->"''The author reserves the right to have a better idea.''"
-->-- '''LoisMcMasterBujold'''

Most of the time, the WordOfGod knows exactly what it's talking about. It's consistent. It's, well, {{Canon}}.

But sometimes, the Word of God can't quite make up its mind what to say. Maybe the creator hasn't decided what the right answer is, or [[BellisariosMaxim the audience asked them a question they didn't think they'd have to answer at all]]. Maybe they actually changed their mind sometime after they gave the original answer. Sometimes, it's simply that they're a LyingCreator. Or the "creator" is actually a series of ghost writers as in some franchise series and DependingOnTheWriter don't do a great job of keeping the character consistent. Either way, a Flip Flop of God is when the Word of God contradicts itself somehow. The fundamental unreliability this reveals -- any creator, at any time, might commit this -- can be considered an argument in favor of the DeathOfTheAuthor.

Compare and contrast ShrugOfGod, when a creator outright refuses to give a direct answer. Can overlap with this if they later ''do'' give a straight answer, or if they contradict an earlier straight answer by saying the detail in question is intentionally ambiguous.

Different from {{Retcon}}, because retcons are changes to something that happens in the story, instead of the Word of God. Also different from a [[SwordAndSandal flip-flop]] ''worn'' by an [[CrystalDragonJesus in-universe god]], or a [[LotusEaterMachine god that's]] [[DeusEstMachina made of]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flip-flop_%28electronics%29 flip-flops.]]

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[[folder: Anime And Manga]]
* The creator of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' has done some flip-flopping over what the correct translation of the title is (namely, whether the first word should be "Ah" or "Oh").
* RumikoTakahashi (in)famously replied to the "[[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Pregnant Ranma]]" problem by saying, "I don't think about that, and neither should you." But then she went and wrote the Musk Dynasty storyline, where animals cursed in the same spring as Ranma were taken as wives and bore children. This answered the first half of the question ("What if Ranma got pregnant...?") and, indirectly, answers [[FirstLawOfGenderBending what would be needed]] to avoid the second half ("...and then changed back to a guy?")
* Kazuki Takahashi can't seem to decide when he's gonna stop making ''Anime/YuGiOh'' spinoffs. First he said ''[[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX]]'' was the last one, then came ''[[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds 5Ds]]''. Then he said ''5Ds'' would be the last, and then the announce and release of a new one called ''[[Anime/YuGiOhZexal Ze-X-al]]''.
* Masashi Kishimoto from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fame, first [[AllThereInTheManual implied in the databooks]] that Hidan would eventually lose his immortality and die while being buried alive, The other Akatsuki members even explicitly referred to him as being killed in action, however he later backed down on this, and [[spoiler: even a resurrected Kakuzu reasoned that since Hidan is not among the ones resurrected by Kabuto, he must still be alive.]] He is also conflicted about which of the Hokages is the strongest. He first stated that the 4th was the most talented ninja ever, a OneManArmy everyone was ordered to retreat from immediately during the war. Then the third Hokage is claimed to have learned every jutsu in Konoha, shown to be able to fight off the 1st and 2nd Hokage reincarnated plus Orochimaru ''combined'', while his summoning, Enma, remarks that his current state is pathetic compared to what he used to be. And ''then'', much later, he went completely over-the-top with the 1st Hokage and turned him into a walking God thanks to his Wood Element Jutsu and incomparable chakra.
* For many years, Creator/HideakiAnno was very defensive of both of the endings for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', despite their highly controversial reputation, stating that he wouldn't change anything. Anno has since announced that the ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movie series will indeed have an entirely different ending, rather than a retelling of ''Anime/EndOfEvangelion''. He however never stated that ''Rebuild'' was a remake. According to popular fan theory it is actually a sequel.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/NewType_2011-05#Sayaka_Train_Interpretation It is ambiguous]] whether or not Sayaka [[spoiler:killed the two men on the train for badmouthing their girlfriends]] in Episode 8, due to multiple [[WordOfGod Words of God]]. The director Shinbo has officially {{Jossed}} it, the manga writer Hanokage says she did, and GenUrobuchi (the writer) says it's [[AmbiguousSituation supposed to be ambiguous the way it was written]].
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[[folder: Comics]]
* Marvel goes back and forth over whether or not TheHulk has ever accidentally killed someone during his city destroying rampages. This lead to a notable {{Retcon}} at least once; the Hulk was sent into space for the ''PlanetHulk'' storyline because a fight between him and [[ComicBook/FantasticFour the Thing]] inadvertently caused the deaths of over twenty people. This was later retconned into severe injuries, which made the whole "shoot him into space" thing into retroactive DisproportionateRetribution.
* {{Deadpool}} admits that whether or not he's really Wade Wilson [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on who's writing him]].
* After the ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'' crossover, Creator/DanDiDio famously stated that "Dead means dead" in regards to [[DeathIsCheap DC's habit of resurrecting dead characters]]. In accordance with this, a planned ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' storyline that would've seen the resurrection of Kid Devil was axed. Then came the ComicBook/{{New 52}} ContinuityReboot, where a number of previously-dead characters like [[TheAtom Ryan Choi]] were brought back.
* Creator/JoeQuesada was adamant that the mainstream Franchise/MarvelUniverse would ''never'' crossover with the UltimateMarvel Universe, and is on record saying that the idea would be creatively bankrupt. Fast-forward to 2012, where Marvel launched [[ComicBook/SpiderMen a heavily-publicized crossover]] between Peter Parker, the mainstream universe Spider-Man, and [[AffirmativeActionLegacy Miles Morales]], the new ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan. This was largely done to celebrate Spider-Man's 50th anniversary, as well as cash-in on the success of the ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' movie.
* For years, Creator/BrianMichaelBendis was adamant that Ronin from the Comicbook/NewAvengers was ''always'' intended to be Maya Lopez in a new identity, despite early publicity materials strongly indicating that the character was actually supposed to be Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} in disguise. Bendis eventually confirmed in the first ''New Avengers'' hardcover that Ronin was indeed intended to be Daredevil, and that the decision to have it turn out to be Maya instead was a last minute change.
* James Robinson was initially very defensive of ''CryForJustice'', and even said in a text piece that he had "No apologies" for any of the controversial elements. Then at a convention, he confessed that [[StuffedIntoTheFridge killing Lian Harper to give angst to her]] [[GreenArrow white grandfather]] was an [[ExecutiveMeddling editorial decision]], and not one he agreed with either.
