Discontinuity / Western Animation

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Don't worry, Brain. The fans "deeply resent this" as well.

"You watched it. You can't unwatch it!"
—- Futurama

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.
  • 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 some 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.
  • Besides the authors and artists wanting to make more angsty works, it's damn near impossible to find a Big Hero 6 fan who doesn't ignore or deny the fact that Tadashi dies fairly early on in the film. This isn't an example of the event supposedly ruining the film, but because the character in question is quite popular and there are a lot of people who would've preferred them to live, no matter how unlikely the circumstances.
  • The canonicity of The Lion King 1 1/2 is highly debatable amongst fans of The Lion King.

    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: It can be split in several places, such as:
    • 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.
    • Gwen fans were especially pissed at her new design. While some fans think it fits her ten year old self far better than her Alien Force design a majority consider it ugly. While others were more angered that it felt like a back-pedal in her maturity since her first teenage design was featured at the start of the series and there was no in-universe explanation for the change other then trying to appeal more to the original series, by which point it was way too late for that since audiences were used to her teenage design (keep in mind Omniverse is set around the point she's grown up enough to go to college, though she is the same age as Ben).
    • 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.
    • Some Omniverse fans don't consider the following six story arcs as canon since they feel like that the villains that were introduced (or in the case of the Incurseans, reintroduced) after Khyber and Malware were not as good as the two.
    • Fans of Helen, Manny and Alan would disregard the twist in the Rooters story arc that they were actually humans who were experimented with alien powers than being Half-Human Hybrids. Fans who liked Kevin as a good guy would also disregard the controversial Retcon in which his father was never a Plumber as canon.
    • Other Omniverse fans don't consider some parts of Alien Force and Ultimate Alien as canon.
    • Benlie shippers would consider the confirmation that Ben and Kai became the Official Couple in the end of the series as non-canon. Even Ben/Ester shippers disregard it as well.
    • There are some that consider all four series as canon.
    • Several The Secret Saturdays fans would consider the crossover episode "TGIS" as non-canon.
  • 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.
  • Fans of The Fairly OddParents are divided on when the series began to suck, and therefore on which seasons to consider Discontinuity. The most common places are listed below:
    • Most fans ignore everything after Poof’s birth, at the very beginning of Season 6, since the show is generally viewed as suffering from Seasonal Rot after this point. The fact that the season before it was originally intended to be the last season before Nickelodeon decided to uncancel the show is a major contributing factor to this, with many fans believing it should just have been allowed to end there as planned. Note that it’s equally likely for any given fan to either actually like Poof and start the Discontinuity after he’s born (sometimes with Broad Strokes to the actual special), or to ignore everything after the end of Season 5, including Poof.
    • Even Poof fans hate Sparky, Timmy's new magical talking fairy dog. There's also a new girl named Chloe Carmichael appearing in the tenth season (and Sparky and Poof vanishing without explanation) and fans are not pleased. Instead of bringing back fan-favorites, they're demoting almost everyone to extras (including characters like Trixie and Tootie) and creating new ones to spice up the show.
    • Some fans go even further, and ignore everything after the Channel Chasers special in Season 4. The reason given is usually that the special’s Distant Finale (in which Timmy is an adult and doesn’t remember ever having fairy godparents but looks back on his childhood fondly, while his children now have Cosmo and Wanda) is somehow cheapened by there being later episodes. Another reason is that soon afterward, and continuing for much of Season 5, Timmy was derailed into a completely selfish and unlikeable Jerk Ass, and the rest of the cast are also perceived as having suffered Flanderization as well.
    • For a time after the last part of the Wishology trilogy aired during Season 7, many fans ignored the last few minutes (in which Jorgen erases the memories of the events from anyone who isn’t Timmy or his fairies) and treated the special as the Grand Finale, with Timmy’s fairies becoming public knowledge. This fell by the wayside after the fanbase became more aware that the writers never intended for the special to be any sort of series finale.
    • The fanbase is all but unanimous in disregarding the live-action television movies, featuring an adult Timmy who is still inexplicably in fifth gradenote  and still has his godparents, because of the inherent Idiot Plot, wasting the plots that aren’t idiotic, and, as of the third movie, contradicting the ending of the beloved Channel Chasers special.
    • Aside from ignoring entire seasons, fans are adamant that the Season 5 episode “It’s A Wishful Life” never happened, on account of being nothing more than one eleven-minute long Take That and Humiliation Conga towards Timmy, who is told that he is directly responsible for every bad thing that has happened in his friends’ and family members’ lives, (even the ones for which his involvement would make no sense) and that it would be better if he were never born. Since the episode could theoretically be interpreted as having a pro-suicide message, it is not at all surprising that the network and the writers themselves agree with the fans on this one, and rarely if ever air the episode in reruns.
