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Everything Is Canon

Added by Brandon • Updated 2 days ago by Zach
Added by Brandon • Updated 2 days ago by Zach

Everything is canon meme and tweet examples from the Warhammer Official twitter account.


Everything Is Canon refers to a catchphrase accidentally created by the official @Sonic_Hedgehog Twitter team in early 2021 to describe how fluid the canon of the game world is. Throughout the years, this phrase began to be used whenever a company started to retcon its own lore, with it being used disparagingly against Games Workshop (the creators of Warhammer 40,000) as part of the Female Custodes Controversy in April 2024 when people began using a doctored tweet from the Warhammer Official Twitter as an exploitable meme format above images of absurd or humorous imagery, often fan art, and claiming it as canon.


On January 14th, 2021, the official Sonic the Hedgehog X / Twitter account[1] posted a QRT to a collaboration post between the Sonic brand and Puyo Puyo, stating that "Everything is canon" and anything made as part of collaborations or fan-made art is part of official Sonic lore (shown below).

Following the tweet, the "everything is canon" phrase was used as a tongue-in-cheek remark towards Sonic the Hedgehog, with people referencing other fan-made works of art or absurd fan creations and claiming that they were part of the established canon of sonic.

Sonic the Hedgehog @sonic_hedgehog Everything is canon. Puyo Puyo Official @PuyoOfficial Jan 14, 2021 Thank you to everyone playing and supporting #Puyo Puyo Tetris2! We're celebrating this update with another amazing piece of art from Mark Hughes (@thesketchsector). Show more OSEGA. Tetris & © 1985-2021 Tetris Holding, 6:54 PM • Jan 14, 2021

In the context of Warhammer 40K, numerous claims purport that Games Workshop has long held the belief that "everything is canon, not everything is true" in regards to the lore surrounding the universe.[4][5] This statement was supposedly intended to justify the randomness of the tabletop game and allow players freedom to create their own unique armies and lore.[6]

Statements made by Games Workshops Lead Creator Gav Thorpe about the canon of the story back in 2010 on his personal blog[2] (shown below), as well as stated by other game designers at the company, are often referenced in justifications to this viewpoint.

"With Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000, the notion of canon is a fallacy. [...] Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 exist as tens of thousands of overlapping realities in the imaginations of games developers, writers, readers and gamers. None of those interpretations is wrong." Gav Thorpe, Lead Designer GW "It all stems from the assumption that there's a binding contract between author and reader to adhere to some nonexistent subjective construct or 'true' representation of the setting. There is no such contract, and no such objective truth." Andy H----, Game Designer GW (in the comments) "There is no canon. There are several hundred creators all adding to the melting pot of the IP." • Aaron Dembski-Bowden, co-author Horus Heresy series "Here's our standard line: Yes it's all official, but remember that we're reporting back from a time where stories aren't always true, or at least 100% accurate. If it has the 40K logo on it, it exists in the 40K universe. Or it was a legend that may well have happened. Or a rumour that may or may not have any truth behind it." • Marc Gascogne, chief editor Black Library


In April 2024, the catchphrase hit a new stride as a result of the Warhammer 40,000 controversy involving the brand's established lore with the introduction of "Femstodes."

On April 18th, 2024, as a response to the female Custodes being stated as always existing by the Warhammer Official (@warhammer) Twitter / X account, fans of the series began to post their own fan interpretations and ideas using the original phrase from the Sonic post and pretending that Games Workshop tweeted it.

For example, on April 18th, X user @Kevinbolk[3] posted a picture of a squad of Space Marines that were edited with the heads of characters from Hamtaro, claiming that "everything is canon" (shown below). The post received over 57,000 views and 2,200 likes in six days.

Kevin Bolk (K-Bo.) @kevinbolk "Everything is canon..." WARHAMARO 40,000 little hamsters ENDLESS CONFLICT

On the /r/grimdank subreddit, numerous memes using an edited tweet with the catchphrase coming from the Warhammer Official Twitter were posted in late April 2024. For example, Redditor dazli69 posted one on April 19th with Roboute Guilliman (Primarch of the Ultramarines) and the Eldar character Yvraine in reference to a fan theory that the two are lovers, receiving over 2,400 upvotes and 120 comments in five days (seen below, left).[7]

On April 20th, 2024, Redditor Valentinuis posted another example referencing the Female Custodes drama to /r/grimdank,[8] receiving over 1,400 upvotes and 220 comments in four days (seen below, right).

Warhammer Official WARHAMMER @warhammer Everything is canon. LTRA CELDARY Warhammer Official @warhammer Everything is canon. The reason Vulkan isn't coming back is he is disappointed in how some of yall have been acting this past week

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Warhammer Official VARHAMMER @warhammer Everything is canon. www REMEMPER, ACOLYTES: NEVER USE FORGIODEN TECHNOLOGIES WITHOUT YOUR INQUISITOR'S APPROVAL! ☑ Warhammer Official WARHAMMER @warhammer Everything is canon. Warhammer Official WARHAMMER @warhammer Everything is canon.

☑ Warhammer Official WARHAMMER @warhammer Everything is canon. Warhammer Official @warhammer Everything is canon. LIBERTAS NON DORMIT PROPROSPERITAS PRD PROSPERATES Warhammer Official WARHAMMER @warhammer Everything is canon. 412


Warhammer Official @warhammer Everything is canon.

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