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12th Dec '17 4:40:26 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor, towards the start of his [[LongRunners decades long run]], was a bizarre man with no solid explanation for his story-generating time-travelling abilities. Since then much background information has been stated, but the most important piece - that his species are [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien ultra-powerful]] masters of time and he's on the run from them - was revealed back in 1969, and large gaps in his past and character are half-shrouded and still strange. Various {{Retcon}}s and attempts to explain things (or make things more complicated) have been attempted, but it's generally accepted the Doctor will always retain some level of mystery.
** His EvilCounterpart the Master is similar. The new series made an effort to provide an explanation for his madness and megalomania but it still leaves some holes, and his past relationship and [[FoeYay obsession]] with the Doctor is still unexplained.
** [[HumanoidAbomination The Weeping Angels]] are one of the most terrifying monsters in the entire history of the series partially because of this trope. No effort is made to explain their origin or motivations and what little ''is'' known about them is only barely understood.
*** To the point where Rassilon, the founder of Time Lord society, once even referred to them as "the Weeping Angels of Old", implying that they not only predate the Time Lords, but even ''they'' don't know what the hell they actually are?!

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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Doctor, towards the start of his their [[LongRunners decades long run]], was a bizarre man with no solid explanation for his story-generating time-travelling abilities. Since then much background information has been stated, but the most important piece - that his their species are [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien ultra-powerful]] masters of time and he's they're on the run from them - was revealed back in 1969, and large gaps in his the Doctor's past and character are half-shrouded and still strange. Various {{Retcon}}s and attempts to explain things (or make things more complicated) have been attempted, but it's generally accepted the Doctor will always retain some level of mystery.
** His EvilCounterpart The Master, the Master Doctor's EvilCounterpart, is similar. The new series made an effort to provide an explanation for his madness and megalomania Russel T Davies added a vague 'origin story' in the revival, but it still leaves left some holes, and his their past relationship and [[FoeYay obsession]] with the Doctor is still unexplained.
unexplained. All we know for sure is that the two of them used to be best friends, and still are on some level no matter how often the Master tries to take over the world.
** [[HumanoidAbomination The Weeping Angels]] are one of the most terrifying monsters in the entire history of the series partially because of this trope. No effort is made to explain their origin or motivations and what little ''is'' known about them is only barely understood.
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understood. To the point where Rassilon, the founder of Time Lord society, once even referred to them as "the Weeping Angels of Old", implying that they not only predate the Time Lords, but even ''they'' don't know what the hell they actually are?!
29th Nov '17 2:51:11 PM VutherA
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*** He's PromotedToPlayable in the AlternateUniverse game ''VideoGame/AgentsOfMayhem'' as Yeti, [[SuperSoldier having been experimented on]] to get [[AnIcePerson freezing powers]]. His size and might beforehand remains as is, which is to say, unexplained.
14th Nov '17 6:43:54 AM Enkind
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** Though again, this is a setting where people who are obsessed with crabs can randomly mutate into half-crab monsters, so as far as we know, him doing said training regiment might have actually given him those powers using the same logic.
1st Nov '17 9:05:49 AM thatother1dude
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* Saitama of ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan''. There is no logical explanation for how he obtained his godlike strength, since he was shown to be a rather ordinary man before he started his training. Saitama himself chalks it up to his training regimen... which isn't TrainingFromHell, but just a moderately difficult, realistically plausible, strength training regimen[[note]]Each day: 100 sit-ups, 100 push-ups, 100 squats, and a 10 km run[[/note]], so there's no way he could have become so strong just from that. Many characters {{Lampshade}} this, and believe that Saitama has some other secret he isn't telling anybody, but it's suggested that even Saitama doesn't really know how he got so strong.

