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Or can you?

Western cartoons, like other Animated Shows, have their share of moments that no one wants to remember.


  • A number of fans of Pinky and the Brain refuse to acknowledge the spin-off Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain, due to viewing Elmyra of Tiny Toon Adventures as The Scrappy. The show creators themselves didn't seem to like the idea either, since the opening reworked theme contains the line "it's what the network wants, why bother to complain?"
  • The Loud House:
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    • Fans often do this to "No Such Luck", "The Sweet Spot", and "Brawl in the Family", saying that they're too abusive to Lincoln. Relative Chaos is sometimes ignored by Ronniecoln shippers.
    • Fans have a tendency to depict Luan as lesbian, but rarely ever bisexual. In canon, she's only been depicted liking boys. Said boys get quietly ignored by fans in exchange for Maggie.
    • Related to Luan, some people ignore the April Fools episodes which depict Luan as a cruel, prank-obsessed sociopath. They tend to view this version of Luan as a character assassination.
  • Ben 10: While there are certainly those who accept the entirety of the original continuity (aka, the first four series) to be canon, the fanbase is broken up enough that there are a large number of breaking points:
    • Beginning with just the Original Series, there were fans who choose to treat "Goodbye and Good Riddance" (a What If? episode that had Ben return to Bellwood and be ousted as a superhero) as the show's finale as opposed to "Secrets of The Omnitrix".
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    • There are fans that rejected the sequel series Ben 10: Alien Force due to the numerous retcons it made; the two most egregious being Gwen and Kevin's powers being made alien in origin, rather than magic or natural mutation, and immediately turning the latter character into a good guy without the presence of a redemption arc.
    • There are fans who liked both the original series and Alien Force but don't consider Ben 10: Ultimate Alien as canon, with explanations inexplicably being both It's the Same, Now It Sucks! (too similar to Alien Force to really be considered a new iteration) or They Changed It, Now It Sucks! (what elements that were changed ruined the experience).
    • There are fans of the first three series that don't consider Omniverse canon due to its change of tone, character redesigns, and heavy use of comedy. Gwen fans were especially pissed at her new design. While some fans think it feels more like a natural evolution of her original series self far better than her Alien Force/Ultimate Alien design, others consider it ugly. There are also those who are indifferent to the appeal of the design itself, and more angered that the redesign is so removed from her established teenage design in Ultimate Alien with no reason other than the appeal to fans of the original series.
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    • There are fans who love Omniverse who don't take some episodes as canon. Such as "So Long, And Thanks For All the Smoothies", which while considered a good episode by said fans, has an ending where Ben is forced to recreate the entire universe after it was destroyed, implying that everyone from the previous three series is actually now dead and replaced with identical copies. Naturally, "Universe vs. Tennyson", in which Ben is put on trial for committing the act, is included with that. Another is the "Showdown" two-parter of the third season, which created a major Plot Hole: eleven-year-old Ben is obsessed with a new alien, Feedback. Malware, an evil alien entity, rips the alien out and destroys it. After Ben kills Malware, it cuts back to present day and Ben states that, since then, he can't rescan Feedback's species. Considering that his original Omnitrix was destroyed at the end of Alien Force, such a problem would not exist with the newer model.
    • Some Omniverse fans don't consider the story arcs that followed after the first two and a half season as canon since they feel like that the villains that were introduced (or in the case of the Incurseans, reintroduced) after Khyber and Malware were not as good as those two.
    • Fans of Helen, Manny, and Alan would disregard the Voodoo Shark twist in the Rooters story arc that they were actually humans who were experimented with alien powers than being Half-Human Hybrids. Some fans who came to like Kevin as a good guy would also disregard the controversial Retcon in which his father was never a Plumber as canon.
    • Similarly to the Omniverse showrunners themselves, there are fans who don't consider parts of Alien Force and Ultimate Alien as canon, such as Eon.
    • When it comes to shipping, Ben/Julie and Ben/Ester shippers consider the confirmation that Ben and Kai became the Official Couple in the end of the series as non-canon.
    • Several The Secret Saturdays fans consider the crossover episode "T.G.I.S." as non-canon due to none of that show's staff having any involvement with it.
  • The Critic: Most fans of the TV series were disappointed with the webisodes that followed a few years after the show's cancellation. This fan review should provide further explanation.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show:
    • The Games Animation episodes get this within the original series. Aside from Ren becoming more of a jerk, there's also weaker animation than in the Spumco episodes, and the fact that John Kricfalusi had no involvement in their creation. Downplayed later on, though.
    • However, according to most fans, Adult Party Cartoon never existed. It's rather despised for turning the Black Comedy and Vulgar Humor of the original far beyond eleven to the point that it crosses lines that were previously thought to be theoretical, becoming completely disturbing in the process. You know it's bad when even the Games Animation episodes from the original show (which are often disliked by fans due to making Ren more of a jerk than he already was) are considered masterpieces when compared to Adult Party Cartoon. Ren Seeks Help especially gets this due to the large amounts of Nightmare Fuel on top of the previously mentioned issues.
  • Fans of The Fairly OddParents! are divided on when the series began to suck, and therefore on which seasons to consider Discontinuity. The most common places are listed below:
    • Even Poof fans hate Sparky, Timmy's new magical talking fairy dog. There's also a new girl named Chloe Carmichael appearing in the tenth season (with Poof mostly absent in favor of her; Sparky was removed due to negative reception) and fans are not pleased. Instead of bringing back fan-favorites, they're demoting almost everyone to extras (including characters like Trixie and Tootie) and creating new ones to spice up the show.
    • Some fans go even further, and ignore everything after the Channel Chasers special in Season 4. The reason given is usually that the special’s Distant Finale (in which Timmy is an adult and doesn’t remember ever having fairy godparents but looks back on his childhood fondly, while his children now have Cosmo and Wanda) is somehow cheapened by there being later episodes. Another reason is that soon afterward, and continuing for much of Season 5, Timmy was derailed into a completely selfish and unlikeable Jerk Ass, and the rest of the cast are also perceived as having suffered Flanderization as well.
