Of all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these: "It might have been."
— John Greenleaf Whittier
More sad are those we daily see: "It is, but hadn't ought to be."
— Bret Harte
Gwen Stacy isn't dead, she's only sleeping,
And Elektra isn't evil or insane.
And those bastards in the Pentagon can't really kill Sue Dibny,
No more than they could kill off Lois Lane
— Four-Color Love Story by the Metasciences
Wolverine: What about Onslaught?
Beast: We just pretend that never happened... for the Professor's sake.
Keroro: Now, do you have any questions?
Tamama: I don't know... this sounds a lot like that Wet-traman operation from the other day...
(Keroro gets an weird look on his face and pauses whilst an image of Wet-traman appears in the background)
Keroro: Okay!! Men... let's go recruit some beasts!!...
Tamama: I knew it... he's going to pretend it didn't happen...
— Keroro Gunsou, Encounter 67 — The Charge of The Animal Brigade
Cashier: Okay, that's the Rocky giftset. That's going to be $49.99.
Sports Guy: Uh... we have a question.
Sports Guy: I don't want to pay for Rocky V. I like to pretend that Rocky V never happened.
Person #1: I forgot how good that movie was.
Person #2: Wanna put on the other two?
(#2 is beaten offscreen)
Person #1: I forgot how great that movie was.
Person #3: Too bad they never made any sequels.
Alt Text: I actually remember being entertained by both the sequels while in the theatre. They just don't hold up nearly as well in later comparison.
Miss Cackle: Now come along Miss Harbroom, I've declared this an afternoon out, and you know what that means.
Miss Hardbroom: A holiday?
Miss Cackle: More than that. Tomorrow, we will forget that we were here together. An afternoon that never happened!
—The Worst Witch, Season 1, Episode 11 — Let Them Eat Cake
Conan O'Brien: You have no memory of making The Star Wars Holiday Special?
Harrison Ford: No memory.
Conan O'Brien: So it doesn't exist.
Yahtzee: Bioshock Infinite is a retread, but it's the good kind of retread that uses a formula that works to explore new ideas, and it's a worthy sequel to the original!
Fan: Don't you mean second sequel, Yahtzee?
Yahtzee: [in an unusually raspy voice] Get out.
That War of the Daleks is a mind-wrenchingly awful book at least mostly goes without saying... What’s surprising and relatively transformative, though, is that it was rejected almost completely. Essentially nobody took it seriously. Sure, lots of people rejected previous bits of Doctor Who in the Wilderness Years, but this was basically the first time that a book had the unanimous response of “thanks but no thanks.” It wasn’t some active campaign or a conscious, authoritative decision or anything like that. It was just a moment where the breaking point of Doctor Who fandom became clear. This was a bridge too far. Official license and BBC logo on the book or not, this was clearly not canon.
Superman (1978), and sequels. (Warner Bros..) You will believe a man can fly after watching the first movie. You will enjoy Kryptonian villainy in the second movie. You will shrug at everything in the third movie except the toothsome Annette O'Toole as Lana Lang. They didn't make a fourth one. No, they didn't. No, that was a dream. (I like Batman better anyway.)
— Truth & Justice bibliography entry, by Chad Underkoffler.
Sage: How was the damage?
Mark the Engineer: I don't know what you're talking about. It never happened.
Sage: Mark, if this didn't happen, then what the hell am I holding? (gestures to video of the movie)
Mark: Well it's certainly not the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, because it didn't happen.
Sage: Mark, I don't know what you're—
Mark: IT DIDN'T HAPPEN! Listen, lunchbox, I don't expect you to understand it, so let me give it to you like this: Sonic Heroes happened. Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) happened. (Mark goes on to list off dozens of Sonic games, including the less popular ones, and stating how they all "happened".) THAT—
Sage: (Gesturing to the movie) This?
Mark: DIDN'T HAPPEN!
Sage: So Sonic fans handled this... through denial.
Mark: YES! Well—err—no. Well... It was either living a lie or booze.
Swank had a brief run on Beverly Hills 90210 and starred in The Next Karate Kid, a film that we're pretty sure doesn't actually exist. (Except that there's evidence.)
Which brings us to the Karate Kid trilogy. Sure, there was allegedly a fourth installment ("The Next Karate Kid," featuring Hillary Swank as Mr. Miyagi's new student), but as far as I'm concerned, that movie never happened. You hear me? Just like "Rocky V," "Another Forty Eight Hours," "Caddyshack II," "Another Midnight Run," "Fletch 2," "Made," "Slap Shot II: Breaking the Ice," the final season of "90210" and everything else, "The Next Karate Kid" never happened.
"Also Hermione and Ginny were both 25 years old and NOT married to Ron and Harry because the epilogue at the end of the last book is STUPID and NEVER HAPPENED."