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Questions tagged [canon]

Questions about whether a particular work is considered to be official within a fictional universe. DO NOT USE this tag to signify you want answers to your question to be based on (some level of) canon for the franchise.

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How is canonicity of derivative works determined for Star Wars?

For all types of derivative works, namely: Movies Novels Comic books Other written works (including RPG materials) Cartoons Video games Derivative movies (such as the infamous Ewok movies and even ...
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How well does Shadow of Mordor fit into Middle-earth canon?

The 2014 video game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes place between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. In it, an undead Gondorian Ranger named Talion is bound to Celebrimbor's ...
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Is the Star Trek (2009) movie considered canon?

While I think the Star Trek (2009) movie was pretty cool looking, its story-line wreaks total havoc with all the existing post original series content. I know that Gene Roddenberry was very strict ...
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Are Chiss in Disney canon?

I'm fairly familiar with which Star Wars properties are/aren't considered Disney canon; I was thinking about it yesterday and realized that I can't think of a single appearance of the Chiss race in ...
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How is canon determined for the works set in the world of ASOIAF?

George R. R. Martin brought the world of ASOIAF (henceforth called Planetos) to the public when he published his first book A Game of Thrones in 1996. He would go on to write 4 more books over 15 ...
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Is “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” canon with Star Trek?

Inspired by the various answers and questions about ET and Star Wars based on a cameo, I wanted to know is Star Trek and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic in the same Multiverse? Now before you go ...
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In what ways does The Cursed Child contradict established Harry Potter canon?

For those of you who don't know, Jack Thorne, has written a script called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is set nineteen years after J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books. As to be expected ...
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Is the Star Wars Universe just one galaxy?

At the start of the movie it says: "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...." Does this mean that the entire Star Wars saga takes place in a single galaxy? To my understanding a galaxy isn't ...
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What non-canon elements were added to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Taking into account the Lord of the Rings Appendices and all of Tolkien's other writings (including his letters) I'd like to know what elements of the film were entirely created by Peter Jackson and ...
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What canon evidence is there that Stormtroopers are/are not still clones?

Reading this article about The Top 10 Reasons Proving Boba Fett Killed Luke Skywalker's Aunt and Uncle, my nerd-rage started flaring as they claimed that Stormtroopers were still Fett-Clones 20 years ...
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What Star Wars Legends (EU) content has successfully become a part of Disney canon?

As we all know, when Disney took over the galaxy and executed the executive order to rewrite history, the only existing content to still be recognized as canon are the 6 movies, the Clone Wars and the ...
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Which Harry Potter works are considered canon?

There are many different Harry Potter works including: books short stories movies card games video games toys amusement parks web content Which ones are considered to be canon?
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What is the singular source of Star Wars canonization? [duplicate]

Is the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic blessed by Lucas and considered canon? As a secondary question, has George Lucas ever officially sanctioned anything in the Star Wars expanded ...
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Is there any Original Trilogy canon that says Anakin has to come from Tatooine?

Are there any references from the Original Star Wars movies (before the late 1990s special edition if that matters) that would require Anakin Skywalker to be from Tatooine? I was surprised that the ...
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How can Star Trek: Countdown ever be considered canon?

I've just read this on the Wikipedia article for spaceships named Enterprise: The main setting for the films Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), and Star Trek ...
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What other Harry Potter related writings has Rowling written?

Which Harry Potter related writings has J K Rowling written (not counting the seven main books)? I'm ideally looking for writings set in the Harry Potter world, not writings about the books. (i.e. ...
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Is the Voyager episode “Threshold” considered canon?

The Star Trek: Voyager episode "Threshold" is a popular target of ridicule. Its treatment of the warp scale appears to be inconsistent with the rest of the franchise, and its treatment of evolution is ...
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Is “The Adventures of Tom Bombadil” considered official canon?

I recently came across the book "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil" and was wondering if this can be seen as official canon. To my knowledge, after the death of J.R.R. Tolkien, his son Christopher edited ...
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Is Batman's 'relationship' with Wonder Woman comic-book canon?

In the Justice League cartoon, as well as the direct follow-on cartoon Justice League: Unlimited, Batman is subtly portrayed as being either in a relationship with Wonder Woman, or at least they are ...
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Are all four of the Jurassic Park films canon?

Do the four current films set in the "Jurassic Park Universe" share the same canon universe? For the first three films (Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Jurassic Park III) I think ...
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Did CS Lewis ever write other Narnia works?

Did C.S. Lewis ever write (or authorise) any other works that are canonicaly set in the Chronicles of Narnia universe? To clarify, I'm asking about works (of any length) besides for the main seven ...
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Who has creative control of Star Wars?

Before he sold the rights to Disney, George Lucas was the ultimate word of God in the Star Wars universe. Now we have a corporation who owns it. There are any number of writers and directors looking ...
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Star Trek: Is the Post-Atomic Horror still canon?

I can't say I've seen every episode of Star Trek. I've dabbled in Enterprise, Voyager and DS9 (mainly Voyager and Enterprise). But the first episode of TNG made it fairly clear that in the past, most ...
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Is there anything canon in the Terminator Universe that picks up where Terminator: The Sarah Connors Chronicles leaves off?

So, Terminator canon is pretty twisted, given all that time-travel stuff. But in the canon that includes the T:SCC, does anything pick up where the show left off that is considered canon?
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Is Once Upon a Time adding to Frozen canon?

The first half of season 4 of Once Upon a Time (OUaT) is making use of the characters and story from Frozen. Up until this week's episode, they'd been writing a story that takes place after the ...
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Are deleted scenes considered canon? [duplicate]

There are a number of deleted scenes (specifically in the prequels) that add a lot of interesting information to the backstory of events and characters in the films. One that jumps out at me is the ...
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What are the differences between old Pottermore and new?

