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Discontinuity: Western Animation
Don't worry, Brain. The fans "deeply resent this" as well.

"You watched it. You can't unwatch it!"

Or can you?

Western cartoons, like other Animated Shows, have their share of moments that no one wants to remember.
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    Animated Films 
  • Many fans of Don Bluth films disregard the DTV sequels of his movies (which Bluth had nothing to do with, the interesting subversion of this being three times his movies turned into huge media franchises only after he and his die hard fans left):
    • This is especially true of the series of sequels to The Land Before Time because any subtext is now gone and they are now musicals, when the original was not. Depending on the fan, you can:
      • Ignore ALL the sequels. They're all results of turning a beloved movie into a Cash Cow Franchise anyway.
      • Accept the original and the first sequel only. No heart after that.
      • Accept the movies up to IV and ignore the rest. In The Mysterious Island, the production team radically altered the environment, meaning that the Mysterious Beyond looked like just about anywhere else in the world.
      • Accept the first four sequels, but disregard the rest, due to a writer switch that was perceived to have made things go downhill after that quality-wise.
      • Accept the movies up to VII. Films V-VII each have their good points, and interesting guest characters, but VII would be the last film to have non-conspicuous computer graphics.
      • Accept the movies up to X. We see Ducky and Spike's relationship get some interesting attention in VIII, we get a reprise of the best song from V in IX, and in X we finally meet Littlefoot's dad. But after this, the movies are more sitcom-like in nature, with multiple gag plots, characters like Cera's dad acting wildly out of character, and even more explicit morals than people claim the first nine sequels have.
      • Accept the movies up to XII. The Wisdom of Friends tends to be ignored, even by diehard fans of the sequel films, due to its overly silly nature and astondingly bad (even for the series) morals.
      • Accept ALL the sequels. The Land Before Time is The Land Before Time, no matter what it is.
      • Accept ALL the sequels and the TV series.
      • Or any variation of the above.
    • Fans of The Secret Of NIMH disregard its Lighter and Softer musical sequel Timmy To The Rescue. Aside from the change in tone, it doesn't help that the sequel kludges continuity with its predecessor, claiming that Nicodemus was a prophet and that he claimed that a son of Jonathan Brisby would become a hero (Nicodemus wasn't a prophet and he made no such claim). While refusing to even acknowledge it as canon, most fans of the original still lament that there isn't enough Brain Bleach in the world to wipe the sequel from their memories.
    • The third and fourth An American Tail movies are on the receiving end of this reaction. The latter gets this for "being boring".
  • The 2nd and 3rd The Brave Little Toaster movies get this due to being Lighter and Softer than the dark and subtext filled original film.
  • The continuity of Disney's classic characters (Mickey, Donald et al.) depends on who you talk to, given they show up in different time periods and appear in works aimed at different age groups.
    • Disney's Direct to Video sequels and spin off cartoons of its movies are often disregarded by fans for reasons including resetting Character Development, Character Derailment, and are generally found to be inferior to their source materials.
  • Many fans of the first Cars movie deny the existence of the sequel Cars 2 or the spin-off movie Planes, and some will accept Cars 2, but ignore Planes and the Mater's Tall Tales animated shorts, or any combination of the above.
  • The Ice Age sequels are Contested among fans of the first film, but many who enjoyed the first three films agree on pretending that that the fourth film, Ice Age: Continental Drift never happened.
  • Good luck finding a BIONICLE fan who pays attention to the Retcons about how Matoran and every other living thing in the "Matoran Universe" are supposed to be mindless automatons and how being individuals with personality was just a glitch in their AI. Similarly, paying attention to the retcon inducing universal Asexuality and No Hugging, No Kissing is a rarity, all the more so since the Mata Nui Online Game and the Adobe Flash animations, the early material establishing the Matoran's capability to love, is widely considered some of the fandom's favourite parts of the story.

    Animated TV Series 
  • A number of fans of Pinky and the Brain refuse to acknowledge the spin-off Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain (pictured), due to, basically, hatred of that annoying little brat Elmyra.