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* Saitama of ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan''. ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'': There is no logical explanation for how he Saitama obtained his [[WorldsStrongestMan godlike strength, strength]], since he was shown to be a rather ordinary man before he started his training. Saitama himself chalks it up to his training regimen... which isn't TrainingFromHell, but just a moderately difficult, realistically plausible, possible, strength training regimen[[note]]Each day: 100 sit-ups, 100 push-ups, 100 squats, and a 10 km run[[/note]], so there's no way he could have become so strong just from that. Many characters {{Lampshade}} this, and believe that Saitama has some other secret he isn't telling anybody, but it's suggested that even Saitama doesn't really know how he got so strong.
15th Oct '17 10:09:07 AM Peridonyx
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** Discord himself. He is by an enormous margin the most [[RealityWarper powerful]] and [[VileVillainSaccharineShow evil]] being ever to beset Equestria, but aside from being referred to as "the spirit of chaos and disharmony" (and it isn't clarified whether that's only a title or he's an AnthropomorphicPersonification) and once ruling Equestria as an EvilOverlord nothing is truly known about him.

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** Discord himself. He is by an enormous margin the most [[RealityWarper powerful]] and [[VileVillainSaccharineShow evil]] [[note]]By default; not via AmplifierArtifact, ArtifactOfDoom, etc.[[/note]] being ever to beset Equestria, but aside from being referred to as "the spirit of chaos and disharmony" (and it isn't clarified whether that's only a title or he's an AnthropomorphicPersonification) and once ruling Equestria as an EvilOverlord nothing is truly known about him.
23rd Sep '17 2:13:32 PM Carliro
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** A '''lot''' of creatures in Tolkien's Middle Earth are utterly unexplained, from the eagles to the dragons to the [[EldritchAbomination Nameless Things]]. This is partly because of his very strict metaphysical rules; whereas other fantasy series could easily get away with making random species, from an in-universe perspective they don't make any sense, and so their origins are hotly debated by Tolkien fans.
17th Sep '17 3:37:21 AM MinisterOfSinister
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* The Adviser from the Grand Campaign in ''VideoGame/TotalWarWarhammer'' and sequels. Somehow, no matter what faction or Legendary Lord you pick to start your campaign, he's managed to talk his way into becoming their chief adviser and councillor, with nary a HandWave given.

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* The Adviser from the Grand Campaign in ''VideoGame/TotalWarWarhammer'' and sequels. Somehow, no matter what faction or Legendary Lord you pick to start your campaign, he's managed to talk his way into becoming their chief adviser and councillor, with nary a HandWave given. This being in spite of the fact that most of the non-human factions in ''Warhammer'' actively loathe or at least look down on humans, and that it's not at all clear what exactly his profession is. (He's implied to be a {{Necromancer}} in the Vampire Counts campaign and a Chaos Sorcerer in Warriors of Chaos/Beastmen campaigns, but being a mage of some stripe still doesn't explain how he managed to convince the Greenskins, the Wood Elves, the Dwarfs or either human faction to listen to him.)
8th Sep '17 3:36:43 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, is wanted by the RMPC, 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, RCMP, and has several [[SplitPersonality split Personalities]] (one of which is a savant level genius who solved time travel).
7th Sep '17 8:55:50 AM SeptimusHeap
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* The G-Man from ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' appears to be a plainly dressed businessman with a [[AccentUponTheWrongSyllable speech impediment]], a bit strange-looking (described as "Emaciated Robert Oppenheimer" by one fan), but still ''basically'' normal-looking. Yet he pulls the weirdest tricks in the whole game, freezing time and walking right into a scene as if through the FourthWall. The way he speaks, the words he chooses, and the references he makes accentuate his oddness. For that matter, looking like a calm and plainly dressed businessman [[DissonantSerenity is itself odd]] when he appears in the middle of a alien-infested war zone. The only hint about who, or rather ''what'', he might actually be comes from WordOfGod stating that the direction they were going for when portraying him was to make him come across as [[HumanoidAbomination something that has assumed]] AFormYouAreComfortableWith, but doesn't care if you're convinced enough by its disguise to ''remain'' comfortable with it.

