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"If it makes you feel any better, William Shatner went on to co-write a series of Star Trek novels in which Kirk survived and goes on adventures with McCoy and Scotty, but the 'Shatnerverse' is not even close to canon even in the extended universe of Star Trek. And honestly, reading the Shatnerverse will sort of make you wish they had stopped with the bridge."

Sometimes the fans think that The Powers That Be screwed it. Maybe they've wasted the storyline, or they went for the obvious when a better solution should have been favoured. Maybe they didn't focus on a certain character enough. Maybe they've paired the wrong couple together, or they don't even understand who the true hero of the story should be. Or, even worse, they've killed/derailed the best/most important character, or given the story an ending that is unsatisfying for whatever reason.

Whatever the reason, some fans are dissatisfied and they won't be content to complain about it. They're going to address it, in a fanfic. In short, an AU with an agenda, rather than as an intellectual exercise.

The motivations for writing these can vary greatly, along with the perceived justification — they may want to "correct" something that went just fine, or want to offer an alternative to something genuinely and incredibly stupid. If the writer is lucky, the trend may be popular enough that the fans don't mind at this point.


Some Fix Fics use a Peggy Sue to get the ball rolling. Others bring in a Fixer Sue. Usually a side effect of Die for Our Ship or He's Just Hiding!.

Fix Fics come in two varieties. Either they can be an Alternate Universe Fic that ignores the unwanted elements and replace them with something better. Or they can be a Pseudocanonical Fic taking the form of an elaborate explanation in story form that gives a whole new spin to the latest episode/chapter/volume.

Compare Retcon and Armed with Canon, the Canon versions of a Fix Fic. If different writers in the same franchise try to impose their view of canon on each other by force, see Armed with Canon. In very rare cases, may lead to Ascended Fanon. Contrast Deconstruction Fic, although they can and often do overlap in the case of deconstructing something the author dislikes and replacing it with something the author does like.


Not to be confused with a fixup, which is a novel composed of older and/or unpublished short pieces of fiction, often tied together with some sort of Framing Device. For that, see Patchwork Story, or this nice discussion on Wikipedia.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Code Geass: Nightmare of Nunnally, Lelouch gets Powered Armor instead of a compelling voice, and the situation that leads up to the Euphinator incident doesn't happen. Instead, she ends up becoming the Empress of Britannia. The setting's kindness extends far further than that. Suzaku did not kill his father and is thus a true knight rather than a Death Seeker. Neither Mao nor Rolo get anywhere near Shirley. Nunnally ends fully recovered physically and even mentally, and with a new friend who might possibly be more. The only named characters that die are Genbu, Mao, Rolo, Marianne, Charles, Clovis, and possibly Darlton, which in turn means that the other characters don't have to angst about their friends and family being wiped out. Lelouch does take CC's code, which in this setting was probably a mercy, but parts on good terms with Nunnally and didn't break any hearts when leaving. In a postscript, the author mentioned that he was impacted by the deaths of Euphemia and Lelouch in canon, which compromised his objectivity. However, he also mentions that he doesn't know if this is positive or negative.

