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21st Jun '17 9:52:40 PM SenseiLeRoof
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* ''Film/MinorityReport'': We never find out what really happened to Sean.
19th Jun '17 12:11:33 AM erforce
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* ''Film/TheWickerMan'': Willow's attempts at seducing Howie is never explained.

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* ''Film/TheWickerMan'': ''Film/TheWickerMan1973'': Willow's attempts at seducing Sgt. Howie is never explained.
18th Jun '17 7:24:25 PM Fireblood
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** What Jawas look like under their hoods. In the EU, they are described as resembling gaunt rodents of some sort, but other sources suggest they are actually pygmy humans or more closely related to their equally mysterious neighbours, the Tusken Raiders (which leads to the possibility the two are both descended from the extinct Kumumugah).

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** What Jawas look like under their hoods. In the EU, they are described as resembling gaunt rodents of some sort, but other sources suggest they are actually pygmy humans or more closely related to their equally mysterious neighbours, neighbors, the Tusken Raiders (which leads to the possibility the two are both descended from the extinct Kumumugah).


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* ''Film/MinorityReport'': We never find out what really happened to Sean.
9th Jun '17 5:45:15 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* In ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951'', Klatuu tells Helen that if he is killed, Gort will destroy the Earth, and to stop him, she must use the code word ""Klaatu barada nikto". She successfully does so, but exactly what the phrase means (obviously, it's something in Klatuu's language) has never been truly revealed. WordOfGod is actually contradictory on this. The film's director, Robert Wise, related a story he had with Edmund North, the screenplay writer, saying North told him, "Well, it's just something I kind of cooked up. I thought it sounded good." [[WordOfStPaul On the other hand]], Billy Gray, who played Bobby Benson in the film, said that "barada nikto must mean... save earth". Florence Blaustein, widow of the producer Julian Blaustein, said North had to pass a street called Baroda every day going to work and said, "I think that's how that was born." Film historian Stephan Jay Rubin claimed that in an interview he had with North when he asked the question, "What is the direct translation of Klaatu barada nikto, and Edmund North said to me 'There's hope for earth, if the scientists can be reached'."

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* In ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951'', Klatuu tells Helen that if he is killed, Gort will destroy the Earth, and to stop him, she must use the code word ""Klaatu "Klaatu barada nikto". She successfully does so, but exactly what the phrase means (obviously, it's something in Klatuu's language) has never been truly revealed. WordOfGod is actually contradictory on this. The film's director, Robert Wise, related a story he had with Edmund North, the screenplay writer, saying North told him, "Well, it's just something I kind of cooked up. I thought it sounded good." [[WordOfStPaul On the other hand]], Billy Gray, who played Bobby Benson in the film, said that "barada nikto must mean... save earth". Florence Blaustein, widow of the producer Julian Blaustein, said North had to pass a street called Baroda every day going to work and said, "I think that's how that was born." Film historian Stephan Jay Rubin claimed that in an interview he had with North when he asked the question, "What is the direct translation of Klaatu barada nikto, and Edmund North said to me 'There's hope for earth, if the scientists can be reached'."
9th Jun '17 4:24:31 PM HamburgerTime
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* For much of the 1970s, there was speculation about blues/jazz singer Leon Redbone's true identity. He always performed in dark glasses and never took off his panama hat. He also had a big Groucho mustache. The most common story was that he was an alter-ego of Music/FrankZappa. Others held that he was another Andy Kaufman character. Given that he is still performing and both Zappa and Kaufman are dead...or are they?

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* For much of the 1970s, there was speculation about blues/jazz singer Leon Redbone's true identity. He always performed in dark glasses and never took off his panama hat. He also had a big Groucho mustache. The most common story was that he was an alter-ego of Music/FrankZappa. Others held that he was another Andy Kaufman character. Given that he is still performing and both Zappa and Kaufman are dead...or are they? Eventually it turned out he was simply Leon Redbone, birth name Dickran Gobalian.
7th Jun '17 3:47:54 PM maxwellsilver
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* The contents of the unopened package in ''Film/CastAway''. When pumped for an answer, the creators joke that it's a solar operated waterproof satellite phone. The third draft of the script has it containing two jars of salsa verde and a note. There was actually a [=FedEx=] commercial referencing the satellite phone explanation, where he gets back to civilization and actually delivers the package. Just out of curiosity, he asks the recipient what was in it. Not only was there a solar operated waterproof satellite phone, but also seeds and water purifier tablets, "you know, little things".
** A deleted scene reveals he does open it and it was two jars of salsa and a note, meant for the naked cowboy at the start.
7th Jun '17 3:43:18 PM maxwellsilver
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* ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'': in-universe, the question of Hideyoshi's gender is this. In the light novels, it's eventually confirmed that [[spoiler:he's a boy. You know, like he's been claiming the whole time]].



* ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' has an in-universe example. The Ryugu Shelter arc has a mangaka in its mist, who works on the manga ''Wonderful Q''. The driving question of the manga is the protagonist looking for the answer of "What is 'Q'?". The final chapter of the arc shows Mark picking up a page of the final chapter, revealing that the protagonist had found the answer, though the reader is never shown. So... what exactly ''is'' Q?

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* ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' has an in-universe example. ''Manga/SevenSeeds'': The Ryugu Shelter arc has a mangaka in its mist, who works on the manga ''Wonderful Q''. The driving question of the manga is the protagonist looking for the answer of "What is 'Q'?". The final chapter of the arc shows Mark picking up a page of the final chapter, revealing that the protagonist had found the answer, though the reader is never shown. So... what exactly ''is'' Q?



** Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny. Maybe they ''are'' simply just the female members of extended families who happen to look exactly alike and who all choose the same career, but fans have to wonder. And it has been explored a lot in fanfics.

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** Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny. Maybe they ''are'' simply just the female members of extended families who happen to look exactly alike and who all choose the same career, but fans have to wonder. And it has been explored a lot in fanfics.All we know is it's prime FanficFuel.



* A filler episode of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' (based off a manga one-shot) is dedicated to Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke trying to find out what Kakashi looks like underneath his mask. Neither they nor the audience ever get a look at it, but it can apparently make EvenTheGuysWantHim. Even after [[spoiler:Kakashi becomes Hokage at the end of the original series, his face remains unseen, to the point where even the giant cliffside carving of his head shows him with the mask]]. That said, an omake released sometime after the end of the original manga did finally reveal his face, but it was a limited release unavailable to the general audience.

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* A filler {{filler}} episode of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' (based off a manga one-shot) is dedicated to Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke trying to find out what Kakashi looks like underneath his mask. Neither they nor the audience ever get a look at it, but it can apparently make EvenTheGuysWantHim. Even after [[spoiler:Kakashi becomes Hokage at the end of the original series, his face remains unseen, to the point where even the giant cliffside carving of his head shows him with the mask]]. That said, an omake released sometime after the end of the original manga did finally reveal his face, but it was a limited release unavailable to the general audience.



** The real names of Androids 17 and 18 were this for a long time until Toriyama revealed their real names: Lapis and Lazuli.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', a few episodes after their breakup, [[FieryRedHead Flay]] wanted to speak to [[HeroesWantRedHeads Kira]], but he says it will have to wait 'cause he's heading to battle. He promises they'll talk after, but they never get a chance to meet face to face again. We never found out what Flay wanted to say as she wasn't in her usual [[AlphaBitch bitch mood]] and sounded apologetic when she approached Kira.

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** The real names of Androids 17 and 18 were this for a long time until Toriyama revealed their real names: Lapis and Lazuli.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', a few episodes after their breakup, [[FieryRedHead Flay]] Flay wanted to speak to [[HeroesWantRedHeads Kira]], Kira, but he says it will have to wait 'cause he's heading to battle. He promises they'll talk after, but they never get a chance to meet face to face again. We never found out what Flay wanted to say as she wasn't in her usual [[AlphaBitch bitch mood]] mood and sounded apologetic when she approached Kira.



* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in one of the prequels of ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', where Yang Wen-li investigated a mysterious weekly correspondence which asserted that the [[TheFederation Alliance]] war hero Bruce Ashbey was murdered and not killed in action as popularly assumed. He ended up uncovering circumstantial evidence that Ashbey was the recipient of leaked intelligence provided by a massive secret espionage network established by a disaffected Imperial noble. The actual existence of such a network was however never revealed in the story and Yang himself asserted that his hypothesis might never be proven unless both the Alliance and the Empire ceased to exist.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable'': Is [[AmbiguouslyHuman Mikitaka]] an alien or just a weird human?
* ''Anime/SonicX'': Who or what was "[[http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/22000000/Nazo-nazo-the-hedgehog-22067011-493-393.jpg Nazo]]" [[WhatCouldHaveBeen supposed to be]]?

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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in one of the prequels of ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', where Yang Wen-li investigated a mysterious weekly correspondence which asserted that the [[TheFederation Alliance]] Alliance war hero Bruce Ashbey was murdered and not killed in action as popularly assumed. He ended up uncovering circumstantial evidence that Ashbey was the recipient of leaked intelligence provided by a massive secret espionage network established by a disaffected Imperial noble. The actual existence of such a network was however never revealed in the story and Yang himself asserted that his hypothesis might never be proven unless both the Alliance and the Empire ceased to exist.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable'': Is [[AmbiguouslyHuman Mikitaka]] Mikitaka an alien or just a weird human?
* ''Anime/SonicX'': Who or what was "[[http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/22000000/Nazo-nazo-the-hedgehog-22067011-493-393.jpg Nazo]]" [[WhatCouldHaveBeen supposed to be]]?be?



* ''Manga/YuGiOh'': Who won [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome the Duel between Yugi and Joey]] at the very end of the Battle City arc? Also, at the end of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', who won the final duel: [[CoolVsAwesome Yugi or Jaden]]?

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* ''Manga/YuGiOh'': Who won [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome the Duel between Yugi and Joey]] Joey at the very end of the Battle City arc? Also, at the end of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', who won the final duel: [[CoolVsAwesome Yugi or Jaden]]? Jaden?



** The lack of explanation for Haddock's appearance is actually a meta joke: the original version of ''Land of Black Gold'' was initially serialized in a newspaper in 1939 and 1940, but after Germany occupied Belgium in 1940, Hergé thought that the comic would not pass the German censors because to its political nature, so the publication of Land of Black Gold was stopped mid-story. At this point Captain Haddock hadn't yet been introduced in ''Tintin'', so naturally he didn't appear in ''Land of Black Gold'' either. Several other Tintin stories were published before Hergé decided to redraw Land of Black Gold in 1948, and in these intervening stories Haddock had become the most significant character in the series besides Tintin himself. Thus it would've been odd if Haddock had been left out of the new version of Land of Black Gold, but on the other hand he didn't really belong to a story that had been scripted before he even existed. This is the reason why Haddock is virtually absent from the story until the very end, and why there's no explanation for his sudden appearance. The lack of explanation is Hergé's comment on Haddock "invading" a story he wasn't originally a part of. So there ''is'' a solution to the mystery [[WatsonianVersusDoylist on a meta level, but not in the text.]]