  • Ben 10:
    • There are fans that rejected the sequel series Ben 10: Alien Force, a reason being because of retcons to Gwen and Kevin's powers and turning the latter character into a good guy.
    • There were fans who inverted this and held the episode "Goodbye and Good Riddance" (where Ben returns to his home town at the end of summer vacation and gets outed as being a superhero) as the show's finale as opposed to "Secrets of The Omnitrix" and "Ben 10 vs. Negative 10", and that's just the original series.
    • There are fans who liked both the original series and Alien Force but don't consider Ben 10: Ultimate Alien as canon.
    • Several longtime fans of the first three series of the Ben 10 franchise (the original, Alien Force and Ultimate Alien) don't consider Omniverse canon due to its change of style, redesign, heavy use of comedy and absence of the creators Man of Action.
    • There are fans who love Omniverse who don't take some episodes as canon. Such as "So Long, And Thanks For All the Smoothies"; the episode itself isn't bad, it's just that the ending has Ben recreate the entire universe after it was destroyed, implying that everyone from the previous series is dead and that everyone is just an identical copy. Another is the "Showdown" two-parter of the third season, in which there is a Retcon Flashback. Eleven-year-old Ben is obsessed with a new alien, Feedback. Malware, an evil alien entity, rips the alien out and destroys it. After Ben kills Malware, it cuts back to present day and Ben states that, since then, he can't rescan Feedback's species. This creates a major Plot Hole, considering that his original Omnitrix was destroyed at the end of Alien Force, therefore such a problem would not exist with the newer model.
  • The Critic: Most fans of the TV series were disappointed with the webisodes that followed a few years after the show's cancellation. This fan review should provide further explanation.
  • According to most Ren & Stimpy fans, Adult Party Cartoon never happened. It's rather despised for turning the Black Comedy and Vulgar Humor of the original far beyond eleven to the point that it crosses lines that were previously thought to be theoretical, becoming completely disturbing in the process. You know it's bad when even the Games Animation episodes from the original show (which are often disliked by fans due to making Ren more of a jerk than he already was) are considered masterpieces when compared to Adult Party Cartoon.
  • Anything after the Channel Chasers movie of The Fairly OddParents, which wraps things up with a bittersweet flash forward to Timmy as an adult, or anything after Poof's birth, depending on whom is asked. Most fans won't acknowledge the live-action movies either.
  • A large amount of Mortal Kombat fans wish you would forget Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm. Its lack of violence compared to its video game basis has been cited by both and Dorkly as a major role in its failure, having only lasted 13 episodes.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, due to its large, nerdy, and rather broken fanbase, has s few points after which some groups of fans just ignore developments.
    • The "purist" or "Originalist" contingent of the fandom like to ignore all episodes produced without any creative input from Lauren Faust. The cut-off here is one of two places: either after "Return of Harmony" (the final episode Lauren directly supervised from start to finish), or after "Hearth's-Warming Eve" (the final script Lauren personally approved).note  Still others accept all of the first two seasons (a few of its episodes grudgingly), but ignore everything from "The Crystal Empire" onwards due to it and all future episodes having absolutely no involvement from either Lauren or original head writer Rob Renzetti (he left shortly after Lauren did, to head up another popular cartoon). Even some episodes Lauren did work on receive this treatment due to being unpopular, like "Feeling Pinkie Keen" or "Over A Barrel".
    • Other plot developments spurred by Executive Meddling in the series may also be regarded by other fans as discontinuity from that point on.
      • The unexpected introduction of Princess Cadence and Shining Armor during the Season 2 finale rubbed a contingent of fans the wrong way. Especially because Lauren had said that she intended for there to be only two Alicorn Princesses. Never mind that Lauren herself created Cadence (though admittedly not as an Alicorn• ).
      • "Magical Mystery Cure" is easily the most divisive episode amongst the non-Purist contingent, due to it shattering Status Quo Is God by having Twilight Sparkle ascend to become the fourth Alicorn Princess. A significant portion of the fandom prefer to deny it happened.
