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1This material is separated from the main continuity, usually in the form of special episodes, a NonSerialMovie, or even BonusMaterial. It's not out of {{canon}}icity, but it's not treated as if it was fully in canonicity either. Its continuity status is not quite accepted, and not quite rejected. None of this will be referenced in the canon, but it will not be contradicted outright either.˛˛As opposed to the CanonDiscontinuity which was explicitly removed from {{Canon}}icity later, this "Optional Continuity" implicitly was not firmly tied into {{Canon}}icity to begin with. Unlike BigLippedAlligatorMoment, it's not just a random throwaway gag that pops up unexpectedly only to sink forever, it's a complete piece of continuity not thrown away, but still set aside. While it [[ExiledFromContinuity cannot participate]] in [[StoryArc over-arching storylines]], it serves to highlight characters or setting that ''do'' belong to the {{Canon}}ical continuity without interrupting the main story flow with {{exposition}}s, up to becoming dedicated {{Exposition}} BonusMaterial. ˛˛If the events are not inconsequential, such an episode may contain ResetButton, OrWasItADream or PerspectiveFlip to UnreliableNarrator, forming a weakened link with the {{Canon}}. If the main continuity or WordOfGod eventually acknowledges this material as canon despite previously labeling it as this, then you have a case of {{Ret Canon}}. Compare BroadStrokes, where specific bits from a previous story are accepted as canon in later installments. Unrelated to CowboyCop. ˛˛Related to SchrodingersCanon, where spinoff material meant to be canonical to some extent are frequently at odds with the actual canon. ˛˛----˛!!Examples:˛˛[[foldercontrol]]˛˛[[folder:Advertising]]˛* ''Advertising/UFOKamenYakisoban'' ads, game, and movie don't outright contradict each other for the most part, but since the ads are short and the game and movie are standalone stories it's hard to tell what's canon and what isn't.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Anime & Manga]]˛* The ''Franchise/{{Bleach}}'' anime:˛** While the ''Bount'', ''Forest of the Menos'', and several other filler arcs do fit in to the anime's timeline where they're set and the former is even referenced in later episodes, the ''The New Captain Shūsuke Amagai'' and ''Zanpakutō Unknown Tales'' arcs are separated from the anime's main continuity and the ambiguous place of the former in the timeline is even lampshaded. Despite not being referenced after their conclusions, they are not removed from the anime's continuity either.˛** As with the later filler arcs, the place of the movies in the anime's canonicity is unknown.˛* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'': OVA is a DeconstructiveParody on the series... with a ResetButton at the end.˛* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' has an ongoing {{spinoff}} manga series called ''Manga/DetectiveConan Special Edition'' that is going on on a children's manga magazine. While it agrees with most canonical elements of the main series, it's not drawn by the original mangaka (and hence has some OffModel issues) and TheSyndicate never appeared outside of the FirstEpisodeSpoiler. Its lack of firm link with the canon can be demonstrated by how, despite being a LongRunner itself (>30 volumes), its story were very seldom adapted into the {{anime}}, even though such a thing would be very helpful in preventing OvertookTheManga.˛* ''Manga/DragonBall'', despite following one main continuity (the manga), it has a lot of material that helps expands the lore despite not coming officially from its author ''Creator/AkiraToriyama''. While the event of that side-material is not part of the main continuity, the characters and settings don't contradict the main series.˛** The NonSerialMovie ''Anime/DragonBallZSuperAndroid13'' creates the androids 13, 14 and 15, which never appeared in the manga besides a [[DiscontinuityNod small nod]] about them being unfinished.˛** ''Anime/DragonBallPlanToEradicateTheSaiyans'' and ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' depict the wars between the Tuffles and the Saiyans led by King Vegeta, which doesn't really contradict the main series as the Tuffles are never referenced by name beyond the Saiyans taking over their planet.˛** The fighting game ''Videogame/DragonBallFighterZ'' introduces the character of Android 21, who is based on Android's 16 human counterparts' mother. Not only is this the first material to state 16 is based on Gero's son, but Android 21' human counterpart doesn't contradict anything about Doctor Gero, although the relationship between them is vague.˛** The mobile game ''Videogame/DragonBallLegends'' introduces Shallot, an ancient Saiyan wearing an armor similar to what the Saiyans wore before Freeza took over Planet Vegeta. While the events of the game cannot have happened, Shallot himself and his attire don't contradict the series.˛* A tie-in game for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' was promoted as containing secret answers that explained the [[MindScrew often-obscure worldbuilding of the series.]] At the time, [[WordOfGod it was promoted as being overseen by the director of the series, Hideaki Anno.]] However, this is pretty uncharacteristic for a guy like Anno, who generally balks at the idea of giving solid answers one way or the other. While the worldbuilding isn't really contradicted by the series proper or [[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion its remakes]], it also is so divorced from the main story that it might as well not exist.