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[[folder: Fan Fic]]
* In the intro to TheRemake of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheMovie'', Creator/{{Swing 123}} remarks that he wouldn't be remaking his [[Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesIILostAtSea other]] [[Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesIIIDoubleTrouble two]] movie fanfics. Not too long later, however, he announced that he would be remaking ''Lost at Sea''.
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[[folder: Film]]
* Is Deckard in ''Film/BladeRunner'' a replicant? Director Creator/RidleyScott says yes this week, while actor Creator/HarrisonFord claims that he and Scott both agreed not. The screenwriter also says no. The various edits of the film lean more one one way or another.
** The book the film is based off of also very clearly indicates Deckard is not an android. He was only accused of being one as a false pretense for being arrested. [[spoiler:Phil Resch]] is the only character where there is any real question about whether he is a replicant or human and this is resolved very quickly and definitively in the story.
* Director Alain Resnais and writer Alain Robbe-Grillet disagree about whether the woman goes away with the man at the end of ''Film/LastYearAtMarienbad''.
* The makers of the ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movies can't decide whether TheStinger for ''At World's End'' is [[HappilyEverAfter happy]] or {{bittersweet|Ending}}. Sometimes they say that Will was freed from his duty as Captain of the Flying Dutchman because Elizabeth remained faithful the ten years he was gone, while other times they say no, he's Captain for life, this is just his one day on dry land between tours.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' has so many, they might be too numerous to list completely. Some of the more notable ones include why Chewbacca didn't get a medal, and how many films [[Creator/GeorgeLucas Lucas]] had originally intended to make. An interesting one being the whole "[[TheDogShotFirst who shot first?]]" deal. First Han shoots and fries Greedo. Then Greedo shoots first and misses point-blank. Then they shoot at about the same time. Then a picture turns up of Lucas wearing a "Han Shot First!" shirt... One theory is that Greedo shooting first was just ExecutiveMeddling, and Lucas never liked the change in the first place. Most recently, Lucas has started claiming Greedo ''always'' shot first, it just wasn't clear in the original print.
* ''Film/TotalRecall1990'': Director Creator/PaulVerhoeven has gone back and forth on the issue of whether the events of the film were real or all in Quaid's mind. His position seems to depend on whether there are hopes of getting a sequel made at the time he is asked that question.
* Creator/ChristopherNolan said that at no point in any Batman film he directed would he [[spoiler:include any incarnation of the Comicbook/{{Robin}} character]]. He then went ahead and did it in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
* Shane Black said there was no way he'd include [[YellowPeril the Mandarin]] in ''Film/IronMan3'' due to the character's reputation as a racist stereotype. The Mandarin ended up appearing as the film's lead villain, but with a major change; [[RaceLift he was played by a half-Indian actor rather than a Chinese one]], largely in order to [[AcceptableTargets avoid offending Chinese audiences and the movie's own Chinese financial backers]].
** There was a twist to this. [[spoiler: The Mandarin turns out to be a DecoyLeader played by a British actor. The "real" Mandarin is Aldrich Killian]].
** Actually a double-twist: [[spoiler: Aldrich Killian is not even the real Mandarin. The real Mandarin, who is the leader of the Ten Rings, is still out there somewhere and was just being co-opted by Killian]].

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[[folder: Literature]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** In the first few weeks after ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' was released, J.K. Rowling's answers to questions that either went unanswered in the series or about what happened between the end and the epilogue were a bit contradictory. She eventually settled on a single answer for ''most'' of them. For a supposedly well planned out series that spanned seven titles and over a decade in real time, it is disappointing that for so many things she only seemed to decide upon an answer after the series was finished.
** [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Book 7]] provided lovely gems such as [[spoiler:Grindelwald being alive, Hermione's middle name being 'Jean', and different Secret Keeper rules]] just to name a few.
** In an interview she did with Pottercast, Rowling and the interviewers became confused regarding Hannah Abbott's blood status - she had always assumed her to be Muggle Born, but had written that a family member of hers was buried in a wizard cemetery. Her final decision: "Oh, let's just split the difference and call her half-blood."
*** On a more minor note, Rowling apparently couldn't make up her mind on what year Hermione Granger was born - originally she gave Hermione's year of birth as 1980 (same as Harry and Ron) and later changed it to 1979.
** And now, as if the shipping wars weren't bad enough, Rowling has said that Harry and Hermione would have been a better match in some ways and that Hermione settling down with Ron was just her clinging to "wish fulfillment."
* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey couldn't seem to make up her mind about, well, ''anything'' related to ''DragonridersOfPern''. For instance, whether measurements given for the dragons are in feet (really the only feasible size, but a bit small for the early descriptions) or meters (an outright ridiculous figure). Or whether greens are infertile from firestone or genetics (at one point she actually said both in ''the same sentence'').
* Whether or not William Gibson's Sprawl is a dystopia seems to depend on what the general outlook on the future seems to be in the SF Community. When ''{{Neuromancer}}'' first came out in TheEighties, Gibson was adamant that The Sprawl was a dystopia with all the problems of modern urban environments turned up to eleven. Now, twenty years later, Gibson's claiming the exact opposite while simultaneously trying to cosy up to younger, more optimistic writers.
* BretEastonEllis, the author of ''AmericanPsycho,'' can't ever decide if Patrick Bateman was a SerialKiller or of his killing spree was made up in his twisted mind. In the novel it's intentionally left ambiguous.
* Creator/LFrankBaum explicitly cancelled his "Oz" series several times, only to be forced to resume the series for financial reasons and write his way out of whatever corner he'd previously trapped himself in.
** He managed to start flip-flopping in the first two books. Glinda is happy to send the Scarecrow back to the Emerald City to rule in the first book, but in the second, she refuses to help him regain the throne because the Wizard had usurped it in the first place.
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** On Usenet during the broadcast of season 3, series creator Creator/JMichaelStraczynski stated that Valen, the ancient Minbari leader and messiah figure, had no children. In season 4, the episode "Atonement" revolved around Valen having had children. JMS has admitted to [[LyingCreator outright lying]] in order to avoid spoiling future storylines, naming Valen as a specific example.
** Also, in a behind-the-scenes documentary made during season 1, Jerry Doyle (who played Michael Garibaldi) said that JMS told him that Garibaldi would never get a girl. In the show, Garibaldi ends up reconciling with his old girlfriend Lise in season 4 and marrying her in season 5.
