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     Avatar the Last Airbender 
Avatar The Last Airbender, due to largely its implied and All There in the Manual worldbuilding, has a lot of this, along with character interpretation.
  • A relatively less likely to be contested one is that Jet's Freedom Fighters all go by nicknames assigned by their leader Jet.
  • The idea that Kyoshi solved all her problems with violence and bathed in the blood of her enemies tends to be really common as well, all because she readily accepted responsibility for the death of Chin the Conqueror (and made it clear that she would have been willing to kill him, had he not fallen off a cliff) and counselled Aang to kill Ozai.
  • Some people still insist that bending ability and talent is a case of Lamarck Was Right and/or Superpowerful Genetics. This is despite the fact that Katara and Toph are the only benders in their families, there being a set of twins where only one was a bender, it being said that people first learned bending from non-human sources, and Word Of God speaking to the contrary several times, saying that bending manifests due to a mix of genetics, spirituality, and training.
    • There is a certain level of truth to this, in that at least this is what is believed to happen in-universe. According to Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search, the Fire Sages felt that the offspring of the Fire Nation Royal Family and Avatar Roku's descendants would produce powerful firebenders. The results were Zuko and Azula, the latter considered a success, the former a failure.
    • Technically, while Toph's parents are never shown earthbending, that doesn't mean that they aren't earthbenders. On the other hand, Toph learned earthbending from badgermoles anyway. In fact, the Original earthbending was learned from badgermoles, just as dragons taught firebending, air bison taught airbending, and the Moon inspired waterbending. Unless those people are somehow part animal (and part-moon), that would indicate it's not genetic. Yue, at least, demonstrates that someone can be, if not genetically, then spiritually part moon, and yet she's still not a waterbender.
  • It is widely accepted Fanon (for whatever reason) that Azula is 100% lesbian. She is show attempting, and failing, at heterosexual dating in-canon. Both of her "girlfriends", Mai and Ty Lee, are interested in boys. For some reason, everyone insists she's a flaming dyke.(Pun intended.) She's also a serial rapist, if you believe the fanon. Her victims include Mai, Ty Lee, Suki, Sokka and Zuko.
    • Any contention over Azula's sexual orientation will likely not be over whether she is into women, but whether she's also into men. This troper has never seen anyone try to argue that Azula is completely heterosexual.
    • Another Azula fan-theory getting passed around in some circles, possibly as a twisted spinoff of the above fanon, is that she has a strap-on that she calls "The Dragon of the South" (with which the aforementioned raping is done. This includes the men). Some fanworks go further and claim it's not really a strap-on...
    • It's pretty well accepted in the fandom that Azula and Ty Lee are actually together and the writers managed to sneak it under the radar, to the point where they are often listed as a canon pairing. This despite the fact that there is actually a scene in season 3 where Ty Lee gives Azula advice about flirting with boys, which Azula promptly puts into motion. That being said, there is a lot of subtext between the two (but then, Azula has subtext with everyone including her brother, and Ty Lee will flirt with just about anyone), it is pretty clear that Azula cares about Ty Lee more than she cares about anyone else, except for maybe Ozai, and Ty Lee seems absolutely devoted to Azula, up until The Boiling Rock. The fact that Azula's feelings toward Ty Lee later got a Word of St. Paul confirmation may have helped this particular theory along.
  • Going hand-in-hand with the above point, the idea that Ty Lee is bisexual has become quite well-accepted. She is not generally interpreted as a lesbian, probably because she is shown to clearly be interested in men on a relatively regular basis and even comes on to Sokka pretty heavily, but her behavior toward Azula is eyebrow-raising enough that it seems no one really thinks she's straight either, despite the gender of the person she is actually being shipped with. It doesn't hurt that she flirts with anyone and everyone.
  • When first introduced Toph and Aang were 12, Azula, Ty Lee, and Katara were 14, Sokka, Suki, and Mai were 15, and Zuko was 16, and by the end of the series about one year had passed. Any other exact ages are fanon, especially the insanity of how someone as Bishōnen as Ozai is Iroh's brother. There are actually siblings that are relatively close in age, yet look at least one generation apart in real life. Maybe Ozai is very particular about his appearance and Iroh just doesn't care? The answer is implied, but never stated, in canon. Ozai lived in luxury with his children. Iroh lived in warzones, where he lost his only son. Or more likely, their parents had Ozai later in life. It would explain the lack of closeness between him and Iroh as well.
  • A popular notion in fanfiction is that citizens of the Fire Nation worship the Sun Spirit as a god and call it Agni. Several factors contribute to this bit of Fanon: 1) As waterbenders are empowered by the moon, and the Northern Water Tribe worships the Moon Spirit, so firebenders are empowered by the sun, therefore it seems logical that the Fire Nation would worship a Sun Spirit. 2) Agni is the name of the god of fire in Hindu mythology, and the Fire Nation has a custom of firebending duels called "Agni-Kai." 3) You have to give Fire Nation characters something to say when they feel like swearing. This was later clarified. The original firebenders the Sun Warriors worshipped the sun as the source of firebending, but the Fire Nation forgot about the sun, and instead drew on personal rage and drive to fuel their firebending. No mention of a god named Agni has ever come up, but that's to be expected since the Avatarverse has spirits, but no mention of gods, and for the most part, mortals don't know the names of spirits either.
