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"... and yet I also become annoyed whenever the great Homer nods off."
Horace, "Ars Poetica"

Certain facts or events are presented in a series that contradict earlier episodes. May be done intentionally, or incidentally, possibly because Writers Cannot Do Math. Can lead to a Continuity Snarl or Continuity Drift.

A common feature of Long-Runners. Compare Beyond the Impossible, which is about characters breaking the story's internal logic by doing what is physically impossible.

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    Advertising 
  • One of the Somersby apple cider commercials tells the story of how music was only listened to until lord Somersby accidentally invented dancing. Then in a later commercial featuring young lord Somersby, we can clearly see some people dancing in the background, even thought it is supposed to canonically take place earlier. Given the nature of these commercials, which run on deliberate Anachronism Stew for the sake of Rule of Funny, it can be justified though.

    Asian Animation 
  • Occasionally, Noonbory and the Super 7 forgets that Totobory's leaves only allow him to taste things, not eat them. This error has occurred in "Big, Bigger, Biggest" and "The Great Switcheroo".

    Audio Plays 
  • Big Finish Doctor Who: In the Fourth Doctor Adventures story "Destination: Nerva", the Fourth Doctor rambles about a "Butler named Butler", a character from an audio drama recorded before "Destination: Nerva" but coming after it in the Doctor's timeline. The line was a Tom Baker adlib, and he didn't really care about such things. Fan Wank of God is that the Negative Space Wedgie was allowing the Doctor to precognate future events.
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    Comic Strips 
  • Peanuts
    • A comic strip from 1959 has Snoopy say that he doesn't have any siblings, yet they appear later in the strip's run (and were mentioned in this 1970 strip). To make matters worse, when he does first meet his siblings in the strip he claims they all speak different languages, which is also later shown to be false. He also started calling Charlie Brown the "round-headed kid" around the late 1960's, even though he called him by his name earlier, although that could be more of Characterization Marches On.
    • Even stranger, the December 5, 1960 comic has Snoopy denying being a beagle.
    • Even though Violet's birthday is apparently June 17th, according to the June 17, 1962 strip, a couple of the 1950's strips hinted her birthday is January 28th: In the February 22, 1951 strip, she said her birthday was last month, and in the January 29, 1955 strip, Charlie Brown said her birthday was yesterday.

    Fan Works 
  • Calvin's phone number in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series is first shown to be 555-7186. Five episodes later, it's 555-6846.
  • The Palaververse: The fics are supposed to be able to happen in canon, so "The White Horse" has this, because Sombra should not be around after Luna's banishment.
  • The author's notes in Spirit Of Redemption reveal several Retcons made to previous chapters, usually in regard to character's ages.
  • A wand for Steven: In the first chapter, it is stated that Steven and four gems (Pearl, Amethyst, Ruby and Sapphire) were found by the veil. Later on, Peridot wakes up during the summer before Year 3, making it five gems instead.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged: In episode 21, the "Krillin Owned" meter hits 13 when Krillin is unable to look away in time from Burter and Jeice's "Seizure Procedure" technique. It hits 13 again two episodes later, when Krillin is slapped by Captain Ginyu-in-Goku.

    Films — Animation 
  • At the end of Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Kida actually gains more tattoos on her face, which could be explained as a sign of her becoming queen; but in the sequel, all of her tattoos save her first one are inexplicably gone.
  • In Disney's Bambi, Bambi's mother says not one deer has lived half as long as the Great Prince; but in Bambi II, when Bambi is still a fawn, the Great Prince says he was Bambi's age when he met Bambi's mother.
  • In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the little girl who hugged Quasimodo at the end of the first movie is present at the start of the second movie, and hasn't aged at all - even though enough time has passed for Esmeralda and Phoebus to have a young son.
  • The Disney Direct to Video film The Lion King 1½ (which is essentially a recap of the first film's events, but from Timon and Pumbaa's point of view) actively contradicts the events of The Lion King (1994) on many levels. On the other hand, given whose points of view this is... Then again, some people have interpreted it as a parody because of how many events it contradicts.
