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* As stated in the page quote, it isn't just the ''{{Series/Highlander}}'' series that had a lot of retcons between it in the film, even most of the ''{{Franchise/Highlander}}'' films had retcons between them. The sequels and series did away with the idea that the duel between Connor and the Kurgan was the final game-ending duel between the Immortals, with Connor claiming the prize, and instead made the duel one of many, with many Immortals still out there. With the game still ongoing. Duncan was introduced in the series to fight more Immortals. ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening'' retcons the Immortals as beings from the planet Zeist, set in the future, with Ramirez coming BackFromTheDead and Brenda dying. These events become CanonDiscontinuity. ''Film/HighlanderIIITheSorcerer'' establishes the game can continue if an Immortal ends up trapped in a cave, and Brenda dies in a car accident. ''Film/HighlanderEndgame'' attempts to go with the series continuity by establishing the game is still ongoing due to the existence of more Immortals, so the game doesn't need to be bypassed by hiding in a cave. Brenda didn't die from a car accident, but was run over by the BigBad Kell, and Duncan's ex-wife Faith is introduced, though he claims in the series to have never been married. Connor has been hibernating for ten years, though the series establishes Connor and Duncan had met during that time. ''Film/HighlanderTheSource'' establishes the existence of an even older Immortal than Methos, who was established in the series to be the oldest Immortal.

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* As stated in the page quote, it isn't just the ''{{Series/Highlander}}'' series that had a lot of retcons between it in the film, even most of the ''{{Franchise/Highlander}}'' films had retcons between them. The sequels and series did away with the idea that the duel between Connor and the Kurgan was the final game-ending duel between the Immortals, with Connor claiming the prize, and instead made the duel one of many, with many Immortals still out there. With the game still ongoing. Duncan was introduced in the series to fight more Immortals. ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening'' retcons the Immortals as beings from the planet Zeist, set in the future, with Ramirez coming BackFromTheDead and Brenda dying. These events become CanonDiscontinuity. ''Film/HighlanderIIITheSorcerer'' establishes the game can continue if an Immortal ends up trapped in a cave, and Brenda dies in a car accident. ''Film/HighlanderEndgame'' attempts to go with the series continuity by establishing the game is still ongoing due to the existence of more Immortals, so the game doesn't need to be bypassed by hiding in a cave. Brenda didn't die from a car accident, but was run over by the BigBad Kell, and Duncan's ex-wife Faith is introduced, though he claims in the series to have never been married. Connor has been hibernating for ten years, though the series establishes Connor and Duncan had met during that time. Connor does not live to see the future shown in ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening''. ''Film/HighlanderTheSource'' establishes the existence of an even older Immortal than Methos, who was established in the series to be the oldest Immortal.


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** The changes introduced in the [[GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion Special Editions]] slightly alter the story of the original films, adding Han's conversation with Jabba, the presence of extra droids, Dewbacks, and Stormtroopers, the Max Rebo Band performing Jedi Rocks at Jabba's palace, and a number of visual updates that approach OrwellianRetcon.


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* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', at the end of the episode "Bardock: Father of Goku", Cooler lets Goku's escape pod get away even though he's close enough to eliminate it. When asked why, he simply says "because I'm a prick". In the movie "Revenge of Cooler", they replayed this scene, except instead Cooler says he won't destroy it because Frieza only owns this section of the universe because he whined to his dad, and its his problem if this comes back to bite him.



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** In Europe, since the 2011 ''WesternAnimation/WinnieThePooh'' film did poorly at the box office, the movie is no more counted as part of the Canon since the 2014 release of the "52 Classics" DVD boxset. Also, ''WesternAnimation/TheWild'' replaces ''Dinosaur'', [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff because UK viewers liked the former a lot]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing'':
** Kopa, Simba and Nala's son mentioned in the storybooks ''Literature/{{The Lion King Six New Adventures}}'', was ditched and replaced with Kiara in ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' without explanation. Averted in this case since the series was published by Grolier Enterprises with the permission of the Disney Marketing department, rather than by Disney itself. The presentation scene however ''is'' retconned, and there are several other characters who are borderline retconned (depending on whether you consider the deleted scenes canon).