  • Zuko's season-one hairdo is called a "phoenix tail," apparently. Maybe because "ponytail" sounded too fun and perky. It does seem likely, as Sokka's ponytail is properly called a "warrior's wolf tail." On the other hand, the scene in which this is revealed makes it clear that the word "ponytail" does exist in their world.
  • Despite no one in the show has ever saying, "Oh, Spirits!" (or any variation thereupon) to express frustration, it's extremely common in fanfiction.
  • More and more fanfic writers are portraying Ozai as a coffee aficionado, in contrast to Iroh's famous love of tea.
  • Too many fanfic writers seem to believe that Toph only refers to people by nicknames, when in canon, she calls people by name in serious moments. In actuality, most of her nicknames ('Snoozles', 'Madame Fussy Britches' and 'Sweetness' to name a few) were just one-timers. 'Twinkletoes' is one nickname she actually stuck with, but if you believe the fanfic writers, this would be the only name that Toph ever knows Aang by. Popular Zuko nicknames seem to include 'Sparky' and 'Hothead'.
  • It's commonly agreed on by most fanfic writers that Ozai abused Azula as well as Zuko, physically, emotionally, sexually, or a combination of all three.
    • The physical abuse toward Zuko, as well as psychological abuse toward both Zuko and Azula, is actually canon. That being said, it is very difficult to find a fanfiction that goes into even a moderate amount of detail about Azula and Ozai's relationship and doesn't include sexual abuse.
  • Most fanfic authors also agree that Suki was tortured during her time at the Boiling Rock. This idea isn't unfounded. She was the leader of the group of warriors found in the company of the avatar's flying bison, so it makes sense that she might have some information on his whereabouts, and the guards at the Boiling Rock do torture prisoners for information in canon. However, some fans crank it Up to Eleven, taking Azula's infamous "favorite prisoner" comment to mean that Azula either raped Suki or had the guards rape her. Azula clearly intends to imply something along those lines, but many fans believe that she only made that remark to get a rise out of Sokka and none of it was true. Suki's behavior after her rescue doesn't seem to reflect that occurrence either.
  • The entire fandom seems to operate under the assumption that Azula was gunning for the throne the entire series. During the series, there is absolutely no evidence of this. If anything, there is evidence to the contrary. She brings Zuko back from Ba Sing Se with honor and then tries to help him not blow it, and she seems genuinely surprised when Ozai names her Fire Lord. The idea of Azula being after the throne was never even introduced into canon until The Search, and that wasn't until after she found out that Zuko might not really be Ozai's son.
  • For a mockery of all this, see The Ember Island Players.
  • Shippers from The Legend of Korra were quick to create the very common fanon that Asami likes Korra, not Mako. Some have even gone far enough to say she smashed into him with the purpose to meet Korra (though that's more typically Played for Laughs). As of the Grand Finale, the idea that, at some point, Asami did start liking Korra and not Mako is actually canon.
    • The idea that Kya is a lesbian is gaining a lot of traction. Some fans use this to ship with her with Lin. Others just like the idea. This is possibly a case of Ascended Fanon, since the creators have admitted that Kya is an LGBTQIA individual, along with Aiwei, Korra and Asami.
    • Similar to the above example, the idea that Kuvira is either a lesbian or bisexual has really spiked in popularity since the start of the fourth season. Bisexuality seems plausible, but the fact that she has a male fiance suggests that she is probably attracted to men.
    • The identity of the mother of Zuko's daughter hasn't been revealed, but fans almost always assume that it's Mai. This is probably in part because she was Zuko's only canon love interest in the original series who lasted longer than one episode, and in part because her only major rival shipping-wise is canonically paired with Aang. It does seem probable. Even though Mai broke up with Zuko in the comics, they are both shown to still love each other. Izumi's resemblance to Mai has not helped matters.
      • Eventually, Word Of God named her Izumi. Before that, one popular theory was that she would be "Ursa," after Zuko's beloved mother. Her main Fan Nickname, however, was "Honora." Obviously this was meant to be a joke on Zuko's obsession, but it became so popular that a lot of people actually wanted it to become Ascended Fanon. The name "Honora" eventually became so pervasive within the fandom that by the time her canon name was revealed, a large handful of presumably newer fans had no idea that "Honora" wasn't her actual name.
    • Many Korrasami shippers have come up with the theory that Asami was the one who commissioned that Republic City Park be renamed Avatar Korra Park and had the statute of Korra build. This is due to the fact that Asami helped redesign the city and therefore would be in a position to have this done.
      • Related to this is that Meelo was not the one who drew the picture of Korra but that he borrowed it from Asami who made it.
