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** Shikamaru is almost always among the first (if not the only one) of the Konoha 12 to become Chūnin.

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** Shikamaru is almost always among the first (if not the only one) of the Konoha 12 to become Chūnin.


For example, if you have "Literature/HarryPotter raised by someone else" Fan Fic, you must cross over the Stations of The Letter From Hogwarts, The Visit To Diagon Alley, The Trip To Hogwarts, The Sorting Hat, and, depending on how you play things, The Troll, all the way up to The Confrontation With Quirrell/Voldemort -- all iconic moments that establish key points of the setting or characterization as the fandom knows it. In most cases, the reason for doing this is to show just ''how'' the divergence(s) has changed the story.

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For example, if you have "Literature/HarryPotter raised by someone else" Fan Fic, you must cross over the Stations of The Letter From Hogwarts, The Visit To Diagon Alley, The Trip To Hogwarts, The Sorting Hat, and, depending on how you play things, The Troll, all the way up to The Confrontation With Quirrell/Voldemort -- all iconic moments that establish key points of the setting or characterization as the fandom knows it. In most cases, the reason for doing this is to show just ''how'' the divergence(s) has changed the story.












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** There are also many examples of [[TheNthDoctor alternate Nth Doctor]] fanfics, either following a "what if the Doctor regenerated to XYZ?" format, or as an alternative to an on-screen regeneration an aspect of fandom did not like/want/appreciate. Specific example: that the Thirteenth Doctor did not undergo the controversial GenderSwap, with alternate examples of a male Thirteenth Doctor presented. Stations of the Canon must still be followed in that the alternate Doctor still needs to follow some of the usual storytelling tropes related to the character getting to know his new self.

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** There are also many examples of [[TheNthDoctor alternate Nth Doctor]] fanfics, either following a "what if the Doctor regenerated to XYZ?" format, or as an alternative to an on-screen regeneration an aspect of fandom did not like/want/appreciate. Specific example: that the Thirteenth Doctor did not undergo the controversial GenderSwap, GenderBender, with alternate examples of a male Thirteenth Doctor presented. Stations of the Canon must still be followed in that the alternate Doctor still needs to follow some of the usual storytelling tropes related to the character getting to know his new self.






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* A problem for ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' was that it had to introduce Spider-Man to movie audiences, but couldn't follow the standard version (Peter is a hopeless loser, gets bitten by a spider, gains powers, uses powers for personal gain, Uncle Ben warns him against this, does it anyway, Uncle Ben dies, Peter learns responsibility and becomes a true hero) because ''Film/SpiderMan1'' had done it relatively recently. They mostly got the same message of each plot beat without doing it exactly the same as the comics or previous movie, although the writers were clearly straining to deliver [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility Uncle Ben's message]] without explicitly saying it outright. It is taken even further in ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming''; it's never stated outright that there ever ''was'' an Uncle Ben or if Aunt May was a single mother (Aunt?) and Peter's WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility mantra in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' is even more mangled. There is a character named [[spoiler:MJ]], although she's not a love interest and WordOfGod says that she's ''not'' [[spoiler:Mary-Jane]], and that the similarity was meant as a ShoutOut rather than a canon confirmation that they are the same. Their reasoning for all this was, presumably, that because audiences had seen the story done twice in the past 15 years, that they would know the origin story and didn't need to retread it.
* Particularly in the early scenes, ''Film/GroundhogDay'' invokes this to illustrate that Phil Conners is repeating the same day over and over again. Despite his increasingly different reactions to the day, in each iteration we repeatedly see some variation of the following elements: the clock in his bed room switch from 5:59 to 6:00; Phil meeting "Porkchop"[[note]]a friendly, somewhat overweight gentleman who greets him on the boarding house staircase with "Morning! Off to see the groundhog? Think it's gonna be an early spring?"[[/note]]; Phil having a conversation with his rather [[TheDitz ditzy]] hostess over coffee; Phil encountering Ned Ryerson ("Bing!") on the street and trying to get away from him; Phil crossing the park where the Groundhog Day celebrations are being held; and the Groundhog Day ceremony itself.

