->''"This is so non-canon it hurts."''
-->-- '''Vegeta''', ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', "Christmas Tree of Might"

Non-Serial Movie is related to TheMovie.

Very popular anime series occasionally spawn not only {{OVA}}s, but also theatrical movies. One problem with this is sometimes the movie is being made while the series is still ''ongoing''. While they generally have enough sense not to ignore anything that's happened ''up to'' that point, by the time the movie is released a show may have introduced very different facts into canon since when the movie began production. This is an especially big concern with very long series which in turn spawn many [[ShortAnimeMovie short movies]]. On the flipside, while it is possible to set a movie before the current storyline and have it fit into continuity, this results in the movie feeling outdated due to the character having their situations and abilities being SoLastSeason.

The easy way out of this is to make sure the movie is officially out of continuity. Nonetheless, [[FanWank fans sometimes establish a general sense]] of when a movie should logically take place, with various degrees of shoehorning. The only real rule is {{Non Serial Movie}}s usually have a "feel" for whatever season they were closely released in, which also helps viewers who don't have an encyclopedic knowledge of a series. Often, the storyline in progress in the series will begin with a certain status quo and end with a new status quo, but the movie will use the status quo during the middle of the storyline. It's as if during the middle of the story, the characters went on vacation during an end-of-the-world crisis.

There are a few bonuses to this technique. The movie is designed so those with only a basic sense of the series can still enjoy it. It also allows for creative {{one shot character}}s into the story (especially a FillerVillain). The right director can put a creative spin on a series with an otherwise strict concept. And of course lots of gratuitous BigBudgetBeefUp.

A major negative of not being in continuity is it is usually not referred to in the show's later episodes to avoid plot conflicts, nor are they allowed to make major upheavals (e.g., KilledOffForReal) in characters. One way around this is to make the story a backstory, {{flashback}}, or prequel. Another is to do a plot that is stylistically similar to the ongoing one but clearly divorced (which may be a WhatIf).

A feature-length BizarroEpisode can also be considered a [=Non-Serial Movie=].

Compare OvertookTheManga, when a storyline is created that really doesn't fit into the main series narrative.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'' has five movies, in addition to several shorts. The shorts are all clearly in continuity, and three later movies have received small references from the tv show. In addition, the first three movies are all part of a clear trilogy of sorts, with direct references to past events, so they're presumably all in continuity. Yet, their specific timeline isn't known in relation to the series' episodes and there are references to events and recurring mechas in the movies that never appear in the tv show. They all can roughly fit after each season, starting with the second one especially obvious for the third movie, which introduces new looks for the human cast which are carried over to the fifth season, but there's no actual official placement for them.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' has five movies; four of them, along with six OVA episodes, are adaptations of the ''Slayers Special'' novels, which is a prequel series to the main novel line. According to the movie director, the ''Slayers Excellent'' OVA is chronologically the first, with four of the five movies and the ''Slayers Special'' OVA following it, though without any given order. The fifth movie, ''Slayers Premium,'' is the only movie set during the tv series, but it's a conundrum as to where it fits (fan interpretation has placed it after the second season of the anime and before the third).
** ''Premium'' takes this up by being subjected to ContinuitySnarl; a radio drama that details what happened before and after the movie stated that it had been five years since the protagonists had gathered together, yet it's made clear in the tv series that each season is set from several months to one year after each.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' got two of these, both based on anime exclusive storylines. The first one, which revolves around Akane being abducted by a Chinese martial artist who has mistaken her for his fiancee, could be set anywhen after the first five episodes of the 4th season (Ranma uses the Hiryu Shoten Ha to defeat the BigBad, and all of the series main characters have been introduced). The second one, which has the crew shipwrecked on a tropical island and a bratty young noble kidnapping all of the women to pick a bride from their number, is definitely set after the late 7th season (Ranma and Ryoga use their KiAttacks, the Shi-Shi Hokodan and the Moko Takabisha). It also got 9 {{OVA}}s, one of which was released in Japan as a third movie- of these, three were anime specific (one Christmas story, one two parter), and the other six were adaptations of manga stories that came out after the anime series was cancelled.
* '''NONE''' of the ''Anime/LupinIII'' movies or specials feature any continuity with ''any'' of the five TV series (who barely even bother with continuity with ''each other''), any other film in the series, or even the Manga. It's part of the reason why they work so well though, as they can still feel pretty timeless even with outdated clothing and technology. There's a general sense of OriginsEpisode era, active period, and retirement (''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'' mostly), but the creators prefer the flexibility of MythologyGag to ContinuityPorn.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' has three non-serial movies tied to three of its five seasons with various degrees of success (though they do have a common problem of the current season's regular villains apparently deciding to take a short break).
** ''Sailor Moon R'' movie is an anime-original story which features Chibi-Usa without having any traces of the breakup subplot that starts shortly after her introduction, in the same episode where she's been given her nickname. Logically, this would place it between Usagi and Mamoru getting back together and the travel to the future and Chibi-Usa becoming Black Lady (Chibi-Usa's origins aren't mentioned in the movie, though she knows that Usagi is Sailor Moon). However, this part of the series takes place in winter (the flu episode), while the movie appears to take place in spring. If the movie chose to outright ignore the breakup story, the earliest it could happen is after episode 72, where Chibi-Usa learns the identities of the Senshi -- but by then it's already autumn. Because Chibi-Usa's de-brainwashing from her Black Lady form occurs in the same episode where she leaves for home (the final episode of the series), the events of the movie couldn't possibly occur after the events of the series, unless the movie takes place ''within'' the final episode, before Chibi-Usa's departure. In addition, if the flashback with kid!Usagi meeting kid!Mamoru in the hospital really happened, then the age difference between the two of them appears to be smaller than what was implied in the series (closer to their ages in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]]).
** ''Sailor Moon S'' movie is based on a manga side story, partially explaining the difficulty of fitting it into the anime version. The presence of Sailor Pluto and the Holy Grail puts it after episode 111, but Hotaru is not in the movie, despite her introduction occuring only an episode later -- a similar situation is found in the manga. This could be blamed on Hotaru's connection with the villains who have nothing to do with the movie. Further complicating the matter is the fact that in the anime version Pluto pulls a [[SchrodingersCast Schrödinger's Cast]] feat by supposedly getting killed near the end of the season. Along with Usagi's loss of the Grail and Haruka and Michiru's departure at the end, this means that the movie could only take place before the final showdown with the Death Busters -- but why Haruka and Michiru are willing to work with the rest of the team in the movie, contrasting their behavior in the series, is never explained.