  • 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 1UP.com 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 a 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. It's been hinted that this meddling is what forced Lauren to quit.
      • 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 Alicornnote ).
      • "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.
    • 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.
    • The same large portion of the fans pretends "Princess Spike" never happened for pretty much the exact same plot as "Just For Sidekicks", with the only difference being that Spike was taking blows due to just doing his job and a good dose of Idiot Plot as opposed to the Laser-Guided Karma he took in "Just For Sidekicks".
    • Equestria Girls got this from a large chunk of the fanbase for turning the young adult ponies into teenage humanoids and placing them in a High School A.U. 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, part of what's seen as a Romantic Plot Tumor by many, 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.
    • Most bronies pretend "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well" never happened due to how badly it handled it's lesson on humility and how every character in that episode were uncharacteristically complete jerks.
    • The first episode of Season 4, "Princess Twilight Sparkle" has had some contentious developments. "Part 1" reveals the entire series up until that point has taken place within a year, which lead to such Continuity Snarls and broke Willing Suspension of Disbelief over so much happening in so little time that most keep assuming it took palace over several years. "Part 2" for showing the confrontation between Princess Celestia and Nightmare Moon was over in minutes and before the latter did anything worse then briefly KO Celestia. Many ignore this since Nightmare Moon's in-universe infamy and Princess Luna's guilt over it no longer makes sense, in light of their doing so little, as parodied here.
      Luna: I created the Tantabus to punish myself for everything that I had done as Nightmare Moon...
      Twilight: Princess Luna! You were Nightmare Moon for like, an hour. You barely hurt anypony...
      Luna: Everything that I've done!
    • 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.
    • Many fans saw Applejack's stetson as something of a Tragic Keepsake, with plenty thinking of it as perhaps a hat that belonged to her father or mother (both characters heavily implied to have passed away) hat was handed down to her. She's always seen wearing it, and many fanart or fics had been produced with taking their own special spin on the sentimental value behind it. Then came an episode which showed Applejack to have an entire closet full of identical hats which promptly Jossed all of that. Quite a lot of people have chosen to ignore it to keep the idea that only one hat exists... or at least, as of the end of Made In Manehattan, existed.
  • My Little Pony:
    • 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 'n Friends in exchange for her My Little Pony TV Specials version, most specifically the Rescue from Midnight Castle one.
    • Fans also easily "forget" that Megan has siblings, especially Molly.
    • Core 7 and especially "G3.5" is generally regarded as never happening. It completely changed the character of Rainbow Dash (along with scrapping her British accent) and removed every pony besides seven (thus the Fan Nickname "Core 7"). G3.5 is regarded as an ugly transition period between G3 and G4 that is ignored by everyone. The only positive aspect is Toola Roola, who is a mild Ensemble Darkhorse.
    • My Little Pony Tales is hated by many for being so weird compared to other series. It's essentially a normal preteen girl aimed slice of life series.. With talking ponies. It's hated for being too anthropomorphic. It does have a following but is largely seen as a black sheep,
    • My Little Pony G3 is often hated by G1 fans. While the toys are loved for going back to form compared to G2, the cartoon adaptations are the issue. They're considered too saccharine and are disliked for having no antagonists.
  • 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 make strong characters ACTUALLY strong...
  • 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 very funny, added nothing to his/her character, and was more a Writer on Board moment (on a very polarizing issue) 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 harshest Kyle-bashing ever and Cartman getting away scot-free.
    • Many fans despised the episode "Eat, Pray, Queef" for its one-note fart joke Terrence and Phillip B-plot, and the utterly stupid and surprisingly dramatic male guilt A-plot.
    • Many fans like to forget that Kenny was ever Killed Off for Real and Butters/Tweak became his replacements. A decision so unpopular that Trey Parker and Matt Stone retconned it after one season and never spoke of it again.
  • 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.
  • The Powerpuff Girls
    • Many fans of the series 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.
    • Even before that, most fans of the series wish that the episode, Town and Out never happened, owing to the absolutely sadistic treatment of the Powerpuff Girls after being forced to move to a city full of horrible people.
    • The Teenager flash back in "The City of Clipsville"? NEVER HAPPENED. Almost all teenage versions of the characters ignore it. Though, even in episode, it is only of dubious accuracy and is arguably a parody if anything.
    • Longtime fans of the original would pretend that the 2016 reboot never existed.
  • 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. Said fans were further enraged when Batman Beyond 2.0 #28 and 29 spelled out how it went down.
    • And now this unfortunate pairing has taken an animated film that the fandom has been eagerly awaiting and has instantly turned it into something despied.
  • 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 8 premiere) and sometimes for "Blue Harvest" (the first Star Wars parody).
    • 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 3½"note  – are ones that 1999-2002 era fans don't want to remember, whereas others consider it part of the show's prime.