    • For a time after the last part of the Wishology trilogy aired during Season 7, many fans ignored the last few minutes (in which Jorgen erases the memories of the events from anyone who isn’t Timmy or his fairies) and treated the special as the Grand Finale, with Timmy’s fairies becoming public knowledge. This fell by the wayside after the fanbase became more aware that the writers never intended for the special to be any sort of series finale.
    • The fanbase is all but unanimous in disregarding the live-action television movies, featuring an adult Timmy who is still inexplicably in fifth gradenote  and still has his godparents, because of the inherent Idiot Plot, wasting the plots that aren’t idiotic, and, as of the third movie, contradicting the ending of the beloved Channel Chasers special.
    • Aside from ignoring entire seasons, fans are adamant that the Season 5 episode “It’s A Wishful Life” never happened, on account of being nothing more than one eleven-minute long Take That! and Humiliation Conga towards Timmy, who is told that he is directly responsible for every bad thing that has happened in his friends’ and family members’ lives, (even the ones for which his involvement would make no sense) and that it would be better if he were never born. Since the episode could theoretically be interpreted as having a pro-suicide message, it is not at all surprising that the network and the writers themselves agree with the fans on this one, and rarely if ever air the episode in reruns.
    • Trixie fans usually ignore her post-flanderization personality and keep her in her relatively nicer early episodes persona.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • Some fans like to pretend the ending, where Stan quickly recovers his memories, did not happen at all because they feel it ultimately rendered Stan's Heroic Sacrifice meaningless.
    • Other fans act as if "Roadside Attraction" didn't exist. Not only because they see it as an unnecessary Breather Episode in the middle of the show's final story arc (the episode didn't feature Ford or allude to the main plot whatsoever), but because it had what is often regarded as the most Broken Aesop in the series. For the record, Disney aired the episode out of production order.
    • There are some fans who dislike that Dipper's name is actually a nickname, feeling that "Dipper" sounds too cool. With the All There in the Manual reveal that he's named "Mason" many fans have also ignored that.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, due to its large, nerdy, and rather broken fanbase, has a few points after which some groups of fans just ignore developments:
    • The "purist" or "Originalist" contingent of the fandom like to ignore all episodes produced without any creative input from Lauren Faust. The cut-off here is one of two places: either after "Return of Harmony" (the final episode Lauren directly supervised from start to finish), or after "Hearth's-Warming Eve" (the final script Lauren personally approved).note  Still others accept all of the first two seasons (a few of its episodes grudgingly), but ignore everything from "The Crystal Empire" onwards due to it and all future episodes having absolutely no involvement from either Lauren or original head writer Rob Renzetti. Even some episodes Lauren did work on receive this treatment due to being unpopular, like "Feeling Pinkie Keen" or "Over A Barrel". Either way, this group pretty much ignores over 80 percent of the series.
    • Some bronies pretend "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well" never happened due to how badly it handled its lesson on humility and how every character in that episode were uncharacteristically complete jerks.
    • Unrelated to the Purism arguments, a large portion of the fandom – especially Spike fans – utterly reject "Spike At Your Service" due to its total disregard for the little guy's established character traits, helped by Word of God admitting that the original script had a justification for this (he was nervous while hanging around his crush, causing him to fail at tasks) that the final one didn't have (which swapped his crush for a different character). This same portion of fans also pretends that "Princess Spike" never happened, due to it not only reusing the basic plot of "Just For Sidekicks", but also having the Butt-Monkey comedy in the episode derive from him just doing his job and a good dose of Idiot Plot as opposed to the Laser-Guided Karma he took in "Just For Sidekicks".
    • There are some fans who like to pretend the series ended with the Series Fauxnale "Magical Mystery Cure", which let them ignore the even more polarizing seasons that came out afterwards.
    • The first Equestria Girls movie got this from a large chunk of the fanbase for turning the young adult ponies into teenage humanoids and placing them in a High School A.U. setting. As a result of this, and misinterpreting showrunner Meghan McCarthy's statement that the movie would not affect the continuity of Season 4note , these fans were unhappy when the pony version of movie-original character Flash Sentry, who was seen as a Romantic Plot Tumor by many, made a cameo in "Three's A Crowd" as Cadence's bodyguard. Although they were temporarily quelled by staff insisting his inclusion was an animator's decision rather than story decision, a second Flash cameo (in a one-line speaking role this time) during "Twilight's Kingdom" caused these fans to absolutely lose it.
    • The first episode of Season 4, "Princess Twilight Sparkle" had some contentious developments. "Part 1" implied the entire series up until that point had taken place within a single year, which lead to a lot of Continuity Snarls and broke Willing Suspension of Disbelief, as much of the fanbase assumed that everything had been taking place over the course of at least three years. "Part 2" got flak for showing the confrontation between Princess Celestia and Nightmare Moon was over in minutes and before the latter did anything worse then briefly KO Celestia. Many fans ignore this fight since Nightmare Moon's in-universe infamy and Princess Luna's guilt over it doesn't make sense in light of her doing so little, as parodied here.
    • Some fans like to think everything that happened after Starlight Glimmer joined The Mane Cast never happened.
    • Many fans saw Applejack's stetson as something of a Tragic Keepsake, with plenty thinking of it as one that belonged to either her deceased father or mother, and was passed down to her. She's always seen wearing it, and many fan works had been produced with the idea in mind. Then came an episode which showed Applejack to have an entire closet full of identical hats which promptly Jossed all of that. Some fans chose to believe that the one she wears might still be a keepsake, but then Made In Manehattan happened, where she isn't remotely bothered by said hat being shredded. Naturally, there are fans that ignore these moments. A later flashback episode does show that her father owned an identical stetson, however, meaning the tragic keepsake element might at least be there in spirit.
    • Season 4's finale Twilight's Kingdom left such an impact for Friendship Is Magic and had such a massive Status Quo shattering event on par if not bigger than Magical Mystery Cure, that it caused even more fans especially who were already put on the fence for Season 3's finale, to ignore everything that came afterwards. Seasons 5 and beyond are exceptionally polarizing for various reasons, but "Twilight's Kingdom" is pointed to as a big reason why it is. Its the epitome of a Tough Act to Follow for certain fans, who believe that anything the show does from then on will never be able to match it. With Season 6 getting it particularly rough, being widely regarded as a mediocre season overall.