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* A problem for ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' was that it had to introduce Spider-Man to movie audiences, but couldn't follow the standard version (Peter is a hopeless loser, gets bitten by a spider, gains powers, uses powers for personal gain, Uncle Ben warns him against this, does it anyway, Uncle Ben dies, Peter learns responsibility and becomes a true hero) because ''Film/SpiderMan1'' had done it relatively recently. They mostly got ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoBatmanMovie'', despite ostensibly being set in the same message of each plot beat without doing it exactly canon as ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'', still has the same as the comics or previous movie, although the writers were clearly straining to deliver [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility Uncle Ben's message]] without explicitly saying it outright. It is taken even further in ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming''; it's never stated outright that there ever ''was'' an Uncle Ben or if Aunt May was a single mother (Aunt?) and Peter's WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility mantra in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' is even more mangled. There is a character named [[spoiler:MJ]], although she's not a love interest and WordOfGod says that she's ''not'' [[spoiler:Mary-Jane]], and that the similarity was meant as a ShoutOut rather than a canon confirmation that they are the same. Their reasoning for all this was, presumably, that because audiences had seen the origin story done twice in the past 15 years, that they would know as usual: parents murdered, raised by Alfred, becomes Batman. Thankfully, the origin story and didn't need to retread it.
* Particularly in the early scenes, ''Film/GroundhogDay'' invokes this to illustrate
is ''so'' well known that Phil Conners is repeating the same day over and over again. Despite his increasingly different reactions to the day, in each iteration we repeatedly see some variation of the following elements: the clock in his bed room switch from 5:59 to 6:00; Phil meeting "Porkchop"[[note]]a friendly, somewhat overweight gentleman who greets him on the boarding house staircase with "Morning! Off to see the groundhog? Think it's gonna be an early spring?"[[/note]]; Phil having scarcely alluded to outside of Batman sadly looking at a conversation painting/picture of a young Bruce, Thomas, and Martha Wayne outside the theater. [[note]]Amusingly, the film makes allusions to ''every single Batman film'' before as if they're canon, from the 1960s TV show with his rather [[TheDitz ditzy]] hostess over coffee; Phil encountering Ned Ryerson ("Bing!") on the street and trying Creator/AdamWest to get away from him; Phil crossing the park where the Groundhog Day celebrations are being held; and the Groundhog Day ceremony itself. ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', no matter how nonsensical.[[/note]]



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* A problem for ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' was that it had to introduce Spider-Man to movie audiences, but couldn't follow the standard version (Peter is a hopeless loser, gets bitten by a spider, gains powers, uses powers for personal gain, Uncle Ben warns him against this, does it anyway, Uncle Ben dies, Peter learns responsibility and becomes a true hero) because ''Film/SpiderMan1'' had done it relatively recently. They mostly got the same message of each plot beat without doing it exactly the same as the comics or previous movie, although the writers were clearly straining to deliver [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility Uncle Ben's message]] without explicitly saying it outright. It is taken even further in ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming''; it's never stated outright that there ever ''was'' an Uncle Ben or if Aunt May was a single mother (Aunt?) and Peter's WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility mantra in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' is even more mangled. There is a character named [[spoiler:MJ]], although she's not a love interest and WordOfGod says that she's ''not'' [[spoiler:Mary-Jane]], and that the similarity was meant as a ShoutOut rather than a canon confirmation that they are the same. Their reasoning for all this was, presumably, that because audiences had seen the story done twice in the past 15 years, that they would know the origin story and didn't need to retread it.
* Particularly in the early scenes, ''Film/GroundhogDay'' invokes this to illustrate that Phil Conners is repeating the same day over and over again. Despite his increasingly different reactions to the day, in each iteration we repeatedly see some variation of the following elements: the clock in his bed room switch from 5:59 to 6:00; Phil meeting "Porkchop"[[note]]a friendly, somewhat overweight gentleman who greets him on the boarding house staircase with "Morning! Off to see the groundhog? Think it's gonna be an early spring?"[[/note]]; Phil having a conversation with his rather [[TheDitz ditzy]] hostess over coffee; Phil encountering Ned Ryerson ("Bing!") on the street and trying to get away from him; Phil crossing the park where the Groundhog Day celebrations are being held; and the Groundhog Day ceremony itself.
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* The first three books of the ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' series follow the beats of the Napoleonic Wars from the British perspective, but esoon the addition of dragons as essentially aerial, rigged-out ships with attitude causes things to veer from history. Things go off the rails as the setting expands outwards from Europe, as dragons act as an equalizer for civilizations that fell to European imperialism--although still hit by disease, most were able to either retain or regain independence. Meanwhile Trafalgar happens, but Nelson survives, and Napoleon rolls over Prussia even more so, but China, Tswana, and Incans become particpants. It's brought in at the end of the series when Napoleon invades Russia, where winter still beats all. [[spoiler:The series does not end with Waterloo, but Napoleon ''is'' sent to his final residence on St. Helena--had he been placed on Elba, the site of his first, temporary, exile, it would be construed as a SequelHook]].