*** Not only that but he also inherits the fortune of her late husband, becoming the head of a MegaCorp.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** The producers said Sylar had lost all his stolen abilities, but the last episode of season 2 showed him using telekinesis. Season 3 shows him retaining other powers... all while official canon and WordOfGod says he lost ''all'' of them.
** The new WordOfGod attempts to reconcile this, saying he lost all his powers ''except'' for his telekinesis and giving a vague rationalization about his previously unknown empathic abilities. His other powers from season 1 were only demonstrated by a version of him from an alternate future.
** The producers also initially claimed back in Season 2 that Bennet, Mohinder, and Ando would remain normal humans and not receive superpowers. Season 3 pretty much threw that out the window with regards to Mohinder (who gets Spider powers) and Ando (who can now shoot Hadokens!). The only non-powered human left in the main cast is BadassNormal Mr. Bennet, who doesn't ''need'' any lame powers because he's pretty much [[MemeticMutation The Goddamn Batman]].
* The producers of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' were notorious for making claims about the direction of the series and then going against those claims later. It's not exactly clear whether the producers were intentionally misleading, forced in different directions by the network, simply making things up as they went along, or all three.
** An early season 1 interview said that there would be no TimeTravel. Desmond's [[MentalTimeTravel consciousness-jumping]] in seasons 3 and 4 could be seen as bending this rule, but season 5 flat out broke it. Script coordinator Gregg Nations claimed that an early season 1 episode, "Solitary," was supposed to hint at time travel and time anomalies on the island, but ABC nixed the idea, afraid that people would stop watching if time travel muddled the plot.
** An interview claimed that Season 3 wouldn't feature Desmond running naked through the jungle, but then there's Desmond running naked through the jungle.
** Damon Lindeloff claimed in a 2005 interview that the show had no supernatural elements, and everything had a scientific explanation. Even if you take that as only referring to things that had already happened, the statement still covers [[spoiler:the Smoke Monster, who turned out to be a former human who became what he is through magic.]]
** Some of us would say that everything, even [[spoiler: time travel, smoke monsters, millennia-old humans, teleportation, post-mortem consciousness, and any of the other unexplained events of the series]] has a scientific explanation: we just don't know what it is.
* ''Series/ICarly'': The week before the "[=iSaved=] Your Life" episode aired, a promo aired showing 2 of the main characters kissing. DanSchneider, in an effort to calm the shippers of a pairing involving a different character, implied it might not be what it appeared. Cue the episode, where they ended up kissing 7 or 8 times, and it was pretty much as it appeared.
* About ''Series/TheXFiles'', Chris Carter made repeated statements that there was no hint of a Mulder/Scully romance.
* RDM's flat denial of any possibility of an Adama/Roslin in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' romance. Turned out about the same way.
* Depending on if you ask Matthew Graham or Ashley Pharaoh, Jim Keats of ''Series/AshesToAshes'' is either [[spoiler:{{Satan}} incarnate (according to Graham, sometimes), the Antichrist (Graham again, in different interviews), or a high-ranking agent of evil/The Devil[=/=]DavidBowie (Pharoah, according to Graham).]] Don't even [[BaseBreaker start with the fans' opinions]]. Let's just say, his status is up in the air and leave it at that.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Producer Creator/RussellTDavies refused to confirm whether or not the Face of Boe is really [[spoiler:Jack Harkness]], calling it only "a theory". In the DVD commentary for "Last of the Time Lords", Julie Gardner (an executive producer) accused Davies of "back-pedaling" on the two characters being obviously the same; Davies had also already added a line of dialog into "Gridlock" that strongly implied the same thing, which he points out on the same DVD commentary. He's since said that it stops being funny if we ever know ''either'' way.
* If the writers for ''PowerRangers'' ever claim that a certain series takes place either TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture or in an AlternateContinuity, expect a ReunionShow to later shove it back into the present-day main universe.
** ''Lost Galaxy'' and ''Ninja Storm'' got this, though ''SPD'' has been able to keep its 2025 setting so far; team-ups feature TimeTravel. ''RPM'' is so recent it just hasn't happened ''yet''.
** RPM now explicitly takes place in another dimension (pretty much the only explanation for Samurai ''not'' being in a post-apocalyptic wasteland and featuring someone from ''Morphin'.'')
** There's also Jonathon Tzachor's constant flip-flop over the state of the series' continuity. Initially, it was one whole universe except ''RPM''. Then, he decided that none of the Disney-era series happened (''Ninja Storm'' through ''RPM''). ''Then'', he decided that ''every'' season happened in different continuities - even the old-school ones that came before the SuperSentai format was picked up! Which makes ''Mighty Morphin'' season 3 and ''Turbo's'' endings {{Downer Ending}}s!
* ''Series/QuantumLeap'': One of the house rules according to creator Donald Bellisario, was that Sam would never leap into a real person. For the first four seasons, he didn't; we only saw "[[HistoricalInJoke kisses with history]]". But the rule was suddenly dropped for Season 5, which opened with Sam leaping into [[WhoShotJFK Lee Harvey Oswald]] (a story Bellisario particularly wanted to tell as a counterpunch to Oliver Stone's ''JFK''), and continued with a host of others: Marilyn Monroe's chauffeur, Dr. Ruth, and even [[ElvisPresley the King himself]]. According to Usenet posts made at the time from someone with connections to the production staff, this was ExecutiveMeddling at work: the only way Bellisario could get Season 5 made was by giving the network execs the stories they wanted, which involved Sam leaping into real people.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' has Sam. Sam was originally intended to be gay and his role was partly to develop as Kurt's boyfriend. The writers changed their mind before they filmed anything. They gave the Kurt's boyfriend storyline to another new character, Blaine. Sam was made straight with only extremely nitpicky evidence to suggest he might be bi, but nothing has come of it so far.
* It's easy to forget that ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' commenced with lots of declaration that it would have as little to do with the other shows as possible, and would feature all new aliens. Oh, and those two Ferengi who got stuck in the Delta Quadrant in TNG would never appear. Also, no Borg. How did that go?
* When Willow's relationship with Tara started budding in season 4 of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', JossWhedon was cautious to use the word lesbian, because "then it would stop being about these two people," preferring to not use a label and just see them [[IfItsYouItsOkay as two women in love]]. He also stated that if Oz were ever to come back, the situation would be very complicated because Willow had strong feelings towards both. Flash forward to season 7, where in an interview Whedon instead outright says Willow is a lesbian. The writers discussed having her hook up with a man after [[spoiler: Tara's death]], but went with Kennedy because they didn't want to make her "anything less than gay."