    • The idea that Baatar Jr. is Sokka's grandson seems to be accepted by most of the fandom, due to their uncanny resemblance. Tokka shippers tend to believe that Sokka is Su's father, despite the fact that this would mean he never claimed his daughter. Evidence used to support this is that Su has much darker skin than either her mother or sister, and in general, bears more of a resemblance to Kya than Lin or Toph. Sukka shippers think the two are related through Su's husband, Baatar Sr. Evidence usually used to support this is that Baatar sounds like Bato, the name of the man who guided Sokka through his coming-of-age ritual, with an Earth Nation spin, that Baatar Sr. is an engineer and , as far as we know, a non-bender, and that Baatar Jr. looks more like his father than his mother.
    • Regarding certain lousy evocative villains, as far as the fanbase is concerned: Zaheer is a fallen Air Acolyte, probably a vegetarian and/or Straight Edge Evil, and was completely single-target for P'Li from the day they met. P'Li was the Team Mom of the Red Lotus and a Big Eater. Ming-Hua was the group's healer and had an absolutely hellish childhood. And Ghazan was in love with Ming-Hua, although whether or not it was requited is a matter of debate; in fact, guessing that she was probably dead likely played into his decision to drop a cavern on himself.
     South Park 
South Park has, for the most part, relied little on continuity or world-building details, so fans have often tried to make their own sense of things.
  • About every third fanfic mentions Kyle's gorgeous green eyes. But on the show, his eyes are drawn as white ovals with black dots for pupils. Who knows what Matt and Trey would say if you asked them what color Kyle's eyes really are.
    • Kyle is, in fact, the only one of his friends whose eye color has not been mentioned. Stan has blue, and Kenny's are blue (originally hazel in a draft for "Bigger, Longer, and Uncut" note ). Cartman is usually speculated to have brown eyes, although some will also give him blue or hazel due to the fact that he harvested Kenny's eyes for his own sight at the end of "The Succubus" (although being that the show can rely on Negative Continuity, this detail may also be suspect).
      • Strangely, Japanese fanartists tend to give Kyle brown or reddish eyes rather then the green western fans go for.
      • Before Kyle's hair was revealed to be red (and in his "Jewfro"), a lot of fanarts went with giving him straight brown hair or even black hair like Stan's. Those that did give him curly hair like Matt Stone still didn't take it as far as the show did!
  • Most characters have a set fanon eye color. You'll rarely see Butters or Craig with any color other than blue, brown is the most common eye color for Tweek, both blue and brown eyes are extremely common for Clyde, etc.
  • It's fairly common to see fanart where Kyle is freckly, even though "Ginger Kids" specifically says that he's not.
  • Another part of fanon is that most of the cast is gay (not bi, though). Most of the boys, even Eric, have shown interest in girls on more then one occasion. Fanon never doubts that Butters is a flaming Camp Gay with a crush on either Cartman or Kenny. Besides Kenny and Stan, he may be the boy to have his sexuality stated most often. He's a Camp Straight.
    • In the case of Butters, it's not just Yaoi Fangirls who see him as gay. A few gay fans relate to Butters, and you can't blame them with their other options.
    • Fans are also really attached to the idea that Butter's "Majorine" alter-ego and Kenny's "Princess Kenny" makes them trans girls. In fact, when "The Cissy"note ), first came out, some fans were actually surprised that there wasn't a single mention of Princess Kenny.
  • Although Clyde's status as the "second fattest" kid was just a guess by Butters that Stan and Kyle jumped at for the chance of having a replacement to mock in Cartman's absence, there are fans that insist on drawing him just the least bit thicker than the other skinnier kids, or making him outright chubby, though with some muscle to contrast Cartman.
  • There are a lot of fanon names and relationships that have perpetuated and been mistaken for actual canon due to some fans' persistence. These include: Kevin Stoley note  and Esther note  being fraternal twins due to both having black hair and similar clothing color schemes, Craig's sister being named "Ruby", Kenny's mother being named "Carol" note , Kenny's sister being named "Karen" (which did eventually become Ascended Fanon), Craig's father and Skeeter (the town redneck) being brothers, Red being Craig's cousin (due to Skeeter once implying she was his daughter), and other assorted details that usually apply to secondary/background classmates or the boys' siblings.
  • Back in the pre-season 5 days of fandom, some fanfiction and sites assumed that Butters' real name was "Jim Swanson", due to him being referred to as "Swanson" in the "Conjoined Fetus Lady" script and episode, and a fan mishearing "Jill" (the character Butters was playing in the "Charlie's Angels" game in "Two Guys Naked In A Hot Tub") as "Jim". The Swanson name was put to rest when his surname of "Stotch" was revealed, though a later character named Jimmy did have the Swanson surname before the creators changed it to Valmer.
    • Another longstanding fanon was Kevin Stoley's surname beginning with a "C", based on mishearing his first canon name "Casey" as "K.C.". This lead to him being referred to as "Kevin C." in many fansites, though fans would rarely expand on what the C would stand for (although it would sometimes be "Charles" or "Chang", the latter to reinforce his Chinese heritage). "Kevin Mattrei" was also once used in fanfiction, but did not catch on for very long. Those who want to preserve the "C" have moved it to being Kevin's middle name, while keeping the Stoley surname.
