History Main / ShrugofGod

24th Sep '17 4:03:18 PM Premonition45
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* ''Film/StarTrek'': In the DVD commentary, director Creator/JJAbrams really doesn't have an answer as to whether the policeman who pursues young Kirk was meant to be a robot or not.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'': In his EstablishingCharacterMoment, Khan removes his left hand glove, [[RedRightHand but leaves his right hand glove on through the rest of the film]]. Fans have always asked director Creator/NicholasMeyer why, but Meyer's never given a answer, often saying "Why do ''you'' think he wears it?".
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''Film/StarTrek'': In the DVD commentary, director Creator/JJAbrams really doesn't have an answer as to whether the policeman who pursues young Kirk was meant to be a robot or not.
17th Sep '17 6:05:57 PM nombretomado
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* "If you understood ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' completely, we failed. We wanted to [[MindScrew raise more questions than we answered]]." -- ArthurCClarke

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* "If you understood ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' completely, we failed. We wanted to [[MindScrew raise more questions than we answered]]." -- ArthurCClarkeCreator/ArthurCClarke
9th Sep '17 4:21:33 PM nombretomado
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* AndrewHussie is usually ready to answer questions about specific events within ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', but there are several subjects which he simply doesn't care enough about to resolve. The details of the dead members of [[GangOfHats The Felt]] is the most persistently shrugged line of questioning. (He eventually answered it once they appeared in the story).

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* AndrewHussie Creator/AndrewHussie is usually ready to answer questions about specific events within ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', but there are several subjects which he simply doesn't care enough about to resolve. The details of the dead members of [[GangOfHats The Felt]] is the most persistently shrugged line of questioning. (He eventually answered it once they appeared in the story).
7th Sep '17 8:46:23 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Every single time Testuya Nomura is asked about when ''KingdomHearts 3'' will be announced, it usually results in this. Like in this interview concerning ''Birth By Sleep'':

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* Every single time Testuya Nomura is asked about when ''KingdomHearts 3'' ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3'' will be announced, it usually results in this. Like in this interview concerning ''Birth By Sleep'':



** And on the subject of ''KingdomHearts'', according to the Ultimania, [[spoiler:Roxas "may or may not" have had Ventus's heart.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'''s writer, Marc Laidlaw, remains very careful not to make any crucial statements about some of the fuzzier parts of the series' continuity. He does not only hold this attitude towards the Gearbox expansions, but also towards Valve's games as well.

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** And on the subject of ''KingdomHearts'', ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', according to the Ultimania, [[spoiler:Roxas "may or may not" have had Ventus's heart.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'''s ''VideoGame/HalfLife'''s writer, Marc Laidlaw, remains very careful not to make any crucial statements about some of the fuzzier parts of the series' continuity. He does not only hold this attitude towards the Gearbox expansions, but also towards Valve's games as well.
6th Sep '17 2:39:24 AM JVM
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**After Pratchett's death, the contents of his hard drive were lost when it was, per his wishes, steamrolled. [http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/30/547330166/in-fitting-postscript-terry-pratchett-had-his-unfinished-works-steamrolled Really].



* The creators of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' claim that the title characters have [[VagueAge no definitive age]] (despite being nine in the pilot), just that they are "less than fifteen." They did this after making seeing how well different age groups all identified with them.

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* The creators of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' claim that the title characters have [[VagueAge no definitive age]] (despite being nine in the pilot), just that they are "less than fifteen." They did this after making seeing how well different age groups all identified with them. (Eventually, they were said to be ten years old.)



* One question ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' fans wondered was whether the other Griffins could understand what Stewie was saying. When asked this question (on the early season [=DVDs=]), creator Creator/SethMacFarlane replied, "Well, Brian can understand him." Chris also seems to understand him just fine. The topic has also been [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] several times.

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* One A common question ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' fans wondered was whether the other characters or the Griffins could understand what Stewie was saying. When asked this question (on the early season [=DVDs=]), creator Creator/SethMacFarlane replied, "Well, Brian can understand him." Chris also seems to understand him just fine. The topic has also been [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] several times. The general rule of thumb has been that while everyone understands him, the older characters generally don't take his statements seriously or at face value, but this is sometimes subverted for a joke, too.



* The question of "Who is Mysterion?" from the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "The Coon". Trey Parker and Matt Stone flat-out stated that they don't know who Mysterion is, and that there is no specific character who they intended Mysterion to be. Fans continued to debate the issue and presented evidence backing up various theories, until the issue was finally revisited in the three-part "Coon And Friends" Trilogy. (In case you're wondering, [[spoiler:it's [[TheyKilledKenny Kenny]]]].)

