Definitions

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  • n. Explanations invented by fans (of a television series etc.) to gloss over mistakes in continuity.

Etymologies

fan +‎ wank (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But Who Killed Kennedy is a masterpiece of what's termed fanwank - the blatant, sometimes gratuitous use of continuity references to further a narrative.

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • I just don't like the use of that kiss from the confidential to somehow whitewash/fanwank what I saw with my own eyes on the screen in JE.

    Vid Rec: Doctor/Rose to JE...with a REAL TEN kiss...trust me!

  • This could have turned into the most awful fanwank, but in fact we have a tight, taut set of plays depicting the rise of Davros through the ranks of the Kaled leadership on Skaro against the background of the "Forever War" against the Thals.

    February Books 3) No Great Mischief

  • I am liking more and more leighjen's brilliant fanwank from what is actually going on between Gwen and Jack.

    March 6th, 2008

  • I agree on the other point about the magical trace put on the word "Voldemort", though I suppose I could fanwank that and say that Voldemort himself could only do it because it was his own name.

    REVIEW:Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

  • Removing the deleted scene does more damage than just taking out the cool Klingon fanwank.

    Star Trek Deleted Scene: Nero Interrogated By Klingons | /Film

  • Also, we are led to believe that not just the Imperium and the Houses, but also the Bene Gesserit, the Suk School, the Spacing Guild, the Fremen, the swordmasters of Ginaz, the Mentats, the face-dancers and just about every single other concept in the Dune series was established simultaneously in Herbert's original plan the Bene Gesserit had already existed for centuries, albeit with a different agenda in an awe-inspiring display of pure fanwank.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • But there's nobody to help me fanwank Starman's essential problem: the alien impregnated Jenny Hayden with the cloned body of Scott Hayden, so why did the resulting child have alien powers?

    May 8th, 2006

  • Instead of fanwank fiction, these people should create their own worlds.

    The Hopes of a Long Suffering 'Star Wars' Fan | EW.com

  • And yes, possibly controversial, but 'Emerald Twilight' was a classic example of 90s excess, a mistake even for people who liked Kyle Rayner and his tenure as Green Lantern, and so the morass of fanwank known as 'Green Lantern: Rebirth' got a free pass because it did what had to be done and brought Hal back.

    Comic Book Dictionary – Exit/Return Quality Quotient | Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources

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  • verb: To posit a contrived explanation, often involving special pleading, to redeem blatantly illogical or nonsensical plotting or characterization. Particularly appropriate if the explanation relies on background information that only an obsessive fan would know or care about.

    January 3, 2007