  • A throwaway line in Monsters, Inc. suggests that Mike and Sulley have known each other since elementary school, yet its prequel Monsters University shows them meeting for the first time in college. There was also a promo (seen in Toy Story 2) where Sulley complains Mike was too interested in his elementary school crush to pay attention to geography, and this is why they've chosen the wrong door. Plus, a guide book said they met in kindergarten when Sulley mistook Mike for a chair and briefly sat on him.
    • Interestingly, the 4th-Grade line was going to be canon in the prequel, but the directors had difficulty trying to find a way to make the story work that they decided not to make the line have any meaning.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh:
    • Piglet's Big Movie recounts how Kanga and Roo first came to the Hundred Acre Woods. Tigger takes part in the event, even though Pooh and the others first met Tigger in Winnie the Pooh & the Blustery Day, in which they already know Kanga and Roo.
    • In the holiday-themed Compilation Movie Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving, Rabbit and the other characters act as though Kessie hasn't been seen in the Hundred Acre Wood since her debut episode in New Adventures "Find Her, Keep Her". However, there actually was another episode ("A Bird in the Hand") in which Kessie returned to the Hundred Acre Wood for a visit. Kessie is also still in her young form when she makes a cameo at the end of the movie despite having grown up by the time of "A Bird in the Hand" (a form she has also been in in all of her subsequent appearances, such as in The Book of Pooh). Maybe Seasons of Giving takes place between "Find Her, Keep Her" and "A Bird in the Hand," but if not, then its an error.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Die Hard shows John McClane reconcile with his estranged wife, Die Hard 2 shows that this stuck and John is now an LA Cop, having moved to Los Angeles to be with her and their relationship is healthy. Every sequel after that has John in New York and estranged (and later Divorced) from his wife.
  • Dirty Harry ends with the title character bringing down the Scorpio Killer once and for all... and then, after some quiet reflection, throwing away his badge, a significant event that is naturally not addressed in the sequel Magnum Force. Or, for that matter, the other three sequels.
  • The Halloween films:
    • At the end of the first movie, Michael is shot by Loomis six times, then falls off a covered balcony at the back of the house; this scene is shown again at the start of the sequel — and Loomis shoots Michael seven times (despite only having a six-chamber revolver), sending him flying off an uncovered balcony at the front of the house. Made all the worse when Loomis goes around shouting "I shot him six times!" in the first few minutes of the film.
    • In the original Halloween, the Myers house is a modest two-story home. By the time we get to Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, it's a huge, Gothic-style mansion, and by the time we get to the sixth film, it's back to being a two-story family home that's still completely different from what we've seen in the first two films. At the time these films were made, they were in the same continuity as the first two, so there's no excuse for the discrepancy.
    • In the newest installment, numerous characters refer to the five people Michael kills on that fateful night in 1978. Too bad the official death toll is four: the mechanic, whose jumpsuit Michael stole, along with Laurie's friends Annie and Lynda, and Lynda's boyfriend Bob. It is possible that this error comes from early drafts of the script, where Loomis was also killed by Michael that night, or from the writers looking up the first film's total bodycount, forgetting that that the first of the film's five deaths, Michael's sister, was long before that night.
  • Smaug is quite clearly a quadruped in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and then transforms into a wyvern in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The Extended Editions of the films replace the original Smaug in An Unexpected Journey with the new one to correct this.
  • The first film where Sidney Poitier played Detective Virgil Tibbs, Oscar-winner In the Heat of the Night, has Virgil say that he's from Philadelphia and he's unmarried. Three years later, in sequel They Call Me Mister Tibbs!, Virgil lives in San Francisco (and has for a while, dialogue indicates that he's been with the SFPD for 12 years), and he's married with two school-age children.
