YMMV "Do to them what you do to us at times like that. Then let them speculate. Listen to them as they speculate. When they come up with an idea you really, really like, tell them, 'You finally guessed right.
That was my reasoning all along. Whether it's officially shown in a canonical work is another matter, and may "only" reach the status of Word of God , but most of the time the author s sees some minutiae they hadn't thought too much of themselves as a decent enough explanation that they don't mind and don't want to Joss it into oblivion. This mainly happens when the theme or subject of the fanon had not been planned out by the author s beforehand, and is much more common in works, such as fanfiction and webcomics , which often aren't planned from the start.
Small doujin companies are in famous for this sort of thing, as their characters are designed and occasionally modified accordingly to appeal to their fanbase. Compare with I Knew It! You could argue this is the creators' decision to Throw It In! When it happens as a result of a mistake or error mostly in video games it's an Ascended Glitch , and in the case of a translational error that fans like, a Good Bad Translation.
Inverse of Shrug of God when the creator s refuses to give a concrete answer , and of Better Than Canon when the fans all decide their theory is preferable regardless of what the creator says. When this happens between fictional characters, it's a Sure, Let's Go with That.
If a particular work has a long and continuous run, fanon may be promoted to canonicity because a Promoted Fanboy is now calling all the shots. The 3D maneuvering soldier with afterimage effects in the anime's first Title Sequence actually wasn't supposed to be Jean, but rather a generic soldier representing humanity.
However, given the number of people claiming it to be Jean, the production staff has acknowledged it as so. Despite Puella Magi Madoka Magica only having the witch Charlotte appear for one episode as a Monster of the Week , onscreen for perhaps a minute tops to kill a main character before being killed herself, she is hugely popular in the fandom.
She's often depicted in fanart alongside Mami Tomoe, the one she killed, and acted as a sort of Team Pet in many cases. The writers apparently took heed: Rebellion , and Charlotte, or Bebe as she was called in-movie, filled just that role. It also looked at another popular thing that people take as fanon: Madoka and Homura reuniting, namely with Madoka returning to the real world. However, the writers showed just how horrifying that concept can become when the person in charge of the reuniting was so heartbroken with the former's absence in the first place that they'll ensure they will never leave again.
Certain fanfics have the idea of a Government Conspiracy that is antagonistic towards Naruto, often with Danzo as the leader.
In the story Itachi Shinden: Book of Dark Night, it is revealed that Danzo actually leaked the knowledge that Naruto hosts the Nine-Tails, to instigate hatred against him. Konohamaru and Hanabi have been a popular ship since Part 1 of Naruto, despite never interacting, due to the Generation Xerox element on Naruhina fans part. In Boruto they're shown bonding over their shared love of Boruto Hanabi's nephew and Konohamaru's student. Hanabi is close enough with Konohamaru to be only friendly terms with him and call him "senpai".
The author has a question and answer column, but half of the time when someone asks about a fact he'll agree with any reasonable guess the writer makes for instance several of the main characters' birthdays. Chopper's birthday should be December 24th! At one point, a fan noted that one of the villains of the show, Rob Lucci, had a name that that could be interpreted as "To rob the light" based on the inaccurate fact that Lucci is the Italian word for light.
Oda's response was to the general effect of: I'm the guy who comes up with the deep meaningful names. Same goes for Kongoh Bancho , where several fan-characters have gone on to become both minor and major antagonists.
During the first season, fans joked that Lelouch's maid Sayoko was secretly a ninja , explaining the occasional flashes of competence seen behind her quiet exterior. Between seasons the staff acknowledged the joke, and in R2 it's revealed that she is in fact the heiress to the Shinozaki ninja clan.
The author of Saiyuki , previous to the Animated Adaptation , wrote down in Cho Hakkai's character profile "voiced by Akira Ishida " as a joke, not expecting to be taken seriously, and was pleasantly surprised that her casting suggestion was accepted. Some of the Super Saiyan forms and names of the villains were fan nicknames. Fans decided that was too much of a mouthful. Later in the series itself, Goku acknowledges the name length and "Super Saiyan Blue" got used officially.
Fanfiction gives Vegeta enough long-lost siblings to populate a galaxy and then some. The special went ahead and ran with that premise. Nappa hates the media. Freeza's race are widely known as "Frost Demons" among the fandom, due to the fact that all of the members seen have names related to cold temperatures. In Dragon Ball Xenoverse , Cell refers to them using this name. Fans had long speculated that the reason Goten and Trunks were able to become Super Saiyans at such a young age was because their fathers had already achieved the transformation by the time the two were conceived.
Akira Toriyama later declared in an interview that this is indeed the case, saying that there are "S-Cells" in a Saiyan's body that multiply greatly once a Saiyan has achieved Super Saiyan, and this gets passed on to their children. The opening scene of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann was what the last story arc was originally planned to be like, but re-writes ended up making it a total mystery. When the staff was asked the fan-theory that the opening was an Alternate Continuity where Simon ignores the Anti-Spiral's plea to stop overusing spiral power and the scene is right before he causes the Spiral Nemesis their response was, reportedly, "Sure, why not?