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* The first three books of the ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' series follow the beats of the Napoleonic Wars from the British perspective, but esoon soon the addition of dragons as essentially aerial, rigged-out ships with attitude causes things to veer from history. Things go off the rails as the setting expands outwards from Europe, as dragons act as an equalizer for civilizations that fell to European imperialism--although still hit by disease, most were able to either retain or regain independence. Meanwhile Trafalgar happens, but Nelson survives, and Napoleon rolls over Prussia even more so, but China, Tswana, and Incans become particpants. It's brought in at the end of the series when Napoleon invades Russia, where winter still beats all. [[spoiler:The series does not end with Waterloo, but Napoleon ''is'' sent to his final residence on St. Helena--had he been placed on Elba, the site of his first, temporary, exile, it would be construed as a SequelHook]].SequelHook.]]



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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoBatmanMovie'', despite ostensibly being set in the same canon as ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'', still has the same origin story as usual: parents murdered, raised by Alfred, becomes Batman. Thankfully, the origin story is ''so'' well known that it's scarcely alluded to outside of Batman sadly looking at a painting/picture of a young Bruce, Thomas, and Martha Wayne outside the theater. [[note]]Amusingly, the film makes allusions to ''every single Batman film'' before as if they're canon, from the 1960s TV show with Creator/AdamWest to ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', no matter how nonsensical.[[/note]]


* ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/MyYouthIsYours'': The fic follows season 2 canon very closely, except Mon-El never gets in a relationship with Kara (despite his best efforts) and Lena is involved in far more of the plot.

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* ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/MyYouthIsYours'': The fic follows season 2 canon very closely, except Mon-El never gets in a relationship with Kara (despite his best efforts) and Lena is involved in far more of the plot.

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* ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/MyYouthIsYours'': The fic follows season 2 canon very closely, except Mon-El never gets in a relationship with Kara (despite his best efforts) and Lena is involved in far more of the plot.

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** Mostly averted in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3'', where a number of Disney locations end up focusing on other things, presumably in response to complaints about this. Some of them, such as the ''Toy Story'' world, even have plots that aren't tied to the movies' ones at all.


** ''ComicBook/SupermanSecretIdentity'' flip-flops on this, partially because of its ThisIsReality message. Clark still grows up in a suburban town and then moves to a big city, swapping a Superboy identity for a Superman identity, gets a writing-related desk job and marries a Lois (Chaudhari, not Lane)... but no equivalents appear for any other classic ''Superman'' characters, such as Lex Luthor or Lana Lang.

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** ''ComicBook/SupermanSecretIdentity'' flip-flops on this, partially because of its ThisIsReality message. Clark still grows up in a suburban small town and then moves to a big city, swapping a Superboy identity for a Superman identity, gets a writing-related desk job and marries a Lois (Chaudhari, not Lane)... but no equivalents appear for any other classic ''Superman'' characters, such as Lex Luthor or Lana Lang.


* ''Manga/Bleach'': The Soul Society Arc is usually a given in any fic that involves Ichigo receiving Rukia's powers as in canon regardless of any other changes, as the fallout of said actions coupled with Aizen's manipulations ''need'' to happen assuming Aizen is going to remain the BigBad. Even if said events don't necessarily play out the same way, Ichigo and Byakuya ''will'' have their showdown, Aizen ''will'' make his dramatic reveal and obtain the Hogyoku, and the status quo of Soul Society ''will'' change. This likely has to do with the popularity of said arc. Everything after that, however, while it might use the characters later introduced, is usually fair game.

