in a fictional work or series: a piece of new (and typically revelatory) information which imposes a different interpretation on previously described events, often employed to facilitate a dramatic plot shift or account for an inconsistency; (also) use of this as a narrative device
[< retroactive continuity]
1989 LSH #4 (Spoilers) in rec.arts.comics (Usenet newsgroup) 22 Dec.
Wow! Talk about a retcon by another name!… Okay, so Superboy never existed; we'd already figured that.
Revealing that a whole season of ‘Dallas’ was a dream was a retcon.
New Hacker's Dict. (ed. 2) 355
2006 San Francisco Chronicle (Nexis) 3 June
In terms of retcon, the most preposterous movie franchise is undoubtedly ‘Highlander’.
Research HistorySuggested by Katrin Thier, who pointed out that it has been in use amongst comics fans online since the 1990s: we would like examples in print of any date, including any examples of retcon as a verb.
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