* ''Series/TheSopranos'' creator David Chase didn't help the "Did Tony die in the finale" debate by first stating there was no hidden meaning, then saying ''"anyone who wants to watch it, it's all there"'', and then later commenting ''"there's more than one way of looking at the ending."'' In other words: '''Tony's dead. Unless he isn't.'''
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[[folder: Music]]
* Music/YngwieMalmsteen has a very well-known instrumental that has been officially known as both "Arpeggios From Hell" and "Molto Arpeggiosa".
** The "excerpt" (which is actually the majority of the overall composition) that gained youtube fame is titled the former, with the overall piece titled the latter
* Music/{{Starflyer 59}} has a few.
** According to the ''Leave Here a Stranger'' liner notes, the song "When I Learn to Sing" begins with the lyrics "Because of my genes, a problem I don't need..." According to the official Sf59 fakebook, the song in question begins with "Because of machines, that burn the life out of me..."
** One of the more obscure b-sides is named either "Never Had a Name" or just "Never Had One", depending on whether you consult the liner notes or the label on the disc itself. A slightly less obscure track is named "Magic" on every version released by Tooth & Nail Records, but is named "Majic" on every version released by Burnt Toast Vinyl.
* In of the most confusing events ever, Crypton first described {{Vocaloid}}s Kagamine Rin and Len as mirror images, then took that back and called them twins. Later, they ended up taking both statements back and ended up leaving it up to anyone's interpretation. This resulted in one of the [[InternetBackdraft most annoying situations for anyone in the fandom]], where any video involving Rin and Len resulted in a comment war over which is which.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* Try the home game: Have two people send an email to the official ''DungeonsAndDragons'' support line, asking the same rules-clarification question about just about anything in any edition. You win the game if both replies are contradictory. Points deducted if you asked about stealth or [[GameBreaker Polymorph]]. No points if you used material from Magazine/{{Dragon}} magazine. People say the same thing about TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}. The various forums have plenty of examples; basically, if it isn't in the books or the FAQ, it's Cust Serv's HouseRules. The FAQ's on [=DnD=]'s Character Optimization forum are often regarded as house rules and nothing more. Oddly, the proper method of offering optimization on those very boards is to adhere to the person's DM's house rules and nothing else, only offering minor suggestions if the DM hasn't already said otherwise. Not that many people do it the proper way.
* ''{{Exalted}}''.
** At one point, Official Errata contained two contradictory answers as to whether Immaculate Monk Dynasts got the Enlightened Charms in addition to their 5 Immaculate Martial Arts Charms or not. Both answers were later removed, leaving it completely up to the ST.
** Not to mention all the various contradictions (Zeal, anyone?) that spring up if you read all the Charms that were published since the game's release. Sure, the game evolved, changed a bit and everything that goes with it, but it went too far in many aspects, so much so that many of the original statements about the setting are simply incorrect by the "new" standards. For instance, in the First Edition corebook, it's pretty much treated as fact that the Solars ruled over a Golden Age that was only ended due to a possible horrible future coming from it, with the tales about how horrible the Solars were being latter-day fabrications to discredit them. Later books establish that the Solars were arguably ''worse'' than the Dragonblooded claim -- although even now, some of the claims against the "anathema" are still outright lies. The Second Edition corebook has codified this darkening of the First Age to the core premise.
** Errata for ''Dreams of the First Age'' replaced Zeal with an entirely different charm, banishing that particular issue.
** The Nameless (and place-changing) lair of Ma-Ha Suchi.
* In ''IlluminatiNewWorldOrder'', it's possible to give a group a temporary attribute, and then give them power-boosts that are only legitimate for that attribute. Such power boosts are normally permanent, but when the attribute goes away, so will the power. The rules say that only permanent power boosts count for victory conditions. So, does a power boost as described above count for victory? Steve Jackson originally said yes. The official FAQ now says no.
* Games Workshop can't decide just who [[TabeltopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} Ollanius Pius]] is. He went from an ordinary human, to a Terminator (veteran SpaceMarine), to the Emperor's personal bodyguard, to an ordinary human who just happens to be 30,000 years old.
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[[folder: Toys]]
* Greg Farshtey, the main writer for ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', has been known to flip flop on certain matters, such as whether or not [[spoiler: Zaktan]] is definitely dead. At first it was a definite "yes", but later he became ambiguous about it. The character seemingly died in an explosion, which for any other character would be a definite kill, but [[spoiler:Zaktan's ability to [[PullingThemselvesTogether pull himself together]]]] made it highly questionable. Apparently, he came out a couple of years after the story had ended to confirm that the character ''didn't'' die.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* Many Sonic Team employees will tell you conflicting things about the [[SonicTheHedgehog Sonic universe]]: The manuals can't seem to decide whether Sonic is calm, loves relaxation and loves nature or is excitable and unable to sit still at all, let alone enjoy the scenery.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** Has given a different answer than the character's voice actor for the pronunciation of "Tidus". There is still [[NoPronunciationGuide no canon pronunciation]] of Tidus in English. One preview for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' explicitly pointed out the pronunciation as "Tee-dus." ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' has it Tee-dus, but ''Kingdom Hearts II'' has it Tie-dus.
** ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' solidified things by going with Tee-dus, which corresponds with the Japanese pronunciation.
** James Arnold Taylor, Tidus's voice actor, has always pronounced his name as "Tee-dus" in interviews and on his website. Not quite WordOfGod but if his own voice actor doesn't know...
** Also, pre-''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' Nomura said that Namine has no connection to Kairi whatsoever [[spoiler: just because she screwed around with Sora's memories and replaced Kairi with herself]]. Come endgame of ''II'', she turns out to be [[spoiler: Kairi's nobody, albeit a special kind of nobody born from Kairi's heart leaving Sora's body]]. [[LyingCreator Damn you Nomura!]]
** Before ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth By Sleep]]'', Nomura stated that Nobodies don't age and Xemnas was about thirty when he was turned into one. [[spoiler:''BBS'' shows at least two Nobodies looking considerably younger less then a year prior to their losing hearts and Xemnas by all appearances being a teenager.]]
* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'': Is [[GirlOfTheWeek Angela Cross]] from ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando Going Commando]]'' a Lombax? A fan letter gets an answer from one of the employees - she is. When ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction Tools of Destruction]]'' was released, focusing on Ratchet's origins, Insomniac Games officially stated that she is not. Seeing that Angela looks very much like Ratchet except in having breasts and lacking a tail, fans demanded a logical answer. So, in ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime A Crack in Time]]'', Insomniac says that she actually is a Lombax.
* Creator/{{SNK}} seems to change its position as to where ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' fits into the universe of its other games by the day. Either it's an AlternateContinuity to ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting''[=/=]''VideoGame/FatalFury'', or it's a follow-up to that universe. More recently, Shion (TheDragon from ''The King of Fighters XI'') is either male or has no official gender, depending on when you ask (although most official sources nowadays affirm that Shion is a he).
** Given that Geese Howard (the BigBad of ''Fatal Fury'') ''[[KilledOffForReal died]]'' in ''Real Bout Fatal Fury'', [[SchrodingersCast yet made a triumphant, unexpected appearance]] in ''KOF [='96=]'' and continues to make the occasional cameo (or rarer playable appearance) in later ''KOF'' games, it's a pretty safe bet that ''KOF'' has the same basic backstory as the ''[=AoF=][=/=]FF'' timeline but diverges after that. It's also telling that the cast of ''[=AoF=]'' is roughly around the same age as their ''Fatal Fury'' counterparts despite ''Art of Fighting'' presumably taking place in the late 1970s (''Fatal Fury'' is similarly assumed to occur in the 90s) and a young Geese Howard showing up in the second ''[=AoF=]'' as the TrueFinalBoss (as well as {{foreshadowing}} for his role in ''Fatal Fury'' in the first place).
** On a different note, are Iori Yagami's [[TechnicolorFire flames blue or purple]]? The sprites show them to be the latter, but official sources from both the past and present tend to mix this up frequently. To further confuse matters, the Yasakani (the clan the Yagami were formerly known as) were said to have [[FireIsRed crimson]] (read: [[DependingOnTheArtist "orange"]]) flames like the Kusanagi but gained {{Orochi}}'s blue flames when they [[DealWithTheDevil struck a deal with him]] [[DrivenByEnvy out of jealousy for the Kusanagi]]. However, Orochi Chris (one of Orochi's Four Heavenly Kings and [[LateArrivalSpoiler the vessel of his eventual rebirth]]) ''also'' uses purple flames like Iori despite not having reddish-orange flames to begin with (and [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally]], Orochi Chris' flames were going to be ''black'').
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'': SelfDemonstrating/CrankyKong is either Donkey Kong's dad or grandpa. Further complicating the matter is the question of just ''whose'' word to follow. Rare's writer Leigh Loveday has stated that he's DK's father and asked that "if you see Cranky referred to as DK's granddad anywhere, just cover your eyes and hum loudly until it goes away," but Creator/{{Nintendo}} owns the games (including the characters).
** This extends to Donkey Kong himself. Is he the son of Donkey Kong Jr., or Junior all grown up? Not helping is ''VideoGame/MarioTennis'', in which they both appear as playable characters (though, to be fair, [[YoshisIsland Baby Mario]] also appears in this game alongside his adult self).
* Poison of ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' started out as a transsexual, was changed to a natural born female and is now a transsexual again, if Capcom's really left ''Final Fight''/''Franchise/StreetFighter'' canon to Capcom of USA.
** ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' producer Yoshinori Ono stated that, in the USA and the rest of the world, Poison is a post-op transsexual, but in Japan, she's a pre-op transsexual. Original design notes for ''Final Fight'' suggest the character was always intended to be new-half, with lack of any official WordOfGod leading to the above fanon explanation.
** Though the developer of ''Final Fight'' Akira Nishitani insists that it's up to the fans to decide. It's unlikely to be resolved anytime soon.
** Of course, always conveniently omitted from the discussion is, what about Roxy, dammit? Since Roxy is a literal PaletteSwap of Poison, she was ignored outside of one AllThereInTheManual moment by Capcom of USA, declaring the she was a natural female who "always looked up to Poison although she doesn't really dig the cross-dressing thing."
* [[http://www.capcomdigital.com/blog/2008/09/05/inafunesan_answers_your_questions According to Kejii Inafune,]] ''[[VideoGame/MegaManAndBass Mega Man & Bass]]'' exists parallel to ''VideoGame/MegaMan9''. However, in the ending of ''9'', Rush projects nine images of Wily doing the exact same actions in different games, and one of them unmistakably takes place in the final boss room in the former.
* Nintendo has made many flip flops over the years. For instance, while we know that [[SweetPollyOliver Sheik]] is Princess Zelda using magic to disguise herself [[GenderBender as a man]], the extent of the magic spell has many contradictory statements; sometimes they say that Zelda uses magic to change her physical body and other times it is nothing more than a change of clothes (most JustForPun/{{egregious}}ly, the fluff is at odds between ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee'' and ''Brawl'' on this). The non-canon but [[WordOfDante official]] manga doesn't help matters.
** Same with Birdo (most common consensus is that she's pre-op though lately they've began implying she's post-op).
** How old is Link in ''Ocarina of Time''? The official player's guide for the game said he was ten and [[TimeSkip seventeen]]. Then both ''The Wind Waker'''s official player's guide and ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'' list the Link of that game (who's stated to have started his journey at the same age) as twelve, which would make it twelve and nineteen. Fast forward a few more years, and you get [[http://iwataasks.nintendo.com/interviews/#/3ds/zelda-ocarina-of-time/4/1 an interview with the creators]] that gives Link's age as nine and sixteen. It must be the TimeyWimeyBall.
** And then there was the infamous timeline debacle that lasted up until (but will probably continue after) the release of the ''[[AllThereInTheManual Hyrule Historia]]''. For example, [[http://zeldalegends.net/index.php?n=interviews&id=1998-11-13-np-miya&m=html the 1998 interview with Miyamoto]] contradicts the [[AllThereInTheManual manual of]] ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', and then ''that'' statement was contradicted by the ''[[http://www.zeldawiki.org/images/c/c1/ZeldatimelineHHtranslation.png Hyrule Historia]]'' official timeline that was released in 2011.
-->'''Miyamoto:''' "This is pretty confusing for us, too. (''laughs'') So be careful."
