History Main / FanWank

23rd Apr '17 2:41:53 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is specifically designed to spawn this, with fans spending pages of threads on TelevisionWithoutPity and other sites guessing who the mother is, how the many events Future!Ted says are important to the story with factor into the story of the mother, what is the significance and context of many orphaned, NoodleIncident-like flashforwards that Future!Ted promises to explain later and how they will fit into the future storyarcs. There has also been constant wank trying to justify how one of Ted's previous girlfriends might be the mother, as well as speculation about how Ted will meet the Mother (it was finally revealed that he met her at Barney's wedding), and theories about what the goat in Ted's bathroom on his birthday was about (it was part of a multi-sided KudzuPlot and wound up putting Ted in the hospital) and the most recent topic of wank is who Barney's bride is from the flashforward to his wedding (the main argument is between Robin or a new love interest), and what the reason for the Mother's presence there is.

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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is specifically designed to spawn this, with fans spending pages of threads on TelevisionWithoutPity Website/TelevisionWithoutPity and other sites guessing who the mother is, how the many events Future!Ted says are important to the story with factor into the story of the mother, what is the significance and context of many orphaned, NoodleIncident-like flashforwards that Future!Ted promises to explain later and how they will fit into the future storyarcs. There has also been constant wank trying to justify how one of Ted's previous girlfriends might be the mother, as well as speculation about how Ted will meet the Mother (it was finally revealed that he met her at Barney's wedding), and theories about what the goat in Ted's bathroom on his birthday was about (it was part of a multi-sided KudzuPlot and wound up putting Ted in the hospital) and the most recent topic of wank is who Barney's bride is from the flashforward to his wedding (the main argument is between Robin or a new love interest), and what the reason for the Mother's presence there is.
22nd Apr '17 1:49:37 PM billybobfred
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has [[FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality Methods of Rationality]], written with exactly that in mind.

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* One of the more common wanks in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has fandom is "how, exactly, does [[SuperpowerfulGenetics magical inheritance]] work?" Some parts of the canon can be explained by a single recessive gene, but most cannot, and a single mundane gene can't explain everything no matter ''how'' you do it.
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[[FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality Methods of Rationality]], written with exactly that Rationality]] is in mind.some part "FanWank: the fanfic". Incidentally, the author's answer to the above question is "I just ignored canon and made it a single recessive gene"
24th Mar '17 5:47:00 PM Gosicrystal
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24th Mar '17 5:45:52 PM Gosicrystal
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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series is inspiring quite a bit of timeline fanwankery. Also, the Shipping Industry is quite profitable in that area. There's a huge debate about Link/Zelda or Link/Midna.
** The many, many, many efforts to make a coherent timeline out of the series. Furthering this endless FanWank is the infuriating fact that Aonuma and Miyamoto have ''confirmed'' the existence of a timeline, and made the placement of a few games WordOfGod, but refuse to reveal the document itself to anyone not working with the games.
*** ...until the release of the 2011 artbook/encyclopedia ''Hyrule Historia'', which contained the entire timeline.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series is inspiring quite a bit of timeline fanwankery. Also, the ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** The
Shipping Industry is quite profitable in that area.profitable. There's a huge debate about Link/Zelda or Link/Midna.
** The many, many, many efforts to make a coherent timeline out of the series. Furthering this endless FanWank is the infuriating fact that Aonuma and Miyamoto have ''confirmed'' the existence of a timeline, and made the placement of a few games WordOfGod, but refuse to reveal the document itself to anyone not working with the games.
*** ...
games... until the release of the 2011 artbook/encyclopedia ''Hyrule Historia'', which contained the entire timeline.