    • Other fanfiction names that briefly were used and passed around included Kenny's mother being named "Peggy" (before "Carol" came into popularity) and Craig having "Nommel" as a surname. Before the male Goths were finally revealed, Michael was often named Ethan, Pete was Dylan, and Firkle was Georgie. The one-shot movie characters Christophe (aka "The Mole") and Gregory received the respective fanon surnames of DeLorne and Thorne from a fanfic, which wound up spread around for a few years.
  • Though an age difference (if any) was never given between the one-shot Cotswolds siblings in season 3, some fans have Rebecca as a year younger than Mark (making her technically a 2nd-grader when she appeared), or some will depict them as fraternal twins and Mark as the elder one. Kenny's brief girlfriend Kelly also has some fanon circulating about her, such as the surname "Nelson" note , or that Sally Darson from "Butters' Bottom Bitch" is her cousin or twin sister, due to their similar appearances.
  • Red note  had quite a few fanon names and characterizations before the show writers decided to utilize her more with the other girls. In particular an early Pip-centric writer or two had latched on to her being seen with Pip in "Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo" and "Summer Sucks" and called her "Biddy", after a character in Great Expectations (who had feelings for Pip). Others called her "Rachel" or "Mollie". Because she was either completely silent pre-season 6 or still didn't speak as much for a while after, she was a blank slate and portrayed as a silent stoic, an easily-frustrated foil to Wendy and Bebe, or more tomboyish. Some also latched on to the idea of portraying her as someone who has quite the lovers in aged-up fanworks, going off how the animators used to pair her off with Kevin for scenes, her angry jealous moment at seeing Rebecca Cotswolds flirt with Token in "Hooked On Monkey Fonics", and her being paired off with Annie in later background scenes.
  • Craig is often depicted as taller than the other boys, since he's drawn with longer legs. The physical in "T.M.I." also says he grew the most over the previous year.
     Other Cartoons 
  • Gadget And The Gadgetinis, a sequel of Inspector Gadget, inspired a fan to post information about a false third series called "Go Go Gadegetinis" on imdb.com and wikipedia. In this "show" Gadget is paired with a female Inspector Prince. In addition to providing an explanation for Penny's parents, they got in the crossfire between Gagdet and MAD and died, Dr. Claw is finally captured and Gadget and Prince are married at the end. The article on wikipedia still references this hoax.
  • Kim Possible
    • Fanwriters had long assumed that Kim's mother had the given name Anne, as her two brothers are named for her father's first and middle names, since "Anne" is Kim's middle name. In the last episode, Kim's mother is addressed as Annie by Uncle Slim, meaning in all likelihood this was right all along. The creators participated in a few online forums from time to time, and it's possible they made the decision to give her this name only after so many people asked about it.
    • The popular notion of feelings between Kim and Shego, be it one-sided or not. Then there's also the notion that Shego would become a teacher if she gave up her life of crime.
    • Another fan theory that has been prevalent in the fan-fics is that Ron is still receiving a percentage from Bueno Nacho, and that his parents had the foresight to set up a trust fund for him.
    • Shego's name was never shown but it's common for fans to call her "Sheila".

  • Code Lyoko
    • A lot of fanfiction has the story set in Boulogne-Billancourt, an area near Paris, France, because that's where the factory that the show's Factory was based off of once was. The name of the show's city has never actually been said.
    • In the Code Lyoko prose novels, the city is named "The City of The Iron Tower, France". Which can be assumed to be Paris... despite the strange terminology.
    • Another thing that's never really stated is that (most of) The Men in Black, who appear throughout the show, are from Project Carthage. It's probably pretty easy to assume, though. Franz Hopper working against PC... men in black suits show up to take him away...
    • Since the characters have really slanted eyes with little black dots as pupils, people keep creating fanon eye colors for them. Some characters have had eye colors animated — Aelita has been shown to have Green Eyes on multiple occasions, Ulrich sometimes has brown eyes in earlier episodes, and William('s clone) was shown to have dark blue eyes in one Season 4 episode. As for the rest, fans generally agree that Jérémie's eyes are light blue, Yumi's are some dark/black color, and Odd's are purple, green, or in some cases both. (CLE character models confirmed his eyes to be brown.)
    • Because Jérémie tends to spend more time working on programs for Lyoko than actually spending time with Aelita, fans assume she and his computer have an intense rivalry. She rarely calls him out on this in the series, and actually seems to accept it later.
    • The computer game that Mr. Delmas is sometimes seen playing is never named in the show, but has been dubbed "Penguin Recaptiatior 3000" by fans.
    • It's been stated in-universe that, after one is devirtualised, an extended period of time must pass before that person can be revirtualised. It's never explained why, but many fans suggest that going to and from Lyoko is an exhausting process, and being virtualised more than once in a short space of time could be dangerous. Another suggestion is that the Supercomputer has to recompile the Avatars after devirtualisation.
      • Word Of God answered this question in a french interview: the Lyoko-Warriors can't revirtualize because they are too exhausted by the experience and need to rest before going again. Code Lyoko: Evolution quantified the cooldown period as twelve hours.