Konaka originally didn't intend this when he wrote it but when he looked back; admits that's a very possible theory on his webpage. Upon hearing this, Akira Amano just made it canonical, finding the nickname cute.
It eventually ended up approved by the author, with them appearing in sketches together, in an omake of Prussia's cleaning game and even getting an Image Song together. The Magic Trio is a fanon grouping of England, Romania, and Norway based on them being the only characters capable of magic. Then Innocent canonised it. It was always a fan theory that Pikachu's Power Level restarted whenever Ash started a new journey. The producers noticed, and finally pulled an actual plot device in the Best Wishes series by having Zekrom zap Pikachu of all its electricity right as Ash gets off the plane that brought him to Unova.
Many fans speculated that the members of SEELE had uploaded their minds into computers once they started to appear as black monoliths instead of human holograms. There was nothing in the series to support this, and End of Evangelion proved the theory false by showing Keel Lorenz still quite human. However, this was made canonical in the Rebuild of Evangelion remake movies, as proven in the third movie.
A lot of fans assumed that Shinji was a Supreme Chef , which 2. From Death Note , L's knowledge of capoeira. Originally, that was simply put in because the writer was thinking of ways that one could fight while handcuffed to their opponent. But then some fans pointed out that it looked like capoeira, and eventually in Another Note , it became canonical that L has some knowledge of that particular martial art. Note, though, that the canonical status of Another Note is hotly debated. It's mentioned in the manga reference How To Read, but isn't by the original mangaka, and several things in it appear to either be outrageously untrue such as the third world war having happened in a world mostly similar to our own or otherwise clearly inconsistent with the anime and manga canons.
Sugarboy's explanation on why he can glide. A few fans, mostly BL fans, have speculated that Dio is not straight due to his slightly effeminate and "gay" mannerisms. In an interview with a fan, Araki stated that Dio "could go either way," as in that Dio is bisexual.
Comic Books Marvel Comics would often get reader mail that would try to explain away some of the continuity or logical fallacies in the stories.
A sufficiently clever explanation would win the fan a "No Prize. Sadly, this practice has fallen to the wayside, though oddly, the empty "No Prize" envelope is considered of some value by the more hardcore fans. It was a fan theory that the Marvel Universe is called Earth because Fantastic Four 1 the first Marvel Universe comic came out in in month 6. Neither the explanation nor the date of FF 1 is actually true, but in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe , other universes were numbered based on their first appearances and using this scheme.
The return of Stephanie Brown used the retcon that Leslie Thompkins had not killed Steph as we were led to believe, but rather faked her death and dragged her off to hide out in Africa with her where she'd be safe from psychos in costumes. Decide for yourself whether this was simply the most obvious fix, or whether the legion of forum threads and fix-it fanfics using this exact scenario during the intervening years of her death inspired DC.
There was a lot of controversy and in-fighting some of it racial in nature in the Batgirl fandom when Cassandra Cain an Asian-American was replaced by Stephanie Brown a white blonde , and again when Steph was replaced herself when the original Batgirl, Barbara Gordon, returned. A common compromise in fan works was to feature all three Batgirls in a sort of "Batgirl Inc. Shattered Glass was originally invented by Dave Willis to star in a couple of Shortpacked! He ended up so popular that the writers incorporated him into the real comic.
He's also basically become the mascot for the Transformers Wiki fansite. Officially though, the character's name is Ragnarok. When Animal Man meets his writer, Grant Morrison , the latter expressed regret that he didn't have time to use a few ideas some of the fans suggested it was his last issue , namely to have Buddy fight animal-themed villains and his polar opposite , who finds pleasure in animal cruelty.
To make up for that Morrison makes them both materialize out of thin air and attack Animal Man, while he is thanking everybody he worked with on the series. He also mentioned that Buddy is what writers wants him to be, so if they'll decide to make him eat meat, he will.
Next writer on the series decided to play with that and wrote a story where Buddy copies the abilities of a lion, is overcome by its instincts and tries to eat a gazelle.
Likewise, there was fan speculation for years that Element Lad from the Legion Of Superheroes was gay, mostly due to his pink costume.
It wasn't until that he was confirmed to be bisexual. This was the exact reason we have the explanation for the origin of Captain America 's legendary shield. A fan by the name of "Fred Janssen" wrote in to the 60s-era Captain America comic with a theory involving Dr. Marvel liked the idea so much that, with a bit of altering, they took it and ran with it!
Big Name Fan J. After posting this theory on on his website, some of Marvel's writers found it and decided it worked, so they canonized it. My Little Pony Generation 4: The 9th issue of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic IDW uses a Funny Background Event to make canonical the popular fanon about Time Turner being actually the Doctor by making him open his fob watch and recover his memories , plus making his relationship with Derpy Hooves canonical, even if she doesn't knows him yet.
While covers for the IDW comics had often put the spotlight on popular background characters and fan-characterizations, the pages of the My Little Pony Micro Series gave Derpy Hooves a letter carrier uniform and a mail bag.
This is shown to be so in My Little Pony: In actual continuity, the character Midnighter from The Authority very, very rarely removed his mask, which covered his hair.