History Main / HandWave

7th Dec '16 12:12:50 AM maximsk
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** There really are no strict rules for time travel in the series, or at least, none that make sense: The past can be changed, and indeed, is in danger of being disastrously changed all the time. Time travel logical problems that need to be overcome are handwaved with TimeyWimeyBall. TO handwave why the Doctor sometimes can't fix a serious problem or prevent a historical tragedy, he'll announce that it's a "fixed point in time," which makes him unable to change it.

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** There really are no strict rules for time travel in the series, or at least, none that make sense: The past can be changed, and indeed, is in danger of being disastrously changed all the time. Time travel logical problems that need to be overcome are handwaved with TimeyWimeyBall. TO To handwave why the Doctor sometimes can't fix a serious problem or prevent a historical tragedy, he'll announce that it's a "fixed point in time," which makes him unable to change it.
2nd Dec '16 10:33:16 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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** ANOTHER handwave in a Don Rosa story...he swam in his money and it got easier and easier...

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** ANOTHER handwave in a Don Rosa story... he swam in his money and it got easier and easier...



* In the film ''Film/TheAbyss'', the pressurized station so deep underwater that it can cause illness to people on board is brought to the surface in the space of less than a minute, and immediately people climb out, without having any symptoms of 'the bends.' Lindsey defuses a FridgeLogic moment by saying "We should all be dead. We didn't depressurize," and another character answers "[The aliens] must have done something to us." No further explanation is given. The novelization (by Creator/OrsonScottCard, no less!) handles this a bit better...holes such as this (and the alien's back-story) are filled in fastidiously. All without diminishing the mystery and wonder.

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* In the film ''Film/TheAbyss'', the pressurized station so deep underwater that it can cause illness to people on board is brought to the surface in the space of less than a minute, and immediately people climb out, without having any symptoms of 'the bends.' Lindsey defuses a FridgeLogic moment by saying "We should all be dead. We didn't depressurize," and another character answers "[The aliens] must have done something to us." No further explanation is given. The novelization (by Creator/OrsonScottCard, no less!) handles this a bit better... holes such as this (and the alien's back-story) are filled in fastidiously. All without diminishing the mystery and wonder.



** When the team receives their new [[MidSeasonUpgrade Super Megaforce]] powers, everyone keeps the same suit colors except Jake, who goes from black to green. When he asks why, Gosei says there's a perfectly reasonable explanation...and then the monster attack alarm goes off, and the issue is never raised again.[[note]]The real reason, of course, is because the show is constrained by the original Franchise/SuperSentai footage; ''[[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Gokaiger]]'' used Green because the season was a MilestoneCelebration and the team consisted of the five most commonly used suit colors in the franchise's 35-year history.[[/note]]

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** When the team receives their new [[MidSeasonUpgrade Super Megaforce]] powers, everyone keeps the same suit colors except Jake, who goes from black to green. When he asks why, Gosei says there's a perfectly reasonable explanation... and then the monster attack alarm goes off, and the issue is never raised again.[[note]]The real reason, of course, is because the show is constrained by the original Franchise/SuperSentai footage; ''[[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger Gokaiger]]'' used Green because the season was a MilestoneCelebration and the team consisted of the five most commonly used suit colors in the franchise's 35-year history.[[/note]]



* ''8 Bit Theater'' {{lampshades}} this with "[[AWizardDidIt the wizard who did it]]."

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* ''8 Bit Theater'' ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'' {{lampshades}} this with "[[AWizardDidIt the wizard who did it]]."
27th Nov '16 5:38:57 PM YasminPerry
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[[caption-width-right:350:"[[JediMindTrick These are not the plot holes you're looking for.]] [[MoveAlongNothingToSeeHere Move along.]]"]]
25th Nov '16 8:20:03 PM AtticusOmundson
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[[caption-width-right:350:"[[JediMindTrick These are not the plot holes you're looking for. Move along.]]"]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:"[[JediMindTrick These are not the plot holes you're looking for. ]] [[MoveAlongNothingToSeeHere Move along.]]"]]
25th Nov '16 8:19:26 PM AtticusOmundson
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[[caption-width-right:350:"[[JediMindTrick These are not the plot holes you're looking for. Move along.]]"]]
21st Nov '16 12:12:14 AM Tron80
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* Probably not attributable to the original creators, but a Finnish ''{{Superman}}'' magazine once answered the question in reader mail about how Superman can fly: It's just like how we walk. He activates the muscles used for flying. And now you know!