    • Even though the heroes were initially never named in-universe, the fans have came up with two names for the team: Team Lyoko and Lyoko-Warriors. While the first was never used in the whole series, Lyoko-Warriors became Ascended Fanon starting with season 3.
      • Similarly, fans referred to William as a "Xana-Warrior" after he was turned into XANA's Dragon, though the term was never actually used in-story.
    • Although it is never directly stated, it is interpreted that hair of any color (such as Aelita and Anthea's pink and William's mother's green) is genetically possible in the Code Lyoko world, although colors other than black/brown/blonde/red are highly uncommon.
    • Franz Hopper's one dramatic gesture with his coffee cup has led fans to believe that he has a great love of coffee.
    • It's surprisingly common (or maybe not so surprising) for fanfic authors to make Ulrich's dad psychologically abusive despite there being no real evidence in-universe (and at least a couple of pieces of evidence against it: Ulrich only seems worried about disappointing his dad and is eventually shown to be completely unafraid of telling him where to stick it).
  • Winx Club: Tecna is often referred to as half-android, even though the only legitimate hint to such is a few throwaway lines in the non-4Kids dub of one scene in an S1 episode: "I've not been programmed for dating." "I'm going to go switch myself off now." (Goes off to sleep).
  • X-Men: Evolution:
    • A few fanfic writers made Rogue a fan of Anne Rice after seeing that she had a taste for vampire novels in the episode "Spykecam".
    • Some fanworks portray Kitty being a fan of both Twilight and Taylor Swift, due to her teenybopper personality.
    • Jean is often assumed to wear thongs, while everyone at one point is refferenced as wearing a thong in fanfics she's the only one consistantly described as wearing them, (Funnily enough, the only character 'confirmed' as wearing thongs is Rogue, as goes a piece of Artwork made by Evolution's head artist Steven E Gordon), and that her hair is dyed red, born from Tabitha's comment in one episode and the Fan Dumb wanting to insult her.
    • Kurt is assumed to cut himself in the darker more angsty fics who see him as a Sad Clown.
    • Bobby is almost always depicted as a prankster, despite not actually pulling any pranks in the show, crazy shinanigans, but no pranks.
    • Jubilee is often made into a tomboy, despite not even dressing like one (Wearing a feminine coat and boots) because of her status as One of the Boys (And possibly her appearence in the Tie In comics in which she appears to be quite sporty).
    • Tabitha being the girl who Really Gets Around because she flirts a lot (A part of the double standard the Fan Dumb has towards the girls of the show), but it may just be a case of them being in high school.
    • While it's a common fan-depiction for the character across other X-Men incarnations due to the idea of her absorption powers affecting her mental state, the Evolution incarnation of Rogue is the only one where the fandom idea of her being bisexual is usually portrayed as being a natural part of her personality rather than influence from her powers, though it's possible this might mostly stem from the Evo version's Goth/punk aesthetic and the stereotype of Goth girls as usually being bi.
  • Futurama: In fanfics, Fry's middle name is almost always James or John. Officially, it's "Jay", same as Homer Simpson.
  • Danny Phantom has some.
    • Most fans believe Paulina's last name is Sanchez, that Lancer's first name is William (after William Shakespeare), that Ghost Writer's name is really Devan (meaning poet), that Danny's middle name is James, and fans are divided as to whether Vlad has a ghost sense or not. Most people also believe that Ember's inspiration for RemEmber was a disloyal boyfriend.
    • The theory that one of Danny's ghost powers include faster healing. It does explain the Amusing Injuries.
    • For some reason, most of the fandom agrees that Tucker organised a massive school-wide (and sometimes city-wide) betting pool on when Danny and Sam would get together
  • Invader Zim
    • Anything about Irken mating is fanon. This includes various ideas, like that they lay eggs, males can become pregnant or, for that matter, that they mate at all, since from what one sees on the show it all seems to be done in a factory.
    • Dib and Gaz's last name is Membrane, since their father is "Professor Membrane." Word Of God says that Membrane is the Professor's first name; the creators didn't want to give Dib a last name.
    • Questions of Dib and Gaz's mom. There are two general theories on this: one is that they had a mom (usually a Mary Sue who looked a lot like Gaz) and that she died, often in some sort of lab accident. This can lead to angst for all the surviving family members, including Membrane (his workaholism is often linked to grief). The other theory is that Membrane created Dib as a lab experiment, a storyline Eric Trueheart claims they might have pursued if the show hadn't been cancelled. How Gaz fits into that theory is up to the fan to decide. A particularly common iteration is that Dib is a clone of Membrane, and often that Gaz is a clone of Membrane's deceased wife.
    • Many ZATR fans seem to assume that Zim and Tak knew each other before meeting on Earth; often this is taken so far as to make them best friends. Zim makes no sign of recognizing her when they meet on the show.
    • Word Of God on the subject of Zim's age is that he is "older than any human alive." Somehow this extremely open-ended time range has mutated into "150" (which is rather near the lower bound), but "16 in Irken years", significantly narrowing the gap between Zim and his main "rival", relatively speaking. Needless to say, the term "Irken years" never appears anywhere near anything coming from the official show or staff, but that hasn't stopped zealous fans from listing it as fact on Wikipedia.