    • Due to the tendency for G4 MLP merchandise to significantly deviate from the show, fanon discontinuity may also occur between fans of the show and fans of The Merch. This commonly occurs with toys in particular. On one hand, fans of the show often disregard details and backstories of the toys as they are thought to be written by third parties who seemingly have spotty knowledge of the show, while fans of the toys view the toy line's attempts to be more show accurate as moves to pander to more casual adult fans of the show, among other reasons.
    • Due to quite a few Continuity Snarls and some controversial at best issues (see here for specifics), the IDW comics are often considered to take place in an alternate continuity from the show, if they get acknowledged at all. Show staff being very careful not to give a straight answer and Shadow Play directly Retconning the events that led to the Sirens being banished to the human world hasn't helped.
    • After Flurry Heart was born, Celestia has a line implying that she is the first alicorn ever born. This upset the fandom, as most fans had always thought that Celestia and Luna were "natural alicorns", unlike Cadance and Twilight. The line is ambiguous enough to have several interpretations, so many fans went with the interpretation that they were born alicorn.
    • The controversial "Fame and Misfortune" has both fans and creators alike preferring to just ignore discussing this episode and pretending it never happened.
  • My Little Pony:
    • When nostalgic 80s kids and bronies alike think of or draw Megan from the original My Little Pony cartoons, they tend to ignore her Team Mom interpretation in My Little Pony 'n Friends in exchange for her My Little Pony TV Specials version, most specifically the Rescue from Midnight Castle one.
    • Fans also easily "forget" that Megan has siblings, especially Molly (Danny sometimes fondly remembered by virtue of acting as a male Audience Surrogate and being Surprise's friend).
    • Core 7 and especially "G3.5" is generally regarded as never happening to My Little Pony G3 fans. It completely changed the character of Rainbow Dash (along with scrapping her British accent) and removed every pony besides seven (thus the Fan Nickname "Core 7"). G3.5 is regarded as an ugly transition period between G3 and G4 that is ignored by everyone. The only positive aspect to fans is Toola Roola, who is a mild Ensemble Dark Horse.
  • Gargoyles season three, "The Goliath Chronicles". The writing staff changed completely and had no grasp of series continuity. Most noticeable in the season's second episode, 'Ransom', where Fox is easily restrained by a human thug while her son is kidnapped and later reduced to crying in a chair, clutching his teddy bear, when in the previous seasons, she was established as a deadly ex-mercenary who fought and nearly defeated a nigh-all-powerful Fairy King with previously-unknown magical powers a few hours of giving birth. Greg Weisman himself points this very thing out when he's criticizing this episode, which make sense considering how much effort the original show made to make strong characters ACTUALLY strong...
  • G.I. Joe fans often do not count the DIC series as canon because of its inferior writing. And many fans tend to ignore everything that happened after Cobra's failed attempt to blow up the Statue of Liberty.
  • South Park:
    • A majority of fans wish that the Two Part Episodes "You're Getting Old" and "Ass Burgers" NEVER happened.note 
    • Mr. Garrison's sex change gets this treatment, as many thought it wasn't very funny, added nothing to his/her character, and was more a Writer on Board moment (on a very polarizing issue) than anything. Even though it eventually got the reset button treatment in "Eek, A Penis!", many fans feel the whole "Mrs. Garrison" arc was pointless and shock value only for the sake of such.
    • Many fans absolutely hate "Stanley's Cup" due to its Ass Pull Downer Ending where Stan's team of hockey players get beaten to a pulp by the Detroit Red Wings.
    • A lot of fans prefer to ignore "200" and "201", due to being Overshadowed by Controversy from the censorship issue, and the questionable Internal Retcon of Cartman's father (which has no overall effect on the story, is casually dismissed, and is never brought up again). Even the show itself seems to be acting like these episodes never happened.
    • "Ginger Cow" is disregarded by fans due to the harshest Kyle-bashing ever and Cartman getting away scot-free.
    • Many fans despised "Eat, Pray, Queef" for its one-note fart joke Terrence and Phillip B-plot, and the utterly stupid and surprisingly dramatic male guilt A-plot.
    • A number of fans like to forget that Kenny was ever Killed Off for Real and Butters/Tweek became his replacements.
  • For quite a few fans, the Tom and Jerry episodes directed by Gene Deitch never happened. Simply put: If it didn't come from Hollywood USA, it's not a Tom and Jerry cartoon. The Chuck Jones-produced Tom and Jerry cartoons from the mid-late-60's zig-zag this a bit; they're nowhere near as beloved as the original Hanna-Barbera Tom and Jerry shorts, but they're not despised like the Gene Deitch incarnation. Chuck Jones himself said he didn't care much for them. Further incarnations also elicit this in different forms.
  • Fans of Dexter's Laboratory usually ignore the 3rd and 4th seasons due to the original creative staff leaving and the show becoming remarkably different as a result. (the only change most accepted is the hilarious Retcon that Mandark's real name is now Susan) It helps that the second season finale was intended to wrap up the series. There are some willing to accept the TV movie Ego Trip as canon, given the original creator's involvement in making it.
  • The Powerpuff Girls
    • Many fans of the series disown everything after "Power-Noia", when Chris Savino took over as producer (creator Craig McCracken left to start up Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends). The nadir was the episode, "West In Pieces", which won a special juried Emmy. The series took a jarring shift in tone, turning from a lighthearted action show into a crude gag comedy where the main characters just so happened to have superpowers.
    • Even before that, most fans of the series wish that the episode, Town and Out never happened, owing to the absolutely sadistic treatment of the Powerpuff Girls after being forced to move to a city full of horrible people.
    • The Teenager flash back in "The City of Clipsville"? NEVER HAPPENED. Almost all teenage versions of the characters ignore it. Though, even in episode, it is only of dubious accuracy and is a parody if anything.
