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Discontinuity is when something that was a part of the continuity is no longer regarded or completely changed. There are a number of reasons for this happening (fixing a Plot Hole, changing it to cater to the fans, etc.) and whether or not the changes are canon depends on the person. Discontinuity is separated into three categories:

  • Canon Discontinuity: Where the creators decide to write off something as no longer existing.
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  • Fanon Discontinuity: Where the fans want to pretend something doesn't exist.
  • Negative Continuity: Where nothing sticks even within a single series.

Usage may also refer to:

  • Discontinuity Nod: Whenever any of above is referenced in-universe as a Mythology Gag.
  • Dork Age: An overhaul, reboot or retool to attract new fans that is generally considered a failure by both fans and creators.
  • Orwellian Editor: The creator(s) deny creating a work or part of it.
  • Retcon: A story alteration to serve the plot.

One of the meta-causes of Alternate Universe.

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