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->'''Queen Serenity:''' Remember Fiore?\\
'''Sailor Moon:''' Yes! Yes I do! And I seem to be the only one who does!\\
'''Queen Serenity:''' Well you see, there's the [[SeriesFranchise series]], and then there's the [[NonSerialMovie movies]] and the movies are a whole other continuity, honey.\\
'''Sailor Moon:''' W-what?! What are you talking about?\\
'''Queen Serenity:''' The movies. The whole thing with the Kissenian Blossom, and Fiore, and your future child? It's all just a whole other continuity.
-->-- ''WebVideo/SailorMoonAbridged''

{{Continuity}} is a confusing thing. Sometimes when adapting a work, writers will scrap previous continuity and write a new continuity either disregarding the old one, or painting continuity in BroadStrokes. The result is an '''Alternate Continuity''' -- a story that is no less "official" than the original, but which cannot be reconciled with it with regards to {{backstory}} or {{canon}}. It effectively lives in a different universe. Sometimes this forms the basis of a SeriesFranchise.

{{Anime}} in particular has several diverse distribution paths in Japan, depending on its format -- motion pictures in theaters, {{OVA}}s in direct-to-consumer sales, and 26+ episode-long series on television. It is not uncommon for an anime to transfer from one distribution path/format to another. This is most frequently seen in shows that enjoy great success as [=OVAs=]; they jump to broadcast, and what was once effectively a miniseries becomes a story it takes an entire season to tell. Alternately, a successful series can become a movie.

When such a move is made, it's common for the story to simply be retold in the new medium, often with radical changes in both plot and characterization, creating an Alternate Continuity.

Oftentimes, an Alternate Continuity is unintentionally started when a show based on an unfinished series of a different medium runs out of material, as in OvertookTheManga.

Sometimes an Alternate Continuity is the occasion for AdaptationDecay, which means the gradual change (not necessarily ''bad'', just change) in the themes and characters of the original. See also {{Elseworld}} and CanonDiscontinuity.

One of the meta-causes of AlternateUniverse.

When a show's writers make the Alternate Continuity their new "main" Continuity while discarding the old one, it becomes a ContinuityReboot. If the Alternate Continuity and the regular one share backstory and diverge from each other at some point, that's generally an AlternateTimeline.

This is different from an AlternateUniverse in that outside of [[{{CrossOver}} crossovers]] and WhatIf scenarios, they generally ''don't'' interact with the "main" universe. However, in some circumstances an Alternate Continuity can ''become'' an AlternateUniverse if the characters crossover.

