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
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
Wolverine: What about Onslaught?
Beast: We just pretend that never happened... for the Professor's sake.
— X-Men: Revisiting Profit
"Dimensions in Time"... we don't like to talk about that.
— The Doctor Who Magazine
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.
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.
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
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.)
Person #1: I forgot how good that movie was.
Person #2: Wanna put on the other two?
(#2 is beaten offscren)
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.
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.
"It's a movie so shitty that it's not even considered to be in canon with the rest of the series."
—The Spoony One on Pumpkinhead 2: Bloodwings
"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."
— HERMIONE AND GINNY VERSUS THE SPACE WIZARDS (Harry Potter fanfic by Marigold from Questionable Content)
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.
Yahtzee: Don't take this the wrong way, though. 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.
Harrison Ford: No memory
Conan O'Brien: So it doesn't exist.