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Canon

This is spelled "cannon". Do not mix up the terms.

Summary

Canon is a term used to designate what is considered "legitimate" in a certain fictional universe. With few possible exceptions only canon material is featured in the character pages. Non-canon material doesn't count - it never happened.

The generally agreed-upon definition is that the work by the original author and creator of the fictional setting is canonical, unless the author or the copyright holder declares otherwise. Few other exceptions are also possible and should be noted on the verse page.

The primary canon is the source material first released (with few possible exceptions), with the other author works being secondary canon.

When different source materials give different versions of the same feat, and by that they contradict each other in the depiction of the feat, the primary canon takes precedence over the secondary canon.

If the feat is correctly depicted over multiple canons any of these can be used to judge the feat. Should different results be reached by judging the feat through multiple canons, the result of the primary canon will have priority.

So for most manga series, that means the original manga is canonical, while the anime is not (since the anime is simply an adaptation of the manga made by others). Databooks are considered secondary canon since scans tend to contradict them. It should be noted that this is often evaluated on a case - by - case basis.

In addition a tertiary canon will be allowed. The tertiary canon consists of official adaptations not overseen by the author, which do not modify or contradict source material. When other source materials give different versions of the same feat, and by that contradict the tertiary canon in the depiction of the feat, the others take precedence. And here as well, if the feat is correctly depicted over multiple canons any of these can be used to judge the feat. Should by judging the feat through primary or secondary canon a different result be reached than for tertiary canon the result of primary or secondary canon will have priority.

  • Entirely new feats of tertiary canon, like for example new abilities, should be disregarded. Details added to existing fight scenes, such as damage caused to the surroundings, can be accepted for text based media like books.
  • Any changes based on tertiary canon will only be accepted if they are not contradicted by any instances of another canon, with regards to either the character power-scale, or logical inconsistencies (and plot holes).
  • All of the rules that are written in the Cinematic Time page still apply when it comes to evaluation of such tertiary canon feats.

See also

Alternative Canon and Composite Profiles

Crossovers

Start a Discussion Discussions about Canon

  • Dragon Ball Headcanon

    62 messages
    • Discussing canon isn't a CRT though (not inherently anyway). It's still an important discussion but just not a revision.
    • A proper CRT thread starts with a variation of the following: We need to change (current) to (revision) because (evidence).
  • About Dragon Ball Canonicity...

    94 messages
    • Okay. Well, I personally do not mind, but you would need to get input from the other staff members. You can ask the ones listed in the...
    • All the staff members have already commented and the conclusion has been reached long before. Nothing is changing, everything is staying as is....