Note that this trope is specifically about changes in continuity moving from medium to medium, or after a ContinuityReboot. See also TheMovie, UltimateUniverse (a [[SubTrope sub-trope]] of this), CanonImmigrant and SeriesFranchise. When FanFic attempts to weld two or more of these into a single story, it's called PatchworkFic.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'' was an OVA series that became ''El-Hazard: Wanderers'' on TV. In the process, most of the relationships Makoto had with the women in his life were altered dramatically, with his primary romantic interest shifting from Ifurita (who has only an InNameOnly counterpart in the TV continuity) to Princess Rune Venus (who's significantly younger than in the OVA so as to match Makoto's age). Later, a second OVA series based on the first was produced that continued the plot, but introduced several new characters and a new "ultimate weapon of doom". That success was then followed with a 12-episode TV series which pulled a OrWasItADream? at the end. A final special was released for the TV series, the required BeachEpisode.
* ''Manga/HaouAiren'': The CD drama, where Hakuron survives. Apparently, had he lived, he and Kurumi would've been HappilyMarried and had a daughter.
* The TV series ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' was turned into a movie, ''Adolescence of Utena'', which attempted to retell the 39-episode story in 100 minutes by filtering it through the hindbrain of Creator/SalvadorDali and lacing it with LSD.
** To a lesser extent, the manga serves this purpose as well. Although it follows the anime closer than the movie, it also introduces several of its own plot points, especially in the final volume. It's worth noting, too, that both of these count as subversions because it's subtly implied that the manga, show and movie can be strung together to tell a story that symbolically carries over between continuities. And then the movie has its ''own'' manga version, with slightly differing plot elements [[spoiler: particularly, in who nearly drowned]].
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': It started as a manga. Then it was adapted into an anime. Then it got another manga at the same time the first manga and the anime were being published and aired respectively. Then both manga versions and the anime version got sequels, each one developping its own continuity and in some cases adding more backstory to the characters. Then more manga and anime were made, each one telling the story its way until the last iterations Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}} and Anime/ShinMazinger.
* ''Anime/RahXephon'' also made the leap to a movie from TV, attempting to cram its extensive and complex storyline into less than 2 hours while at the same time providing new BackStory. In the process, one character was completely eliminated, and several others rewritten dramatically (including putting one to sleep for most of the film).
* A television series of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' (which had been made into a 5-episode OVA in the early-middle 1990s) premiered in Japan in January 2005. The first episode alone makes it clear that it is an AlternateContinuity.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' is perhaps the king of alternate continuities, with at least eight different alternate "worlds" (some, such as ''Anime/PrettySammy'', have more than one continuity themselves). Oddly enough, the ''Tenchi'' movies are not separate continuities in and of themselves, but dovetail into one or the other of the TV series. A few of the spinoffs of the original OVA are canon to the series, including ''Tenchi Muyo GXP'' and Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar. Dual! is the first real alternate universe to the OVA series.\\\
For bonus fun, one of the ''Pretty Sammy'' series has a minor character who is a cousin on Nanami and Jinnai from ''[[Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld El-Hazard]]'' linking both meta-series together. Mr. Fujisawa from the same series also happens to be the teacher of Tenchi's class in ''Anime/TenchiInTokyo''.
* The ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' franchise is right up there with ''Tenchi Muyo'' in its own right. It originated as a 15-book LightNovel series, which has ''over 30'' prequel novels (''Slayers Special/Smash/Delicious''). From there...
** 1. A 5-season anime series: The first two are based on the first eight novels, the remaining three are original stories. Tends to heavily contradict itself, especially considering that [[UnCancelled the fourth and fifth seasons came eleven years after the third.]]
** 2. The [[NonSerialMovie Non-Serial Movies]], all based on the ''Slayers Special'' novels. While the first four (chronicling the protagonists' early adventures with a [[GoldfishPoopGang flaky sorceress]] who just so happens to be the long lost sister of one of her later allies) is a plausible start before the anime, the fifth is problematic, as it involves the four main characters from the tv series set in a way that could be after seasons 2 or 3.
** 3. Most of the manga made are of their ''own'' continuity; ''Super Explosive Demon Story'' is its own interpretation of the first 8 novels/seasons 1 and 2, and there is an alternative manga to the fifth NonSerialMovie (''Slayers Premium''). In addition to these, there are wholly different mangas set elsewhere, such as ''Slayers Light Magic'' (set in the future) and ''The Hourglass of Falces'', which is the only manga featuring all six core characters (mainstays Lina and Gourry, Zelgadis and Amelia from the first novel arc, and Luke and Millina from the second novel arc) together.
** 4. Five video games, all their own stories and [[WordOfGod officially non-canon.]]
* ''Anime/{{Futakoi}}'' and the second TV series, ''Anime/FutakoiAlternative'' are a quite obvious example. The first being a fairly normal harem-type anime, while the second was much more madcap comedy.
* ''Anime/MaiHime'' branches off into a few distinct alternate continuities (and the plots of ''its'' anime and manga are distinctly different from one another). There's the ''Anime/MaiOtome'' anime and manga-verse, where most of the characters from the previous series are rewritten and [[{{Elseworld}} placed in a different universe]] and mixed in with a slew of new characters; and there's the ''LightNovel/MaiHimeDestiny'' light novel series, which does the same thing, but simply moves the girls to a different part of the country. The ''Anime/MaiOtome'' anime also hints, but never directly states, that it's actually a far-flung future Earth; there's a little bit of evidence of such, but it's never extremely touched upon, while the ''Manga/MaiOtome'' manga ''explicitly'' states that it's Earth in the far future, as at one point [[spoiler: the Otome face off against evil versions of the manga's Hime.]]
* ''Rockman EXE'', also known as ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' (games' title in English-speaking areas) or ''Anime/MegaManNTWarrior'' (anime dub) is essentially an alternate version of the regular ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' universe, with the major change being that the Robot Masters and other major characters are sentient programs instead of robots. Meanwhile, the games, anime, and manga of EXE are all separate continuities.
** Also, every game since 3 has been OneGameForThePriceOfTwo. Lan seems to remember any experiences he has in either version, even when they're inconsistent; it's as if he personally experienced not one version or the other, but some quantum superposition of the two. (For instance, he remembers both Shuko and Raika after [=BN4=].) The most jarring example is Colonel: [=MegaMan=] remembers him well in both versions of [=BN6=], but he only met him briefly in the [=Team ProtoMan=] version of 5.
** Interestingly, the Battle Network/NT Warrior universes and the Classic universe share a common source: Doctor Light and Doctor Wily. They branch off when the Doctor Light of the BN/NTW universe(s) went with Network Technology instead of Robotics, as happened in the Classic universe. Also interestingly, it is because of this that Wily became evil in the first place- he had a degree in Robotics, and in a world about computers and networks, nobody cared about his inventions.
** What this means is that Wily and Light are the most significant people in the Mega Man Multiverse. What they choose as their discipline ends up revolutionizing the world and completely changing society. It would be interesting to see what would happen if they were geneticists or rocket scientists....wait. No it wouldn't. You'd either get Warp Drive or Ricardo [=MontalBan=].
* The anime adaptation of ''Anime/RozenMaiden'' differs significantly from the manga - to the point that none of the events in the second season even happened in the original.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' is an Alternate Continuity of the game and OVA ''VisualNovel/TriangleHeart'' where her brother and sister are {{ninja}}-like bodyguards battling a terrorist group that killed their father ([[UsefulNotes/SchrodingersCat who is alive]] in ''Nanoha''). The ''Nanoha'' franchise had since gained several of its own Alternate Continuities, such as TheMovie continuity, The Movie manga continuity (which started like mere supplementary material until it veered off in its own direction), the ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable'' continuity (an AlternateTimeline based on ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' having a different conclusion), and the ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaINNOCENT'' continuity (A completely different setting where instead of fighting with magic, Nanoha and friends challenge each other to a CardBattleGame)
* The ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' series had at least six continuities.
** While ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Adventure 02]]'' shared a continuity, one of the minor characters from 02, Ryou Akiyama, is also a prominent character in ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', which does not share a continuity with the two ''Adventure'' seasons. The continuity disconnect is not addressed in the English dub or even in the anime, but it is somewhat explained in the video games made for the Wonderswan in Japan (which never made their way stateside).
** The Digimon franchise has five mangas, and one of them, V-Tamer has {{crossover}} specials with Adventure 02, Frontier and Ryo of the Digimon games.
** There are also a ([[NoExportForYou Japan-only]]) three-part [[LightNovel/DigimonAdventure novelization]] of the first series which, although co-written by Hiroyuki Kakudo (the Adventure director) and Masaki Hiro (a main writer), has several episodes' events play out differently than depicted in the anime.
* The 20th Pokémon movie, ''Anime/PokemonIChooseYou'', is an alternate retelling of the first season of the anime, with several key differences: Ash has a slightly different outfit, he has two different travelling companions, he has closer ties to Ho-Oh, and meets Pokémon from all generations a lot sooner than he does in the main anime.
* ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' has Eight continuities and counting, with a couple of BatFamilyCrossover movies (''Pretty Cure All Stars DX''). Each one follows the same basic plot, but changes up a few elements (besides using different characters and settings) each time, in particular the number of heroines and how their powers affect each other, [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure going from two]] [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar girls with]] WonderTwinPowers [[Anime/YesPrettyCure5 to several]] [[Anime/FreshPrettyCure relying on]] ThePowerOfFriendship [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure and back to]] two whose powers are mostly not connected and several other, currently inactive Cures.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'', consists of the [[Manga/YuGiOh original]] manga continuity which includes a Side Story ''Manga/YuGiOhR'' (which is of disputed canon); the Toei series continuity; the ''Anime/YuGiOh'' ''Duel Monsters'' and ''[[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX]]'' continuity; and an alternate manga retelling of ''GX''. There are also two {{Non Serial Movie}}s (one for each anime) and the non-canonical ''Capsule Monsters'' mini-series. Then there is ''[[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds 5D]]'s'', which might be an Alternate Universe.
** The Tenth Anniversary special places 5Ds TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture of GX, but the plot involves the villain trying to make a Split Timeline, so...
* ''[[Manga/{{X1999}} X/1999]]'' was released first as a movie, then again as a TV series five years later. The movie, for reasons of length and limited information, had an extremely simplified plotline. Also, both were finished before the manga, and all three killed different characters and resolved the plot in different ways.
* ''Anime/KujibikiUnbalance'' has the [=OVAs=] included in ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'' (consisting of episodes 1, 21, and 25 of an imaginary TV series); a radio drama based on this series; and a TV reimagining of the concept, which features very different character designs.
** The mangaka gave a nod to this difference in the manga, in which the original ''Kujibiki Unbalance'' is discussed as though it were also a manga. The changes made in the ''Kujibiki Unbalance'' TV series is discussed by the characters in the manga as though it were the ''first'' adaptation of "Kuji-an" to video, rather than the second, as it is in our world.
* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' does this with its sequel ''Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040''. Ironically, while the initial hardsuit designs were more or less lifted directly off the end of TheOriginalSeries, of the characters, only BigBad Brian J. Mason has any resemblance to his OVA counterpart. This was done for legal reasons: the team making 2040 had the rights to the hardsuit designs, but not the character designs.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'': Subverted/parodied in the first episode of season 2. The episode initially sets itself up as an AlternateContinuity, but switches right back to normal half way through the episode.
* ''Manga/{{Gravitation}}'' has some major differences between the manga (that came first) and the anime adaptation. Because the anime series was only 13 episodes long, one character (Maiko) is completely written out. Also, in the anime, Shuichi is already out of high school and signed to NG when he meets Eiri, but in the manga he is still a high school student whose talents are undiscovered.
* The three manga adaptations of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' are all Alternate Continuities of varying degrees. ''Lelouch of the Rebellion'' is mostly a straight adaptation of the show, but with no HumongousMecha and a greater focus on humor. ''Suzaku of the Counterattack'' focuses on the ForgottenChildhoodFriend to the point of [[CompositeCharacter combining]] three of the Anime's characters into a single new one to better suit the plot. ''Manga/CodeGeassNightmareOfNunnally'' is a completely alternate take where TheHero's IllGirl little sister becomes a super-powered Loli with a mystical mecha fighting other super-powered Lolis with mystical mecha. The fourth manga is even more bizarre. Lelouch leads the Shinsengumi and the "Black Revolutionaries" in the midst of the Bakamatsu and Geass is the power to ''summon'' ''[[HumongousMecha Knightmare Frames]]''.
** Interestingly enough, at the end of Nightmare of Nunnally, Nunnally says that [[spoiler:while touching Heaven's Door as part of Charles' god-killing ritual]], she saw several different realities. One of these realities is the anime continuity, and a montage of [[spoiler:Euphemia killing the Japanese, Suzaku in his standoff with Lelouch at the end of R1, and Lelouch's death]] are shown, none of which happen in Nightmare of Nunnally.
** Let's not forget VideoGame/{{Super Robot Wars Z}}2, wherein, with enough Zero points, you're given the options of [[spoiler:keeping Shirley safe and retaining the Black Knights' faith]].
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' tends to spawn a lot of these, given how many versions of the same story they have (TV series, movie trilogy, manga, novel, video game...) in ''addition'' to the seven different Alternate Universes the franchise has created.
* The ''Manga/DeathNote'' live-action films eventually veer away from the plot as seen in the Manga and Anime versions. Rumor has it that an American live-action Adaptation is in the works with Light Yagami being played by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zac_Efron Zac Efron,]] but it seems to have lapsed into DevelopmentHell.
** The 2015 live-action series has a completely different setup from the manga, anime and film series. Instead of Light being a {{Sociopath}} and VillainProtagonist, he's just a troubled guy, coping with the faulty justice system and living without his mother.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'''s [[GainaxEnding last episode]], Shinji has a vision of his life as a typical high school comedy anime (except, you know, it still has HumongousMecha) during a MindRape. This concept was so popular as to spawn ''several'' DatingSim games and the manga ''Manga/NeonGenesisEvangelionAngelicDays''.
** Another Alternate Continuity titled ''Manga/NeonGenesisEvangelionCampusApocalypse'' goes way farther in its differences: NERV is a Catholic boarding school; [=EVAs=] are actually unique conventional weapons (i.e., Asuka wields a [[WhipItGood whip]] while Shinji has a handgun, etc.); Angels are instead disembodied consciousnesses that can kill and take over any body they choose; and the motivation for killing the Angels is to collect their [[CosmicKeystone Cores]] so [[TheWorldTree Yggdrasil]] won't [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt collapse, destroying all realities]].
** Then there's ''Evangelion ANIMA'', published in Hobby Japan Magazine and specifically made out of Anno's desire to do a "''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''-style" AlternateContinuity. In it, NERV made peace with the JSSDF and fought off SEELE, with the story picking up three years later and dealing with things like multiple Rei clones, space-use Evas, and other fun oddities.
** In addition, both the manga version of Evangelion and the ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movie series are standard alternate continuities that retain the core elements of the story, but change a number of significant details along the way. Especially the latter which goes completely OffTheRails a bit into the story.
* ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' started as a manga (now concluded after 17 volumes) that became the anime. The anime rearranged the order and details of some events, but maintained much of the same storyline. It ran for two seasons, but ended ''before'' the manga, leaving unresolved the primary StoryArc of whether Kaoru and Aoi will ever be able to publicly get together. Very roughly speaking, the anime covers much of the events from volumes 1 to 12 of the manga.
* The ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' manga and [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist its 2003 anime adaptation]] start off fairly similar, but begin to diverge more and more as they progress. [[BrokenBase Do not ask people which one is better]]. There is also a second anime adaptation that follows the manga's continuity much closer than the first, ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]''.
* The first half of the ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' anime and manga are almost identical (barring a couple of [[UsefulNotes/SchrodingersCat Schrodinger's Cats]].) The second halves for each follow the same basic premise, but diverge wildly by the inclusion of a BigBad to the TV series, and the elimination of a [[TheReveal minor character]]'s [[AGodAmI true form]].
** However, the ''Anime/RayearthOVA'', is an ''entirely'' separate continuity: the characters are all (mostly) there, and a few of the relationships survived, but aside from their names, their ElementalPowers, and the existence of Cephiro and Rune Gods, the OVA has nothing to do with TheOriginalSeries. Not even the [[PowerTrio protagonists]]' personalities are the same.
* ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' has four alternate continuities: the [[Manga/GhostInTheShell original manga]]; the first [[Anime/GhostInTheShell movie]] and its sequel; the [[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Stand Alone Complex]] television series and its sequel movie; and the [[Anime/GhostInTheShellArise Arise]] OVA / ''Alternative Architecture'' TV series and its sequel movie.
* ''Anime/HellGirl'' is most famous as an anime, but there's also a manga and a short-lived live-action show. The manga can more or less coexist with the anime, but the live-action show definitely can't -- Hajime and Tsugumi have a different backstory and a ''very'' [[GeckoEnding different ending to their storyline]].
* ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'' has three alternate continuities: the original novel series, the anime OVA, and the manga version of Chronicles of Heroic Knights. While the anime OVA compresses the material down and is usually suggested to be treated as if it ended about halfway in, it contains numerous continuity errors with the original novel and the manga adaptation of that part of the story. Most other manga fit into the core timeline, along with the anime series of Chronicles of Heroic Knights. The manga of Chronicles, however, inexplicably rewrites the second half of the plot completely, reaching a separate but equal CrowningMomentOfAwesome, and is notable for developing secondary characters much more than the series. It's still a separate canon though. ''Anime/RuneSoldierLouie'', since it is set on a separate continent and features no returning characters, disregards the differences between the alternate continuities. As for ''Legend Of Crystania'', it fits into the core timeline (non-OVA), but since it came out when most people in the west didn't know of any other Lodoss continuities than the OVA, it propagated the confusion with its differences.
* The various versions of the series starting with the ''Anime/BloodTheLastVampire'' OVA. There were several manga adaptions of the original concept, each with varying storylines, then the ''Anime/BloodPlus'' anime took some of the basic character templates and ideas and made a series that bears only a slight resemblance to the original. This again also has several manga adaptions that take different paths. Six years later after ''Blood +'', another TV series, ''Anime/BloodC'', was aired which has similar concept with the OVA but BloodierAndGorier and it also spanned two manga adaptations and [[Anime/BloodCTheLastDark a movie]] which is a sequel to the show.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'' has two different continuities: the ongoing manga and the 24-episode anime. The anime not only featured a few differences in the plotlines it took from the manga (such as certain key characters appearing earlier than they were supposed to), but had new plotlines, supporting characters, and main villains when it OvertookTheManga after the ''6th episode''. Even the supporting characters that had originally appeared in the manga had their long-term roles (Soma and Agni being reoccurring characters in the manga as opposed to simply disappearing at the end of their arc in the anime) and appearances (Aberline) and personality (both, in the case of Queen Victoria) changed in the anime.
* Most visual novels adapted into anime have the tendency to have many different continuities. Case in point: ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'': The TV anime follows the game's True End: Nagisa wins and [[spoiler:she and Ushio both do not die]], and two OVA productions featuring the two most popular girls winning ([[EnsembleDarkhorse Tomoyo]]'s OVA and the OVA for [[DieForOurShip Kyou]]) exist, as well as the Toei movie [[spoiler:leaves Nagisa dead and instead focuses on Tomoya's post-traumatic-stress-disorder and his relationship with Ushio]].
* The adaptations of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' go all over the place with this. The first anime adaptation followed the ''Fate'' route, with some elements of the other routes haphazardly mashed in. An anime movie for ''Unlimited Blade Works'' was also produced, but it rushed through the story at lightning speed. Thankfully, the 2014 ''Anime/FateStayNightUnlimitedBladeWorks'' adaptation gave the ''UBW'' route a proper adaptation. As of this writing, a series of films adapting ''Heaven's Feel'', the final route of the game, are in production. There is also a manga original story ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'', which received an anime adaptation starting in 2013. All of these are mutually exclusive canonically ('''especially''' ''Kaleid Liner''), but since Alternate Timelines are an oft-visited concept in the ''Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}'', all of them are canon.
* Yet ''another'' example is the ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'' TV anime, which ended with the [[spoiler:winning girl being Asa Shigure]], and the manga, ''Shuffle!: Days in the Bloom'', which had [[spoiler:Sia as the winning girl]].
** While sequel games have been made following paths of if Nerine or Kaede won out. And the Kaede-centric game further snarls itself up, by showing [[spoiler:Asa with long hair, which implies her ending being canon anyway for that branch.]]
* The only connection between the visual novel and anime versions of ''Popotan'' is its cast, and some of the game characters were dropped for the transition (including the ''protagonist''), while others were added.
* Though not as broken up as some others, ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' began as a manga and was made into a TV series. This ran for thirteen episodes and was a victim of OvertookTheManga, so the plot began just as the Manga's did, but halfway through a new BigBad was introduced and half the characters of the original plot never got animated. (It ended on with a CliffHanger and left a lot of loose ends.) The [=OVAs=], on the other hand, follow the manga very closely. (And despite some rumors, there is no live-action movie being made.)
* ''Anime/ProjectAKo'' has two continuities; the main set of [=OVAs=], and the "Vs." [=OVA=]s, which take place in some sort of parallel dimension. In "Vs.", A-ko and B-ko are best friends instead of being arch-enemies, A-ko outright dislikes C-ko after meeting her (rather than being childhood friends), and they are both space mercenaries/treasure hunters instead of being an "ordinary" girl and a PsychoLesbian rich genius.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' - The Queen of the Continuities! With a manga series, a 200-episode anime series, a live-action series, and twenty-five stage productions, with only 3 occurring in the same continuity! That makes twenty-five separate continuities! And that's not counting the video games or the possible splits within the same continuities, or the 2014 anime. The idea of a ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' "canon" has become humorous to some folks.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' has a set of movies that follow the plotline similarly, with different ways of major events happening. There are also a set of ''Parallel Works'' that have all the main characters in entirely different situations and plotlines.
** Also, there is a high school version of the series, with all the same characters in a situation as if the series were originally a normal, high school series and not a mech anime.
** Then there's the fan-made comic series ''Webcomic/DoubleK'', which uses said cast and puts them into a parody of {{Buddy Cop Show}}s.
** There's also the continuity [[DoingItForTheArt made by the original story team specifically for]] ''VideoGame/{{Super Robot Wars Z}}2 - Saisei-Hen'', which diverges from the anime post-TimeSkip.
* ''Franchise/{{Negima}}'' has ''seven'' separate continuities: the manga ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', ''Negima!'' (first TV series), ''Anime/NegimaSecondSeason'' (the second TV series), Negima!! (the live-action TV series), ''Anime/NegimaSecondSeason'' (manga which combines the first manga and the second TV series), ''Negima (Ito) Bun'' (manga that has Negi as a young man teacher and the girls as his kindergarten class) and the [=OVAs=] that show parts of Magic World arc of the manga and conclude with a movie that pulls a GeckoEnding. Confused yet? You bet. Especially because the only differences among the names are [[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo exclamation and question marks]].
* The ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise does this in a ''really'' confusing manner:
** ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' has its movie, ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove''. The movie tells basically the same story but with some major differences from the original, along with redesigning the look of many things in the series. Later stories take elements from ''both'' versions as canon. WordOfGod is that both the series and the movie are after-the-fact retellings, and the true story of what happened was somewhere in between them; the details are unimportant, only the major events should be considered when speaking of the backstory.
** ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' adds itself to the list when it went from series to movies. The movies retell the story but the plot diverges heavily with the second film, leading to an entirely different concluding act (although the conclusion itself is quite similar between the two versions). It mainly gets confusing as to who ''survived'' the events ([[spoiler:Mikhail Blanc and Grace O'Connor die in the series but survive the movies, while Brera Sterne gets the opposite treatment]]).
** And finally, there is ''Anime/MacrossII'', a distant sequel that had no input from the original writers. Despite this, most fans feel it isn't a ''bad'' film, though not particularly outstanding either (it [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff gets more attention in America]] because it was one of the few ''Macross'' products actually released there). Officially, the writers have declared it alternate continuity.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''. The first and second series cover slightly different ground.
* ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' has the 2009 TV special that takes place in a future where man has screwed up the world's ecosystems to the point where people had to make an artificial environment for animals.
* A lot of Go Nagai's works have been revisioned for quite awhile. Among the notables include the three ''Manga/GetterRobo'' [=OVAs=] (''Armageddon'', ''Shin vs. Neo'', and ''New''), the ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'' [=OVAs=], ''[[Anime/KotetsuJeeg Kotetsushin Jeeg]]'', ''Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu'' and more recently ''Anime/ShinMazinger''. And that's just the mecha stuff! There's also series like ''Anime/ReCutieHoney'' and ''Manga/DevilLady''
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'' has quite a few. First, there's the manga itself (considered the "core" or "actual" continuity), followed by the anime continuity, which covers the manga's events and includes additional material (such as Filler, new bit-part characters, slightly different fights and some character-building moments). Each of these has its own continuation of the franchise that can actually be taken as their own continuity, to boot: the anime has ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' (often considered a "splinter timeline" that could occur), while the manga has the recent ''Dragon Ball Online'', ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'', and ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. There's also the ''Dragon Ball'' movies that predate ''Battle of Gods'', which are very much an "alternate reality" affair and fall into NonSerialMovie territory.
* ''Anime/TheIdolmaster''
** The Anime is based mostly on the plot of the game Idolm@ster 2, but it tweaks it a lot and uses several elements of the other games too.
** ''Anime/IdolmasterXenoglossia'' happens to be quite different from the games, instead involving the characters piloting HumongousMecha in a setting 107 years after [[AfterTheEnd the moon exploded]].
* When Creator/KyotoAnimation adopted the light novel ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'' into an anime, the resulting adaptation is practically this towards the original.
* The anime adaptation of ''VideoGame/BlueDragon'' all but ignores the plot of the game it was based on, only keeping the most basic elements of it intact.
* ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'' started production as a video game, but was given an [[Anime/SandsOfDestruction animated adaptation]] as a promotional boost. Aside from living in a world where SandIsWater and [[FantasticRacism beastmen rule over humans]], little is shared between them; even character personalities and alignments are shifted (male characters are more consistent in their characterization across continuities, while the two female leads change dramatically). Creator/MuraoMinoru was later asked to create [[Manga/SandsOfDestruction a manga]], which also shares little in common with the other two continuities. As no sequels have ever been produced, fans are left to assume that all continuities are equal in terms of canonicity, though most favor the game.
* ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'' is often said to take place in a different continuity from the ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' [[Franchise/LiloAndStitch movies]] and [[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries first TV series]]. The events do sorta still occur in the anime, only Stitch goes back to his old ways when he [[spoiler:feels abandoned by Lilo as she grew older.]]
* ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'' start as prequel to ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', but became non-canon due to many irreconcilable contradictions with ''[[Manga/SaintSeiyaNextDimension Next Dimension]]''. Howewer, it has some canon plot references/hints about the original manga.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' manga feature new characters and settings inspired by the main games, along with different character interpretations and personalities.
* ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'': There is the original 1974 series and it's 1977 movie compilation (of which are two endings; [[spoiler:One has the crew reach Iscandar and find out that Queen Starsha has died but left a recorded message]]. But either way, the Earth is still saved but one ending leaves no room for the events of New Voyage, Starsha's daughter Sasha, or Mamoru's later role). Then you have ''Arrivederci Yamato'' and it's 1978 TV expanded version with alternate ending (allowing a logical continuation). The ''Yamato III'' series may or may not have taken place in 2205, according to some printed sources. Either way, ''Final Yamato'' takes place in 2203 so that means that the ''Yamato III'' events have either been eliminated or, given that Galman and Bolar get a brief mention in ''Final'', the events of ''Yamato III'' might have happened in a condensed version. There are two continuations that are clearly alternate realities: the aborted Yamato 2520 and the later ''Yamato Ressurection''. We also have manga versions of the story soley by co-creator LeijiMatsumoto that are strictly Leijiverse; Yamato freely interacts with ''Anime/CaptainHarlock'' and ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999''. Matsumoto has rights to the name Yamato and all of the visual design elements while the Yoshinobu Nishizaki estate has rights to the name Yamato, established characters and established storylines. It's anyone's guess where the forgotten OVA ''Dai Yamato Zero'' lies in terms of continuity, given it's setting in the year 3199, but neither Matsumoto or Nishizaki did appear to have been involved in its production. Last but not least, we have reboot ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199'', and as an honorary mention, it is worth counting the [[StarBlazers Westernized version of the original series.]]
* ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' began as an alternate continuity to the original Japanese ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' series (as well as ''Anime/SuperDimensionCalvarySouthernCross'' and ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada''). It spawned its own ExpandedUniverse of comics, novels, video games, and aborted attempts at animated sequels before 2007 with the release of ''WesternAnimation/RobotechTheShadowChronicles''. As early as 1986, the little known disaster that was ''Robotech The Movie The Untold Story'' (a {{Macekre}} of ''Anime/Megazone23'' and ''Southern Cross'') was quickly declared by Macek himself that it was an alternate continuity. In 2006, prior to the release of ''Shadow Chronicles'', Harmony Gold declared that only the original 85 episode series was canon with everything else being secondary continuity. If the planned live action movie ever gets out of DevelopmentHell, this will definitely be an alternate continuity due to the ZeerustCanon nature of the original series where the majority of the action began in 2009.
** Eternity Comics' ''Invid War: Aftermath'' series would have been a different continuity from the Jack Mckinney novel ''End of The Circle''. And Wildstorm's prequel comics were alternate continuity to Eternity's ''Prelude to Macross'' as well as Comico's ''Robotech The Graphic Novel''.
** Other comics that clearly take place in Alternate Continuities
*** Antarctic Press (1997-98)
*** Dynamite Press (''Robotech''/''{{Voltron}}'' crossover) (2013-2015)
*** Titan Comics (2017-)
* ''Franchise/{{Zoids}}'' has at least nine different continuities:
** The ''Battle Story''. The original story, featured [[AllThereInTheManual exclusively on the boxes]] of the Zoids model kits.
** The ''[[Anime/ZoidsChaoticCentury Chaotic Century]]'' anime. A [[BroadStrokes loose]] adaption of the ''Battle Story''. Includes [[TimeSkip distant]] SequelSeries ''[[Anime/ZoidsNewCentury New Century]]''.
*** The ''[[Manga/ZoidsChaoticCentury Chaotic Century]]'' manga, which went in a wildly different direction than either the anime or the ''Battle Story''.
** The ''Fuzors'' anime, which takes place in a more contemporary setting, as opposed to the usual DesertPunk setting that ''Zoids'' usually has.
** The ''Genesis'' anime, which takes place AfterTheEnd on Planet Zi.
** The ''Zoids'' comic, also known as "''Spider-Man and Zoids''"[[note]]The comic was originally published alongside reprints of old Spider-Man comics, but Spidey himself never factored into ''Zoids''[='=] plot, nor did any other Marvel property.[[/note]] or just "The UK Comic". Featured a setting and backstory unlike any other incarnation of the franchise. One of the earliest works of Creator/GrantMorrison, though he apparently [[OldShame doesn't like to talk about it]].
** The ''Z-Knights'' SpinOff, which is only [[InNameOnly tangentially connected]] to ''Zoids''. It involves humanity colonizing Mars and later discovering Planet Zi and its "metallic lifeforms", which are brought back to Earth and reverse engineered into humanoid HumongousMecha called the Z-Knights.
*** The European version of the story is a much more generic "Good vs Evil" story, where the Z-Knights are warriors from video games that have been given the ability to jump into the real world via a virus.
** The ''Wild'' sub-franchise. Announced in February 2018, stated to include a new anime, manga, and tie-in video game for the Nintendo Switch.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Pick any major comic book series; you'll find at least two conflicting storylines and a movie or two for good measure. Both [[Creator/DCComics DC]] and [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel]] also use actual Alternate Universes. Also see Franchise/UltimateMarvel, the original Franchise/UltimateUniverse. Now that both the mainstream Marvel reality and the Ultimate Marvel reality have (indirectly) interacted with the same Alternate Universe (''Marvel Zombies'' - the original Squadron Supreme also make an appearance in ''Ultimate Power''), you could say that they are a part of the same Alternate Universe [[TheMultiverse "network"]] rather than two separate Alternate Continuities (indeed, it's been designated as Earth-1610, where the main universe is Earth-616).
** By 2015, the Ultimate and Original Marvel Universes had crossed over many times, and were both destroyed in the third ''ComicBook/{{Secret Wars|2015}}'' event.
* ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'' has several AlternateContinuities:
** ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' (2004-2010)
** ''ComicBook/ThePunisher2099'' (1993-1995)
* The ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' comic books and newspaper comics suffer from Alternate Continuity in many ways. For instance, in 2009 Spider-Man was reintroduced as a single man for reasons unconnected with events in the comic book universe -- the writer did a reverse ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'' and went back ten years in time. A few months later it turned out to be AllJustADream. The newspaper Peter Parker is also ''much'' more handsome than the comic book one, although why that should be so is a good question.
* The ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse works like this: There is no ongoing continuity, but occasionally one specific story will reference another specific story. There are comic books and pocket books, and each have their own continuity. There are many characters that only appear in the pocket books. In the pocket books, Uncle Scrooge's rival is named John Rockerduck, while in the comic books he has no rival except for Flintheart Glomgold, who appears very rarely. In the pocket books, Donald has a secret superhero identity by the name of Duck Avenger or Paperinik, but this is only ever mentioned in stories specifically about his adventures as Duck Avenger.
* The comic mini-series, ''Star Trek: Countdown'' bridges the continuity gap between ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' and ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009), depicting [[TheSpock Spock Prime]] along with a partial [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]] cast reunion helping Nero trying to prevent [[spoiler:Romulus' imminent destruction]] in the prime reality. Though WordOfGod decanonizes the comics, the film doesn't explicitly ignore them either leaving its canonicity up to the readers, thus rendering the mini-series' continuity ambiguous. Although it should be noted the graphic novelization of the 2009 movie officially integrates and features the events of ''Countdown'' in the scene where Spock Prime mind-melds with New Kirk on Delta Vega.
* ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'' has currently three different continuities: the [[ComicBook/TheSmurfs comic books]], the [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs cartoon show]], and [[Film/TheSmurfs Sony Pictures' live-action film series]], which will be followed by an all-CGI film in 2017 set in yet another continuity. To tell apart the continuities, Greedy is the village chef in the cartoon show, while in the comic books and the movie Chef, Baker, and Greedy are separate characters. For other notable differences, read [[http://smurfs.wikia.com/wiki/Smurfs_Comic_Book_Universe these]] [[http://smurfs.wikia.com/wiki/Smurfs_Animated_Universe three]] [[http://smurfs.wikia.com/wiki/Smurfs_Live-Action_Film_Universe pages]] at the Smurfs Wiki. (Their stories in the ''ComicBook/JohanAndPeewit'' series could be considered a fourth continuity, since their Smurf Village is located in the Cursed Land instead of the Smurf Forest.) Sometimes for the sake of merchandise like the ''Smurfs Village'' game app, there would be mixing of characters from all three continuities.
* The ''ComicBook/AdventureTime'' comic book series as a whole takes place in a separate continuity that diverges from the show sometime during the fourth season. The major giveaways of this divergence being that [[spoiler: the Lich was killed by [[HurlItIntoTheSun being thrown into the sun]], [[ShatteredWorld the missing piece]] of Earth has been restored, and [[LivingLegend Billy]] is still alive]]. In addition, while the spinoff ''[[ComicBook/AdventureTimeMarcelineAndTheScreamQueens Marceline and the Scream Queens]]'' shows that other vampires exist in Ooo, the series proper later revealed that Marceline is the LastOfHerKind and [[spoiler: [[HunterOfHisOwnKind that she was a vampire hunter that all but exterminated vampires before being turned herself.]]]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* While ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' originally met Galaxoid and Nebular during the fall, in ''Fanfic/CanYouImagineThat'' they meet the summer after the original strip.
* While the events of ''Fanfic/ATriangleInTheStars'' are set after ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', it is only set after the events of Ocean Gem in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. Because of this, the Cluster doesn't exist, and a few Gems are different. Not to say that there aren't minor references to the episodes afterwards, however.
* The first ''FanFic/DantesNightAtFreddys'' story could conceivably take place in the same continuity as ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys''. The sequel isn't so straightforward.
* ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' is basically this trope to the third season of ''Anime/SonicX''. According to WordOfGod, the events of the ''Dark Chaos'' backstory [[CanonWelding took place in canon too]]. However, there are several key differences in the canon timeline according to the author. Most notably, [[spoiler: Tsali's homeworld is never destroyed and he never becomes the Ultimate Weapon]] and Maledict doesn't get involved in the Metarex War at all due to the Demon Empire falling into an economic depression after his war with Cosmo's race (which in turn stops the Angels from invading the galaxy in retaliation). [[ForWantOfANail Thanks to these key differences]], the canon ''Sonic X'' events happened in the show rather than the events of ''Dark Chaos''.
* ''FanFic/RWBYGrimmDarkness'' ends up being this to ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' in regards to Volume 3 and beyond, due to a few events in the latter making things incompatible with the fanfic unless a few [[{{Retcon}} retcons]] are made regarding Volume 3. A list of such changes made to Volume 3 are on the fanfic page itself.
* ''FanFic/FatalFrameVIVengeance'' serves as this to the main ''VideoGame/FatalFrame'' series as of the release of ''Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water''; for starters, Miku Hinasaki married a man named Shuichiro Kobayashi and had two daughters, one of whom is Sumiko's friend Minako.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Depending on how you look at it, there are either two Alternate Continuities of ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' (each with {{Retcon}}s) -- the first three movies and everything else -- or there are ''a lot'' of them. Let's go through it step-by-step:
** The original movie ''Film/{{Highlander}}''.
** ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening'', which considers the original movie canon. Notably, the theatrical version and the "Renegade Version" DirectorsCut are quite different, so could count as two separate continuities in and of themselves.
** ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' comes later. The series is in an Alternate Continuity to the movies (as there are still Immortals alive all over the world). It ''does'' consider the original film canon in BroadStrokes, but not the sequel.
** ''Film/HighlanderIIITheSorcerer'' (or ''The Final Dimension'', depending on your area), released during the series' run, which considers ''only'' the original film canon. Not ''Highlander 2'' or the TV series.
** ''Highlander: The Raven'', a short-lived Spin-off from the TV series which followed the TV series' continuity.
** Then a fourth movie ''Film/HighlanderEndgame'' which follows the continuity of the TV series (but retcons the last season of the show) rather than that of the previous films.
** Then a fifth movie called ''Film/HighlanderTheSource'' which follows on from ''Endgame''.
** Then a short film called ''Highlander: Reunion'' which accepts the canon of the TV series and ''Endgame'', but not ''The Source''.
** There is a remake of the original in the works as well.
** The anime ''Anime/HighlanderTheSearchForVengeance.''
** The ''Highlander'' comic books published by Dynamite
** The Big Finish Productions audio dramas.
** Five video games which either have little plot or were cancelled due to DevelopmentHell and budget concerns.
** Ten novels that consist of a novelization of the original film and tie-ins to the original series.
** The low budget 17 minute reunion special that was made to repair the damage of The Source. There's a link to it on Hulu on the Other Wiki if you haven't given up on this franchise yet.
** TheAnimatedSeries is set into the far future and operates differently enough to be considered its own continuity, immortals giving up their immortality at will and all.
** The web series ''Highlander: The Methos Chronicles'', which ties into the series canon as part of Methos's backstory.
** Each of these continuities operate by their own sets of rules. Thus something that is portrayed as WordOfGod in one continuity may not happen the same way in another. This only serves to further irritate fans and [[BrokenBase causes them to hate each other]] and [[FlameWar fight more and more]] over which version of Highlander they think is best. There can be only one! [[note]]There should have been only one![[/note]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': A famous example of this is what happened to the original ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', which spans over 30 years of literature and other media. After Creator/{{Disney}} acquired the franchise, almost all of the material produced under Creator/GeorgeLucas's ownership was placed into a separate continuity called ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'', as Disney wanted a clean slate for the Sequel Trilogy (''Episodes [[Film/TheForceAwakens VII]]'', ''[[Film/TheLastJedi VIII]]'' &'' IX'') and their stand-alone films like ''Film/RogueOne''. As such, the only non-Disney-produced media that are still canonical are the original six films and ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''.
** A few examples of the differences between current canon and ''Legends'':
*** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Ben Solo is Han and Leia's son and only child, instead of there being Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin Solo.
*** In the current canon, Luke never married or had kids, whereas originally, Luke married Mara Jade and the two had a son named Ben Skywalker.
*** In ''Film/RogueOne'', the Rogue One team intercepts the Death Star plans, overwriting pretty much every story involving Operation Starhook in the original expanded universe, including Kyle Katarn's involvement in stealing the plans in the ''VideoGame/DarkForces'' series.
** Within the expanded universe itself, there's ''Star Wars: Infinities''. Each of the original trilogy movies has an alternate continuity comic, with things like Luke dying on Hoth in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' and Vader surviving the Death Star and helping the rebels find Palpatine while wearing white armor in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. There was also a novel supplement in which Luke was killed by Luuke in ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy''. There are also other stores put into the ''Infinities'' category that weren't compatible with canon (Disney or ''Legends''), like ''Skippy The Jedi Droid''.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
** ''Film/SupermanReturns'' (2006) is set within the universe of the Christopher Reeve movies taking only ''[[Film/SupermanTheMovie Superman]]'' (1978) and ''Film/SupermanII'' (1980) as canon, ignoring the [[Film/SupermanIII third]] and [[Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace fourth]] films as well as ''[[Film/SuperGirl Supergirl]]'' (1984).
** ''Film/ManOfSteel'' takes place in a different continuity from the comic books and the Creator/ChristopherReeve movies.
* ''Franchise/MenInBlack'' had at least two continuities. The [[Film/MenInBlack first movie]] ends with J neuralizing K and taking L as a new partner. At the beginning of [[Film/MenInBlackII the second]], we find L quit between movies, and the first third of the movie follows J trying to restore K's memories. In [[WesternAnimation/MenInBlack The Animated Series]], however, J, K, and L are all agents at the same time. There were a series of tie-in novels with J and L, but these could be slotted into the timespan between movies.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** The Creator/DanielCraig incarnation in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' portrays him as a new and inexperienced agent. However, it is set in modern times, and therefore after every previous ''Bond'' film, and includes several characters that were later additions to the series of films, such as the female M. This, however, ignores the theory that "James Bond" is a title that is passed down to the next 007. Perhaps there is one continuity.
** The movies are also a separate continuity to the original Creator/IanFleming novels.
** ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain'' is also in a different continuity to the official EON films.
** Likewise, the comedic version of ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'', in which the "real" James Bond is actually an elderly gentleman and ex-lover of Mata Hari, has no connection to the standard Bond continuity... or does it?? It is made specifically clear in this film that after the retirement of the original Bond, his name became nothing more than a codename for new spies - and a subtle reference is made to Sean Connery's Bond as one of his namesakes. Between Daniel Craig's Bond only *just* becoming 007, and references in both ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' and (more subtly) ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' to Connery and Lazenby's Bonds being different people entirely, one has to wonder...
** The American ''Literature/CasinoRoyale'' from 1954 could never fit into any sort of official James Bond continuity. [[CulturalTranslation Bond himself is an American CIA agent, and Clarence (Felix) Leiter is an English MI-5 agent.]]
* The direct-to-DVD ''Tinker Bell'' movie is almost a different continuity from the Franchise/DisneyFairies series of books, with only a handful of characters and some concepts in common.
* The ''StarTrek'' reboot movies aka "The Kelvin Timeline" (''Film/StarTrek'', ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'') are explicitly set in an Alternate Timeline that exists parallel to the TV shows and the first ten films ("The Original Timeline"), so it could be a prequel without being ContinuityPorn or getting hated like ''Star Trek: Enterprise''. [[BigBad Nero]] and his ''Narada'' crew as well as [[spoiler:[[CoolOldGuy Old Spock]]]] are from the original timeline. An Admiral [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Archer]] is also mentioned in passing.
* The ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' series has the Showa, Heisei, and Millenium series, each a separate continuity with the [[Film/{{Gojira}} original 1954 film]] being the only thing shared between them. In addition, each film in the Millennium series is itself a separate continuity (except for ''Film/GodzillaAgainstMechagodzilla'' and ''Film/GodzillaTokyoSOS'').
* The ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' movies were rebooted three (possibly four) times, making at least 4 different timelines.
** The first being the "Original Timeline" a.k.a. the "Thorn Timeline" which is ''Halloweens [[Film/{{Halloween 1978}} 1]]-[[Film/HalloweenTheCurseofMichaelMyers 6]]'', excluding ''[[Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch 3]]''.
*** ''Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch'', is really it's own thing and has eternally been put into discontinuity from the series as it abandons the Myers storyline. The series was originally meant to be an AllHallowsEve-themed anthology and ''H3'' was the merely the next episode and references some thematic elements seen in the first two movies. Also, a ShoutOut briefly shows a TV commercial of the first movie playing ''within'' this one, making the first two movies as Type 2 [[FilmWithinAFilm films within a film]]. The next installment, ''H4'' returns to the Michael Myers saga making it something of a reboot as the series was supposed to be an anthology.
** Then there's the "H20 Timeline" with ''Halloweens 1, [[Film/HalloweenII1981 2]], [[Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater H20]] and [[Film/HalloweenResurrection Resurrection]]'' since ''Halloween H20'' [[CanonDiscontinuity ignores]] ''3'', ''[[Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers 4]]'', ''[[Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers 5]]'' and ''6''.
*** While they may be in Broad Strokes, certain aspects of ''Halloween H20'' such as Laurie's fake death and the photos of (presumably) Michael's killings in Loomis' office vaguely add credence to a connection between ''Halloweens 4, 5 & 6'' and ''H20''. TPTB considered canonizing the last three films, but ultimately decided to drop them to restore the franchise to form. A draft of ''H20'' even featured a scene with Laurie vomiting after hearing the news of [[spoiler:her daughter, Jamie Lloyd's death]]. One of the comics did actually attempt to bridge the events of ''The Curse of Michael Myers'' and ''H20'', but doing so would've have rendered what happened in ''Resurrection'' to be impossible.
** Then we have the "Music/RobZombie Timeline" a.k.a. the "Zombie-verse" with Rob Zombie's [[Film/{{Halloween 2007}} 2007 Reimagining]] of the original film and its [[Film/HalloweenII2009 sequel]], completely separate from all previous entries.
** Now there's the ''[[Film/Halloween2018 Halloween 2018]]'' reboot timeline that '''only''' canonizes the first movie.
** There are also ''Halloween'' [[http://majorspoilers.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11a/devilsdue111908/HwnFD_2_Book-1.jpg comics]], which may or may not canonize the film series or each other for that matter, creating multiple, ambiguous, self-contained continuities.
* Until the release of ''Simba's Pride'', the cub raised at the end of ''Disney/TheLionKing'' was described in all tie-in books as male, as opposed to the female Kiara in the sequel. Most famously, a series of books released soon after the first movie depicted the adventures of Simba's son Kopa. The series wasn't written by Creator/{{Disney}} though. Due to the fact Disney doesn't consider anything but the initial film canon, Simba and Nala have no less than ''three'' semi-canon cubs who are supposedly the same individual: Kopa from the aforementioned books, Kiara from the sequel, and their new son Kion from ''The Lion Guard''.
* Cited by many with the original ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' franchise and ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', even though WordOfGod said it was intened to be a prequel of sorts. They also described it as a reboot, though. There are essentially five timelines:
** The original novel ''Literature/PlanetOfTheApes''.
** The original film franchise of ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968'', ''Film/BeneathThePlanetOfTheApes'', ''Film/EscapeFromThePlanetOfTheApes'', ''Film/ConquestOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', ''Film/BattleForThePlanetOfTheApes'' and the ''Series/PlanetOfTheApes'' live-action TV series. It can be debated that the live action TV series is not in the continuity of the films since it's shown to take place in California while the films were near New York City, and there's a dog in the TV series, even though they were all killed in the movie timeline (which may have just been an error). The human society in the TV series also lasted until at least the 25th century, which is inconsistent with ''Conquest'' / ''Battle'' though consistent with dialogue from ''Escape''. There's also the interpretation that ''Conquest'' / ''Battle'' changed the original timeline where the rebellion was begun by an ape named Aldo (a name also used in ''Battle'' and the TV series for unrelated characters) after centuries of apes serving man. ''Battle'' ends with a merged ape/human society and not with humans reduced to animals.
** The animated ''WesternAnimation/ReturnToThePlanetOfTheApes'', which is closer to the original novel (the apes have technology and live much like humans), but not part of it.
** The 2001 remake, ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001''. It takes place on an actual alien planet, not EarthAllAlong.
** ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', although this one is debatable, given the comments of the producers and director versus Cornelius's dialogue in the 'Escape' film. It may or may not exist in the original franchise continuity.
** A variety of comics that fit into various continuities. The original franchise spawned a bunch, and the 2001 reboot spawned a few, as did 'Rise'. The original film's comics also crossed with ''Series/AlienNation''.
** A possible fifth universe is the POTA videogame based on the original novel.
*** Granted, some fans do debate what exists where, and there really isn't a clear-clut consensus.
* A lot of the events in ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' are different from [[ComicBook/ScottPilgrim the comic book series]], so the movie must take place in an alternate continuity.
* The ''Film/UniversalSoldier'' films make up three continuities, all springing from the original 1992 Creator/RolandEmmerich film. Two DirectToVideo sequels were made back-to-back in 1998, ''Universal Soldier II: Brothers In Arms'' and ''Universal Soldier III: Unfinished Business'', starring none of the original cast. Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme then came back in 1999 with ''Film/UniversalSoldierTheReturn'', which retconned the previous two but was itself poorly received and became the last film in the series to be released theatrically. Two further sequels were made even later which retconned ''The Return'' as well, brought back both Van Damme and Creator/DolphLundgren and went the DarkerAndEdgier route, ''Film/UniversalSoldierRegeneration'' in 2010 and ''Film/UniversalSoldierDayOfReckoning'' in 2012.
* ''101 Dalmatians'' has almost a dozen alternate continuities.
** [[Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians Dodie Smith's Novels]] have Pongo married to Missus, Perdita married to Prince, Cruella being married, the Dearly’s having Two Nannies, and the two Badduns being Saul & Jasper.
** [[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians Disney's animated film]] renamed the Dearly's to Radcliffe and gave them one Nanny, Missis and Perdita became one character, Cruella isn't married, and Saul is renamed Horace.
** [[Film/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians The live-action films]] are closer to the animated films, however Roger (now Dearly again) designs video games rather than compose songs, and it's set in the late 1990s rather than the 1960s.
** [[WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries The animated TV series]] proceeds to become a mixture of all of the above.
** The video game, ''VideoGame/OneHundredAndTwoDalmatiansPuppiesToTheRescue'', takes place in a completely different continuity to the film it’s supposedly based on, though with the "Animated" Film Style.
** The short-lived musical is closer to the novel, but Saul is renamed Jinx, plus there is an alternate climax.
** Both Pongo & Cruella appear in the Show; ''[[Series/OnceUponATime Once Upon A Time]]''.
** There is also the Continuity in {{Film/Descendants}}, which has Cruella and her Son (with Tie In Books also featuring Pongo & Perdita)?
* ''Film/DumbAndDumber'' has 3 continuities all stemming from the original movie.
** The short-lived 1995 AnimatedAdaptation taking place just after the first film with Harry and Lloyd having reacquired the [[CoolCar '84 "Sheep Dog" Van]].
** The 2003 {{prequel}} ''Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd'' set 8 years before the original film.
** The 2014 {{sequel}}, ''[[Film/DumbAndDumberTo Dumb and Dumber To]]'' only canonizes the first film.
* The ''{{Franchise/Terminator}}'' franchise has up to about 4 to 5 official continuities, [[{{Handwave}} arguably]] as a result of a TimeyWimeyBall.
** You have the "original altered timestream" with the first four movies: ''Film/TheTerminator'', ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' and ''Film/TerminatorSalvation''.
** Then there's ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' which takes place after ''T2'', invalidating ''T3''.
** The Ride/UniversalStudios attraction ''Ride/Terminator23DBattleAcrossTime'' takes place after ''T2''.
** Then there's the ''Comicbook/RoboCopVersusTheTerminator'' {{Crossover}} and a number of other comics that probably make their own continuity. ''Terminator: Salvation Final Battle'' definitely does.
** ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'' creates a complete new timeline after altering the events of the first ''Terminator'' film, erasing the "original altered timestream" mentioned above and starting over.
** ''T2'' and ''T3'' also have book trilogies that create yet more alternate timelines, one from each movie.
** "''Terminator 6''" (2019) is a direct sequel to ''The Terminator'' (1984) and ''Terminator 2: Judgement Day'' (1991). That's it.
* ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'', despite initially being presented as a PerspectiveFlip to Disney's ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', is this regarding the 1959 film. Particularly, the second half of the film alters much of the original's plot, with the film's Narrator outright implying that the original story is something of an In-Universe HistoricalVillainUpgrade. [[spoiler: For one thing, Maleficent survives in the end.]]
* ''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': Averted. This film takes place in the same universe as the games and takes pains to acknowledge the larger mythology while not causing plot issues. Also, Ubisoft liked the film's production design so much they decided to try and incorporate some, especially the redesigned Animus, into future Assassin's Creed games.

* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' has an ''Alternamorphs'' series featured two books, ''The First Journey'' and ''The Next Passage''. They were structured in the form of a ChooseYourOwnAdventure type story. In the first book, the reader became part of the group that gained the morphing power from Elfangor and joined the Animorphs on their first adventure. Upon completion of this, the story continued with an adventure involving a Sario rip (rip in time). The second book involved elements from two different Animorphs stories from around the midpoint. However, the books were structured in such a way that only a single set of possibilities allowed you to continue the story. Perhaps, for this reason, the series never really caught on, has been largely forgotten, and was discontinued after the second book.
** There's also one in ''Megamorphs: Back to Before'', where the kids were sent back so they could go another way home instead of through the construction site where they met Elfangor. Things turn out very differently from the main series.
* ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' was loosely translated into Russian. The translator modified the story as he as saw fit. When the story became popular, he wrote [[Literature/TalesOfTheMagicLand a series of books]] based on his translation of the first Oz book. Those books went in a different direction than the Oz books written by Baum, effectively making an alternate Oz universe.
* While [[Literature/{{Wicked}} The Wicked Years]] may technically follow some of the events in the Oz books and movies, the vast difference between it and the Oz canon makes them another continuity.
* ''Literature/{{Dexter}}'' has so many changes in cast (anywhere from who's alive and who's dead at a given point, to who's doing what job, to gender of Dexter's child with Rita) and storyline it's simpler to treat the novels and [[Series/{{Dexter}} the television series]] as Alternate Continuity with each other. Trying to reconcile the two any other way is impossible.
* ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'' have several different continuities, as the publishers try to keep the series relevant to modern kids. There's the "Blue Spines", which is the blue hardcover books & digests (and that's broken down to the Original Texts and the rewrites of the '70s), the Casefiles, Undercover Brothers, the Clues Brothers, the new Adventures series, and the second "Case files" series which has little to do with the first. There's even three different TV continuities, HardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries of TheSeventies (the best known of the TV versions), the Mickey Mouse Club serials of the 50s, and The Hardy Boys Casefiles of the '90s.
* The ''[[Literature/T2Trilogy T2: Future War]]'' series (written by S.M. Sterling) disregards the events of the third film and places Sarah, John and a German resistance fighter (who evidently was/becomes the base model for the T-800/850 series) fighting T-model endoskeletons in present day America, and hide out while the Future War begins.
* ''Film/Terminator3'' had the same thing with its own three book trilogy, which kept the third film events, naturally, but placed John and Kate in a different timeline than the one which led to the events of ''Film/Terminator:Salvation''.
* Each of the three books in the Manifold series by Creator/StephenBaxter features three different resolutions to the UsefulNotes/FermiParadox.
* ''Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries'': ''2010: Odyssey Two'', ''2061: Odyssey Three'' and ''3001: The Final Odyssey'' by Creator/ArthurCClarke, despite their titles, take the original ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' film (but not the original book) as canon and take place in different continuities from each other. (The first sequel formed the basis for the movie sequel to ''2001'', of course.)
* Because Creator/RoaldDahl was unhappy with [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory the first movie adaptation]] of ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' in 1971, he arranged that the novel's ImmediateSequel ''Literature/CharlieAndTheGreatGlassElevator'' (which was published in 1972) would never have a film adaptation. Most adaptations of the book into other media, such as the [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory 2005 film]] of ''Chocolate Factory'', thus end on a note of complete closure -- with Charlie and his family comfortably ensconced in the factory -- rather than setting up the further adventures of ''Great Glass Elevator'' and a [[OrphanedSeries planned]] ''third'' book. They also disregard the more clearly deliniated personalities Dahl gave [[AscendedExtra the other grandparents in the sequel]] in favor of coming up with their own approaches to the characters. Thus, these are all alternate continuities.
* ''Franchise/ModestyBlaise'' has two related continuities. The novels came after the comic strip, and has a different method by which Modesty and Willie start working for Tarrant. Characters are created in one continuity and show up in the other a lot (Dinah Collier and Dr. Giles Pennyfeather both originated in the books). There's a lot that can be considered part of both, but a lot that can't. Gabriel is notable for how different things are: in the comics, [[spoiler: he escapes twice from Modesty & Willie]], while in the books [[spoiler: after their first encounter, Gabriel has obviously lost a lot of his superiority, and eventually gets killed by another villain]].
* ''Dick Niglet & The Shit Wizards Of Asscabin'' features an alternate ending to ''Literature/TheVaginaAssOfLuciferNiggerbastard'' via world jumping.
* The five ''Literature/QuantumDevilSagaAvatarTuner'' novels are all an alternate take on the ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' series of games. Or to be more precise, what the games where originally meant to be.
* ''Literature/AutobiographyOfRed'' contains two modernized retellings of the story of [[Characters/ClassicalMythologyMonsters Geryon]] and [[Characters/ClassicalMythologyMortalsAndDemigods Herakles]]. In one, which is closer to the original myth, Herakles kills Geryon. In the other, he seduces him and breaks his heart.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' novels feature new characters and settings inspired by the main games, along with different character interpretations and personalities.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''[[Franchise/StargateVerse Stargate]]'' features no less than three separate continuities:
** The [[Film/{{Stargate}} original film]], plus five tie-in novels and a twelve-issue comic miniseries. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen A potential series of sequel films]] would've disregarded the novels and comics, creating another continuity.
** ''Series/StargateSG1'', which follows the BroadStrokes of the movie. This continuity is by and large the "definitive" continuity, with it [[AdaptationDisplacement having the most mainstream recognition]], lasting [[LongRunner over two decades and still going]]. Includes two follow-up movies: ''Film/StargateTheArkOfTruth'' and ''Film/StargateContinuum'', plus three spin-offs: ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', ''Series/StargateUniverse'' and ''Series/StargateOrigins''. Also includes numerous tie-in novels, comics, audio plays and games.
** ''WesternAnimation/StargateInfinity'': AnimatedAdaptation originally conceived as a SequelSeries to ''SG-1'', later declared [[CanonDiscontinuity non-canon]]. In execution, it follows only the broad strokes of both the movie and ''SG-1''.
* The ''Literature/RedDwarf'' novels take place in a different continuity to the TV series, in many cases incorporating concepts from the TV series with a different spin (and vice versa). The first two novels (''Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'' (1989) and ''Better Than Life'' (1990)) were written by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor under the collective pen name Grant Naylor. After they dissolved their writing partnership, they wrote a ''Red Dwarf'' novel separately (''Last Human'' (1995) by Naylor, and ''Backwards'' (1996) by Grant) which each acted as third novels in the series. This split the novel series into two Alternate Continuities.
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' splits the Terminator franchise by taking the first two movies as backstory and [[CanonDiscontinuity almost completely ignoring the third]], apart from cannibalizing certain plot elements (Sarah's cancer, a female Terminator, Judgment Day not averted). Then a fourth movie came out ''after'' the series, which has nothing to do with it and takes the third movie as canon.
** The constant alteration of the timeline makes EVERYTHING work.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
** [[Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie The 90s film]] is straightforwardly a NonSerialMovie, which [[BroadStrokes follows the same beats]] as the third season premiere but with a different villain. The opening monologue also suggests that Zordon recruited all six Rangers at once, rather than [[SixthRanger Tommy]] coming in later.
** ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' was originally a separate continuity from the previous fifteen seasons. Which is good, because if it didn't, then we'd have to admit that [[EverybodysDeadDave all the past characters and/or their descendants are dead.]] That said, many fans speculated RPM ''could'' have fit very well between the years 2025 (''Series/PowerRangersSPD'') and 3000 (''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce''), especially with what we see [[AfterTheEnd what the year 3000 is like]], and EpilepticTrees reckon that ''RPM'''s BigBad's existence (due to NamesTheSame with a previous villain) is one neat StableTimeLoop.
** ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' confirmed that RPM exists in its own [[AlternateUniverse parallel universe]], with Scott visiting the "main" one for a teamup. They showed up again in ''Megaforce'' - but then, [[Series/PowerRangersSPD so did teams]] [[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce from the distant future.]]
** Johnathan Tzachor (executive producer of ''Samurai'', among other seasons) is of the view that none of the seasons of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' seasons share the same continuity. He doesn't just mean later ones such as ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' (which are standalone, barring teamups) he's even referring to the show's early years when each season continued from the previous year, stating among things that the [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Turbo Rangers]] went to Eltar after the credits for ''Turbo's'' finale rolled.
* Speaking of ''Franchise/KamenRider'', the series tends to weave back and for between Alternate Continuity and Shared Continuity. To wit, ''Series/KamenRider'' to ''Series/KamenRiderStronger'' was one unified universe. ''Series/KamenRiderSkyrider'' was meant to be a ContinuityReboot, but it fell through and became part of the same universe until ''Series/KamenRiderBlackRX''. ''Film/ShinKamenRiderPrologue'', ''Film/KamenRiderZO'', and ''Film/KamenRiderJ'' were also considered continuity reboots, but didn't go anywhere. The Heisei Era Rider series from ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'' to ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' was, with the exception of ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'', separate until ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' and the ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' movies came out, not only creating a Shared Continuity along with the Showa Riders, but also creating Alternate Continuities for the Heisei Riders AND calling the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' franchise an Alternate Continuity to the ''Kamen Rider'' franchise.
* Even the sitcom ''Series/MamasFamily'' is an example of this. Originally developed on the "Family" segments on ''Series/TheCarolBurnettShow'', Eunice Higgins and her acerbic mother Thelma Harper had their story first furthered on a brief special, In this version [[spoiler: Ed later is shown to have divorced the feisty Eunice; still later Mama has died, leaving Eunice free to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress, until she's asked to stay and tend to Aunt Fran.]] It was a more dramatic take on the quarrelsome Higgins and Harpers, focusing more on Eunice and her broken dreams and hopes, and Mama is more bitter then she would be on the later series.
* ''Franchise/RoboCop''
** Both television series split off at various points in the film continuity and base their stories on different circumstances. In 1992's ''Film/RoboCop3'', the film ends with OCP ostensibly being destroyed and the Delta City project falling through its initial stage (if not outright cancelled). ''Series/RoboCopTheSeries'' follows on from ''Film/RoboCop2'', and assumes that OCP has already completed the Delta City project (which was one of the underlying threats of the original film) and is having to live with the consequences, while Robo is more directly tied to OCP interests and his immediate family. ''Series/RoboCopPrimeDirectives'' (as stated by the producers) only regards [[Film/RoboCop1987 the original film]] as canon, and assumes Robo/Murphy survived a decade in service (and his son grew up without ever seeing his father, unlike the 1994 series), while OCP never fully went through with the Delta City project, letting the city languish instead.
** There are also at least two separate ''[=RoboCop=]'' comic continuities, and neither of them makes clear what (other than the original movie) they consider to be canonical.
* The Creator/{{BBC}} series ''Series/TheInspectorLynleyMysteries'' was based on the novel series by Elizabeth George. While the pilot was about as close to a direct adaptation of the first book as could be expected in trimming a mammoth paperback into a three-hour, two-episode pilot, the television series made bigger and bigger alterations to the novels with every story. The second episode of the third series, ''A Traitor To Memory'', was [[OvertookTheSeries the last episode to be even loosely adapted]] from a George novel, and the show went its own direction from that point on, making only fitful attempts to integrate later novel canon into the storyline (as they did with [[spoiler:Helen Clyde's death]]). The most notable change was turning the [[TheNotLoveInterest closeness]] between Lynley and Havers UpToEleven, to a point where a romantic relationship between the two seemed not just possible but ''logical'', despite George's decree that they would never get together in the novels. The novels and show are now considered to be almost entirely separate entities; many [[FanPreferredCouple Lynley/Havers]] shippers say that while they respect George's decision with regard to the novels, it has no bearing on the television characters.
* This trope is one of the primary arguments against the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Westphall Tommy Westphall Hypothesis]] that argues, based on the series finale of ''Series/StElsewhere'', that if that series was just young [[AllJustADream Tommy Westphall's dream]], then any work even tangentially connected to the series occurred in the same universe and was thus also AllJustADream. The existence of alternate continuities means that just because a character appears in two works, it does not mean that they share the same continuity.
* ''Series/DoctorWho: [[Recap/DoctorWhoTheCurseOfFatalDeath The Curse of Fatal Death]]'' by Steven Moffat, where the Doctor burns through five reincarnations in less than three minutes, is clearly this but PlayedForLaughs.
* The 1980s ''Series/{{Casablanca}}'' TV series is presented as a prequel to [[Film/{{Casablanca}} the film]], but diverges from its canon by having Strasser and Heinz already present in Casablanca before the timeline of the film.
* {{Hannibal}}: The first couple seasons don't contradict anything in the books, apart from the occasional GenderFlip and one or two significant plot points the books' backstory doesn't mention. Around Season 3, however, this trope is in full force: Will Graham takes over Clarice's role in the third book, before the plot of ''The Red Dragon'' has even happened, and Clarice doesn't seem to exist.
* After ''LiveActionTV/{{Dallas}}'' infamously made a whole season AllJustADream to bring Bobby Ewing BackFromTheDead, its spinoff ''LiveActionTv/KnotsLanding'' became this, due to the fact that ''Knots Landing'' used Bobby's death as a plot point. This rendered the spinoff incompatible that ''Dallas'' from there on in.
* ''CallTheMidwife'' is split into two AlternateContinuities: the original books, and the LiveActionTV adaptation, which goes down a different path from the original.
* ''Shonda Land'' also relies on this trope:
** ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' and ''Series/TheCatch'' are set in one [[TheVerse shared continuity with its own canon]].
** ''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder'' is set in its own distinct continuity which is DarkerAndEdgier than the continuity that ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' exists in.
* The many recent New 10s shows based on DC comics works such as Series/{{Gotham}}, Series/{{Krypton}}, and Series/{{Titans}} are set in their own universes, in contrast to the CW's Series/{{Arrowverse}}, which sets Series/{{Arrow}}, Series/TheFlash2014, Series/LegendsOfTomorrow in one shared world and Series/{{Supergirl}} on one that regularly crosses over with them (The exception being Series/BlackLightning, which was developed separately from the aforementioned shows and [[SchrodingersCanon may]] still be connected to them somehow in the future).