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* The G-Man from ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' appears to be a plainly dressed businessman with a [[AccentUponTheWrongSyllable speech impediment]], a bit strange-looking (described as "Emaciated Robert Oppenheimer" by one fan), but still ''basically'' normal-looking. Yet he pulls the weirdest tricks in the whole game, freezing time and walking right into a scene as if through the FourthWall. The way he speaks, the words he chooses, and the references he makes accentuate his oddness. For that matter, looking like a calm and plainly dressed businessman [[DissonantSerenity is itself odd]] when he appears in the middle of a alien-infested war zone. The only hint about who, or rather ''what'', he might actually be comes from WordOfGod stating that the direction they were going for when portraying him was to make him come across as [[HumanoidAbomination something that has assumed]] AFormYouAreComfortableWith, but doesn't care if you're convinced enough by its disguise to ''remain'' comfortable with it.
30th Jul '17 4:56:50 PM MyFinalEdits
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** Whis, Beerus' assistant, is even worse. He isn't a god as far as we know, but [[spoiler:he's stronger than Beerus and has the power to rewind time for the entire universe]]. When Vegeta asks exactly what Whis is, he's given a non-answer. However, [[spoiler:we learn from U7's Supreme Kai that he's a type of angel who looks over the God of Destruction]].

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** Whis, Beerus' assistant, is even worse. He isn't a god as far as we know, anyone knows, but [[spoiler:he's stronger than Beerus and has the power to rewind time for the entire universe]]. When Vegeta asks exactly what Whis is, he's given a non-answer. However, [[spoiler:we learn [[spoiler:it's shown from U7's Supreme Kai that he's a type of angel who looks over the God of Destruction]].



* Rak [[AwesomeMcCoolname Wraithraiser]] from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''. How did he get here in the first place? He swam through [[AppliedPhlebotinum Shinsoo]], that's all we know. He is [[BoisterousBruiser loud]], [[LargeHam theatric]], [[TheHeart surprisingly intuitive]] and [[CloserToEarth has an inspiring, simple mindset]] that can change people in an instant, even though they are a [[BookDumb lot smarter than him]]. He kicks several kinds of ass and wields a giant spear, making him a literal Lancer for protagonist 25th Baam. Any obstacle he faces he overcomes within days, if there is something he wants, he'll get it and there is no-one greater in his mind than him, as can be seen in his countless {{Badass Boast}}s. Yet we know almost nothing about how Rak came to be, but it's okay, since he is badass enough to be named [=ManGator=] by fans. And this is the point where we should mention that he is a 4 m (12 ft) tall bipedal alligator that looks pretty much like a reincarnation of Godzilla.

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* Rak [[AwesomeMcCoolname Wraithraiser]] from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''. How did he get here in the first place? He swam through [[AppliedPhlebotinum Shinsoo]], that's all we know. He is [[BoisterousBruiser loud]], [[LargeHam theatric]], [[TheHeart surprisingly intuitive]] and [[CloserToEarth has an inspiring, simple mindset]] that can change people in an instant, even though they are a [[BookDumb lot smarter than him]]. He kicks several kinds of ass and wields a giant spear, making him a literal Lancer for protagonist 25th Baam. Any obstacle he faces he overcomes within days, if there is something he wants, he'll get it and there is no-one greater in his mind than him, as can be seen in his countless {{Badass Boast}}s. Yet we know almost nothing about how Rak came to be, but it's okay, since he is badass enough to be named [=ManGator=] by fans. And this is the point where we should mention that he is a 4 m (12 ft) tall bipedal alligator that looks pretty much like a reincarnation of Godzilla.



* The entire main cast of ''VideoGame/{{Killer 7}}'' probably qualifies, all the more since the [[AllThereInTheManual officially published backstory]] [[MindScrew doesn't actually match what's presented in the game]]. Even the character with the most backstory given in the game, Dan Smith, still counts once you realize [[spoiler:he had to have died ''twice'']].