    Comic Books 
  • Sometime during 1980, Marvel published a pretty reprehensible The Avengers story involving Ms. Marvel, in which the Earth's Mightiest Heroes have no problem with another character essentially raping her and brainwashing her into loving him and having his child (discussed here probably NSFW). Chris Claremont was so disgusted with that story that he wrote Avengers Annual #10, where Ms. Marvel calls the Avengers out on their bullshit. And to drive the further point home, Marcus the one who raped Carol in the first place instantly becomes ash.
  • Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds is essentially a fix fic by Geoff Johns, simultaneously clearing up the Legion of Super-Heroes continuity boggle and bringing back two unfairly dead characters Kid Flash and Superboy, the latter of which Johns had to kill off in Infinite Crisis. (It was either Superboy or Nightwing, so all things considered...)
    • It should be noted, though, that there were a number of things Geoff included that just caused more continuity errors. Such as the original Fatal Five being a part of the Legion of Super-Villains, even though, if this was supposed to be the "original" Legion, two were dead and one was neutralized. Sorcerer's World being intact after it was destroyed. Timber Wolf and Lightning Lass being a couple again. No mention of the Ranzz children. Andromeda being with the Reboot Legion in Limbo despite not being a member of the team when they were trapped, and the fact that there were members missing from the Threeboot Legion (Gazelle, Dream Girl) and some were added back after they left (Princess Projectra, Timber Wolf). There's also the fact that there were now two different sets of the Nolan twins (Ferro Lad and his brother), born in the present and future of New Earth, and a bigger continuity snarl concerning Impulse's mother and grandfather.
      • First, Geoff has stated outright that the "restored" OG Legion diverted from the original stories during Crisis on Infinite Earths, shortly after #14 of volume three (when Tellus, Magnetic Kid, Quislet, and Polar Boy joined the team and Projectra took up the Sensor Girl costume identity). As such, only broad strokes of what happened from #15-63 happened and moreso, Magic Wars never happened, since that storyline and its fall-out (IE the United Planets basically collapsed economically because of it) is basically what caused the "Five Year Gap" to happen.
      • Second, Andromeda rejoined the reboot Legion off-screen between the end of the Legion and the Legion/Teen Titans Special and thus went into Limbo with the team.
  • The "Home Schooling" arc of Runaways was apparently supposed to "fix" the things that editor Nick Lowe hated about Joss Whedon and Terry Moore's runs on the series (namely, putting Klara Prast on the team and not bringing Gert back from the dead.) Somehow, "fixing" these problems entailed killing Old Lace and turning Klara into a complainer and implicit Humanoid Abomination, neither of which went over well with fans. The fact that the Runaways spent half of the arc just arguing with each other instead of actually doing anything didn't help. The last issue suddenly had Gert reappear, but by then, sales had dropped, and Marvel cancelled the series rather than finish the arc. Several years later, a two-issue arc in Avengers Academy basically served as a fix for "Home Schooling", revealing that Old Lace was alive and well and the Runaways are still one big happy adopted family.
    • Rainbow Rowell's Runaways serves as this to a number of unpopular decisions from Marvel regarding the Runaways. Not only it brings Gert back but also undoes pretty much all fan-loathed changes introduced in other books since their last series as well as decision to break the team apart off-panel.
  • The cult Spider-Man spin-off Spider-Girl basically ignores everything established in 616 after 1998 and establishes that Peter Parker and Mary Jane were reunited not with that elderly succubus Aunt May, but their infant baby daughter Mayday, who had been captured immediately after her birth by agents of Norman Osborn. The book also follows up on long aborted or long-forgotten storylines from the 1990s and brings them forward in a consequential manner, creating fresh problems for The Parkers and other characters to overcome. Joe Quesada, a fan of the book, has often called Spider-Girl the "natural continuation of the Parkers' lives" in interviews, making some believe it is in fact the "proper" continuity, though this is still heavily disputed.
  • In the Spider-Man comics, one of the popular stories during the early '80s dealt with the identity of the Hobgoblin. The writer for the storyline, Roger Stern, left the series before revealing the identity. The storyline was passed around between several writers, before being resolved controversially and in a way that left a gaping Plot Hole. Eventually, Roger Stern was brought back to write the miniseries Hobgoblin Lives after editors were made aware of said Plot Hole, which undid the previous resolution and told the story as Stern originally intended.
  • Marvel launched a Fix Fic aimed at one of comics' greatest dork ages, the Spider-Man Clone Saga, a six-part series named, appropriately, Spider-Man: The REAL Clone Saga. It's written by Tom DeFalco, who was one of the editors of the original disaster and purports to "explore the story as it was originally conceived". The mini-series took several liberties and pot-shots at the Saga and later developments in Spider-Man books, climaxing with the message that Peter Parker should be a proud father by this point in his life.
  • Renew Your Vows is the official (alternate universe) version of this to One More Day, giving Spidey and Mary Jane the family life that fans wanted with many wishing it was canon. Especially after the events of the miniseries gives MJ technology allowing her to share Pete's powers and fight crime alongside their super-powered daughter Annie as a Badass Family.
  • Nick Spencer took over as head rider of The Amazing Spider-Man in 2018, ending Dan Slott's ten year run. The very first issue ends with Fan-Preferred Couple Peter and Mary Jane getting back together, after Slott spent his entire run repeatedly baiting and sinking the ship. Additionally, subsequent issues deconstruct and refute Slott's reasoning for keeping them apart.
    • The first issue also sees Peter being found guilty of plagiarism and stripped of his doctorate that was earned while Doc Ock was in control of his body. Peter even admits to himself that it was wrong for him to take credit for work he didn't earn.
  • Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men can be considered this for Grant Morrison's controversial New X-Men, to which it's framed as a direct sequel. In a few ways:
    • Its basic premise involves the X-Men trying to revamp their image by donning new spandex costumes and acting as superheroes full-time. One of New X-Men's main selling points was the X-Men's decision to trade their colorful spandex costumes for black leather, which went along with Morrison's plan to distance the book from the superhero genre.
    • One of the earliest scenes in the run has Logan calling Scott out for sleeping with Emma immediately after Jean's death—which was one of the most criticized plot points of Morrison's run.
    • It has Kitty raise the possibility that Emma is manipulating Scott's mind, likely a reaction to the fact that Emma basically was doing that in Morrison's run. He also explains Emma's spoiled attitude during New X-Men as the results of...
      • A) PTSD from living through the Genosha incident.
      • B) Being psychically manipulated by Cassandra Nova as part of a Batman Gambit to free herself.
    • It includes a tense meeting between Scott and Nick Fury, where Scott calls Fury out for the superhero community's failure to respond to the Sentinels' attack on Genosha, which killed almost 16 million mutants—calling attention to the dodgy implications of Morrison's decision to ignore all other Marvel superheroes during his run on X-Men.
  • The first series of Angel and Faith is often regarded as an attempt to rationalize events in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 comic series, which received a decidedly mixed reception at the time.
  • Convergence undid much of the damage created by Justice League: Cry for Justice, Rise of Arsenal and Titans: Villains for Hire towards Arsenal, Lian Harper, and the fourth Atom Ryan Choi.
    • Convergence: The Atom resurrected Ryan Choi by revealing part of him was trapped in the subatomic universe after his death at the hands of Deathstroke's team. Ray Palmer is able to give Ryan a new body by sacrificing the mass in his hand, and Deathstroke gets the crap kicked out of him after the previous Titans volume ended with him being a Karma Houdini for Ryan's death.
    • Convergence: Titans featured Arsenal trying to atone for his past actions after he became a heroin-abusing knife wielding antihero following his mutilation and the death of his daughter Lian at the hands of Prometheus. Along the way his friendship and good standing with the rest of the Titans is restored, and Lian is revived by way of being pulled out of the timestream by the villain Dreamslayer from just before her death. As an added bonus, Word of God proclaims that Roy's worst actions while on Deathstroke's team had been erased.
  • Titans Hunt (2015) reinserts the classic Teen Titans into the New 52 continuity after Scott Lobdell's controversial run established Tim Drake's Titans as the very first incarnation of the team.
  • Mark Millar had went on record saying that the first and second story arcs of Ultimate X-Men were what he wanted the plots for the first and second X-Men films to have been.
  • The My Little Pony: Friends Forever issue about Rainbow Dash and Soarin attempted to fix the problems of the episode Rainbow Falls. In that episode, the leader of the Wonderbolts, Spitfire, tried to replace Soarin with Dash for their Equestria Game team after he hurt his wing since they had a better chance at winning with her on their team. Fans didn't like how Soarin just brushed aside the act as well as Spitfire's attitude over the situation. The issue however shows that it did affect Soarin greatly, especially after he flubs a flight routine, and runs off to a mountain making deliveries for an outpost. Dash goes to find him and eventually he reveals he did have resentment over what happened and doesn't think Spitfire cares for him. He's proven wrong when Spitfire comes to the mountain herself and personally apologizes for her actions.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics): When Ian Flynn took over as head writer for the book, he undid a lot of the nonsensical mess that Karl Bollers and Ken Penders left after their departure that were unpopular with the fans. Namely: getting Shadow away from Eggman and letting him be a hero, dumbing down the love triangles (particularly Sonic losing Fiona Fox by making her a traitor to the Freedom Fighters) and, most notably, dialing back the roles of the echidnas after they had become such a main focus of the book for a good chunk of the series, allowing other characters to regain the spotlight again.
  • The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (Boom! Studios) miniseries Pink acts like one for the "Dear John" Letter seen in the Power Rangers Zeo episode "There's No Business Like Snow Business, Part I", revealing that Kimberly felt that her and Tommy were growing apart and wanted different things from life, revealing there was no other guy.