    • Unrelated to the Purism arguments, a large portion of the fandom – especially Spike fans – utterly reject "Spike At Your Service" due to its total disregard for the little guy's established character traits. Spike is shown failing… miserably… at tasks he has done easily before this episode and since it – such things as cleaning and baking. These fans saw his character discarded for the sake of cheap gags; to say they were angry is an understatement.
    • Equestria Girls got this from a large chunk of the fanbase for turning the ponies into humanoids and placing them in a High School AU setting.
      • As a result of this, and misinterpreting showrunner Meghan McCarthy's statement that the movie would not affect the continuity of Season 4, these fans were unhappy when movie-original character Flash Sentry cameoed (in pony form) in "Three's A Crowd", doing his job as Cadence's bodyguard. Although they were temporarily quelled by staff insisting his inclusion was an animator's decision rather than Meghan's, a second Flash cameo (in a speaking role this time) during "Twilight's Kingdom" caused these fans to absolutely flip their shit.
    • The episode "Daring Don't", which reveals that adventurer Daring-Do is a real pony and her books are autobiographical, caused a huge amount of Fridge Logic. Some would rather forget that episode and swear that Daring-Do is still a fictional character.
    • Due to the tendency for G4 MLP merchandise to significantly deviate from the show, fanon discontinuity may also occur between fans of the show and fans of The Merch. This commonly occurs with toys in particular. On one hand, fans of the show often disregard details and backstories of the toys as they are thought to be written by third parties who seemingly have spotty knowledge of the show, while fans of the toys view the toy line's attempts to be more show accurate as moves to pander to more casual adult fans of the show, among other reasons.
    • Although the American comics are popular, a number of fans loudly declare them to be "non-canon" in relation to the TV series, despite Word of God insisting otherwise (though there have been a couple of occasions where the comics ended up contradicting the show, unintentionally or retroactively).
      • Even fans of the comics consider the "Nightmare Rarity" arc (Issues 5-8) to be AU at best due to its retconning of how Nightmare Moon came to be (which was itself retconned by the Season 4 premier). A similar but smaller group of MLP:IDW fans vocally ignore the "Reflections" arc (Issues 17-20) due to their disliking the existence of a second magic mirror similar to the first one and really not liking what they consider Celestia's Character Derailment.
      • No one in the Friendship Is Magic fandom pays any heed to any official comics produced outside the USA, not even the Japanese ones. This is because foreign MLP comics are specifically targeted at children (whereas the IDW comics are "all ages" and actually aim slightly older than the TV series does). Ire and shunning is especially reserved for the German comics, which are notorious for their poor art and storytelling.
  • When nostalgic 80s kids and bronies alike think of or draw Megan from the original My Little Pony cartoons they tend to ignore her Team Mom interpretation in My Little Pony And Friends in exchange for her My Little Pony TV Specials version, most specifically the Rescue from Midnight Castle one.
  • Gargoyles season three, "The Goliath Chronicles". The writing staff changed completely and had no grasp of series continuity. Most noticeable in the season's second episode, 'Ransom', where Fox is easily restrained by a human thug while her son is kidnapped and later reduced to crying in a chair, clutching his teddy bear, when in the previous seasons, she was established as a deadly ex-mercenary who fought and nearly defeated a nigh-all-powerful Fairy King with previously-unknown magical powers a few hours of giving birth.
    • Greg Weisman himself points this very thing out when he's criticizing this episode, which make sense considering how much effort the original show made to have strong and likable female characters.
  • G.I. Joe fans often do not count the DIC series as canon because of its inferior writing. And many fans tend to ignore everything that happened after Cobra's failed attempt to blow up the Statue of Liberty.
  • South Park:
    • A majority of fans wish that the Two-Part Episodes "You're Getting Old" and "Ass Burgers" NEVER happened.note 
    • Mr. Garrison's sex change gets this treatment, as many thought it wasn't funny, added nothing to his/her character, and was more a Writer on Board moment than anything. Even though it eventually got the reset button treatment in "Eek! A Penis", many fans feel the whole "Mrs. Garrison" arc was pointless and shock value only for the sake of such.