    • Fans just about unanimously refer to the species from Vort as "Vortians," though the show actually refers to them as "Vorts." It is also quite common to claim that they are a species of scientists, which is never stated but rather plausible (Prisoner 777 and Lard Nar were both inventors and much of the Irkens' technology seems designed by willing or enslaved Vorts).
  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers, because of the relatively small size and inter-connectivity of its fanfic writing base, has a lot of solid fanon elements.
    • Giving Niko a surname, Dal'Ariel (Niko Dal'Ariel meaning "Niko, student of Ariel"). When Koch Vision sent out a press release regarding putting the series on DVD, they included the fanon surname. The fanbase then had to admit to Koch that it was "just" fanon.
    • Among GR's fanon: Doc wasn't always on the "right" side of the law, is a lapsed Catholic, and is the black sheep of a very wealthy family. Zach's father was a nasty drunk, and that he's closer to Eliza's family than he ever was his own. Niko's Doomed Hometown was destroyed because of anti-telepath prejudice. Also, fanon states that the Rangers are loved on frontier worlds, but barely tolerated on Earth.
  • The Real Ghostbusters has a bit of this. For example, it's generally accepted that Winston was in Nam and Egon makes great cocoa.
  • Total Drama Island:
    • Ezekiel gets a ton of this, since his personality was largely undeveloped before season three. Common elements include him being a great cook (canonically his parents are both Home Ec teachers) and that he hates taking off his hat (based on the fact that he never took it off on the show, at least until he turns into a gollum in season three).
    • Noah is gay, specifically for Cody, who in fanon is usually bisexual. Hey, it's not like the creators are doing anything to discourage this. Even fans who don't ship NoCo usually assume that Noah and Cody are close friends, mostly likely because they're both fan favorites and have enough similarities and differences to make good Foils. Seasons two and three seem to confirm the latter theory, portraying the two as amicable but also fond of making fun of each other.
    • It's commonly assumed that Courtney's parents push her very hard to succeed, as a way of explaining her very driven and occasionally unpleasant personality.
    • At one point during the "Team Gwen vs. Team Trent" war, someone on a forum suddenly declared themselves on "Team The Intern" (referring to the blond one) and it was soon noted that he looked sort of like Billy Idol. The fandom now knows him as Billy the Intern, to the point where it's been used on the show's official blog.
  • If it's a Spongebob Squarepants fanfic starring Squilliam Fancyson, expect him to be either quite sexually promiscuous or a god in bed. Possibly both. He's probably popular in Japan.
  • Phineas and Ferb
    • Any information about their missing biological parents is Fanon and unimportant as far as the creators are concerned. This includes the very interesting idea that Doofenshmirtz is Phineas' father.
    • Also their ages, though the non-canonical pilot episode says they're 9. The episode "Quantum Boogaloo" seems to imply they're 10, but Word Of God says this may not be exact. A common piece of fanon used to be that Ferb was older than Phineas, most likely because he's taller, has a deeper voice, is more subdued and actually expresses an interest in girls. Again, Word Of God discounted that, saying the two are the same age.
      • Not necessarily. They could have meant they were the same age in the legal sense. If you and your friend are only born, say, 2 weeks apart, the two of you will still legally be the same age, but whichever of you was born first is still older.
      • Since we've seen Phineas' birthday but not Ferb's, it's possible that Phineas is actually the slightly-older one.
    • Lots of fans believe that Ginger (the Asian Fireside Girl) is Stacy's little sister. This has actually been confirmed.
    • Contrary to popular belief, Baljeet's last name is Raj, not Patel (though it is his friend Mishti's surname last name).
    • It's also a popular theory, at least among Perry/Doofenshmirtz shippers, that Perry is afraid of thunderstorms.
  • General consensus for the fans of Jimmy Two-Shoes is that Miseryville is Hell or some other form of the afterlife. This was the original idea for the show that was scrapped by executives for being too hard to sell to distributors, and is never stated in the show itself , but with all the imagery people still accept it.
    • However, the possibility of the setting being Hell is a little difficult to swallow considering that Miseryville's populace solely consists of monsters. Fanon generally justifies the mysterious lack of humans with the theory that the demonic citizens are transformed from humans as part of their punishment. However, that still leaves the question of why Jimmy isn't a monster yet.
    • Heloise is the only other Miseryvillian who resembles a human but her true nature is ambiguous. Fanon says she is a human who also mysteriously ended up in Miseryville (like Jimmy) or actually a monster that looks human.(Half-serpentine demon is a popular one as we never see her feet.)
  • Archie of Class of the Titans is generally regarded to be a poet, and knowledgeable about such. This seemingly stems from the fact that he mentions having read some Greek poetry in his first appearance.
  • Teen Titans
    • A lot of fanfiction has Starfire referring to all her friends as "Friend *insert name here*" despite there never being evidence of her doing this in the show.
    • The fandom agrees that Jump City - where the show is set - is in California.