** ''Sailor Moon [=SuperS=]'' movie, on the other hand, features Sailor Pluto again, so she is somehow alive without any comments or explanation, despite her first appearance in ''Stars'' being an obvious shock to Uranus and Neptune (who, for that matter, also surprise the rest of the team by their reappearance at that point, even though they are present in the movie). Interestingly, all of the Outer Senshi ''do'' reappear during the corresponding story arc in the manga, and the movie even imported some of its elements that weren't in the TV series (such as Chibimoon getting her own weapon), but apart from that it isn't in continuity with the manga either. Considering that the movie was made before the premiere of ''Stars'', it could've been intended to take place after the end of ''[=SuperS=]'' -- meaning it wasn't pushed out of continuity until the TV series rewrote the reintroduction of the Outer Senshi.
* {{Averted}} by ''Anime/CowboyBebop: Knocking on Heaven's Door'' (renamed ''Cowboy Bebop: The Movie'' in the US due to trademark issues), which is canonically set between episodes 22 and 23 of the series. As intense as its events are, the characters seem to forget all about it, like just one more job. It was made after the series was done for a good long time, but they needed to set it during the original timeline in order to [[spoiler:include a character who got KilledOffForReal in the last episode of the series.]]
* The first ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' movie between episodes 35 and 36, but featured the capture of the Arrow Card which is never seen before or after, and [[BrotherChuck introduced a new character from the past who is also never mentioned again]]. However, the Arrow Card counts up among the 52 Clow Cards (along with four cards captured off-screen), so the movie is in continuity, just that its canonicity is not mentioned explicitly.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has had several non-serial movies, starting with the {{OVA}} "Defeat The Pirate Ganzak!" (which actually predates the TV series), and going on to include ten as of 2010 feature films. At least one of these features a cast list that never existed in continuities.
** The first movie takes place not long after Usopp joins and the crew have received the Merry Go.
** Second movie, could say sometime after the Arlong arc as Sanji is with the crew but they haven't entered the Grand Line yet.
** Third, almost no where to put in canonical wise as the crew has Chopper but not Vivi or Robin. Chopper was introduced when Vivi was in the crew and she remained as such until Robin joined, with a very slim amount of time in between.
** Fourth movie is put right after the Alabasta arc as Crocodile is mentioned and Luffy's bounty has reached its first increase. The fifth and sixth movies are likely before Skypeia but theres no real indication of it.
** Seventh movie, before Water 7 as it gives an explanation on the origins of Luffy's Gear 2nd mode.
** The tenth movie ''Anime/OnePieceFilmStrongWorld'' is an aversion as it was [[SelfAdaptation written by the creator]] and was actually referenced in a special chapter of the manga. Its official title even says it is the [[TheMovie "One Piece Film"]]. The only time that it could take place is in the few days between the Thriller Bark and Sabaody Archipelago arcs, as Brook is on the crew and the events during and after the Sabaody Archipelago arc make it impossible for the movie to take place after it.
** The small four episode mini-arc meant to lead up to it is often contested if it canon or not however.
** The twelth movie, ''Anime/OnePieceFilmZ'' had its creation "overseen" by Oda, however unlike ''Strong World'' it is not canon. It was originally ''intended'' to be, but Oda just couldn't make it fit into the timeline.
* There are currently 20 movies based on the ''Manga/DragonBall'' series: 4 ''Dragon Ball'' movies, 15 ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' movies and 1 ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' movie/TV special, plus several TV specials and OVA's. Of these, only 2 movies (''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'' and ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'') avert this trope because they are canon with the manga, in large part due to [[SelfAdaptation Akira Toriyama's personal involvement]]; the others [[RecycledScript retell previous stories or otherwise heavily borrow plot elements and villains from the main story]], and trying to fit most of them into the highly serial manga/anime story creates a number of {{Plot Hole}}s if not an outright ContinuitySnarl[[note]]The series is rather tightly plotted and often use gathering the Dragonballs to revive dead characters as their motive and, barring that, the Saiyan's reach new Super Saiyan transformations in the current story arc and thus the movie has contradictory elements on when it should be taking place. So choosing any given movie certain characters should either be dead, capable of a higher transformation or otherwise occupied with the BigBad in the series[[/note]]. The ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse'' games consider the vast majority of the films listed below to be alternate timeline(s).
** The four ''Dragon Ball'' movies are completely separate from the show's continuity, retelling the story in BroadStrokes, with the same protagonists and similar situations but unique villains and settings.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZDeadZone'': Takes place shortly before the ''Z'' series begins, the general story could still fit as Piccolo still has his rivalry with Goku, but Krillin did not know of Gohan until the the start of ''Z''. Interestingly, the villain later appeared in the ''Z'' anime series proper [[Recap/DragonBallZGarlicJrArc during a]] FillerArc, which appeared to accept the events of this movie in BroadStrokes.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZTheWorldsStrongest'': Goku utilized Kaioken and the Spirit Bomb, but Piccolo is alive.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZTheTreeOfMight'': Piccolo, Yamcha, Tien and Chaotsu were still dead around the time Goku learned to upgrade his Kaioken to level 10.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZLordSlug'': Everyone is on Earth and the appearance of the Super Saiyan is much different (a red aura with white eyes, not the famously known golden hair and green eyes), and also it's treated as the first time anyone's heard of it. Gohan was at the age as he was on Namek, but was older when Goku returned to Earth.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZCoolersRevenge'': Probably the least contradictory film, as it fits in the timeline rather snugly during the three-year wait for the androids. The only issues are Gohan having his tail (which could have easily regrown and been removed in the passing three years) and Goku's "second" transformation into a Super Saiyan being treated as requiring extreme rage to trigger just like the initial transformation, when after the initial transformation it's actually an upgraded form he has natural control of. That being said, Goku only used his transformation into Super Saiyan as a last resort (thus when he was very angry) at this point in the canon material. ''Xenoverse 2'' implies that while this film didn't happen in the main timeline, Cooler still exists, as Freeza recognizes him when he appears on Namek.