˛* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':˛** Many movies - while a few of them are shown to be part of the canon, one wonders how the Victini movies would fit in, due to them being the same movie, but with different twists.˛** The 2006 [[Anime/PokemonTheMastermindOfMiragePokemon ''Mastermind of Mirage Pokemon'']] special is a more straightforward example. It was made by a different studio than the main anime, debuted in the US before Japan, and outright contradicts the main series in several ways. For example, it shows Pikachu knowing Volt Tackle when it had not actually learned that attack yet, and gives Professor Oak a Dragonite which is never mentioned in the main series. ˛* The Franchise/EvilliousChronicles franchise has four comedy bonus stories that were e-mailed with the ''Waltz of Evil'' databook, each of them too [[BreakingTheFourthWall self-referencing]] to actually be considered canonical. Even so, nothing contradicts that the events of the stories happened and fans tend to take the world-building assertions in them as true.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Comic Books]]˛* This is the status of the Creator/VertigoComics line of Creator/DCComics: it started as part of the Franchise/DCUniverse, with most if not all characters simply being mature readers takes on existing characters, but has grown progressively more separate (and also began introducing new titles with no connection to the DC Universe). Basically, a Vertigo story featuring a DC character ''only'' applies to the main universe IF a story in a DC comics says it did. For example, we know that [[ComicBook/TheSandman Dream of the Endless]] exists in the DC Universe because he (or rather [[LegacyCharacter his replacement]]) has appeared in issues of ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' and ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica''. However the versions of Hell from those universes do not match.˛** Though even those interpretations of hell remain as LooseCanon due to the fact that the Sandman series posits that there are multiple parallel afterlifes. In addition, for the most part, Vertigo depicts Hell as subjective; DC depicts Hell as objective.˛* When the Creator/DCComics multiverse was defined as fifty two worlds, the {{Elseworld}} stories that were not explicitly assigned a world were considered just stories, and not alternate realities. With the multiverse restored, these stories are likely still realities in the DC multiverse, as some have been revisited and expanded.˛* IntercontinuityCrossover stories between companies are usually ignored as alternate versions of characters interacting with each other rather than the true versions of the characters from the main continuity (we have [[FakeCrossover a trope on this]]). But you'll never know for sure unless you directly ask one of them and they remember the crossover having occurred. Even so, there is dimensional amnesia and other factors to consider, such as rebooted characters who wouldn't even know if they had a crossover because the context of the older crossover represents a past that doesn't quite exist any more for the present version of the character.˛* Pretty much all comics [[RecursiveAdaptation set in]] the Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse have this status; they aren't necessarily non-canon, but you can watch the entire TV-franchise and at the same time ignore the comics if you please.˛* Given how most ''[[ComicBook/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam & Max]]'' comics usually only last three pages and how most stories (including the cartoon and video games as well) are mostly standalone, an official canon for the overall franchise is a really hard thing to decipher. The only time continuity really comes into play these days is in the Creator/TelltaleGames ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam & Max]]'' series and tiny references to past cases (like Jesse James' severed hand from ''Sam & Max: Hit The Road'' appearing in recent episodes of the Telltale Games ''Sam & Max''.˛* In Creator/MarvelComics, the ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' stories are a strange case, since the events are meant to depict what would happen in different timelines based on a different set of choices. Any new elements introduced in those stories should still be there in mainstream continuity, or at least in the background. But more often, unless those elements are explicitly mentioned or depicted in the main continuity (such as Jane Foster being worthy of wielding the hammer of ComicBook/TheMightyThor), the stories are considered alternate realities that do not have to effect the main Marvel continuity.˛* ''ComicBook/TheSimpsons'' comics could be canon to [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons the TV series]], not that the show would tell you.˛* With ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'', while the non-Insomniac games are generally not referenced, this trope is [[AvertedTrope averted]] in regards to the [[ComicBook/RatchetAndClank comic books]], which were written by the main writer of the games and has certain elements either referenced or present in ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankAll4One All 4 One]]'', such as Captain Qwark being president of Polaris, or the characters Zogg and Vorn.˛* The X-Men graphic novel ''ComicBook/GodLovesManKills'' was originally treated in this way: although it was not contradicted by the main ''Uncanny X-Men'' series, and generally reflected the state of the team at the time it was published, it didn't fit comfortably into any point during or between issues. The story wasn't directly referred to in canon until years later.