* The hair color of [[BigBad Golbez]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV.'' He [[TinTyrant never takes off his fancy, face-and-head-obscuring helmet]] for the entirety of the game, but given that he's a blood relative of [[spoiler:Cecil and Fusoya, white-haired Lunarians both]], most fans assumed white hair for him as well. Then comes the DS remake, which, mostly in flashbacks, confirms that he has brown hair [[spoiler:like his father]]. Then, just as fandom is getting used to that, they release ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'', and he's got white hair. One wonders what the inevitable sequel to ''VideoGame/{{Dissidia|FinalFantasy}}'' will do with him...
** They went with his ''TAY'' appearance for his third costume in ''012'', so white hair it is. Seeing as the DS remake showed Golbez with brown hair as a child (with the last shot of a young Golbez in the end of the game symbolically representing how he looked before [[spoiler:Zemus took control of him]] due to [[spoiler:his HeelFaceTurn]]), one must wonder if his hair simply turned white with age or if [[spoiler:Zemus' influence]] had anything to do with it. Stranger still is the fact that in said remake, [[spoiler:his father Kluya has ''blue'' hair and his mother Cecilia is a blonde. (So the brown hair was recessive?)]]
* Due to Ellis being an UnreliableNarrator, the existence of Keith in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' has been of much debate. Valve tried to invoke this trope by saying that "Keith isn't imaginary, except, well, it is a video game, so it's all imaginary."
* This trope is the reason why ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has such massive, intricate {{fanon}}, as when series creator ZUN isn't being [[ShrugOfGod deliberately obtuse]] he changes his mind at the drop of his NiceHat. For just [[RuleOfThree three]] examples, he can barely keep the characters' eye and hair colors from changing between games, has stated both "''Touhou'' series" and "''Touhou'' is not a series" on different occasions, and reports on whether or not youkai have stopped eating people are wildly contradictory (one states it never happens, one states it is a constant concern for the human inhabitants of Gensoukyou and another states it is only a concern for those ''outside'' of Gensoukyou). ZUN sort of covers for this tendency by making having his [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental materials]] come from {{Unreliable Narrator}}s. It's not the author that's wrong, it's the characters!
* In one of the first outside resources for ''VideoGame/WildARMS'', ''The Filgaia Chronicle'', it was stated that the Filgaia in the first two games and the anime was the same place, just with ''very'' large time gaps between works and repeated disasters masking the links. Later resources have instead suggested that each ''Wild ARMS'' related work has used a different world that shares the name Filgaia. Some of them dovetail nicely in to each other, but others are hard to reconcile... and some have some of each -- for instance, ''Wild ARMS 4'' follows nicely from the original or its remake ''Alter Code F''... except that Guardians work differently in it than any other game in the series, including the original and its remake; in others, they're spirits of the planet, but in 4, they're a sort of special type of ARM. At this point, it's basically anyone's guess what's going on with Filgaia in the various games.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' constantly flip flops on whether Wario and Waluigi are brothers are not. It does the same to Toad and Toadette. Even more confusing is when they're not portrayed as siblings, they're given ShipTease.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' has accumulated several of these, largely due to the creators claiming not to have had a grand narrative in mind while creating the game and therefore not having answers when put on the spot by eager fans.
** The actual location of the Aperture Science facility. Prior to ''Portal 2'', they said it was in a Michigan salt mine, but the game itself specifically places the mine in Cleveland. Much of Aperture's backstory and that of its founder, Cave Johnson, is similarly {{retcon}}ned by the game from previous material, with Valve metaphorically shrugging its shoulders as to which story is true.
** The ending leaves ambiguous the question of whether [=GLaDOS=] actually [[spoiler:deletes Caroline's personality]], is merely lying about it, or even thought she had but was mistaken. Leaving aside the fact that [=GLaDOS=] is an UnreliableNarrator, the creators have waffled on the matter in various interviews, going from claiming that she was telling the truth to that she only might have been.
** Whether Cave Johnson is still alive, [[BrainUploading Brain Uploaded]] or otherwise. Again, they've given vague or contradictory answers when asked the question in interviews.
** Also there's the question of the turret song "Cara Mia" which strongly implies [[spoiler: Chell is the daughter of Cave Johnson and Caroline]]. Erik Wolpaw has said that the turret song was added without his consent and that in the 'canon' version of Portal 2, Chell is just sent straight to the surface. GLaDOS's voice actress Ellen [=McLain=] (who wrote the aforementioned song) has been talking about Chell's parentage as recently as the 2011 [=VGAs=]. With both of them having a degree of creative control of Portal's storyline, its likely there will never be a concrete answer.
* Quite common with the {{Nasuverse}}, which has a [[AllThereInTheManual large amount of supplementary material]], which often directly contradicts other materials or information present in the works themselves.
* [[DependingOnTheWriter Perhaps due to the series changing hands,]] the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' universe tends to waffle around about mutants. Specifically, the ratios of FEV and radiation required to create Ghouls and Super Mutants and the New California Republic's feelings about mutants. The current rule is that Super Mutants only require FEV, while Ghouls only require radiation (though the amount of time of exposure is also constantly changing). ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' showed both types of mutants proud to serve in the NCR army, while ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has a quest based entirely on the NCR using mercenaries to provoke the mutants so they can justify a slaughter.
** The change in the NCR's view of Super Mutants and Ghouls is potentially not a flip flop. Fallout 2 has an entire plot line that revolves around a group of humans that vehemently hates both. In addition, Super Mutants and Ghouls aren't remotely common in the NCR and most of both groups are still outright hostile. Once the exceptions started dying off, it is hardly implausible that the NCR started reverting back to viewing them more negatively as a whole.
** Fallout 3, however, is much more guilty of this. Washington D.C. is no longer completely obliterated, the Enclave was not completely destroyed when their West Coast base was nuked.
* Is [[VideoGame/{{Pokemon}} Phione]] a legendary Pokemon or not? Not even official sources can make up their minds on this one. A general rule is that Legendary Pokemon are unable to be bred, even with Ditto. However, Manaphy (which is unambiguously classified as a legendary) is an exception. The result of breeding a Manaphy is Phione. It has only so-so stats (which are terrible compared to Manaphy's), learns none of the moves that make Manaphy unique and it doesn't evolve into Manaphy. Basically it is a gimped version of Manaphy. This would be fine, but it is only obtained by breeding Manaphy or other Phione (It doesn't appear in any regional Pokedex either) and it is still restricted from places like the battle tower/frontier/subway, a distinction which only box and event legendaries get. The side games treat it as a bonus character while the anime treats it as any regular (if rare) Pokemon.