    • Many fans absolutely hate "Stanley's Cup" due to its Ass Pull Downer Ending where Stan's team of hockey players get beaten to a pulp by the Detroit Red Wings.
    • "Ginger Cow" is disregarded by fans due to the massive Kyle-bashing ever and Cartman getting away scot-free.
  • For quite a few fans, the Tom and Jerry episodes directed by Gene Deitch never happened. Simply put: If it didn't come from Hollywood USA, it's not a Tom and Jerry cartoon. The Chuck Jones-produced Tom and Jerry cartoons from the mid-late-60's zig-zag this a bit; they're nowhere near as beloved as the original Hanna-Barbera Tom and Jerry shorts, but they're not despised like the Gene Deitch incarnation. Chuck Jones himself said he didn't care much for them.
    • Further incarnations also elicit this in different forms.
  • Fans of Dexter's Laboratory usually ignore the 3rd and 4th seasons due to the original creative staff leaving and the show becoming remarkably different as a result. It helps that the second season finale was intended to wrap up the series. There are some willing to accept the TV movie Ego Trip as canon, given the original creator's involvement in making it.
  • Fans of The Powerpuff Girls disown everything after "Power-Noia", when Chris Savino took over as producer (creator Craig McCracken left to start up Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends). The nadir was the episode "West In Pieces", which won a special juried Emmy. The series took a jarring shift in tone, turning from a lighthearted action show into a crude gag comedy where the main characters just so happened to have superpowers.
  • Justice League Unlimited:
    • The two-parter story "The Once and Future Thing" attracted a lot of flak from both Batman/Wonder Woman shippers and haters of Batman Beyond when it proved that the series Batman Beyond was the canonical future of The DCAU, with Bruce going on to end up a lonely, bitter old man.
    • The episode "Epilogue" also took flak from many fans of Batman Beyond when it revealed that Terry McGinnis was actually the biological son of Bruce Wayne, courtesy of well-meant meddling from Amanda Waller. Many fans rejected this because they disapproved of the idea that Terry McGinnis was "genetically destined" to be the next Batman, instead of being an ordinary person who chose to be extraordinary, like Bruce himself. Shipping wars were another major reason for the Broken Base, as "Epilogue" establishes that Terry's relationship with Dana (unpopular with many fans) is stable and long-term, implying they will marry, in stark contrast to fanon that had them breaking up shortly after the series ended.
    • Quite a few fans of the DCAU like to think of Batman Beyond (specifically, Return of the Joker) and its Spin-Off The Zeta Project as an alternate future rather than the canon one. This isn't because they don't like it (plenty think it was better than most of the series), but because nobody wants to live with the knowledge that Tim Drake will be so brutally tortured and Mind Raped that it takes him the next fifty years to fully recover, essentially making the entire history of the DCAU Bat-family a case of Shoot the Shaggy Dog. Considering what DC is doing to Tim in the comics? It almost makes anything The Joker does to him look tame. There are also people who just don't want to think of Bruce Wayne as a withered-looking old man or anyone else running around in the Batsuit.
  • The offscreen relationship between Bruce and Barbara that occurred between Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond is well-hated by fans, due to the Unequal Pairing aspect and the implications of a love triangle between a father and adopted son.
  • Some fans of the DCAU do not consider Static Shock, Gotham Girls, and The Zeta Project as canon, mainly because of their more "childish" nature, and not being created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini. Same with the Lobo web show, except it is not childish. However, in addition to several DCAU crossover episodes, including a Batman Beyond crossover, Future!Static also appears in an episode of Justice League Unlimited. Because of Static being mentioned meeting with Green Lantern in a JLU episode, which did happen in SS, most fans use Broad Strokes.