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Fan Works]]˛* The ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' has several chapters which WordOfGod has specifically said are optional for readers to consider canonical or not, depending on their personal preference. This includes Luna's sidestory and the "Battle Pros" chapter. The former is refrenced somewhat in the actual canon, but never truly confirmed.˛** [[spoiler:Pinkie Pie's Side Story, detailing the end of the G3 universe through her witnessing the CosmicRetcon that must be done or the universe ends. WordOfGod has pretty much left it up to the readers rather it's a prequel, a non-canonical standalone story, or just a fever dream of Pinkie Pie.]]˛* The ''Fanfic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'' sidestory "Another Happy Mother's Day" is said to be this by WordOfGod, being one valid possibility as to the fate of [[spoiler:[[BigBad Checker Monarch]]]]. Ironically, it's actually a RecursiveFanfiction written by Alexwarlorn, the writer of the above ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', the two authors being good friends.˛* ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'' has the spinoff ''New Adventures: Mature Edition''. It's loosely set in the same universe as the main series, but the human characters have been [[AgeLift aged up]], and NegativeContinuity is in play, as opposed to the solider continuity of the main series.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Films — Live-Action]]˛* In ''Franchise/StarWars'', the films contain elements that are expanded on in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', and previously, in ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends''. To some, only the films count, but there are appearances of EU elements like Aurra Sing in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', Dash Rendar's ''Outrider'' in the [[GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion Special Edition]] of ''Film/ANewHope'', and C-3PO's red arm in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', explained in the comic ''Star Wars Special: C-3PO''. Further, the AllThereInTheManual details of aliens, ships and technology suggests the supplementary materials count unless they are contradicted by the films. ''Film/{{Solo}}'' adapts plot points from ''Literature/TheHanSoloTrilogy'', but changes other details, and goes out of its way to re-introduce elements from the Legends continuity into the new EU.˛* The three live-action ''WesternAnimation/FairlyOddparents'' TV Movies, ''Film/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner'', ''Film/AFairlyOddChristmas'', and ''Film/AFairlyOddSummer'' have this distinction when it comes to the series proper for reasons such as depicting Tootie as the only potential love interest Timmy ever had, Sparky not being present (not even after the character was introduced in the series proper), and most of all, contradicting the DistantFinale of ''WesternAnimation/ChannelChasers'', especially since [[spoiler: the ending of the third movie has Timmy turn into a fairy]].˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Literature]]˛* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' spin-off materials (diaries, maps, ''Nanny Ogg's Cookbook'' etc) are generally loosely canonical.˛** Hell, earlier Discworld books are this to later ones, because [[WordOfGod Terry Pratchett]] has admitted he wasn't anything like as good a writer back then as he is nowadays. In his own words (paraphrased):˛--> Was the Patrician a fat man, or was I just not as good a writer as I am now?˛* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' has ''Gilden-Fire'', a novella consisting of material cut from ''The Illearth War''. It gives information about the Haruchai (the people that the Bloodguard come from) which is found nowhere else in the books. However, the details of the storyline don't quite mesh with the version of events given in ''The Illearth War''.˛* Elements of lore introduced by the movies and video games are considered canon to the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' series by some -- as long as they don't contradict elements from higher "tiers" of canon, namely the books themselves and WordOfGod. Creatures like the Valcores or the Troll of Nadroj have yet to come up in expressly canonical media, but neither has their existence been jossed.˛* ''Literature/FiveNightsAtFreddysTheSilverEyes'' expands on the human element of the ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' universe, yet at the same time, it is its own universe. It is this book where the Purple Guy's real name was established as William Afton. The book also introduced Henry, the creator of the animatronics, and his daughter Charlie, with the catch that Henry was a PosthumousCharacter in the book, while in the games, it is instead Charlie who died in the backstory.˛* [[Literature/BookOfPsalms Psalm 151]]: Canon, Apocryphal, waste of paper? Depends on if you're Jewish, Roman Catholic, or Protestant.[[note]]And apocryphal is closer to the idea of the trope; read it if you want, but be prepared for evidence towards one of the other two options.[[/note]]˛* The ''Literature/FineStructure'' story "Marooned" is Optional Canon by WordOfGod. A number of details, mostly AlternateCharacterInterpretation on the BigGood, are left to the opinion of the reader.