*** Actually one could argue that the placement of the movie could cause the entire films premise to fall apart. If the movie is set before Trunks arrived on earth and finished Frieza, then Cooler is trying to avenge someone that isn't dead. If the movie is set after the defeat of Frieza and King Cold, then Cooler is going after the wrong person entirely. Also regardless of when it took place, Goku should not have had any trouble going Super Saiyan on command at that point.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZTheReturnOfCooler'': Dende is the new guardian of Earth, meaning Piccolo fused with Kami and should be about as powerful as everyone else. At this time, Goku is a Full Power Super Saiyan along with Gohan. Gohan is older than what he was when everyone fought with the Androids. On top of that, Vegeta could undergo the Super Saiyan Grade 2nd transformation.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZSuperAndroid13'': No one had any free time on their hands, they went straight to Kami's lookout after Goku recovered from the heart virus and they took turns training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZBrolyTheLegendarySuperSaiyan'': Another movie that doesn't really contradict the timeline that much , as it takes place during the 10 days before the Cell Games, stated as such in the Japanese version and could theoretically take place then. The only issue is that both Gohan and Goku are shown in their base forms, whereas they never left their Full Power Super Saiyan State in canon during these days. ''Super'' later on made this movie flat-out Non-Canon as it introduces a Broly analogue with a similar form, yet Goku and Vegeta don't recognise it nor do they bring up Broly.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZBojackUnbound'': Takes place in the TimeSkip between the Cell Saga and the Buu Saga, but future Trunks is still around rather than leaving for his own time at the end of the Cell Saga. That being said, Future Trunks' final canon scene mentioned that he was going back to the past to tell the others of his victory against the Androids. On the other hand, Future Trunks has short hair in his final canonical appearance but has long hair again in Bojack Unbound.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZBrolySecondComing'': Takes place shortly before the Buu Saga kicks into gear, Gohan should have been unaware that Goten can go Super Saiyan. Goku also did not return to Earth until the Tournament.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZBioBroly'': Took place during the tournament but the Z-Warriors went on to fight Babadi and his crew, plus Goku was still around when the tournament was going on, and at the end, the film shows him back in the Other World.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZFusionReborn'': Takes place ''during'' the Other World Tournament, retconning in a break during Goku and Pikkon's fight. Goku did not have the ability to turn [=SSJ2=] and [=SSJ3=], yet. Fusion is introduced early, but the status quo includes many aspects of the much later Buu Saga including Vegeta's death, Gohan's Mystic Level and Goten and Trunks knowledge of fusion. Goku mentions Buu to Janemba, but should not have known anything of him until much later.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZWrathOfTheDragon'': Takes place after the Buu saga so the basic story holds up, but includes an origin story of the sword Future Trunks used that runs contrary to the prior canon (the sword is mystically powerful and defeats a creature that can challenge the [=SS2=] level transformation, while the original sword is said to be ordinary and there was no way he was powerful enough to defeat that creature).
** The two ''Dragon Ball Z'' TV specials, ''[[Anime/DragonBallZBardockTheFatherOfGoku Bardock: The Father of Goku]]'' and ''[[Anime/DragonBallZTheHistoryOfTrunks History of Trunks]]'', while not strictly canon, do fit in with and elaborate on events mentioned in the manga (the destruction of Planet Vegeta and the BadFuture that Future Trunks comes from, which got a brief special chapter in the manga, where Teen Trunks is already a Super Saiyan training with Gohan, which the anime special expands upon with its own liberties and those liberties later becomes canon in the Future Trunks arc of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'') and Bardock gets a cameo in the manga later on; as for the [=OVAs=], a character from the OVA ''Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!'' gets a mention in ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', but said mention wasn't done when ''Battle of Gods'' was adapted as an arc in ''Dragon Ball Super''.
* Played with for the first two ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' movies, remakes of the first and second season which are, in-universe, films produced by the TSAB.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' follows the DBZ pattern of only halfway caring where things fit.
** The OVA ''The Sealed Sword Frenzy'' is set between the Soul Society and Visored/Bount arcs, despite the show stating there was all of one day between said arcs. Also, after Ichigo's battle with Byakuya he was having trouble controlling his inner hollow, and his very next battle he almost went out of control, leaving him weak until his Vizard training. [[TakeYourTime This plot point seems to be put off]] for as long as they are introducing filler, it seems.
** The movie ''[[Anime/BleachMemoriesOfNobody Memories of Nobody]]'' apparently goes in the same one-day gap. Interestingly, we now know something ''like'' this movie happened in canon -- there really are Kyogoku (Valleys of Screams) between dimensions, and Ichigo mentions having been to one. But this creates ''even more'' problems since the manga's version of Kyogoku isn't much like the movie (for starters, in the movie there's only one).
** The second and third movies, ''[[Anime/BleachTheDiamondDustRebellion The DiamondDust Rebellion]]'' and ''[[Anime/BleachFadeToBlack Bleach: Fade to Black]]'', both show Ichigo able to use Hollowfication comfortably. The writers probably assumed the Hueco Mundo storyline would end with a restored status quo in which the movies could fit -- little did they know Ichigo would lose his powers beating Aizen! This puts a definite endpoint on where the movies can go, and Ichigo is ''extremely'' busy in canon the whole time he knows Hollowfication. (Nor can the movies go after Ichigo gets his powers ''back'', since he gets a new outfit at the same time, and Rukia's rank and haircut have also changed by then.)
** ''Bleach'' one-ups most of the examples here by having non-serial arcs in the main anime: the New Third Captain arc, and the Zanpakuto Rebellion arc. They could potentially take place after the Hueco Mundo arc, but that all depends on how that ends in a compatible state. Certain details [[spoiler:such as Ichigo's changing mask]] already put these into question.
*** The New Captain arc [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in the first episode by quite openly saying it happens directly after Ichigo's fight with Grimmjow and that the story will return to that point after this story.
*** In ''Bleach'', whenever the anime started to catch up with the manga there was little choice but to insert a non-serial filler arc, as Kubo tends to write [[ArcFatigue very long story arcs]] which occur one right after another without any space to fit a filler between them. So from the New Captain filler arc onward it became standard for each filler to be a "yeah, this blatantly isn't canon but enjoy it anyway" affair.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' had ''Anime/YuGiOhTheMoviePyramidOfLight'', which has an altered version of canon post-Battle City and pre-Millennium World, and a spinoff season, ''Anime/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsters'', taking place between the KC Grand Prix and the Millennium World. There was also a non-serial manga spinoff of the original series, ''Manga/YuGiOhR'', taking place after Battle City.
** ''Anime/YuGiOhBondsBeyondTime'' averts this. Paradox cameoes in [=5Ds=], and Jaden is picked up from a point in time after his series ended. Fitting Yugi and Pegasus into the mix is a bit harder, but there were several small timeskips between Yu-Gi-Oh's original arcs during which these events could have happened.
** ''Anime/YuGiOhTheDarkSideOfDimensions'' takes place after the manga, but also retains the anime's designs and characterizations, leading to a BroadStrokes universe similar to the Yu-Gi-Oh video games. The dub is canon to the TV series, using the English dub names for the sake of familiarity.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' tends to be inconsistent in regards to this.
** The first movie made the most effort by having Mewtwo wipe everyone's memories of the events but also putting clips from the start of the movie in episodes that aired later. Since then, characters sometimes appear to have also forgotten the events of later movies, usually by not remembering seeing the focal Pokemon of that movie. Conversely, in one episode Brock remembers ''the movie he wasn't in''. Later on, the series gotten better on how to handle movie references so to establish them in continuity. The main location of movie 7 was made the hometown of Drew, a recurring rival of May. A model of the Time-Space Tower in movie 10 was seen in a museum in an episode that aired before movie's 10 Japanese release, and Dawn's Lunar Wing that she bought in that same movie shows up later in an episode set at Canalave City. Movie 8 raised a plot point that has been brought back in later episodes. Also, throughout the run, the movies are always consistent with the current teams at the time of the Japanese cinema release, even with Pokémon only captured a couple of weeks before the movie.
