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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Does Men in Black belong in any Marvel canon?

I am aware that the Men in Black comic book series is owned by Malibu Comics, which itself was bought out by Marvel. Because of this weird ownership, does the series belong in any Marvel continuity or ...
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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 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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Did any of the 79 TOS episodes contain plot points that conflicted with preexisting TOS canon?

I was recently watching a long running TV series (not SFF) where one of the character's father was dead, but later in the series, he was alive and came to visit. With so many different writers, did ...
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Are the adamantium rules from previous Wolverine movies now not canon after “Logan”?

In Logan, we see that But in previous Wolverine movies, X-Men Origins: Wolverine Adamantium bullets did not kill Wolverine The Wolverine the Silver Samurai had to have super heated Adamantium to ...
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Is there anything that is counter-to-canon in ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’?

Having just watched Oz The Great and Powerful, and having read all of Baum's works and many of the related Oz works by other authors, I was struck by the number of subtle and not-so-subtle minor nods ...
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What is the chronological order of Warcraft canon media?

I guess I can assume Warcraft 3 and all WoW games are official canon, but what about books, mangas, and other stuff? Also, most of Warcraft and Warcraft II got retconed, right? So what is the ...
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What is the canonicity of the Warcraft “cinematic universe”?

So I just watched Warcraft the movie. I suspect it differs from existing game lore of the same time period. Just to be clear, I am quite familiar with Azerothian lore, having played WC III & WoW ...
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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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How does TMNT relate to other series from the Turtles franchise?

The 2007 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie has tenuous connections to the other movies (April & Casey are known and have a relationship, Shredder is defeated, Splinter's ear is cut). Is it in ...
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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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Is Alien: Isolation canon?

Alien: Isolation is a 2014 video game telling the story of (unmarried) Amanda Ripley in search of her mother (Ellen Ripley), 15 years after the disappearance of Nostromo. So basically, these are ...
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Can dwarves and elves produce offspring (between each other)? [closed]

Given the changes in the new Hobbit movies, I was just wondering if a dwarf and an elf could produce offspring in Tolkien canon?
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How is canonicity of derivative works determined for Spaceballs?

The movie Spaceballs has spawned several pieces of spin-off media including its own animated TV series, an "official" poster-book and a novelisation of the film. Has there ever been an official word ...
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Is Star Trek Continues considered canonical?

I'm very impressed by the fan-made episodes of Star Trek Continues. I was wondering, since they are so well made, are they considered to be canonical? What would it take for the episodes to be ...
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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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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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Is “Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?” considered canon?

A friend recently showed me a scan from a Batman comic from Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?, and we ended up discussing whether or not the events shown are considered canon. The Wikipedia ...
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How canon is Star Wars: Battlefront (2015)?

The 2015 video game Star Wars: Battlefront is largely a multiplayer shooter. But it was released after the Star Wars canon wipe of 2014, so it's ostensibly canon. Obviously the accomplishments of ...
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Having read Iron Man's original origin and seeing it mutate over the years, is it still considered canon?

After he was kidnapped during the Veitnam war by the North Vietnamise and aided by a North Vietnamise prisoner professor, an injured Tony Stark was able to construct his first Iron Man armor. But ...
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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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Is the content from the X-wing miniatures game canon?

I'm a big fan of the X-Wing miniatures game by Fantasy Flight Games. The game first came out before Disney changed the Star Wars canon to include only content created after April 25, 2014 and all the ...
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How is electricity produced in star wars?

I am specifically thinking of planets like Coruscant which does not seem to have many natural resources at their disposal. There is a page on Power generators but it says nothing on how it generates ...
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What's the significance of the open to the pilot of The Walking Dead?

The pilot episode of The Walking dead opens with Rick at a gas station. I can't remember why he was there (besides the obvious possibility of him getting gas). He encounters a zombie child, she rounds ...
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Canon destiny of Fox father in the original SNES era games

Notice: this question is about the original Star Fox saga started in the SNES era. The recent Wii-U reboot seem to have changed some of the original plot - including the elements I am asking about. ...
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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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What was taught in the third year of Hogwart's curriculum?

A series of questions covering each year of Hogwarts curriculum, also see: First year Second year As stated in the previous questions, I'm writing a fanfiction based in the world created by JKR, and ...
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Is “Fear the Walking Dead” canonical?

The new series Fear the Walking Dead premiered tonight, and I'm wondering if Robert Kirkman, the other producers, etc, have discussed to what degree it can be considered canonical.
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How aware were the makers of The Force Awakens of Legends/EU Canon?

When Disney took over Lucasfilm, and announced the creation of new movies, current Extended Universe works were deemed to be non-canon. Interestingly though, there seem to be a number of plot points ...
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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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What is considered canon in Night Watch cycle?

I asked in this question whether Zabulon really loved Alica in the Night Watch cycle. The answers there inclines And that Zabulon is Now I am reading the Black Palmira's Face by Vladimir Vasiliev (...
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Is there any definition of canon for Lost in Space?

A number of TV and movie series in the science fiction and fantasy genres have specified canon. This tells us what is absolutely true in that world/universe and what may be legends or could be true ...
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When did Batman’s creators last contribute to the comic series?

We know that the Batman comic series started in 1939, and presumably ended somewhere in the 1950s or 1960s, but which exact chapter/issue of the comic series was the last one where the original Batman ...
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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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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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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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How Many Batman Canons Are There?

When I see comic book questions, or questions on characters from comic books, they're invariably qualified with a "this canon" or a "that canon" only notice, which given certain characters is a fairly ...
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Is Shyriiwook still the name of the Wookiee language in Disney canon?

I'm reading the novelization of The Force Awakens, and the word "Shyriiwook" doesn't appear in the text. Instead, the book refers to it solely as "the Wookiee language". Is "Shyriiwook" still the ...
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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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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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Are the Marvel Star Wars Legends comic books canon? [duplicate]

On the 8th of April Marvel released the Star Wars Legends epic collection volume 1. Many people say any Star Wars comics that come under legends are not canon, but people also say that any new Star ...
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Did Buck Rogers Starfighters Have Retracting Wings?

One of my favorite shows as a kid was Buck Rogers, and I always liked the design of the Earth starfighter in the show. I also had a small toy of the starfighter, made by Corgi, shown here: On the ...
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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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Are the Adventure Time comics canon?

Is the Adventure Time comic from KaBOOM! canon with the television show?
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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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Which origin fact is true about the Skeksis?

Between the Dark Crystal movie and the new Netflix series, the Skeksis’s origin became confusing to me. In the movie, it was stated that Skeksis came from a great conjunction, splitting up from a ...
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Which shot first on screen, the Tantive IV or the Devastator in the original Star Wars?

I check the first copy I could find online and the first blast I saw turned the screen white. Given that the Tantive IV was moving away from the camera, the shot must have originated with it since ...
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Is there a widely accepted method of deconflicting various levels/instances of canonicity?

Star wars used to use a tiered system of determining what is and isn't canon, developed by Leland Chee, to cope with having multiple writers contributions. Chee also employs this on his Indiana Jones ...
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Is it canon in DC universe that it is widely known that Superman is an alien?

In the Supergirl pilot episode, Supergirl herself argues with a coworker about whether or not aliens exist. But that wouldn't make sense if Superman is widely known to be an alien in the DC universe.
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Book Author, Screen Play Author, and Director are the same: Which is canon? [duplicate]

While recently reading the 1976 novelization of Star Wars penned by none other than George Lucas himself, I have found that there are several inconsistences between the novel and the 1977 version of ...