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** The lack of explanation for Haddock's appearance is actually a meta joke: the original version of ''Land of Black Gold'' was initially serialized in a newspaper in 1939 and 1940, but after Germany occupied Belgium in 1940, Hergé thought that the comic would not pass the German censors because to of its political nature, so the publication of Land of Black Gold was stopped mid-story. At this point Captain Haddock hadn't yet been introduced in ''Tintin'', so naturally he didn't appear in ''Land of Black Gold'' either. Several other Tintin stories were published before Hergé decided to redraw Land of Black Gold in 1948, and in these intervening stories Haddock had become the most significant character in the series besides Tintin himself. Thus it would've been odd if Haddock had been left out of the new version of Land of Black Gold, but on the other hand he didn't really belong to a story that had been scripted before he even existed. This is the reason why Haddock is virtually absent from the story until the very end, and why there's no explanation for his sudden appearance. The lack of explanation is Hergé's comment on Haddock "invading" a story he wasn't originally a part of. So there ''is'' a solution to the mystery [[WatsonianVersusDoylist on a meta level, but not in the text.]]



* In ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe'', what are those contracts about that M. De Mesmaeker is [[RunningGag always trying to sign?]]

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* In ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe'', what are those contracts about that M. De Mesmaeker is [[RunningGag always trying to sign?]]sign?



* The ComicStrip/DanDare story "The Red Moon Mystery" concerns an asteroid-like object that can move freely in space to attack other planets despite being home to nothing but some bee-like insects. Dan and co are ultimately forced to destroy it before they can discover how any of this works.
* Is SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} really Wade Wilson or not? Is T-Ray the real Wade Wilson like he says or is he just lying or crazy? Did a guy named Wade Wilson ever really exist to begin with? Nobody knows for certain and probably never will. At the very least, Deadpool himself seems pretty sure that he's the real Wade Wilson but this ''is'' [[UnreliableNarrator Deadpool]]...

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* The ComicStrip/DanDare story "The Red Moon Mystery" concerns an asteroid-like object that can move freely in space to attack other planets despite being home to nothing but some bee-like insects. Dan and co co. are ultimately forced to destroy it before they can discover how any of this works.
* ''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}'': Is SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} the titular Merc with a Mouth really Wade Wilson or not? Is T-Ray the real Wade Wilson like he says or is he just lying or crazy? Did a guy named Wade Wilson ever really exist to begin with? Nobody knows for certain and probably never will. At the very least, Deadpool himself seems pretty sure that he's the real Wade Wilson but this ''is'' [[UnreliableNarrator Deadpool]]...



* ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'': Who was the mysterious apelike man who helped [[MessianicArchetype Nix Uotan]] regain his Monitor powers? This is the one question this MindScrew of a story leaves totally unanswered, and the most popular guesses at the time were Detective Chimp, the New God Himon placed into an ape body by Darkseid's forces, and the typewriter-using monkey from Morrison's ComicBook/AnimalMan.

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* ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'': Who was the mysterious apelike man who helped [[MessianicArchetype Nix Uotan]] Uotan regain his Monitor powers? This is the one question this MindScrew of a story leaves totally unanswered, and the most popular guesses at the time were Detective Chimp, the New God Himon placed into an ape body by Darkseid's forces, and the typewriter-using monkey from Morrison's ComicBook/AnimalMan.



** What was the exact significance of the ''Morte dil Cesare'' painting, and why did [[ClassyCatBurglar Echo Memoria]] want it so badly? [[spoiler: Echo quite literally takes these secrets to her grave - her body is wrapped in the painting and both sunk into a swamp]].

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** What was the exact significance of the ''Morte dil Cesare'' painting, and why did [[ClassyCatBurglar Echo Memoria]] Memoria want it so badly? [[spoiler: Echo quite literally takes these secrets to her grave - her body is wrapped in the painting and both sunk into a swamp]].



* In the Comicbook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse, whatever happened to Della Duck, sister of Donald and mother of Huey, Dewey, and Louie? A special Dutch comic produced for the 80th anniversary of the triplets' creation stated that she was a NASA test pilot who got lost in space, but [[BrokenBase fan reaction was mixed]] and as the Duckverse has multiple continuities this isn't necessarily the one "true" explanation (especially as the story contradicts well-known canon: Della is shown passing the nephews to Donald while they are babies/infants, except Donald clearly adopted the children as they were at least older than four). An unpublished story by Creator/DonRosa implied that the triplets's father was from Tra-la-la and had returned there after his wife's disappearance.
** Also, what happened to her husband. And also, what happened to Donald's parents. Even when Donald met Mathilda again in DonRosa's ''A Letter From Home'', they don't even mention Hortense, Donald's mother and Mathilda's sister. In fact, Donald has only ever interacted with Hortense when he saw her as an infant in Scrooge's dream.
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman:'' who killed the first Despair and why? All we know is that is will take the rest of the life of the universe for him to finish dying and that he was entirely justified in killing her.

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* In the Comicbook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse, whatever happened to Della Duck, sister of Donald and mother of Huey, Dewey, and Louie? A special Dutch comic produced for the 80th anniversary of the triplets' creation stated that she was a NASA test pilot who got lost in space, but [[BrokenBase fan reaction was mixed]] mixed and as the Duckverse has multiple continuities this isn't necessarily the one "true" explanation (especially as the story contradicts well-known canon: Della is shown passing the nephews to Donald while they are babies/infants, except Donald clearly adopted the children as they were at least older than four). An unpublished story by Creator/DonRosa implied that the triplets's father was from Tra-la-la and had returned there after his wife's disappearance.
** Also, what happened to her husband. And also, what happened to Donald's parents. Even when Donald met Mathilda again in DonRosa's Don Rosa's ''A Letter From Home'', they don't even mention Hortense, Donald's mother and Mathilda's sister. In fact, Donald has only ever interacted with Hortense when he saw her as an infant in Scrooge's dream.
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman:'' who killed the first Despair and why? All we know is that is it will take the rest of the life of the universe for him to finish dying and that he was entirely justified in killing her.