** However, in the ''Episode N'' arc of the anime, it's explicitly stated that the heroes haven't met Zekrom and Reshiram, specifically contradicting the Victini movies. Granted, the versions were mutually exclusive, so ''any'' attempt to refer to them elsewhere in either anime or movie canon would have required looser BroadStrokes anyway, but a moment of recognition with no follow-up[[note]]As happened in the 16th movie[[/note]] would still have been inbounds.
** According to [[TheWikiRule Bulbapedia]], all of the movies except the aforementioned Victini movie are considered Canon to the series, take place between the episodes they air, and fulfill the same purpose as {{Filler}} episodes, as no Pokémon are caught or evolve/ learn new moves.
** The 20th movie is an unique example, being an alternate retelling of the early series.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' has gotten one of these per year since a couple years after the show first started airing. Due to the relative scarcity of arc-based stories in the mostly-picaresque TV and manga series, the movies do not usually pose story-based continuity difficulties. They do involve a number of considerably different elements to the main series, however, which sometimes makes it a little hard to reconcile the two.
** The movies are considerably more action-packed, giving Conan a lot more physical things to do (and putting him in a lot more jeopardy). Over the course of the various movies he has [[spoiler:crash-landed a helicopter, rocket-skateboarded the length of an amusement park (including along a roller coaster track), parasailed, jumped a car from the top floor of one skyscraper to the roof of another, been shot at by a helicopter gunship on the roof of the Tokyo Tower, fallen out of and jumped out of a helicopter onto a blimp]], and more. His secret identity should have been blown by now from the things ''other people saw him do'' alone.
** The capabilities of his gadgets are always pushed to their logical limit, and then one inch further, so that between the rocket skateboard, the super-kicking shoes, and the bungee suspenders, Conan can practically fly in every movie. In the main series, any single facet of what's combined to achieve this would make the characters present suspicious. In the movies, such concerns are usually completely overtaken by a cascade of insanely high-stakes situations and awesome.
** Events that take place in the movies may be referenced in other movies, but are never brought up in the TV series. Also, the movies only rarely mention events from the TV series except in general terms. (An exception being the 13th movie, ''Raven Chaser'', which built heavily on earlier Black Organization arcs.)
** Two more points are also disputed by the fandom: should the {{backstory}} between Kogoro and Eri in the second movie be considered canon? And should [[VirtualGhost Noah's Ark]] be listed under the people who knew the truth?
** It does look like the movies may begin lining up more with canon from now on, however. The 2016 movie, ''[[http://www.detectiveconanworld.com/wiki/Movie_20 Darkest Nightmare]]'', again featured the Black Organization... and [[http://www.detectiveconanworld.com/wiki/Movie_21 the still-under-work 2017 movie]] (as of February 2017) ''Crimson Love Letter'' will ''heavily'' feature Heiji and Kazuha's ChildhoodFriendRomance, including Heiji's manga SelfProclaimedLoveInterest Momiji Oouka.
* ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'': TheMovie takes place pretty much in the space of time covered by the commercial break in the last episode of the TV anime series, and has all the voice actors from the TV anime -- except that it takes place in the AlternateContinuity of the manga instead of the anime.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': TheMovie gave some mild character introduction and didn't have any impact on the main plot. Which was a good thing for anime fans outside Japan, the movie was licensed a few years before the actual TV series.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has had eleven feature films so far, each taking place sometime during the TV adaptation's storyline. Of these, only two movies (''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]'' and ''[[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie Boruto]]'') avert this trope because they are canon with the manga, in large part due to [[SelfAdaptation Masashi Kishimoto's personal involvement]].
** ''[[Anime/NarutoTheMovieNinjaClashInTheLandOfSnow Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow]]'' (the first movie) happens after Naruto learns Rasengan and before Sasuke's defection, somewhere around the "Land of Tea" filler arc. The [[Anime/NarutoTheMovieLegendOfTheStoneOfGelel other]] [[Anime/NarutoTheMovieGuardiansOfTheCrescentMoonKingdom two]] pre-TimeSkip movies can be neatly placed within the infamous 80-week filler season with no difficulty.
** The [[Anime/NarutoShippudenTheMovie first]] ''Shippuden'' movie is most likely set after the "Rescue Gaara arc", the [[Anime/NarutoShippudenTheMovieBonds second]] after the "Sasuke and Sai" arc, and the [[Anime/NarutoShippudenTheMovieInheritorsOfTheWillOfFire third]] following the "Hidan and Kakuzu" arc. There are still some continuity problems though. Kakashi is incapacitated during the "Rescue Garra arc" and doesn't recover until the beginning of the "12 Guardians arc", though he appears in both the first and second Shippuden films in complete health. And the "Hidan and Kakuzu" arc ends with Naruto's arm badly injured, and it doesn't recover until the "Three Tales" arc is already underway. And that arc leads straight into the next arc...
** The fourth ''Shippuden'' film, ''[[Anime/NarutoShippudenTheMovieTheLostTower The Lost Tower]]'', is set sometime in between the death of [[spoiler:Jiraya]] and Pain's attack on Konoha, with the former even being mentioned by Naruto, despite the fact that in canon Naruto immediately left to train with the toads on Mount Myouboku after learning of his death, and didn't come back to Konoha until Pain's attack had already begun. A {{flashback}} also contains various minor continuity errors. %%No, the movie did not say Jiraiya created the Rasengan. It has him showing off his own Rasengan to Minato, and boasts that he mastered it faster than Minato had.
** The fifth ''Shippuden'' film, ''[[Anime/NarutoTheMovieBloodPrison Blood Prison]]'', is implied to take place after the Turtle Island arc and before the Fourth Shinobi World War arc, given that Naruto already knows Killer Bee. However, canonically speaking, Naruto and Bee don't leave the island until the Fourth Shinobi World War is well underway, making the events of the film impossible to fit into the manga's timeline. There are a number of other continuity errors as well, such as A still having both his hands. Nonetheless, ''[[LightNovel/NarutoHiden Kakashi Hiden]]'' semi-canonized it (likely because its author also wrote the screenplay for ''Blood Prison''), though the film's specific events are implied to have played out somewhat differently in canon (for one thing, they seem to have happened at a far earlier date than what the movie was trying to imply, and Naruto apparently knew all along that his being sent to the prison was an undercover mission). Whether this means something [[BroadStrokes vaguely approximating]] the events of the other movies is also canon has yet to be revealed.
** The ninth overall film, ''[[Anime/NarutoTheMovieRoadToNinja Road to Ninja]]'', also takes place in the same time frame as ''Blood Prison'', after the Turtle Island arc and before the Fourth Shinobi World War arc, because Naruto has already "met" his mother Kushina, all of Akatsuki except for Tobi and Zetsu have been defeated, and Tobi hasn't yet gotten his Rinnegan or changed into his new uniform. Again, the film doesn't fit into the canon timeline because it depicts Naruto in Konoha, even though the Fourth Shinobi World War begins while Naruto is still on Turtle Island and Naruto then heads directly to the battlefield without making a stop at Konoha since the bulk of the fighting took place at the Land of Lightning, [[CaptainObvious which is nowhere near Konoha]].