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** In Europe, since the 2011 ''WesternAnimation/WinnieThePooh'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Winnie the Pooh|2011}}'' film did poorly at the box office, the movie is no more counted as part of the Canon since the 2014 release of the "52 Classics" DVD boxset. Also, ''WesternAnimation/TheWild'' replaces ''Dinosaur'', [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff because UK viewers liked the former a lot]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing'':
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** Kopa, Simba and Nala's son mentioned in the storybooks ''Literature/{{The Lion King Six New Adventures}}'', ''Literature/TheLionKingSixNewAdventures'', was ditched and replaced with Kiara in ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' without explanation. Averted in this case since the series was published by Grolier Enterprises with the permission of the Disney Marketing department, rather than by Disney itself. The presentation scene however ''is'' retconned, and there are several other characters who are borderline retconned (depending on whether you consider the deleted scenes canon).



* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}'' which takes place during the mid 1960's, the minions encounter their boss Gru as a child and he takes them in. However, in ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe3'', his twin brother Dru says that he was a child during the 1980's.

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* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}'' which takes place during the mid 1960's, mid-1960s, the minions encounter their boss Gru as a child and he takes them in. However, in ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe3'', his twin brother Dru says that he was a child during the 1980's.1980s.



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* ''WebVideo/LG15TheResistance'' applied a couple of these to ''WebVideo/{{lonelygirl15}}'', such as the revelation that Sarah [[spoiler:was evil all along]] or that Jonas [[spoiler:is a trait positive male]].
* ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' has made a number of retcons since it's creation. Femto-tech was removed due to physics problems. The number of people killed by [[AIIsACrapshoot GAIA]] was retconned a number of times in order to adjust the population numbers.



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* ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' has made a number of retcons since it's creation. Femto-tech was removed due to physics problems. The number of people killed by [[AIIsACrapshoot GAIA]] was retconned a number of times in order to adjust the population numbers.



* An actual plot point in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' in which all continuity errors in the Website/ChannelAwesome universe [[spoiler: was an effect of the PlotHole, a physical embodiment of, well, that trope]]. Specifically called out was [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment The Spoony One]] and [[MadScientist Doctor Insano]] being the same person in WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}, when in all other respects they are separate people.
** Less forgivable is "The Review Must Go On". Context: WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee was meant to be the Critic's swan song, where he spent most of the special locked in depression and only really become happy when he became the PlotHole. After that, there was a new show called WebVideo/DemoReel, led by a tragic FormerChildStar called Donnie [=DuPre=]. Five episodes of that went by, and "The Review Must Go On" suddenly made it out of nowhere that "Critic couldn't comprehend the selfless act he performed" and Donnie's terrible life was just a punishment for him formed by purgatory. To say it was an AssPull is an understatement.
* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', at the end of the episode "Bardock: Father of Goku", Cooler lets Goku's escape pod get away even though he's close enough to eliminate it. When asked why, he simply says "because I'm a prick". In the movie "Revenge of Cooler", they replayed this scene, except instead Cooler says he won't destroy it because Frieza only owns this section of the universe because he whined to his dad, and its his problem if this comes back to bite him.


