Not all webcomics have continuous running plots, so some of them get to escape Fanon Discontinuity
. It's also easy to skip over the worst parts, especially when going through an Archive Trawl
. These moments, on the other hand, still stick out like a sore thumb to some.
Note: No personal examples. Examples are meant to be in reference to groups of fandom.
- There are a good many Wotchers who do their best to forget Consequences. Or, at the very least, the part of it where a formerly 30-year-old man both accepts that he is now a high school girl and is ok with it because he was lonely as an adult.
- Cuanta Vida fans are divided on whether or not Red and Sniper died.
- Whether or not the ending of Bob and George happened depends greatly on whether you think the Rule of Funny excuses it.
- Fans of Ctrl+Alt+Del do this with the miscarriage storyline.
- Some people like to believe that Part 2 of YU+ME: dream never happened. Let's just leave it at that for now.
- A number of Penny and Aggie fans prefer to believe the comic ended after "The Popsicle War" storyline.
- Given the author's tendency to Retcon the comic, whether or not several things in Sonichu really happened are more or less up to the reader to figure out for themselves.
- Misfile provides a usefully illustrative subversion of this trope: Despite Word of God stating otherwise many readers insist that Ash was always female and the titular Misfile merely confused her into thinking she was once male. This is not discontinuity because nothing contradicting their interpretation has ever appeared within the comic itself, presumably because it would also contradict the underlying "cosmic Retcon" premise underlying the whole story. Their interpretation may be wrong but it can't be discontinuity because there is no continuity to discard in the first place. The author may have left it out of continuity for future dramatic purposes or it may just be Conservation of Detail, but it serves as a useful lesson in how preserving ambiguity can allow an author to cater to two diametrically opposed aspects of his fan base.
- Mid-2013 also revealed that Ash has largely forgotten his original appearance (and voice) as a male, due in large part to the lapse in time since the misfile (specifically, he has a vague recollection but specific details can't be recalled thanks to it being a subconscious change and the lack of any proof of his old existence). Which only fires up the opposing sides of the argument further.
- El Goonish Shive, frequently uses Fanon Discontinuity In-Universe for humor. Notable examples include diehard Star Trek fan Susan shelving the movies out of sequence and equally rabid Star Wars fan George's rant about midichlorians.
- Dragon Ball Multiverse: The comic itself ignores the events of Dragon Ball GT and the first four Dragon Ball Z movies, and the fandom of the comic is increasingly ignoring the existence of Hanasia, Bardock's wife, due to blatant Canon Defilement regarding her power level and the fact that Goku's ACTUAL mother, Gine, was revealed by Toriyama later on.