** Averted with the tenth overall film, ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]'', because it's the first one in the franchise to be explicitly canon with the manga, since it's the bridge between the penultimate chapter and the DistantFinale, set two years ''after'' the manga's conclusion. Creator/MasashiKishimoto was also heavily involved with the film by joining the writing staff as chief story supervisor.
** Also averted with the eleventh film, ''[[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie Boruto]]'', because it's explicitly canon with the manga, is the direct sequel to ''The Last'', and takes place fifteen years ''after'' the manga's conclusion. Creator/MasashiKishimoto was also heavily involved with the film by writing the screenplay and serving as chief production supervisor.
* The original ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' [[TheMovie movie]] (the animated one, not the LiveActionAdaptation) roughly qualifies, as it was made while the manga and TV series were both still running in Japan. It doesn't actually introduce any new characters to the story though, but instead retells key events from the first nine or ten collected volumes of the original manga and then changes the order of events and how they transpire [[PragmaticAdaptation in order to tell a more condensed storyline]]. For example, [[spoiler:in the original manga and TV series, Kenshiro and Rei fought against the Fang King in order to save Rei's sister, whereas in the movie the Fang King and his clan are challenged by Raoh and his army for possession of their territory instead]].
* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'':
** ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' got a movie started after the series ended, but even this trope and AlternateContinuity couldn't fit everything into only a single movie, so they made '''two''': ''The False Songstress'' and ''The Wings of Goodbye''.
** The production team for the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' decided not to go the CompilationMovie route for the inevitable theatrical release (ala ''Gundam'' and ''Yamato'') and instead produced a movie (''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'') that is in a parallel continuity with the TV series, presenting basically the same events as the series, but often in new ways. WordOfGod says that ''Do You Remember Love?'' is itself [[ShowWithinAShow a movie within the Macross universe]], and that the differences between the two are for dramatic purposes[[note]]Though Creator/ShojiKawamori has said that neither the TV show nor the movie are "main" canon, and he considers elements of both to be "true".[[/note]]
%%* ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' has so many of them.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' is a bit complicated.
** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', the first season, has two movies. The first movie actually averts this trope, as it's both a {{Prequel}} and was released before the first season aired. The second film was released while the first season was airing. However, it explicitly takes place after the events of ''Adventure'' and is referred to in the second season...
** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' also had two movies released while it was airing. The franchise's third movie is definitely non-canon, but there was an attempt to place it into canon with a DramaCD. The franchise's fourth movie was released during the last few episodes of ''Adventure 02''. It takes place after the events of the season (but before the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue) and acts as a direct sequel to the second ''Adventure'' movie. Obviously it was never referenced in canon, but nothing has ever said it ''wasn't'' canon either. Except for some pretty glaring [[ContinuitySnarl continuity snarls]] that make it a strong case for this trope.
*** In English speaking countries, the first three movies were dubbed and released together as a CompilationMovie entitled ''Digmon: TheMovie''. The dub of ''Adventure 02'' also added references to the third movie, which caused huge problems. Izzy mentions Willis in the show but we never see him among the International Digidestined when they all go to the Digital World to help against [=MaloMyotismon,=] if the events are canon according to the dub then why do Patamon and Gatomon never use their Mega forms and why does Davis never use the Golden Digiegg which powers exceeds Mega-level Digimon ?
** Like its predecessors, ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' had two movies released while it was airing. The franchise's fifth movie is referenced in the anime proper when one of its characters appear in the anime. The franchise's sixth movie takes place after the end of the season, but its canonicity has been debated as certain members of the anime's staff were not involved in the movie's creation. Both movies were dubbed in English well after the ''Tamers'' dub ended.
** The ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' movie is non-serial but it doesn't actually contradict canon in any way. Again, it was also dubbed into English after the series aired.
** ''Anime/DigimonXEvolution'', the franchise's eighth movie, is in its own canon and is based off the ''Digimon Chronicle'' setting (which didn't have a consistent canon to begin with).
** Finally, the ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' movie is non-canon.
* A theatrical film for ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' (titled Trigun:Badlands Rumble) was released about a decade after the anime series, apparently taking place sometime during the more light-hearted portion of the series, and is basically a side story (much like the earlier episodes) about Vash and friends encountering a fearsome bandit in an AdventureTown.
* According to the ''Anime/PrettyCure'' trope page "most seasons have at least one movie that makes no canonical sense (most of the time) but can't be thrown out because of [[RuleOfCool something really awesome happening in it]].
** There are usually ''two'' per year: one is a mega-{{crossover}} involving every Precure that has ever appeared against a new BigBad, who is a [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere rather impersonal manifestation of badness]] not strongly tied to any of the existing continuities. Another is a movie that features only the characters of that year's Precure series, and the plot is usually strongly tied to those characters. New characters introduced in either movie won't appear in that year's TV series, except as a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo (such as [[LegacyCharacter Cure Angie]] from the ''Heartcatch'' movie).
* The ''Manga/FairyTail'' movie ''Phoenix Priestess'' seems to fit somewhere between the Grand Magic Games arc and the Tartaros arc, ignoring the minor detail of Elfman somehow losing all his bulk from the training he did well beforehand. Seeing how the GMG arc was still ongoing when the movie debuted, however, fans debated how the movie fit in the series at the time because the movie featured the guild back in their old guildhall during the Post-TimeSkip setting, which hadn't happened yet in the manga.
* ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}} the Movie: Sweets Dance Princess'' is much like ''Anime/DigimonXEvolution'', in that it has its own canon instead of being connected to any anime season.
* Averted in Rockman.EXE Stream, the [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] third season of Anime/MegamanNTWarrior. TheMovie "Hikari to Yami No Program" (Program of Light and Shadow) is explicitly referenced once as "the Nebula Gray incident" [[spoiler:and in the final episode, Bass finally kills off InvincibleVillain Slur using the powers he absorbed from Nebula Gray at the movie's end.]]

%%* Sometimes Annuals can be of this nature.

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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'' was an example of a Non-Serial Movie with a BigBudgetBeefUp to go along with it; specifically, all of the cheap sets and spandex costumes (not to mention the stock footage) were replaced with expensive, high quality sets and plasticized, form-fitting body armor, respectively. The film's plot was also a change from the series' norm at the time. The movie's lead villain, Ivan Ooze, was never seen in the series either. The movie is not part of the series canon, since it basically tells the same story as the third-season premiere multiparter (Rangers lose old powers, must earn new ninja-based powers), but with major changes (for instance, the Rangers get their ninja powers from the scantily clad Dulcea of the planet Phaedos rather than the robotic Ninjor, and the new villain is Ivan Ooze rather than Rito Revolto).