    • Fans tend to 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 and 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 – ripped the show's already-tattered fanbase to shreds. Alternatively, some fans, primarily those who view Brian as The Scrappy, feel that Brian stayed dead after "Life of Brian" and Vinnie stayed with the Griffin family for good.
    • 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 most of 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. Several subsequent episodes have made self-effacing Take That jokes about the preposterousness of the plot as well.
    • 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.
    • Also "Viva Ned Flanders", with its portrayal as Ned as 60 has since been ignored - with Ned's previous background as the son of beatniks being retained.
    • "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," on the other hand, 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 MacFarlane 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.
    • "Lisa Goes Gaga" esentially played out like a Simpsons-Lady Gaga crossover fanfiction. While there have episodes with celebrity guest stars before on the show, this was literally 20 minutes of nothing but Lady Gaga having her ass kissed, which may have been great for her fans, but not to people who aren't really into her music. It's especially grating when you consider that some of the other famous iconic guest stars on the show like Paul McCartney, Elizabeth Taylor, or Kirk Douglas, only appeared in small cameo roles or parts that only took up one-third of the episode's plot. The episode rehashed a lot of jokes about Lady Gaga that have been done before (and done better elsewhere) and received some backlash from fans.
    • Ned Flanders getting married to Edna Krabappel is seen by some fans as another Jumped the Shark moment in the series history.
    • Little Orphan Millie, due to Milhouse's parents getting back together when their divorce was considered by many to be Character Development for their son.
    • Some fans don't consider any of the permanent character deaths to be canon. This includes the death of Maude in "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily", Snowball II in "I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot", Fat Tony in "Donnie Fatso", and Edna Krabappel after Marcia Wallace's own death. With some of these deaths, the narrative pretends they never happened either.
    • Comic Book Guy getting married to a Japanese woman after he acted like a disgusting Mighty Whitey was highly disliked due to it portraying Asian fetisihism in a positive light.
    • Bart, Lisa and Maggie were always considered special for being the three Simpsons kids but "Adventures in Baby-Getting" reveals that Homer donated his sperm and now has a massive number of offspring mothered by other women in the world. In the same episode Homer says he never wanted to be a father which contradicts how much he enjoyed being a father in classic seasons. It is also downright nonsensical that he would donate his genetic material to a sperm bank but not ever want children.
    • "Gorgeous Grampa" included an offensive caricature of transgender people, Marge hoping grampa is gay so she can look more progressive, a Storage Wars parody, and a major Series Continuity Error by presenting Mr. Burns as a fan of Abraham. It was established in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish" that the two were mortal enemies since WWII.
  • 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 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 premiere, 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 often reviled and 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.
    • 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. Others will include Season 4 as a whole in the discontinuity, but make an exception for "Dunces and Dragons",and sometimes "Krusty Towers", which tend to be considered the best episodes of the season, and every bit as good as the pre-movie episodes. In fact, Krusty Towers was originally intended to be in Season 3, which is considered the best season.
    • 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. Even fans of post-Movie SpongeBob hates this episode.
    • Similarly, the fans think that Mr. Krabs is at his worst 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. Again, good luck finding anyone, even the post-Movie fans, who will defend this episode.
  • 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.
    • Funnily enough the only Total Drama property that seems to have averted this is Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race which, though technically a Spin-Off, has been embraced be the fanbase as a return to form for the series.
      • That said, there are still fans who ignore it for feeling less like an actual spinoff and more like another (bad) season of the show.
  • 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. Some aspects of Spock's childhood that were portrayed in Yesteryear were established in the TOS episode, "Journey to Babel".
  • 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.
    • Ember's canon backstory is sad but there are fans that listen to "Remember" and can't see it being that way. Many fans prefer to imagine Ember committed suicide after having a one-night stand with a boy who ignored her afterwards.
  • 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 former was actually acknowledged in "The Ember Island Players" where the actors recreating the Avatar's travels just briefly mention the Great Divide before deciding to just fly over it.
    • The Sequel Series, The Legend of Korra, has a very mixed reception. It was first billed as a quick mini-series, then a single season, then multi-seasons ALL DURING PRE-PRODUCTION. Some see it as a faithful follow-up to the original series but many others do not. Fans take issue 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, and the characters being less compelling overall. There are some groups that deny the entire series exists, because it contradicts the established canon of ATLA, their ships from the original series were officially sunk, and it is just plain written poorly when compared to the original series.
    • 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.
    • Other fans dislike Aang's supposed neglect of Kya and Bumi to teach Tenzin more about the Air Nomads, feeling that it clashed with his established personality too much.
    • The entire third season is sometimes treated as non-canon because it is full of filler and the pacing is all over the place. Many plots that Bryke said they would explore such as Kuzon's backstory and Combustion Man's identity were never touched upon at all. The ending is also highly controversial within the fandom.
