I meant to do this before going to Italy, but didn't find the time:5 instances of theories getting Jossed (fanon or common fanfiction tropes being invalidated by new canon), Kripked (fanon or common fanfiction tropes being confirmed by new canon), or some combination of the two.1.) Jossed: Snape Manor
). Which I use as a shorthand for the kind of background fanon gifted Severus Snape with pre-Half Blood Prince
. Actually, the Jossing already started, if you like, with Order of the Phoenix
, because the kind of House of Usher
background Sirius Black has there - Gothic rotting mansion, crazy mother, near crazy servant, sibling with mysterious fate - is exactly the type of thing Snape had been given in fanfic a lot, and after this book, it was unlikely Snape would have the exact same thing in canon. Still, Snape Manor, home of Severus, persisted in showing up (not least so, say, Hermione/Harry/Draco/Whichever-student-t
he-author-ships-with-Snape in War-with-Voldemort fics could find refuge in it)... until it became canon that good old Severus' father had been a Muggle, that there was no manor, and he lived instead in an entirely normal looking house in an industrial northern town. I still get a kick out of this, I must admit. 2.) Jossed: Angelus as Spike's sire/Darla's status in Angelus' life.
.) Literally Jossed, what with both being Joss Whedon shows. I once wrote an entire post
about why I loved the Fanged Four dynamics as established by AtS and the later BTVS seasons much more than the fanon that had been written before, so check it out. Hooray for vampire matriarchs!3.) Kripked: Time Lords can change gender and skin colour when regenerating
and spin-offs). Our former Welsh overlord confirmed the later in the Sarah Jane Adventures
episode where Eleven shows up and gets quizzed by Clyde on the subject, and our current Scottish overlord allowed Neil Gaiman to confirm the former in my favourite s6 of New Who episode, The Doctor's Wife
, when Eleven reminisces about the Corsair. 4.) Jossed: Avon may display a lot of cynicism, but he wouldn't really save his life at the expense of his friends.
.) Of course I came to the show many years later, but fanzines were still sold, and thus I read a great many stories, all written pre-Orbit
, in which Avon is in an emergency situation with Vila or Blake and could save his life at their expense, but comes through for them. Well, nothing happened in canon to jettison the Blake assumption, but alas, poor Vila. I must admit my perverse fondness for Orbit
results not a little from an overdose of cynics-with-a-heart-of-gold/noble-jerk type of characters who while being interestingly ambiguous in canon were promptly whitewashed into never ever displaying a negative trait in fanon, being meanly judged and misunderstood and what not, etc. And Orbit
certainly is a slap in the face in that regard. (Mind you, I've still read a lot of Orbit
denial/apology fic in which Avon absolutely knew where Vila was hiding and didn't really
mean to space him, but that's fandom for you.) 5.) Kripked/Jossed: Morgana is Uther's daughter and Arthur's half-sister.
). On a Doylist level, it's somewhat obvious that in the earliest episodes the show's makers hadn't yet intended to have Morgana as Arthur's sister, which she is in most versions of the myth, but in the later s1 episodes, we've arrived at a siblingesque dynamic between Arthur and Morgana anyway, and while there was Morgana/Uther shipping due to their chemistry, as of s2 there was also speculation as to whether or not there was a biological connection. zahrawithaz
, for example, argued repeatedly for Morgana as Uther's biological daughter, while I was holding out for Morgause as Ygraine's secret love child with Gorlois. S3 then settled the bastardy question, which retrospectively brings back a bit of an incestious slant on very early s1 where originally none had been intended, but which is, err, sort of traditional. Anyway. I'm not sure whether to call it Kripked or Jossed, but whatever it was, it happened and works for me.