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* ''Manga/Bleach'': ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': The Soul Society Arc is usually a given in any fic that involves Ichigo receiving Rukia's powers as in canon regardless of any other changes, as the fallout of said actions coupled with Aizen's manipulations ''need'' to happen assuming Aizen is going to remain the BigBad. Even if said events don't necessarily play out the same way, Ichigo and Byakuya ''will'' have their showdown, Aizen ''will'' make his dramatic reveal and obtain the Hogyoku, and the status quo of Soul Society ''will'' change. This likely has to do with the popularity of said arc. Everything after that, however, while it might use the characters later introduced, is usually fair game.



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* ''Manga/Bleach'': The Soul Society Arc is usually a given in any fic that involves Ichigo receiving Rukia's powers as in canon regardless of any other changes, as the fallout of said actions coupled with Aizen's manipulations ''need'' to happen assuming Aizen is going to remain the BigBad. Even if said events don't necessarily play out the same way, Ichigo and Byakuya ''will'' have their showdown, Aizen ''will'' make his dramatic reveal and obtain the Hogyoku, and the status quo of Soul Society ''will'' change. This likely has to do with the popularity of said arc. Everything after that, however, while it might use the characters later introduced, is usually fair game.


* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': In the Rumbelle fandom, especially early on when there was no other material, the Stations tend to follow the events of "Skin Deep": Rumple makes a deal in exchange for Belle, Belle goes with him, they fall in love, she's kidnapped by Regina (sometimes after an argument), but it all turns right in the end.

However, these fanfics will usually add ''new'' elements which makes this a [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zagged trope]].

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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': In the Rumbelle fandom, especially early on when there was no other material, the Stations tend to follow the events of "Skin Deep": Rumple makes a deal in exchange for Belle, Belle goes with him, they fall in love, she's kidnapped by Regina (sometimes after an argument), but it all turns right in the end.

end. However, these fanfics will usually add ''new'' elements which makes this a [[ZigZaggingTrope zig-zagged trope]].


* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' fics that replace Taylor's original power with something else usually still have the locker as her trigger event, a run-in with Lung that she'll win, joining the Undersiders or wards,the undersiders bank robbery, Leviathan as the first Endbringer that comes by[[labelnote:though]]given the Endbringer "schedule" that is one of the setting's rules, the only way to avoid this one is by completely not having it show up at all[[/labelnote]], a visit from the Slaughterhouse 9...The confrontation and inevitable defeat of coil always happens however exactly when it happens is a variable.

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* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' fics that replace Taylor's original power with something else usually still have the locker as her trigger event, a run-in with Lung that she'll win, joining the Undersiders or wards,the undersiders Wards, the Undersiders bank robbery, Leviathan as the first Endbringer that comes by[[labelnote:though]]given the Endbringer "schedule" that is one of the setting's rules, the only way to avoid this one is by completely not having it show up at all[[/labelnote]], a visit from the Slaughterhouse 9...9... The confrontation and inevitable defeat of coil Coil always happens however happens; however, exactly when it happens is a variable.


* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' suffers from this '''hard'''. Less than six months after the first episode came out, there were already over 1,100+ fanfics. And no matter whether they starred an OC, someone from [[{{Crossover}} another show]], or just an alternate version of a major character, almost all of them hit this trope. Years later, many of these fanfics still continue to religiously follow every minute plot beat of the first season, no matter how many other things the author may have changed about the plot. The fanfic could even have a dozen or more chapters exploring, say, Badass!Jaune or Adopted!Ruby's backstory prior to Beacon only for this trope to hit. We ''will'' get the Ruby and Torchwick robbery scene. We ''will'' get a bullhead scene where Yang hugs Ruby to death and/or Jaune vomits from airsickness. We ''will'' get Ruby dustneezing Weiss, who will get promptly called out by Blake. We ''will'' get someone helping Ruby up. Etcetera, etcetera, and most of the dialogue ''will'' be completely unaltered. It gets egregious should one of these fanfics eventually crawl their way to [[CerebusSyndrome Volume 3]], where it seems that despite any shake ups, half of them [[{{Railroading}} still have all the bad stuff from that season occur]], allowing the author to tackle every plot beat from seasons afterwards.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' suffers from this '''hard'''. Less than six months after the first episode came out, there were already over 1,100+ fanfics. And no matter whether they starred an OC, someone from [[{{Crossover}} another show]], or just an alternate version of a major character, almost all of them hit this trope. Years later, many of these fanfics still continue to religiously follow every minute plot beat of the first season, no matter how many other things the author may have changed about the plot. The fanfic could even have a dozen or more chapters exploring, say, Badass!Jaune or Adopted!Ruby's backstory prior to Beacon only for this trope to hit. We ''will'' get the Ruby and Torchwick robbery scene. We ''will'' get a bullhead scene where Yang hugs Ruby to death and/or Jaune vomits from airsickness. We ''will'' get Ruby dustneezing Weiss, who will get promptly called out by Blake. We ''will'' get someone helping Ruby up. Etcetera, etcetera, and most of the dialogue ''will'' be completely unaltered. It gets egregious should one of these fanfics eventually crawl their way to [[CerebusSyndrome Volume 3]], 3, where it seems that despite any shake ups, half of them [[{{Railroading}} still have all the bad stuff from that season occur]], allowing the author to tackle every plot beat from seasons afterwards.