  • The third film in The Omen series, Omen III: The Final Conflict, ends with the second coming of a fully-empowered Jesus Christ on Earth, a seemingly important event which is naturally not mentioned once in Omen IV: The Awakening.
  • In The Princess Diaries, Mia's birthday is stated to be after Genovian Independence Day. In the sequel, her birthday is before Genovian Independence Day.
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming has a glaring one right at the start, claiming the events in The Avengers (2012) happened 8 years prior. For starters, both movies were made only 5 years apart. And in-universe, Homecoming is set months after Captain America: Civil War, which explicitly says only 4 years have passed since The Avengers.
  • In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Khan recognizes Chekov despite the latter being introduced in the second season of Star Trek: The Original Series. "Space Seed", the episode with Khan, was part of the first season. One theory is that, since Chekov never got a formal introduction episode, he could've been in the lower decks since Day One and been promoted to bridge officer after Khan's banishment. It wouldn't even be the first time someone's shown up on screen out of nowhere and been treated like they were on the show the whole time. Walter Koenig likes to joke that, offscreen, they met when Chekov kept Khan waiting at a restroom, then left him with no toilet paper, hence Khan remembering him.
    • This can be made made more plausible if one opts to sort the viewing order of the show by the stardates, allowing two second-season episodes featuring Chekov, "Catspaw" and "Patterns of Force", to be set before the episode with Khan. That way, clearly Chekov was part of the crew when Khan and his henchmen tried to take over the ship; his fight against them was just not shown.
  • Star Wars:
    • First is the conflicting ages of the Republic given by Obi-Wan and Palpatine. In A New Hope, Obi-Wan establishes that the Jedi have been protecting the Republic for "a thousand generations" (which is anywhere from 15,000 to 30,000 years, depending on how you define a "generation"). In Attack of the Clones, Palpatine says that he will not let "this Republic which has stood for a thousand years" fall. Even factoring in the possibility that Obi-Wan may have been exaggerating (which, according to the Expanded Universe, he wasn't), that's a pretty big difference in ages. It's been hand waved since that there was a major reformation and restructuring of the government a thousand years prior to which Palpatine is referring, hence the reference to "this Republic" rather than "the Republic".
    • Another example is Leia remembering her mother as established in Return of the Jedi, only for Padme to die within minutes of Luke and Leia's birth in Revenge of the Sith. There have been attempts to explain this, such as the novelization implying Leia was "trying to take in every detail", or the fan speculation that Leia was mistakenly thinking of her foster mother — but even Leland Chee, the man responsible for sorting the massive and convoluted Star Wars continuity, says that he's stumped.
    • The public perception of the Jedi undergoes a very radical change in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. In the prequel trilogy, the Jedi are very active in galactic politics, including personally fighting in the Clone Wars. But 20 years later, the original films show that they're regarded as little more than a fairy tale. Luke has never heard of them before, and Han dismisses the Force as an "ancient religion", despite Revenge showing his companion Chewbacca fighting droids alongside Yoda. It's possible that a very thorough censorship campaign was conducted by the Empire, but considering that Order 66 (an executive order that suggests Palpatine regarded the Jedi as a serious threat to his power, followed by a speech to the Senate about how dangerous they are) happened within living memory, it's more likely that the writers didn't really consider their previous portrayal in the original trilogy when writing the prequels.
    • The Rise of Skywalker ignores Poe having encountered jumptroopers earlier in Poe Dameron, the destruction of the Lars moisture farm in Darth Vader, and Luke's X-Wing being non-operational in The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary.
  • X-Men: Apocalypse: When Raven reminiscences about the original team from X-Men: First Class, she talks about how they were called the "X-Men". However, going by the events of that film, Moira only coined the term "X-Men" after the Cuban Missile Crisis, by which point the team had already broken up and Raven herself had left.

