Canon Event

What is a canon event on TikTok?

A pivotal event in a person's life

A canon event is a consequential event in a person's life, which shaped them into who they are today. This phrase originated within the movie Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and subsequently went viral on TikTok, as TikTokers began sharing stories of their own canon events.

Origin of canon event

In Across the Spider-Verse, canon event is used to describe events that are fundamental and necessary to a hero's development. If someone were to prevent one of these events from occurring, the consequences might prove disastrous.

IRL, canon event is used to describe any event that significantly altered a person's life or outlook. These events might be good, bad, or somewhere in between. Usually, however, TikTokers use canon event to describe embarrassing or fail moments they experienced. Experiencing and learning from these events, TikTokers posit, changed the course of their lives.


My first GF was terrible, but dating her was a canon event. Showed me what to avoid in future ships
There's no interfering with canon events
There's no interfering with canon events

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Updated June 23, 2023

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