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* The entire main cast of ''VideoGame/{{Killer 7}}'' probably qualifies, all the more since the [[AllThereInTheManual officially published backstory]] [[MindScrew doesn't actually match what's presented in the game]]. Even the character with the most backstory given in the game, Dan Smith, still counts once you realize [[spoiler:he had to have died ''twice'']].



* Jones ("just Jones is enough") from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. She's "[[Film/MaryPoppins Practically perfect in every way]]" -- as [[TricksterMentor tricky]] as Film/MaryPoppins, as [[EmotionlessGirl coldly precise]] and as [[ImplacableMan unstoppable]] as a Franchise/{{Terminator}}, and apparently even [[PhysicalGod Coyote]] has no power over her -- yet almost no one (including the readers) knows who and what Jones is, other than she's "not a robot". Which is less than informative, given that non-robotic beings ''known'' to visit or inhabit the Court range from [[LivingShadow shadow folk]] to extradimensional psychic arthropods to deities [[CrossoverCosmology from three different pantheons]]... so far.

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* Jones ("just Jones is enough") from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''.
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She's "[[Film/MaryPoppins Practically perfect in every way]]" -- as [[TricksterMentor tricky]] as Film/MaryPoppins, as [[EmotionlessGirl coldly precise]] and as [[ImplacableMan unstoppable]] as a Franchise/{{Terminator}}, and apparently even [[PhysicalGod Coyote]] has no power over her -- yet almost no one (including the readers) knows who and what Jones is, other than she's "not a robot". Which is less than informative, given that non-robotic beings ''known'' to visit or inhabit the Court range from [[LivingShadow shadow folk]] to extradimensional psychic arthropods to deities [[CrossoverCosmology from three different pantheons]]... so far.



* The crazy gymnast assassin Oasis of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. Pete has shown us hints as to who (or rather what) she is but has pulled the rug out from under us before. Whether she's a robot, a real girl with [[PlayingWithFire fire]] powers that's immortal to boot, a zombie-like being who [[HealingFactor heals all wounds]], a ghost that [[GrandTheftMe 'dominates']] other beings to the point they even ''look'' like her, or something else we don't really know. All we know is she apparently can't be killed and goes [[BerserkButton berserk]] whenever she sees someone from Hereti Corp.
** Also Bun-bun. A badass talking [[KillerRabbit rabbit]] with a bad attitude, a switchblade, and a glock he pulls out from [[{{Hammerspace}} nowhere]]. The only clues we've had to his past so far is that he's been thrown out of time once before by Santa Claus, his mother was probably killed in front of his eyes, and he was put back into the right timeline by Uncle Time who admits it was just somewhere in the right 'ballpark'. [[spoiler:At least until it's revealed that he, along with Santa, used to be one of the Mohkadun gods]].

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* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'':
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The crazy gymnast assassin Oasis of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''.Oasis. Pete has shown us hints as to who (or rather what) she is but has pulled the rug out from under us before. Whether she's a robot, a real girl with [[PlayingWithFire fire]] powers that's immortal to boot, a zombie-like being who [[HealingFactor heals all wounds]], a ghost that [[GrandTheftMe 'dominates']] other beings to the point they even ''look'' like her, or something else we don't really know. All we know is she apparently can't be killed and goes [[BerserkButton berserk]] whenever she sees someone from Hereti Corp.
** Also Bun-bun. A badass talking [[KillerRabbit rabbit]] with a bad attitude, a switchblade, and a glock he pulls out from [[{{Hammerspace}} nowhere]]. The only clues we've had to his past so far is that he's been thrown out of time once before by Santa Claus, his mother was probably killed in front of his eyes, and he was put back into the right timeline by Uncle Time who admits it was just somewhere in the right 'ballpark'. [[spoiler:At least until it's revealed that he, along with Santa, used to be one of the Mohkadun gods]].