* In an extreme case, ''none'' of the adaptations of ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' are compatible. There are nine versions: [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy the radio series]], [[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy its novelizations]], [[Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy the TV series]], [[Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy the movie]], the stage show, the comic, the LP albums, [[VideoGame/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy the computer game]], and the ‘’towel’’. In fact Creator/DouglasAdams once said that he deliberately went out of his way to make sure that every iteration conflicted with every other iteration.
* The first three episodes of ''[[AudioPlay/BlakesSeven Blake's 7: A Rebellion Reborn]]'' are a retelling of Series 1. While the basic outcomes and characterisation remain more or less the same (Blake is sent to Cygnus, then escapes on the Liberator), there are major changes to the setting and science fiction elements. Chief among these is the elimination of the teleport, which is replaced by a shuttle as budget is no longer a restriction, and the placement of the series in the 2200s (assuming Federation history is to be trusted, ''Series/BlakesSeven'' had 700-year-old pioneer ships).

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The RPG of ''TabletopGame/TheDresdenFiles'' is, for the most part, set in the same continuity of the books, but the conceit of the books (that Billy is writing it at Harry's behest to educate muggles about the supernatural) requires that Billy learn things that Dresden wouldn't tell ''anyone'' in the continuity of the books.
** The RPG book even provides tips for {{Game Master}}s to create their own alternate continuities, pointing out parts in each book (up to when the RPG book was written) where Harry could have died.
* When the ''Star Fleet Battles'' game was established in 1979, it was based on the entirety of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' canon that existed at the time, which is to say [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series]], [[WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries the animated series]], and an assortment of FanFiction. As the canon expanded and matured over the decades, the result was that [=SFB=], which only had a license for said pre-1979 canon, came to be an Alternate Continuity where the movies and spinoff series are disregarded.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* ''Ride/SkullIslandReignOfKong'' at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's Islands of Adventure]], despite being based heavily on the 2005 film, is set in a different continuity where the existence of Skull Island is made public years before the film took place, which eventually leads to an expedition of the island being set up and broadcast to the world.
* ''[[Ride/StarTours Star Tours: The Adventure Continues]]'' can be considered this for the general Star Wars canon. It was initially set to take place between the prequel and original trilogies, but, as, of 2015, guests receive help from [[Film/StarWarsTheForceAwakens Finn and BB-8]] and fly around the wrecked Imperial Star Destroyers on Jakku. Never mind the fact that [=C3P0=] and [=R2D2=] are working for a travel agency. [[MST3KMantra It's not really meant to be taken seriously as a canonical ride]], as opposed to its predecessor, the original ''Star Tours''.
** In fact, this can be applied to most Ride/DisneyThemeParks rides that are based off a pre-existing property but don't necessarily tell the story of that property, or when meeting characters that wouldn't ''really'' fit in the area you find them (such as [[Film/MaryPoppins Mary Poppins and Bert]] in Main Street, USA - a small town based on Walt's childhood in Missouri).

* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' has had this since day 1; while Marvel's original [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers cartoon]] and [[Comicbook/TheTransformers comic]] from 1984 share the same characters, setting, and premise, they tell completely different and irreconcilable stories, and new continuities keep sprouting to the extent that fans group them into [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Continuity_family higher-order sets]] to make sense of it all. Hasbro at one point canonized this with the concept of a [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Universal_stream universal stream]], groups of universes that more or less correspond to the existing franchises (and also include ''[[WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGoBots GoBots]]'' and ''Robotix'')... and then apparently de-canonized with with the launch of the ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Prime]]'' franchise, apparently because alternate universes were confusing and boring.
** Possibly re-canonized - Unicron, Primus and the big Thirteen are back in as we know and love them (With some minor changes to specifics). In fact, it's the ''only'' mainline series to address the Thirteen (they as a group were thus far confined to collector's club exclusive comics, though a couple existing characters were revealed to be in their ranks.)
*** The stance until recently was that universal streams and the multiverse and all that are untouched, but things in the [[Franchise/TransformersAlignedUniverse current version of the franchise]] are not part of or connected to any of it. (This is problematic due to a few places where they do intersect, most notably the ''Rise of the Dark Spark'' video game, and subject to change). One suspects they did this mainly to get around the issue of "multiversal singularities", especially where the Thirteen (and Alpha Trion in particular) were concerned.[[note]]Basically, a PhysicalGod character and some of their direct creations are the same person in every dimension; while G1 Optimus, ''Armada'' Optimus, and ''Animated'' Optimus are different guys that you could get in one room if you had dimension-hopping technology, Primus and Unicron are cosmic entities who exist in such a way that Armada Unicron ''is'' G1 Unicron and any ''other'' Unicron, able to be in more than one place at once. The thirteen original Transformers are singularities as well. However, the most recent official roster of that group includes Alpha Trion, Optimus's mentor in many series. This would make ''all'' past incarnations of Alpha Trion the same guy. Sounds good enough at first: Alpha Trion is an ancient sage who could easily be more than meets the eye even by Transformer standards, and all TV incarnations of him are nigh identical in form, personality, and job. But then you get to the AxCrazy MirrorUniverse version from the Shattered Glass comics. No way the arch-villain with his enemies' mutilated corpses hanging from his ceiling is the same guy as the kindly old robot from the backstory of every other version of TF. However, the ''Prime'' series and its ''Robots in Disguise'' sequel have yet to outright state that the current Alpha Trion is one of the Thirteen, or anything about Multiversal Singularities, or anything like that - that whole mess is usually reserved for the comic book series that team up multiple TF series, and again, ''those'' are Collector's Club exclusives that you will ''never'' find on your comic book store's shelf. As such, "There's more than one multiverse" is a VoodooShark explanation for something that doesn't actually need explaining.[[/note]] That stance has since changed, and the [[Franchise/TransformersAlignedUniverse current incarnation of the franchise]] is now treated as part of the multiverse that was blocked off from the rest until recently, according to the new version of [[CharacterBlog "Ask Vector Prime"]].
* ''Toys/MonsterHigh'' has several continuities: the doll's diaries, the cartoon series, and the novel series by Lisi Harrison. The diaries and the webisodes seem to follow the same plot line, and there is some debate over whether the TV specials are part of the same continuity as the webisodes. The novels, meanwhile, follow a completely different story.
* Every ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' generation takes place in an Alternate Continuity from the others before it. G1 in particular had many [=AUs=] - ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'', the toys, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'', the different books, and the British comics.
** The [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 G3 cartoons]] take place in a vastly different continuity from the books. The books may be meant to be in the toy continuity.
** On top of that, G3 and G3.5 are hard to reconcile. They did ''way'' more than change the animation style; Rainbow Dash gets not just a new actress but completely different way of speaking to the point of not seeming like the same character at all, and Cheerilee has gone from the leader of Unicornia to an apparently teenage earth pony from Ponyville with a sister who never existed before (and she too gets a new VA.) The main team contains a unicorn and a pegasus where before the three races lived in separate cities; if we take the "Newborn Cuties" web shorts into account, they've all known each other from the time they were were babies; they even got to ''watch Sweetie Belle being created.'' This is naturally at odds with not knowing about unicorns until Rarity accidentally teleported herself into Ponyville, or about pegasi until Star Catcher became ''[[HoYay very good]]'' friends with Skywishes and they eventually talked the somewhat xenophobic pegasi into coming out of the shadows. If you treat it as an alternate continuity, and say that Pinkie Pie's being unchanged - make no mistake, ''she's the only returning character who is unchanged'' - is a MythologyGag similar to Creator/PeterCullen playing [[{{Franchise/Transformers}} Optimus]] [[BigGood Prime]] in ''G1,'' the film series, and ''Prime'' despite those series clearly being unconnected, suddenly it all makes sense.
** ''Franchise/MyLittlePonyGeneration4'' takes place in yet another continuity, though it contains a few {{Mythology Gag}}s to prior generations, especially G1. To what degree the comic fits in is unknown; it ties in to show events quite well at times but also has some contradictory elements.
* The 1998-2002 version of the Toys/{{Furby}} toy came from Furbyland, while the 2005-2007 version of the Furby came from Furby Island. There was even a TV special called Furby Island that aired on {{Creator/Nickelodeon}} in the fall of 2005, where a family discovers the island.
* ''BIONICLE'' has two official continuities:
** [[Toys/{{BIONICLE}} Generation 1]], which ran from 2001 - 2011.
** [[Toys/{{BIONICLE2015}} Generation 2]], which ran from 2015 - 2016. Gen 2 contained multiple EasterEggs which implied a connection to Gen 1 in some way via the Mask of Time, but it was CutShort before this connection could be confirmed or denied.