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Live-Action TV]]˛* To the extent that ''Series/DoctorWho'' has a continuity at all – given that it's a show about time travel that allows for changing the timeline, the show's writers generally don't tend to be strict about keeping entirely consistent with the show's whole history – the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse is treated in this manner. Several characters, events and settings have been introduced in the Expanded Universe and later given the RetCanon treatment. One interesting example is the episode "Boom Town" including a brief reference to the Doctor and Rose visiting the planet Justicia, which happened in a New Series Adventures novel released only two weeks before the episode aired.˛* The ''Series/{{Lost}}'' tie-in books and video game aren't canonical (except for the Incident Room in the game...) but they don't interfere with canon by involving background characters and just mentioning the canonical events as happening elsewhere. (The one trip-up spot here is really the part right before the end of the video game where you have to [[spoiler:save Jack and Kate from the Others]]. There's no reason why ''that'' wouldn't come up again in the series...)˛* The third-season ''Series/TheWestWing'' episode "Isaac and Ishmael" was specifically intended to be canonically vague - it opens with the actors telling us not to worry about where it fits into the show's chronology (which is wise, given that it falls in the middle of a cliffhanger and its resolution), but no one ever actually says that it isn't canonical.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Tabletop Games]]˛* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Warhammer 40,000]]'' have this for almost everything. Major events get {{retcon}}ned all the time, and it's up to individual writers what they consider canonical for their story. Due to the sheer size of the setting and suspect in-universe sources of background info (which is generally presented as propaganda for one faction or another, making its reliability conveniently dubious) things they don't like can usually just be ignored and left ambiguous.˛* In the early days of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', a number tie-in novels were published by [=HarperPrism=] and a comic series was published by Armada. When the Weatherlight saga began and Creator/WizardsOfTheCoast started its own novel line, the continuity was revised (This is commonly referred to as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "The Revision"]]). Any material in the old publications is considered {{Canon}}ical unless new material directly contradicts it.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Theatre]]˛* ''Theatre/TheDrowsyChaperone'': InUniverse, Man-in-Chair never elaborates on the actors playing George and Trix. However, the booklet that comes with the 2006 Cast Recording contains fake liner notes from the record of the ShowWithinAShow, naming both of them.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Video Games]]˛* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'':˛** ''Metal Gear Solid Mobile'' hits the ResetButton at the end by erasing Snake's memory so it doesn't interfere with canon (though that doesn't explain why Otacon doesn't remember any of the events either). It doesn't help that it's so hard to get hold of that it's virtually a MissingEpisode.˛** ''In the Darkness of Shadow Moses'' and ''The Shocking Conspiracy Behind Shadow Moses'', in-universe backstory documents included with ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', were both intended to be canonical at the time, but have been ignored for convenience (particularly the plot point regarding Metal Gear possessing only a dummy warhead, the background information about "the real Naomi" who went missing in the Middle East and the fate of the main Naomi). That said, not much is specifically contradicted between the games and the books and some of the things that are contradicted are likely intentional. The stuff that isn't contradicted (like the background details of Nastasha and Ames' relationship) is presumably canonical.˛** Some of the "Snake Tales" shorts included with ''Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance'' - the stories are certainly not part of the main continuity, but some fill in background information that is probably canonical:˛*** "Confidential Legacy" is the most obvious one - the story about Meryl working with Gurlukovich is definitely non-canonical, but it also goes into a lot of detail about Meryl's family situation which is regarded as canonical, [[NamedByTheAdaptation naming Meryl's legal father for the first time]] and delving into his military position and job. It also contains the only real explanation thus far for [[DisposableLoveInterest why Snake and Meryl are not a couple]] in ''Metal Gear Solid 2''.˛*** "Big Shell Evil" shows Snake demonstrating a photographic memory talent to memorise a long computer password. He never actually uses this ability in the canon, but there is still a very sad CallBack to it in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' in a sequence where the player may have him forget a computer password, demonstrating he has lost this ability. In addition to this, it elaborates on Snake and Otacon's friendship circumstances and interpersonal quirks, along with "External Gazer".˛*** "Dead Man Whispers" fills in a lot of detail about Vamp and Scott Dolph's relationship. The canon has Snake mention in an optional radio conversation that "rumour has it" that they were lovers. "Dead Man Whispers" makes it very clear that they both deeply loved each other, as Vamp is shown to sacrifice himself in order to protect Dolph. It also gives some characterisation to Jackson, the original leader of Dead Cell and Fortune's husband, and goes into detail about what exactly the financial corruption scandal he was involved in was.˛*** "External Gazer" is a goofy CrackFic about Philanthropy fighting a {{Kaiju}}, but explains details about Philanthropy's living situation and Mei Ling's role in the organisation.