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2nd Aug '16 6:55:57 PM WillKeaton
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** There's a particularly funny hand wave regarding Pit not wanting to take his clothes off in the Hot Spring, as seen in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=WGR8wXl4QTM#t=258s trailer]].

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** There's a particularly funny hand wave regarding Pit not wanting to take his clothes off in the Hot Spring, as seen in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=WGR8wXl4QTM#t=258s trailer]].trailer.]]
2nd Aug '16 6:52:08 PM WillKeaton
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* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TheRollingStones'', Hazel is writing a television show and got herself into this exact problem in what was intended to be series finale. When the show gets renewed, she and her grandsons start the next season with the hero back in the office perfectly healthy, and about to respond to another character's question "How did you escape?", when "the next action starts and it's so fast and so violent and so bloody that our unseen audience doesn't have time to think about it [[FridgeLogic until the next commercial]]".

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* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TheRollingStones'', Hazel is writing a television show and got herself into this exact problem in what was intended to be series finale. When the show gets renewed, she and her grandsons start the next season with the hero back in the office perfectly healthy, and about to respond to another character's question "How did you escape?", when "the next action starts and it's so fast and so violent and so bloody that our unseen audience doesn't have time to think about it [[FridgeLogic until the next commercial]]".commercial]]."



** In "Trials And Tribble-ations", several Deep Space Nine crew members (including Commander Worf) travel back in time to an episode from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. They remark on the difference in appearance between Worf (with his elaborate makeup and appliances) and the smooth-headed Kirk-era Klingons (with very simple makeup). Worf puts them off, saying, "We do not discuss it with outsiders". Eventually it is [[RetCon retconned]] in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' as the result of some earlier botched attempts to create genetically "augmented" Klingons.

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** In "Trials And Tribble-ations", several Deep Space Nine crew members (including Commander Worf) travel back in time to an episode from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. They remark on the difference in appearance between Worf (with his elaborate makeup and appliances) and the smooth-headed Kirk-era Klingons (with very simple makeup). Worf puts them off, saying, "We do not discuss it with outsiders". outsiders." Eventually it is [[RetCon retconned]] in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' as the result of some earlier botched attempts to create genetically "augmented" Klingons.



** The Master's return from certain death (being burned alive in "Planet of Fire") is completely handwaved when he next appears in "The Mark of the Rani". When asked how he survived, the Master simply replies "I'm indestructible. The whole universe knows that." And that's the end of it. No explanation is even attempted onscreen. (There's a very brief, rather unconvincing one in the novelization, though.)

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** The Master's return from certain death (being burned alive in "Planet of Fire") is completely handwaved when he next appears in "The Mark of the Rani". Rani." When asked how he survived, the Master simply replies "I'm indestructible. The whole universe knows that." And that's the end of it. No explanation is even attempted onscreen. (There's a very brief, rather unconvincing one in the novelization, though.)



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCfGy3wOCXk The Soccer Song]]. For our non-German speaking soccer friends, the seniors team was lacking six players and got clobbered, but suddenly all ancient German soccer stars (Maier, Müller etc.) arrived to help out. [[FridgeLogic Not even mentioning the fact that they couldn't play without a license for that team]], the singer just says (the equivalent of) "Nobody knows why". The line instantly went memetic in Germany.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCfGy3wOCXk The Soccer Song]]. Song.]] For our non-German speaking soccer friends, the seniors team was lacking six players and got clobbered, but suddenly all ancient German soccer stars (Maier, Müller etc.) arrived to help out. [[FridgeLogic Not even mentioning the fact that they couldn't play without a license for that team]], the singer just says (the equivalent of) "Nobody knows why". why." The line instantly went memetic in Germany.



* Alucard explains in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' why Dracula's castle is [[ChaosArchitecture very different in every games]]. The castle is "a creature of Chaos".
* In''VideoGame/TheDesolateHope'', the most you're given about where the objects you give the Derelicts come from are "They came from the last probes that were sent to us".
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'': The reason why Shiki still looks the same in Another Day is handwaved by Joshua should you decide to look for him when you start the day (he's in Udagawa, by the way). He doesn't mention Shiki's name specifically, but he does mention "a certain young lady".

