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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What do we know about the Black Speech of Mordor?

We know the Ring Verse (Ash Nazg . . .), and single words like 'Ghâsh' (Fire). Do we know any more about canonical Black Speech?
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Are all licensed and published Battletech novels considered canon?

Are all professional Battletech novels also part of the official Battletech canon? The two works of whose canon status I'm not certain are "Far Country" and "No Limits", since they ignore fundamental ...
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Dagor Dagorath (sources?)

Does anyone know where can I find the references to the Dagor Dagorath, the last battle at the end of the world in Tolkien's legendarium? I remember something in the Book of Lost Tales, at the end of ...
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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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Does a general vampire canon actually exist?

We can all more or less agree that there are certain characteristics of vampires that are required to make them "vampires" instead of, say, zombies, but I'm unable to find a general list of vampire ...
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How canonical is information appearing on main starwars.com pages? [duplicate]

We (SFF.SE) sometimes use information from starwars.com site to answer questions. As a random (well, latest) example: http://starwars.com/explore/encyclopedia/groups/jedi-temple-guard/ This looks ...
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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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Was the coverup of the fall of Harvey Dent from the comics?

In Nolan's Batman movies (2nd and 3rd), Harvey Dent falls from glory Batman takes the blame Commissioner Gordon covers it all up. Was that whole taking the fall for Dent and coverup from the ...
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Is there any basis for the Kirk/Uhura flirting?

Other than in the Mirror Universe, is there any basis in prior Star Trek canon for the existence - however one-sided or not - of any "love interest" between Kirk and Uhura? I'm asking with curiosity ...
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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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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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Is Galen Marek (“Starkiller”) part of the Star Wars canon? [duplicate]

Is Galen Marek considered part of the Star Wars canon? More specifically, does he appear in any canon property?
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Does Star Wars G canon always beat C canon?

An answer to this question I posted gave me a curiosity in the opposite direction: Were there any cases where Star Wars movie (G or T) canon was officially overruled by later Extended Universe canon (...
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How long is the alternate ending of Prometheus, and is it canon?

I just bought my copy of Prometheus on Blu-Ray yesterday and I'm going to watch it tonight. The copy I bought says it has an "alternate ending and beginning". I have two questions about this: How ...
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Are there any works of fiction canon in the Harry Potter Universe?

There are some works of fiction which treat other works of fiction as canon (for example, the race of E.T. in Star Wars). Are there any works of fictions (from a different author, of course) which ...
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Are any possible future Star Wars TV series considered T-canon? [duplicate]

According to the official rules, are any possible (assuming there will be any) TV series for Star Wars going to be considered T-canon like "Clone Wars"? Looking for an official answer based on Lucas ...
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Are there any “C-canon” non-game works that have N-canon facts?

I know the differences between G- and C- and N- canon. It seems that usually when people talk about C-canon work having non (or N-canon) facts, they refer to non-canon game endings/plots. Are there ...
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Which level of canonicity does the Star Wars Holiday Special hold, relative to other works? [duplicate]

For instance, it predates everything except the first two movies. Additionally, Han Solo eventually shows up, and Luke and Leia are both there as well. I will post followup questions regarding the ...
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What does the Clone Wars animated series add to the recent Star Wars Trillogy?

I've just seen a completely epic trailer for some of the Clone Wars animated series. It looks like it fills in I know this story from research, but it piqued my interest as I had assumed that the ...
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When were lightsaber forms introduced to Star Wars?

I've just read a question about Luke Skywalker learning Form IV from Yoda. This would have had to happen before Yoda died (maybe). I don't remember lightsaber combat forms being mentioned in the ...
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What printed materials from Avatar: The Last Airbender are canonical?

What printed materials from the Avatar universe are considered canon? Here's a quick list of what I've seen out there: The Promise (Parts 1, 2, 3) The Lost Adventures The Lost Scrolls (Air, Water, ...
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Are Futurama comic books canon?

I recently noticed that Futurama has a comic book series. I was wondering if the Futurama comics are events that really happened in the Futurama universe or are they fake events simulated similar to ...
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Are the Doctor Who books canon?