** The ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' movie was firmly in continuity, though, and you'd have a hard time figuring out what the heck was going on in the series without it. A lot of people were probably confused if they waited for it to hit Blockbuster, figuring that, as with the first, you didn't have to see it.
* Most Heisei era ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series have had a Non-Serial Movie. There are exceptions, however.
** ''[[Series/KamenRiderAgito Agito]]'': ''Project G4'' isn't an AlternateContinuity, though it's difficult to place within the TV series continuity, leaving it up to {{Fanon}} to shoehorn the movie in.
** ''[[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Ryuki]]'': Both the movie and TV special present wildly contradictory events (and the TV special in fact had two alternate endings, which viewers could vote for via telephone). However, every version of events is considered canon since WordOfGod revealed that [[spoiler:Shiro Kanzaki repeatedly hit the ResetButton trying to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong; each version of the story happened in some timeline, but the TV series is the final iteration since he was convinced to give up.]]
** ''[[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Faiz]]'' and ''[[Series/KamenRiderBlade Blade]]''[='s=] movies are AlternateContinuity epilogues based on the question "[[WhatIf What if]] the series ended differently?".
*** ''Faiz'': The ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' web mini-series ''Kamen Rider 4'' is not just an epilogue to ''Film/SuperHeroTaisenGPKamenRider3'', it also serves as a FullyAbsorbedFinale for ''Faiz'' resolving the one loose plot thread of its finale: [[spoiler:Takumi's impending death]].
** ''[[Series/KamenRiderHibiki Hibiki]]'': A particularly odd case. It shows Hibiki gaining his SwordOfPlotAdvancement and SuperMode in a different way than in the TV series; however, every part of the movie ''except'' this is meant to be canon.
** ''[[Series/KamenRiderKabuto Kabuto]]'': ''God Speed Love'' is an AlternateUniverse version of the TV series where the Shibuya meteor was even worse and reduced the world to a post-apocalyptic wasteland; it ends with [[spoiler:Hyper Kabuto altering history by breaking part of the meteor, lessening the impact and bringing the TV series into existence through the TimeyWimeyBall.]]
** ''[[Series/KamenRiderDenO Den-O]]'': The show actually incorporates the first movie into the storyline such that the movie forms the fourth of a five-part StoryArc, making it an aversion. The second and third movies play the trope straight, due to the unexplained presence of [[spoiler:Zeronos]] and no continuity between them. It gets even more confusing with the fourth movie and the 2010 trilogy, which may or may not be canon to the television series (their setting is in fact the Den-O AlternateUniverse visited by ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', thus their canonicity is definite to ''Decade'' but questionable to the main ''Den-O'' universe; the Den-O AU was the least different of the Decade [=AUs=], so it's possible they're one and the same).
** ''[[Series/KamenRiderKiva Kiva]]'': ''King of Demon World Castle'' outright contradicts the show's continuity in so many ways that it's impossible for it to be placed in the show's timeline.
** ''[[Series/KamenRiderDecade Decade]]'': ''All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker'' is canon to the series, but placing it is somewhat difficult as the show has no evident moment bridging to it in a series where the end of each episode sets up the next; it seemed non-canon at first because of the clear lack of anywhere it could fit. ''Movie Wars 2010'' serves as ''Decade''[='=]s GrandFinale; it also confirms the first movie's canonicity through the presence of Dr. Shinigami, referencing the previous film's events, as the BigBad. On that note, ''Movie Wars 2010'' ends with the protagonists have nothing more to do than travelling across the multiverse, making any ''Decade'' character appearances henceforth self-contained episodic affairs.
** ''[[Series/KamenRiderDouble Double]]'': Averted for all films. Scenes from ''Begins Night'' appear in the first episode as part of a ColdOpen, and it tells part of the backstory in FlashBack, but the actual present-day events seem to take place between episodes 14 and 15 due to the movie's story being [[{{Foreshadowing}} Foreshadowed]] in 13-14 and the presence of the Fang Memory in 15. ''Forever A to Z[=/=]The Gaia Memories of Fate'' takes place quite pointedly between episodes 44 and 45, since the former ends with the T2 Gaia Memories being transported, and the latter begins with [[spoiler:Futo Tower being repaired following the final battle between Double and Eternal]]. ''Movie War Core'' serves as the backstory of PosthumousCharacter Kamen Rider Skull; however, being canon to ''Double'' ends up causing problems for...
** ''[[Series/KamenRiderOOO OOO]]'': ''Movie War Core'' has many contradictions with the show. It could have been easily written off as a non-serial movie if it weren't for ''Double''[='=]s canonical involvement above. ''Film/OOODenOAllRidersLetsGoKamenRiders'' is flat-out non-canon because the time travel chaos ends up creating about quite a few dystopian alternate timelines [[spoiler:''without'' [[SnapBack snapping back]] to the original, canon ''OOO'' timeline after the BigBad is killed]]. On the other hand, ''21 Core Medals'', though stated to be in canon, is hard to place - also, the Greeed loan Eiji some of their Medals to fight the BigBad and there's never any indication that he returned them - and ''[[Film/KamenRiderXKamenRiderFourzeAndOOOMovieWarMegaMax Movie War Megamax]]'' and ''Heisei Generations FINAL'' are set after the series, with the former having [[spoiler:Ankh dead and the non-existence of the Core Medals... and how both those things might change]] and the latter being about [[spoiler:how both those things ''will'' change]].
** ''[[Series/KamenRiderFourze Fourze]]'': Averted in ''Megamax'', which introduced Rocket States and the Virgo Zodiarts, and first revealed that [[spoiler: Gamou is working with Foundation X]], all of which are quite important to the series. ''[[Film/KamenRiderXKamenRiderWizardAndFourzeMovieWarUltimatum Movie Wars Ultimatum]]'' (which affirms the canonicity of ''Film/KamenRiderFourzeTheMovieEveryoneSpaceIsHere'' with the appearance of a character who otherwise only appeared in that movie) takes place five years post-series, with the post-series continuity respected in both ''Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiXSpaceSheriffSuperHeroTaisenZ'' and ''Heisei Generations FINAL'', the latter ''actually'' being made five years after ''Fourze'' ended.
** ''[[Series/KamenRiderWizard Wizard]]'': There are no references to ''Movie Wars Ultimatum'' or ''Wizard in Magic Land'' in the series proper. With ''Ultimatum'' not contradicting TV canon, it can be easily interpreted as {{Filler}} with no ramifications on the greater plot. For ''Magic Land'', reality was altered to create the very different universe of the film, which is fixed by the end. The bulk of the film is similar to the previous decade's WhatIf stories, but it all still happened for Haruto, if no one else. The movies make references to each other, though: in ''[[KamenRiderXKamenRiderGaimAndWizardTheFatefulSengokuMovieBattle Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle]]'', Wizard has the EleventhHourSuperPower ring that [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands he pulled out of nowhere]] in ''Magic Land''. However, there ''is'' a possible humorous ContinuityNod to ''Ultimatum'' in Wizard's Hyper Battle DVD: in ''Ultimatum'', Haruto went into an unknown person's Underworld, fell for the beautiful young woman he met there, and was utterly horrified when [[UnsettlingGenderReveal it turned out to be the Donut Shop Owner]] (who says [[AmbiguousGender he was mistaken for a girl when he was younger]]); in the Hyper Battle DVD, when Haruto sees that the Owner has fallen into despair, his immediate response is ScrewThisImOuttaHere, which could be attributed to the events of the film.