** Oddly, one of the "stations" that so many fics and comics feel obligated to touch on both never happened in the games, and in fact has WordOfGod saying it didn't happen. The idea of "The Cataclysm," an event that supposedly killed off the ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' cast before the ''Mega Man X'' games started, was speculated on then popularized by ''WebComic/BobAndGeorge'', to the point many fans generally assumed it was canon. As a result, tons of fancomics have some variation on the theme of "Zero goes nuts and kills everyone" -- sometimes with a SelfInsertCharacter either in Zero's place or stopping Zero -- though Creator/KeijiInafune later specifically said Zero didn't kill the original cast.

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** Oddly, one of the "stations" that so many fics and comics feel obligated to touch on both never happened in the games, and in fact has WordOfGod saying it didn't happen. The idea of "The Cataclysm," an event that supposedly killed off the ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' cast before the ''Mega Man X'' games started, was speculated on then popularized by ''WebComic/BobAndGeorge'', to the point many fans generally assumed it was canon. As a result, tons of fancomics have some variation on the theme of "Zero goes nuts and kills everyone" -- sometimes with a SelfInsertCharacter SelfInsert AuthorAvatar either in Zero's place or stopping Zero -- though Zero. Creator/KeijiInafune later [[{{Jossed}} specifically said said]] Zero didn't kill the original cast.


* The ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' fandom tends to set fics and {{Sprite Comic}}s based around the games, in order, even if they're alternate universe takes. Particularly popular are ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' 4-6, since most comics based on that series use sprites from those games, making them the easiest to recreate.

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* The ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' fandom tends to set fics and {{Sprite Comic}}s based around the games, in order, even if they're alternate universe takes.
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Particularly popular are ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' 4-6, since most comics based on that series use sprites from those games, making them the easiest to recreate.recreate.
** Oddly, one of the "stations" that so many fics and comics feel obligated to touch on both never happened in the games, and in fact has WordOfGod saying it didn't happen. The idea of "The Cataclysm," an event that supposedly killed off the ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' cast before the ''Mega Man X'' games started, was speculated on then popularized by ''WebComic/BobAndGeorge'', to the point many fans generally assumed it was canon. As a result, tons of fancomics have some variation on the theme of "Zero goes nuts and kills everyone" -- sometimes with a SelfInsertCharacter either in Zero's place or stopping Zero -- though Creator/KeijiInafune later specifically said Zero didn't kill the original cast.


* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': As described above, Year One will have The Letter From Hogwarts, The Visit To Diagon Alley, The Trip To Hogwarts, and The Sorting Hat. These stations are particularly special in that they'll often take place in ''any'' fic which contains a Year One, even if it's not Harry's Year One. {{Next Gen|Fic}}, SelfInsert {{OC}}, PeggySue, you name it, if the main character is eleven, they will do these things.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': As described above, Year One will have The Letter From Hogwarts, The Visit To Diagon Alley, The Trip To Hogwarts, and The Sorting Hat. These stations are particularly special in that they'll often take place in ''any'' fic which contains a Year One, even if it's not Harry's Year One. {{Next Gen|Fic}}, SelfInsert {{OC}}, OriginalCharacter, PeggySue, you name it, if the main character is eleven, they will do these things.

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