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* ''WebVideo/LG15TheResistance'' applied a couple of these to ''WebVideo/{{lonelygirl15}}'', such as the revelation that Sarah [[spoiler:was evil all along]] or that Jonas [[spoiler:is a trait positive male]].
* Website/ChannelAwesome:
** An actual plot point in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' in which all continuity errors in the Website/ChannelAwesome universe [[spoiler: was an effect of the PlotHole, a physical embodiment of, well, that trope]]. Specifically called out was [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment The Spoony One]] and [[MadScientist Doctor Insano]] being the same person in WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}, when in all other respects they are separate people.
** Less forgivable is "The Review Must Go On". Context: ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'' was meant to be the Critic's swan song, where he spent most of the special locked in depression and only really become happy when he became the PlotHole. After that, there was a new show called ''WebVideo/DemoReel'', led by a tragic FormerChildStar called Donnie [=DuPre=]. Five episodes of that went by, and "The Review Must Go On" suddenly made it out of nowhere that "Critic couldn't comprehend the selfless act he performed" and Donnie's terrible life was just a punishment for him formed by purgatory. To say it was an AssPull is an understatement.
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* Before the establishment of canon texts, most religions were retconned continuously throughout their existence. AncientEgypt had three creator gods: Amun, Ra (later combined as Amun-Ra) and Ptah. Dionysus started out as a god of death, resurrection and primal chaos, but after disappearing from the pantheon for a while, came back as the happy drunkard we know today. Before the Council of Nicea established the "official" Christian canon, stories of the life of UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} ran the gamut from he and Mary Magdelene being married to kid Jesus defeating dragons. Most have now been retconned out of existence, though a few are allowed as "apocrypha".

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* Before the establishment of canon texts, most religions were retconned continuously throughout their existence. AncientEgypt had three creator gods: Amun, Ra (later combined as Amun-Ra) and Ptah. Dionysus started out as a god of death, resurrection and primal chaos, but after disappearing from the pantheon for a while, came back as the happy drunkard we know today. Before %% There was previously discussion of Christian canonical texts and the Council of Nicea established the "official" Christian canon, stories here, but this isn't a true example. The (New Testament) canon is a collection of the life historical accounts of UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} ran the gamut from he and Mary Magdelene being married to kid Jesus defeating dragons. Most by his disciples, letters from his disciples to the church, etc. The noncanonical books were rejected not because the Council didn't like what was in them, but because they thought they weren't written by the people they claim to have now been retconned out of existence, though a few are allowed as "apocrypha".been, and so don't give accurate information. The correct trope is probably something like HistoryMarchesOn.


** ''Frozen II'' contradicts the previous WordOfGod that King Agnarr and Queen Iduna had been traveling to a wedding when their boat sank by revealing that they had been [[spoiler:searching for answers about Elsa's powers to help her]].

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** ''Frozen II'' contradicts the previous WordOfGod that King Agnarr and Queen Iduna had been [[https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1xj4n5/hi_reddit_we_made_frozen_ask_us_anything/cfbtw25/ traveling to a wedding wedding]] when their boat sank by revealing that they had been [[spoiler:searching for answers about Elsa's powers to help her]].


* Before 1985, there was no such thing as a set Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon. There were Disney classics of course, but the list of what constituted an "official" entry was constantly changing; they'd add and remove films depending on whether or not they wanted to bill their latest film as "our 15th feature" or "our 20th feature". That changed with the release of ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'', which they billed officially as their 25th film by only including films that had at least 75% animation. However, two fully animated films that the list did ''not'' include (that had been included in the list's previous incarnations) were ''The Academy Award Review of Walt Disney Cartoons'' (1937), which was a compilation of various ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies'' shorts in order to get audiences excited for ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' (1937), and ''Music Land'' (1953, and no relation to [[WesternAnimation/MusicLand the 1935 animated short]]), another compilation film that featured shorts from ''Disney/MakeMineMusic'' and ''Disney/MelodyTime'' stitched into one film, complete with a new opening and transitions between the shorts. ''Academy Award Review'' was re-released into theaters in 1966 and released on Laserdisc in Japan in 1985, but ''Music Land'' has been [[MissingEpisode lost to history]].
** Disney edited the canon again in 2009 by including ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'' (2000), which up until that point had not been included, in order to call ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' (2010) their 50th animated film.
** In Europe, since the 2011 ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' film did poorly at the box office, the movie is no more counted as part of the Canon since the 2014 release of the "52 Classics" DVD boxset. Also, ''WesternAnimation/TheWild'' replaces ''Dinosaur'', [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff because UK viewers liked the former a lot]].
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'':
** Kopa, Simba and Nala's son mentioned in the storybooks ''Literature/{{The Lion King Six New Adventures}}'', was ditched and replaced with Kiara in ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' without explanation. Averted in this case since the series was published by Grolier Enterprises with the permission of the Disney Marketing department, rather than by Disney itself. The presentation scene however ''is'' retconned, and there are several other characters who are borderline retconned (depending on whether you consider the deleted scenes canon).