    • We wish you luck in finding anyone who likes "Moral Decay" because of how uncharacteristically cruel Buttercup acts. Not that the other two Girls were much better, since they let their sister get brutally pummeled by villains for what she did. The Professor also seemed to be totally fine with Blossom and Bubbles selling out Buttercup like that. Plenty of fans were either irked by Buttercup's behavior, or were angry at how she was punished at the end. Some viewers even hate the episode for both of those reasons.
    • Unsurprisingly, the 2016 reboot, known for a full Art Shift, error-prone animation, almost zero involvement from its original cast and crew (including recast voices for the three girls), and many, many fumbling attempts to be current, has not gained much of a foothold with hardcore fans of the original, although it has its fans among the younger generation.
    • Bliss, the fourth sister who was introduced in the 2016 series, is neglected by fans who insist that the only character who was worth that role was Bunny.
  • DC Animated Universe:
    • Justice League Unlimited:
      • The two-parter story "The Once and Future Thing" attracted a lot of flak from both Batman/Wonder Woman shippers, haters of Batman Beyond and even Batman fans when it proved that the series Batman Beyond was the canonical future of the DC Animated Universe, with Bruce going on to end up a lonely, bitter old man.
      • The episode "Epilogue" also took flak from many fans of Batman Beyond when it revealed that Terry McGinnis was actually the biological son of Bruce Wayne, courtesy of well-meant meddling from Amanda Waller. Many fans rejected this because they disapproved of the idea that Terry McGinnis was "genetically destined" to be the next Batman, instead of being an ordinary person who chose to be extraordinary, like Bruce himself. Shipping wars were another major reason for the Broken Base, as "Epilogue" establishes that Terry's relationship with Dana (unpopular with many fans) is stable and long-term, implying they will marry, in stark contrast to fanon that had them breaking up shortly after the series ended.
      • Most fans won't acknowledge that Supergirl stayed a thousand years in the future because she fell in love with a cyborg that she only said about 3 sentences to.
    • Quite a few fans of the DCAU like to think of Batman Beyond (specifically, Return of the Joker) and its Spin-Off The Zeta Project as an alternate future rather than the canon one, as they don't want to live with the knowledge that Tim Drake will be so brutally tortured and Mind Raped that it takes him the next couple of years to fully recover, essentially making the entire history of the DCAU Bat-family a case of Shoot the Shaggy Dog. Considering what DC is doing to Tim in the comics? It almost makes anything The Joker does to him look tame. There are also people who just don't want to think of Bruce Wayne as a withered-looking old man or anyone else running around in the Batsuit.
    • The offscreen relationship between Bruce and Barbara that occurred between Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond is well-hated by fans, due to the Unequal Pairing aspect and the implications of a love triangle between a father and adopted son. Said fans were further enraged when Batman Beyond 2.0 #28 and 29 spelled out how it went down. And now this unfortunate pairing has taken an animated film that the fandom has been eagerly awaiting and has instantly turned it into something despied.
    • Some fans of the DCAU do not consider Static Shock, Gotham Girls, and The Zeta Project as canon, mainly because of their more "childish" nature, and not being created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini. Same with the Lobo web show, except it is not childish. However, in addition to several DCAU crossover episodes, including a Batman Beyond crossover, Future!Static also appears in an episode of Justice League Unlimited. Because of Static being mentioned meeting with Green Lantern in a JLU episode, which did happen in SS, some fans use Broad Strokes.
    • The 2017 DTV animated film Batman and Harley Quinn is confirmed by Bruce Timm and WB to take place in the DCAU (it has a near-identical art style as The New Batman Adventures, has Loren Lester reprising his role as Nightwing for the first time since 2003 and contains many call-backs to DCAU shows). Some people who watched it strongly disagree, due to it's more vulgar and immature style of writing and showing another case of No Yay when Harley essentially rapes a tied-up Nightwing.
  • Family Guy has this in spades:
    • Due to a perception amongst the fanbase of declining quality since the show's resurrection in 2005, plenty of former fans prefer to believe the show ended with the third season – specifically either "Family Guy Viewer Mail #1" (final episode aired during the original run), "Road to Europe" (final episode produced) or "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein" (the Banned Episode; final pre-cancellation episode to be released). Basically, everything made after David Zuckerman left is ignored. However, exceptions are often made for "Road to the Mulitverse" (the Season 8 premiere) and sometimes for "Blue Harvest" (the first Star Wars parody).
    • Some fans will acknowledge the fifth season simply for the introduction of Brian's then-current girlfriend Jillian, but completely disregard everything after their breakup in "Movin' Out (Brian's Song)".
    • A lot of season 7 episodes – aside from "Road to Germany"note  and "Ocean's Three and a Half"note  – are ones that 1999-2002 era fans don't want to remember, whereas others consider it part of the show's prime.
    • Fans tend to ignore the Season 10 episode "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q." Now, Family Guy has done dramatic episodes before, like "Brian & Stewie", "Dog Gone", some parts of "Jerome is the Brand New Black", and the pre-cancellation episode "Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows". But an episode playing domestic violence for drama coming from a show that isn't afraid to show women being beaten up, sexually harassed and assaulted, and mocked for their appearance and age, feels cheap and hypocritical.
    • The Season 12 episode "Life of Brian" – in which Brian is very graphically run over by a car, is briefly dead for the next two episodes, and is replaced by new dog Vinnie – ripped the show's already-tattered fanbase to shreds. Alternatively, some fans, primarily those who view Brian as The Scrappy, feel that Brian stayed dead after "Life of Brian" and Vinnie stayed with the Griffin family for good.
    • A lot of fans want to pretend that the whole Quagmire/Brian rivalry never happened. Considering the show's near-total abandonment of it, it appears most of the writers want to as well.
    • Any of the show's attempts at a multi-episode arc in later seasons (such as Season 12's "Life of Brian", Season 16's "The D in Apartment 23" and Season 17's "Married... with Cancer"/"Dead Dog Walking") are more often than not ignored completely by most fans due to how bad they turn out with unsatisfying conclusions, often resulting in them being some of the worst episodes of their respective seasons.