    Franchises 
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe: The uncancelled seventh and final season of The Clone Wars contradicts the novel Ahsoka on one detail: in the novel, when Ahsoka abandons her lightsabers on Mandalore as part of a Faking the Dead ploy, the blades are the green and yellow that they were on the TV show. However, the season 7 trailer and footage shown at Star Wars Celebration Chicago in April 2019 shows the lightsabers with blue blades when Anakin returns them to her, and in all moments where she's shown using them. The footage indicates that the change in colour is due to Anakin tinkering with the weapons, but that doesn't change the fact that according to the novel, the sabers had their original blade colours when Ahsoka abandoned them at the end of the Siege.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • Revenge of the Sith is supposed to be preceded by Star Wars: Clone Wars and Labyrinth of Evil. Both are supposed to take place simultaneously in some coherent order, yet both contain scenes mutually exclusive to each other, necessitating Merging the Branches for both stories to work. Both works were then relegated to the Legends continuity and replaced with Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
    • Labyrinth of Evil itself claims that before discovering an image of Darth Sidious within Nute Gunray's mechno-chair, the Jedi believed he was a lie, invented by Dooku to lead Obi-Wan astray on Geonosis in Attack of the Clones, and not mentioned since. But in Yoda: Dark Rendezvous, Dooku names Sidious as his master openly to Yoda. Continuity Nods to Dark Rendezvous appear elsewhere in Labyrinth of Evil, yet this discrepancy is not explained.
    • Dac or Mon Calamari? Retconned as Dac being the indigenous name for the planet.
    • The Star Wars (Marvel 1977) comics introduce us to "your father, Darth Vader, and Obi-Wan Kenobi". Also, Obi-Wan has black hair. The actual phrasing was "Obi-Wan, Darth Vader, and the man who carried Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber", certainly implying Anakin and Vader are two different people. In one of the deftest Retcons in the Expanded Universe, an author was able to use a pre-existing Jedi ritual to justify the man carrying the saber as a third, distinct Jedi who had swapped sabers with Anakin at the time.
    • Chewie only having one son when Word of God says Wookiees have multiple births. And six breasts. Considering the nature of Kashyyyk, however, this one might be explained by infant mortality.
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    Mythology 
  • Greek Mythology could have a page to itself, due to its numerous continuity errors and snarls. See the origins of gods.
    • Aphrodite both rose from foam created by Uranus' severed testicles and was born to a mistress of Zeus.
    • Dionysus is both the son of Zeus, and the son of Persephone and Hades.
    • After swallowing the pregnant Metis, Zeus developed an agonizing headache. When Hephaestus split his head open to relieve the pain, Athena sprang forth. She went on to become the most important goddess of her generation, and Zeus took great pride in the fact that he'd "fathered" her all by himself. Hera became jealous and gave birth to a child all by herself, to prove Zeus wasn't the only one who could do it. That child? Hephaestus. Some authors solved this one by having somebody else, like Prometheus or Hermes, split Zeus's head instead, or denied that version of Hephaestus's birth.
  • The Canon of Norse Mythology consists of numerous sources which contradict each other on many points. In particular, the important story of Balder's death exists in two very different versions.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Impact Wrestling gives the name of Dixe Carter's father as Bob (his real name), yet also implies that it is Ethan, as he's the grandfather of Ethan Carter III.
  • On the August 1, 2002 episode of WWE SmackDown, Jamie Noble introduced Nidia to the announce team of Michael Cole and Tazz, saying that they don't mess with Tazz because he's "one of them street thug kind of fellers." The problem is that Tazz was one of Nidia's trainers on WWE Tough Enough, so she already knew what he was like.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons gods:
    • The Demon Queen of Spiders, goddess of the drow, is called Lolth. R.A. Salvatore accidentally spelled her name Lloth when she became a Forgotten Realms character, and the error proliferated to the extent that a rationalization was needed.
    • Juiblex had similar problems, being often misspelled as Jubilex. Since both are Demon Lords it is quite easy to invoke I Have Many Names to justify the differences.
  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • In the novel Rath And Storm, it's briefly mentioned that Hanna's mother Rayne is dead. However, we later find out in Prophecy that she's quite alive. And then she dies in that book.