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* Before 1985, there was no such thing as a set Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon. There were Disney classics of course, but the list of what constituted an "official" entry was constantly changing; they'd add and remove films depending on whether or not they wanted to bill their latest film as "our 15th feature" or "our 20th feature". That changed with the release of ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'', ''WesternAnimation/TheBlackCauldron'', which they billed officially as their 25th film by only including films that had at least 75% animation. However, two fully animated films that the list did ''not'' include (that had been included in the list's previous incarnations) were ''The Academy Award Review of Walt Disney Cartoons'' (1937), which was a compilation of various ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies'' shorts in order to get audiences excited for ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' ''WesternAnimation/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' (1937), and ''Music Land'' (1953, and no relation to [[WesternAnimation/MusicLand the 1935 animated short]]), another compilation film that featured shorts from ''Disney/MakeMineMusic'' ''WesternAnimation/MakeMineMusic'' and ''Disney/MelodyTime'' ''WesternAnimation/MelodyTime'' stitched into one film, complete with a new opening and transitions between the shorts. ''Academy Award Review'' was re-released into theaters in 1966 and released on Laserdisc in Japan in 1985, but ''Music Land'' has been [[MissingEpisode lost to history]].
** Disney edited the canon again in 2009 by including ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinosaur}}'' (2000), which up until that point had not been included, in order to call ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Tangled}}'' (2010) their 50th animated film.
** In Europe, since the 2011 ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' ''WesternAnimation/WinnieThePooh'' film did poorly at the box office, the movie is no more counted as part of the Canon since the 2014 release of the "52 Classics" DVD boxset. Also, ''WesternAnimation/TheWild'' replaces ''Dinosaur'', [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff because UK viewers liked the former a lot]].
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'':
''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing'':
** Kopa, Simba and Nala's son mentioned in the storybooks ''Literature/{{The Lion King Six New Adventures}}'', was ditched and replaced with Kiara in ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' without explanation. Averted in this case since the series was published by Grolier Enterprises with the permission of the Disney Marketing department, rather than by Disney itself. The presentation scene however ''is'' retconned, and there are several other characters who are borderline retconned (depending on whether you consider the deleted scenes canon).



* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'':
** Originally, Aquata was the oldest sister and heir to the throne. This was used in media during the 1990s. In the [[Disney/TheLittleMermaidIII third movie]], Aquata is portrayed as the fourth oldest and Attina is now the oldest.

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** Originally, Aquata was the oldest sister and heir to the throne. This was used in media during the 1990s. In the [[Disney/TheLittleMermaidIII [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaidIIIArielsBeginning third movie]], Aquata is portrayed as the fourth oldest and Attina is now the oldest.



* ''Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime'' retcons [[Disney/CinderellaIIDreamsComeTrue the second movie]] out of existence, though Anatasia's love interest still appears as a MythologyGag.

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* ''Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime'' ''WesternAnimation/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime'' retcons [[Disney/CinderellaIIDreamsComeTrue [[WesternAnimation/CinderellaIIDreamsComeTrue the second movie]] out of existence, though Anatasia's love interest still appears as a MythologyGag.



** ''Disney/OlafsFrozenAdventure'' implies Norway exists. Previously, Arendelle was the FantasyCounterpartCulture of Norway.
** Kristoff is Sami according to WordOfGod. Come ''Disney/FrozenII'' and the FantasyCounterpartCulture Northuldra are introduced. Kristoff is never implied to be Northuldra, he dresses differently from the Northuldra, and he was born a decade after the Northuldra became trapped in the mist.