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* Alucard explains in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' why Dracula's castle is [[ChaosArchitecture very different in every games]]. The castle is "a creature of Chaos".
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* In''VideoGame/TheDesolateHope'', the most you're given about where the objects you give the Derelicts come from are "They came from the last probes that were sent to us".
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* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'': The reason why Shiki still looks the same in Another Day is handwaved by Joshua should you decide to look for him when you start the day (he's in Udagawa, by the way). He doesn't mention Shiki's name specifically, but he does mention "a certain young lady". lady."



* ''Webcomic/NeonIceCreamHeadache'' involves a drug that causes its user to be TrappedInTVLand. How can a simple pill do that? The exaplanation given is that "It aligns your nervous system with a certain electro-magnetic frequency".

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* ''Webcomic/NeonIceCreamHeadache'' involves a drug that causes its user to be TrappedInTVLand. How can a simple pill do that? The exaplanation given is that "It aligns your nervous system with a certain electro-magnetic frequency". frequency."



* ''Film/ProjectMillion'': Spazz tries to figure out how The Wire escaped her TV. She throws several explanations at him such as she's not there and that he's in a dream within a dream, before claiming she "crawled through a river of shit and came out the other side clean".

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* ''Film/ProjectMillion'': Spazz tries to figure out how The Wire escaped her TV. She throws several explanations at him such as she's not there and that he's in a dream within a dream, before claiming she "crawled through a river of shit and came out the other side clean".clean."



* The ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' episode "Reraizure" deals with the fate of creatures called "Narghiles". Since they're dangerous, one character decides to get rid of them, but because "You can't kill them" (those were his exact words and the only explanation given), he plans to put them all on a platform that will be shot into space.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' episode "Reraizure" deals with the fate of creatures called "Narghiles". "Narghiles." Since they're dangerous, one character decides to get rid of them, but because "You can't kill them" (those were his exact words and the only explanation given), he plans to put them all on a platform that will be shot into space.



** In "Homer's Barbershop Quartet", after Homer tells Bart and Lisa about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin his barbershop quartet]], the kids have some questions about why they'd never heard about it until now, where all the money went, and so forth. Homer assures them that "there are perfectly logical answers to all those questions, but they'll have to wait for another day".
** One of their questions ("Since when can you write a song?") was answered in the 19th season episode "That '90s Show".

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** In "Homer's Barbershop Quartet", after Homer tells Bart and Lisa about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin his barbershop quartet]], the kids have some questions about why they'd never heard about it until now, where all the money went, and so forth. Homer assures them that "there are perfectly logical answers to all those questions, but they'll have to wait for another day".
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** One of their questions ("Since when can you write a song?") was answered in the 19th season episode "That '90s Show".Show."



** One funny example is from the episode "The Deep South". Dr. Zoidberg makes a new home inside a giant conch shell in the ocean. Later on, hilarity ensues when it is destroyed through likewise impossible means.

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** One funny example is from the episode "The Deep South". South." Dr. Zoidberg makes a new home inside a giant conch shell in the ocean. Later on, hilarity ensues when it is destroyed through likewise impossible means.



* In ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'', [[ItMakesSenseInContext Hector Con Carne, Major Doctor Ghastly, and General Skarr visit an island and meet their currently elderly future selves.]] Eventually, we learn that Hector and Ghastly settled down and bore a son which Hector, [[ItMakesSenseInContext being only a brain and a (sentient) stomach attached to a bear,]] naturally [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]]. Ghastly handwaves this as being caused by "the miracle of love".

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* In ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'', [[ItMakesSenseInContext Hector Con Carne, Major Doctor Ghastly, and General Skarr visit an island and meet their currently elderly future selves.]] Eventually, we learn that Hector and Ghastly settled down and bore a son which Hector, [[ItMakesSenseInContext being only a brain and a (sentient) stomach attached to a bear,]] naturally [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]]. Ghastly handwaves this as being caused by "the miracle of love".love."



