Definition of retcon in English:


Syllabification: ret·con
Pronunciation: /ˈretkän


  • (In a film, television series, or other fictional work) a piece of new information that imposes a different interpretation on previously described events, typically used to facilitate a dramatic plot shift or account for an inconsistency: we’re given a retcon for Wilf’s absence from Donna’s wedding in ‘The Runaway Bride’: he had Spanish Flu
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    • Then came the series finale, and one of the most famous — and fascinating or infuriating — retcons in the history of TV.
    • Americans have always been very accepting of our retcons.
    • With twelve episodes, though, you can generally map the whole season out, avoiding the last-minute retcons necessary to pull everything together.


[with object] (retcons, retconning, retconned) Back to top  
  • Revise (an aspect of a fictional work) retrospectively, typically by introducing a piece of new information that imposes a different interpretation on previously described events: I think fans get more upset when characters act blatantly out of established type, or when things get retconned
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    • Yes, but were there Bergenholms in the original 1934 version of Triplanetary, before Smith retconned it to connect it to the Lensman books?
    • Still, S4 salvaged the worst of S3 and retconned most of the show's history into a thought-provoking but ultimately unprovable conspiracy.
    • In this case, the product drivers have actually been fans of the original product, who have then taken over creation of further product, and retconned the narrative to suit them.


1980s: abbreviation of retroactive continuity.

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