  • Family Guy has this in spades:
    • Due to a perception amongst the fanbase of declining quality since the show's resurrection in 2005, plenty of former fans prefer to believe the show ended with the third season – specifically either "Family Guy Viewer Mail" (final episode aired during the original run), "Road To Europe" (final episode produced) or "When You Wish Upon A Weinstein" (the Banned Episode; final pre-cancellation episode to be released). Basically, everything made after David Zuckerman left is ignored. However, exceptions are often made for "Road to the Mulitverse" (the Season 6 premier) and sometimes for "Blue Harvest" (the first Star Wars parody).
    • If you want to keep fans happy, do not acknowledge the episode "Not All Dogs Go To Heaven" in any way.Text dump here! 
      • Quagmire's infamous rant about Brian's personality in "Jerome is the New Black" (a Season 8 episode) was praised by the Internet for being an "apology" to fans for "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven", even though the writers, according to the DVD commentary, didn't intend this (they just wanted to give Quagmire more of a reason to hate Brian, topping it all off with the fact that Brian is just a pretentious bore). Although, see below for how that turned out.
    • Some fans will acknowledge the fifth season simply for the introduction of Brian's then-current girlfriend Jillian, but completely disregard everything after their breakup in "Movin' Out (Brian's Song)".
    • A lot of season 7 episodes – aside from "Road to Germany"note  and "Ocean's 3˝"note  – are ones that most fans don't want to remember.
    • Some fans ignore the Season 10 episode "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q." Now, Family Guy has done dramatic episodes before, like "Brian and Stewie", "Dog Gone", some parts of "Jerome is the New Black", and the pre-cancellation episode "Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows". But an episode playing domestic violence for drama coming from a show that isn't afraid to show women being beaten up, sexually harassed, sexually assaulted, and mocked for their appearance and age, feels cheap and hypocritical.
    • The Season 12 episode "Life of Brian" – in which Brian is very graphically run over by a car, is briefly dead for the next two episodes, and is replaced by new dog Vinnie – has ripped the show's already-tattered fanbase to shreds.
    • A lot of fans want to pretend that the whole Quagmire/Brian rivalry never happened. Considering the show's near-total abandonment of it, it appears the writers want to as well.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Special mention should go to "The Principal and the Pauper", the episode where it's revealed that the Principal Skinner we've known throughout the show's long-running history (8 seasons at that point) is actually a fraud named Armin Tamzarian. The episode is an in-show example of discontinuity, too, because the characters in-show decide they prefer the fake Skinner, run the real one out of town, and a judge orders that they never speak of the incident again.
    • The only episode more reviled for its blatant abuse of canon than "The Principal and the Pauper" is "That '90s Show" which depicts the lives of The Simpsons throughout the 90s, completely ignoring that the events of episodes which aired during the show's earlier seasons that took place in the 90s, and completely rewriting canon as a result. This may have been upgraded to Canon Discontinuity in later seasons, since they continue to depict Homer and Marge as having gotten together in the late 1970s into the 1980s.
    • "The Boys of Bummer" and "Million Dollar Abie" are disowned for showing abuse to Bart and Grampa respectively that goes beyond Black Comedy.
    • "Saddlesore Galactica" and "Kill the Alligator and Run" aren't well-liked and are considered the reasons why The Simpsons hasn't been funny in ages, though "Saddlesore Galactica" is more divided, as some people (and the Simpsons writers) see the episode more as a surreal piss-take against The Simpsons' own decline in quality due to repetitive storylines and exaggerated characterizations. "Kill the Alligator and Run," however, doesn't have that luxury of being re-seen as a Parody Retcon and is often put on Internet lists for "Worst Simpsons Episode Ever".
    • "Bart-Mangled Banner" for being so heavy-handed against Republicans and conservatives that Seth Mac Farlane could rewrite it as a Family Guy episode by just changing the names and no one would be able to tell the difference.
    • Some fans treat "Lisa the Vegetarian" as this, not for being bad (it's considered genuinely funny), but that they feel this episode started Lisa's eventual Flanderization into a Soapbox Sadie (which it was, due to Paul McCartney only agreeing to do the episode if Lisa stayed vegetarian for the rest of the show's run. The fans saw it as a sign that the Simpsons' writers were kissing the asses of the guest stars they let on the show).