What parts of the old Pottermore weren't carried over to the new Pottermore? Conversely, which parts of the new Pottermore weren't on the old Pottermore? (I'm only asking about the parts actually ...
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What evidence exists supporting that Roddenberry thought of TOS as non-canon?

I've seen some people claiming (and some repeating it) that Gene Roddenberry intended TOS to be excluded from Star Trek canon after making the first episodes of TNG. I failed to find any evidence ...
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Can any new information be canon if J.R.R. Tolkien is dead?

J.R.R. Tolkien wrote the stories of the Middle-Earth and he has passed away, so can any new information be added to these stories without his approval?
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Are Holocrons canon?

I was reading an answer here a few days ago that was talking about "Holocrons", saying that Kylo Ren might have learned the ways of the dark side from a Holocron. Are these Holocrons actual Star Wars ...
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How did large universes keep track of canon, before the advent of Wikis?

Something pretty unique to Fantasy and Science Fiction is the existence of huge scale universes. Canonical listings of information abound these days. It is very easy to research new books in, say, the ...
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Was the concept of The Doctor being half-human mentioned again after the 1996 movie?

Is the concept of The Doctor being half-human (as mentioned in the 1996 movie) ever mentioned again, and confirmed to be part of the universe's canon? Or was this thrown away in the 2005 series, and ...
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Do male elves have long or short hair?

I've noticed that almost every fan drawing of elves (as well as their portrayals in the movies) show them with long hair, both the men and the women. But did Tolkien ever write anything that proved ...
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Why do some people include Nemesis and End of Eternity in the Foundation Universe?

I've been reading Isaac Asimov's Robot/Empire/Foundation series recently as I hadn't read all of the books Asimov wrote within the series (I've been reading them chronologically starting with The ...
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Have authors ever rewritten their early books to fit future canon in scifi and fantasy works? [closed]

In the movie industry there is at least one example (Star Wars) of a franchise where early installments were edited post factum to fit the canon of future releases. However, it is quite hard to edit ...
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Can content still be added to Star Wars Legends continuity?

After reading this article about some Legends content still being produced, along with the SWTOR still being available to play, does this mean that content can be added to Star Wars Legends (such as ...
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What's the approximate crew size of a BC-304 cruiser?

The Stargate wiki says that the crew size of a BC-304 cruiser is about 200 people. Where does this number come from? The BC-303 is stated to have a crew size of 115 at one point in the show, but the ...
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Is Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV series canon? [duplicate]

According to wikipedia, it falls into T-canon. But following source notes lead to dead links. I have been told by some that it is not canon, and others say it is. Can anyone provide current sources ...
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Is JMS's 4-Point System still in use?

At a Baltimore-area convention back in 1997 (I think), I recall that J. Michael Straczynski spoke of a Four Point System that he had developed for rating the overall quality (hardness?) of a piece of ...
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Did George Lucas use any of the expanded universe material in the prequel trilogy?

One of my friend says the name 'Coruscant' was first used by Timothy Zahn in his Thawn trilogy series. Lucas liked the idea so much that he used this name for the galactic capital. Is this true? Is ...
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How 'canon' is the Star Trek Online MMO?

As far as I know there are usually several categorisations of canon for any particular brand. what are the categories for Star Trek and how does the Star Trek Online game fit into those categories? ...
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What is the official position of JKR franchise on “canonicity” of facts in Harry Potter universe? [duplicate]

We know that there are multiplicity of different works/sources in Harry Potter Universe: HP books 1-7 Associated JKR books (Beedle the Bard, QTTA, HP Prequel story, Magical Beasts) HP Movies 1-7 JKR ...
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Which Doctor Who works are canon?

I have been watching a Doctor Who documentary and they mentioned that Paul McGann did audio stories so he wasn't just a one-hit Doctor (and that there are novels featuring his Doctor as well). My ...
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How canon are the 1993-1995 Witcher comic books?

I have recently acquired some digital copies of 6 issues of the Witcher comics that were published from 1993 to 1995. Sadly, they were in Polish, so more digging was required to find a Russian (fan-)...
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Is there a complete list of JK Rowling's Harry Potter tweets? [closed]

J K Rowling is pretty active on Twitter, and often enough releases new canon information there. However, the vast majority of her tweets are completely unrelated to Harry Potter. Is there any ...
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Is there a way to determine the respective canonical status of Tolkien's Middle-earth related works?

It is almost always difficult to determine the canonicity (if that's a word) of different works within a fictional universe, but the problems are even more complicated in regards to Tolkien's Middle-...
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Why is Star Trek: The Animated Series not Canon?

Seriously, why not? It's good stuff. More aliens on the bridge. Worlds not limited by Special Effects budget. And in episode 4, Lt. Uhura takes command! Put another way, what in ST:TAS is ...
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What is the exact information in SW canon regarding the speed of traversing the entire galaxy?

An excellent answer by @Daniel Bingham for " Was the Millennium Falcon too slow? " stated: Even with a well traveled hyperspace route the fastest ships, such as the Millennium Falcon, would take ...
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Do authors ever create conflicting canon to irk fussy fans? [closed]

I know that this site is the haven for anyone who loves to dig deep into their favorite Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Even for a new visitor, from scrolling through this site shows that there's an awful lot ...
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Is Gotham (TV series) considered canon?

Is the new Gotham TV series considered to be canon for Batman? The TV show introduces plenty of known characters from the get go (Jim Gordon, Bruce Wayne, Alfred, Catwoman, the Penguin, Poison Ivy). ...