** In another strip that introduced Antina, the antithesis to Dilbert's coworker Tina, Dilbert's tie is flat in the last panel. Even Adams doesn't know why.



** [[https://garfield.com/comic/2001/07/29 When Jon got stuck in a wall and asked for Garfield's help]], he told Garfield not to ask how it happened.

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** [[https://garfield.com/comic/2001/07/29 When Jon got stuck in a wall and asked for Garfield's help]], he told Garfield [[DontAsk not to ask how it happened.]]



* In ''{{Cache}}'', we never find out who sent the tapes, or why. There are many clues, but no answers.

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* In ''{{Cache}}'', ''Film/{{Cache}}'', we never find out who sent the tapes, or why. There are many clues, but no answers.



* The contents of the unopened package in ''Film/CastAway''. When pumped for an answer, the creators joke that it's a [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot solar operated waterproof satellite phone]]. The third draft of the script has it containing two jars of salsa verde and a note. There was actually a [=FedEx=] commercial referencing the satellite phone explanation, where he gets back to civilization and actually delivers the package. Just out of curiosity, he asks the recipient what was in it. Not only was there a solar operated waterproof satellite phone, but also seeds and water purifier tablets, "you know, little things".

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* The contents of the unopened package in ''Film/CastAway''. When pumped for an answer, the creators joke that it's a [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot solar operated waterproof satellite phone]].phone. The third draft of the script has it containing two jars of salsa verde and a note. There was actually a [=FedEx=] commercial referencing the satellite phone explanation, where he gets back to civilization and actually delivers the package. Just out of curiosity, he asks the recipient what was in it. Not only was there a solar operated waterproof satellite phone, but also seeds and water purifier tablets, "you know, little things".things".
** A deleted scene reveals he does open it and it was two jars of salsa and a note, meant for the naked cowboy at the start.



* In ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951'', Klatuu tells Helen that if he is killed, Gort will destroy the Earth, and to stop him, she must use the code word ""Klaatu barada nikto". She successfully does so, but exactly what the phrase means (obviously, it's something in Klatuu's language) has never been truly revealed. WordOfGod is actually contradictory on this. The film's director, Robert Wise, related a story he had with Edmund North, the screenplay writer, saying North told him, "Well, it's just something I kind of cooked up. I thought it sounded good." On the other hand, Billy Gray, who played Bobby Benson in the film, said that "barada nikto must mean... save earth". Florence Blaustein, widow of the producer Julian Blaustein, said North had to pass a street called Baroda every day going to work and said, "I think that's how that was born." Film historian Stephan Jay Rubin claimed that in an interview he had with North when he asked the question, "What is the direct translation of Klaatu barada nikto, and Edmund North said to me 'There's hope for earth, if the scientists can be reached'."

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* In ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951'', Klatuu tells Helen that if he is killed, Gort will destroy the Earth, and to stop him, she must use the code word ""Klaatu barada nikto". She successfully does so, but exactly what the phrase means (obviously, it's something in Klatuu's language) has never been truly revealed. WordOfGod is actually contradictory on this. The film's director, Robert Wise, related a story he had with Edmund North, the screenplay writer, saying North told him, "Well, it's just something I kind of cooked up. I thought it sounded good." [[WordOfStPaul On the other hand, hand]], Billy Gray, who played Bobby Benson in the film, said that "barada nikto must mean... save earth". Florence Blaustein, widow of the producer Julian Blaustein, said North had to pass a street called Baroda every day going to work and said, "I think that's how that was born." Film historian Stephan Jay Rubin claimed that in an interview he had with North when he asked the question, "What is the direct translation of Klaatu barada nikto, and Edmund North said to me 'There's hope for earth, if the scientists can be reached'."



* In ''Film/TheQuietMan'' Mary Kate whispers something to her husband Sean Thorton which gives him a shock. This is also a RealLife mystery, as director John Ford told Maureen O'Hara to whisper something shocking to Creator/JohnWayne to get that reaction. The three of them never explained what was said... And unless O'Hara mentioned it to someone else for posterity, when she dies the secret dies with her.

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* In ''Film/TheQuietMan'' Mary Kate whispers something to her husband Sean Thorton which gives him a shock. This is also a RealLife mystery, as director John Ford told Maureen O'Hara to whisper something shocking to Creator/JohnWayne to get that reaction. The three of them never explained what was said... And unless O'Hara mentioned it to someone else for posterity, when she dies the secret dies with her.



* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' loves this. What were the exact circumstances surrounding the death of the children's parents? What was the cause of the schism in VFD? What was the exact cause of the death of Olaf's parents? (All we're told is that it involved poisonous darts and it was hinted that the children's mother was a part of it). What happened to the people living on the island? Did they reach the horse radish factory in time, or did they die of the spore poisoning? What happened to Fiona, the hook-handed man, Hector, Duncan, Isadora, and Quigley? What is the Great Unknown? What was in the Sugar Bowl, exactly? What was the fate of the guests at the hotel? Who was the father of Kit Snickett's baby? That's not even ''half'' of them all.

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* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' loves this. What were the exact circumstances surrounding the death of the children's parents? What was the cause of the schism in VFD? What was the exact cause of the death of Olaf's parents? (All we're told is that it involved poisonous darts and it was hinted that the children's mother was a part of it). What happened to the people living on the island? Did they reach the horse radish horseradish factory in time, or did they die of the spore poisoning? What happened to Fiona, the hook-handed man, Hector, Duncan, Isadora, and Quigley? What is the Great Unknown? What was in the Sugar Bowl, exactly? What was the fate of the guests at the hotel? Who was the father of Kit Snickett's baby? That's not even ''half'' of them all.



