History Main / HandWave

14th Jun '17 11:00:56 AM crazysamaritan
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* In Jack Finney's short story "Behind the News", a newspaper man uses a melted-down meteor [[{{Unobtanium}} made of an unknown metal]] to make his news come true (kind of like the [[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]] episode "Printer's Devil"), and when his secretary doesn't understand how it's happening, he gives the following explanation:

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* In Jack Finney's short story "Behind the News", a newspaper man uses a melted-down meteor [[{{Unobtanium}} made of an unknown metal]] to make his news come true (kind of like the [[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]] ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "Printer's Devil"), and when his secretary doesn't understand how it's happening, he gives the following explanation:
25th May '17 5:00:25 PM rva98014
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* In ''Disney/{{Moana}}'', during the song "You're Welcome":
-->'''Maui:''' Well, come to think of it.../ Kid, I could go on and on/ I could explain every natural phenomenon! (handwaves)/ The tide/ The grass/ The ground/ Oh, that was just Maui messing around!
23rd May '17 10:16:49 PM Little_BIG_Head
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*** Speaking of which, when he's not using the psychic paper, Hand Waves are often done in-universe by the Doctor himself when another character/extra is questioning why or how he's somewhere he shouldn't be or doing something they think he shouldn't.

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*** Speaking of which, when he's not using the psychic paper, Hand Waves are often done in-universe by the Doctor himself when another character/extra is questioning why or how he's somewhere he shouldn't be or doing something that they think he shouldn't.
23rd May '17 10:16:08 PM Little_BIG_Head
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*** Speaking of which, when he's not using the psychic paper, Hand Waves are often done in-universe by the Doctor himself when another character/extra is questioning why or how he's somewhere he shouldn't be or doing something they think he shouldn't.
23rd May '17 10:08:20 PM Little_BIG_Head
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But sometimes, it's better to gloss over something trivial and get on with the story. TropesAreTools. When skillfully done, a handwave can make things plausible enough so that the audience achieves a WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. It can also just turn the whole detail and its inexplicability into a joke. Scotch tape may not be strong, it may not be pretty, but it may be much better to have some sort of explanation than to have nothing at all.

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But sometimes, it's better to gloss over something trivial and get on with the story. TropesAreTools. When skillfully done, a handwave can make things plausible enough so that the audience achieves a WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief. It can also just turn the whole detail and its inexplicability [[NoodleIncident into a joke.joke]]. Scotch tape may not be strong, it may not be pretty, but it may be much better to have some sort of explanation than to have nothing at all.
21st May '17 9:47:25 AM nombretomado
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* Early ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episodes described the "Terrance and Phillip Show" as a cartoon with crappy animation, though this later evolved into a weirder (but funnier) premise that the show was actually filmed in Canada, where everything actually ''was'' crappy-looking. In the episode "Behind the Blow," which parodied VH1's "Behind the Music", this inconsistency was waved away with a rather convoluted explanation. Apparently, in the South Park world there ''used'' to be a Terrance and Phillip cartoon that was separate from the live-action show, but the cartoon was so popular many people became confused as to whether or not T&P were real people or cartoon characters.

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* Early ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episodes described the "Terrance and Phillip Show" as a cartoon with crappy animation, though this later evolved into a weirder (but funnier) premise that the show was actually filmed in Canada, where everything actually ''was'' crappy-looking. In the episode "Behind the Blow," which parodied VH1's Creator/VH1's "Behind the Music", this inconsistency was waved away with a rather convoluted explanation. Apparently, in the South Park world there ''used'' to be a Terrance and Phillip cartoon that was separate from the live-action show, but the cartoon was so popular many people became confused as to whether or not T&P were real people or cartoon characters.
8th May '17 9:38:31 PM billybobfred
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'''Pit:''' How'd you build a parking lot without hands?\\

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'''Pit:''' [[VoodooShark How'd you build a parking lot without hands?\\hands?]]\\
26th Apr '17 12:16:02 PM jharrison3051
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-->'''Sidney''': [[spoiler:Lose 60 pounds and a lot of work done.]]

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-->'''Sidney''': [[spoiler:Lose [[spoiler:Yeah, this is 60 pounds and a lot of work done.later.]]
26th Apr '17 12:14:12 PM jharrison3051
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* A fairly large hand wave occurs in the third act of ''Film/Scream2'' during the big [[TheReveal reveal]] that [[spoiler:one of the killers is Mrs. Loomis, the mother of Billy Loomis, Sidney's deceased former boyfriend and one of the killers in the first film. As Gale obviously would have seen pictures of Mrs. Loomis while investigating the case, how she encountered Mrs. Loomis under the guise of a local journalist earlier in the film without recognizing her is explained with a short exchange:]]
-->'''Gale''': [[spoiler:No, it can't be. I've seen pictures of [her].]]
-->'''Sidney''': [[spoiler:Lose 60 pounds and a lot of work done.]]
23rd Apr '17 2:58:31 PM nombretomado
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* Conflicts in the Franchise/TalesSeries are often justified with these. No good reason for our heroes and the boss to be fighting? Heroes agree? Well, too bad for them, [[RuleOfDrama that's just the way things are]].

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* Conflicts in the Franchise/TalesSeries ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' are often justified with these. No good reason for our heroes and the boss to be fighting? Heroes agree? Well, too bad for them, [[RuleOfDrama that's just the way things are]].
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