˛** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'', not being made by Kojima, is canonical [[BroadStrokes only insofar as it doesn't contradict anything else]].˛** ''VideoGame/MetalGearGhostBabel'' adds some detail to Big Boss's backstory (such as his student Augustine Eguabon) that was presumably supposed to be canonical at the time, and gives a lot of background information and worldbuilding to Galzburg/[[AdaptationNameChange Gindra]], the country where Outer Heaven was located.˛** Meryl's actual parentage, being the result of an affair between her mother and her supposed uncle Colonel Campbell, is only directly stated in the non-canon bad ending of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' where she dies, but that revelation forms a major crux of both of their involvements in ''Metal Gear Solid 4''.˛* ''VideoGame/HalfLife'':˛** ''VideoGame/HalfLifeOpposingForce'' (note that the expansions were made by a different company than original producers Creator/{{Valve}}) introduced the main character (marine Adrian Shepard) who proved quite popular among the fanbase, and the mysterious "Race X" from another, unknown world who happened to arrive at Black Mesa during the events of ''Half-Life'' and made a weak attempt to conquer Earth. Their canonicity is pretty much a gray area: it was never completely exiled from canon, but they did not appear in the series again. Same goes for ''[[VideoGame/HalfLifeBlueShift Blue Shift]]''; though Barney Calhoun made his way into ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', the supporting characters (Dr. Rosenberg) and the exact events are semi-canonical at best.˛** Several of the security guards in ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'', in the opening before the resonance cascade sets off the game, offer to buy Gordon Freeman a beer sometime later. While Barney Calhoun appears in ''Blue Shift'', he comments in ''Half-Life 2'' that he still owes Gordon that beer. Calhoun never directly encounters Freeman during the course of ''Blue Shift'' (he only catches Freeman passing by in a tram at the beginning and witnessing him being dragged away by Marines after he's been captured at the end), though it is conceivable that many guards (perhaps even all guards) owe Gordon Freeman a beer for some reason or other.˛** The only detail from expansions that the writer of ''Half-Life'', Marc Laidlaw, has explicitly declared canonical is Black Mesa's nuclear destruction in ''Opposing Force'''s ending.˛* [[ It is somewhat unclearly stated]] whether the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' tie-in comic ''[[ Loose Canon]]'' is in fact loose canon or not. Later comics and in-game updates build off of this comic as though it was canonical, so it's only an example of InNameOnly.˛* In the ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'', the Tales of Fandom games are treated this way, at least by the parts of their audience that don't speak Japanese, due to NoExportForYou. Details may gradually trickle through the fandoms as {{Fan Translation}}s are made, but since these can be unreliable, most fanfic writers consider them optional at best.˛* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has this in the form of "Obscure Texts", [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary items]] written by the series' [[WordOfGod developers]] and [[WordOfSaintPaul former developers]]. They're essentially treated as canonical by most of the fanbase (or at least the equivalent of the series' famous in-universe UnreliableCanon), but Bethesda has no official stance either way. Most prolific is former developer Creator/MichaelKirkbride, who still does some freelance work for the series. Most of what he writes about are the more obscure aspects of universe's cosmology which don't get expanded on in the games, as well as lore figures the games never touch upon or that Bethesda is simply finished with (like Vivec). As of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', some of the concepts in his works have been officially referenced in game (the idea of "[[ViciousCycle kalpas]]," [[LongDeadBadass Ysgramor]] and his [[BadassArmy 500 companions]], and some of the motivations of the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]]), moving them to CanonImmigrant status.˛* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' has some Spin Off novels which are loose canon due to the inconsistencies it has with the game. Some of the events of the novels have been referenced in the game and one of the main characters has also shown up in the game. They officially are cannon except where contradicted by the game.˛* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 7'' introduces Akuma of ''VideoGame/StreetFighter'' fame into the series canon, where he plays an integral part in the story by fighting and trying to kill Heihachi and Kazuya at the behest of Kazumi Mishima, the late wife of Heihachi and Kazuya's mother. He fights them both at different points in the game's story mode, and while his impact on the story is minimal and the outcome of their battles indicates no clear victor, each fight plays a key part in the narrative: Akuma's encounter with Heihachi is what clues him and Kazuya in on Kazumi's intention, and his later fight with Kazuya was part of Heihachi's plan to force him to activate his Devil form and discredit him in the public's eye. At the same time, however, there is no indication that Akuma ''had'' to be in the story, as his role could be filled just as easily by any other fighter.