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"You watched it. You can't unwatch it!"

Or can you?

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


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  • A number of fans of Pinky and the Brain refuse to acknowledge the spin-off Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain, due to disliking Elmyra of Tiny Toon Adventures and/or viewing her addition to the former show as unnecessary and forced. The show creators themselves didn't seem to like the idea either, since the opening theme for Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain contains the line "it's what the network wants, why bother to complain?"
  • The Loud House:
    • Fans often do this to "No Such Luck", "The Sweet Spot", and "Brawl in the Family", saying that they're too abusive to Lincoln. Along with all the main characters, Lincoln included, being incredibly and contemptuously selfish, ignorant, stupid, immature and hateful. "Relative Chaos" is sometimes ignored by Ronniecoln shippers, despite this being the first of episodes that would lead to the popular spin-off, The Casagrandes.
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    • 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 character assassination.
  • 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. A rather hilarious opinion given what happened when he was given full creative control.
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    • Adult Party Cartoon also gets this, but according to most fans, it not only cannot work in canon, it legit shouldn’t work in canon. 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:
    • The most radical ignore everything after the Channel Chasers special that aired towards the end of the show's fourth season. The reason given is the ending; Timmy's parents realize they've been neglectful and aim to be better parents, which leads into the final scene where Timmy is an adult who doesn’t remember ever having fairy godparents but is still able to look back on his childhood fondly, while his own children now have Cosmo and Wanda. These fans feel this is somehow cheapened by there being later episodes. Another reason is that soon afterward, the characters are seen has having undergone heavy Flanderization, with Timmy himself being derailed into a completely selfish and unlikeable Jerkass.
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    • For a time, Season 7's Wishology trilogy. 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 and his dating Trixie. This fell by the wayside after the writers made it clear it wasn't meant to be any sort of series finale, but some fans will choose to view it as such regardless because...well, you did read the trope name, right?
    • The season eight finale "Meet the OddParents" is seen as another good ending point, as it has Timmy being able to happily interact with both his parents and his fairies, who get along perfectly. And while it ends with his parents having their minds wiped of the episode's events, they willingly consent to it, assured that Timmy is happy and safely protected by his fairies at all times. Season nine would bring in Sparky, Timmy's magical talking fairy dog who fans despised to point of him getting Put on a Bus for the last season. Speaking of, the tenth and final season would then introduce a new girl named Chloe Carmichael, who Timmy had to share his fairies with; while definitely less hated than Sparky, fans still weren't amused by the creation of new major characters when much of the supporting cast who could have been fleshed out for such roles have not only been reduced to extras by this point, but some (like Trixie and Tootie) hadn't made appearances for seasons.
    • The fanbase is all but unanimous in disregarding the trilogy of live-action television movies, if not for a perceived lack of quality, then for contradicting the well-received Distant Finale from Channel Chasers by featuring an adult Timmy who is still inexplicably in fifth gradenote  and still has his godparents. The third film gets this especially for turning Timmy into a fairy.
    • 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. A large portion of Trixie fans especially discontinue the episode "Just The Two Of Us", which is where Trixie's flanderization reached its peak and Trixie became attention-obsessed.
  • 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, wherein Dipper's rather benign interactions with girls are interpreted as sleazy, womanizing behavior.
    • There are some fans who dislike that Dipper's name is actually a nickname, feeling that "Dipper" sounds too cool. As a result, these fans tend to ignore the All There in the Manual reveal that he's named "Mason".
  • 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, who wore a less frilly outfit and was more of an Action Girl.
    • Fans also easily "forget" that Megan has siblings, especially her little sister Molly; Danny is sometimes fondly remembered by virtue of acting as a male Audience Surrogate and being Surprise's friend.
    • The Core 7 era and especially "G3.5" are generally regarded as never happening to My Little Pony (G3) fans. The former completely changed the character of Rainbow Dash, and removed every pony besides seven (thus the Fan Nickname "Core 7"), while the toys constantly reused more-or-less the exact same mold (just with wings and horns added/removed as needed) so that various accessories would fit them. This despite the fact that one of the things fans usually like about the franchise is the variety. G3.5 is regarded as an ugly transition period between G3 and G4 which retained the character-related issues of the Core 7 era, and gained new problems to go with them - it had an odd-looking art style which didn't translate to toys very well, and had a relatively small amount of tie-in media, all of which was aimed squarely at toddlers (and which included some universally reviled Spinoff Babies shorts) - and as a result, it's ignored by nearly everyone, including those who don't ignore the Core 7. 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 within 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.
