"There was this one time, when I went to band camp..."
When something may or may not exist, but the series or its fans act like it definitely does.
of Fanon Discontinuity
and Canon Discontinuity
. See also Fiction Identity Postulate
Anime and Manga
- School Rumble only released the last three episodes of season three, but the rest happened. There's even a "previously on..." segment!
- The first season of Kujibiki Unbalance did this too, except only completely random episodes were released.
- Nextwave was planned to be in-continuity with the rest of the Marvel Universe then someone took their meds and realized just what Warren Ellis was writing and wisely placed it out-of-continuity. This has not stopped the Nextwave team members from remembering it and wearing their "uniform" in most subsequent appearances.
- There was initially some debate as to whether or not the Batman graphic novel The Killing Joke was in canon, even after Barbara Gordon began appearing in a wheelchair.
- A small example in Smallville: Clark and Chloe seems to be married in Lexmas, in the "perfect" dream world of Lex Luthor before the Dream Apocalypse. They are never outright stated to be husband and wife, but neither had Lex and Lana themselves been stated so. Shopping for a Christmas tree together then leaving arm in arm doesn't really leave much room for other explanations.
- While the episode "Black Market" of Battlestar Galactica is often treated as general Fanon Discontinuity, most fans tend to mix the difference: A black market exists in the Fleet. But nothing surrounding it involved an angsty Lee Adama.
- An obscure puppet show called Candle Cove ran back in the '70s. Some people keep saying they see nothing but static, or that the puppets were mind-rapingly terrifying. Pretty silly things to say about a cute, if poorly done, pirate adventure story.
- There's a hint in the script of Sherlock that while the title character is clean at the time of the show's setting, he has some sort of history of drug abuse. The fandom seems to have arrived at the consensus that the younger Sherlock was a mess, and at one point has overdosed to near-fatality - and that it was Mycroft Holmes who looked after him at this time. This is pretty reasonable, as old school Arthur Conan Doyle canon had him doing both cocaine and morphine, though he never seemed to (at least visibly) have a problem with addiction.
- Seemingly confirmed in "A Scandal in Belgravia", where after the supposed death of Irene Adler, both Mycroft and Watson take turns watching over Sherlock to stop him doing something stupid, making it appear very much like a suicide watch. As Mycroft makes a point of asking Watson if he's made sure he's checked his usual hiding spots, it's heavily implied that they're preventing Sherlock from abusing drugs.
- In The X-Files, fanon generally assumes that Diana Fowley is Mulder's ex-wife. This is never stated in canon and never fully explored. This assumption comes from the heavy implication that Diana Fowley and Mulder had a romantic relationship years before, and a scene from "Travelers" (set in 1990, during their partnership) shows Mulder wearing a wedding ring. No explanation is ever given for the wedding ring, leading to all sorts of fanon interpretation.
- No definite answer has ever been given for the fates of Morgana and Guinevere's respective mothers on Merlin. Neither has ever been seen on-screen, and it's assumed that both are deceased. Nothing has yet popped up to contradict that theory.
- Abed and Troy's favourite show on Community is a thinly-veiled parody of Doctor Who called Inspector Spacetime. See that blue link there? Yes, this entirely fictional show has its own TV Tropes page. And it's huge.
- Inverted in Neopets, where site staff and players alike have a Running Gag of claiming that Jelly World absolutely does not exist. That would just be silly.
- Cranking this trope Up to Eleven, 4chan members reminisce not only fave eps but the entire run of Saturday Morning Watchmen.
- Invader Zim was canceled just when it was beginning to really develop its own Myth Arc, and with incomplete episodes in various stages of production. The creators have discussed many of their plans in interviews and commentary, and the audio recordings and scripts of several episodes were released on DVD and the Internet, and as a result most fans consider them canon. So, if you ever wonder why so many people refer to a past "Tallest Miyuki" or assume Membrane grew Dib in a lab, go look that up.
- Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths was originally conceived as a bridge story set between Justice League and Justice League Unlimited explaining the changes between the two series, mainly the decision to expand the League past the initial seven heroes it started with. Though the final movie has a different art style and is meant to be in a new continuity on its own, all of the Continuity Nods to the DCAU remained. Many fans overlook the differences and just accept it as the story bridge it was meant to be.
- There's a lot of attempts to put various DC animated works into the DCAU, and to connect certain ones to certain others.
- Thanks to some familiar-looking, if unexplained, props, several fans of the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toon are absolutely convinced that a Shredder once fought in, and maybe even won, the Battle Nexus Tournament.
- For some time, various sites that listed episodes of TV shows had what could only be described as an alternate universe version of Street Sharks listed. Instead of the premise that actually aired (four brothers are mutated into shark/human hybrids by their father's evil assistant, and spend the rest of the series trying to force said assistant to tell them what he did with their father), the series was apparently about four unrelated teenage boys who were abducted and mutated by a Mad Scientist after said Mad Scientist lost funding for his experiments. While the same characters were listed, their roles were very different (Bends was a teen genius recruited in the second episode instead of their goofy friend from college, Jets is the son of a whaler instead of their classmate, Slobster is an escaped convict who's mutated instead of a lobster made humanoid, etc). Streex was described as The Hero instead of The Lancer and has a sister named Roxanne (apparently a female version of Rox) who later gets mutated. There were two seasons, with the last few episodes having the villains killed off in a motorcycle race and the characters being turned back into humans after a trip to an island that involves fighting a thief who stole magic gauntlets (that version of Killimari). No one has any clue where this version sprang up from and there's no evidence of it ever happening, but it was put up on multiple websites.