˛* The ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'' has this with both ''ComicBook/BatmanArkhamUnhinged'' comics that tie into ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' and the self-titled it in comics to ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', with many of the comic stories clashing with the events of the games.˛* In the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' franchise, this is how Creator/InsomniacGames treats the games not made by them, specifically ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingMobile Going Mobile]]'', ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankSizeMatters Size Matters]]'', ''VideoGame/SecretAgentClank'' and ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankBeforeTheNexus Before the Nexus]]''. While they fortunately haven't contradicted anything thus far, they aren't seen as being very important to the story at large and are never referenced.˛** Insomniac stated in 2014 that ''Size Matters'' and ''Secret Agent Clank'' are not canon.˛* ''VideoGame/AttackTheLight'' and ''VideoGame/SaveTheLight'' in relation to ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. The games don't contradict any canon established by the show and could easily be canon but by that same token, they don't affect the show's plot at all and the endings for both games pretty much [[ShooOutTheNewGuy write out any and all the new characters]]. You could watch the show without ever playing the games and not miss anything plot important.˛* The Creator/{{Sierra}} adventure games may include lore from tie-in novels, magazine articles, hint books, spin-offs such as Hoyle, and various reality-breaking easter eggs and joke references from other games. And whether or not the sequels to the games made by other creators are canon depends on one's point of view.˛* The ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana'' games have no explicitly shared world or timeline, despite recurring themes such as being set in a world with a mana tree.˛* The ''{{Franchise/Pokemon}}'' spinoff duology ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'' and ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness'', developed by Creator/GeniusSonority instead of Creator/GameFreak, has this status in the main series canon. While the main series titles have progressively established that ''all'' of the games take place in a sort of {{Multiverse}} (the Hoenn region in ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' canonically exists in its own reality separate from the one in the ''[[{{VideoGame/PokemonOmegaRubyAndAlphaSapphire}} 3DS remake games]]''), the Orre region is the only region not named anywhere in-text in any of the main games (Pokémon traded from Orre are labeled vaguely as arriving "from a distant land") and no other story elements of the duology (such as Shadow Pokémon) are ever mentioned. That certain big names in Game Freak have reportedly [[DisownedAdaptation spoke disfavorably]] of the games (claiming they don't match the "vision" of the series as a whole) seems to suggest that they're deliberately ignored.˛* The ''VideoGame/PuyoPuyo'' series has its Anniversary games, which are treated more like standalone stories that employ non-linear, outright contradictory scenarios for every playable character, so that everybody may have its own story to tell regardless if they make sense or not. Those games are of little consequence to the continuity outside of a few {{Call Back}}s and BroadStrokes that reinforce their status as canon, but at the same time it's easy to deny their existence in the continuity due to the non-canon scenario structure.˛* Although they approved of the game, Sucker Punch has never stated on whether they consider ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'' as canon to [[VideoGame/SlyCooper their trilogy]]. And since 2018, whenever Creator/{{Sony}} brings up the franchise, ''Thieves in Time'' is never mentioned.˛* According to Ken Eva of Sega Europe, ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' as a whole currently runs on this trope, as he's stated that the canon is in flux and what's canonical and what isn't can and has changed at a moment's notice. Basically, the canon is whatever they need it to be at the time.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Animation]]˛* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': The {{Image Song}}s don't match 1-to-1 to canon. One of the more obvious examples is Ruby's "Red Like Roses Part II", which also suffers from EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. It depicts an angrier, more troubled Ruby than suggested in canon and also implies that Summer died when Ruby was a child (while the cartoon implies she was a toddler at oldest).˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Comics]]˛* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', according to [[ the FAQ page]] EGS:NP stories "generally don't have continuity unless referred to in a later story, and aren't a part of the main storyline unless referred to in the story section." This means unless they involve things that obviously would not fit in continuity (like gratuitous [[BreakingTheFourthWall Fourth Wall breaking]]) or explicitly say they are out of continuity (the [[ Goonmanji]] storyline is a prime example) the EGS:NP storylines can be considered Optional Canon.˛** This was later changed when the author went back and officially declared which NP stories were canonical (via adding a picture of Grace dressed as a pirate while firing a cannon to the Author's Notes on the first page of each story).