    Film — Animated 
  • Batman: Under the Red Hood is an example of this as Judd Winick, who wrote both the original comics story and this movie, considers the movie the better version.
  • The previously-mentioned Toy Story fix fic plot of reuniting Woody and Bo Peep was officially made canon when John Lasseter announced that this would be the plot of Toy Story 4.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • This was more or less the intention with the 2008 film adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited. Despite being considered a modern classic that deals with homosexuality and religion, Waugh, who was a Catholic convert, had a very conservative theological view and comes out in favour of a God Is Good moral. The 1981 miniseries, despite being adapted by an atheist, kept motif because he admired how well Waugh worked the themes of grace into the text. The 2008 film, by the screenwriters and director's own admission, attempted to update the story to modern sensibilities with the homo-eroticism made less ambiguous. The screenwriter even admitted that "it will upset purists". A very explicit change is that it treats God and Catholicism as the villains of the story. Lady Marchmain in particular went from a more sympathetic, complex character to a downright villain (though played well by Emma Thompson). A lot of fans of the book, even those who have the same views of the filmmakers, did not appreciate the changes. In addition to this it should be noted that the movie's failure at the box-office could also be attributed to an Unpleasable Fanbase who automatically held the 1981 British serial as superior.
  • The Witches (1990) could be seen as a controversial example, given that Dahl himself was upset at the writers inserting a character who, at the end found the boys and turned them back from mice to humans, going against the explicit ending of the book. Lukewarm reviews did not help either.
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past uses a Cosmic Retcon involving time-travel to undo some of the more unpopular plot points from X-Men: The Last Stand, and it takes special care to give a wide range of characters their own subplots—Mystique, Beast and Professor Xavier noticeably take center-stage far more often than they did in previous movies—to answer criticisms about Wolverine constantly hogging the focus from other characters. By the end of the movie, Cyclops, Jean Grey and Professor Xavier are alive again, Rogue and Bobby are still together, Rogue has her powers back, and Jean and Cyclops are back to Official Couple status.
  • 20th Century Fox's Deadpool (2016) spin-off is practically a public apology to the fanbase for mangling the character beyond all recognition in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The best part? They practically admit it in the reveal trailer, with Deadpool openly mocking the studio for having "inexplicably sewed his fucking mouth shut the first time". In the full uncensored trailer, you just know that they're doing their damnedest to get it right this time when the Merc with a Mouth mocks his actor's past roles, draws cartoons, drops F-bombs, dances to hip-hop music, and guns down mooks in his classic red suit. Hell, the very existence of a Red Band trailer was basically an assurance to the fans that they wouldn't be watering Deadpool down for the kiddies. Hell, in the second film, Wade travels back in time and kills his X-Men Origins: Wolverine era self.
  • Tim Burton's version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a low-key Fix Fic for both the original novel and the earlier film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Though it's faithful to the source material in most respects, one notable difference is that it drastically reimagines the characters of Violet Beauregard and Mike Teavee. In both the book and the original film, the four other children are all supposed to be anthropomorphic personifications of various vices and evils common among children, making Charlie Bucket stand out as an idealized paragon of virtue. While it certainly works for the fat and gluttonous Augustus Gloop and the materialistic spoiled brat Veruca Salt, it's a little more questionable with Violet (who's constantly chewing gum) and Mike (who watches too much TV). As quite a few viewers and critics have pointed out over the years, excessive gum-chewing and TV-watching might be slightly unhealthy habits, but they're ultimately just that; neither is really a sign of bad moral character. Burton's version apparently picked up on that fact, and instead chose to portray Violet as an egotistical Competition Freak with a Stage Mom, and to portray Mike as an Insufferable Genius with anger issues. While both still have their vices from the book, they're just symptoms of their deeper issues; Violet constantly chews gum because she takes pride in beating a World Record for gum-chewing, and Mike constantly plays violent video games as an outlet for his rage (and presumably because he has No Social Skills, and has few friends).
  • The film version of Kick-Ass 2 toned down Motherfucker more deplorable traits in the comic. Namely shooting Colonal Stars & Stripes dog to which he flatly refuses (even lampshaded when Mother Russia suggests it: "Christ, I'm not that evil!") and raping Night Bitch which in the film he attempted but comically had "performance issues" as it were. Actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse was more than pleased with this, having read the source material and being horrifed at his character's actions.
  • The film of My Sister's Keeper does away with the Cruel Twist Ending of the novel.
  • House of Dark Shadows was closer to Dan Curtis's original vision for the series, with a purely evil Barnabas, which Jonathan Frid did not enjoy playing.
  • The second live action film of Death Note chose to do this by having L win. Sure, he still dies, but it's through Heroic Sacrifice rather than Light's treachery, and in the process exposes Light as Kira before he dies. This has the side effect of excising the entire second arc, and having both Misa and Soichiro Spared by the Adaptation: the only tradeoff is now Soichiro knows just how much a monster Light was.
  • Bride and Prejudice does this with two plot points from Pride and Prejudice due to being a modern Setting Update.
    • In the book Wickham runs off with Lydia, nearly ruining her, and Darcy pays for them to be married (as it's the only way to salvage everyone's reputation). Here Wickham gets beaten up by Darcy and given an Armour-Piercing Slap from the Elizabeth and Lydia analogues.
    • Charlotte accepts Mr Collins's proposal even though she can't stand him, because she feels she has no better prospects. Here he's shown to be generally well-meaning, and they grow to be happy. Word of God is that this was changed so as not to have them trapped in a loveless marriage.
  • A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is loosely based on the director's own memoirs. In real life, his teenage girlfriend Laurie died of AIDS before he returned to his hometown. The film shows her alive and well, leaving the possibility of them possibly reconnecting.
  • Atonement makes this even more obvious than the book, which hinted that Briony might be an Unreliable Narrator. The film contains a Distant Finale to when Briony is talking about publishing a novel based on her experiences where the scene she visits Robbie and Cecilia living in a London flat is revealed to be made up. Both Robbie and Cecilia died during the war and they ultimately couldn't be together because of Briony's meddling. So she wrote the book as a way to give them the happiness she took from them.
  • The film adaption of The Dark Tower is shaping up to be one with one tweet by Stephen King of the Horn of Eld, the only thing capable of ending the Stable Time Loop the literary Roland is trapped in.
  • Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen is practically a fix fic for the Bruce Lee movie, Fist of Fury, the latter which ends with its protagonist, Chen Zen, getting executed for murdering an entire dojo of rival students. But the former movie takes place in an Alternate Continuity in which Chen Zen inexplicably survives his execution (the film implies his death is faked - the bullets used to kill him are duds) and not only does he come back to battle the Japanese 8 years later, but he also becomes a legendary hero and icon of revolution (combining elements from another Bruce Lee character, Kato from The Green Hornet) and ultimately seems like a Chinese Batman by the end of the film. Especially jarring when considering the fact that in the original Fist of Fury, Bruce Lee himself had actually requested for his character to be shot dead for committing murder.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
    • Captain America: Civil War changes some of the finer points of Marvel's Civil War crossover to make it work better within the MCU, but also to fix some aspects of it that were criticized by fans. As many readers argued, the storyline started with a genuinely interesting ethical debate about the conflict between freedom and security, but the actual "civil war" depended on both sides acting impulsive and bullheaded, and on throwing punches at their friends instead of working their issues out. In the movie, Tony and Steve's conflict starts with a debate over a Super Registration Act, but Steve doesn't go rogue over it: he goes rogue to protect his old war buddy Bucky Barnes from an international manhunt after he's framed for a terrorist bombing. And though Tony does answer the call when the government asks him to bring Steve in, their conflict reaches its apex when Tony discovers that Bucky was the one who murdered his parents, but Steve remains determined to protect him since Bucky was Brainwashed and Crazy at the time. The movie preserves the ethical debates that sparks the conflict, but it makes the conflict itself much more personal, making it easier to forgive the characters for letting their passions get the better of them.
    • Thor: Ragnarok makes a point of undoing the widely disliked premise of Planet Hulk, that Iron Man and a number of other superheroes fed up with dealing with the Hulk, shoot him into space to get rid of him so they can implement registration without his interference. Here, the Hulk leaves the team to go solo for a bit, but winds up lost in space due to mechanical failure and the heroes have no idea what happened to him.
  • By Word of God, The Shape of Water is Guillermo del Toro's Fix Fic for Creature from the Black Lagoon, in which he shipped Kay/Gill Man.
  • John Wayne and Howard Hawks hated High Noon so much that they made Rio Bravo as their response. In their view, rather than a sheriff who runs around asking for help, only to be denied by his entire community, the sheriff in Rio Bravo stands firm against the danger and receives help from brave members of his community.
  • As mentioned in the page quote, William Shatner wrote a series of novels in which Kirk is brought back to life following the events of Star Trek: Generations.