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* The question of "Who is Mysterion?" from the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "The Coon". In the original commentary, Trey Parker and Matt Stone flat-out stated that they don't know who Mysterion is, and that there is was no specific character who they intended Mysterion to be. Fans continued to debate the issue and presented evidence backing up various theories, until with Clyde and Kenny usually being the most popular candidates. The issue was finally revisited in the three-part "Coon And Friends" Trilogy.Trilogy, with a fan poll between the first and second parts about who viewers thought he might be. (In case you're wondering, [[spoiler:it's [[TheyKilledKenny Kenny]]]].))
** They claim on the commentary they decided his identity very late during production on "the first one", and seem to mean the original episode, but its a little unclear.
**Matt and Trey don't tend to plan too far ahead, and generally answer questions in a very casual off-the-cuff manner, so many of their statements can appear Shrug of God.


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18th Aug '17 8:09:06 AM Sunflorazumarill
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* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'': There's an age issue on the fandom. The characters age or even who is the oldest and youngest among the paladins is unknown to this day and changes based on what each member of the production says. Fanon runs wild with interpretations of age and even led to a FandomBerserkButton regarding ships of Shiro/Paladins, due to accusations that said ships would be pedophilia, due to Shiro being older than 18 while the others aren't, despite Shiro being, at oldest earl 20's and the paladins being around mid to late teens.

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* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'': There's an age issue on the fandom. The characters age or even who is the oldest and youngest among the paladins is unknown to this day and changes based on what each member of the production says. Fanon runs wild with interpretations of age and even led to a FandomBerserkButton regarding ships of Shiro/Paladins, due to accusations that said ships would be pedophilia, due to Shiro being older than 18 while the others aren't, despite Shiro being, at oldest earl early 20's and the paladins being around mid to late teens.
14th Aug '17 11:28:48 AM ectostar
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* '''Find your own answers.''' Maybe the creators don't want to say anything because the answer is actually hidden within the work and he/she/they want the fans to be attentive and uncover it for themselves (or don't feel that he/she/they should have to just give up the secret willy-nilly considering all the hard work they did to cleverly interweave it into the narrative). Even if the answer ''isn't'' out there, creators may still want the fans to come up with [[EpilepticTrees their]] [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory own]] [[WildMassGuessing answers]] (''[[TheWalrusWasPaul Sheesh]].''). Some may firmly believe in the DeathOfTheAuthor theory and not feel their interpretations are any more valid than anyone else's.

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* '''Find your own answers.''' Maybe the creators don't want to say anything because the answer is actually hidden within the work and he/she/they they want the fans to be attentive and uncover it for themselves (or don't feel that he/she/they they should have to just give up the secret willy-nilly considering all the hard work they did to cleverly interweave it into the narrative). Even if the answer ''isn't'' out there, creators may still want the fans to come up with [[EpilepticTrees their]] [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory own]] [[WildMassGuessing answers]] (''[[TheWalrusWasPaul Sheesh]].''). Some may firmly believe in the DeathOfTheAuthor theory and not feel their interpretations are any more valid than anyone else's.
14th Aug '17 11:27:28 AM ectostar
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->'''Alan Schneider:''' Who or what is "Godot"?\\
'''Samuel Beckett:''' If I knew, I would have said so in the play.

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->'''Alan Schneider:''' Schneider''': Who or what is "Godot"?\\
'''Samuel Beckett:''' Beckett''': If I knew, I would have said so in the play.



** Creator/GeorgeLucas officially knows nothing about any of Yoda's backstory or history, despite having crafted elaborate backstories for basically every other character in the series (even ones with less than a minute of screentime) through the ExpandedUniverse. What's his species? They're officially known as [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Yoda%27s_species "Yoda's species"]]. Where did they come from? Nobody knows. How did Yoda end up as the Grandmaster of the Jedi Order? Nobody knows. Why is every known member of his species a Jedi? ''Nobody knows.''

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** Creator/GeorgeLucas officially knows nothing about any of Yoda's backstory or history, despite having crafted elaborate backstories for basically every other character in the series (even ones with less than a minute of screentime) through the ExpandedUniverse. What's his species? They're officially known as [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Yoda%27s_species "Yoda's species"]]. Where did they come from? Nobody knows. How did Yoda end up as the Grandmaster of the Jedi Order? Nobody knows. Why is every known member of his species a Jedi? ''Nobody knows.''knows''.



* In ''Literature/TheScarletLetter,'' Hawthorne is usually an omniscient narrator, knowing the deeds, words, and innermost thoughts and feelings of many different characters. But at one point, his omniscience falters, and he says that one woman is rumored to be a witch, without confirming whether she is or isn't.