Are the Doctor Who novels considered canon? Do they tie into the storylines, or are they one-off adventures/monster-of-the-week stories? I'm asking specifically about the New Series Adventures, ...
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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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Was Smallville (the show) ever considered canon in the DC universe

I recently read this question: Has Superman ever been attacked by changing our sun? which asks about something that has not, to my knowledge, happened in any Superman comics, but did happen on 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 this book considered canon in the Alien universe?

The Aliens Colonial Marines Technical Manual published in 1996 by Lee Brimmicombe-Wood is a very specific and detailed book about the Colonial Marines who landed on LV426, their weapons, equipment, ...
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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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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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Are things shown but not named in Star Wars movies still G-level canon? [duplicate]

If an alien of a certain species is shown (but never named, or does anything) in Star Wars movie, and then given a name/backstory/whatnot in a C-level book, is that alien species (and the facts about ...
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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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Are the Adventure Time comics canon?

Is the Adventure Time comic from KaBOOM! canon with the television show?
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Was the episode “The Doctor's Wife” (S06E04) canonical?

In the Doctor Who episode "The Doctor's Wife" (season 6, episode 4), written by guest writer Neil Gaiman, the character 'House' places the TARDIS matrix in the body of a human woman, which allows the ...
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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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What level of canon is the lore in Star Wars: The Old Republic? [duplicate]

I was wondering: there is a lot of lore in Star Wars: The Old Republic, and some events could be seen as contradictions. What level of canon is given to this game?
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Which Matrix related properties are considered 'canon'?

This question was inspired by one of the answers to a Matrix-related question referencing the webcomics. Are the Matrix webcomics (especially "Day In.. Day Out") canon according to Wachowskis or ...
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Are the magnetic fields of a lightsaber Canon?

One widely held explanation of how lightsabers work is that they are a sword-shaped line of plasma confined by a strong magnetic field. Is this theory founded in anything from the Star Wars canon? And ...
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Are There Levels of Canon in Star Trek, Like in Star Wars?

Star Wars has different levels of canon and explanations for each level (movies, books, games and so on). From what I've seen in Star Trek, there seems to be one level of canon: If it was on screen (...
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Are there official canon rules for DC comics superheroes, especially Superman?

Superman franchise includes DC comics, as well as movies, TV cartoons and TV series. Are they all owned by DC? Are there specific rules as to keeping to/preserving canon on assorted properties ...
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Are Doctor Who and Star Trek: the Next Generation canon-compatible?

IDW Publishing are bringing out a comic, Assimilation2, set in ST:TNG (presumably the TNG in the timeline prior to the events of the 2009 movie) featuring the 11th Doctor. Is the canon of these two ...
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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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Are J.K. Rowling interviews Harry Potter canon? What happens to canon if there's a discrepancy with the book? [duplicate]

It seems that a lot of Harry Potter questions (including my last one) are answered based on tidbits of info that J.K. Rowling provided in various interviews. I have two related questions (I'll post ...
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Are the Second Foundation trilogy and the Caliban trilogy considered Foundation canon?

So, as far as I know, there are several series approved by Asimov or his estate for the Foundation series, including the Second Foundation Trilogy and the Caliban Trilogy. Of the Robot/Empire/...
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Do the authors of Star Trek Expanded Universe books attempt to stay consistent with each other?

To what extent do the main authors of Star Trek EU novels (Peter David, Kieth R. A. Candido, etc) attempt to maintain some level of "consistency" with each other? Do they keep track of each others ...
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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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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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Is the Gremlins Board Game considered canon?

In the instruction insert within the Gremlins board game, there is a short narrative that exposes further plot elements in the Gremlins universe. Whilst the author of the narrative isn't referenced, ...
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Are the stories that are written in the Star Trek novels considered official canon?

The title really says it all. Are the novels that are written outside of the broadcast shows/movies considered official canon to the Star Trek universe? Are certain novels canon if not all are? Is ...
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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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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 ...