  • Mercedes Lackey's The Black Swan is either a fix-fic or an alternate ending for Swan Lake, wherein Odile is Baron von Rothbart's dutiful daughter and does not realize until it's too late that he means to betray her to hurt Odette. Ultimately, she strikes down her own father, saves the lovers, and gives everyone an unambiguously happy ending.
  • Gary Paulsen's Brian's Winter is a What If? follow-up to Hatchet that gives the book an entirely different ending. According to Word of God, it was written to appease the kids who were disappointed with the original book's Deus ex Machina ending, where Brian recovers his plane's emergency radio transmitter, and a rescue pilot takes him back to civilization before he's forced to endure the brutal Canadian winter. In the alternate continuity, Brian remains stranded in the Canadian wilderness when winter hits, and he's forced to develop a whole new array of survival techniques to avoid freezing to death.
  • The Cold Solution by Don Sakers provides a solution to the unwinnable scenario of "The Cold Equations" by Tom Godwin. This is not to say that the original story doesn't have its flaws — in fact, the author didn't like the ending, either, and repeatedly "[came] up with ingenious ways to save the girl", only for his editornote  to reject them because he felt the point of the story was that the equations couldn't be cheated. Given that the ending is why the story is as famous as it is, he seems to have made the right editorial choice.
  • Doctor Who Expanded Universe
    • In the New Adventures novel Warlock, the Doctor and his companions adopt a kitten and name him Chichester. In a gratutious Kick the Dog moment to ensure It's Personal, the villains steal the kitten and subsequently kill him. In the later novel The City of the Dead, we're told that during the amnesia arc the Doctor catnapped Chichester and took him to live with a Welsh couple, although he wasn't sure why. (Note that this does nothing for the stolen animals that weren't named.)
    • War of the Daleks is a fix fic of "Remembrance of the Daleks", which ends up retconning everything from "Destiny of the Daleks" onwards in order to justify its claim that the destruction of Skaro never happened. This proved unpopular, since few EDA readers considered "Remembrance" to be broken in the first place, and would prefer to think War never happened, or that the Dalek Prime was lying.
  • William Peter Blatty, author of the novel The Exorcist and writer of the screenplay for its film adaptation, felt that Exorcist II: The Heretic did such a disservice to his work that it motivated him to write the sequel novel Legion, despite having originally intended The Exorcist to be a self-contained, standalone story. For good measure, he also wrote and directed the film adaptation of Legion, titled The Exorcist III, which (like Legion) pretended that The Heretic never happened.
  • The Heroes novella Saving Charlie appears to be one at first where Hiro saves Charlie, but ultimately, it's just a more in-depth look at their relationship which ends with him going back to the future. The interesting thing is Hiro did go back try to save her again in the series and ended up being successful, but the actress was on another series and the relationship was sunk for something else.
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Mostly Harmless, the fifth book, ended with most of the main characters being killed off. Douglas Adams was going to write a sixth book to undo this, but he died before he could. Eventually, in 2009, Eoin Colfer wrote an official fix-fic: And Another Thing....
  • Love, Stargirl, the 2007 sequel to Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl, effectively retcons away the Distant Finale the first book provided, ending on a massive Hope Spot for the reunion of Leo and Stargirl.
  • Connie Willis' Remake has one of the characters work in a place called "Happy Endings" which can "re-do" the endings to sad movies and make them happy. The main character thinks this is stupid, especially since their end to Casablanca would involve Ilsa's husband dying and her and Rick embracing, meaning the Nazis would kill them. At the end, however, he comes up with a better happy ending to Casablanca: a Distant Finale, where after the war is over, Ilsa (her husband dead) returns to the ruins of Rick's Bar and meets him.
  • Rinkitink In Oz was the 10th book in L. Frank Baum's Land of Oz series, but began life a decade earlier as a stand-alone fantasy book that had nothing to do with Oz, and went unpublished for unknown reasons. Baum, in need of a quick idea for his yearly Oz books, revived the story and hastily tacked on an Oz-related ending, having Dorothy and Princess Ozma suddenly become involved in the plot and rescue the heroes in a Deus ex Machina that actually became very unpopular with Oz fans over the ensuing decades. However, the original manuscript is long lost. To celebrate the centennial of the book, a legally published Fix Fic, King Rinkitink, was authored by Andrew J. Heller and released in 2017 with the backing of the International Wizard of Oz Club, in an attempt to bring the story back to what the original manuscript may have been like, sans any Oz elements. This being long after the book had passed into the Public Domain made publishing the Fix Fic legal, and is about as official as can be in modern times since the original publisher long ago ceased to exist, making the International Wizard of Oz Club one of the only authorities on Oz canon.
  • The Road to Avalon by Joan Wolf reads like one for the King Arthur legends. Morgan le Fay and Arthur are Childhood Friends and each other's true loves, only kept apart due to their being too closely related. Morgan isn't evil, and neither is their son Mordred. Arthur accepts Guinevere's adultery with Bedwyr (a Composite Character of Bedivere and Lancelot) since he cannot love her himself, and becomes their Secret Keeper. When Camelot comes crashing down it's none of their fault.
  • The Adventure of the Empty House was essentially a fix-fic for Sherlock Holmes - after so many complaining fans and having a need for money, Doyle brought Holmes back to life, retconning what happened at Reichenbach and justifying the retcon admirably.
  • The Star Trek Shatnerverse is basically William Shatner writing a licensed Fix Fic in response to his character's death in Star Trek: Generations
  • The licensed Star Trek books of the so-called Star Trek Novel Verse gives us the String Theory trilogy, which fixes up Star Trek: Voyager: Why is Captain Janeway so out of character at the beginning of Season Five, and other points later on? Why did the Nacene Caretaker species not show up after season two? Why is Voyager in top condition as of the later seasons despite dwindling supplies? Why did Kes suddenly turn bitter and evil in "Fury"? This trilogy fills in all the gaps, and helps make Voyager's continuity a lot easier to swallow. However, some readers have suggested that the answers given here are weirder than the possible plot holes they try to plug, others that the things being fixed weren’t too much of a distraction anyway.
  • Much of Star Trek: Enterprise fandom was very unhappy with the series finale "These Are The Voyages", but one aspect in particular is largely regarded as Fanon Discontinuity: Trip Tucker's death. One of the Star Trek: Enterprise Relaunch novels, The Good That Men Do, explained that the above event was a hoax propagated by The Federation for centuries and that he had actually gone undercover with the Romulans.
  • Star Wars Legends seemed to have certain authors as on-call repairmen:
    • Timothy Zahn, of course. Remember the "How Zahn Could Fix This Mess" fanfics? Well, when Bantam Spectra, then-publisher of the Star Wars books, was about to lose the license to Del Rey Books, they released the Hand of Thrawn. Luke as an Invincible Hero? Gone. The ridiculous Lando/Mara relationship hints? Retcon. And so on, and so forth. The duology served as a capper to an entire era and would have made a Grand Finale...
    • I, Jedi is often assumed to be this, though in a blog post from 2014 Stackpole denied this, noting that he and Kevin J. Anderson were good friends and that the book wasn't intended as a "jab" against what Kevin had written.
    • Kevin J. Anderson's own "Darksaber" - terrible as it is frequently judged to be - could itself be regarded as a Fix Fic for Barbara Hambly's "Children of the Jedi" in that it breaks up the Luke/Callista relationship in the second book of a three-book series. Returning to Hambly as author for the third, "Planet of Twilight", still kept Callista around as a protagonist of the book but at least finished by writing her out of Luke's life and out of the series for good (until the New Jedi Order series at least).
    • Zahn's Allegiance and its sequel Choices of One fix the Stormtroopers, disregarding the Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy and showing readers that they're as individual as the heroes, and can be a real threat.
    • Aaron Allston got into the game, too. All of his X-Wing Series books, solid stories in their own right, also fix other novels. The Wraith Squadron books repair The Courtship of Princess Leia, turning the cartoonishly evil Warlord Zsinj and General Melvar into Intelligence-trained Chessmasters with a mastery of Obfuscating Stupidity, and explain the inconsistent references to the destruction of Iron Fist, with the Second Death gambit. Starfighters of Adumar wraps up the unpopular Wedge Antilles/Qui Xux pairing and and gives the popular-but-heretofore-subtext-only Wedge/Iella Wessiri pairing a Relationship Upgrade. And Mercy Kill gives a lot of backfill to help show the individual cost of the Yuuzhan Vong War and events since, suggesting that maybe the galaxy can recover, not just get worse.
    • Matt Stover's Revenge of the Sith novelization is commonly held up as Better Than Canon, and makes a number of small tweaks so the story hangs together better. Among other things, Padmé's death is not due to "losing the will to live", but because Anakin's Force-Choke inflicted damage that the medical droids tending her couldn't detect since they weren't designed for humans.
  • Isaac Asimov wrote a short story, "The Up-to-date Sorcerer", that serves as a Fix Fic to the ending of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Sorcerer. The characters, all familiar with the operetta, find themselves in an identical situation, discard the solution used in the play as unworkable, and come up with a better way to resolve the dilemma. At least one modern production of The Sorcerer has used Asimov's ending instead of the original.
    • Marvin Kaye's novel The Incredible Umbrella has Wells reveal that he faked his self-sacrifice while dispelling the love-potion mess, in order to avoid having to deal with dissatisfied customers.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • The Gaunt's Ghosts and Ciaphas Cain series are, essentially, the result of injecting the 40K setting with an enormous does of optimism and competence. Yes, there is always a new horror lurking around the corner and brutal death and destruction are everyday facts of life, but even after ten millennia of constant war the Imperium is still filled with brave men and women that are willing and able to defend the innocent against the scum of the galaxy. The former series even saw a reinvisioning of the Imperial Guard, lifting them out of complete and total Red Shirt status, and into Mauve Shirt or even Men of Sherwood status within the fluff.
    • Chapter's Due, Graham McNeill's sixth Ultramarines novel, is something of a fixfic for the 5th edition fluff for the Space Marines Codex. It acknowledges that the Ultramarines do make mistakes, and that while they are some of the finest warriors in the Imperium, other chapters are still better than them at some things.
  • J. R. R. Tolkien, no less, confirmed by Word of God that some plot elements of The Lord of the Rings are a Fix Fic for Macbeth. When Tolkien saw the play as a child, he was was disappointed that "Birnam Wood do come to Dunsinane" turned out not to be a reference to the trees themselves attacking the castle; his own version became the March of the Ents. And the twisted interpretation of the prophecy about No Man of Woman Born made him wonder why it couldn't simply be fulfilled by having the killing done by a woman, as Éowyn does.

