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13th Apr '17 2:02:29 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Sans from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is, at a glance, a skeleton in a blue hoodie, sports shorts and slippers who would rather lounge around, make silly jokes and hang out with his friends at the local monster bar and restaurant than try to capture the Human Child. Despite this, [[spoiler:he's the single weakest monster in the Underground that nevertheless displays a level of skill that blows the established cast out of the water with [[GenreSavvy creative tactics]], and if you try to kill everyone, he ''will'' [[ThatOneBoss give you a bad time]].]] Combined with the fact that [[spoiler:he's thwarted Flowey's plans more than once, demonstrates the ability to teleport and has knowledge of various resets, there's a broken-down time machine hidden in his bedroom, his Gaster Blasters are named after an even more mysterious character who seems to have disappeared and been temporally scattered across space and time, he seems to be aware of the game mechanics and the save system]], coupled with the fact that a red substance that's probably blood comes out of him when he dies and not turned to dust like all established monsters, and an awful lot of fans are left convinced that Sans [[AmbiguouslyHuman isn't even actually a monster at all]]. One thing's for certain, though: whatever his story is, there's a lot more to it than what's shown in the game.

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* Sans from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is, at a glance, a skeleton in a blue hoodie, sports shorts and slippers who would rather lounge around, make silly jokes and hang out with his friends at the local monster bar and restaurant than try to capture the Human Child. Despite this, [[spoiler:he's the single weakest monster in the Underground that nevertheless displays a level of skill that blows the established cast out of the water with [[GenreSavvy [[CombatPragmatist creative tactics]], and if you try to kill everyone, he ''will'' [[ThatOneBoss give you a bad time]].]] Combined with the fact that [[spoiler:he's thwarted Flowey's plans more than once, demonstrates the ability to teleport and has knowledge of various resets, there's a broken-down time machine hidden in his bedroom, his Gaster Blasters are named after an even more mysterious character who seems to have disappeared and been temporally scattered across space and time, he seems to be aware of the game mechanics and the save system]], coupled with the fact that a red substance that's probably blood comes out of him when he dies and not turned to dust like all established monsters, and an awful lot of fans are left convinced that Sans [[AmbiguouslyHuman isn't even actually a monster at all]]. One thing's for certain, though: whatever his story is, there's a lot more to it than what's shown in the game.
8th Mar '17 10:46:56 AM PDL
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* Stewie Griffin in ''WesternAnimation/{{Family Guy}}'' is a one year old who has successfully built a Time Machine, a machine to control the world's weather, mind control devices, and transmat pods, created human clones on more than one occasion, and travelled to parallel universes, among other things. No explanation is given for his super intelligence, nor how his entire family (aside from Brian) are completely oblivious to what Stewie is up to all the time.
* Pinkie Pie in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' regularly [[BreakingTheFourthWall ignores]], [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall leans on]] or [[FourthWallObserver stares at]] the fourth wall, [[ToonPhysics defies the laws of physics]] [[MagicAIsMagicA and magic]] whenever plot or [[RuleOfFunny humour]] convenient, and [[ThatRemindsMeOfASong launches into musicals]] when no one else does. She's popped out of locations too small for her to fit, appeared inside of mirrors, and even fought the [[IrisOut closing circle]] at the end of the episode. While this itself isn't unusual for a cartoon, ''she's the only one'', and everyone else is well aware that Pinkie Pie doesn't really work with the same rules as anyone else, and just do their best to ignore the weirdness. Her strange actions drive the plot in several episodes. Twilight actually ''tried'' to figure out one of her nonsensical abilities, and ended up being so frustrated she gave up trying. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel Magic Duel]]'', Pinkie Pie loses her mouth and is later made to play several instruments at once, including a tuba, by Twilight. When asked how she could play a tuba with no mouth, Twilight responds "That wasn't magic. That was just Pinkie Pie."