    • It is NOT a good idea to mention the words "Stanley's Cup", especially 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.
  • Tom and Jerry:
  • 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 Girls), and many, many fumbling attempts to be current, has not gained much of a foothold with hardcore fans of the original, although it does have 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:
      • 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 despised.
    • 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. 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. Some fans feel the impact of Harley's defection from The Joker is also rendered pointless by future events, as Harley winds up going back to The Joker anyway in time for the events of the flashback sequences of the Batman Beyond movie Return of the Joker, where she's more than willing to mentally abuse a child in order to have one of her own.
  • 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 sometimes 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.
  • 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
    • Some fans ignore the episodes from after the first movie, due to the original producers and writers leaving the series (including creator Stephen Hillenburg), and the series ultimately becoming a Franchise Zombie.
    • 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 conceived for Season 3, which is considered the best season. Others will also exclude season 5 as well, stating that, while not as good as season 1-3, or even season 4, it is nowhere near as bad as seasons 6-8 and does have its gems. So it leaves Seasons 6-8 as the most reviled seasons of the show, and the ones that most prefer to forget (especially Seasons 6 and 7).
    • 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.
    • Generally speaking, many episodes that portray the characters at their very worst tend to be ignored by the fanbase. Along with the above-mentioned "A Pal For Gary" and "One Coarse Meal", "Choir Boys" and "Ink Lemonade" (two infamous episodes that respectively feature SpongeBob and Patrick knowingly tormenting Squidward instead of obliviously or accidentally doing so without comeuppance) tend to be struck from many fans' respective canons.
  • Total Drama: The divisive nature of the series' later seasons have led various chunks of the fanbase to regard certain ones as non-canonical.
    • A good chunk of fans like to believe that Action never happened, and instead pretend that the series skipped over to World Tour. This seems to be the case with the writers too, as several major plot points in Action (like Owen being The Mole for Chris and Leshawna and Heather ending their rivalry) are completely ignored in World Tour.
    • All-Stars got this treatment, as it 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 from those who hated the season, and just like with All-Stars, some pretend that it was all a dream.
    • Some fans go as far as pretending that the series only ran for a single season and ended with "The Very Last Episode, Really!" (not helping is how even the atmosphere and title of said episode deliver a sense of finality), with all the 22 contestants then going their separate ways and permanently retiring to their normal lives after the 100 thousand dollar prize was won.
    • 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 by the vast majority of 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". The events of Phantom Planet are not only disliked in general, but also happen to render many fanfic plots impossible, including some very widespread and popular onesnote . Even if a fan does acknowledge season 3 at all, they usually only do so via incorporating some specific detail from it they they find somewhat interesting (such as Danny's ice powers) into a fanfic, and continuing to ignore everything else.
    • 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. In general, a lot of what Butch says is prone to this, with that being the most widespread example; the fans not only like to engage in this trope, but also tend to wholeheartedly believe in Death of the Author.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • Season 4 has been subjected to this by a good number of fans due to characters being Flanderized and/or coming off as Unintentionally Unsympathetic, character arcs being created then abruptly dropped, plot holes that contradict information from previous seasons/supplementary material that are never explained or brought up again, constantly shifting focus from the Myth Arc to shipping drama, an underwhelming Big Bad, and an unsatisfying series finale that raised more problems than solutions.
    • Season 3 is more of a Broken Base case but still has enough fans who counted as this, with many of the events of the Season being controversial and ship tease becoming more prominent than the main plot, fan favorites becoming less prominent (Janna or Buff Frog for example), and switching the focus from Earth to Mewni and a lot of other complaints, has lead to many fans to discount everything after The Battle For Mewni.
    • Some fans who didn't like the ending but still want some conclusion for Eclipsa and Globgor story like to discount everything after Cornonation and episodes which foreshadow the events of the final arc (like Ghost of the Buttefly Castle or Junkin' Janna) or episodes which establish plot points that didn't go anywhere (like A Spell with No Name or Surviving the Spiderbites), it helps a lot that beyond one final shot of Mina's crow, the special is quite conclusive of the main arc of the season and ends on a happier final note.
    • Many fans of the show like to pretend that the events of Lake House Fever didn't happen because it make Star look way too unsympathetic even by the biggest Star apologist.
  • Kim Possible:
    • Fanfic writers ignore the hookup between Bonnie and Señor Senior 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 by some fans for introducing a slew of new characters, spending episodes focusing on them, and concluding with a Gainax Ending finale, and the fact the season 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 latter ignoring that her later Heel–Face Turn was the result of her developing a crush on Kid Flash.