** To say nothing about ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Equestria Girls]]'', wherein Pinkie Pie (in both worlds) manages to guess what's going on in the other world. The only explanation as to how she knows almost ''exactly'' what's going on? "Just a hunch!" The reason the humane five are at odds with each other? Fake emails and texts were sent... and why didn't they think to [[PoorCommunicationKills talk to each other in person]]? Oh, they simply "Didn't think about it".

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** To say nothing about ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Equestria Girls]]'', wherein Pinkie Pie (in both worlds) manages to guess what's going on in the other world. The only explanation as to how she knows almost ''exactly'' what's going on? "Just a hunch!" The reason the humane five are at odds with each other? Fake emails and texts were sent... and why didn't they think to [[PoorCommunicationKills talk to each other in person]]? Oh, they simply "Didn't think about it".it."



* One episode of ''[[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show]]'' had a sequence where Linus was carrying around a ''green'' blanket rather than his usual blue one, with Lucy saying off-screen that "Linus has a stupid new green blanket!". It's really obvious that the coloring was an error, and that they simply threw in Lucy's dialogue just to hand wave it, since it was dubbed in so poorly.

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* One episode of ''[[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show]]'' had a sequence where Linus was carrying around a ''green'' blanket rather than his usual blue one, with Lucy saying off-screen that "Linus has a stupid new green blanket!". blanket!" It's really obvious that the coloring was an error, and that they simply threw in Lucy's dialogue just to hand wave it, since it was dubbed in so poorly.
2nd Aug '16 6:48:22 PM WillKeaton
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* In [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], this trope is literally invoked when the narrator says that most flaws in logic can be handwaved by the work of wizards/magic.

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* In [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed ''[[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], Revealed]],'' this trope is literally invoked when the narrator says that most flaws in logic can be handwaved by the work of wizards/magic.
2nd Aug '16 6:46:52 PM WillKeaton
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2nd Aug '16 6:44:26 PM WillKeaton
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* Manga/{{Detective Conan}}: In order for TheMasquerade to be sustained, there are [[ElephantInTheLivingRoom a number of details that the cast is forcibly required to ignore]], otherwise it would lead to lots of awkward questions concerning Conan about his identity. Most of these have been [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the characters themselves or simply ignored.

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* Manga/{{Detective Conan}}: ''Manga/{{Detective Conan}}'': In order for TheMasquerade to be sustained, there are [[ElephantInTheLivingRoom a number of details that the cast is forcibly required to ignore]], otherwise it would lead to lots of awkward questions concerning Conan about his identity. Most of these have been [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the characters themselves or simply ignored.
20th Jul '16 12:57:25 AM Morgenthaler
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--> "Miss Gerraghty," Johnny said sternly, "[[DangerouslyGenreSavvy if you had ever read science fiction]], you'd know that the dullest part is always the explanation. It bores the reader and clutters up the story. Especially when the author flunked high-school physics and simply doesn't know how it works."

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--> "Miss Gerraghty," Johnny said sternly, "[[DangerouslyGenreSavvy "[[GenreSavvy if you had ever read science fiction]], you'd know that the dullest part is always the explanation. It bores the reader and clutters up the story. Especially when the author flunked high-school physics and simply doesn't know how it works."
11th Jul '16 10:12:14 PM AtticusOmundson
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* Creator/ArthurCClarke made a habit out of this in his ''[[Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries Space Odyssey Series]]''. Whenever an inconsistency came up in between novels, he would explain that the books, film adaptations, and anything regarding the series as a whole should be thought of as all [[{{Multiverse}} taking place in very similar universes with a few small inconsistencies]]. For example, he felt that Creator/StanleyKubrick's idea of having the Monolith be orbiting Jupiter to make more sense than the way he originally wrote it as orbiting Saturn with a stop by Jupiter along the way. As such, in ''2010: Odyssey Two'', he rewrote it to match the film version, with the Monolith orbiting Jupiter instead of Saturn.