      • This was semi-confirmed in a promo video which advertised the third season and made the rounds at conventions in 2004. It previewed the "Titans East" storyline by showing a map of the US with the location of each team highlighted. The main team was clearly located in California, while the East team appeared to be in New York. The map never showed up on the show itself, though.
    • Robin is apparently an insomniac. Considering how obsessive he can get when hunting criminals, it's not too much of a stretch.
    • The Movie Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo had the fan assuming Raven was so violent toward Beast Boy because she was in her period.
      • Quite a bit about Raven actually: that she has a Hair-Trigger Temper, that she often responds to aggravation with bodily harm (the "throwing Beast Boy out of a window" bit is especially ubiquitous), that she can't smile for fear of her powers (even though she does so, while not all the time, fairly often in the show), that she can't show any emotion except for the aforementioned temper without her powers exploding (especially not true, as what makes her powers go out of control in the show is either an excessive amount or denial of her emotions, not showing them in general and, again, she shows a good range of emotion on the show) and a whole plethora of cliche Goth tropes are all taken as fact by the fanbase or fanfic writers despite no real proof from the show itself.
  • Some fan art for The Amazing World of Gumball depicts Penny as a doe with a removable peanut shell (It Makes Sense in Context). This was Jossed with the premiere of "the Shell".
  • The fandom of Daria, being fairly small and close-knit, tends to have some fairly standard fanon interpretations.
    • DeMartino is almost always a military veteran, having usually served in The Vietnam War.
    • Several of the Background characters have been given fanon names and personalities, some of which were based on actual production notes or semi-canonical materials (for example, when we see Mr. O'Neill's seating chart in one episode).
    • It is often assumed that Tiffany is adopted, since she is Asian but has the surname "Blum-Deckler."
    • Jake's side of the family, as well as Tiffany, are often presumed to be Jewish due to their surnames. Word Of God says he intended "Morgendorffer" to sound German rather than Jewish. For what it's worth we see once that they own Christmas decorations.
  • In Goof Troop canon, 'Black' Pete is an extremely strict, psychologically abusive father to his son PJ, with a relationship based on fear and control, and PJ can't wait to move out of his dad's house. This is especially obvious when compared with Goofy's lighter, more open approach to fatherhood. Despite this, there has been no evidence that Pete is physically abusive. In fanon, on the other hand, it's generally accepted that he is to some degree, though some think he sparingly uses this method while others think he does it frequently.
  • In Young Justice fanfics, it seems to be quite common to assume that Wally's parents are abusive. While this is true in other continuities, their few appearances (in the show and tie-in comic) and Word Of God discount this theory. Which is probably for purposes of contrast: Wally's co-stars have dead parents (Robin), supervillain parents (Aqualad, Artemis, Superboy), parents living on another planet (Miss Martian), and overprotective parents who have been possessed by the Helmet of Fate (Zatanna). Wally is the only member of the team to have a demonstrably stable, mundane home life with a boring nuclear family.
  • M.A.S.K fandom tens to put Brad Turner and Vanessa Warfield together thanks to thier clear chemistry in the episode "Cliff-Hanger". One fan even theorized that Vanessa was secretly working with M.A.S.K for much of the racing series and was slowly turning against V.E.N.O.M.
  • In the Making Fiends fandom it's most common to make Vendetta a Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette and Charlotte a Dumb Blonde. In canon they're both green and blue respectively. Fanon also typically make Charlotte an orphan; in canon Charlotte's parents are said to "be in space" however it is implied, though never confirmed, that they died.
    • A common fanon theory is that "Vendetta" isn't her real name. Most will go with Violet, after her mother Violeta (but never Viktoria, which would work better since it's a common Bulgarian girl's name, and makes her named after her father Viktor.)
  • A good majority of the Ed, Edd n Eddy fandom has accepted Edd as being a blond and Eddy as being a raven; in the cartoon only Ed has an confirmed hair color (red).
    • For fan-artists who draw the Edd's in the shows style, it's most common for an older Edd to be drawn with long black hair; if not black then brown, but never blond.
  • In Adventure Time, the Rule 63 world is sometimes referred to as "the Land of Aaa," even though the "Fionna and Cake" episode still uses "Ooo."
    • Generally people assume that facts about the normal world carry over to its gender bent counterpart—for example, that the Ice Queen knew Marshal Lee during the Mushroom War. However, many fans depict the Ice Queen not as a female version of Simon Petrikov, but as his fiancée Betty, suggesting that in this world his "gag" was putting the crown on her instead of himself.
    • For a long time fans assumed that the Lich was the cause of the Mushroom War; however, the season five opener implies that he was actually created by the war.
    • Most fanartists who draw Finn in a realistic or Animesque style ignore that he has bad teeth, he's a bit pudgy, and his hat is made from a bear's head; instead drawing him as a Bishōnen with normal features, perfect teeth and a fluffy fabric hat (or none at all).
      • It's also interesting to note that fanart usually shows some of his hair sticking out from under his hat, which only occasionally happens on the show. (This was popular even back when his hair color was only known through Word Of God.)
    • Doctor Princess is said to resemble Betty, leading to speculation that they might be the same person (this was Jossed by Word Of God).