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** ''Disney/OlafsFrozenAdventure'' ''WesternAnimation/OlafsFrozenAdventure'' implies Norway exists. Previously, Arendelle was the FantasyCounterpartCulture of Norway.
** Kristoff is Sami according to WordOfGod. Come ''Disney/FrozenII'' ''WesternAnimation/FrozenII'' and the FantasyCounterpartCulture Northuldra are introduced. Kristoff is never implied to be Northuldra, he dresses differently from the Northuldra, and he was born a decade after the Northuldra became trapped in the mist.


** In ''Film/ANewHope'', Obi-Wan mentions that Anakin wanted Luke to have his lightsaber when he was old enough. However, unless Obi-Wan heard Anakin screaming something very different than what was said onscreen as he was being roasted alive on the shores of Mustafar, this is altered quite drastically in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. Though some fans shrug it off with it being [[MetaphoricallyTrue From a Certain Point of View]] (it certainly would not be the only lie Obi-Wan tells Luke in this scene) and/or a bit of wishful thinking ("If he'd known you existed, and if we hadn't been enemies at the end...").

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** In ''Film/ANewHope'', Obi-Wan mentions that Anakin wanted Luke to have his lightsaber when he was old enough. However, unless Obi-Wan heard Anakin screaming something very different than what was said onscreen as he was being roasted alive on the shores of Mustafar, this is altered quite drastically in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. Though some fans shrug it off with it being [[MetaphoricallyTrue From a Certain Point of View]] (it certainly would not be the only lie Obi-Wan tells Luke in this scene) and/or a bit of wishful thinking ("If he'd known you existed, and if we hadn't been enemies at the end..."). It could otherwise be chalked up to EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, which is all over the place in ''A New Hope''.


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** The character Admiral Wullf Yularen came to prominence through the Expanded Universe/Legends and then ''The Clone Wars'' and ''Rebels'' animated series, but technically debuted in ''A New Hope''--an unnamed Imperial officer on the Death Star was eventually assigned the name "Wullf Yularen" and his character was fleshed-out from there.


* In ''WebComic/YokokasQuest'', the comic is being retouched in preparation for being printed in book form, with some of the changes essentially being retcons. So far, Yokoka and Yfa's home has gone from an empty room to being furnished with a rug, pillows, and a pile of feathers that Yfa sleeps on.

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* In ''WebComic/YokokasQuest'', the comic is being prologue and chapters 1-3 were retouched in preparation for prior to being printed in book form, with some of the changes essentially being retcons. So far, These are mostly inconsequential, such as Yokoka and Yfa's home has gone going from an empty room to being furnished with a rug, pillows, and a pile of feathers that Yfa sleeps on.on.


** WordOfGod confirms that ''Disney/FrozenFever'' and ''Disney/OlafsFrozenAdventure'' are not canon to ''Disney/FrozenII''. Both shorts depict Elsa as happy and content with her role as queen of Arendelle, while ''Frozen II'' depicts her as feeling she doesn't belong in Arendelle.

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** WordOfGod confirms that ''Disney/FrozenFever'' and ''Disney/OlafsFrozenAdventure'' are not canon to ''Disney/FrozenII''. Both shorts depict Elsa as happy and content with her role as queen of Arendelle, while ''Frozen II'' depicts her as feeling she doesn't belong in Arendelle.


** ''Frozen II'' contradicts ''Disney/FrozenFever'' and ''Disney/OlafsFrozenAdventure'' by depicting Elsa as uncomfortable in Arendelle.

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** ''Frozen II'' contradicts ''Disney/FrozenFever'' the previous WordOfGod that King Agnarr and ''Disney/OlafsFrozenAdventure'' Queen Iduna had been traveling to a wedding when their boat sank by depicting Elsa as uncomfortable in Arendelle.revealing that they had been [[spoiler:searching for answers about Elsa's powers to help her]].