  • The Simpsons:
  • Loyal Jimmy Neutron fans have despised Planet Sheen and wish it never happened while wondering why Jimmy Neutron wasn't just given a new season. Poor animation, lack of originality and rampant bad acting are commonly cited reasons by fans to stay away from the spin off. The fallout was so great that the ratings took a drastic landslide following its premiere, resulting in the series being aired out of order and then moved from Nickelodeon to Nicktoons. Eventually Nickelodeon said "Screw it" and canceled the series without announcement, leaving the series to end on a sad note of Sheen never returning to Earth.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
    • Anything between the first and second movies is often reviled and ignored, due to the original producers and writers leaving the series (including creator Stephen Hillenburg), and the series ultimately becoming a Franchise Zombie, especially considering that the movie was originally intended to be the series finale. This is so codified that when Stephen Hillenburg returned for the tenth season, fans liked to pretend that this started a Sequel Series after a gap of ten years and that no episodes had been made in the interim.
    • Some fans will excuse Season 4, the first post-cancellation season, from discontinuity, saying that while it's not as good as seasons 1-3, it's not as bad as anything from season 5 onward. Others will include Season 4 as a whole in the discontinuity, but make an exception for "Dunces and Dragons",and sometimes "Krusty Towers", which tend to be considered the best episodes of the season, and every bit as good as the pre-movie episodes. In fact, Krusty Towers was originally intended to be in Season 3, which is considered the best season.
    • It's not a good idea to mention the words "A Pal for Gary", which depicts SpongeBob as so ignorant and stupid towards Gary (even by those who tolerated his increased stupidity in later episodes), it's like he's a whole new character entirely. Even fans of post-Movie SpongeBob hate this episode.
    • Similarly, the fans think that Mr. Krabs is at his worst in "One Coarse Meal", in which he abuses Plankton's fear of whales to make him quit stealing the formula. Plankton is eventually sent into suicidal depression. He gets away with it, too. Again, good luck finding anyone, even the post-Movie fans, who will defend this episode.
    • To a lesser extent, "I'm With Stupid", "The Great Snail Race" and "Party Pooper Pants" are considered the worst episodes in the pre-Movie era. The first involves Patrick berating SpongeBob - who initially pretended to act this way to make Patrick seem smarter to his parents - and ultimately getting away with it. The second has SpongeBob training Gary to the point of exhaustion just so he could win a race. The third is disliked for having SpongeBob take a level in Jerkass, and the Patchy segments are considered Filler to an episode that otherwise could have been a typical 11 minutes.
  • Total Drama:
    • A good chunk of fans believe that Action (and to a lesser extent World Tour) never happened.
    • All-Stars got this treatment, which was considered an utter disaster by many. Some even go as far as to say that it was all nothing more than a dream Chris had while in prison after being arrested in the finale of Revenge of the Island.
    • Pahkitew Island also gets this treatment as well and just like with All-Stars, some pretend that it was all a dream.
    • Funnily enough the only Total Drama property that seems to have averted this is Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race which, though technically a Spin-Off, has been embraced be the fanbase as a return to form for the series.
  • Star Trek:
    • In a reversal of the standard discontinuity reaction, quite a few fans did consider the animated series canon when it officially wasn't (except for certain details verified later in-canon). It was declared canon after a poll on the official Star Trek website in the late noughties, leading to the trope being played straight with fans declaring Discontinuity on that series as well.
    • "Yesteryear" was an almost universal exception, beloved for portrayal of Spock's childhood on Vulcan. The backstory the episode established for Spock is considered to be a completely canonical history, and elements of the episode made it into the 2009 franchise reboot. Some aspects of Spock's childhood that were portrayed in Yesteryear were established in the TOS episode, "Journey to Babel".
  • Danny Phantom:
    • Most fans refuse to acknowledge the third (and final) season of the show, due to head writer Steve Marmel leaving the series, the new writers ignoring past character development, and the way in which plot threads are left hanging (despite the creator knowing it would be the last season). Even those who acknowledge the last season often ignore the finale episode Phantom Planet, due to its revealing Danny's secret to Valerie and his parents, and possibly the world. They prefer to play around with the plot ideas that were nullified by this episode.
    • Butch Hartman has gone on record that the ghosts are, in fact, not actual ghosts but rather monsters from another dimension, some of whom take on the memories of deceased living things. This is alluded to by Maddie in one throwaway line, but almost all fans ignore this, as it needlessly complicates things.
    • Ember McLain's canon backstory is already tragic (she died in a house fire after being stood-up on a date), but there are many fans who think the lyrics better allude to her having committed suicide after having a one-night stand with a boy who ignored her afterwards.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • The episodes "The Great Divide" and "Avatar Day" receive this, although the latter gets a pass as it fills in history on one of the previous Avatars. The former was actually acknowledged in "The Ember Island Players" where the actors recreating the cast's travels just briefly mention walking through the Great Divide before deciding to just fly over it.
    • The entire third season is sometimes treated as non-canon due to its use of filler and some odd pacing, in addition to many plots that Bryke said they would explore (such as Kuzon's backstory, Zuko finding Ursa note , and Combustion Man's identity) were never touched upon at all. The ending is also highly controversial within the fandom, with quite a few fans having a problem with energybending and/or Aang allowing Ozai to live.
    • It's implied throughout the show that Ty Lee's friendship with Azula was based mostly, if not wholly, on the fear of what would happen if she disobeyed her. Good luck finding fans who subscribe to that, with many (especially shippers) preferring to have Ty Lee as Azula's Morality Pet, who tries to redeem and rehabilitate her post-series. It doesn't help that even Azula's voice actress believes they had a close relationship.
    • Zuko and Azula's half-sister Kiyi has a tendency to be quietly ignored by fans and you'll be hard-pressed to find fanfics that mention her. She's generally seen as a cute but unneeded character. Being heavily tied to the controversial The Search comic doesn't help.