    • Recent Portuguese cards and documentations are printed in Brazilian Portuguese instead of Portuguese Portuguese, resulting in many unforewarned changes in terminology.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • When "Elemental HERO Burstinatrix" first came out, her flavor text says she's the "only" female member of the "Elemental HEROes" which was true at the time. The English text was corrected later as "first", but the Japanese text hasn't been, even though more female "Elemental HEROes" have been released.
    • Recent Portuguese cards and documentations are printed in Brazilian Portuguese instead of Portuguese Portuguese, resulting in many unexpected changes in names and terminology. Apart from spelling changes (Portuguese activar > Brazilian ativar), there were also term changes (Portuguese Anjo "Angel" > Brazilian Fada "Fairy"; Portuguese jogador "player" > Brazilian duelista "duelist").
    • The Chinese rule book has never been updated to be consistent with printed cards for all their pathetically short run.

    Toys 
  • BIONICLE
    • The original intro of the story involves Takua summoning the Toa in their canisters to the island. He got blasted into the sky to witness six metal capsules descending form the "heavens" and landing in the sea, then drifting to the island shores. Later material explained that these canisters had been floating in the ocean for a thousand years before Takua attempted to do this.
    • Another example is what the Order of Mata Nui reported about Karzahni. In their book, they write about how he is amassing an army in his own realm to lead them into battle. When Karzahni reappears in the story, he reveals he's been following the Matoran who later became the Toa Inika ever since they had gotten away from him, so he would've had no time to train any army.
    • When the Rahkshi attack Ta-Koro in the movie Mask of Light, Tahu, the village's protector, boldly shouts "None have breached Ta-Koro's gates before! And none shall this day!" Except that the previous set of baddies, the Bohrok-Kal have broken into the village and defeated Tahu himself, right before the movie's story.
    • Some scenes of the second movie, Legends of Metru Nui, are at odds with the novels' and comics' stories. One of the more notable issues is Matau learning that his blades double as wings. In the movie, everyone is surprised when they activate and save him from plunging to his death, but according to the comics, he has already used them for flight earlier.
    • The comics leading up to the third movie, Web of Shadows, didn't want to spoil Vakama's betrayal, and so showed him leading his team into the Coliseum to clash with the villains. Yet in the movie, we learn that Vakama, having become evil due to the villains' influence, was in the Coliseum the whole time, waiting for his former comrades to try and take him back.
    • The book Tale of the Toa was written without the Mata Nui Online Game in mind (which at the time had been considered non-canonical), but it had some issues of its own. In the comics, the fact that the Rahi beasts have to be defeated by taking off their infected masks is common knowledge from the get-go, but in the book, which was written in accordance with the comics, this is only discovered halfway through. Other parts of the book were later also Retconned to better fit in with the timeline and accommodate the events of the Online Game.
    • The online animations and the book Makuta's Revenge offer differing accounts on which Bohrok-Kal stole which Toa Nuva symbol. Usually the former is seen as more canonical. The mini-comic in the toys' instruction manuals contradict both, making it an example of Advertising-Only Continuity.
    • Makuta's narration in one of the 2003 comics claims he's been hiding for years after his 2001 defeat. Later on, the writer established that the entirety of the 2001-2008 storyline (barring the 2004-2005 flashbacks) took place within the span of a single year. Of course, Makuta might just be Breaking the Fourth Wall here and meant "years" in real-life terms.

    Video Games 
  • Batman: Arkham Origins, developed by WB Games Montréal (not the original developers from Rocksteady Studios), portrays the first meeting between Joker and Harley Quinn dramatically differently from what's heard from video tapes in Batman: Arkham Asylum. Instead of just another villainous rambling from Joker and slutty responses from Harley Quinn in Asylum, the conversation is quite serious: Joker keeps pondering on his newfound nemesis, Batman, and talks about him as if they're destined for each other, while Harley Quinn, portrayed as being uncharacteristically timid and shy, only gives back minor responses and completely submits to the belief that he was talking about her.
  • Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction reveals Ratchet to be the last of the Lombaxes... but in Going Commando, Angela Cross is one too. Whoops. Apparently, Word of God has said she's a separate but similar species. Regardless, in the prison in Tools of Destruction, they mention "prisoner's of Lombax descent", so Angela could also be half-Lombax. Flip-Flop of God. As of A Crack in Time Angela has been confirmed as a Lombax (apparently females don't have tails).
  • Street Fighter
    • In Street Fighter II, Guile's motive for entering the World Warrior tournament was to get revenge on M. Bison for killing his friend Charlie. In Street Fighter IV, he's insistent that Charlie is still alive because (as established in the Street Fighter Alpha prequel series) they Never Found the Body.
    • The SNES sequel to Final Fight, Final Fight 2, established that Guy became the Bushin-ryu successor after training under Genryusai. This would be contradicted in Street Fighter Alpha by having Zeku revealed to be Guy's precessor, even though Genryusai's daughter Maki would show up in later fighting games (specificially Capcom vs. SNK 2 and the portable versions of Street Fighter Alpha 3). Udon's World Warrior Encyclopedia attempts to reconcile this inconsistency by having Genryusai be Zeku's predecessor instead.
  • Ultima has a considerable number.
    • The entire game of Ultima Underworld, which takes place in a dungeon that had been destroyed several games previously.
    • In Ultima IX, the Tapestry of Ages is supposed to depict the previous Ultima games. It is said to have magically painted itself throughout history as the events unfolded, yet no such tapestry can be found in earlier games. The visual depictions are not accurate to the details of each story. The tapestry is meant as a reminder that the Avatar visited Britannia on eight occasions, once for each main entry in the series, ignoring how the Avatar was not on Britannia in Ultima II and Ultima VIII, and remained on Britannia in other games.
  • Final Fantasy XIII, XIII-2, and Lightning Returns have terrible in-game continuity, and cross game (they are a successive series of events) continuity, to the point the final game in the trilogy that built off of everything the prior two had happen, has completely different reasons/motivations/developments/explanations/etcetera for events when reflected upon by the characters and the lore of the games themselves. But they still apparently happened the exact same way.
    • Etro is stated to be the goddess of time in XIII-2, but in Lightning Returns and the expanded universe material, her dominion is over the cycle of death, meaning time travel and visions of the future/alternate timelines she made possible in the second game could not have been done by her, and the rest of the series' god entities were either sleeping or dead.
  • On the way to the True Ending of Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2, the CPU Candidates are promoted to full CPUs. Yet at the beginning of Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory, the direct sequel, Nepgear introduces herself, Uni, Rom and Ram as CPU Candidates. While there are a few ways to reconcile this (mk2's Good Ending is the canon one, or the immortal goddess CPUs being reinstated after the events of the game), the game doesn't explain it.
  • At the end of the first episode of Life Is Strange, both Max and Chloe are surprised when it suddenly starts to snow.note  The other citizens of Arcadia Bay are also confused about this and like Chloe they act like they've seen something for the first time- but the prequel revealed that the same thing already happended in the summer of 2010 while a wildfire threatened to burn Arcadia Bay. While Max had some reasons to not know about thisnote  the other characters and especially Chloe should've remembered this.
  • Space Quest: The WD40 terminoid in Space Quest V: The Next Mutation is sent to collect on the payment Roger Wilco didn't make for the Gippazoid Novelty Company's Labion Terror Beast Mating Whistle after defeating the Arnoid sent to collect payment in Space Quest III: The Pirates of Pestulon. In that game, Roger defeated the Arnoid, who demanded payment for the whistle from Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge. And in that game, examining the order form shows the whistle is for free, which in later games is never brought up again in-story. The developers admitted it was an oversight, and the Space Quest wiki runs with the idea it's the company's fault for charging for an allegedly free item.