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
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Stewie Griffin in ''WesternAnimation/{{Family Guy}}'' is a one year old who has successfully built a Time Machine, a machine to control the world's weather, mind control devices, and transmat pods, created human clones on more than one occasion, and travelled to parallel universes, among other things. No explanation is given for his super intelligence, nor how his entire family (aside from Brian) are completely oblivious to what Stewie is up to all the time.
** Speaking of which, Brian is an anthropomorphic dog in a world where almost all other dogs are regular dogs.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
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Pinkie Pie in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' regularly [[BreakingTheFourthWall ignores]], [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall leans on]] or [[FourthWallObserver stares at]] the fourth wall, [[ToonPhysics defies the laws of physics]] [[MagicAIsMagicA and magic]] whenever plot or [[RuleOfFunny humour]] convenient, and [[ThatRemindsMeOfASong launches into musicals]] when no one else does. She's popped out of locations too small for her to fit, appeared inside of mirrors, and even fought the [[IrisOut closing circle]] at the end of the episode. While this itself isn't unusual for a cartoon, ''she's the only one'', and everyone else is well aware that Pinkie Pie doesn't really work with the same rules as anyone else, and just do their best to ignore the weirdness. Her strange actions drive the plot in several episodes. Twilight actually ''tried'' to figure out one of her nonsensical abilities, and ended up being so frustrated she gave up trying. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel Magic Duel]]'', Pinkie Pie loses her mouth and is later made to play several instruments at once, including a tuba, by Twilight. When asked how she could play a tuba with no mouth, Twilight responds "That wasn't magic. That was just Pinkie Pie."
6th Mar '17 5:35:57 PM Mineboot45
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* Sans from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is, at a glance, a skeleton in a blue hoodie, sports shorts and slippers who would rather lounge around, make silly jokes and hang out with his friends at the local monster bar and restaurant than try to capture the Human Child. Despite this, [[spoiler:he's the single weakest monster in the Underground that nevertheless displays a level of skill that blows the established cast out of the water with [[GenreSavvy creative tactics]], and if you try to kill everyone, he ''will'' [[ThatOneBoss give you a bad time]].]] Combined with the fact that [[spoiler:he's thwarted Flowey's plans more than once, demonstrates the ability to telleport and has knowledge of various resets, there's a broken-down time machine hidden in his bedroom, his Gaster Blasters are named after an even more mysterious character who seems to have disappeared and been temporally scattered across space and time, he seems to be aware of the game mechanics and the save system]], coupled with the fact that a red substance that's probably blood comes out of him when he dies and not turned to dust like all established monsters, and an awful lot of fans are left convinced that Sans [[AmbiguouslyHuman isn't even actually a monster at all]]. One thing's for certain, though: whatever his story is, there's a lot more to it than what's shown in the game.

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* Sans from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' is, at a glance, a skeleton in a blue hoodie, sports shorts and slippers who would rather lounge around, make silly jokes and hang out with his friends at the local monster bar and restaurant than try to capture the Human Child. Despite this, [[spoiler:he's the single weakest monster in the Underground that nevertheless displays a level of skill that blows the established cast out of the water with [[GenreSavvy creative tactics]], and if you try to kill everyone, he ''will'' [[ThatOneBoss give you a bad time]].]] Combined with the fact that [[spoiler:he's thwarted Flowey's plans more than once, demonstrates the ability to telleport teleport and has knowledge of various resets, there's a broken-down time machine hidden in his bedroom, his Gaster Blasters are named after an even more mysterious character who seems to have disappeared and been temporally scattered across space and time, he seems to be aware of the game mechanics and the save system]], coupled with the fact that a red substance that's probably blood comes out of him when he dies and not turned to dust like all established monsters, and an awful lot of fans are left convinced that Sans [[AmbiguouslyHuman isn't even actually a monster at all]]. One thing's for certain, though: whatever his story is, there's a lot more to it than what's shown in the game.
6th Mar '17 12:59:14 PM TheDapperArsonist
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* [[Webcomic/GirlGenius Othar Tryggvassen,]] [[GentlemanAdventurer GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER!!!]] The man has survived falling out of airships ([[RunningGag several times,]] always appearing back on the airship within a few panels), escaped handcuffs, and got back up after getting hit with what should have broken his back (which, admittedly, he states are the result of his [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman "hero's trousers."]]) So far, the only explanation offered is "he's a hero, it's in the job description."
28th Feb '17 11:50:09 AM StFan
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* Done mildly in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' with Hiruma. Just about all we know about his past is that he has a strained relationship with his father, has been living in a hotel since he was in middle school, and used to spend his time hanging out at a military base. None of this explains his endless supply of firearms, ability to blackmail people on an international level, or even why he has elf ears. His existence is simply crazy awesome.

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* Done mildly in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' ''Manga/Eyeshield21'' with Hiruma. Just about all we know about his past is that he has a strained relationship with his father, has been living in a hotel since he was in middle school, and used to spend his time hanging out at a military base. None of this explains his endless supply of firearms, ability to blackmail people on an international level, or even why he has elf ears. His existence is simply crazy awesome.



* Subverted in ''Manga/IchinenseiNiNacchattara''. The protagonist is Inexplicably Awesome from the perspective of the other main characters, but we the readers know exactly how he came to be that way.

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* Subverted in ''Manga/IchinenseiNiNacchattara''.''Ichinensei ni Nacchattara''. The protagonist is Inexplicably Awesome from the perspective of the other main characters, but we the readers know exactly how he came to be that way.