** ''[[Series/KamenRiderGaim Gaim]]'': The series is pretty weird about this. To begin with, ''Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle'' is never referenced in Gaim's series... but it does reference his EarlyBirdCameo in the last two episodes of ''Wizard''. (In fact, Wizard reclaims a ring that he gave away in those episodes). As for the others, ''Gaim'' tends to acknowledge movies with [[BizarroEpisode plot-interrupting movie tie-in episodes that are never brought up again]]. For example, after ''Film/HeiseiRiderVsShowaRiderKamenRiderWarsFeaturingSuperSentai'' premiered, ''Gaim'' got a {{crossover}} special with ''Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger'' that tied into the movie. Neither the movie nor the special are ever brought up in ''Gaim''[='=]s series. Then there's ''The Great Soccer Match! The Golden Fruit Cup!''. It's got a tie-in episode, but as for its events, reality is altered to create the world it takes place in, and the characters lose their memories of it after, making it something that you could ignore... [[spoiler:until the final episode features the Big Bad of the movie as its stand alone antagonist]].
*** The ''Gaim'' movies take advantage of the fact that ours isn't the only world to face the threat of Helheim to keep movies, team-ups, and specials out of the way of a tightly-plotted, self-contained series. If you're not inclined to watch the movies, you can just know that between episode x and y, they went through a Crack to somewhere in the multiverse, did stuff that won't matter to Earth's invasion by Helheim, and came back. [[spoiler: At least, until the last Rider turns out to be Kogane possessing a woman.]]
** ''[[Series/KamenRiderDrive Drive]]'': Averted for all films thanks to the series' premise. There are exactly 108 [[MonsterOfTheWeek Roidmudes]], so every Roidmude kill in the movies is accounted for in the series. Even ''Film/SuperHeroTaisenGPKamenRider3'', which largely takes place in a Roidmude-less AlternateTimeline that gets negated at the end has a Roidmude kill in the real timeline (Roidmude 102, to be precise.). Interestingly, it ends with a cliffhanger that clashes severely with the rest of ''Drive,'' but the web miniseries ''Kamen Rider 4'', which serves as the epilogue of ''Kamen Rider 3'', sees it resolved, restoring ''Drive''[='=]s status quo for good so that the series can continue. As such, as non-canon as the movie looked, it all fits!
** ''[[Series/KamenRiderGhost Ghost]]'': Averted for all films, although it's unclear where some of them fit. Ghost's cameo in the last episode of ''Drive'' is definitively canon as well, as it's where Takeru gets the Newton Eyecon.
** ''[[Series/KamenRiderExAid Ex-Aid]]'': Averted for all films in relation to each other, although the events of the films are rarely if ever touched on in the show other than ''Heisei Generations'', which sets up part of a major story element, and ''True Ending'', which acts as the show's equivalent of a BonusDungeon, is set up in the TV series as an impending threat and uses its timeline placement to make ''Series/KamenRiderBuild''[='=]s EarlyBirdCameo - which would otherwise be mere advertising with little narrative effects on the incumbent Rider's plot - into an ''Ex-Aid'' status quo-changing SequelHook for ''Heisei Generations FINAL''. Nothing about the other movies directly contradicts the show's canon other than some characters using extra Gashats, typically based off licensed products like ''Galaxian'' or ''Pac-Man'', that they never bring out in the show.
** ''[[Series/KamenRiderBuild Build]]'': Averted for ''Heisei Generations FINAL'', since the events of the movie tie back into the series in at least two places. In the movie Build gains the [[TransformationTrinket Phoenix and Robot Fullbottles]] and loses them soon after; in the series it turns out that they were stolen by agents of Hokuto in order to create Kamen Rider Grease. About halfway through the series, Seito gets involved in the war and it turns out that they're using the Kaiser technology invented by the movie's BigBad (read: [[PropRecycling they repainted and reused suits from the movie]], but [[LampshadeHanging acknowledged]] it InUniverse).
** Also, the ''Movie Wars'' films in general have many similar canon elements, not the least of which is the previous Rider recognizing the current one due to his EarlyBirdCameo in the previous Rider's Summer movie. There are also a number of {{Continuity Nod}}s; in ''Movie Wars Core'', when Eiji saves Akiko from some falling debris, Shotaro says "That's another one I owe you, OOO", referring to Eiji's cameo in ''Forever A to Z''; later in ''Movie Wars Megamax'', when Shotaro offers to hold off Foundation X's baddies and Eiji protests, Shotaro responds that he's finally repaying the debts he owes Eiji for all his help. Additionally, the previous Rider's portion of a ''Movie Wars'' film is generally considered canon, due to its being a [[PostScriptSeason Post-Script Story]] or in some cases (like Decade's) the story's GrandFinale. However, the ''current'' rider's portion may or may not be referenced.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' movies are different - they're hard to place in show continuity, typically don't touch the series' plot, and are rarely referenced thereafter, but they're almost never contradictory, unlike the turn-of-the-century Kamen Rider movies that were WhatIf stories from the get-go.
** ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'' - The evil PaletteSwap mecha from the movie makes a brief appearance near the end of the series. There's also a RunningGag of mentioning ''Abarangers''[='=]s curry house in teamups if that teamup doesn't have at least one ''Abaranger'' character appearing[[note]]Even the {{Fake Shemp}}s in [[Film/GokaigerGoseigerSuperSentai199HeroGreatBattle the Gokaiger/Goseiger teamup]] qualify as an appearance.[[/note]], suggesting ''every'' Sentai succeeding the Abarangers has at least someone who has it as a favorite hangout; you won't see evidence of this in their series.
** ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger''[='=]s, however, has Samurai World mentioned often, and [[spoiler: Retsutaka and Engine Daishogun return]].
** Strangely, in ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'', Tricondor is recognized by the team because of the movie's events, but there doesn't seem to be any reason for Oboro to have made a machine that looks exactly like the first Tricondor.
** The two ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' team-up movies are canon. The first one (with ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger''), set between episodes 16 and 17, sees [[spoiler:the Gokaigers unlocking 11 Ranger powers at once]] and and while the events of the second one (with ''Series/SpaceSheriffGavan'') are not referenced in the show itself, the ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'' EarlyBirdCameo scene is pretty much a {{foreshadowing}} of Basco's final and most nefarious move against the Gokaigers in episodes 47/48, setting the movie before that two-parter.