  • Spyro: Year of the Dragon clearly states dragon eggs only occur once every twelve years. In Spyro: A Hero's Tail you must rescue different dragon eggs despite the fact no one seems to have aged much since the third game, and certainly not twelve years. However, Year Of The Dragon also flies contrary to Spyro the Dragon, where one had to chase thieves with dragon eggs, and while time obviously passed between the games, twelve years seems unlikely.
  • One of the oddest cases of Canon is Resident Evil. In the game you can either play as Jill or Chris: in Jill's story you are aided by Barry, rescue Chris who spends the whole game captured, and there is no sign of Rebecca, while in Chris's story you are aided by Rebecca, rescue Jill who spends the whole game captured, and there is no sign of Barry. However, later games firmly establish that all four of these characters simultaneously explored the mansion together and survived. What this boils down to is there is no way in Resident Evil to actually play what canonically happened in Resident Evil, and the closest you can get to seeing these events unfold is by reading the S.D. Perry novelization which, ironically, is not canon. Deep breath.
  • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis states that Raccoon City was completely blocked off from the outside by the military in order to contain the viral outbreak and supposedly taking place before and after the events of Resident Evil 2 (apparently the entire second game took place while Jill was unconscious from the T-Virus infection). In the game, you can see most of the city is a burning wreck and the entranceway for the RPD is littered with construction equipment while also having two of the main doors inside being barricaded. However, Resident Evil 2 shows the front entrance of the RPD being rather clean as if nothing happened on the property. Not only that, but the opening cut scene shows Leon and Claire entering Raccoon City without any blockades barring their way and most of the city looks abandoned rather than an inferno.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
  • Metroid games since Metroid: Zero Mission have established Samus's Power Suit as something formed and maintained by her will (and being knocked unconsicous causes the suit to dematerialize), and not so much a physical set of armor. This causes problems with the chronologically most recent game, Metroid Fusion — the plot of which hinges on the Power Suit being a physical object that remains around Samus whilst she is unconscious and can be infected by a parasite.
  • Between the first and second Mass Effect games, "thermal clips" were invented to replace the original heat sink system used by all guns. During the same period, mechs became widespread compared to their original limited numbers. This is an issue when rescuing Jacob's father, who was marooned eight years prior to the first game. Despite having been cut off from the galaxy, the planet still has a plentiful supply of thermal clips and mechs.
  • Discussed in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided in the "A Criminal Past" DLC when Jensen gets his augmentations back. The game notes that giving him access to the new experimental augs from the main game nine months before he canonically knew they existed constitutes a Plot Hole, and gives you the option to either respect continuity at the cost of a weaker Jensen or accept the plot hole so you can have all of your shiny new toys.
  • In Fallout 2, Myron proudly claims to have invented the addictive drug known as Jet, and if asked, will tell you the story of how it was created, partly by accident, as a result of the Mordinos' efforts to create a potent drug that they could produce in the wasteland. Fallout 4 indicates that the drug had been created before the nuclear war. No canon source has addressed this yet, but Fan Wank notes that it would be perfectly in-character for Myron —a Jerkass and Smug Snake to the nth degree— to reverse-engineer a pre-war drug out of available ingredients and then lie about inventing it to puff up his own reputation.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Since Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade is a prequel, characters who appear in or have children who appear in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade are Saved by Canon and won't die for real if they fall in battle (though they'll still become unplayable). Rebecca is an exception — despite her son appearing in the previous/next game, if she falls in battle, she dies for real. No explanation is given for this, suggesting that it was simply an oversight.
    • In Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem, it was established that Minerva initially rode a pegasus before she became a wyvern rider, tying into how the Dracoknight class that rode wyverns promoted from Pegasus Knights in that game. Later material reinforced this, with the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher releasing a card of Pegasus Knight Minerva that could be used to summon that version of the character in Fire Emblem Fates. Later on, Fire Emblem Heroes released a younger version of Minerva, who rides a wyvern in spite of the events of the remake being previously established as canon. Her past as a Pegasus Knight is ignored.