* At the start of the series, Angela from ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' seems to be a short and harmless herbalist with a sharp wit who doesn't like to use magic and enjoys knitting. Then we find out the she can speak Urgal, happens to be a Seer, is the only person in the entire Varden who is able to shield her mind and thoughts from the cursed-child Elva (whose powers even the Dragon-Rider Eragon isn't immune to), is able to simultaneously hold the amazingly skilled fighter Arya, the ferocious dragon Saphira and the dragon-rider Eragon in place ''with her mind alone'', has killed eight-feet-tall Kulls in hand-to-hand combat, and is an expert at using the sword she carries - which turns out to be the sharpest blade in all of existence. Her origin and past is unknown and left open to speculation.

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* At the start of the series, Angela from ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' seems to be a short and harmless herbalist with a sharp wit who doesn't like to use magic and enjoys knitting. Then we find out the she can speak Urgal, happens to be a Seer, is the only person in the entire Varden who is able to shield her mind and thoughts from the cursed-child Elva (whose powers even the Dragon-Rider Eragon isn't immune to), is able to simultaneously hold the amazingly skilled fighter Arya, the ferocious dragon Saphira and the dragon-rider Eragon in place ''with her mind alone'', has killed eight-feet-tall Kulls in hand-to-hand combat, and is an expert at using the sword she carries - -- which turns out to be the sharpest blade in all of existence. Her origin and past is unknown and left open to speculation.



* ''Series/MythBusters'' - Jokes about Jamie Hyneman's ExpansionPackPast can sometimes turn him into a bit of this -- maybe he can't actually pull off all this stuff they're saying, but doesn't it sound like he could?

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* ''Series/MythBusters'' - ''Series/MythBusters'': Jokes about Jamie Hyneman's ExpansionPackPast can sometimes turn him into a bit of this -- maybe he can't actually pull off all this stuff they're saying, but doesn't it sound like he could?



* The Lady of Pain in ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' manages to be this, which is quite a feat in a setting where the actual gods are an important element. Partially because she's capable of keeping them out of Sigil, and even seems to be responsible for ''killing'' a god who tried to set up shop in her town, and partially because nothing about her is ever explained. We don't even know her CharacterAlignment or if "she" is actually female. But don't, ''don't'' try to worship her.\
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Because of the more philosophical nature of the setting, the creators went out of their way to keep her an enigma, including vetoing any and all attempts to attach stats to her. (The closest they got to giving her any kind of stats was in the 3rd Edition sourcebook ''Planar Handbook'', in which she is described as LawfulNeutral and female. This alone was too much for some older fans to stomach.) She is also one of the few entities to avert the LordBritishPostulate. NEVER challenge or anger her - you can't withstand her wrath.
* [[MeaningfulName Cypher]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. We don't know who he is, where he comes from, where he's going, or what he wants. All we know is he periodically shows up on battlefields to turn people into smoking craters with his [[DualWielding two]] [[TheGunslinger pistols]] and that he has a sword that he never uses. What's even stranger is that he's a Chaos Space Marine [[spoiler:who has the same "And They Shall Know No Fear" trait as Loyalist Marines.]]

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* The Lady of Pain in ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' manages to be this, which is quite a feat in a setting where the actual gods are an important element. Partially because she's capable of keeping them out of Sigil, and even seems to be responsible for ''killing'' a god who tried to set up shop in her town, and partially because nothing about her is ever explained. We don't even know her CharacterAlignment or if "she" is actually female. But don't, ''don't'' try to worship her.\
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Because of the more philosophical nature of the setting, the creators went out of their way to keep her an enigma, including vetoing any and all attempts to attach stats to her. (The closest they got to giving her any kind of stats was in the 3rd Edition sourcebook ''Planar Handbook'', in which she is described as LawfulNeutral and female. This alone was too much for some older fans to stomach.) She is also one of the few entities to avert the LordBritishPostulate. NEVER challenge or anger her - you can't withstand her wrath.
* [[MeaningfulName Cypher]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''. We don't know who he is, where he comes from, where he's going, or what he wants. All we know is he periodically shows up on battlefields to turn people into smoking craters with his [[DualWielding two]] [[TheGunslinger pistols]] and that he has a sword that he never uses. What's even stranger is that he's a Chaos Space Marine [[spoiler:who has the same "And They Shall Know No Fear" trait as Loyalist Marines.]]



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26th Feb '17 6:31:04 PM Andyroid
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* The Sparrow Guardian from ''WesternAnimation/WillyTheSparrow''. She's a strange old woman who inflicts a KarmicTransformation on Willy, [[SpeaksFluentAnimal can communicate with animals]], and can walk over thin air.