** The theory that ''Ocarina of Time'' split the timeline in two started out as fanwank, until it was confirmed by WordOfGod. Happened the same with the fact that Link and Zelda are [[LegacyCharacter different people in most of the games]]. ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'' settled it... just to open up a new fanwanky question: Which exactly is the relationship between them? Descendants? Reincarnations? Both? Different people altogether?
*** Again, ''Hyrule Historia'' reveals that ''Ocarina'' actually split the timeline in ''three'', and that a few of the Links and all of the Zeldas are related, though it doesn't even touch on the whole reincarnation issue (although it was strongly hinted in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'', specially in Zelda's case).
*** Which opened up ''more'' wank, since one of the timeline splits hinged on Link dying before Ganondorf could be defeated.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' has enough fan wank going about Nobodies and all associated {{mind screw}}s that they've caused multiple spoogenamis.

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** The theory that ''Ocarina of Time'' split the timeline in two started out as fanwank, until it was confirmed by WordOfGod. Happened the same with the fact that Link and Zelda are [[LegacyCharacter different people in most of the games]]. ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'' settled it... just to open up a new fanwanky question: Which exactly is the relationship between them? Descendants? Reincarnations? Both? Different people altogether?
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altogether? Again, ''Hyrule Historia'' reveals that ''Ocarina'' actually split the timeline in ''three'', and that a few of the Links and all of the Zeldas are related, though it doesn't even touch on the whole reincarnation issue (although it was strongly hinted in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'', specially in Zelda's case).
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case). Which opened up ''more'' wank, since one of the timeline splits hinged on Link dying before Ganondorf could be defeated.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** The franchise
has enough fan wank going about Nobodies and all associated {{mind screw}}s that they've caused multiple spoogenamis.
24th Mar '17 5:37:01 PM Gosicrystal
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* In the ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' games, whether Raikou, Entei, and Suicune are cats, dogs, or whatever. Many forums moderators decided that people are free to call them whatever, but if there's any argument they are "officially" the three legendary ''gerbils''.
** The arguments are stupid anyway because they're all based on various mythological creatures. Entei is based on one of the Lions of Foo, Suicune on the Qilin and Raikou on Raiju. Really just calling them 'beasts' would've saved a lot of time.
** ''Generations Episode 6: The Reawakening'' seems to suggest they are dogs, but raises more fan wank than it settles. See anime category above.

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* In the ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' games, whether Raikou, Entei, and Suicune are cats, dogs, or whatever. Many forums moderators decided that people are free to call them whatever, but if there's any argument they are "officially" the three legendary ''gerbils''.
** The arguments are stupid anyway because they're all based on various mythological creatures. Entei is based on one of the Lions of Foo, Suicune on the Qilin and Raikou on Raiju. Really just calling them 'beasts' would've saved a lot of time.
** ''Generations
''gerbils''. ''Anime/PokemonGenerations - Episode 6: The Reawakening'' seems to suggest they are dogs, but raises more fan wank than it settles. See anime category above.settles.
19th Mar '17 4:58:07 PM Everdream
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** ''Pokémon Generations Episode 6: The Reawakening'' opened a can of fan wank debate when it showed the silhouettes of the Legendary Beasts before they were turned into Legendary Beasts. They don't fully match any existing Pokémon, instead looking and sounding more like normal dogs. Some took this to mean they were some sort of not yet revealed Pokémon, others think they are just meant to be generic placeholder "beast/dog" silhouettes that we all are paying more attention to than what the animators meant for us to, and yet others think they were Houndour (which raises another fan wanking sparking question if true; why are Fire Types dying in a fire?). All except for a few of the "paying too much attention to silhouettes" people took this as proof that the Legendary Beasts were always intended to be dog Pokémon, not cat Pokémon, mostly putting to rest something the fandom has debated for years.

