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See Also: denialfic, reset button, Continuity, What Continuity?, She's Not Dead
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Fix-it fic is fanfiction that changes something about canon that the fan writing the fic wasn't happy with. This can be anything from explaining plot holes or inconsistent characterization to bringing a favorite character back from the dead.

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In some cases, fix-it fic is written to "fix" fanfiction rather than canon. This is most effective when the piece of fanfiction being "fixed" is sufficiently well-known that readers of the fix-it story will recognize the new story as being in conversation with the previous fanwork. This type of fic is also called Responsefic.

Examples in Fandoms

  • Cori Falls was well-known for her application of fix-fic for the Pokémon anime series, feeling that her favorite characters were not getting their due in canon.
  • The later Fire Emblem installments inspired a number of fans to write fixes for support conversations, character endings, plot points, characterizations, and what they felt was a lack of realism in canon. Earlier than this, a ROM hack called "Restoration Queen" was made for the 8th game by fans who didn't think it was "feminist enough."
  • Harry Potter fandom overflowed with these after the ending, undoing controversial character deaths and changing the endgame couples. The latter was especially common among Harry/Hermione shippers.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender was a similar case to Harry Potter, especially among Zuko/Katara fans who felt their ship should have been the canon one. Other fans felt Aang made the wrong choice in dealing with Ozai, and before the sequel comic The Search were unhappy with the cliffhanger regarding the location of Ursa, Zuko and Azula's mother.
  • Beauty and the Beast (TV) fans, particularly Vincent/Catherine shippers, were devastated by the third season opener, leading to She's Not Dead as a fandom trend.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is rife with "[character] Lives" fic, most notably for Clay Terran or Mia Fey. Other fics take it upon themselves to correct any retcons or expanded backstories they felt were clumsily handled, or rewrite cases they felt were sub-par.
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender's fandom has been writing these as early as season 2, but they became especially common with season 7, and even more so after the final season led to widespread fan dissatisfaction with the ending.
  • In Assassin's Creed fandom, many characters received sad deaths in canon, and these are often fixed in fanworks. Especially common are fics which alter Desmond Miles' fate so that he is not dead after the events of AC3.
  • In the Hornblower fandom, stories were sometimes labeled as LKU (Live Kennedy Universe) or or DKU (Dead Kennedy Universe) as an indication of whether or not the fic accepted the canonical death of the character of Archie Kennedy.