** A handful of fans replace ''Army of Darkness'' with the video game ''VideoGame/EvilDeadRegeneration.''
** Some consider [[Film/TheEvilDead1981 the first film]] to be the only canon film since it is the only full-on horror film, and they believe that Ash [[spoiler:dies at the end.]]
* Many fans of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' refuse to accept the film ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' as canon. [[spoiler: This way Book and especially Wash are both still alive.]]
* The fandom of ''Film/RedEye'' tends to completely ignore WordOfGod saying that Jackson Rippner isn't even the character's real name, but one he made up. Partially because then no one would be able to agree on what to call him in fanfiction, and partially because that throws his entire VillainsNeverLie status, which is one of his few ([[DracoInLeatherPants canonical]]) good qualities, into question. A minor example, since it isn't ''technically'' part of the movie, revealed in a commentary, and thus could be considered non-canon.
* Most fans of the CharlieChan movie series only accept the 20th Century Fox films with Warner Oland and (later) Sidney Toler. The cheaply made Monogram continuation of the series (which featured EthnicScrappy Birmingham Brown) is largely written off.
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