  • Teen Titans Go!:
    • Some fans prefer to disregard the endings of several episodes where Beast Boy and Raven look to become an official couple, only for the reset button to hit. The two-part story BBRae also sees Garfield, having managed to win Raven over, end up taking her entirely for granted and greatly anger her by cashing in on a love song he wrote just for her. Although he makes up for it and saves the world, the episode still concludes on a Downer Ending which suggests the pairing will require a lot more work. Fans ignore the literal doghouse climax and prefer to think Raven quickly forgave Gar.
  • 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.
    • There are even some who support the Scrappy seasons due to their love of Shaggy and Daphne as a potential couple, with the Scrappy years being the only time the two characters worked closely together without Fred and Velma (who would appear in guest spots), some of these fans even ignore 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo due to its incomplete arc, and prefer to think Shaggy and Daphne are still having regular adventures, ultimately falling in love and settling down.
    • 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 its 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.
    • Word of God says that Dr. Doofenschmirtz is not Phineas' father. This hasn't stopped many fans from claiming he is.
  • The 1980s revival of The Jetsons is not acknowledged by the some of the series' fans. This seems to be the case officially as well, as for some reason Boomerang stopped airing them in the mid 2000s despite having been well on air all throughout the 90s. Despite this, they still air the Christmas Episode every now and then.
  • 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 would rather forget The Beast With A Billion Backs for a number of reasons: 1) it undoes the character development Fry and Leela were given in the previous film, 2) Amy sleeps with Zapp, her husband Kif's pompous and domineering boss, and 3) an Eldritch Abomination tentacle rapes every living being in the universe, and everyone in the universe - while still apparently in their right state of mind - then falls in love with it only for it to break up with them. None of this is ever brought up again, making the film one giant Big-Lipped Alligator Moment.
    • The Late Philip J. Fry, though widely regarded as a well written episode (it did win an Emmy Award, after all), is controversial because of the inference that, with the exception of Fry, Bender and Prof. Farnsworth, the rest of the characters we see from then on are not the original ones we've grown to love, but duplicates from another iteration of the universe, and the original Leela lived a long and lonely life without Fry. The somewhat ambiguous nature of time travel in the show makes different interpretations possible.
    • 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 to that of The Simpsons (which contradicts quite a bit from both series).
  • 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 was 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 just so happens to be 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/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.
  • Looney Tunes
    • Insofar as the shorts 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 whom had any staying power whatsoever. Warner Bros. seems to agree, as only a handful of these shorts have been released on home video and, as of 2011, they almost never air on TV (aside from a few "Larriva Eleven" cartoons as well as when a handful of these cartoons popped up in Boomerang's rotation in 2016 and MeTV's Toon in with Me block when it debuted in 2021). Furthermore, the Daffy and Speedy cartoons are absent from HBO Max due to their unpopularity (though Daffy's non-Speedy cartoons from the era are there).
    • The "Daffy and Speedy" era have their fans, but not even they will defend See Ya Later Gladiator. In what is widely considered to be the worst Warner Bros. cartoon of all time (much less worst cartoon of the Looney Tunes series of shorts), this short is derided for suffering from an uncharacteristic plot, a bland music score, abuse of Hanna-Barbera sound effects, poor animation that overlaps with Off-Model, and weak/nonexistent gags. It was the last classic Looney Tunes cartoon ever made featuring the original characters, so it might even be credited with killing the series off.
    • Looney Tunes technically started in 1930, but didn't have its first Breakout Character, Porky Pig until 1935. Many fans ignore the cartoons made before this, and they're forgotten to the point where they were rarely shown on TV at all. The Harman and Ising shorts have their fans, but the cartoons starring Buddy are near-universally loathed (tellingly, there are no Buddy cartoons on HBO Max for the same reasons as the Daffy and Speedy shorts).
  • The Real Ghostbusters:
  • 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 fan-works. 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 (1994), 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 time gap of the The Lion King II 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!: Multiple:
    • 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.
    • "American Fung" is probably the most universally reviled episode of the entire show, and it's hard to find anyone willing to accept it as canon.
  • 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. Once Finn's romance with Huntress Wizard was introduced late in the series, Finn/Flame Princess shippers decided to do the same.