    Live-Action TV 
  • A Blake's 7 example that seems likely: "The Harvest of Kairos", written by an author whose general work suggests serious problems with women, had Servalan suddenly and unconvincingly becoming a lust-crazed masochistic doormat to a ridiculously over-the-top Villain Stu. Two years later Tanith Lee scripted an episode called "Sand" in which a very similar character appears, lusts after her, gets squashed by her with barely any effort, and dies pathetically.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Over the course of 30 years, nearly every classic series TV storyline was adapted into novelisations. This often allowed writers — especially those who wrote the original scripts — to revise and enhance elements of their stories in ways that couldn't be done when they were broadcast. The most extreme case was "The Massacre", where the original writer novelised his first draft of the script, ignoring all the changes later made at the producers' request. In recent years, Audio GO has put out audio book readings of many of these novelisations; at least two (as of 2013) have been brand-new, rewritten works crafted for audio by the original scriptwriters in lieu of the original novels which were written by house writers.
    • Some of the books in particular rewrite bits of Fanon Discontinuity for Fan Wank reasons.
    • "The Name of the Doctor" has a montage of various Great Intelligence and Clara splinters fixing the Doctor's timeline in old episodes. Most of the episodes chosen to do this with are notoriously bad ones, most notably the much-maligned Literal Cliffhanger in "Dragonfire" where the Doctor dangles himself off a cliff for no reason — the re-edit shows that he's leapt off the cliff to escape the malevolent presence torturing him...
    • As the Expanded Universe doesn't have to contend with the popularism and limited special effects budget of the television series, this enables it to give Doctors adventures that they never could have had on camera due to being far too expensive, or impossible to show with the technology at the time, or really interesting stories too slow or dark or weird to appease its target audience.
    • In the late 1970s, there was a line of toy dolls based on the series, all of which were heinously Off-Model — the Doctor had a totally different face due to being repurposed from an unpopular figure of Gareth Hunt as Mike Target dressed in the Doctor's clothes, Leela had a massive frizzy hairstyle, the K-1 Robot was a strange triangle shape, the Cyberman had a nose, and so on. As the revival series has boosted the merchandising budget, a range of "retro figures" was released based on the 70s toy line, keeping similar proportions and the same soft-clothed appearance but drastically improving the quality of the sculpts, as well as expanding the range to include other popular Tom Baker-era villains (some dating from after the toy line) like Morbius, Scaroth, Styre, the undead Master from "The Deadly Assassin" and so on.
    • One of the major criticisms of the first Eighth Doctor Adventures book, The Eight Doctors, is that it's pretty much just a whip through every continuity niggle Terrance Dicks introduced in his scripts and a retcon for them all. (Most were trivial things into the bargain, like the Doctor's Alien Blood in "State of Decay".)
  • Feud: Bette & Joan has a quasi-example in the feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. The final episode has a scene where Bette attends a party Joan is throwing, and the two iron out their difference and Joan offers that they start over. It turns out it's just an Imagine Spot for the slightly-senile Joan.
  • Saturday Night Live's "lost ending" to It's a Wonderful Life is essentially a professional Fix Fic intended to eliminate Mr. Potter's Karma Houdini status. Basically, the townsfolk discover he double-crossed George Bailey, form a mob and go after Potter, who is revealed to not even really be a cripple. It ends with them singing "Auld Lang Syne" as they savagely beat him.

