Created By: FallenLegend on December 18, 2011 Last Edited By: FallenLegend on December 21, 2011


The creator keeps a plot point secret even for himself

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“The First Question, the oldest question in the Universe, that must never be answered, hidden in plain sight.Doctor Who?”

The author of a fictional work is the architect of a fictional work and essentially the god of his fictional universe. That means he/she must know everything right?, After all the author just needs to make up some explanation even if it is an Ass Pull and it becomes canon right?...Except when they don't

Some authors like to keep plot points ambiguous, not just to keep their audience guessing but because they want to keep the mystery for themselves as if they were part of the audience(at least temporally).

Not to be confused when the author simply wants everyone to have their "own interpretation". For this trope to apply there must be a truth that is unknown not just subjetive as there might be clues to the "real" answer...

When this trope is part of the ending it becomes either an Ambiguous Ending or a Gainax Ending.

Anime and Manga

  • Not even Tolkien knew who Tom Bombadil was.

Live-Action TV
  • In Doctor Who nobody (not even the show writters) but the doctor know the doctor's name.
Community Feedback Replies: 4
  • December 18, 2011
    Shrug Of God. Also, your first two examples are already on that page.
  • December 18, 2011
    similar but not the same thing...

    I thought shrug was when the author simply refused to answer... I might discard this. I feel the doctor who example is the best but it might no be that different from shrug of god after all
  • December 20, 2011
    Shrug Of God has numerous reasons. Points number 4, 6, 9, 11 all essentially boil down to "the author doesn't know either".

    Essentially, when you get the Shrug Of God it's either because the author doesn't know the answer themself (for various reasons), or they do know but aren't telling (again, for various reasons). Perhaps we should rework the list.
  • December 21, 2011
    @OP/FallenLegend: You might want to merge your two Not Even God Knows YKTTW's to avoid confusion.