* It seems NaughtyDog simply cannot make up their minds about [[AmbiguousGender Seem's gender]] in ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter''. One half of official material refers to him/her as a girl, and the other half as a guy. When the game was first released, two fans--independent of one another--emailed the developer. One got back [[http://the-precursors.livejournal.com/42353.html "Seem is male"]], while the other received [[http://the-precursors.livejournal.com/42600.html "Seem is a girl"]].
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'': Is the male Barbarian the same one from ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} II'' or not? Some Blizzard employees say yes, others say no.
* Katsuhiro Harada, the Chief Producer of the ''Videogame/{{Tekken}}'' series constantly contradicts what he has said in the past about the games' confusing canon. When fans once called him out for making a statement which directly contradicted the game canon, he stated that he considers that the games are basically a series of branching timelines in which all canons are true.
* In an interview about ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'', the writer said that [[spoiler:Junpei would spend the rest of his life searching for Akane, but would never find her]]. This was before a sequel was planned, however. At the end of the [[VirtuesLastReward sequel]], it's revealed that [[spoiler:Junpei actually does find Akane, decades into the future. But, as he muses, she's not the person he once knew: "The Akane I knew died long ago." The original quote isn't strictly true, but [[MetaphoricallyTrue from a certain point of view...]]]]
* After the first ''MegaManZero'' game, many fans wondered about the gender of Harpuia. The character looked feminine (and had a female VA) but acted masculine (none of Leviathan's "don't hold back because I'm a woman" here), and there were no pronouns to settle it. When asked, Capcom of America went with female -- which was news to Capcom of Japan. The conflicting WordOfGod left many fans confused, even after later games made it clear he was male.
* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' tends to avoid this, due to the game's lore pretty much all being decided solely by Alex Ahad, but one topic has been inconsistent: whether {{cyborg}} Peacock has her original legs or not. Her outfit, [[http://i.imgur.com/YPvF8fd.jpg a dress with bloomers that conceal her legs]], makes it impossible to tell in-game. Ahad has stated a number of conflicting times whether or not her legs are ArtificialLimbs.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}'' series has been flip-flopping for ''years'' as to whether or not the title character's [[RaymanianLimbs signature floating limbs]] are one-of-a-kind or not. In the original ''Rayman'' game, all characters in Rayman's world had floating limbs, and Rayman himself was nothing special. In [[VideoGame/{{Rayman 2}} the sequel]], however, save for his EvilTwin, Rayman was explicitly stated to be one of a kind, because he was created by the fairies who had their own mysterious ideas. Then ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins'' came along, and said his limblessness was an accident. Until the PlayStationVita version, which suggested that there'd been [[AdamAndEvePlot at least one other (female) limbless person.]] And then ''VideoGame/RaymanLegends'' comes along, and the alternate Rayman costumes are strongly implied to be different characters--including one inspired by the "Tarayazan" character from the first game.
* Rockstar's official stance on ''Series/GrandTheftAuto'' is that each graphical generation (2D, 3D, etc.) represents a totally different continuity, which convinced a lot of long-time fans that the HD generation's canon would behave differently from that of the others. But the HD generation is loaded with MythologyGags that seem to suggest otherwise, and [[BroadStrokes some minor plot elements that featured in previous continuities are revealed to still be around.]] The Epsilon Program, for example, is just as influential in the HD generation as in previous ones, and Lazlow is not only still a celebrity, but a much bigger one than in the preceding generation.
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* The issue of CarnivoreConfusion in ''DarwinsSoldiers'' has been inconsistently addressed. Serris has said that anthro and "normal" animals exist and eating "normal" animals was acceptable. But he has also said to assume that all meat is seafood.
* Creator/SeanMalstrom has maintained for years that user-generated content is something that is severely hurting the game industry. But when he [[http://seanmalstrom.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/i-want-new-legend-of-zelda/ wrote in February 2012]] about the possibilities of a ''"New Zelda"'' (a hypothetical back-to-the-basics game in the same vein as ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros1'' and its sequels), he mentioned how user-created dungeons might be a good idea.
** He also keeps claiming that a game's quality is determined entirely by its sales and declaring that anyone who thinks otherwise is wrong (citations [[http://seanmalstrom.wordpress.com/2010/04/02/email-do-greater-sales-mean-greater-quality/ here]], [[http://seanmalstrom.wordpress.com/2010/07/01/email-regarding-the-email-do-you-really-believe-better-sales-means-better-quality/ here]], [[http://seanmalstrom.wordpress.com/2010/07/02/email-more-on-sales-and-quality/ here]], and [[http://seanmalstrom.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/malstrom-is-retarded/ here]]), yet he has admitted in [[http://seanmalstrom.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/tasteless-is-why-modern-nintendos-content-is-not-as-good-as-classic-nintendo/ a least one entry]] that sales are unrelated to how good a game is and that many terrible games sold well. He even went as far as to claim that he doesn't consider ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' (the second highest-selling SNES game, no less) to be a good game in the same post.
* Has happened in the past in ''RolePlay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers'' as people have changed aspects of their characters.
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', the Striders and Lalondes were both stated to be white at one point each. During Act 6, AndrewHussie [[OrwellianRetcon took out the reference to the Striders being white]] (for a short time, they were later restored) and said that the humans being drawn without colors was supposed to mean they were aracial and could be considered any race you want. [[WordOfDante Despite this]], it's generally accepted the kids are white due to [[GrandfatherClause that being the most common interpretation ever since Homestuck began]].
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* AvatarTheLastAirbender: Originally Sozin was implied to have been relatively young when he started the war and ruled for the first 70 years of it before dying, his son Azulon was said to have ruled the next 23 years before dying and passing the title to Ozai for the past 6-7 years before the present. Things got strange during the third season when it revealed that Sozin was actually Avatar Roku's age and began the war at 82. WordOfGod HandWaved this by stating that Sozin ruled for 20 years after he started the war, Azulon was born the year the war started (somehow Sozin had him at 82) and ruled the next 75 years of the war, and Ozai in turn ruled for the last 5 years of the war.
** Whether Zuko was 13 or 14 when he was banished. Also whether Azula's 14 or 15.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' featured Gwen gaining obviously supernatural powers from amulets, a bracelet, and a book. Then, in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' it is revealed that, just like everyone else's powers, hers are of alien origin, and suddenly she's a purple lantern instead of the girl who once made tornadoes, stun blasts etc. Needless to say, this disappointed many fans.