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* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
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Probably not attributable to the original creators, but a Finnish ''{{Superman}}'' ''Superman'' magazine once answered the question in reader mail about how Superman can fly: It's just like how we walk. He activates the muscles used for flying. And now you know!know!
** In ''Comicbook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan'', Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/SpiderMan co-habit the same universe. How can this be? It was never explained and no fan cared about the whys or hows because it was awesome.
--->'''Creator/GerryConway:''' "Purists may complain that we never explained how Superman and Spider-Man ended up in the same 'universe'...; to our minds, how they got there was beside the point."
13th Nov '16 1:05:24 PM nombretomado
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* [[WordOfGod Creator example]]: writers for the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Epilogue" state that part of the reason they wrote the episode's events - [[spoiler: revealing [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Terry McGinnis]] to be Bruce Wayne's biological son]] - was them realizing both him and his brother Matt have black hair, which looking at their parents (Mary is a redhead while Warren has light brown hair) is genetically improbable, a very clever way of handwaving any inconsistencies said reveal may create.

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* [[WordOfGod Creator example]]: writers for the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Epilogue" state that part of the reason they wrote the episode's events - [[spoiler: revealing [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond Terry McGinnis]] to be Bruce Wayne's biological son]] - was them realizing both him and his brother Matt have black hair, which looking at their parents (Mary is a redhead while Warren has light brown hair) is genetically improbable, a very clever way of handwaving any inconsistencies said reveal may create.
19th Oct '16 5:26:03 PM nombretomado
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* Three endings in ''{{Drakengard}}'' are given explanations like this. The third ending has expository dialogue which is [[{{Macekre}} particularly ambiguous and poorly written.]] The fourth ending's explanation trumps them all, though, with a [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands hastily-written and somewhat nonsensical fable]] being the justification for a suicide run against the FinalBoss in the hopes that the fable will be re-enacted. Given, the circumstances were pretty dire, so the characters could almost be excused for thinking what they did. The fifth ending, well, [[DroppedABridgeOnHim is supposed to be anticlimactic.]] What else do you expect to happen after vanquishing UltimateEvil? The sequel clears up a lot of the fog presented here, but that's no excuse.

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* Three endings in ''{{Drakengard}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' are given explanations like this. The third ending has expository dialogue which is [[{{Macekre}} particularly ambiguous and poorly written.]] The fourth ending's explanation trumps them all, though, with a [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands hastily-written and somewhat nonsensical fable]] being the justification for a suicide run against the FinalBoss in the hopes that the fable will be re-enacted. Given, the circumstances were pretty dire, so the characters could almost be excused for thinking what they did. The fifth ending, well, [[DroppedABridgeOnHim is supposed to be anticlimactic.]] What else do you expect to happen after vanquishing UltimateEvil? The sequel clears up a lot of the fog presented here, but that's no excuse.
17th Oct '16 6:19:45 AM sarysa
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The Jedi mind trick is somewhat of an extension of this trope, because the mind trick is a slow hand wave typically used to placate enemies who are pointing out inconsistencies. (i.e. "why are you here") It's not uncommon for fans of works discussing among themselves to imitate the mind trick to hand wave problems with whatever work they might be discussing.
5th Oct '16 11:30:46 AM lluewhyn
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* Anything involving Dawn as the Key on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. And any time when someone explains why the main problem of an episode ''just can't'' be resolved using a simpler spell or plan. Anya later lampshaded it. When someone mentioned the part about Buffy's blood working as a substitute for Dawn's, she says something to the effect of "Yeah, I never got that part."
** That example falls more under Lampshading.

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* Anything involving Dawn as the Key on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. And any time when someone explains why the main problem of an episode ''just can't'' be resolved using a simpler spell or plan. Anya later lampshaded [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] it. When someone mentioned the part about Buffy's blood working as a substitute for Dawn's, she says something to the effect of "Yeah, I never got that part."
** That example falls more under Lampshading.
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