    • Several fans tend to consider the post-series Dark Horse comics in general as non-canon, with The Promise, The Search and Smoke and Shadow being the ones that get ignored the most. The Search comics get the most hate, as they revealed that Ursa married another man after running off and had a daughter with him, after wiping her memories of her previous life. Mai and Zuko shippers despise The Promise and Smoke and Shadow due to the Ship Sinking in the former and Mai being an Unintentionally Unsympathetic Jerkass in the latter, while Azula fans despise The Search and Smoke and Shadow, feeling that it damages the possibility for her to have a redemption arc and that her half-sister Kiyi is a poor man's replacement for her. The Rift and North and South don't get the same backlash as the others, but are still ignored for the most part.
    • The Sequel Series, The Legend of Korra, has a mixed reception.
      • Some see it as a faithful follow-up to the original series, while others do not. Those who don't take issue with either certain elements (the Dieselpunk/Gangster Land setting rather than Medieval Stasis being most prevalent), the somewhat rapid establishment and changing of the Love Triangle between first Mako/Korra/Bolin then Korra/Mako/Asami, and they feel that the characters are less compelling overall. There are some groups that deny the entire series exists, because they think it contradicts the established canon of ATLA, their ships from the original series were officially sunk, or they think it is written poorly when compared to the original series.
      • There are more than a few fans who disregard the reveal of Amon's true identity, and his true motivations, preferring the character as he was before said reveal.
      • Other fans dislike Aang's supposed neglect of Kya and Bumi to teach Tenzin more about the Air Nomads, feeling that it clashed with his established personality too much.
  • Kim Possible:
    • Fanfic writers ignore the hook up between Bonnie and Senor Senor Junior. This may have to do with the fact in the episode where said hook-up happens, Bonnie rigged an election to become homecoming queen (instead of Kim) and we also learn Brick Flagg (her ex-boyfriend) broke up with her. So Bonnie gets Junior as a replacement boyfriend, and gets no punishment for rigging the election. That or it's so they can ship her off with someone else.
    • Aside from people who actually ship them, Drakken and Shego hooking up in the finale is generally ignored.
  • Transformers: Some fans ignore everything after Transformers: The Movie (the animated one) or Season 2. Beast Wars fans often ignore Beast Machines and/or the Beast Wars-specific comic stories, and others ignore Beast Wars itself. And fans sometimes reject that the comics retconned the origins of Unicron and Primus in every continuity. Many fans also deny The Rebirth as canon, mainly because of its poor writing, animation, and characters. Ignoring this is made easier by the fact that the anime series Transformers Headmasters takes place after Season Three, but ignores The Rebirth. TFWiki.net has a good article on "Personal Canon".
  • Teen Titans:
    • Some work it into the DC Animated Universe, not caring for any Continuity Snarls.
    • The 5th season gets this for introducing a slew of new characters, spending episodes focusing on them, concluding with a Downer Ending finale, and the fact the series was focused on Beast Boy when he had already had a season long arc in season 2.
    • Word of God is that Beast Boy and Raven are Like Brother and Sister. Finding even non-romance driven fanworks that actually believe this - unless the creator ships them both with someone else - is an extremely difficult task. At minimum, most fans perceive at least one having a crush on the other.
    • A similar situation happened with Cyborg and Bumblebee, who aren't supposed to seem romantic but end up seeming that way. Funnily enough, Cyborg did have a girlfriend, but she was only seen briefly at the end of one episode, making it easy for most fans (especially those who never read the comics based on the show) to unintentionally ignore her existence in favor of shipping him with either the aforementioned Bumblebee or Jinx, with those who ship the later ignoring that her later Heel–Face Turn was the result of her developing a crush on Kid Flash.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • Some fans like to pretend Scrappy Doo does not exist. Early Cartoon Network acknowledged this in specials like The Scooby Doo Project, and many incarnations of the franchise following its revitalization in the late 1990s tend to do the same; for example, an episode of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated has Fred remind a Daphne who's distraught by a Scrappy-Doo statue that they promised never to speak of him again.
    • Many fans of Zombie Island ignore Cyber Chase, Alien Invaders, and The Witch's Ghost (Hex Girls aside) as they're Lighter and Softer. Even some people who like them put them in a different continuity from Zombie Island (though The Witch's Ghost does contain a brief Continuity Nod to Zombie Island).
    • Considering how expansive the franchise is, there are not only multiple jumping off points, but also re-entry points. For example, some people may disregard everything between A Pup Named Scooby Doo and What's New Scooby-Doo?
    • Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, which involves the titular characters behaving as though they were secret agents gets this as well on the grounds that the two characters do not behave as they did in prior Scooby-Doo incarnations. It probably does not help either that Daphne, Fred, and Velma are merely guest characters as opposed to main ones in that show
    • With a Long Runner like Scooby-Doo, there is of course the Purist contingent who only acknowledge the classic episodes from 1969 into the late 1970s (up until Scrappy-Doo's introduction).
  • Rugrats:
    • There are fans who think the show fell off when Tommy's brother Dil and/or Chuckie's stepsister Kimi were introduced. They have a tendency to ignore the characters.
    • Many fans won't even acknowledge the All Grown Up! as a spin-off sequel of the original show. Same with "Rugrats Pre-School Daze", which was such a flop that only four episodes were produced.
  • Some fans pretend that season 4 of ReBoot never happened due the characters suffering from Flanderization, Hexadecimal's Heroic Sacrifice, and the Reset Button being pressed with Bob reverting back to his season 1-2 design and Megabyte coming back after having a perfect send-off in season 3. And some do count the first half of season 4, but ignore everything after Megabyte-Bob appears.
    • While season 4 has its defenders and isn’t totally rejected by the fandom, the same can’t be said of ReBoot: The Guardian Code, a live-action, In Name Only Power Rangers rip-off that claims to be a continuation of the series despite having almost nothing to do with it. On the rare occasions the actual established characters show up, they’re either unrecognizable personality-wise or portrayed in an outright insulting light (the User is depicted as a fat, middle-aged basement dwelling loser who obsesses over the original show). It also doesn’t even mention the aforementioned cliffhanger ending of season 4, let alone resolve any of the hanging plot threads from the original series. Given all of the above, it’s not surprising that fans generally ignore it’s existence as much as humanly possible.