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** At the end of the Mirrodin novels, [[spoiler: Glissa activates the Soul Traps and sends all of the inhabitants of the plane back to their original homes, leaving only her, Slobad and Geth's head on Mirrodin to act as wardens for the Mirari]]. When the plane was revisited years later in the ''Scars of Mirrodin'' block, this was retconned so that [[spoiler: only those who weren't born on Mirrodin were returned to their original planes, and that the "native" Mirrans had been left behind]].
** Wizards also confirmed that the Guilds of Ravnica had pretty much dissolved, shortly before ''Return to Ravnica'' was announced and it turned out that they were still going strong.
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** ''Disney/OlafsFrozenAdventure'' implies Norway exists. Previously, Arendelle was the FantasyCounterpartCulture of Norway.
** Kristoff is Sami according to WordOfGod. Come ''Disney/FrozenII'' and the FantasyCounterpartCulture Northuldra are introduced. Kristoff is never implied to be Northuldra, he dresses differently from the Northuldra, and he was born a decade after the Northuldra became trapped in the mist.
** ''Frozen II'' contradicts ''Disney/FrozenFever'' and ''Disney/OlafsFrozenAdventure'' by depicting Elsa as uncomfortable in Arendelle.


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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** At the end of the Mirrodin novels, [[spoiler: Glissa activates the Soul Traps and sends all of the inhabitants of the plane back to their original homes, leaving only her, Slobad and Geth's head on Mirrodin to act as wardens for the Mirari]]. When the plane was revisited years later in the ''Scars of Mirrodin'' block, this was retconned so that [[spoiler: only those who weren't born on Mirrodin were returned to their original planes, and that the "native" Mirrans had been left behind]].
** Wizards also confirmed that the Guilds of Ravnica had pretty much dissolved, shortly before ''Return to Ravnica'' was announced and it turned out that they were still going strong.

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* In the ''Film/{{Critters}}'' franchise the Crites were a species of genderless aliens who reproduced asexually, "Critters Attack!" however, introduces female Crites known as queens, they are whites with black stripes and have visible eyelashes.


* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' usually avoids ''direct'' retcons, as almost every publication [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis exists as an actual document within the universe]], retcons can be explained as being from atn UnreliableNarrator or meddling from the secretive organization that runs the SubspaceAnsible network. However, there a few straight-up retcons:

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* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' usually avoids ''direct'' retcons, as almost every publication [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis [[DirecTLineToTheAuthor exists as an actual document within the universe]], retcons can be explained as being from atn UnreliableNarrator or meddling from the secretive organization that runs the SubspaceAnsible network. However, there a few straight-up retcons:


See also AssPull, which is something that was not properly set up before it is sprung on the audience, and CliffhangerCopout, in which a perilous situation is retroactively changed to allow the characters to escape. It is related to DeusExMachina. Some, but [[TropesAreNotBad not all]] retcons are {{Ass Pull}}s, and a good retcon can actually improve the current narrative. A good way to get away with a retcon is to reveal new implications or motivations for events that have already been established.

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See also AssPull, which is something that was not properly set up before it is sprung on the audience, and CliffhangerCopout, in which a perilous situation is retroactively changed to allow the characters to escape. It is related to DeusExMachina. Some, but [[TropesAreNotBad [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools not all]] retcons are {{Ass Pull}}s, and a good retcon can actually improve the current narrative. A good way to get away with a retcon is to reveal new implications or motivations for events that have already been established.



This happens very easily with prequels when the writers aren't being very careful. On the other hand, [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]]. It's entirely possible that an author will retcon his ''own'' work to fix a ContinuitySnarl or even apply an AuthorsSavingThrow if things get really hairy.

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This happens very easily with prequels when the writers aren't being very careful. On the other hand, [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]].Administrivia/TropesAreNotBad. It's entirely possible that an author will retcon his ''own'' work to fix a ContinuitySnarl or even apply an AuthorsSavingThrow if things get really hairy.


This happens very easily with prequels when the writers aren't being very careful. On the other hand, [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]]. It's entirely possible that an author will retcon his ''own'' work to fix a ContinuitySnarl or even apply an AuthorsSavingThrow if things get really hairy.

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This happens very easily with prequels when the writers aren't being very careful. On the other hand, [[TropesAreTools [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]]. It's entirely possible that an author will retcon his ''own'' work to fix a ContinuitySnarl or even apply an AuthorsSavingThrow if things get really hairy.

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