    • Fans usually ignore the presence of Sideshow Bob's Italian wife and son as seen in "The Italian Bob". Possibly Canon Discontinuity as they're never seen or mentioned again after "Funeral for a Fiend".
    • "Homer vs. Dignity" is hated by many for sinking to Family Guy-cum-South Park-esque levels of vulgar humor (though the same can be said for a lot of episodes from Mike Scully's era of being show-runner. The panda rape scene crosses the line into Dude, Not Funny! territory with sickening abandon; rarely does a two-minute scene turn an otherwise unremarkable episode into one of the most-hated in the show's history and a regular on "Worst Simpsons Episode" lists.
    • The Al Jean episodes are hated just as much, only for different reasons – namely, being boring, derivative, full of forced humor, and carrying an air of We're Still Relevant, Dammit due to dated pop culture jokes. In fact, it's just safe to say that anything after season 8 on The Simpsons is a mixed bag at best, but has some good moments in it, though those have been getting rare since season 13.
    • Some fans treat "Mother Simpson" as the only time Mona Simpson appears, as they feel her later appearances cancel out its very powerful Tear Jerker ending.
  • Loyal Jimmy Neutron fans have despised Planet Sheen and wish it never happened while wondering why Jimmy Neutron wasn't just given a new season. Poor animation, lack of originality and rampant use of Bad Bad Acting are commonly cited reasons by fans to stay away from the spin off. The fallout was so great that the ratings took a drastic landslide following its premeire, resulting in the series being aired out of order and then moved from Nickelodeon to Nicktoons. Eventually Nickelodeon said "Screw it" and canceled the series without announcement, leaving the series to end on a sad note of Sheen never returning to Earth.
  • Spongebob Squarepants
    • Anything after the movie and uncancellation is usually reviled and often ignored, due to the original producers and writers leaving the series (including creator Stephen Hillenburg), and the series ultimately becoming a Franchise Zombie, especially considering that the movie was originally intended to be the series finale. In fact, WE have a Just For Fun page that pretends the latter seasons didn't exist.
    • Some fans will excuse Season 4, the first post-cancellation season, from discontinuity, saying that while it's not as good as seasons 1-3, it's not as bad as anything from season 5 onward.
    • It's not a good idea to mention the words "A Pal for Gary", which depicts SpongeBob as so ignorant and stupid towards Gary (even by those who tolerated his increased stupidity in later episodes), it's like he's a whole new character entirely.
    • Mr. Krabs also had it worse in One Coarse Meal, in which he abuses Plankton's fear of whales to make him quit stealing the formula. Plankton is eventually sent into suicidal depression. He gets away with it, too,
  • Total Drama:
    • A good chunk of fans believe that Action (and to a lesser extent World Tour) never happened.
    • All-Stars got this treatment, which was considered an utter disaster by many. Some even go as far as to say that it was all nothing more than a dream Chris had while in prison after being arrested in the finale of Revenge of the Island.
    • Pahkitew Island also gets this treatment as well and just like with All-Stars, some pretend that it was all a dream.
  • Star Trek:
    • In a reversal of the standard discontinuity reaction, quite a few fans did consider the animated series canon when it officially wasn't (except for certain details verified later in-canon). It was declared canon after a poll on the official Star Trek website in the late noughties, leading to the trope being played straight with fans declaring Discontinuity on that series as well.
    • "Yesteryear" was an almost universal exception, beloved for portrayal of Spock's childhood on Vulcan. The backstory the episode established for Spock is considered to be a completely canonical history, and elements of the episode made it into the 2009 franchise reboot.
  • Danny Phantom:
    • Most fans refuse to acknowledge the third (and final) season of the show, due to head writer Steve Marmel leaving the series, the new writers ignoring past character development, and the way in which plot threads are left hanging (despite the creator knowing it would be the last season). Even those who acknowledge the last season often ignore the finale episode Phantom Planet, due to its revealing Danny's secret to Valerie and his parents, and possibly the world. They prefer to play around with the plot ideas that were nullified by this episode.