  • There are fanfic writers of Phineas and Ferb who pretend that the ending of Across the 2nd Dimension where everyone has their mind wiped does not happen. There are also those that deny Act Your Age ever happened.
  • The 1980s revival of The Jetsons is not acknowledged by the some of the series' fans. For some reason Boomerang stopped airing them in the mid 2000s despite having been well on air all throughout the 90s.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • The revelation that Heinrich is a girl is considered untrue by a number of fans, mainly due to the utter lack of build-up to this twist just for the sake of wrapping up Heinrich's plotline before the series ended.
    • Also considered non-canon is Chad's being a double agent all along during his time with the Teen Ninjas for reasons similar to Heinrich's twist, to the very final episode where Numbuh 1 ends up having to leave Earth to help the Galactic KND.
    • Some 1x5 (or 5 x anyone else) shippers want to ignore the fact that Numbuhs 2 and 5 get married in the future, despite the fact that it had a little bit of foreshadowing.
    • Most fanfiction writers(especially shippers) prefer to pretend that Numbuh 1 never left earth to join the Galactic Kids Next Door in Operation INTERVIEWS.
  • At least a few Inspector Gadget fans pretend there was never an additional season that changed the voice cast and introduced Corporal Capeman.
  • Futurama:
    • Several fans do not count any of the episodes after "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" as canon and refuse to acknowledge the made-for-DVD movies and the Comedy Central episodes as canon. Then are a few who are more willing to accept the films but feel Into the Wild Green Yonder was the end of the series and none of the episodes after that are canon.
    • Some fans refuse to acknowledge that Calculon and Roberto were Killed Off for Real (even though there was an episode where Calculon is brought back to life, only to realize that no one wants him back and he ends up dying again after giving the best acting performance of his life, and Roberto randomly appeared in a minor role in the penultimate episode).
  • Daria:
    • Most fans hate the episode "Depth Takes a Holiday" so much to the point that fanfics have been written just to explain how it never happened and isn't canon. Granted, despite no All Just a Dream disclaimer at any point, the episode was probably never intended to be taken too seriously or intended to be canon.
    • The same with "Daria!", the Musical Episode. In both cases it largely has to do with the Bizarro Episode themes interfering with the show's general realism.
    • It's also best not to talk to any Daria fans about the episodes where Daria dates Tom after Tom breaks up with Jane. Or the episode where Daria has to choose between contacts and glasses ("Through a Lens Darkly"), due to how out-of-character it makes her.
  • A very common situation for Eastern European Animation. A lot of the Soviet shorts series like Nu, Pogodi! were continued after USSR collapsed. In half the cases, these sequels are universally hated. In the other half, they are just as universally unknown.
  • Most fans of both Futurama and The Simpsons ignore the Crossover special "Simpsorama" for various reasons, like implying the Futurama universe is a Crapsack World Bad Future.
  • Some fans of the Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon explicitly refuse to watch anything after the show's first season, where Joshua Sternin and Jennifer Ventimilia, two of the show's original three co-creators as well as head writers, left and took the rest of the regular writers from the first season with them. Even several fans who are more forgiving of the second season and up intentionally ignore many of the more controversial changes in the later episodes and do not accept them as canon, such as April being revealed to be a half-Kraang alien the entire time, Irma being a Kraang in disguise or Karai becoming a snake mutant.
  • Hey Arnold!:
    • Fans utterly despise the episode "Arnold Betrays Iggy", where Arnold is unfairly punished and tormented for humiliating his friend Iggy when in reality it was the fault of their friends Sid and Stinky, who get zero comeuppance for any of their actions. The show's staff and its creator Craig Bartlett sympathized with the fans and apologized for the episode, so much so that the episode is almost never rerun anymore, and Iggy himself largely removed from the series. Fans would also prefer to pretend that the fourth graders never had Gerald Field stolen from them in New Bully on the Block. Fans of Helga Pataki would love to forget "Helga and the Nanny" (which, ironically, is paired with "Arnold Betrays Iggy") since Helga crosses the Moral Event Horizon by framing her nanny for theft just because she didn't like her.
    • Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie opted for Comic-Book Time instead of being Frozen in Time. This, however, causes an issue with the aesthetic and previous episodes. Everything still looks late '90s to early 2000s and the final episode was in 2004, however everyone has smartphones now despite only a few months passing. In order to fix this, many fans just pretend it took place in the 1990s.
  • Insofar as the Looney Tunes can be considered "canonical", many fans like to pretend that the cartoons made from late 1964 until 1969 don't exist. These cartoons started with the double whammy of Daffy and Speedy being paired together (with Daffy being made into an unlikeable jerk) and a series of dull Roadrunner shorts. And then WB introduced some random new characters like Cool Cat and Merlin The Magic Mouse plus several one-shots, none of which had any staying power whatsoever.
  • Fans of The Real Ghostbusters tend to treat the Slimer and The Real Ghostbusters seasons as a to-be-ignored spin-off, rather than a continuation of the series.
    • Some fans will only watch the first two seasons and refuse to watch any others, due to Lorenzo Music being replaced as Peter Venkman by Dave Coulier after Season Two.
  • Young Justice: Due to the Time Skip, change in cast, character deaths, and multiple dropped plot threads, some fans like to pretend the entire second season never happened. Even the fans who like the second season tend to prefer the idea that Wally didn't actually die in "Endgame", although the actual means by which he survived varies depending on who you talk to.
  • Jem:
    • "The Day The Music Died" is generally ignored for its continuity errors and because it is a Bizarro Episode.
    • The Misfis abandoning Clash in the final season gets conveniently ignored in many fanworks. Fanfics have her hanging around them, sometimes with them having let her back in once she begged them, even after the series ended.
    • Fanworks often mention the characters dyeing their hair. In canon it's natural.
    • Clash having purple hair tends to get ignored because she looked better with her original hair, even if it wasn't doll accurate. Even the comic reboot ignored the purple hair in exchange for her original red-and-blue.