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* The ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' games have many plot differences between their original arcade incarnations and their corresponding NES counterparts. Every game in the series since the SNES-exclusive ''Super Double Dragon'' was stand-alone, until Creator/ArcSystemWorks' ''VideoGame/DoubleDragonIV'', following the continuity of the first two games in the series.
* ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' appears to be in a different timeline from ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'', since in ''[=DragonFable=]'' the Great Fire War started before Battleon was founded. This has been confirmed by the devs.
** As well, The'Galin is never mentioned in ''[=DragonFable=]'', and likewise ''[=AdventureQuest=]'' never mentions Sepulchure.
** Oh, and did we forget to mention that ''[=AdventureQuest=]'' has a completely different map?
* Most of the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games are set in different worlds from each other and most of the stories have nothing to do with each other.
* The ''Franchise/SilentHill'' series has one main continuity, but much ''Silent Hill'' media exists outside of it in mutually-exclusive sub-continuities. The movie exists in its own, ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories'' exists in its own (both are divergent re-interpretations of the first game). The Play Novel and the older comics exist in their own continuities as well. Thankfully, the main continuity is given clear precedence over the splinters, hence, no Continuity Snarl.
* ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsGame'' is set in a continuity where The Simpsons are video game characters in the video game ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsGame''.
* ''VideoGame/UltimaOnline'' is set in an Alternate Continuity wherein the Avatar never returned to Britannia after the events of the first Ultima game. This screws the countinuity around in countless ways, since he wasn't the Avatar until ''Ultima IV'', and it is indeed possible that the Stranger in the first three games was a different person, or several different people, and the map of Britannia was completely different in each game until it finally took somewhat consistent shape in ''Ultima IV''. And regardless of none of this happening, there's still Britannia in the shape and culture as was defined in Ultima IV, rather than the previous iterations.
* The ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series has a few alternate continuities. There are two alternate sequels to the [[VideoGame/MetalGear1 original 8-bit game]]: ''VideoGame/SnakesRevenge'' for NES (which was actually the first sequel released, as Hideo Kojima hadn't planned on making one) and ''VideoGame/MetalGearGhostBabel'' for UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor (simply known as "Metal Gear Solid" outside Japan).
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid'' is an Alternate Continuity based on ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. All it really has in common is a quasi-real-world setting, and the main character, whose personality and backstory are both softened slightly. By the second ''Acid'' they'd abandoned all premise of a real-world setting and thrown in lots of cyborgs, PeopleJars and all sorts of mayhem. This time [[spoiler:Solid Snake wasn't even the same character from the previous game - he looked the part and had the same name but turned out to be a biological machine made in Solid Snake's likeness]].
* In a partially successful effort to reboot the ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon'' franchise, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'' completely discards all continuity from the previous games except the two main characters, Spyro and Sparx, who still go through major changes in appearance and personality. The developers have gone as far as calling the first game ''A New Beginning'' to highlight this.
** They're clearly throwing in a lot of {{shout out}}s, with Sparx in ''A New Beginning'' eating butterflies, and the appearance of Hunter - originally a character in ''Spyro 2''.
** Then, ''another'' reboot was attempted with ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}: Spyro's Adventure'', which introduces as many protagonists the players [[GottaCatchThemAll can manage to get]].
** It can be argued that the post-UsefulNotes/PS1 classic era games take place in an AU from the originals, due to several continuity and characterization differences.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' anime (dubbed as ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'') is a separate universe from the games though it's overall plot can be seen as a loose adaptation of ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand'' and ''VideoGame/KirbysAdventure'' with King Dedede and Nightmare as the main antagonists.
* The ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' franchise has multiple active continuities still getting releases, with even ''more'' continuities currently lying fallow. A full breakdown of all these continuities (and how they may or may not fit together) is available on the [[Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei SMT page]].
** The "original" SMT continuity is ''not'' the one that gets the lion's share of the focus these days (though it's still going strong in its own right); that honor goes to the ''Devil Summoner/[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' sub-series, which initially spun out of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIf''. It's the first branch of SMT to be truly successful overseas (''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' all breaking six-figures sold overall), turning SMT into a legitimate CashCowFranchise for Creator/{{Atlus}}.
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' begins during the Neutral route of ''ShinMegamiTenseiIV'', and everything goes as usual, though this time from the perspective of a 15-year-old Tokyo native making a name for himself as a fledgling Hunter. Then the Divine Powers step in and [[WhamEpisode things begin to play out very, VERY differently]].
* SNK's ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' started off as a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover between several of their game franchises, but took liberties in order to actually let this happen. For example, ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' took place in the late 1970s[[note]]As evidenced by in-game data; Ryo's birth year is 1957, and he's 22 in ''AOF2''[[/note]], but ''KOF'' shifted the events up 20 years and resorted to BroadStrokes to keep the cast young and active. Likewise, ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' BigBad Geese Howard died in that series, but is still alive in ''KOF''. Eventually, ''KOF'' evolved into its own distinct continuity, especially as more emphasis was placed on the OriginalGeneration characters like Kyo Kusanagi, K', and Ash Crimson. On top of that, ''King of Fighters EX'' for the UsefulNotes/GameboyAdvance and the [=3D=] ''KOF: Maximum Impact'' each exist within their own separate continuities.
* ''Franchise/TombRaider'' features three distinct continuities:
** The original, created by Creator/CoreDesign, consisting of ''VideoGame/TombRaider'' through ''VideoGame/TombRaiderTheAngelOfDarkness''.
** The first reboot, created by Creator/CrystalDynamics, consisting of ''VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend'' through ''VideoGame/TombRaiderUnderworld''.
** The second reboot, also by Crystal Dynamics, consisting of ''VideoGame/TombRaider2013'' through ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheTombRaider''.
** Certain spin-offs such as ''VideoGame/LaraCroftAndTheGuardianOfLight'' are ambiguous as to which pre-existing continuity they take place in, if any. There's also the [[Film/LaraCroftTombRaider two movies]] starring Creator/AngelinaJolie, the [[Film/TombRaider2018 2018 movie]], an [[WesternAnimation/RevisionedTombRaiderAnimatedSeries anthology animated series]], countless comics (some of which are explicitly Alternate Continuity, others which take place in one of the games' continuities, and others still which crossover with other franchises like ''ComicBook/{{Witchblade}}''), and a few tie-in novels (which take place in various game continuities).
* ''Virtua Quest'' is a spin-off game from ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter''. It is a RPG that takes place in the future about a boy who uses "Virtua Soul" to use digital versions of the Virtua Fighters to combat Judgement Six.
* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' franchise consists of several different sets of continuities:
** First comes the games, which thanks to OneGameForThePriceOfTwo further consist of {{Alternate Timeline}}s[[note]]The PlayableEpilogue from ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]''[[/note]] and {{Alternate Universe}}s[[note]]The [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Entralink Entralink]] from ''Videogame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''[[/note]].
** Add the [[Tabletop/{{Pokemon}} trading card game]], the (main) [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime]], quite a few [=OVAs=],[[note]]''Anime/PokemonOrigins'' fits here[[/note]] and '''[[Manga/{{Pokemon}} several]]''' manga spawned by these various games, along with {{Recursive Adaptation}}s for the card game and the Anime series, each of which having added generously to the Pokemon world's mythology, events, and character interactions, and you have a deceptively complex fandom that stumps the uninitiated.
** Several spin-offs of the games exist, many of which have manga or anime adaptations of their own.
** On a more obscure note, Creator/TakeshiShudo's [[LightNovel/PocketMonstersTheAnimation novelizations]] of the anime are fairly revisionist in the approach to events. For example, Ash never obtains the three starters, plus Brock's siblings are only his half-siblings. The Pokémon anime's setting is also portrayed as a CrapsackWorld, in which a person is legally an adult at ''age ten''.
* The spin-off ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}'' titles are all set in alternate continuities from the main series.
* ''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'' considers the original two ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' films as canon, with several [[MythologyGag references even to minor details in those films]]. It does not consider ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' to be canonical, as most of the characters are depictions of the actors from the movies, instead of the radically different cartoon characters. However, it does borrow some ideas from the cartoon, such as the idea that all Ghosts are made of slime/ectoplasm, and they don't keep Slimer as a friend/pet, but they DO keep him in his own cage separate from the main containment facility.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** There are four separate cartoon series: The comedy and slapstick based ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog]]'', the more dramatic ''[[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM SonicSatAM]]'', ''[[WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground Sonic Underground]]'', and ''[[WesternAnimation/SonicBoom Sonic Boom]]'' the latter of which also has two tie-in [[VideoGame/SonicBoom video games]] and a tie-in comic book.
** The ''Anime/SonicX'' anime series with it's own tie-in comic book.
** A largely self-contained [[Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie OVA]] series.
** At least two manga series.
** The long-running ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' ''Archie Comics'' which was originally based on the ''[=SatAM=]'' cartoon and later diverged into its own continuity. It has been going since 1993, including various DayInTheLimelight spinoffs such as ''Knuckles the Echidna'' and ''Sonic Universe''.
** In the UK there's the ''Fleetway [[ComicBook/SonicTheComic Sonic The Comic]]'' that ran from 1993-2002 and a collection of stand-alone comic strips which ''aren't part of that continuity.'' the novels, a series of ChooseYourOwnAdventure books by the same writers but forming their own continuity (which includes an Adaptation Expansion of the second [[UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis Mega Drive]] game).
** As for the games, those may even take place in two separate canons as the console titles and handheld titles do not seem to be happening in the same timeline and often contradict each other. That's not even counting games that may not even be considered official canon.
* Creator/{{SNK}}[=/=]Playmore has released a bunch of [[NoExportForYou Japan only]] cellphone games- many of them [[DatingSim Dating Sims]] or [[RaisingSim Raising Sims]] that feature alternate versions of characters from its vast Fighting Game library. The Alternate Continuity is especially accented for example, in the games that take place in modern times but have characters from ''[[VideoGame/SamuraiShodown Samurai Spirits]]'' show up- quite often as the male protagonist's potential romantic interest. Or in the case of [[NinjaMaid Iroha]] for one Raising Sim, as a plain old human version that you strive to make the damned best maid in the world.
* There are at least four different continuities in the ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}'' games. The first game takes place in a surreal, cartoony world where everyone has FloatingLimbs. Then there is the ''VideoGame/{{Rayman 2}}'' universe that serves as the setting for all subsequent games (''Videogame/RaymanM'', ''[[Videogame/Rayman3HoodlumHavoc Rayman 3]]'' '''and''' including ''VideoGame/RavingRabbids''; this is important later in this paragraph), a slightly more realistic fantasy realm. There are no ties to the universe or storyline from the first game and Rayman is now the only limbless character.[[note]]A cameo by the General from ''VideoGame/TonicTrouble'' suggests that ''Tonic Trouble'' takes place in this universe too. ''Tonic Trouble'' takes place on a surreal version of Earth where everyone has Raymanian Limbs, which flatly contradicts the slightly more realistic version of Earth we see in the ''Rabbids'' games, so let's keep things from getting too complicated and keep that out of the discussion, shall we?[[/note]] Then there is the [[WesternAnimation/RaymanTheAnimatedSeries TV series]] which has yet another different cast and universe. The presence of Admiral Razorbeard, the antagonist of ''Rayman 2'', suggests that it might have tied into the main universe had it been allowed to run for more than four episodes. And then there is the fact that ''Rabbids'' was spun off into its own universe with ''VideoGame/RabbidsGoHome'', set on a contemporary Earth.
** And now the newest game is... ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins'', a prequel which appears to... wait for it... [[CanonWelding weld the first two universes together]]. ContinuitySnarl much?
* ''Videogame/AloneInTheDarkTheNewNightmare'' is in a different continuity than the original series, but [[Videogame/AloneInTheDark2008 the 2008 game]] is a direct sequel, with Carnby having been kept in stasis by Lucifer since 1938.
* ''VideoGame/NieR'' is an Alternate Continuity sequel of ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''. While ''Drakengard 2'' happened in the A Ending, where the world is mostly saved, ''[=NieR=]'''s world happens after the MindScrew E Ending, where Caim and Angelus end up in Tokyo. According to [[AllThereInTheManual backstory]], Caim and Angelus are actually responsible for devastating the world ([[VillainProtagonist Just like he would've wanted]]).
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' was a pretty awesome Wild West sandbox game in its own right, but the creators apparently had a lot more cooked up for John Marston, because then ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemptionUndeadNightmare'' came out six months later. Same Wild West setting, but Marston now has to fight zombies in an Alternate Continuity.
* ''VideoGame/FZero'' has its main continuity with ''F-Zero'', ''F-Zero X'' and ''F-Zero GX''. Its alternate continuities are ''F-Zero: Maximum Velocity'' (which takes place 25 years after the events of the first game) and ''F-Zero: GP Legend'' (which takes place in 2201, as opposed to the 26th century). ''GP Legend'' was received lukewarmly by most fans in the West ''[[TheyChangedItNowItSucks because of the changes]]'' despite being a clear alternate universe.
* One of the more common explanations for why so little of PC-98 games have shown up since ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' moved to Windows is that they're in a separate continuity. Though the PC-98 games [[NegativeContinuity barely had continuity]]...
** The two main characters and a few other characters and (arguably) locations do return, but they're... [[YouDontLookLikeYou drawn a bit differently]]. Theories abound, this trope being one of them.
* ''[[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Tron 2.0]]'' was considered the sequel to ''Film/{{Tron}}'', until it was rendered non-canon by ''Film/TronLegacy''. The prequel comic ''TRON: Betrayal'' and ''Flynn Lives'' [[AlternateRealityGame ARG]] tie-in shows computer scientist Lora Baines Bradley is alive and well by the time of ''Film/TronLegacy''.
* ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' takes place in another continuity rather than the main ''VideoGame/BioShock'' setting. [[spoiler:This is actually an important plot point.]]
* ''VideoGame/JeffWaynesWarOfTheWorlds'' differs from [[Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds the book]] and the [[Music/JeffWaynesMusicalVersionOfTheWarOfTheWorlds rock opera]] that inspired it by taking place in an alternate universe where the humans aren't quite so outmatched, and the Martians remembered to take their flu shots.
* In ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', the good ending is considered canon but, the game ''VideoGame/PrinnyCanIReallyBeTheHero'' is canon from the "normal" ending. You can tell considering that [[spoiler:Prinny Laharl]] shows up as a boss.
** The ''Disgaea'' anime is a re-telling of sorts of the first game, but with countless differences.
* Two versions of the fourth ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}'' game (both of which were outsourced by Creator/{{Falcom}}) were produced concurrently, ''Ys IV: Mask of the Sun'' for the UsefulNotes/SuperFamicom (Falcom's previous canonical version) and ''Ys IV: The Dawn of Ys'' for the UsefulNotes/PCEngine CD. They have the same characters and places but are completely different in terms of plot. Years later, Falcom made an internally developed version of ''Ys IV'' called ''VideoGame/YsMemoriesOfCelceta'', which replaces ''Mask of the Sun'', though it has more in common with that game than ''The Dawn of Ys''.
* The ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' games aren't known for having a steady timeline but there are several different continuities at least. The original SNES game shares a continuity with ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon64'' and ''Tree of Tranquility'', the DistaffCounterpart versions are in different continuities with each other, ''Friends of Mineral Town'' take place in the same continuity as ''A Wonderful Life'' and ''DS'', the two Game Boy games take place in one continuity of their own...
* ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio'' and ''Jet Set Radio Future'' most likely take place in separate continuities.
* There are three continuities in the ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' series: the original continuity (comprising ''1'', ''2'', and ''Head-On''), the universe ''Black'' is set in (a DarkerAndEdgier universe; there was supposed to be a sequel to this one called "Harbor City" but it never came to be), and the universe of the 2012 reboot (so far the only game in its continuity). ''3'' and ''4'' have been [[CanonDiscontinuity written out of continuity]].
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' has the original universe and the universe that ''[[VideoGame/DMCDevilMayCry DmC: Devil May Cry]]'' is set in.
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' has an AlternateContinuity videogame series started with ''Sword Art Online Infinity Moment'' made by Banpresto. The game starts off with [[spoiler: Kirito killing Heathcliff, however the game still doesn't get cleared unlike how it was in the series proper due to strange glitching in the system, and thus the players must climb up to floor 76 and beyond]]. It later received an UpdatedReRelease in ''Sword Art Online Hollow Fragment'', which added on several more story elements, and the sequels, ''Lost Song'' and ''Hollow Realization'', take place after the events of ''Hollow Fragment''. Many of the differences include [[spoiler:Leafa and Sinon being dragged into SAO thanks to the glitches, Sugo (aka Oberon) taking over as the BigBad of Aincrad, two new heroines named Philia and Strea joining the main gang, the ''Alfheim'' arc changing thanks to Sugo going to jail early, a whole new VRMMO called Sword Art Origin coming out, and Yuuki Konno ''[[SparedByTheAdaptation not]]'' dying like in canon]].
* [[WordOfGod According to Firaxis Games]], ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' is a separate continuity from the original ''VideoGame/{{XCOM}}'' series, with 2K Marin's ''VideoGame/TheBureauXCOMDeclassified'' serving as a prequel to ''Enemy Unknown.''
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' has a confirmed 3 timelines branching from the end of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'': one timeline continues from [[spoiler:the future after Link defeats Ganon and returns to his own time, leaving Hyrule with no hero]] (leading to ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]''), one follows [[spoiler:the past after Young Link uses the skills and knowledge he gained as an adult to stop Ganon before he gained power]] (leading to ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]''), and one results from [[spoiler:Link's ''defeat'' during ''Ocarina''[='s=] final battle against Ganon]] (leading to ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'').
** ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' is a ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors''-style game set in yet another ''Zelda'' continuity, with no direct ties to the other games but featuring items and characters from all throughout the franchise co-existing in a single world. Sort of like a ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' version of ''Zelda''.
* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankSizeMatters'' is supposed to take place after ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'' (as confirmed by the newspaper [[{{TheLancer}} Clank]] was reading) despite being released after ''VideoGame/RatchetDeadlocked''. As the events of the game ([[VideoGame/SecretAgentClank and its sequel]]) are never mentioned in the Future trilogy and beyond, as well as the fact that Insomniac Games had nothing to do with their production, many fans see it as an alternate continuity. ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankIntoTheNexus Into the Nexus]]'' confirms this.
** In Japan, the two games were considered canon until the release of ''Into the Nexus'', which [[{{Retcon}} retconed them out of continuity]].
* The backstory to ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' borrows a number of story details from the Franchise/StarTrekNovelverse [[note]]Riker and Troi still had a kid named Natasha while commanding a ''Luna''-class starship, Ezri Dax still commanded the USS ''Aventine'', and the Romulan Star Empire still had a civil war in the early 2380s[[/note]], but other details are [[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/The_Path_to_2409#Related_stories very different]]. [[note]]The [[Literature/StarTrekDestiny Borg never launch an all-out invasion]], the [[Literature/StarTrekTyphonPact Typhon Pact]] never forms, the RSE gets its act together just in time for [[Film/StarTrek the Hobus supernova]], and Deep Space 9 never got blown up.[[/note]]
* The ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' series takes place in a different continuity than the previous ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games. The relationship between the series' heroes [[BadassFamily the Belmonts]] and the BigBad {{Dracula}} is fundamentally different [[spoiler:in that Dracula is a Belmont and the FallenHero of the first Lords of Shadow game.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' either slightly and/or drastically alters, extends or creates all new events and endings to certain scenes from ''Franchise/TheMatrix''. Plus, [[spoiler: from the ending Neo lives, which he doesn't in the films.]] So, it definitely fits this trope.
* ''VideoGame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'' is an alternate version of the ''Anime/YuGiOh'' anime's season 4. Its prequel, ''VideoGame/YuGiOhTheSacredCards'', was an alternate season 2.
* ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'' is an alternate-continuity remake of ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals'', sharing the same general plotline but taking place in a different world with different lore. The game still includes {{Mythology Gag}}s to other games in the main ''Lufia'' series.
* ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'' started out as a video game, but while they were producing the game, they decided making TheAnimeOfTheGame would be a good way to promote it. A second team produced the anime, and was either given very old copies of game scripts, or else was told to simply do as they pleased, as even characterization is very different. The setting is largely the same, and even somewhat follows the order of places visited to a degree, but what happens in each location is very different. [[spoiler:For example, Kyrie doesn't die in the anime.]] A manga was later released as well, and while it starts out seeming to follow the game, it quickly veers off in its own direction, too. Most fans consider the game to be the "real" canon, but [[BrokenBase not all of them]], and arguments about the merits of the anime are FlameBait.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' establishes that each time the player resets the game, starts a new playthrough, or reloads, they're creating a new timeline. Oh, and some characters have RippleEffectProofMemory.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' series makes heavy use of this, with almost every game taking place in its own continuity, as well [[Anime/HyperdimensionNeptuniaTheAnimation the anime]] and some manga/light novels. Each one is more or less self-contained, aside from the Neptune from ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaMk2'' ending up in the ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaV'' universe, and a spot of time where the Peachy from that universe wound up in the anime. In a way, it shows off the good and bad of this trope, with the good being they can play around with gameplay and settings while keeping the core characters intact and the bad that there's a bit of plotline and character development recycling.
* The original ''Franchise/SuperRobotWars'' saga had an alternate continuity as well. The original saga was ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars2'', ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars3'', ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsEX'' and ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars4''. Later on, ''2'' and ''4'' had remakes, ''2G'' and the ''F and F Final'' sagas. ''2G'' added in ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'' and ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' while ''F and F Final'' added in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', ''Anime/AimForTheTopGunbuster'', ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' and gave us ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}''.
* [[WordOfGod YandereDev]] imagines the Mission Mode of ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'' as one of these to the game proper, as in Mission Mode Yandere-chan isn't a {{Yandere}}, but an assassin for hire.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanTheTelltaleSeries'' takes some rather large liberties with the Batman mythology, as among other things, Harvey Dent becomes mayor, it's one of the times the death of the Waynes is an assassination, the Penguin was a childhood friend of Bruce's, [[spoiler: and both Thomas Wayne and Vicki Vale underwent AdaptationalVillainy with Thomas having been in league with Carmine Falcone and Hamilton Hill, and Vicki Vale being a biological member of the Arkham family, her parents being killed by Thomas, suffering abuse from her adopted parents, and leading a revolt against Gotham's elite because of these things. Also, depending on a choice made towards the end of episode five, either [[EyeScream Alfred]] or [[EarNotch Bruce himself]] will bear a constant reminder of the events of the game.]]
* [[VideoGame/TheAmazingSpiderMan The tie-in]] [[VideoGame/TheAmazingSpiderMan2 games]] of the ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderManSeries'' ultimately became this because of ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2''. The first game was intended to take place after [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan the first movie]] and features Alistair Smythe as the main villain, ComicBook/BlackCat as a sidequest, and a human/rhino hybrid version of... well, the Rhino. Then despite approving of the use of those characters in the game, Sony went around and changed their minds as the second movie featured a still-breathing Smythe as pre-Electro Max Dillion's boss, Felicia Hardy as Harry's personal assistant, and a more traditional version of the Rhino at the beginning and end of the movie, so the second game retold the events, but set in the universe the first game established, with the movie's main villains Electro and Green Goblin being DemotedToExtra, Gwen Stacy being AdaptedOut, and the main villains being ComicBook/TheKingpin and ComicBook/{{Carnage}}.
* The ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games have a canon all to themselves, which was first really introduced in the story mode for ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl''.
* ''VideoGame/SpiderManShatteredDimensions'' sees a BroadStrokes taken with its versions of the universes present, as among other things, it shows an adult Miguel O'Hara from the regular ''2099'' universe, yet also with Kron Stone as Scorpion a la ''Timestorm'' as opposed to Venom, and the ''Noir'' versions of the Green Goblin and Vulture still being alive. Additionally, the DS version doesn't feature the Ultimate universe, and has different villains as ''Amazing''!Peter fights Electro and Tinkerer, ''Noir''!Peter fighting Boomerang and Calypso, Miguel dealing with Vulture and a still-living Silvermane, and [[spoiler:''Amazing''!Peter fighting Mysterio at the end alone]].
* ''VideoGame/SpiderManEdgeOfTime'' sees a reality where Peter and MJ are still together, yet elements of ''ComicBook/BrandNewDay'' are used, such as Anti-Venom. Additionally, the DS version features yet again, a different plot with some of the basic elements in common, such as trying to prevent [[spoiler:Anti-Venom from killing Peter]] being removed, making the plot sorely about stopping Walker Sloan's plans, and it features more villains, including Peter meeting 2099 versions of Arcade, Big Wheel, and Overdrive, while Miguel fights the Shocker and Menace. Additionally, as opposed to Peter fighting an army cloned from Black Cat, Miguel has to protect the real Felicia Hardy; [[spoiler:it's the Rhino who merges with Sloan and Doctor Octopus to make Atrocity in place of Anti-Venom; and there's no psychotic future version of Peter]].
* ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein'' is a rather confusing case. There is the original series by Muse Software, a 3D series by id Software, a reboot by id and its sequel by Raven and another series by Machinegames that acts both as a sequel to both series and as a reboot. The latter two series seem to form an alternate timeline yet the Machinegames series apparently reboots the reboot series.
* ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' has the games, the anime (and its movies which have an important plot to animated media), and the manga. Notably, some plots from the game and the anime get referenced and renditioned in each other, such as Episodes 25, 47, 77, 88, the first three movies (though loosely in this case), and the Busters T Arc. Likewise, there are special manga volumes which serve as tie-ins for each of the movies.
* The ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' Ares no Tenbin series is an alternate continuity of the second game from the original series, where aliens never attacked the earth. Because of that, some things change, like [[spoiler:Fubuki Atsuya and Kira Hiroto being SparedByTheAdaptation [[note]]Hiroto's death is the main reason why his father gave the aliea meteorite to the children from his orphanage, a meteorite which gave them superhuman powers and wanted to show it to the rest of Japan under the pretext of an alien invasion in order to avenge his death[[/note]]]]. Episode 27 of the anime (the episode where aliens debuted) is also be remade as a special episode named "Inazuma Eleven Reloaded".
* ''VideoGame/DooM'' has 1 and two in the same continuity: TheLegionsOfHell invade the [[MegaCorp Union Aerospace Corporation]] space station on Phobos, then Earth, because of [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace teleportation experiments that used Hell as an]] ExtraDimensionalShortcut. Everything else runs off the rails.
** [[Literature/{{Doom}} The novels]] start out parrallelling the video games. However, the monsters are alien bio-robots, controlled by a race of PlantAliens, rather than literal demons from Hell.
** [[Film/{{Doom}} The movie]] has the monsters result from a SuperSoldier project conducted by pre-historic humans on Mars, which led to a ZombieApocalypse when it bonded to and supercharged "genetic markers for evil."
** ''VideoGame/Doom3'' returns to literal demons from litetal Hell because of teleportation fuckery, but this time the UAC base is on Mars proper. [[DealWithTheDevil The project head let them through as part of his faustian pact, by the way]], rather than accidentally showed up because plot. Rather than a ballz-to-the-wallz action shooter, it's a System Shock-like SurvivalHorror game.
** ''VideoGame/Doom4'' has the protagonist as an ancient HunterOfMonsters sworn to eternally hunt demons as revenge for them swindling him out of their end of a bargain, and also absorbing his home planet for its magic. Or he's the Doomguy from 1&2 mutated by his exposure to Hell's energies into an immortal, invincible killing machine. Motive isn't important, but this time around, the UAC isn't messing around with teleporters. They're stealing demon magic and distilling it into "Argent Plasma," [[TerminallyDependentSociety the sole source of energy on Earth]]. It also implies that 1, 2, and 3 are BroadStrokes, since the Devil is a MultiversalConqueror in this version.