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* Creator/ArthurCClarke made a habit out of this in his ''[[Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries Space Odyssey Series]]''. Whenever an inconsistency came up in between novels, he would explain that the books, film adaptations, and anything regarding the series as a whole should be thought of as all [[{{Multiverse}} [[TheMultiverse taking place in very similar universes with a few small inconsistencies]]. inconsistencies in between.]] For example, he felt that Creator/StanleyKubrick's idea of having the Monolith be orbiting Jupiter to make more sense than the way he originally wrote it as orbiting Saturn with a stop by Jupiter along the way. As such, in ''2010: Odyssey Two'', he rewrote it to match the film version, with the Monolith orbiting Jupiter instead of Saturn.
11th Jul '16 10:11:12 PM AtticusOmundson
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* Creator/ArthurCClarke made a habit out of this in his ''[[Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries Space Odyssey Series]]''. Whenever an inconsistency came up in between novels, he would explain that the books, film adaptations, and anything regarding the series as a whole should be thought of as all [[{{Omniverse}} taking place in very similar universes with a few small inconsistencies]]. For example, he felt that Creator/StanleyKubrick's idea of having the Monolith be orbiting Jupiter to make more sense than the way he originally wrote it as orbiting Saturn with a stop by Jupiter along the way. As such, in ''2010: Odyssey Two'', he rewrote it to match the film version, with the Monolith orbiting Jupiter instead of Saturn.

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* Creator/ArthurCClarke made a habit out of this in his ''[[Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries Space Odyssey Series]]''. Whenever an inconsistency came up in between novels, he would explain that the books, film adaptations, and anything regarding the series as a whole should be thought of as all [[{{Omniverse}} [[{{Multiverse}} taking place in very similar universes with a few small inconsistencies]]. For example, he felt that Creator/StanleyKubrick's idea of having the Monolith be orbiting Jupiter to make more sense than the way he originally wrote it as orbiting Saturn with a stop by Jupiter along the way. As such, in ''2010: Odyssey Two'', he rewrote it to match the film version, with the Monolith orbiting Jupiter instead of Saturn.
11th Jul '16 10:10:35 PM AtticusOmundson
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* Creator/ArthurCClarke made a habit out of this in his ''[[Literature/TheSpaceOdysseySeries Space Odyssey Series]]''. Whenever an inconsistency came up in between novels, he would explain that the books, film adaptations, and anything regarding the series as a whole should be thought of as all [[{{Omniverse}} taking place in very similar universes with a few small inconsistencies]]. For example, he felt that Creator/StanleyKubrick's idea of having the Monolith be orbiting Jupiter to make more sense than the way he originally wrote it as orbiting Saturn with a stop by Jupiter along the way. As such, in ''2010: Odyssey Two'', he rewrote it to match the film version, with the Monolith orbiting Jupiter instead of Saturn.
5th Jul '16 4:22:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Superman 64}}'' is an odd case of having two different plots before release, and both were handwaves. The games original plot was that Lex Luthor was spreading Kryptonite Fog all over Metropolis, which was clearly a clumsy attempt to explain the game's ridiculous amount of fogging (a common trick used in early 3D games to prevent framerate dips). Later, the story was changed to Lex Luthor trapping Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen in a virtual reality version of Metropolis, which handwaves not only the fogging but every other problem with the game.

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* ''{{Superman ''VideoGame/{{Superman 64}}'' is an odd case of having two different plots before release, and both were handwaves. The games original plot was that Lex Luthor was spreading Kryptonite Fog all over Metropolis, which was clearly a clumsy attempt to explain the game's ridiculous amount of fogging (a common trick used in early 3D games to prevent framerate dips). Later, the story was changed to Lex Luthor trapping Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen in a virtual reality version of Metropolis, which handwaves not only the fogging but every other problem with the game.
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