  • 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.
    • Aside from people who actually ship them, Drakken and Shego hooking up in the finale is generally ignored.
    • Some Kigo or Ron/Yori shippers would disregard Ron and Kim as an Official Couple.
  • 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. TFWiki.net has a good article on "Personal Canon".
  • Teen Titans:
    • The 5th season 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 Animated Universe itself, not caring for any Continuity Snarls.
    • Word of God is Beast Boy and Raven are Like Brother and Sister. Finding any fanworks that actually believe this - unless the creator ships them both with someone else - is an extremely difficult task. At minimum people see one or the other having a crush on the other. A similar thing happened with Cyborg and Bumblebee, who aren't supposed to seem romantic but end up seeming that way.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • Some fans like to pretend Scrappy Doo does not exist. Cartoon Network tends to acknowledge 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.
    • Many fans of Zombie Island ignore Cyber Chase, Alien Invaders, and The Witch's Ghost (Hex Girls aside) as they're Lighter and Softer. Even some people who like them put them in a different continuity from ''Zombie Island'.'
    • 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 three:
      • 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
    • 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. Same with "Rugrats Pre-School Daze", which was such a flop that only four episodes were produced.
  • 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 Crossover special "Simpsonrama" for various reasons, like implying the Futurama universe is a Crapsack World Bad Future.
  • Some fans of the Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon explicitly refuse to watch anything after the show's first season, where Joshua Sternin and J.R. Ventimilia, two of the show's original three co-creators as well as head writers, left and took the rest of the regular writers from the first season with them. Even several fans who are more forgiving of the second season and up intentionally ignore many of the more controversial changes in the later episodes and do not accept them as canon, such as April being revealed to be a half-Kraang alien the entire time, Irma being a Kraang in disguise or Karai becoming a snake mutant.
  • Fans of Hey Arnold! utterly despise the episode "Arnold Betrays Iggy", where Arnold is unfairly punished and tormented for humiliating his friend Iggy when in reality it was the fault of their friends Sid and Stinky, who get zero comeuppance for any of their actions. The show's staff and its creator Craig Bartlett sympathized with the fans and apologized for the episode, so much so that the episode is almost never rerun anymore, and Iggy himself largely removed from the series. Fans would also prefer to pretend that the fourth graders never had Gerald Field stolen from them in New Bully on the Block.
  • Insofar as the Looney Tunes can be considered "canonical", many fans like to pretend that the cartoons made from late 1964 until 1969 don't exist. These cartoons started with the double whammy of Daffy and Speedy being paired together (with Daffy being made into an unlikeable jerk) and a series of dull Roadrunner shorts. And then WB introduced some random new characters like Cool Cat and Merlin The Magic Mouse plus several one-shots, none of which had any staying power whatsoever.
  • Fans of The Real Ghostbusters tend to treat the Slimer and The Real Ghostbusters seasons as a to-be-ignored spin-off, rather than a continuation of the series.
    • Some fans will only watch the first two seasons and refuse to watch any others, due to Lorenzo Music being replaced as Peter Venkman by Dave Coulier after Season Two.
  • Young Justice: Due to the Time Skip, change in cast, character deaths, and multiple dropped plot threads, some fans like to pretend the entire second season never happened. Even the fans who like the second season tend to prefer the idea that Wally didn't actually die in "Endgame", although the actual means by which he survived varies depending on who you talk to.
  • Jem:
    • "The Day The Music Died" is generally ignored for its continuity errors and generally being a Bizarro Episode.
    • The fact The Misfis abandon Clash gets conveniently ignored in many fanworks.
    • Fanworks often mention the characters dyeing their hair when in canon it's natural.
    • Clash having purple hair tends to get ignored because she looked better with her original hair, even if it wasn't doll accurate.
  • Fans of the Mario cartoons are like this. Some fans of Super Show disregard the sequel series (one being disliked for the Koopa Kids and mostly taking place in the human world, the other for the cave man theme), others acknowledge the first two and ignore the third. Some acknowledge all three. Universally though, the re-cutClub Mario version of the Super Show is regarded as never existing.
  • The Lion Guard a sequel to The Lion King, has sparked continuity issues. It acts as a midquel to the second movie, seeming like it's trying to cram as much into The Lion King 2's time gap as it possibly can while adding more magical elements not previously seen in the franchise. (Apparently lion cubs can acquire deadly roars from clouds in the sky now.) Disputes over the canonicity of this happen on a regular basis within the fandom. Early on, some fans even thought the show was going to write The Lion King II out of canon completely.
  • There's a handful of American Dad!! fans who like to pretend Hayley and Jeff getting married never happened, as they feel it ruined her as a character.

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