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Questions tagged [retcon]

Questions about retroactive changes to the continuity of a fictional universe.

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Did Vader actually die in the original Star Wars movie, now known as A New Hope?

I know it was changed quickly to make him available for the sequel, but I saw the movie three times in the weeks after its premiere and Darth Vader definitely died in the trench, bumping into his wing-...
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Was Tom Flannery's disease retconned in later editions of Callahan's Crosstime Saloon?

I was reading through Callahan's Crosstime Saloon by Spider Robinson, and I came across this passage: Tom Flannery's there now, frozen like a popsicle, waitin' for them to invent a cure for AIDS; ...
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Why was the “No Darkside Ghosts” rule broken with the Nightsisters?

Originally, the Expanded Universe featured some Dark Side ghosts. However, this story element seems to have been eventually retconned away. This is stated pretty explicitly in Star Wars: The Clone ...
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Did Hugh's individuality virus cause all the subsequent changes in Borg behavior? [duplicate]

The behavior of the Borg changed dramatically in First Contact and Voyager. Critics have called this "ruined" and a "brain bug". Could the change in behavior be explained by Hugh's individuality ...
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Were the flags outside Maz's temple changed for a reason?

Attached are two pictures, one from the trailer, one from the BD release. It shows that the flags outside if Maz's temple have changed, specifically ones from the prequels. Two things come to mind: ...
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Interrogation droid syringe “British Made”

In Episode IV: A New Hope, an interrogation droid is used to torture Leia. Screencap from the movie This droid is equipped with a syringe. Photo of the actual prop in a museum This syringe is ...
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Does “Many Heads, One Tale” retcon this MCU history?

In Agents of SHIELD S3E8, Many Heads, One Tale, we learn that HYDRA Does this overwrite the history we see in Captain America: The First Avenger, in which HYDRA or can the two histories be ...
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Did Bashir intentionally screw up his Starfleet final exam to hide his condition?

It's revealed in the episode "Distant Voices" that Bashir intentionally failed his final exam to make sure he wouldn't be valedictorian. BASHIR: I made a mistake on the final exam. ALTOVAR: ...
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Is there a source for canon changes and retconcs in Warhammer 40K?

Is there a definitive list of canon changes in Warhammer 40K? I've been reading some older source material, and some more recent codexes, and it is hard to keep track of what has been changed at times,...
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What evidence is there that proves/disproves there was a Gemini Earth Astronaut that appeared in the original Star Wars Cantina scene?

Here we go with yet another retcon question about Star Wars. While looking up info on another film franchise, I came across this intriguing internet tidbit: As a bit of irony in the muddled Star ...
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Was the ponies' knowledge of Night Mare Moon retconned in “Luna Eclipsed”?

In the episode "Luna Eclipsed" (S02E04) the ponies celebrate their own version of Halloween where the children have to "sacrifice" part of their candy to Night Mare Moon. It is stated throughout the ...
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Is There Any Definitive List of Revisions and Retcons in the Star Wars Movies?

I remember seeing the original Star Wars on the first day it was released in my city (which, sadly, was a few weeks after it was released in many cities). Being a young geek who could only get SF in ...
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First example of reverse RetCon?

Normally a retcon involves changing the past to reflect changes in the future of the cannon. A characters history can change at the stroke of a pen. In the Thursday Next books, the opposite happens. ...
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How can the Next Generation's unfamiliarity with the Borg be explained after Archer's encounter?

In Regeneration Starfleet learns about a culture that we (as audience) know as The Borg. According to TNG, the Federation doesn't seem to know anything about these beings when they "first" meet them. ...
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How to become a Sewage Mutant on Futurama

In the first second season episode of futurama Fry gets cut down from a rope and falls into the sewage (whcih you hear him spit and cough out) In a more recent episode of futurama it is told of the "...
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Does Bender's Big Score contradict Luck of the Fryrish?

In the Futurama season 3 episode "Luck of the Fryrish", we learn that Fry's brother Yancy had a kid named Philip, after his lost brother. However, in the movie Bender's Big Score, we see Fry travel ...
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Kahless and Klingon Appearance

I never quite understood the disconnect between the Klingon appearance in the original series and the others (TNG and beyond) until I read recently on Wikipedia: A canonical explanation for the ...