** Dwayne [[=McDuffie=]] has stated that other writers can overturn his WordOfGod.
** But she's part Magic Using Alien. The energy source used for her (and her Grandmother's) powers is described as {{Mana}}. She's just been using more innate powers than human-made spells lately.
** It's better to just not think about it too much when it comes to Ben 10 Alien Force and canon. Not only being inconsistent with canon from the previous series (Kevin going from absorbing energy to transmuting into materials he touches, and going from being abandoned by his parents because he was a freak to being the son of a Plumber who still sees his mother) but being inconsistent with it's own canon (the Omnitrix going from containing the DNA of the aliens itself and being able to actually have the aliens escape from it to just being a simple uplink device that just receives the DNA information from Primus). You'll end up pulling your hair out trying to make sense of it all.
** Its sequel, WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien, at least rectified some of the flip flops, specifically regarding Kevin. His energy absorbing powers and his radical personality change between series were actually made into major plot points. He absorbs material instead of energy because he doesn't want to mutate into a hideous beast again (which ended up happening again the one time he absorbed the Omnitrix's power again), and he was actually just an estranged kid who ran away from home, not abandoned as he claimed. Also, Gwen begins to use proper 'spells' again.
** Also, there is flip-flopping when it comes to what different creators say. Current producer Derrick J. Wyatt is not afraid to contradict the words of Dwanyne [=McDuffie=] or ManOfActionStudios.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' writers had said that they wouldn't allow Cartman to murder anyone. This was after Cartman murdered Scott Tenorman's parents in "Scott Tenorman Must Die", and before Cartman tried to commit genocide in "The Passion of the Jew" and again in "Ginger Kids".
** FromACertainPointOfView they are still true to their word, as a farmer was responsible for the murder of Scott's parents. But Cartman is still guilty of murder, as Cartman intentionally engineered the situation to kill Scott Tenorman's parents. The WordOfGod talk about it on their commentary, and specifically mention they avoided Cartman actually killing them himself even if he did engineer the situation.
** He ran over numerous people in "Poor and Stupid".
** And in the Coon Vs. Coon and Friends trilogy, he had Cthulhu kill tons of people.
** In the commentary-mini for "The Coon," [[TreyParkerAndMattStone Trey]] say they still have no idea who Mysterion is. A year later, in the commentary for "Mysterion Rises," Trey says he and Matt figured it was Kenny towards the end of the first episode's production (though it's possible he meant the first episode in the trilogy, and not the very first Coon episode).
* Disney has flipped flopped between whether WesternAnimation/ChipAndDale are brothers or just friends. ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' has them as being unrelated HeterosexualLifePartners, but in previous years they've been shown to be brothers.
** Are Minnie and Mickey married, or just dating? Walt once stated that they're married but can be shown at any state of romance if the plot demands for it, but the company still flip-flops about this.
** Over the years, Disney's come to like the ambiguity in regards to Mickey and Minnie's relationship; it keeps everything more flexible that way. Back in [[TheEighties the mid-1980s]], Disney's [[IncrediblyLamePun marketeers]] actually planned a massive marketing push after the disastrous Totally Minnie campaign [[note]] where Minnie was re-imagined as a Madonna-esque "modern girl"[[/note]] in which, after years of speculation, Mickey and Minnie were finally going to tie the knot in a huge ceremony at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]]... and there was a MASSIVE push-back from older animators and Imagineers within the company, who fought tooth-and-nail to prevent it from happening.
* The original head writer of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', Christopher Yost, denied rumors that ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' takes place in the same universe, despite DisneyXD airing them as part of the same block every Sunday. Creator/JephLoeb, who became the executive producer for ''Spider-Man'' and some episodes from the second season of ''The Avengers'', went on to ''confirm'' those rumors. Viewers have pointed out that if Loeb's word becomes true, it would open up a mess of contradictions. (For starters, the title character of ''Ultimate Spider-Man'' attends the same high school as [[ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]] and LukeCage, but ''Earth's Mightiest Heroes'' depicts Iron Fist and Luke Cage as older than Spidey). It was also initially reported that ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' would be set in the same universe as ''Ultimate Spider-Man''. It's since been confirmed by both Loeb and the creators that ''Assemble'' is a sequel to ''Earth's Mightiest Heroes'', albeit with past events only brought up in BroadStrokes, if at all.
** A {{flashback}} in Episode 8 clearly shows the characters with their costumes and [[ArtShift art style]] from ''EMH'', making it seem as though they definitely consider it a sequel. However, this would likely only count in the BroadStrokes, since TheFalcon's origin directly contradicts the three episodes of ''EMH'' he appeared in. The sequence also uses a Thor costume from season one of ''EMH'', but season two garb for everyone else.
** Yost had also flip flopped over whether or not ''EMH'' was in direct continuity or not with ''Wolverine & The X-Men'', which he also worked on though not as head writer (which, depending on who you ask, was either Greg Johnson or Craig Kyle, but both of whom were definitely more in control of that series than Yost). Yost initially said that the original intention was for ''W&TXM'' and ''EMH'' to be in the same universe but the idea was discarded when ''W&TXM'' was cancelled. He then turned around and said the two series could still coexist in the same universe if fans wanted them to (SteveBlum voices {{Wolverine}} in both for whatever that's worth, along with FredTatasciore as the Hulk).
* Partly due to license changes and lengthening the series, ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' has flipped-flopped on a lot of aspects of the story -- how many transformations there are, whether Sky is a "Crown Prince" or a "King-in-Training" (a major plot point in the first movie), whether Roxy is one of the Winx, etc. The biggest flip-flop, however, was Daphne's background story. Originally, she was [[spoiler:Bloom's sister who gave her life to protect her during the Ancestral Witches' attack on Domino. She became a spirit living in Lake Roccaluce]]. But in season five, Daphne was [[spoiler:a Sirenix fairy who became a "disembodied spirit" because of a curse the witches placed on Sirenix]]. (This story gets modified a bit later in the season.) In the last episode, [[spoiler:Bloom breaks the curse, restoring Daphne to her physical form]].
* Creator/JohnKricfalusi seems to change his mind whenever people ask about the duo's sexuality in ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''. He goes from saying that "it's none of his business", to saying that Ren is bisexual, to that they are canonically gay. Heck, even when he made them explicitly gay in the adult spin-off, he still beats around the bush regarding this topic.
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