* [[Blog/AskFlufflePuff Fluffle Puff]]. She can seemingly [[{{Hammerspace}} summon objects from nowhere]], [[ImplacableMan withstand any and all attempts to move her unless she wants to be moved]], and is [[NoSell immune to pretty much anything a villainous character throws at her]]. How? Why? No idea! However, it's all PlayedForLaughs rather than any attempt to tell a serious story, so it all most likely falls under RuleOfFunny.

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* [[Blog/AskFlufflePuff Fluffle Puff]]. She can seemingly [[{{Hammerspace}} summon objects from nowhere]], [[ImplacableMan withstand any and all attempts to move her unless she wants to be moved]], and is [[NoSell immune to pretty much anything a villainous character throws at her]]. How? Why? No idea! However, it's all PlayedForLaughs rather than any attempt to tell a serious story, so it all most likely falls under RuleOfFunny.



* Ms. Frizzle from ''Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus'' takes a very hands-on approach to education which typically involves taking her students on "Field Trips" in her bus, which has the power to shrink, expand, change, transform and generally do things school buses aren't supposed to be able to (it is a ''[[AWizardDidIt magic]]'' school bus, after all), and that doesn't even ''begin'' to describe the various things it can do to the students ''themselves'' for the sake of first-hand experience with the subject of the day. All that's ever revealed about her and the bus is that her first name is Valerie and the guy who built the bus doesn't seem particularly magical himself. It's eventually revealed her distant ancestor had a Magic Spanish Galleon, but [[VoodooShark that just raises ''more'' questions]].

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* Ms. Frizzle from ''Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus'' takes a very hands-on approach to education which typically involves taking her students on "Field Trips" in her bus, which has the power to shrink, expand, change, transform and generally do things school buses aren't supposed to be able to (it is a ''[[AWizardDidIt magic]]'' school bus, after all), and that doesn't even ''begin'' to describe the various things it can do to the students ''themselves'' for the sake of first-hand experience with the subject of the day. All that's ever revealed about her and the bus is that her first name is Valerie and the guy who built the bus doesn't seem particularly magical himself. It's eventually revealed her distant ancestor had a Magic Spanish Galleon, but [[VoodooShark that just raises ''more'' more questions]].



* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'': Gadget manages to be a superb example of 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.
** The professor who gave him the gadgets did appear in at least one episode, but the story behind them was never shown.
** At least one continuity had him have tripped down the stairs!

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* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'': ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'':
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Gadget manages to be a superb example of Inexplicably Awesome despite also being is this as well as 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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well. The professor who gave him the gadgets did appear in at least one episode, but the story behind them was never shown.
** At least one continuity had him have tripped down the stairs!
shown.



* The twins from ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' have RealityWarper powers, affect the plot in ways that border on DeusExMachina to DiabolusExMachina and almost never interact directly with the other characters, but there doesn't seem to be any explanation at all as to why they can do these things. They don't even seem to be Superjail employees or inmates and don't seem to have any specific reason for messing with the jail (besides maybe hating the Warden which is sometimes sort of implied).
** In the second season however it is revealed that [[spoiler: they're alien pranksters who came to Earth on a year abroad but had too much fun in Superjail to go back to their family.]]

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* The twins from ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' have RealityWarper powers, affect the plot in ways that border on DeusExMachina to DiabolusExMachina and almost never interact directly with the other characters, but there doesn't seem to be any explanation at all as to why they can do these things. They don't even seem to be Superjail employees or inmates and don't seem to have any specific reason for messing with the jail (besides maybe hating the Warden which is sometimes sort of implied).
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implied). In the second season however it is revealed that [[spoiler: they're alien pranksters who came to Earth on a year abroad but had too much fun in Superjail to go back to their family.]]



** Speaking of which, Brian is an anthropomorphic dog in a world where almost all other dogs are regular dogs.

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** Speaking of which, Brian is an anthropomorphic dog in a world where almost all other dogs are regular dogs.
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