* ''[[{{Literature/Hornblower}} Lieutenant Hornblower]]'' leaves unanswered a question that formed a key plot point in the novel: How did [[InsaneAdmiral Captain Sawyer]] fall down the hatchway? Did he fall? Was he pushed? If so, by whom? This is the only ''Hornblower'' novel not to be told from the titular character's perspective, and in the story itself, [[GuileHero Lieutenant Hornblower]] is [[BavarianFireDrill quick to begin an investigation of the incident]] during the confusion left by the Captain's incapacitation, with the only other witness to what happened being his assistant. By the end of the book, the other man has died in a shipwreck, and Hornblower himself never reveals the answer.

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* ''[[{{Literature/Hornblower}} ''[[Literature/{{Hornblower}} Lieutenant Hornblower]]'' leaves unanswered a question that formed a key plot point in the novel: How did [[InsaneAdmiral Captain Sawyer]] Sawyer fall down the hatchway? Did he fall? Was he pushed? If so, by whom? This is the only ''Hornblower'' novel not to be told from the titular character's perspective, and in the story itself, [[GuileHero Lieutenant Hornblower]] Hornblower is [[BavarianFireDrill quick to begin an investigation of the incident]] incident during the confusion left by the Captain's incapacitation, with the only other witness to what happened being his assistant. By the end of the book, the other man has died in a shipwreck, and Hornblower himself never reveals the answer.



* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Closet Reconfiguration", an unopened letter to Howard from his father is read (out of typical lack of respect for privacy) by Sheldon. Howard, upset that his father had left when he was a child, burns the letter, but Sheldon is coaxed into revealing its contents to all the other characters except him. At the end, Howard is unsure whether he wants to know as well, and the gang devise a quantum-uncertainty-inspired solution to achieve both knowledge and ignorance: Each of them tells him one possibility for what the letter said, only one being correct. Howard hopes they were all true. (Later events do increase the likelihood for one of them, but we, along with Howard, still don't know for certain).

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* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Closet Reconfiguration", an unopened letter to Howard from his father is read (out of typical lack of respect for privacy) by Sheldon. Howard, upset that his father had left when he was a child, burns the letter, but Sheldon is coaxed into revealing its contents to all the other characters except him. Howard. At the end, Howard is unsure whether he wants to know as well, and the gang devise a quantum-uncertainty-inspired solution to achieve both knowledge and ignorance: Each of them tells him one possibility for what the letter said, only one being correct.correct (except Sheldon, who said it was a treasure map). Howard hopes they were all true. (Later events do increase the likelihood for one of them, but we, along with Howard, still don't know for certain).



* In one episode of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' the characters engage in an EscalatingWar and it's never explained how they pulled off certain outrageous pranks. Like, how the hell did Cory and Shawn move Rachel's car into her dorm room? And where did Rachel, Jack and Angela get that {{bear|sAreBadNews}}?

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* In one episode of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' the characters engage in an EscalatingWar and it's never explained how they pulled off certain outrageous pranks. Like, how the hell did Cory and Shawn move Rachel's car into her dorm room? And where did Rachel, Jack and Angela get that {{bear|sAreBadNews}}?bear?



* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** In "The Pineapple Incident," Ted gets drunk, blacks out, and [[WhatDidIDoLastNight wakes up the next morning with a sprained ankle, a burned coat, an unknown phone number written on his arm, a woman he doesn't know in his bed, and a pineapple on his nightstand]]. Through some detective work, Ted discovers exactly what he did while drunk to cause each of those things ... except the pineapple. Future Ted confirms that he never did find out where the pineapple came from. But it was delicious!
*** The woman, Trudy, makes a post on the website [[http://tedmosbyisnotajerk.com/gftestimonies.html Ted Mosby is Not a Jerk]]. It doesn't reveal much about the pineapple, except for the fact that Ted probably shouldn't have eaten it.
*** In a bonus scene released after the show aired, Ted [[spoiler: stole the pineapple from The Captain who keeps pineapples outside his homes as a sea captain's symbol of hospitality.]]
** In the episode "Zoo Or False", we don't find out how Marshall's wallet went missing. Nor do we find out whether Bobo really escaped from his cage, stole a doll and [[Film/KingKong1933 climbed Ted's model of the Empire State Building while the cameraman threw paper airplanes at him]].
** What does Barney do for a living? We know where he works, but not what he actually does. Even Marshall, after working with him for a time, doesn't know what he does. He changes the subject whenever he's asked about it directly. This is finally subverted in season nine where we find out that whenever they asked Barney about his job, he told exactly them what his job title was but they did not understand that [[spoiler: PLEASE]] was actually [[FunWithAcronyms an acronym]]. His job is [[spoiler: to be the FallGuy for all of the company's wrong doing]] but he actually [[spoiler: is an FBI informant]].