  • Fans of the Mario cartoons are like this. Some fans of Super Show disregard the sequel series (one being disliked for the Koopa Kids and mostly taking place in the human world, the other for the cave man theme), others acknowledge the first two and ignore the third. Some acknowledge all three. Universally though, the re-cut Club Mario version of the Super Show is regarded as never existing.
  • The Lion Guard:
    • The Lion Guard, a sequel to The Lion King, has sparked some pretty heavy continuity issues. It acts as a midquel to the second movie, seeming like it's trying to cram as much into The Lion King II's time gap as it possibly can, while adding more magical elements not previously seen in the franchise. (Apparently lion cubs can acquire deadly roars from clouds in the sky now.) Disputes over the canonicity of this happen on a regular basis within the fandom. Early on, some fans even thought the show was going to write The Lion King II out of canon completely, though given The Lion King II had its own issues with continuity, among other things, there are some that would have preferred that. However, there are some fans who consider the episode Paintings and Predictions canon, since it (more or less) shuts down the long-standing theory that Simba and Nala were actually cousins.
    • "Painting and Predictions" in itself gets ignored because it killed many fan theories. Many fans dislike it for revealing that Nala's father isn't Scar, Mufasa, or a book-only/comic-only lion, but is in fact a random never-before-seen lion.
  • American Dad!:
    • There's a handful fans who like to pretend Hayley and Jeff getting married never happened, as they feel it ruined her as a character.
    • The multi-season storyline of Jeff being trapped in space is often ignored by fans due to how it was an Arc Fatigue (this plot spanned out over roughly two years with only three episodes truly devoted to it) that was resolved via an Ass Pull Reset Button where all the characters would end up forgetting that it even happened (minus Roger who caused the whole thing to begin with).
    • A number of fans ignore the post-cancellation seasons of the show on TBS. An extremely smaller amount goes as far as to ignore everything past the 3rd or 4th seasons.
  • Though the finale of Regular Show was well-regarded, Mordecai/Margaret and Mordecai/CJ shippers disregard the confirmation of Mordecai/Stef as an Official Couple in the end as non-canon.
  • Finn/Bubblegum and Finn/Marceline shippers would disregard Finn's romance with the Flame Princess in Adventure Time as non-canon.
  • Kaeloo: A lot of fans like to pretend that the episode "Let's Play Courtroom Drama" never happened, due to Kaeloo being a Manipulative Bitch and pulling off a Wounded Gazelle Gambit, and Mr. Cat getting beaten up the one time he shows Kaeloo that he actually does care about her.#
  • Though the Grand Finale of Samurai Jack was well-regarded, some fans felt that it shouldn't have ended on a bittersweet note and that Ashi should've survived in the climax after Jack finally kills Aku in the past, feeling that the Status Quo Is God trope shouldn't have been restored after being deconstructed in the Finale Season and that Ashi being erased from existence shouldn't have happened at all.
  • Most Kung Fu Panda fans rarely give the TV show spinoff, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness a second glance due to its severe decline in story quality (especially when compared to the movies), outright Flanderization of canon characters (and including a heap of scrappy characters), ship pandering, and numerous contradictions to established lore.
  • As far as Masters of the Universe fans are concerned, there have been only two He-Man cartoons, the one released in 1983 and the one produced nineteen years later. That one cartoon featuring Adam of Greyskull and where He-Man shouted "By the Power of Eternia"? It never happened.
  • Fans of The Magic School Bus tend to ignore the reboot/sequel series The Magic School Bus Rides Again for a variety of reasons, be it the paint-by-numbers cookie cutter animation and character designs that many find inferior to that of the original series, new teacher Fiona Frizzle lacking the heart and soul of her sister Valerie, sending Phoebe back to her old school and replacing her with new student Jyoti, or the kids themselves lacking the personality and relatibility they had in the original series (with even Arnold often coming off as The Generic Guy).
  • Steven Universe
    • Despite the repeated claims that there are no episodes that would be normally be considered as "Filler", there are some episodes throughout the show's run (mainly the ones focused on the Beach City residents) that are completely ignored by fans for still coming across as though nothing of value was gained. "Kiki's Pizza Delivery Service" and "Future Boy Zoltron" in particular tend to come under quite a bit of heat for this.
    • Even though "The New Lars" would ultimately serve as an important episode later on in the series, everyone will deny the episode's existence due to how horrible its execution was with it often being viewed as one of the show's all time worst episodes.
    • Some fans ignore the arc of Connie & Steven not speaking to each other following his return from Homeworld, mostly due to the levels of Idiot Plot it contained as well as most of the episodes during the arc not being all that memorable or entertaining. Though "Raise the Barn", "Back to the Kindergarten" and sometimes "Sadie Killer" get a free pass due to the first two being related to the overall plot of the series, the last for just being an enjoyable episode in its own right and all three having next to nothing to do with Steven's situation with Connie ("Sadie Killer" doesn't even reference it at all).
    • It's been implied that gems are genderless and only use she/her pronouns for convenience's sakes. Fans usually ignore this and instead opt to believe that they have No Biological Sex but are female identified.
  • Many fans of Voltron: Legendary Defender have written off seasons 7 and 8 to many factors, including Shiro's former boyfriend being hit with a Bury Your Gays, Allura and Lance becoming Strangled by the Red String over the Fan-Preferred Couple Keith/Lance, Allura being Killed Off for Real, and much more.
  • There's a sentiment among some fans of the Marvel cartoons in The New '10s, which include Marvel's Spider-Man (formerly Ultimate Spider-Man), Avengers, Assemble!, Guardians of the Galaxy (2015), and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., that it's best to ignore the series take place alongside each other, due to a number of them making more sense as individual series rather than as part of a universe, and due to the plot holes and inconsistencies across the shows. It hadn't helped that Marvel's Spider-Man ended up integrated into the setting by the third and fourth seasons of Guardians and Assemble, while ignoring Ultimate Spider-Man, the very first series in the Shared Universe, which only made the connection between the shows even more tenuous.
  • Fans of Totally Spies! consider Season 5 as the true final season, ignoring Season 6.

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