˛* The ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' bonus pages at the end of every chapter represent two different varieties. Some of the pages just show brief scenes which are [[WordOfGod officially]] canonical, but are rarely ever mentioned again. Other pages feature a white-haired girl named Tea who pops in to [[{{narrator}} describe background details to the audience]]. The contents of her exposition are canonical, but Tea has yet to appear in the comic proper, and she has interacted with [[AuthorAvatar a cartoon representation of Tom Siddell]] (a character that the real Mr Siddell insists is non-canonical).˛* After ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' ran an intermission featuring the Midnight Crew from ''Webcomic/ProblemSleuth'', one member of the ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' forums began a forum-based adventure serving as a prequel to the intermission and starring the Midnight Crew's rival gang, the Felt. Although the author was eventually forced to cancel it due to accusations of forcing his fan fiction into canonicity, it was generally seen as this, especially due to the author getting permission from Andrew Hussie to use plot points and character designs that hadn't yet been featured in the main comic, and it was even given a ShoutOut by having Hussie slip a necklace resembling one worn by an OriginalCharacter from the forum adventure into the actual intermission. Andrew eventually declared it to be non-canonical, however.˛* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick:''˛-->'''Haley:''' You told me once that you had skill ranks in Profession (chef), right? So cook some stew quick, we grab ourselves a pair of incapacitated warrior-types and scoot out of here.\˛'''Belkar:''' First of all, I told you that in one of the ''[[Magazine/{{Dragon}} Dragon Magazine]]'' comics, so I'm not even sure that's the same continuity.˛* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' has a handful of characters who show up only in filler strips that the author writes when he doesn't have time to do a regular strip. However, he did write a multi-part New Year's comic with them, and one of them had [[ a cameo]] in the comic proper. Oh, and there was also [[ the birthday comic]].˛* ''Webcomic/ReBootCodeOfHonor''[='=]s status in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' canon is unclear. It was written entirely by a fan without any input from ''[=ReBoot=]''[='=]s creators, but was officially commissioned and hosted by Creator/RainmakerEntertainment. Furthermore, no other ''[=ReBoot=]'' material has ever resolved Season Four's cliffhanger ending. ''Series/ReBootTheGuardianCode'' is an InNameOnly SequelSeries that has nothing to do with the original series' story whatsoever. Even the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen now-canceled movie trilogy]] that was announced when ''Code of Honor'' was being written was to going to be a SoftReboot itself, so it wouldn't have resolved the cliffhanger either.˛* ''[[ Slapdash Application of Verbiage]]'' alternates between regular comics and [[ "Tales of Dubious Canonicity"]], pieced together from previously-drawn artwork. Whether the events and dialogue of these comics have any bearing on the plot or characterization in the main comic is unclear.˛%%* The ''Webcomic/TemplarArizona'' bonus comics fall into this category.˛* ''Webcomic/UnwindersTallComics'':˛** TheRant below [[ page 32]] specified that "It's not ''Tall Comics'' canon, but it IS ''Webcomic/{{Marmaduke}}'' canon." But fallout from the events of that page pop up again [[ thirty pages later]], anyway.˛** [[ Page 97]] gives information about the in-universe authors of ''Webcomic/PowerupComics''. The rant below is quick to point out that this shouldn't be taken as absolute canon for ''Powerup Comics'': "I mean, I consider it canon personally, and it's definitely ''Tall Comics'' canon that these are the real people behind ''Powerup Comics'', but at the same time, I don't want to invalidate any fan theories about ''Powerup''." [sic]˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Web Original]]˛* ''ARG/ILoveBees'' seems to exist as this relative to the rest of the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''-verse; elements of it have been incorporated into subsequent ''Halo'' media (including the games), but several other aspects, most noticeably the existence of a ''second'' class of Spartan-[=IIs=], heavily contradict the rest of canon. This is probably because the ARG wasn't even meant be canon when it still was ongoing, which caused a lot of complications later on when Creator/{{Bungie}} and Creator/ThreeFourThreeIndustries decided to change their minds and "embrace it as canon".˛* The Wiki/SCPFoundation as a whole is one huge loose canon made up of many smaller canons connected together and sharing the same setting. This is because SCP is written by many different authors who may just as easily ignore each other's writing or incorporate it into their own stories. Readers are encouraged to decide for themselves what is canonical, which is called "headcanon." For example most of the pages listed as "Joke [=SCPs=]" are actually not even meant to be taken as being canonical but many readers and even some writers take some of them as being canonical anyway. This is also partly justified since a lot of it is told by {{Unreliable Narrator}}s, and due to usage of {{Alternate Universe}}s, alternate timelines, {{Reset Button}}s and {{Multiple Choice Past}}s.˛[[/folder]]˛˛[[folder:Western Animation]]˛* ''Manga/ZukosStory'' is a tie-in {{Prequel}} comic to ''Film/TheLastAirbender'', the live-action film adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. However, the writers went out of their way to incorporate details from the animated series. Except for Zuko and Iroh being drawn as their movie counterparts, the story would fit right in with the animated series, [[ which was in fact the authors' intent.]] There is however no word on whether the series considers it to be canonical.