    • A lot of fans, especially Finn/Flame Princess shippers, pretend "The Red Throne" doesn't exist, due to Finn acting extremely immature for the entire episode in order to get back with Flame Princess, to the point where he ruins every chance of her reclaiming the throne, combined with the Ass Pull regarding Cinnamon Bun becoming fully baked with the flame shield on and the last scene of the episode where he confesses his love to FP (which Pen had to confirm that it wasn't a romantic declaration).
    • Most of the fans who watched the final season pretend the Gumbald arc never happened, as the character and his family are considered uninteresing and badly developed compared to the Lich, who's been dispatched in the previous season.
    • Similar to the example above, some fans pretend that "Come Along With Me" never happened due to Finn's poorly conclusion and no closure to his love life. As such, Finntress fans pretend that the series ended with "The Wild Hunt" and "Seventeen" with Finn and Huntress Wizard dating while pretending that Gumbald doesn't exist. Flinn fans, however, pretend that the series ended with the "The Lich/Finn the Human/Jake the Dog" three parter, as not only The Lich is defeated once again, but Finn and Flame Princess never broke up. A third group in the form of the Simon/Betty fans also pretend that the finale and Betty's sacrifice never happened and that Betty went out to find another way to bring back Simon during the "Elements" miniseries or after "Temple of Mars".
  • 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. Fortunately, the video game continuation (which is considered canonical) Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time manages to undo Ashi's fate in the finale.
  • 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. It doesn't help that a few years later, Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny was released, and though with some detractors, is generally agreed to be more faithful to the movies.
  • 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 (or, at the very least, treat as an Alternate Continuity instead of a direct continuation) 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", "Onion Gang", 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, many fans will deny the episode's existence due to how horrible they feel 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).
    • According to the creator Rebecca Sugar, "many of the Gems, they don't mind being seen as women, and it's sort of part of their experience, but it's not something they really think about, about themselves". Many, if not most, Gems are genderless or only-kind-of-gendered, using she/her pronouns for convenience's sake but not actually fully identifying as female. Fans usually ignore this and instead opt to believe that they have No Biological Sex but are female-identified. Referring to Gems as genderless or non-binary is actually something that bugs fans a lot.
    • Word of God has confirmed that most holidays, including Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's Day, don't exist in the series' universe for rather obvious reasons. Fanworks still depict them anyway.
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender:
    • Many fans have written off Season 8 due to many factors, including rushed and unsatisfying conclusions to many long-standing plotlines, Allura being Killed Off for Real out of seemingly nowhere, the Entity subplot suddenly being dropped, Honerva's violent characterization swings that displeased both her fans and haters alike, and especially the very rushed and ill-fitting Distant Finale including Shiro's literal last-minute wedding to a background character in what was seen as a very shoddy attempt to garner the goodwill of the LGBT Fanbase.
    • There are some fans that have written off season 6 and beyond due to Lotor's betrayal because fans preferred him being Good All Along or wanted to see him redeemed only for it to be revealed that he was Killed Off for Real after that point. There is also some disappointment with the way the subplot regarding Shiro's clone and his identity death was handled after being a major crux of the middle seasons. Namely, that it wasn't.
    • Some fans choose to believe that only the first two seasons count as canon, due to the creators' admission that the seasons that came later involved a lot of Executive Meddling and writing by the seat of their pants.
  • 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.
  • A majority of The Smurfs fans pretend that the time-travelling saga from the ninth season never happened, and to a lesser extent, Seasons 5-8 (where the Smurflings where introduced).
  • Many fans of The Amazing World of Gumball really like to ignore "The Girlfriend" as so many consider it the worst episode of the entire series. It contains the implication that you should submit to an abusive relationship.
  • Many fans of The Flintstones deny the existence of the Great Gazoo, as he quickly became the most hated character in the show, and mainly contributed to its cancellation merely 11 episodes after introduction. The introduction of a reality-warping alien seemed to indicate they were truly out of ideas, especially seeing as how much he was focused on after appearing.
  • Fans of Thomas the Tank Engine consider seasons 13 to 16 of the show, commonly referred to as the "Sharon Miller era," after the show's head writer at the time, to be the worst era of the show. Reason being the repetitve episode formulas, the engines acting more childish and immature than usual, Edward being a prominent example, and the overall shift in the show's narrative towards becoming more similar to children's shows like Peppa Pig which prioritizes kid appeal and selling toys over telling genuinely well-written stories that are entertaining to all ages.
  • Fans of DuckTales (2017), even if they like the Grand Finale "The Last Adventure!", have decided to ignore the revelation that Webby is actually Scrooge's daughter via cloning as they feel it turns her storyline about "found family" into a Broken Aesop, seeing as it appeared out of nowhere.

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