*** ''Gokaiger'' also includes numerous references to previous movies in its series, with identical relatives of previous team-up villains appearing. Episode 40 even shows their EarlyBirdCameo in the Shinkenger-Goseiger teamup in context (how'd they have their suit-changing gimmick, gained from the lost powers of all past sentai, while Shinken and Gosei were active? The short version is, TimeTravel was involved.)
** At first it seems like the ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'' movie was this with its special combination "Geki Rin Tohja," a mecha formation made from the show's first mecha and the 2 mechs of the "evil" Rin Juken users Rio and Mele [[spoiler:but in episode 33, when the first 3 Gekirangers along with Rio and Mele get stuck in the past, they have to fight a giant monster; Rio suggests using Geki Rin Tohja, making the movie canon. Then later they use [[UpTo11 Geki Rin Tohja Wolf]]]].
** ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger''[='=]s movies don't get mentioned in the series, but do mention each other -- an Algolian (the summer movie villains) is involved in the ''Dekaranger vs. [[Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger Magiranger]]'' teamup.
** On the case of ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'', Ene-tan and the Megazord Epsilon from the summer movie and the Megazord Omega from the ''Gokaiger'' team-up returned in the show after their movie debuts.
** The events of ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger''[='=]s summer movie are shown in flashback in episode 29 of the series and later explicitly followed up on in episode 39. ''Film/ResshaSentaiTokkyugerVsKyoryugerTheMovie'' fulfills a plot point mentioned only in the finale: [[spoiler:The appearance of the BiggerBad behind the Deboss Army, whose existence Deboss revealed to Daigo during the final battle.]]
** ''Series/ResshaSentaiTokkyuger''[='=]s movies don't get mentioned in the series, but they do share a common plot element in the Galaxy Line, a cosmic analogue to the Rainbow Line.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The two Dalek films made in the 1960s, ''Film/DrWhoAndTheDaleks'' and ''Film/DaleksInvasionEarth2150AD'' are completely out of continuity with the TV show ''Series/DoctorWho'', and deliberately so: the cast is completely different, the lead is a human scientist called Who, and only the basic design of the Daleks is carried over. The fact that the plots were adaptations of TV stories cements their non-canon status. Averted with the 1996 film, which was intended to be a bridge between the 1963-89 run and a planned revival which wound up in DevelopmentHell for various reasons until the BBC renewed the series in 2005, and is as canon inasmuch as ''Doctor Who'' has a canon (the Eighth Doctor occasionally makes appearances in flashbacks).
** The revived series took a BroadStrokes approach to the '96 movie: the Eighth Doctor was repeatedly shown in flashbacks before making an in-person appearance in an online episode, and when the Master returned, we ([[UnexplainedRecovery uncharacteristically, actually]]) got a real explanation for his resurrection (which of course would be unneeded if he was last seen alive, meaning his death in that movie - and thus the rest of it - likely still happened.) The points that really stick in the fans' craw have so far not been carried over - one season finale outright states that a Time Lord HalfHumanHybrid is ''impossible,'' which blows "I'm half human on my mother's side" right out of the water. A ''later'' finale suggested it might not be off the cards after all, but avoided saying anything definite.
* Inverted and subverted with the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, in which the films are the prime continuity, and the spinoff shows are, in a sense, Non-Serial ''Series''. ''Series/AgentsOfShield'', ''Series/AgentCarter'', ''Series/JessicaJones2015'', ''Series/{{Daredevil|2015}}'' and so forth '''are''' oficially part of the MCU, and repeatedly confirmed to be so. At the same time, however, the events of television productions have almost no impact on the direction of the films and their MythArc. This has caused significant friction between the two studios, especially as the films can upset the status quo of the world at any time, and the showrunners are often left scrambling to keep up.[[note]]As happened following the massive shakeup caused by ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', which actually ''dismantled [=SHIELD=]''. While ''Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'' was still airing its first season.[[/note]] Meanwhile, it's been made clear numerous times that the films have no intent on using or referencing developments from the television side of things.[[note]]Case in point, the resurrection of EnsembleDarkHorse Phil Coulson in ''Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'', and Whedon explicitly stating the films will carry on as if Coulson is DeaderThanDead.[[/note]]
* ''Film/InTheLoop'' takes place in a separate but very similar universe to ''Series/TheThickOfIt''. Most of the cast from the show is present, making it something between this and AlternateUniverse. It does this so that it can tackle something beyond the time period of the show (Namely, TheWarOnTerror) and so it can have a character cross the MoralEventHorizon without making him ''completely'' unsympathetic on the show.

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* ''WebAnimation/TVTomeAdventures: TheMovie'' is actually a subversion of this. It has all the hallmarks of a Non-Serial Movie: The heroes fight against {{Filler Villain}}s, it has no effect on the plot, the events are (seemingly) never mentioned again, etc. Unlike most Non-Serial Movies, things such as Giga attacking them, references to the X-Games, and [[spoiler: Zetto still running around doing whatever he wants instead of being under arrest]] make it clear when it takes place: right between the X-Games and Infiltration Arcs. There is, however, one far more important difference: [[spoiler: The FillerVillain is defeated by Alpha and Zetto [[FusionDance Fusing]] together to form "Alphazet." This is never mentioned again... Until the Season 3 Finale where, with no warning whatsoever, Alpha and Zetto do it ''again'' to save the day. Oh, and that FillerVillain? [[ArcWelding Turns out]] that he was (Probably) one of the super-intelligent viruses made by the BigBad.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/BenTen'' and its sequel got live action films, both do not take place within the animated show's continuity. In the second one, for example, Grandpa Max is with the gang despite being abducted in the series, the team had a cool underground base that didn't appeared in the cartoon, Julie does not exist, etc. They are still considered "Canon" as the events of the film has repercussions in later episodes.
** The cartoon series eventually introduced TheMultiverse, and depicted "Race Against Time" as having happened in another world. The WhatIf episodes of the original cartoon ''also'' apparently all happened ''somewhere.''
* An interesting variation: the movie ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'' does not take place in the continuity of ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' TV show, but rather in the continuity of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' film series, which the show was spun off from.
* The second ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' movie, ''Magical Adventure'', is in stark contrast to first ''[[WhamEpisode The Secret of the Lost Kingdom]]'', which ended the MythArc of Bloom's missing birth parents. It feels like an AlternateContinuity to season 4, but that just raises up even more questions, like where the girls got their Believix powers, Roxy is nowhere to be seen, Nabu is there despite being dead, etc... A common saying among the fandom is that the film makes ''much'' more sense if you imagine the girls in their ''Enchantix'' outfits (so, before Season 4), as opposed to their ''Believix'' ones.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGONinjagoMovie'' is not in the same continuity with either the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ninjago}}'' TV series OR toy line; it is instead a spinoff of the WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie. However, it takes inspiration from the source's plot points and puts on a new spin on them, such as Lloyd's relationship with his father and the robotic aspects of Zane.