˛* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''˛** The ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Equestria Girls]]'' SpinOff material in relation with the main series. While the first few films explicitly take place after certain canonical moments[[note]][[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls1 The first film]] takes place just after the third season, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks the second]] after season four, and [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames the third]] explicitly overlaps with the events of the season five finale[[/note]], none of the events that happen in this part of G4 continuity are ever brought up to any degree in the main series. The closest acknowledged this parallel universe has received are two quick cameos by Flash Sentry in the show's fourth season, though with the Equestrian rather than human version of the character, as well as a brief scene in the season seven finale that shows the villains of the second [=EG=] film being thrown into the portal to the human world. [[WordOfGod According to the series' directors]], both works are canon to each other. But only [=FiM=] events will have any effect on [=EG=] and not vice versa to avoid ContinuityLockOut. The comic books do provide some more supplemental details on the characters, including a mini-issue dedicated to the backstory of Sunset Shimmer, the villain-turned-hero protagonist of the ''Equestria Girls'' films and specials.˛** Speaking of the comics, the [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW comic book spinoff]] of the show is also of ambiguous continuity. Very little of what happens in the comics is referenced in the show, leaving it ambiguous whether the events of the comics are considered to have happened. WordOfGod states that the comic is considered canonical until the cartoon says otherwise.˛** ''Friendship Is Magic'' also has some chapter books and picture books aimed at younger readers than the comic that are ambiguously canonical, though they began being referenced sparingly once the writer of said books joined the show's writing staff during season six.˛* ''WesternAnimation/LEGOStarWarsTheFreemakerAdventures'' has been described [[ as "canon paraphrase"]]; think a kid reenacting things through their toys. The specifics of each episode are likely non-canonical, but the basic events due have some degree of canonization.˛* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' is canon for the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', while the old Expanded Universe, ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'', is stated to no longer be canon. Still, there are plenty of elements still being used from the old Expanded Universe, including the Nightsisters.˛* ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' likely has the loosest canon ''ever''. The only things that stay the same between each episode are Aeon, Trevor, the weird future setting and Aeon failing to accomplish her mission. A graphic novel tie-in did explain the backstory, but who knows if anything about that is canon? Even Aeon and Trevor's relationship is deliberately kept ambiguous�one short has Trevor killing Aeon, another has him giving her a mission.˛* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' ends leading into ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'', turning out to be a StealthPrequel. The [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooDirectToVideoFilmSeries direct-to-video movies released in 2010 and beyond]] may or may not take place after ''Mystery Incorporated'', as ''Mystery Incorporated'' never confirms or denies that Velma has any siblings that don't live in Crystal Cove with her, Velma's mother is said to be doting not unlike her ''Mystery Incorporated'' counterpart, and the Mystery Machine is the same model used from the show as well as having a license plate from Crystal Cove. On the other hand, in one of the movies, Daphne makes a big deal out of her realizing her feelings for Fred, despite their romance being a major part of their story in ''Mystery Incorporated''.˛** ''Frankencreepy'' makes a TakeThat to viewers concerned with continuity, where a character gets arrested for complaining about the {{series continuity error}}s that would arise if you were to put these movies and ''Mystery Incorporated'' in the same canon. [[RuleOfFun Just have fun with it, folks.]]˛* The ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' are explicitly non-canon, due to [[AnyoneCanDie certain]] [[UniversalAdaptorCast factors]]. However, certain elements of the episodes, such as the German exchange student Uter Zorker (debuted in "Terror at 5½ Feet" from the fourth episode) and the Lard Lad Donuts franchise (debuted in "Attack of the 50[[superscript:FT]] Eyesores" from the sixth episode) have appeared in the main episodes themselves, and there's no stopping others (like Sherri and Terri having older twin brothers in "Treehouse of Horror XXVII") from doing the same. Of course, some elements are just as susceptible to SchrodingersCanon (in the ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' parody from "Treehouse of Horror XX", Marge is reluctant to kill [[TechnicallyLivingZombie a Muncherified Helen Lovejoy]] because she's Lisa's godmother, but "The Changing of the Guardian", a standard episode of the show made three seasons later, revolves around Homer and Marge appointing guardians for their children after surviving a life-endangering situation).˛[[/folder]]˛----


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