  • A rare musical example: The iconic truck driving song Teddy Bear by Red Sovine, about a parapalegic boy who lost his truck driving father and spends his day talking to truckers on his CB radio at home, had a sequel by Nev Nicholls, in which Teddy dies. Red apparently wasn't happy with this, and made a third song where Teddy miraculously survives and regains use of his legs and becomes a trucker himself.
  • Ebony Eyes by The Everly Brothers was answered with Flight 1203 by the Beverley Sisters. (Rhyming name just a coincidence.) Nope—the soldier's girlfriend didn't die in a plane crash while flying in to marry him. She was delayed because of the weather and missed the plane!

    Pro Wrestling 

  • Big Finish Doctor Who does this a fair bit for Doctor Who:
    • Nicholas Briggs states that he explicitly wrote the audio drama The Energy of the Daleks as a fixfic — he realized that Tom Baker never got a straight classic Dalek adventure, instead being the first Doctor to have all of his Dalek stories overshadowed by Davros. So, he gave Tom a Dalek tale that was Davros-free.
    • Similarly, The Spectre of Lanyon Moor was written to give the Sixth Doctor and the Brigadier a proper adventure together since (outside of the non-canon "Dimensions in Time") the two never met on-screen.
    • The Big Finish audios often rescue wasted characters and Ensemble Dark Horse figures, with the Sixth Doctor being the primary beneficiary (as the then-incumbent Seventh and Eighth Doctors had popular book lines that fleshed them out a lot, but the then-past Sixth Doctor had to share his novels with five other more popular Doctors). Another repaired character is Susan, a character so disastrously written that her actress became the first ever companion to leave the show, gets a much more nuanced characterisation in both her stories with her original Doctor and as the companion for the Eighth. Some of the Unfortunate Implications in Leela being Put on a Bus by having her Strangled by the Red String and leave to marry a Gallifreyan are also undone in the Gallifrey series, which is about her and Romana getting involved in Decadent Court political machinations.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The RPG of The Dresden Files book series has a section listing characters who have appeared in the novels. One of them is mentioned as "not coming back" after being mind raped beyond repair. The book suggests that a player might find inspiration in having that character, or one like her, recover anyway. In the margin comments, Harry Dresden is torn between being angry at the situation being treated lightly, and hopeful that the character might find peace, even if only in the context of a role playing game.

  • Older Than Feudalism, as Euripides wrote Iphigenia in Tauris to have her survive through Deus ex Machina.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child explores the ramifications of Harry and Draco's sons saving Cedric from Voldemort in Harry's fourth year due to the manipulations of Voldemort's daughter. The first time results in a slightly worse timeline (Albus is separated from his best friend Draco, Ron and Hermione aren't married and miserable without knowing why), the second time results in Cedric becoming a Death Eater and murdering Neville, leading to Voldemort having a Horcrux left and killing Harry, ruling unopposed over Britain. A final attempt sees everyone go even further back to the night Harry became an orphan to stop Voldemort's daughter preventing Voldemort's destruction. In the end, everything returns to the main timeline, with the added bonus of Harry and Draco making peace, and Harry and Albus bonding.
  • King Lear's original ending was so depressing to audiences in Shakespeare's time that theatre companies throughout the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries would perform a different version where Cordelia survives and marries Edgar. In point of fact, this actually brought it closer in line to other tellings of the story, which featured a happy ending. Shakespeare's tragic ending was something of a shocker. Shakespeare's original, more tragic ending didn't make a comeback until after World War II.
  • As mentioned in the fanfic examples for Wicked, the musical is basically a fixfic for the book. Elphaba and Fiyero don't die and get to live happily ever after, albeit in exile; Madame Morrible and the Wizard get their proper comeuppance when Glinda has them arrested and exiled, respectively; Boq and Fiyero become the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow, respectively, giving the play's plot a stronger connection to The Wizard of Oz; etc.

