Quotes / Fanon Dis Continuity

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

We said goodbye to True Detective, even though it was still on the air.
Andy Samberg, at the 2015 Emmys.

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    Anime and Manga 

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...
Sgt. Frog, Encounter 67 — The Charge of The Animal Brigade

    Film — Animated 

— Graffiti on an alley wall, Wreck-It Ralph

    Comic Books 

Wolverine: What about Onslaught?
Beast: We just pretend that never happened... for the Professor's sake.


"Dimensions in Time... we don't like to talk about that."


"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


"At least we can live with the comfort that, someday, our sun will swell into a red giant and suck up the earth and burn it into a crisp. I mean, humanity will be gone, and every possible accomplishment of humanity will be burned into an ash in a millisecond but, y'know, at least the Star Wars prequels will be gone."

    Web Animation 

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!
Viewer: Don't you mean second sequel, Yahtzee?
Yahtzee: GET OUT.


Gabe: Alright! Avatar. Last Airbender. Book three. Last episode. What do you guys think?
Gabriel: Isn't there a live action version of this?
Gabe: No.
Gabriel: I'm sure there is. I thought...
Gabe: There isn't.
Gabriel: No, look! There's a trailer for it on YouTube!
Gabe: Son, I'm your father. It's my job to protect you.

    Web Original 

"Hoo boy. Yes, that is Norman Osborn dirty dancing with Gwen Stacy. Yes, that is Norman's O-face. Yes, Norman is too evil for rubbers...The most depressing part of this incident wasn't its necrophiliac treatment of the Silver Age of Comics. No, it's that One More Day didn't exile any of this dolorous twaddle into retcon oblivion."
Cyriaque Damar on JMS' Spider-Man

"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."
Dr. Phil Sandifer on War of the Daleks

"I’m always happy for a show to add depth to their current episodes by referencing the past except when the past episode mentioned is Cyberwoman. Don’t do it again."

"Indeed, part of me is tempted to imagine the entirety of the film as a weird shared nightmare between Kirk, Spock and McCoy while camping, down to Bones’ special beans."

"The latter two films are merely Ripley’s lengthy, detailed bad dream while in hypersleep. Yes, people are seriously suggesting this. Are we trying to bring back Corporal Hicks or Bobby Ewing?"

"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.

"They told us that Returns just skipped over Superman III and IV, but I prefer to think of it as the movie that would’ve happened if Superman never got over being a douchebag in this one."
Chris Sims, David Uzumeri, and Matt Wilson on Superman III

"Just like Rocky V, Another 48 Hrs., 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."

At this point, it'd be best to pretend that the series died out for a while shortly after the release of this game. We all know that's not true, of course, but when you look at the truth, with its convouluted plot, lame characters, and kart racing, who can blame somebody for wanting to stretch the truth a little?
Hardcore Gaming 101, on the direction the Mortal Kombat franchise took after Mortal Kombat Trilogy

The Beast is an abomination that we like to pretend doesn't exist

    Web Video 

[touring hub level]
"Payin' tribute to all sorts of Sonic... Sonic 1, Sonic the hedgehog 2, Sonic & Knuckles over here...uh, Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes...just keep walkin'....Sonic Unleashed..."

What have your films had?
Like, thirteen re-edits?

(Well, most of your runtime
Was spent on the credits!
We're on movie number seven
While you're still on your sixth)
Yes, but unlike you. we don't pretend
That three don't exist!"

Cashier: Okay, that's the Rocky giftset. That's going to be $49.99.
Sports Guy: Uh, we have a question. I don't want to pay for Rocky V. I like to pretend that Rocky V never happened.

… watching it actually makes me cringe. I feel like I have to turn the volume down and face the TV toward the wall and watch it in a dark corner of somewhere where nobody will ever know. It just leaves you with a bad, bad feeling, like this movie should not exist.

Rich: Do they still use "Alan Smithee", or is that too famous?
Jay: They've retired it now. There's another one.
Mike: The name is "George Lucas." (everyone guffaws) Or Roberto Orci, or Alex Kurtzman, or J.J. Abrams. There's so many now.

You'll have to cut my balls with rusty shears drenched in vinegar before I'd admit that the fourth movie is part of the saga!
Joueur du Grenier on Indiana Jones

Ugh, I'm going to pretend this never happened, alongside most of GX, some of 5D's and all of ZEXAL.