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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** In "The Pineapple Incident," Ted gets drunk, blacks out, and [[WhatDidIDoLastNight wakes up the next morning with a sprained ankle, a burned coat, an unknown phone number written on his arm, a woman he doesn't know in his bed, and a pineapple on his nightstand]]. Through some detective work, Ted discovers exactly what he did while drunk to cause each of those things ... except the pineapple. Future Ted confirms that he never did find out where the pineapple came from. But it was delicious!
*** The woman, Trudy, makes a post on the website [[http://tedmosbyisnotajerk.com/gftestimonies.html Ted Mosby is Not a Jerk]]. It doesn't reveal much about the pineapple, except for the fact that Ted probably shouldn't have eaten it.
*** In a bonus scene released after the show aired, Ted [[spoiler: stole the pineapple from The Captain who keeps pineapples outside his homes as a sea captain's symbol of hospitality.]]
**
''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': In the episode "Zoo Or False", we don't find out how Marshall's wallet went missing. Nor do we find out whether Bobo really escaped from his cage, stole a doll and [[Film/KingKong1933 climbed Ted's model of the Empire State Building while the cameraman threw paper airplanes at him]].
** What does Barney do for a living? We know where he works, but not what he actually does. Even Marshall, after working with him for a time, doesn't know what he does. He changes the subject whenever he's asked about it directly. This is finally subverted in season nine where we find out that whenever they asked Barney about his job, he told exactly them what his job title was but they did not understand that [[spoiler: PLEASE]] was actually [[FunWithAcronyms an acronym]]. His job is [[spoiler: to be the FallGuy for all of the company's wrong doing]] but he actually [[spoiler: is an FBI informant]].
him]].



* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' is the {{Trope Namer|s}} with the episode "The Pie." The very first scene of the episode has Jerry offering his GirlOfTheWeek a slice of apple pie, which she refuses to taste. She doesn't give a reason, just shakes her head, and Jerry becomes obsessed with figuring out ''why'' she won't try the pie. He rules out a lot of possibilities, but by episode's end, he's still as clueless as ever.
-->'''George:''' Did you ever solve the riddle of the pie?
-->'''Jerry:''' No, that's one for the ages.

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* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'':
** ''Seinfeld''
is the {{Trope Namer|s}} with the episode "The Pie." The very first scene of the episode has Jerry offering his GirlOfTheWeek a slice of apple pie, which she refuses to taste. She doesn't give a reason, just shakes her head, and Jerry becomes obsessed with figuring out ''why'' she won't try the pie. He rules out a lot of possibilities, but by episode's end, he's still as clueless as ever.
-->'''George:''' --->'''George:''' Did you ever solve the riddle of the pie?
-->'''Jerry:''' --->'''Jerry:''' No, that's one for the ages.



* Another example of Creator/StevenMoffat as a TrollingCreator in the pilot of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. Which bottle was it? Come on. Play the game. Also, in the third season, [[spoiler: how did Sherlock Holmes and Jim Moriarty fake their deaths?]] WordOfGod later revealed that [[spoiler:the explanation Sherlock gave Anderson was in fact the correct one (it was simply filmed in such a way as to leave it slightly ambiguous)]], and Season 4 would ultimately reveal that [[spoiler:Moriarty ''didn't'' fake his death; Eurus Holmes was simply using his image as part of a long-term plan]].



* The opening chord of [[Music/TheBeatles "A Hard Day's Night."]] It was determined to be a simultaneous combination of guitar and bass chords played by [[Music/GeorgeHarrison Harrison]], [[Music/JohnLennon Lennon]] and [[Music/PaulMcCartney McCartney]], as well as a piano chord by producer George Martin. Debate continues over the exact notes contained within the chord.

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* The opening chord of [[Music/TheBeatles Music/TheBeatles' "A Hard Day's Night."]] " It was determined to be a simultaneous combination of guitar and bass chords played by [[Music/GeorgeHarrison Harrison]], [[Music/JohnLennon Lennon]] and [[Music/PaulMcCartney McCartney]], as well as a piano chord by producer George Martin. Debate continues over the exact notes contained within the chord.



* Did Father Flynn of ''Theatre/{{Doubt}}'' really molest an alter boy? Only the playwright, and the actors that played him on Broadway and in the movie know for sure.

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* Did Father Flynn of ''Theatre/{{Doubt}}'' really molest an alter altar boy? Only the playwright, and the actors that played him on Broadway and in the movie know for sure.



* Did [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]] actually [[GenderBender change gender]] when [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime she became Sheik]], or did she just change her appearance? The general consensus (backed by the English versions of ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros. Melee'' and ''Brawl'') is that Zelda's magic superficially affected parts of her appearance (clothes, eye color, and skin color), [[http://zelda.wikia.com/wiki/Sheik#Gender but fan debate continues to this day.]]

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'': Did [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]] Zelda actually [[GenderBender change gender]] when [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime she became Sheik]], Sheik, or did she just change her appearance? The general consensus (backed by the English versions of ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros. Melee'' and ''Brawl'') is that Zelda's magic superficially affected parts of her appearance (clothes, eye color, and skin color), [[http://zelda.wikia.com/wiki/Sheik#Gender but fan debate continues to this day.]]



* What is the name of the [[NoNameGiven protagonist]] in ''VideoGame/{{Gothic}}''? What was he imprisoned for?

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* What is the name of the [[NoNameGiven protagonist]] protagonist in ''VideoGame/{{Gothic}}''? What was he imprisoned for?



* ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity Nova'':
** The game has the mysterious artificial ring around the planet Kont, whose purpose is never revealed. This was eventually resolved when [[WordOfGod one of the devs]] let slip on the forums that it was a [[WarpWhistle hypergate]] built by [[{{Precursors}} Those Who Came Before]].
** A [[GameMod fan-made sequel]] replaced one of the governments from ''Nova'' with a giant [[NegativeSpaceWedgie hyperspace rift]] full of {{Swirly Energy Thing|y}}ies and sensor interference. No explanation is ever given, though there's quite a few EpilepticTrees InUniverse. Out-of-universe, the Polaris were removed to stop their [[HigherTechSpecies super-advanced ships]] from [[GameBreaker wrecking game balance]].