    Video Games 
  • As is Below the Root for the huge mistake author Zilpha Keatley Snyder acknowledged herself to have made at the end of the Green-Sky Trilogy. Probably also the first video game canon sequel to a book.
  • Dragon Quest:
    • Dragon Quest III's remakes feature Xenlon (Divinegon in the original western releases), a wish-granting magic dragon. Both Ortega -the Hero's father- and Queen Pimiko can be brought back to life through wishes, either directly or indirectly.
    • Dragon Quest IV had one added to its DS remake. The first five chapters play out as they did in the original version. The sixth chapter allows you to revive both the big bad and the elven lady he loved, whose death pushed him to become the ultimate evil. Redeemed by love, the big bad then joins your party and fights beside you to take down one of his flunkies, the one who ordered the elf's death and therefore manipulated him into becoming the ultimate monster.
    • Dragon Quest IX: Let's see, you go to a school named Swinedimples where you rescue a troublemaking student named Fred from an evil monster of a teacher named Sternivus. Looks like somebody wasn't a fan of ''Deathly Hallows''' ending.
    • Dragon Quest XI features a third act that begins after the credits roll, which features the Hero traveling back in time to prevent Mordegon from covering the land in darkness in the first place. You then go around the world giving everyone you've ever met a happy ending before fighting the real ultimate evil that Mordegon was holding back.
  • Dynasty Warriors: Gundam functions close to the same as Super Robot Wars but exclusively for Gundam. Where the player takes the place of prominent historical Gundam heros during their battles. With enough skill, one can prevent some of the tragic deaths of these series.
    • The game additionally features an 'Original story' mode that functions as a crossover for most of the series and allows the player to explore the motivations of some of Gundam's classical villains, even in some cases redeeming them.
  • Done in Ever17, where in the best ending, Blick Winkel, the reader, travels back in time to make sure Takeshi and Coco live until the events in 2034.
  • In Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie, destroying enough airplanes and the searchlights during the final level will earn you an alternate ending where Kong survives, is returned to his island and receives a visit from Ann.
  • Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords is basically Chris Avellone's Fix Fic (but also a Deconstruction Fic) for the entire Star Wars universe. But it is a Dark Fic in terms of the storyline.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable : Battle of the Aces makes a significant change to the A's continuity; Reinforce Ein survives instead of sacrificing herself for Hayate, but by the end of the story, loses her ability to Unison with Hayate.
    • No, she still has the ability as shown in the sequel Gears of Destiny, but she's still dying. She has enough time to teach Hayate the proper way to use her magic before passing away and helps create Reinforce Zwei before then. Still sad, but much better than what happened to her in canon.
  • On a somewhat meta level, the second Hyperdimension Neptunia game was largely a case of "What could we have done if we hadn't run out of money?", helped along by the first game's True Ending leaving absolutely zero plot threads for a sequel. This is admitted right in the title, with the game branded mk2 instad of a traditional sequel.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable has elements of this towards its parent anime series. Player choices can make it so that the outcomes of certain Wham Episodes are more favorable than in the anime. The trope can also be inverted, though, by making said choices result in even worse outcomes. For example, the player could save Mami from being killed by Charlotte, only to have her turn into a witch later.
  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a visual novel game with a high body count. The creators apparently anticipated this trope, as the original game has a hidden ending where Everyone Lives. The sequel includes an unlockable What If? story called Danganronpa IF, which explains how it (could have) happened.
  • Scarface: The World Is Yours is billed as a sequel to the 1983 movie. It begins with the climactic shootout at Tony Montana's mansion as an Action Prologue, and literally the first enemy the player has to kill is Skull, the assassin who shot Tony in the back at the end of the film.
  • Perhaps the single most successful and best-known offical example of Fix Fic is the Super Robot Wars series; they quite often take series that are seen as "good but flawed", such as Neon Genesis Evangelion or Zeta Gundam, and then proceed to "correct" what the fandom (and sometimes the professional critics) identify as narrative problems in the individual stories when making the Massive Multiplayer Crossover plots for the games. Examples include having Shinji become a much more mature, rational person due to more human contact or fixing some of the Character Derailment that affected Gundam SEED Destiny. Other times they simply provide the "best" scenario possible from ambiguous works, such as Amuro and Char surviving their final showdown in Char's Counterattack, or preventing tragic character deaths such as Gai Daigoji or Elpe Puru.
    • Super Robot Wars Z deserves special mention, as the first game fixes the massive Broken Base that is Gundam SEED Destiny by having everyone involved act more intelligently and treats both Kira and Shinn's sides as equally good and heroic. Then Z2 Saisei-Hen went and fixed Code Geass by letting the player decide whether or not to betray Lelouch, and thus ultimately prevent Zero Requiem from happening. On the other hand, Z2 Hakai-hen doesn't let the player prevent the "big three" plotline deaths of Kamina, the original Lockon Stratos, and Euphemia li Britannia. The latter ultimately shows up, alive and well, as Suzaku mopes post-FLEIJA explosion.
    • Another anime that was often considered fixed by the series, aside of SEED Destiny, is Martian Successor Nadesico Prince of Darkness movie, which was widely considered a Franchise Killer and being an incomplete story. When the movie gets into Super Robot Wars, you can always expect the story to continue 'as intended', Akito and Yurika finally get freed from the hell they were suddenly put into and earn themselves their happy end as a loving couple with Akito making efforts to move past his Darker and Edgier persona. The Karma Houdini Warranty treatment on certain villains as noted below are also applied all the time.
    • Keep in mind, at least at first, the whole nature of this trope was for balance reasons, as being too faithful to each series' storyline will definitely cause to end the game with very few characters, especially from series who normally ends with very dark or bittersweet conclusions, but later this become one of the most striking features of the whole franchise.
    • On the other hand, the franchise has go to the opposite direction and they also outright killed characters who are supposed to survive at the end of their series, normally villains who didn't get what they deserve in their original series like The Frost Bros., Haruki Kusakabe and Katejina Loos (through she is portrayed much more sympathetically in most media she appears in and considering what became of her in her own series, death would be a mercy for Katejina).
    • Also, in Banpresto's defense, Kamina's death was entirely justified by the fact that his death has a significant impact on the characters and the storyline rather than the insignificant and pointless deaths like those featured in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny.
    • Char Aznable deserves an special mention regarding this as being Char not only one of the most popular characters of the whole Gundam franchise, but also one of the most influential of all anime history, how much of his fate is handled compared with how he ends in Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack when he and Amuro dies during the final battle varies depending of the game:
      • In the classical continuity, Char lives because the events of the movie never happens and he still sticks with his Quattro's persona from Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam.
      • The Alpha continuity is the only one when follows the movie continuity and Char finally bites the dust for real, while for obvious reasons Amuro lives. And even then, the reason why he pulled the movie's actions can count as a fix: Rather than the reasoning being 'all of the sudden', Alpha Gaiden gave him a solid reason why he pulled his actions in the movie: after seeing the Black History where mankind continued to gleefully commit mistakes, Char became disillusioned and thought the Axis drop was the only solution to fix it.
      • The Z continuity has an interesting twist of the events of the movie, due of the inclusion of Full Frontal: not only Char survives, but also he has a change of heart as well, and the events of the movie are now carried by Full Frontal instead, so the players are now being able to get rid of him without guilt. In a way, Char's change of heart might be something of a 'fix' from how he ended up in the Alpha continuity. Char witnessed the Black History containing his alternate self doing the Axis Drop, but instead of ending up disillusioned, he became so scared with that vision that he swore to never sink to that kind of low. One Superdickery stint later, and turns out he kept his word.
      • Super Robot Wars V pulls another twist on this: Unlike previous games, Char is already dead, and not only Full Frontal had a change of heart, but also Jerid Mesa and even Yazan Gable, the latter is an Ax-Crazy psycho with no redeemable features whatsoever.
      • In the Advance continuity: Char never moved past his Quattro persona, but the Axis Drop event became the final stage of the game, except this time it was done by Vindel Mauser and the Shadow Mirrors. Char as Quattro is present in stopping it with the other heroes and when asked why he wouldn't do what he did in the movie, Char's reply was simply "I'm just Quattro Bajeena. That's all."
      • Similarly in T continuity, Char never planned the Axis Drop and was convinced to join the T3 quicker than expected. Still, The Claw used Axis anyway to execute his Time of Happiness plot, and Ame Presbund pins the blame of Axis-dropping to T3, strengthened with the fact that both Char and Haman Karn were amongst the group so it gave the accusations some credibilities since people thought 'That's what Char would've done'. Naturally, Char isn't amused.
    • Super Robot Wars X does this for the Cross Ange plotline, including the ending in the IF Route.
      • While the X-Cross fleet still need to fight against sudden dragon attacks, they're not as frequent as in V and the protagonists aren't interested in ensuring kills.
      • The attack on Arzenal is changed again. Salamandinay's encounters with Wataru draw her to X-Cross' side long before she would have destroyed it. Instead, Embryo recruits the Diamond Rose Knights by stealth, and has them lead an easily-repulsed assault alongside himself, corrupted dragons, and Atlantean forces.
      • After Aura tells her about Embryo, Sylvia’s deep regret causes her to stand up without needing her older sister. After the final battle, she agrees to make amends and they become sisters again.
      • Norma’s Anti-Magic does not counter all magic; it only disrupts Dracunium-based magic used by Mana and the Dragons.
  • The Witcher could be said to have gotten this via its trilogy of video games. The books had a Kill 'Em All ending, with the main characters dying and the world doomed to end in the distant future. The games, however, bring Geralt and Yennefer Back from the Dead and continue the story. And while the games are still very dark Deconstructor Fleets for the fantasy genre, they do include the possibility for the main characters to Earn Their Happy Endings.
  • One criticism of The Lord of the Rings is "why can't the Fellowship ride the Eagles to Mt. Doom and drop the Ring down its caldera?", with the official answer of "Sauron controls literally everything within Mordor, down to the wind itself" being not exactly taken well. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor introduces a creature called a "hell-hawk", a falcon-sized cousin of the Nazgûl's flying steeds that instinctively attack eagles, much like how owls instinctively hate bats.
  • Fate/Grand Order's Fate/Zero event is pretty much an in-character Fix Fic in which an older Waver tries to prevent most of the bad things that happen in the original story via his knowledge of time travel. Examples include convincing Kayneth to drop out of the war and leave before any harm comes to him or Sola-Ui, Gilgamesh dying early on as everyone teams up against him, Kariya successfully saving Sakura after telling the others about what happened to her, Zouken dying at the climax, and Irisviel surviving the war. Unfortunately since it's a singularity none of the changes stick and history remains the way Zero depicted it, but Waver rests easy knowing that at least in one what-if version of events things worked out for the better.
  • At the end of Final Fantasy VII Remake episode 1, because Cloud alters the timeline, it's revealed that Zack survives his last stand against the Shinra army. Meanwhile, Biggs survives his death and is shown to be sleeping at the Leaf House in Sector 5 about to wake up. And it's implied that Jessie (who died because the Arbiters of Fate made sure to kill her off with her own grenade to keep the original game's plot on course) and Wedge (who the Arbiters of Fate keep trying to kill) live.
  • Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time: The Golden Ending is an alternative to the show's contentious ending. Ashi survives her travel to the past and she and Jack live happily ever after.
  • Persona 5 Royal features an in-universe one and also deconstructs this trope. In the new 3rd semester, the Phantom Thieves are suddenly living in a world where all their worst traumas never happened: Ryuji's leg was never broken and he's the star of the track team, Morgana is a human, Ann's friend Shiho returns to Shujin, Yusuke is continuing his apprenticeship under a no longer abuive Madarame and displayed the Sayuri in a museum, Futaba's mother and Haru's father never died, and Goro Akechi survived his Bolivian Army Ending and had a Heel–Face Turn. Except all of this is a Lotus-Eater Machine and only Joker and Akechi are aware, and Akechi is utterly disgusted at being let off scott-free for his actions and being forced to accept an artificial reality. The rest of the Thieves eventually realize that, although they've gone through a lot of trauma in their lives, pretending it didn't happen would be an injustice to their growth and actions over the past year, and resolve to reject the new reality.