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* The Sparrow Guardian from ''WesternAnimation/WillyTheSparrow''.''Animation/WillyTheSparrow''. She's a strange old woman who inflicts a KarmicTransformation on Willy, [[SpeaksFluentAnimal can communicate with animals]], and can walk over thin air.
26th Feb '17 6:28:14 PM Andyroid
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* The Sparrow Guardian from ''WesternAnimation/WillyTheSparrow''. She's a strange old woman who inflicts a KarmicTransformation on Willy, [[SpeaksFluentAnimal can communicate with animals]], and can walk over thin air.
24th Feb '17 6:26:14 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* Izzy from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''. She's an ActionGirl and one of Total Drama's best combatants (capable of regularly beating up a ScaryBlackMan), has an alleged [[ImprobablyHighIQ IQ of 188]], SpeaksFluentAnimal, has pyrotechnic knowledge, master of many weapons, displays ToonPhysics, and has several [[SplitPersonality split Personalities]] (one of which is a savant level genius who solved time travel).

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* Izzy from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''. She's an ActionGirl and one of Total Drama's best combatants (capable of regularly beating up a ScaryBlackMan), has an alleged [[ImprobablyHighIQ IQ of 188]], SpeaksFluentAnimal, has pyrotechnic knowledge, master of many weapons, displays ToonPhysics, is wanted by the RMPC, and has several [[SplitPersonality split Personalities]] (one of which is a savant level genius who solved time travel).
11th Jan '17 1:33:39 AM azul120
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Someone who is InexplicablyAwesome is CrazyAwesome ShroudedInMyth. Whatever {{backstory}}, secret origin or MysteriousPast an Inexplicably Awesome character has is by definition locked away; their existence is a conundrum. They usually display powers or abilities that are unusual if not downright bizarre for the setting, and exhibit eccentricities to match. One would assume that such an impenetrable enigma would be a source of gallons of plot, and they'd be right, although not in the obvious way: [[OntologicalMystery rather than being a puzzle to solve]], their very ''[[WeirdnessMagnet presence]]'' is typically a plot generator, setting people and events in motion as a direct result of their oddball take on reality.

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Someone who is InexplicablyAwesome Inexplicably Awesome is CrazyAwesome ShroudedInMyth. Whatever {{backstory}}, secret origin or MysteriousPast an Inexplicably Awesome character has is by definition locked away; their existence is a conundrum. They usually display powers or abilities that are unusual if not downright bizarre for the setting, and exhibit eccentricities to match. One would assume that such an impenetrable enigma would be a source of gallons of plot, and they'd be right, although not in the obvious way: [[OntologicalMystery rather than being a puzzle to solve]], their very ''[[WeirdnessMagnet presence]]'' is typically a plot generator, setting people and events in motion as a direct result of their oddball take on reality.



* Subverted in ''Manga/IchinenseiNiNacchattara''. The protagonist is InexplicablyAwesome from the perspective of the other main characters, but we the readers know exactly how he came to be that way.

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* Subverted in ''Manga/IchinenseiNiNacchattara''. The protagonist is InexplicablyAwesome Inexplicably Awesome from the perspective of the other main characters, but we the readers know exactly how he came to be that way.



* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' - Gadget manages to be a superb example of InexplicablyAwesome despite also being InspectorOblivious. Never mind that it is his niece Penny and his trusty superintelligent dog Brain who actually do all the investigating (and get none of the credit): just how the hell did he end ''up'' as a walking Swiss Army Hammerspace Knife who would probably be the most dangerous crimefighter in the world if he wasn't such a flaming idiot? The show never tells us, and that is more fitting than any mundane explanation. TheMovie takes a stab at it, but it predictably does not go well.

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* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' - ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'': Gadget manages to be a superb example of InexplicablyAwesome Inexplicably Awesome despite also being InspectorOblivious. Never mind that it is his niece Penny and his trusty superintelligent dog Brain who actually do all the investigating (and get none of the credit): just how the hell did he end ''up'' as a walking Swiss Army Hammerspace Knife who would probably be the most dangerous crimefighter in the world if he wasn't such a flaming idiot? The show never tells us, and that is more fitting than any mundane explanation. TheMovie takes a stab at it, but it predictably does not go well.
8th Jan '17 11:55:44 PM Snowy66
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* Izzy from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''. She's an ActionGirl and one of Total Drama's best combatants (capable of regularly beating up a ScaryBlackMan, has an alleged [[ImprobablyHighIQ IQ of 188]], SpeaksFluentAnimal, has pyrotechnic knowledge, master of many weapons, displays ToonPhysics, and has several [[SplitPersonality split Personalities]] (one of which is a savant level genius who solved time travel).

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* Izzy from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''. She's an ActionGirl and one of Total Drama's best combatants (capable of regularly beating up a ScaryBlackMan, ScaryBlackMan), has an alleged [[ImprobablyHighIQ IQ of 188]], SpeaksFluentAnimal, has pyrotechnic knowledge, master of many weapons, displays ToonPhysics, and has several [[SplitPersonality split Personalities]] (one of which is a savant level genius who solved time travel).
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