[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} in general.
** The ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' game has five character routes that cannot all be possible in the same universe. The anime adaptation makes deviations of its own. The ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood'' FightingGame is based on a planned-but-unreleased route from the Visual Novel. Stories in the original novel's sequel, ''Kagetsu Tohya'', also follow different continuities from each other, following game routes or just making up scenarios. After ''Kagetsu Tohya'' was made, the game's creator admitted the "canon" route never made it into the original game.
** WordOfGod has also stated that ''all'' the routes are technically canon anyway, due to them being potential outcomes of the main scenario.
** ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate/stay night]]''- The game has three radically different routes. The anime mostly follows the main route, but mixes in elements and events from the other two. The manga mostly follows the ''second'' route. And there's a sequel, ''[[VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia Fate/hollow ataraxia]]'', which doesn't clearly indicate ''which'' route it follows. (The [[MindScrew nature of the story]] makes this possible, and it stays closest to the [[spoiler:Heaven's Feel]] route). However, no route has actually been outright declared as a "main" route, because all routes are technically canon as stated above.
** And then there's ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'', as well, which has several deviations between the novels and the anime, most notably Touko's appearance and the plot of the sixth novel/movie.
* Giant spoiler warning for ''VisualNovel/Ever17'' to the extent if you know this ahead of time, story is ruined for you. [[spoiler:Subverted. All events of the original four paths actually happen plus some stuff they leave out to avoid ruining the [[TomatoSurprise climax.]] They're tied together by happening on two different points in the timeline plus an attempted [[TrickedOutTime fix]] so that the ending would be less bittersweet/downer, depending on the route.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''Franchise/{{Doctor Who|Expanded Universe}}'' web animations:
** The line often taken with ''WebAnimation/DeathComesToTime'' is that it takes place in another continuity, due to Time Lords being [[RealityWarper Reality Warpers]] instead of {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s and [[spoiler:the 7th Doctor dying.]] Though some use this to consider the TV Movie and New Who non-canon.
** The next web animation, ''WebAnimation/ScreamOfTheShalka'', was originally a story to celebrate the 40th anniversary with Richard E. Grant as the official Ninth Doctor. However the revival of the series meant it went into non-canon status and so is now considered alternate continuity.
* ''WebAnimation/LoboWebseries'' R-rated and raunchy feel diverts away from the LighterAndSofter DCAU.
* According to WordOfGod, each ''WebAnimation/BunnyKill'' installment takes place in a continuity separate from the others.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Crimson Latex'' was cancelled, but all the characters were later re-used for ''Webcomic/Collar6''.
* ''[[Website/UltimaJavaCreativeMedia Ultima-Java]]'' originally had a multiverse, however since January 2010, the concept of a multiverse has been removed. However the pre-reboot continuity titled ''Universe 2'', is still considered an alternate continuity to the main comic ''Ultima-Java: History''.
* ''Webcomic/DragonBallMultiverse'': Though the comic has rarely touched upon some of the more interesting stories, presumably out of suspense. One arguable point is that the author has complaints about things that didn't make sense in the original story. Now, despite having alternate universes be the ultimate fan fiction tool, Universe 3 is strange. [[spoiler: In this universe, Bardock gets his psychic powers in a different method and leads a successful rebellion against Frieza.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Podcast/RedPandaAdventures'' -- The original "Panda Squadron" series. It's a much hammier, wackier version featuring the Red Panda as an agent if the Canadian government fighting the Nazis. It crosses over with the main continuity in the episode "The World Next Door", when the Squadron's Baboon [=McSmoothie=] comes to the main universe to get an item necessary to fight the Nazis in his universe.
* The rebooted ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' RP on Furtopia (''not'' the first incarnation) takes place in a different continuity than the trilogy and the original first RP. In turn, the trilogy is a different continuity than Furtopia [=RPs=].
* ''Literature/TrintonChronicles'' has three so far since 1999, and rumor states may end up with a 4th.
* Roleplay/MSFHighForum: The IRC channels are another place to role-play with one's characters, and things often go in a completely different direction than on the forum itself. Certain notable examples: Jax has the memory of his old life back, Robin is a Legion, Karn is actually a nice guy, and don't get us started on Demona...
* The ResetButton is applied to the ''WebAnimation/NeuroticallyYours'' comic and now shows what the life of Germaine is like if she focused on getting a job and improving her life instead of staying in expensive city doing nothing but poetry.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[LongRunner Due to just how long the series has run]] (97 years as of 2016), the ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'' franchise has several different continuities in it:
** The [[UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation Silent Era]] Felix, which is unmistakably set in a surreal, comedic caricature of 1920's urban culture, with some fairy tale and fantasy elements sandwiched in. Felix is portrayed as a nomadic AntiHero who acts on his own in the bulk of these cartoons, with recurring side characters being kept minimal and only sporadically appearing. The newspaper comics and comic books are all derived from this era, but there is an overlapping period between them and the Oriolo Felix due to Joe Oriolo taking over the art and writing chores for them around 1954 and running them up to the early 60's.
** The [[StillbornFranchise very short lived]] [[Creator/VanBeurenStudios Van Beuren Era]] Felix, which is set in Disney-esque, pure fairy tale settings with little of the surrealism and absolutely none of the urban nature of the Silent era shorts. This Felix is portrayed as a meek little kid who gets overwhelmed by large casts of oneshot characters.
** The Joe Oriolo (and later, Don Oriolo) Era Felix (sometimes referred to as the Trans-Lux Felix), the longest running and most well known incarnation of the series. This era has such a different art style, tone, and set of characters and locales from the Silent cartoons that the only thing that ties them together is that they both star Felix the Cat, and even then, the Oriolo Felix has a considerably different personality than the Silent era Felix. Felix occasionally gets to use his surreal abilities from the silent cartoons (such as detaching his tail to use it as a disguise in "The Magic Bag", and morphing it into a fist to punch back arrows in "Felix Out West") but they're downplayed in favor of using the benefits offered by the Magic Bag of Tricks, which was introduced in this series. ''[[WesternAnimation/FelixTheCatTheMovie The Movie]]'' and ''[[SpinoffBabies Baby Felix & Friends]]'' are also set in this continuity.
** The ''[[WesternAnimation/TheTwistedTalesOfFelixTheCat Twisted Tales of Felix]]'' series, which [[CanonWelding attempts to be an amalgam of the Silent and Oriolo eras of the series,]] being a retro cartoon throwback to the original Felix cartoons, as well as cartoons of the 1930s, such as those by Creator/FleischerStudios.
** The ''Betty Boop & Felix'' newspaper comics, where Felix acts as a normal, non speaking house pet to WesternAnimation/BettyBoop, basically replacing Pudgy the dog from Betty's own cartoons.
** And then you have the oddity that is ''Felix the Cat Live!'', a very obscure live-action TV show which has no ties to ''any'' of the previous continuities, and portrays Felix the Cat in live action costume.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', to the point where even dedicated fans still can't really keep track without [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Image:Continuities.png a map]]. This is compounded by the companies responsible for the franchise in the US and Japan actually disagreeing on continuity - ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' (known as ''Galaxy Force'' in Japan), for instance, is a standalone series according to Takara, but Hasbro considers it to be in continuity with the previous two franchises in the "Unicron Trilogy"; ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' aka ''Micron Legend'' and ''Anime/TransformersEnergon'' aka ''Super Link''. Many toy design elements make it clear that this ''was'' the original intent, but that the Japanese makers of the animated series took it upon themselves to declare it a standalone continuity, requiring some awkward redubbing in the American version to link it back to the Trilogy.
** The problem is also compounded by Takara attempting to stuff everything (bar the Unicron Trilogy and ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'') into the Generation 1 universe.
** Takara later retconned Cybertron back into being a sequel to Arm/Ene. This doesn't eliminate the snarl due to the Galaxy Force characters, who were different folks in Japan, having different names even if they have the same jobs and head designs, as well as incompatible histories for the ones with the same names ''without'' the glue seen in Cybertron. Merging them... does this mean Doubleface and Noisemaze are now the one Sideways seen in US continuity? What about Convoy and Galaxy Convoy? Megatron and Master Megatron? And how is Starscream back?
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' is off on its own continuity. In Japan, Word Of God places it in movie continuity, with Bulkhead renamed Ironhide (yes, Animated Ironhide did appear. He's now Armorhide.) but ''nothing'' else was changed, to the point of making the connections an InformedAttribute that really doesn't hold any water.
** The multiple incarnations of the Generation 1 universe in the comics.
** And all the children's books. (And even the childrens' books weren't afraid to take what they liked of past installments and leave the rest. Sometimes the 'cons pop up in the same drill vehicle five minutes after they used it to escape last time; sometimes Jetfire is just fine after getting a FamilyUnfriendlyDeath You can ''surely'' bet we never hear about the whole "[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids thousands of human slaves go 'squish]]'" thing again.)
** And the Armada/discontinued Energon comic. And the ''other'' Armada comic, from the UK.
*** The snarl of continuities is enough to require classification [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Universal_stream within the work itself]]. According to the best in-universe sources (the ''ComicBook/TransformersTransTech'' continuity, which acts as the de facto hub of the Transformers multiverse) there are at at least 15,962,782 cataloged "universal streams" (read: alternate continuities) known to exist, with 1,176,325 of those having "come to termination". Those are just the ones that they know of- the actual number is undoubtedly much larger than this.
* ''WesternAnimation/ALVINNNAndTheChipmunks'': In "Family Spirit", Dave states he met The Chipmunks seven years ago, cancelling out the events of the earlier series.
* WordOfGod is that the ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' film and the spin–off TV series ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' are in alternate continuities.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' has had so many continuities that in the ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' special, they made it so that every continuity was actually an AlternateDimension in a TMNT MultiVerse.
** With one exception: ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' has ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011''
* ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'' has a TV series that is completely different from both movies. It takes place in the time of the second movie, but Killer, a character from the first movie, is in it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'', the spin-off to ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', retcons Kuzco's CharacterDevelopment from an egotistical JerkAss, and has Kronk still working with Yzma, who has the PaperThinDisguise of Principal [[SdrawkcabAlias Amzy]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' episode states that all the movies, video games, alternate futures, and WhatIf episodes are all alternate timelines.
** Except ''Film/Ben10AlienSwarm'' which got [[SequelEpisode two entire episodes]] showing what happened to the original characters from the movie.
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinChronicles''. With different characterizations (one example out of many in the show would be Wuya being trapped in a slinky instead of a puzzle box like in the first show), Raimundo not being the leader of the monks (and apparently never was here), the names of the Shen Gong Wu being different, Dojo's new design, the show seems to be heading in this direction.
* Cartoons based on movies like "Beetlejuice" and "Jumanji" seem to be in their own continuities rather than following the movies they were based on. "Alienators: Evolution Continues" is the one that follows the film it was based on.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' is a special case, as the episode "Citizen Ghost" confirms it takes place after the [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} first movie]], but "Take Two" reveals that said movie (starring the same cast) exists in their world, as well, so any discrepancies between the cartoon and the film can be explained as artistic license taken when the film was made ''in the cartoon continuity''. This would explain why the series didn't portray them as bankrupt pariahs like they were in the beginning of ''Film/GhostbustersII''.
* The ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' movie ignores everything that happened after the first series of books except the girls getting the fairy lockets.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' is set in an alternate continuity from previous shows and movies. However, in the finale, [[spoiler:an AlternateTimeline is created, and it's heavily implied that the original continuity happened in this timeline.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/TimothyGoesToSchool'' TV series has two different alternate continuities in picture books. The ''Yoko and Friends'' beginning reader books have many of the same characters, but cast Yoko in central role and eliminate at least a couple of the characters, including Lilly. Certain stories are versions of the TV episodes, but cast different characters in the main roles and have other variations. The ''Yoko'' picture books go even further. Mrs. Jenkins is still the teacher, but most of the other major characters from the TV series are absent and Yoko's mother is depicted differently. For example, in the TV show, she reluctantly allows Yoko to bring special toys to school, only for bad stuff to happen to them. In the ''Yoko's Show-and-Tell'' picture book, her mother disallows her to bring a special toy to school, but she disobeys and it gets wrecked and has to go to a doll hospital.
* WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks television series is an alternate continuity to the newspaper comic strip it's based on. The characters personalities are tweaked a bit, a ''lot'' of [[CanonForeigner canon foreigners]] are introduced, and Michael Ceasar, a main character in the newspaper strip, is even AdaptedOut.
* The book ''Charming Opal'' and the animated television story "Opal's Looth Tooth" from the ''WesternAnimation/TootAndPuddle'' series tell rather different stories of Opal losing her first tooth. In the book, Opal loses her tooth when she, Toot and Puddle are playing at Pocket Pond and Toot has to find it at the bottom of the pond. Then, later, Puddle dresses as the tooth fairy to leave a quarter under Opal's pillow. The animated story focuses mainly on Opal's worries about her loose tooth, i.e. "What if it never comes out?", "What if I lose it?", "What if a new tooth never grows?", etc. She finally ends up losing it in a piece of bread at dinner, then the group hurries to go to bed so that the tooth fairy can come. Opal wakes up the next morning, happy to find her quarter.
* ''WesternAnimation/WorldOfWinx'' is clearly this to ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub''.
* It's possible that the live-action ''[[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents Fairly Oddparents]]'' TV Movies are this in regards to the series itself, seeing as they go on a totally different tangent then what the ending to ''WesternAnimation/ChannelChasers'' did, instead having Timmy choose to live his life exactly as he did as a kid in order to keep Cosmo and Wanda forever. In addition, Poof still can't say anything other than his name (in an episode that aired shortly before ''Film/AFairlyOddSummer'', he learned to talk), Sparky isn't so much as mentioned (even in ''A Fairly Odd Summer'', which debuted long after Sparky was introduced to the series), and the live-action movies treat Tootie as the only potential love interest Timmy ever had (Trixie, for instance, isn't even mentioned in them), among other things.
** With Season 10 introducing a new character that Timmy has to share Cosmo and Wanda with, it's even possible that ALL the movies are now alternate continuity.
* Similar to the Ghostbusters case above, ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' is an Alternate Continuity from the movies. The movie actually exists in this universe and is the story of the MIB leaked by the Worms using a human suit and the name of Creator/LowellCunningham. The series even mentions Creator/WillSmith and Creator/TommyLeeJones as the actors playing K and L and shows them (in very accurate cartoon versions) on camera.
* The short-lived ''Franchise/RoboCop: The Animated Series'' depicted an even more-futuristic and hi-tech Detroit than ''Film/RoboCop1987'' and as shown in the finale, [[SparedByTheAdaptation a still-living]] [[ArchEnemy Clarence Boddicker]].