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* ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity Nova'':
** The game has the mysterious artificial ring around the planet Kont, whose purpose is never revealed. This was eventually resolved when [[WordOfGod one of the devs]] let slip on the forums that it was a [[WarpWhistle hypergate]] built by [[{{Precursors}} Those Who Came Before]].
**
Nova'': A [[GameMod fan-made sequel]] replaced one of the governments from ''Nova'' with a giant [[NegativeSpaceWedgie hyperspace rift]] full of {{Swirly Energy Thing|y}}ies and sensor interference. No explanation is ever given, though there's quite a few EpilepticTrees InUniverse. Out-of-universe, the Polaris were removed to stop their [[HigherTechSpecies super-advanced ships]] from [[GameBreaker wrecking game balance]].



* Used for a character but not the audience in the "Riddler's Reform" episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. When Batman is able to escape The Riddler's deathtrap of sealing him in a building that has high explosives in it, the Riddler is so bewildered by Batman's escape that he no longer cares about going to Arkham or losing his now [[CutLexLuthorACheck legitimate business and lifestyle]] and only cares about finding out how Batman was able to survive a trap he clearly shouldn't have been able to. While Bruce later [[BombproofAppliance explains]] it to Dick Grayson, and the audience, back at Wayne Manor, he never explains it to the Riddler himself. Mr. Nygma ends up going even more insane due to [[TheUnreveal not getting an explanation]].

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* Used for a character but not the audience in the "Riddler's Reform" episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. When Batman is able to escape The Riddler's deathtrap of sealing him in a building that has high explosives in it, the Riddler is so bewildered by Batman's escape that he no longer cares about going to Arkham or losing his now [[CutLexLuthorACheck legitimate business and lifestyle]] and only cares about finding out how Batman was able to survive a trap he clearly shouldn't have been able to. While Bruce later [[BombproofAppliance explains]] explains it to Dick Grayson, Grayson -- and the audience, audience -- back at Wayne Manor, he never explains it to the Riddler himself. Mr. Nygma ends up going even more insane due to [[TheUnreveal not getting an explanation]].explanation.



* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': What was it [[ArchEnemy the Delightful Children]] did that made [[TheLeader Numbuh 1]] bald, and why does [[TheLancer Numbuh 5]] [[MyGreatestFailure blame herself for it]]?

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* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': What was it [[ArchEnemy the Delightful Children]] Children did that made [[TheLeader Numbuh 1]] 1 bald, and why does [[TheLancer Numbuh 5]] [[MyGreatestFailure 5 blame herself for it]]?it?



** What was Arnold's last name? [[spoiler:According to WordOfGod, it's "Shortman".]]



** What happened to Arnold's parents? Originally this was going to be answered in a second movie, but [[{{Vaporware}} it never happened]] (that is, until the sudden [[{{Uncancelled}} uncancellation]] [[https://www.moviefone.com/2016/06/13/hey-arnold-the-jungle-movie-2017-original-voice-actors/ of the project in 2016]]).

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** What happened to Arnold's parents? Originally this was going to be answered in a second movie, but [[{{Vaporware}} it never happened]] (that is, until the sudden [[{{Uncancelled}} uncancellation]] {{uncancell|ed}}ation [[https://www.moviefone.com/2016/06/13/hey-arnold-the-jungle-movie-2017-original-voice-actors/ of the project in 2016]]).



-->'''Bart:''' That's impossible! How did you get here first?\\

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-->'''Bart:''' --->'''Bart:''' That's impossible! How did you get here first?\\



-->'''Mr. Burns:''' Yes, I was a bit worried when he swallowed me, but... you know the rest.
** In "Brother's Little Helper", why was [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight Major League Baseball spying on us using satellites?]] More importantly, who cares? [=Mark McGwire=] is hitting some dingers!

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-->'''Mr.--->'''Mr. Burns:''' Yes, I was a bit worried when he swallowed me, but... you know the rest.
** In "Brother's Little Helper", why was [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight Major League Baseball spying on us using satellites?]] satellites? More importantly, who cares? [=Mark McGwire=] is hitting some dingers!



** [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where is Springfield?]]

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** [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield Where is Springfield?]]WhereTheHellIsSpringfield



** In "Fear of Flying", how or why is [[IdenticalStranger Guy Incognito an exact double of Homer]]? Is he another illegitimate Simpson a la Herb Powell?

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** In "Fear of Flying", how or why is Guy Incognito [[IdenticalStranger Guy Incognito an exact double of Homer]]? Is he another illegitimate Simpson a la Herb Powell?



** In "King-Size Homer", Homer is trying to prevent an exploding tank at the nuclear power plant, [[NoOSHACompliance as the catwalk breaks under him]]. As he's dangling, he says "Wait a minute, there's probably a-", but is thrown into the air by some vented gas, before landing on top of the tank's release tube. How was Homer thinking of stopping the explosion?

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** In "King-Size Homer", Homer is trying to prevent an exploding tank at the nuclear power plant, [[NoOSHACompliance as the catwalk breaks under him]]. As he's dangling, he says "Wait a minute, there's probably a-", a...", but is thrown into the air by some vented gas, before landing on top of the tank's release tube. How was Homer thinking of stopping the explosion?



* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' the episode "X" involved Red X (a supervillain identity Robin had previously invented as part of a ReverseMole plan) showing up, with someone we can be pretty darn sure is ''not'' Robin under the signature Red X suit. Fans have wondered for some time who the new Red X really is, and Beast Boy came up with a number of theories, but WordOfGod says Raven came to the only conclusion that mattered:
-->'''Raven:''' Face it, Red X could be anyone. Anyone smart enough to find the suit and dumb enough to take it for a joyride.
** The most popular theory seems to be that he's Jason Todd, the second Robin. Or that he's Grant Wilson, the eldest son of Slade.
** In the New Teen Titans short Red X unmasked, Red X is captured, and unmasked, with Beast Boy insisting that he's Jason Todd. They unmask him to find it is Jason Todd, but that's also a mask, which they remove to find Speedy, who is also a mask, and they find New Fu, whom Beast Boy eats and then they find Alfred, and then Batman masks, and then Silky, who really is just stuck in the suit, then a Larry mask, and then Slade, who's really an android who explodes. The real Red X tells them to keep guessing, with Beast Boy yelling that he still thinks he's Jason Todd.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''
** The
episode "X" involved Red X (a supervillain identity Robin had previously invented as part of a ReverseMole plan) showing up, with someone we can be pretty darn sure is ''not'' Robin under the signature Red X suit. Fans have wondered for some time who the new Red X really is, and Beast Boy came up with a number of theories, but WordOfGod says Raven came to the only conclusion that mattered:
-->'''Raven:''' --->'''Raven:''' Face it, Red X could be anyone. Anyone smart enough to find the suit and dumb enough to take it for a joyride.
** *** The most popular theory seems to be that he's Jason Todd, the second Robin. Or that he's Grant Wilson, the eldest son of Slade.
** *** In the New Teen Titans short Red X unmasked, Red X is captured, and unmasked, with Beast Boy insisting that he's Jason Todd. They unmask him to find it is Jason Todd, but that's also a mask, which they remove to find Speedy, who is also a mask, and they find New Fu, whom Beast Boy eats and then they find Alfred, and then Batman masks, and then Silky, who really is just stuck in the suit, then a Larry mask, and then Slade, who's really an android who explodes. The real Red X tells them to keep guessing, with Beast Boy yelling that he still thinks he's Jason Todd.
7th Jun '17 1:47:59 PM maxwellsilver
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* In the ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode "The Pineapple Incident," Ted gets drunk, blacks out, and [[WhatDidIDoLastNight wakes up the next morning with a sprained ankle, a burned coat, an unknown phone number written on his arm, a woman he doesn't know in his bed, and a pineapple on his nightstand]]. Through some detective work, Ted discovers exactly what he did while drunk to cause each of those things ... except the pineapple. [[{{Narrator}} Future Ted]] confirms that he never did find out where the pineapple came from. But it was delicious!
** The woman, Trudy, makes a post on the website [[http://tedmosbyisnotajerk.com/gftestimonies.html Ted Mosby is Not a Jerk]]. It doesn't reveal much about the pineapple, except for the fact that Ted probably shouldn't have eaten it.
** In a bonus scene released after the show aired, Ted [[spoiler: stole the pineapple from The Captain who keeps pineapples outside his homes as a sea captain's symbol of hospitality.]]

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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
**
In the ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode "The Pineapple Incident," Ted gets drunk, blacks out, and [[WhatDidIDoLastNight wakes up the next morning with a sprained ankle, a burned coat, an unknown phone number written on his arm, a woman he doesn't know in his bed, and a pineapple on his nightstand]]. Through some detective work, Ted discovers exactly what he did while drunk to cause each of those things ... except the pineapple. [[{{Narrator}} Future Ted]] Ted confirms that he never did find out where the pineapple came from. But it was delicious!
** *** The woman, Trudy, makes a post on the website [[http://tedmosbyisnotajerk.com/gftestimonies.html Ted Mosby is Not a Jerk]]. It doesn't reveal much about the pineapple, except for the fact that Ted probably shouldn't have eaten it.
** *** In a bonus scene released after the show aired, Ted [[spoiler: stole the pineapple from The Captain who keeps pineapples outside his homes as a sea captain's symbol of hospitality.]]
2nd Jun '17 6:25:38 AM MyFinalEdits
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* In the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', it's never made entirely clear whether or not the Zabi family really did assassinate Char's dad, Zeon Deikun. The official story is he died of a heart attack (''The Origin'' does show him to have been ''very'' stressed and high-strung at the time) but Char himself and most other people who mention his death treat the assassination angle as an OpenSecret. ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin'', however, implies that the assassination theory might have been cooked up by Deikun's OldRetainer Jinba Ral both to discredit the Zabi family and to mold Char into a TykeBomb against them. In the end, it's one of those enduring mysteries that conspiracy nuts of the Universal Century will debate for centuries, until the Anime/TurnAGundam kills them all.

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* In the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', it's ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'':
** It's
never made entirely clear whether or not the Zabi family really did assassinate Char's dad, Zeon Deikun. The official story is he died of a heart attack (''The Origin'' does show him to have been ''very'' stressed and high-strung at the time) but Char himself and most other people who mention his death treat the assassination angle as an OpenSecret. ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin'', however, implies that the assassination theory might have been cooked up by Deikun's OldRetainer Jinba Ral both to discredit the Zabi family and to mold Char into a TykeBomb against them. In the end, it's one of those enduring mysteries that conspiracy nuts of the Universal Century will debate for centuries, until the Anime/TurnAGundam kills them all.
1st Jun '17 10:10:23 PM LinTaylor
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** In the "Tomino Memo" (said to be Creator/YoshiyukiTomino's original 50-episode plan for ''Mobile Suit Gundam''), Dewgin Zabi meets the White Base crew and, recognizing Sayla as Deikun's daughter Artesia, begs her forgiveness for having killed her father and perverted his dream. Of course, one might not buy the whole "original plan" idea; ''Manga/GundamSousei'' puts forth the idea that it's nonsense Tomino threw together to tempt the sponsors so they would fund the compilation movie trilogy.
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