Created By: Voyd211 on December 20, 2012 Last Edited By: Voyd211 on September 30, 2013

The Wizard Who Did It

If A Wizard Did It, blame this guy.

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I, gentlemen, am Sarda. And that makes me THE WIZARD WHO DID IT!
--Sarda, "8-Bit Theater"

Occasionally, a work will Hand Wave plotholes, inconsistencies and anachronisms with one simple statement: "A Wizard Did It."

Well, SOME works take this a step further, by introducing you to the exact wizard behind it. The Wizard that Did It, if you will.

Unmarked spoilers beyond, since this is generally a plot twist, with the exception of the trope namer.

Examples:

Anime and Manga

Film

  • From The Matrix, the Architect is the specific program that created the Matrix, as well as the One, the human resistance, and all of the other programs, including the Oracle.

Tabletop Games

  • Tzeentch is behind everything, even his own failures.
  • The presence of Kaiju-sized animals in the Mystara setting is explained, in their monster descriptions, with the claim that they were created by the wizard Gargantua.

Video Games

Visual Novels

Web Comics

  • Sarda from 8-Bit Theater serves as the Trope Namer. In addition, Red Mage and Black Mage apparently have the potential to serve as his successors.
Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • December 20, 2012
    Voyd211
    Examples added.
  • December 25, 2012
    Voyd211
    Bumping this and Animalistic Abomination.
  • December 25, 2012
    TheHandle
    I LOVE that title! I love it to bits! It's hilarious!
  • December 25, 2012
    Stratadrake
    So this is just literal A Wizard Did It? That's questionable grounds.
  • December 26, 2012
    Achyfi
    So... is it a wizard masterminding the entire storyline (i.e., predicting the outcome of the story in a sort of Batman Gambit and being the guiding force that moves it along), or is it discovering the person who is responsible for what is otherwise a plot hole/inconsistency/simply left unexplained? The examples seem to be alternating between the two...

    If it's the latter, The Legend Of Zelda The Minish Cap explains that the Minish people were responsible for hiding Rupees around Hyrule. Would that fit?
  • December 26, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
  • December 26, 2012
    dotchan
  • December 26, 2012
    Voyd211
    @Achyfi: It's the second one. A few of these I got from the A Wizard Did It page, like the When They Cry examples. The Architect had such listed on his character entry on The Matrix. Perhaps Tzeentch is less of an example, though.
  • December 26, 2012
    SharleeD
    • The presence of Kaiju-sized animals in the Mystara setting is explained, in their monster descriptions, with the claim that they were created by the wizard Gargantua.
  • December 27, 2012
    Voyd211
    A couple more examples added.
  • September 28, 2013
    63648411
    I would argue the fact that this is should be separate from A Wizard Did It in that the focus is on an individual which is not even required to exist to qualify as an example of A Wizard Did It. While the first is a much more open ended requirement, which could be just a Hand Wave, this trope is about the actual person who evokes the A Wizard Did It.
  • September 29, 2013
    DAN004
    So this would be a Sub Trope?
  • September 29, 2013
    DAN004

    Not sure if that goes to Real Life or Mythology, though...
  • September 30, 2013
    Melkior
    ^ That's arguable, so it usually goes under Religion and Mythology to save arguments. Also, that's a Zero Context Example.
  • September 30, 2013
    kjnoren
    Totally ununderstable trope name, and the description is quite hard to follow despite being short.
  • September 30, 2013
    Chabal2
    Discworld: the wizards of Unseen University are usually the first to be blamed when there's yet another invasion of horrible things from the Dungeon Dimensions or other disruption of the Status Quo (to be fair, they usually are). However, thanks to being wizards, complaints usually amount to very little (as Archchancellor Ridcully puts it, "Oh please, try and sue the University, we've got a pond full of people who tried to sue the University!").

  • September 30, 2013
    Bisected8
    Reading through A Wizard Did It, it does seem to include concrete "here's the wizard wot dunnit" examples.

    Would this be worth splitting off?
  • September 30, 2013
    DAN004
    What's the difference from the Powers That Be?
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