  • BoomBots: If you unlock Klaymen as a playable character and decide to play through the game as him, the first message you recieve tells you that Dr. Pick created Klaymen. Anyone who has played The Neverhood knows that it was Hoborg who created Klaymen.
  • Disco Elysium is normally incredibly good at keeping track of what you did, which makes it weird in the few cases when later scenes do contradict previous ones:
    • Players who explore long passages of the game without Kim will sometimes find him knowing about things he shouldn't, repeating injokes from conversations he wasn't there for and sometimes even being reacted to by other people as if he had been there on an earlier meeting. This is especially relevant to the way the game tracks your character's drug abuse. You will only lose Relationship Values with Kim for taking up a new drug habit while Kim is there to watch you, making it clear he's not supposed to know about what you do when he's not there, but Kim will still mention it in the ending if you only took one drink, in your own room, after Kim had gone to bed.
    • Even if you have been drinking throughout the game, if you have the Wasteland of Reality thought internalised during the ending, Kim will tell Jean that you have been dry all week. This is due to an Orphaned Reference - in older versions of the game, Wasteland of Reality couldn't be acquired if you were drinking in the first two days of the game, so there wouldn't have been an inconsistency.
    • The game is internally inconsistent about when Harry wrecked his car. Kim and your character will deduce from the visual evidence that the crash happened on Sunday night, but Idiot Doom Spiral tells you it happened on Saturday night, and you partied with the Union of Moribund Alcoholics through Sunday morning before becoming suicidal around midday Sunday and vanishing.
    • In the first scene when Kim uses his Trigat Mini camera, it's described as a digital camera, but in the second, it uses film.
  • Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and as such, the map of Hyrule is intact, with Castle Town in particular showing more streets than the earlier game. However, in the cutscene where Purah excitedly shows the completed map on the Sheikah Slate atop Akkala Tower, Castle Town is prominently visible as its destroyed version. Notably, the area directly in front of the Hyrule Castle drawbridge should look more like a U with a line connecting the top, but it looke like a J instead.

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  • Red vs. Blue: Word of God says Grif was the Army's sole draftee, and his resentment of it drives him to be the world's biggest slacker. However, in the first episode, he says he "signed on to fight some aliens." It's eventually revealed in Season 17 that despite claiming he was drafted, he ensured he'd be picked.

    Webcomics 
  • In Drowtales an update had a conversation play between two characters implying they had never met before that point, despite the characters having been established as close friends early in the series. This was quickly pointed out by fans and the conversation was edited and corrected.
  • Teahouse has a few inconsistencies over the comic:
    • Claret's hair colour changes from light green to a much darker one.
    • Axis' hair colour changes, his tattoos vanish and his skin tone has become lighter. Seen here, which also notes the sudden change in maid outfits.
  • Wonderlab:
    • In Episode 35, My Sweet Home was said to have been shipped off to a different facility, being replaced with the Drowned Sisters. Despite this, it returns in the "A Party Everlasting" arc alongside the other Abnormalities introduced in the series.
    • During its first proper appearance in Episode 49, the hearts lining the bottom of Distorted Catt's teacup body are drawn upside-down. However, the hearts get drawn right-side up in every appearance afterward.

    Web Videos 
  • The Chronicles of Jaller: Invoked, Lampshaded and Played for Laughs in "Black Piraka Gets Noticed Part 2."
    Penguin the Penguin: Wait, vasn't there a table zere? And what's zat doing zere?
    Axon: What— Oh! (laughs) Yeah, we don't work very hard with continuity here. Those scenes were filmed months ago.
  • The Nostalgia Critic: In the anniversary special, To Boldly Flee, one of the main villains, Turrell, blames the Critic for destroying his home planet in his review of Battlefield Earth. Except in that review, a random person offscreen lit a cigarette, which ignited the atmosphere on Turrell's planet, something Turrell himself points out.

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