    • Butch Hartman has gone on record that the ghosts are, in fact, not actual ghosts but rather monsters from another dimension. They were born ghosts. Almost all fans ignore this, especially since it contradicts the series itself.
  • Avatar The Last Airbender:
  • The episodes "The Great Divide" and "Avatar Day" receive this. Although the latter gets a pass as it fills in history on one of the previous Avatars.
  • The Sequel Series, The Legend of Korra, is mostly looked on as well-written - if a bit rushed due to being first billed as a quick mini-series, then a single season, then multi-seasons ALL DURING PRE-PRODUCTION - and faithful follow-up to the original series. Many fans take issues with either certain elements (the Steampunk/Gangster Land setting rather than Medieval Stasis being most prevalent), the somewhat rapid establishment and changing of the Love Triangle between first Mako/Korra/Bolin then Korra/Mako/Asami, or the fact that any given character ended up in a relationship with the "wrong" person or none at all. There are, of course, the groups that deny the entire series exists, simply because their preferred couples from the first series never became canon.
  • There are more than a few fans who disregard the reveal of Amon's true identity, and his true motivations, preferring the character as he was before said reveal.
  • There are others who are fine with Book One: Air, but feel that Book Two: Spirits and its "Beginnings" episodes came dangerously close to a retcon of both the Avatar world as well as the reason for the Avatar's existence, having almost nothing to do with the ability to control all four elements and more focused on the fact that a human merged with Raava, the spirit of light.
  • There are fans who liked the "Beginnings" episodes of Book Two: Spirits, but dislike the whole season altogether.
  • There are fans who dislike the twist in the third-to-last episode of Book Two in which Varrick is revealed to be a bad guy.
  • Although liked as an episode, JEM fanfic writers ignore the episode "The Day The Music Died".
  • Kim Possible fanfic writers ignore the hook up between Bonnie and Senor Senor Junior. This may have to do with the fact in the episode where said hook-up happens, Bonnie rigged an election to become homecoming queen (instead of Kim) and we also learn Brick Flagg (her ex-boyfriend) broke up with her. So Bonnie gets Junior as a replacement boyfriend, and gets no punishment for rigging the election. That or it's so they can ship her off with someone else.
  • Transformers:
    • Some fans ignore everything after Transformers: The Movie (the animated one) or Season 2. Beast Wars fans often ignore Beast Machines and/or the Beast Wars-specific comic stories, and others ignore Beast Wars itself. And fans sometimes reject that the comics retconned the origins of Unicron and Primus in every continuity. Many fans also deny The Rebirth as canon, mainly because of its poor writing, animation, and characters. Ignoring this is made easier by the fact that the anime series Transformers Headmasters takes place after Season Three, but ignores The Rebirth. has a good article on "Personal Canon".
  • The 5th season of Teen Titans gets this for introducing a slew of new characters, spending episodes focusing on them, concluding with a Downer Ending finale, and the fact the series was focused on Beast Boy when he had already had a season long arc in season 2. This is also inverted concerning Teen Titans. There are fans who work it into the DC Comics Animated Universe, not caring for any Continuity Snarls.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • Some Fans like to pretend Scrappy Doo does not exist. Cartoon Network helped foster and expand this in specials like The Scooby Doo Project and during an episode of Mystery Inc. when Daphne sees a bust of Scrappy, tries to say something, and is reminded by Fred that they promised never to speak of him again. Warner Bros. seems less vocal as a whole. They still sell his episodes each release and in Scooby Doo and the Goblin King, an stand of Scrappy toys are crashed into by a villain driven mystery machine, is it a Take That at Scrappy or a Take That at people who monstrously attack him?
    • Some others have different jumping off points. For some people it's A Pup Named Scooby Doo, Scooby Doo and the Cyber Chase or everything but ignoring the following two:
      • Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, which involves the titular characters behaving as though they were secret agents gets this as well on the grounds that the two characters do not behave as they did in prior Scooby-Doo incarnations. It probably does not help either that Daphne, Fred, and Velma are merely guest characters as opposed to main ones in that show.
      • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated is something of a Base Breaker. It is deemed the best Scooby ever by some (but a lot of which seem to be the types that didn't much like Scooby in the first place), while others consider it a bad attempt at a reboot for Cartoon Network. Critical Research Failure and They Just Didn't Care are often signalled here as they have always been on people that don't like Cartoon Network's reboots of older properties, even from day one.
    • With a Long Runner like Scooby-Doo, there is of course the Purist contingent who only acknowledge the classic episodes from 1969 into the late 1970s (up until Scrappy-Doo's introduction).
  • There are fans of Rugrats who think the show fell off when Tommy's brother Dil and/or Chuckie's stepsister Kimi were introduced and won't even acknowledge All Grown Up! as a spin-off of the original show.
  • Some fans pretend that season 4 of ReBoot never happened due the characters suffering from Flanderization, Hexadecimal's Heroic Sacrifice, and the Reset Button being pressed with Bob reverting back to his season 1-2 design and Megabyte coming back after having a perfect send-off in season 3. And some do count the first half of season 4, but ignore everything after Megabyte-Bob appears.
  • There are fanfic writers of Phineas and Ferb who pretend that the ending of Across the 2nd Dimension where everyone has their mind wiped does not happen.
  • The 1980s revival of The Jetsons is not acknowledged by the some of the series' fans. For some reason Boomerang stopped airing them in the mid 2000s despite having been well on air all throughout the 90s.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • The revelation that Heinrich is a girl is considered untrue by a number of fans, mainly due to the utter lack of build-up to this twist just for the sake of wrapping up Heinrich's plotline before the series ended.
    • Also considered non-canon is Chad's being a double agent all along during his time with the Teen Ninjas for reasons similar to Heinrich's twist, to the very final episode where Numbuh 1 ends up having to leave Earth to help the Galactic KND.
    • Some 1x5 (or 5 x anyone else) shippers want to ignore the fact that Numbuhs 2 and 5 get married in the future, despite the fact that it had a little bit of foreshadowing.
  • At least a few Inspector Gadget fans pretend there was never an additional season that changed the voice cast and introduced Corporal Capeman.
  • Futurama:
    • Several fans do not count any of the episodes after "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" as canon and refuse to acknowledge the made-for-DVD movies and the Comedy Central episodes as canon. Then are a few who are more willing to accept the films but feel Into the Wild Green Yonder was the end of the series and none of the episodes after that are canon.
    • Some fans refuse to acknowledge that Calculon and Roberto were Killed Off for Real (even though there was an episode where Calculon is brought back to life, only to realize that no one wants him back and he ends up dying again after giving the best acting performance of his life, and Roberto randomly appeared in a minor role in the penultimate episode).
  • Daria:
    • Most fans hate the episode "Depth Takes a Holiday" so much to the point that fanfics have been written just to explain how it never happened and isn't canon. Granted, despite no All Just a Dream disclaimer at any point, the episode was probably never intended to be taken too seriously or intended to be canon.
    • The same with "Daria!", the Musical Episode. In both cases it largely has to do with the Bizarro Episode themes interfering with the show's general realism.
    • It's also best not to talk to any Daria fans about the episodes where Daria dates Tom after Tom breaks up with Jane. Or the episode where Daria has to choose between contacts and glasses ("Through a Lens Darkly"), due to how out-of-character it makes her.
  • Some longtime Xiaolin Showdown refuse to consider the sequel series Xiaolin Chronicles as canon due to network change, more comedic tones, changes to the names of many of the Shen Gon Wu magic items, retcons, extreme flanderization of the cast, inclusion of the new character Ping-Pong, lack of the original voice cast and production moving to Canada.
  • A very common situation for Eastern European Animation. A lot of the Soviet shorts series like Nu, Pogodi! were continued after USSR collapsed. In half the cases, these sequels are universally hated. In the other half, they are just as universally unknown.
  • Most fans of both Futurama and The Simpsons ignore the Cross Over special "Simpsonrama" for various reasons, like implying the Futurama universe is a Crapsack World.

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