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I deleted the example of "fanon becoming canon" that cited Chuck on SGA-- the thing is, the actor's name was Chuck. So TPTB eventually deciding that the *character's* name was Chuck might have been based on the fandom, or it might be that both the fandom and TPTB independently decided to name the character after the actor. "Paul" is a much better example of fanon becoming canon, because it would have been a really wild coincidence if TPTB had come up with that independently. -- Liviapenn 05:18, 7 October 2008 (UTC)

Does anyone know a good example of fanon that is so incredibly true and right that everyone agrees it must really have been that way, as in the last section of the article? It really needs an example. --Betty 16:26, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

The name of the town in The Magnificent Seven is fanon. Every single story calls it Four Corners (I heard that's what it was called in the script of the pilot?) but it has never been named in an episode.--Doro 17:02, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
Similar in Kung Fu: The Legend Continues; the officially unnamed city where it takes place is known fanonically as "Sloanville", after the name of one of the series' writers. I've never seen it called anything else in fanfic (although I haven't read everything, so I can't swear it's truly universal). --Arduinna 17:53, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Melina, Merry told me that she remembered seeing "Seacouver" in prop canon on the show, on a newspaper -- she thought in Valkyrie, but wasn't positive, so I didn't include it since I don't have any source to check. Does that sound right to you? --Arduinna 16:51, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Hrm, not that I recall -- it's possible, though. It was definitely never stated in dialogue, but it was used in the tie-in books. -Melina 17:20, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
Merry is right, I remember squeeing so hard I almost hurt myself. Duncan and Methos actually mock fight over the newspaper, and then Duncan notices that a racist is going to speak at the "Seacouver Community Center." -Sherrold 18:02, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Reference format

It's hard from the References section for this article to tell which references are supporting which parts of the article. Generally, we've been using the References section for actual footnotes about specific statements in articles, and an External Links section for more general external references. It might be better to either link these citations to the particular statements they're supporting, or to put them into a list of External Links instead.--Penknife 15:56, 3 December 2


The recently added line "Also Crossovers aren't considered fanon" doesn't seem to be in any way relevant to the article. If we start listing all the things that aren't fanon, this would be a very long article and probably not all that useful. --Doro 08:10, 19 July 2010 (UTC)

That line didn't make sense to me either, so I removed it.--æthel 14:57, 19 July 2010 (UTC)

Head canon

It was pointed out over here that head canon isn't really the same as fanon. Anyone want to write a Head Canon page?--æþel 02:10, 12 November 2012 (UTC)

Is there a term for a single canon thing that takes on a life of its own?

A fan in 2000 said this: "Fanfic canon developed because something hit a main nerve and resonated with the fanfic audience - the Chinese food is a big one because everyone relates to having takeout and enjoys the idea of Mulder with chopsticks; dropping noodles everywhere. We love to read about Scully's shampoo smell because we want to think that even she has a few minutes of luxury in the shower when the world can just damn well wait..." from Working Stiffs Interview with Sheryl Nantus aka Sheryl Martin. What she's talking about isn't fanon so much as it is taking one tiny canon detail and making it a big deal in fanfic, fans' tendency of emphasizing canon ticks over and over: examples -- Blair Sandburg's unreliable car, Sherlock's appliances and body parts, Rodney's allergy to citrus. --MPH (talk) 14:09, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

Stuff like that is usually filed under "fandom tropes" on the character pages... but I don't suppose that terminology will work in this context?--Alex (talk) 16:59, 31 March 2015 (UTC)