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventure Time episode "Bun Bun" was this for the infamous episode "The Red Throne", which had Finn acting in a very immature way in order to get back together with Flame Princess. "Bun Bun", meanwhile, shows Finn acting in a very mature manner, apologizing for the events of "Frost & Fire" (which was the reason they broke up in the first place), and also featuring the Finn/Flame Princess ship being refloated a smidge, though for the moment, they're back on good terms. Even if Finn and Flame Princess' part of the episode was the B-plot, it was still universally praised by fans and critics alike for being what "The Red Throne" should've been.
  • Steven Universe features an in-universe example in "Open Book". Connie is unsatisfied with the schmaltzy romantic ending to the last book of her favorite fantasy series, so Steven offers to help her come up with an alternate ending using Rose Quartz's old room in the temple, a holodeck-like space that can create virtually anything. Their attempt gets derailed by an alternate Holo-Connie Steven accidentally created, who baits Steven into admitting he liked the original ending but didn't want to say so because he thought it would make Connie upset at him.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: "Trans-Dimensional Turtles" could be seen as this for the Turtles Forever movie. Some fans dislike the movie as they felt it made the 80's turtles look like bumbling idiots who could barely seem to fight to the point it was questioned if the writers had even seen the original show outside one or two episodes. To elaborate, yes; the turtles of the 80's version were Lighter and Softer and very silly in places, but they were still competent heroes who could fight just as well as their later incarnations and knew when to be serious. Turtles Forever, however had them constantly joking, being childish and not taking anything seriously even in the most dire of situations. They hardly seem to know how to fight and, at one point, act like crybabies during the climax when saved from an attack from Ultrom Shredder. This ended up making them all look pitiful in compared to the 2003 version which in turn made the crossover feel very one-sided. In comparison, TransDimensional Turtles has the 2012 turtles meet the 80's ones who're just as capable as their counterparts while still keeping the quirky nature of their series without insulting it, celebrating what makes both versions unique but showcasing that both turtles were still highly formidable despite their tones. Even their obvious Take That!'s, such as making fun of how incompetent the original Krang was (which retcon his origin story) and quirks of the 80's series (Leo saying "Turtle Power", the 80's turtles not directly using their weapons due to parent backlash at the time, etc) is treated with proper respect while at the same time adding lore to the 2012 series and even having a quick visit to the Mirage comic verse (though unlike Turtles Forever, the Mirage Turtles had no lines this time). This made for a much more balanced story and a treat for both new and old fans. It was one of the more better received episodes of the 2012 series because of it and the final arc of the 2012 version, ironically enough, closed out with a last crossover with the 80's turtles.
  • You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown, is a Peanuts adaptation that is obviously a fix fic for It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown. After fans protested about Charlie Brown being illogically blamed for Lucy's interference in the football game, we have a story where Charlie Brown in an individual sport, the decathlon, where Lucy cannot interfere. Furthermore, Charlie Brown proves a surprisingly viable competitor with him winning some events, and screws up in a way that is truly his own fault, but no one gives him a hard time for it.


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"SNL" fixes the ending of "It's a Wonderful Life" so that Mr. Potter gets punished for his actions

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