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** ''Pokémon Generations Episode 6: The Reawakening'' opened a can of fan wank debate when it showed the silhouettes of the Legendary Beasts before they were turned into Legendary Beasts. They don't fully match any existing Pokémon, instead looking and sounding more like normal dogs. Some took this to mean they were some sort of not yet revealed Pokémon, others think they are just meant to be generic placeholder "beast/dog" silhouettes that we all are paying more attention to than what the animators meant for us to, and yet others think they were Houndour (which raises another fan wanking sparking question if true; why are Fire Types dying in a fire?). All except for a few of the "paying too much attention to silhouettes" people took this as proof that the Legendary Beasts were always intended to be dog canine Pokémon, not cat feline Pokémon, mostly putting to rest something the fandom has debated endlessly for years.
19th Mar '17 4:41:22 PM Everdream
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}},'' you play as a goddess (Amaterasu) that has taken on the form of a white wolf. Largely due to sexism and a desire to play as a male character, some fans began undermining the gender of Amaterasu in various ways, such as by arguing that the wolf was in fact a separate male entity from Amaterasu serving as her vessel, and/or that Amaterasu was male in her previous life as Shiranui (this one was clearly not true in the first game, but the sequel {{retcon}}s Shiranui into a separate male entity), and/or that being a god, Amaterasu lacks a true sex. "Evidence" for these theories includes random NPCS referring to her as male, which is very easily explained by the characters just assuming this; characters also tend to assume she is a dog, but for some reason these same fans don't argue the validity of that. They also ignore or try to argue away the much more numerous references to her as female, including a character that is able to see her true form; a beautiful human maiden, and the fact she's based off of a clearly female Japanese goddess.
19th Mar '17 11:30:35 AM nombretomado
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** Why didn't Chewie get a medal at the end of ''ANewHope''? You see, Wookiees don't believe in medals and awards. The Rebels wanted to give him one, but he refused. So instead they made a contribution to his family back on Kashyyyk.

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** Why didn't Chewie get a medal at the end of ''ANewHope''? ''Film/ANewHope''? You see, Wookiees don't believe in medals and awards. The Rebels wanted to give him one, but he refused. So instead they made a contribution to his family back on Kashyyyk.
3rd Mar '17 3:39:05 AM jerzyszczur
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has [[FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality Methods of Rationality]], written with exactly that in mind.
1st Feb '17 4:16:11 PM Wyldchyld
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* Why, exactly, we have never seen a male Mithra in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI''. The official explanation for a lack of male Mithra [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] was originally simply that they're unadventurous and so never leave home, to the consternation of those who are uncomfortable with the concept of the NonActionGuy or just of not being able to play a cute catboy. With the release of the first expansion, we see our first truly wholly Mithra town and still no men (due to early fears of running into the [=PS2=]'s technical limitations), the explanation was elaborated as the slightly less plausible "they never leave the Mithra homeland" without clarifying that Kazham wasn't it, and thus the FanWank engine got the push start it needed. The most popular fan explanation is that they're too rare for use as anything but dedicated breeding stock, and what man would complain about that job, up to and including being [[FetishFuel chained up in the shadows]]? ''Wings of the Goddess'' does finally show ''one'' male Mithra in a cutscene (clothed, no less), but this may be too little, too late. Similar questions exist for the "all-female" Viera race found in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' and other [[TheVerse Ivalice]] - bound games.

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* Why, exactly, we have never seen a male Mithra in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI''. The official explanation for a lack of male Mithra [[PlayerCharacter PCs]] was originally simply that they're unadventurous and so never leave home, to the consternation of those who are uncomfortable with the concept of the NonActionGuy or just of not being able to play a cute catboy. With the release of the first expansion, we see our first truly wholly Mithra town and still no men (due to early fears of running into the [=PS2=]'s technical limitations), the explanation was elaborated as the slightly less plausible "they never leave the Mithra homeland" without clarifying that Kazham wasn't it, and thus the FanWank engine got the push start it needed. The most popular fan explanation is that they're too rare for use as anything but dedicated breeding stock, and what man would complain about that job, up to and including being [[FetishFuel chained up in the shadows]]? shadows? ''Wings of the Goddess'' does finally show ''one'' male Mithra in a cutscene (clothed, no less), but this may be too little, too late. Similar questions exist for the "all-female" Viera race found in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' and other [[TheVerse Ivalice]] - bound games.
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