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* In ''Literature/TheScarletLetter,'' ''Literature/TheScarletLetter'', Hawthorne is usually an omniscient narrator, knowing the deeds, words, and innermost thoughts and feelings of many different characters. But at one point, his omniscience falters, and he says that one woman is rumored to be a witch, without confirming whether she is or isn't.



-->''Even in a mythical Age there must be some enigmas, as there always are. Tom Bombadil is one (intentionally).''

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-->''Even in a mythical Age there must be some enigmas, as there always are. Tom Bombadil is one (intentionally).''(intentionally)''.



* An interviewer asked W. M. Thackeray if [[spoiler:Becky kills Jos]] in ''Literature/VanityFair.'' Thackeray cheerfully admitted that he hadn't a clue.

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* An interviewer asked W. M. Thackeray if [[spoiler:Becky kills Jos]] in ''Literature/VanityFair.'' ''Literature/VanityFair''. Thackeray cheerfully admitted that he hadn't a clue.



--->'''Fan:''' This is a bit of a nitpick, but in ''Federation of Fear'', Tren Krom is described as having yellow eyes. But in The Mutran Chronicles, and on his BS01 entry, he is said to have little more than holes laid into his skull for eyes. Which one is the accurate description?\\
'''Greg:''' You're right. It is a nitpick.

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--->'''Fan:''' --->'''Fan''': This is a bit of a nitpick, but in ''Federation of Fear'', Tren Krom is described as having yellow eyes. But in The Mutran Chronicles, and on his BS01 entry, he is said to have little more than holes laid into his skull for eyes. Which one is the accurate description?\\
'''Greg:''' '''Greg''': You're right. It is a nitpick.



* The ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' dev team is ''frustratingly notorious'' for this. Every interview they have will always have at least one question with an ambiguous answer that's as vague as possible. '''Always.''' It's not so bad to want your MMO to have some mysteries, but trying to have your game as GuideDangIt as possible with things that hundreds of thousands of players haven't figured out for 4+ years is something else entirely.

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* The ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' dev team is ''frustratingly notorious'' for this. Every interview they have will always have at least one question with an ambiguous answer that's as vague as possible. '''Always.''' '''Always'''. It's not so bad to want your MMO to have some mysteries, but trying to have your game as GuideDangIt as possible with things that hundreds of thousands of players haven't figured out for 4+ years is something else entirely.



-->'''Scout:''' He's not here, is she?

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-->'''Scout:''' -->'''Scout''': He's not here, is she?



-->'''Fan:''' When exactly are our heroines' birthdays?\\
'''Tom:''' [[http://gunnerkrigg.proboards75.com/index.cgi?board=general&action=display&thread=40&page=8#1178001262 At some point during the year.]]

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-->'''Fan:''' -->'''Fan''': When exactly are our heroines' birthdays?\\
'''Tom:''' '''Tom''': [[http://gunnerkrigg.proboards75.com/index.cgi?board=general&action=display&thread=40&page=8#1178001262 At some point during the year.]]



* Creator/JohnKricfalusi, creator of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow,'' apparently answered the question of whether Ren and Stimpy were gay with "I don't know, it's none of my business."

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* Creator/JohnKricfalusi, creator of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow,'' ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', apparently answered the question of whether Ren and Stimpy were gay with "I don't know, it's none of my business."



--->'''Jayson Thiessen:''' hehe

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--->'''Jayson Thiessen:''' Thiessen''': hehe
11th Aug '17 8:32:02 AM jjjj2
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* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'': There's an age issue on the fandom. The characters age or even who is the oldest and youngest among the paladins is unknown to this day and changes based on what each member of the production says. Fanon runs wild with interpretations of age and even led to a FandomBerserkButton regarding ships of Shiro/Paladins, due to accusations that said ships would be pedophilia, due to Shiro being older than 18 while the others aren't, despite Shiro being, at oldest earl 20's and the paladins being around mid to late teens.



* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'': There's an age issue on the fandom. The characters age or even who is the oldest and youngest among the paladins is unknown to this day and changes based on what each member of the production says. Fanon runs wild with interpretations of age and even led to a FandomBerserkButton regarding ships of Shiro/Paladins, due to accusations that said ships would be pedophilia, due to Shiro being older than 18 while the others aren't, despite Shiro being, at oldest earl 20's and the paladins being around mid to late teens.
4th Aug '17 8:23:34 PM Arcana4th
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* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'': There's an age issue on the fandom. The characters age or even who is the oldest and youngest among the paladins is unknown to this day and changes based on what each member of the production says. Fanon runs wild with interpretations of age and even led to a FandomBerserkButton regarding ships of Shiro/Paladins, due to accusations that said ships would be pedophilia, due to Shiro being older than 18 while the others aren't, despite Shiro being, at oldest earl 20's and the paladins being around mid to late teens.
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