  • Ever since the first real Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers fanfic Rhyme And Reason was released in 1996, Chip's last name has been Maplewood, and Dale's last name has been Oakmont. In the show itself, none of the Rangers has a canonical last name, even Gadget's supposed family name Hackwrench can only be deduced from her father's name Geegaw Hackwrench, but the name "Gadget Hackwrench" is never said nor written in any episode.
    • Fan Fiction frequently makes Gadget a caffeine addict.
    • Of Mice And Mayhem was the first story to make Tammy a nurse. This stuck with the fans.
    • This is more common with the main Disney Chip and Dale, than this incarnation of them, but the two are seen as siblings (usually twins). In canon their relationship is unknown other than they're close friends.
  • Many Animaniacs fans will swear up and down that Yakko is left-handed and lactose intolerant with plenty of evidence to support the contrary (he's at most ambidextrous, and there were plenty of times he ingested dairy with no ill effects). Less accepted is that Wakko is hypoglycemic. The evidence is that he said it, but if that were true that would mean that every other thing else they've said is true, including things like the Warners literally, actually being Dr. Seuss knockoffs when they're just actors. The "just actors" thing seems to slip everyone's minds, including people that should know better. It's fine in moderation, but infuriating when people won't accept the evidence that's right in front of their face. Even worse is the fact that all three of these pieces of fanon came from ONE OBSERVATION of each, two of them throwaway gags (the two endocrine disorders). You know, For Science!
  • Even with being gag-oriented and having Negative Continuity that usually means there's no solid canon to go by (or perhaps because of this), Superjail! has collected some fanon over the years:
    • The Warden doesn't seem to have any other name (that we know anyway), but there are fans that will insist on naming him "David", after his voice actor David Wain (who he was modeled after).
    • Most characters don't have their eye colors depicted (except for in some shots or close ups), but there are fanartists that like going with the idea of Warden having Purple Eyes to accentuate his unusual nature.
    • Jared's assumed to have been abused by his parents as a child or that he was adopted, to add to the idea that his entire life has been filled with incidents of horrible luck.
    • Lord Stingray appears to be a white human male beneath his suit in "Stingstress" (although he never takes off his mask), although a fanon concept known as "Lord Beast Ray" was previously popularized by a Stingray roleplayer and other fanartists. Instead of being a man, Stingray was depicted as a yellow-skinned mutant creature with a face exactly the same as his mask, and spikes protruding from his back. Even after the show's reveal, Beast Ray continues to pop up here and there in fanworks.
      • Other fanon about his unmasked appearance has him as either a wicked and attractive blond man with sharp teeth, or as an evil doppelganger of the Warden with RED glasses, spiked black hair, and the sharp teeth.
    • There's the assumption and theory by some fan authors that the Warden or Mistress (or both) may secretly have feelings for the other. And then there are those who theorize that the two are actually long-lost siblings who never got to know each other (and thus making that time they slept together to be even more dysfunctional).
    • Based off the mind screw ending to "Terrorarium", there were fans that assumed the Twins to be part of a completely identical species and that they might not be brothers, either that or that they were only two of MANY brothers. The fake flashback in "Hot Chick" (to illustrate their lie about their past) seemed to play with the idea, but it was ultimately Jossed in season 3, where the Twins were revealed to be the younger siblings to a group of Triplets, and the five apparently being the only children of their overlord father.
    • Though it was never specified who exactly birthed Jacknife's illegitimate son, the popular fanon is that it was Lady Jacknife from "Stingstress". This is also coupled with the idea that she could be related to him in some way.
  • The Nickelodeon Fanon Wiki is, in a nutshell, a fanon wiki dedicated to Nickelodeon
  • Codename: Kids Next Door fans are quite likely to emphasize Kuki's Stepford Smiler traits as she grows, even having her be depressed as a teen.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • Utonium is typically half-White, half-Asian. Some fans even make him related to Samurai Jack since they look similar.
    • Quite a few fans think the girls see Ms Bellum as a maternal figure, though Utonium is still shipped with Keane more.
    • There are disproportionate amount of fanfics about the characters as teens however there's quite a bit of fanon, especially in Dark Fic's, that they cannot age due to being Artificial Human's. Other side-effects include being immortal and (especially in Blossom's case) being very precocious to the point of Creepy Child degrees.
    • Fans ignore the fact the Powerpuffs literally have no fingers, toes, or noses.
    • Buttercup is given an individual superpower, much like Blossum's ice breath.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Depictions of Steven as a teenager, and especially as an adult, tend to have him with long hair.
    • Lars as a transsexual boy is a common fanon.
    • In the episode "The Return", a tall woman appears next to Sadie, while having a striking resemblance to her. Because of this, some fans have accepted that she is Sadie's mom. She appears later again in the episode "Love Letters", given the name Barb.
    • In the episode "Story for Steven", Marty comes out of Greg's van with a lady named Vidalia. Due to Marty looking quite a lot like Sour Cream and the fact that "Vidalia" is the name of a type of onion, fans have theorized that Vidalia is the mom/stepmom of Sour Cream/Onion respectively.


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