->'''Yorick:''' As far as answers go, it was vaguely unsatisfying.\\
'''Beth:''' Is there any explanation that would have been satisfactory?\\
'''Yorick:''' Um, aliens? I would have also accepted witchcraft or anything involving nanobots.
-->-- ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan''

People love a good [[DrivingQuestion mystery]], and will watch or read a story to the very end just to find out its answer. Sometimes though, for whatever reason, they don't like the answer. The fans then decide it would have been better to just leave the PlotThreads hanging, which would have given them mulch for their EpilepticTrees.

When a show [[OntologicalMystery has a premise]] that hinges on one or more big unanswered questions, fans feel there is an obligation that these questions be answered. Failure to do so leads to TheChrisCarterEffect, which can turn off fans in frustration. Likewise, not answering ''enough'' questions in a KudzuPlot alienates fans. The hard place to the above rock is that when a show, book, or movie answers a question and the answer isn't quite as epic, clever, or [[MindScrew mind shattering]] as imagined. Maybe fan expectations are just too high, or the answer is honestly unsatisfying. It may also be that the answer conflicts with the genre established earlier in the work, like a [[DoingInTheWizard sci-fi explanation in a fantasy book]] or [[DoingInTheScientist vice-versa]].

It should be noted that one factor in whether fans expect a mystery to be resolved or not is how prominent and important it was made originally. ''Series/{{Lost}}'' made such a huge deal about the mystery of "the numbers" that expectations for the solution were raised to an incredible pitch. In the case of Literature/SherlockHolmes' backstory, though, it is made abundantly clear that it's irrelevant and that no clarification is to be expected.

When the authors deliberately choose not to solve the mystery, possibly to avoid this trope, that's RiddleForTheAges.

It's just like how everybody wants their [[{{Shipping}} Ship]] to go through, but when it does, the result is ShippingBedDeath.

Whether a show is better served by answering all, some, or none of the questions it raises varies by viewer. It's worth noting that this trope doesn't just focus on answers that are unsatisfying, but situations where an unanswered question actually ''helped'' the narrative. As you can expect, this is therefore YMMV.

Compare CanonFodder and TheUnreveal. If the explanation is disliked because it just raises further questions, then it's VoodooShark. This can occur when WriterConflictsWithCanon.

'''Beware of unmarked spoilers.'''


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'': For a lot of fans, TheReveal that [[spoiler:Junko Enoshima's primary weapon was Mitarai's brainwashing animation techniques]], instead of their own MagnificentBastard and DarkMessiah qualities resulted in a huge BadassDecay for the franchise's villain, whose charisma and capacity to bind people to their will was always believed to be their most impressive quality. It was also unpopular among those who wanted to see why the lovable ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganronpa2'' cast would [[spoiler:fall into despair]], finding the above explanation to be a lazy cop-out that forgoes characterization in favor of a one-size-fits-all plot point that is far less interesting.
* ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'': The explanation of the true nature of Shonen Bat and Maromi, [[spoiler: as tidily explained as manifestations of guilt may be considered anti-climatic]] However, the show avoids this trope mostly by [[spoiler: leaving many aspects vague or outright unexplained or inconclusive.]]
* The first episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}} Black and White'' implied that less than a year has passed since Ash started his journey. This was met with immense dislike, as many found it utterly ridiculous that roughly ''13 years'' worth of content happened in such a short timeframe.
* The ''Anime/HaloLegends'' shorts quickly created a BrokenBase due to their BroadStrokes regard to the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' canon, with later explanations only providing partial comfort. One such lose-lose situation was at the end of the ''The Package'', where John fights an Elite Major in a sword fight referred to in the subtitles as "Thel". However, ''Literature/HaloTheColeProtocol'' indicated that Thel 'Vadamee, the Arbiter from the original trilogy, had not fought a Spartan until he had already been promoted to Zealot. Some fans, however, still liked the irony of 'Vadamee nearly killing John only to be his ally later in the series. But that was nullified with the updated release of ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'', which clarified that it was a different Elite fighting John named Thel '''Lodamee''. Now the canon was fixed again, but the irony was lost because John lost to a random mook.
* ''Manga/{{MAR}}'' has this in regards to how certain plotlines were concluded in the manga, particularly the reason for Snow's existence. The anime took a different approach and offered an entirely new explanation to fit within their revised ending. This change, as well as the anime's ending in general is typically preferred by the fans, who considered the manga's ending rushed, anti-climactic and unsatisfying.
* ''Anime/BlackButler'' had a ''major'' uproar from the fanbase when WordOfGod revealed that Grell is in fact a [[{{Transgender}} trans woman]] instead of always being a guy, angering {{Yaoi}} fans that like to ship her with Sebastian.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'':
** Fans were not happy with the explanation given for why the old Digimon could no longer reach Ultimate for multiple reasons, especially since it was just a blatant example of the show nerfing the older kids to allow the newer kids to stay relevant. Especially since it only theoretically works if you ignore the VideoGame/DigimonWonderswanSeries.
** Gennai's commentary on Gatomon's tail ring at the end of the series is an equally blatant excuse for completely forgetting and failing to incorporate it back into the series after she lost it in the first episode.
** To a lesser extent, the Dark Seeds part of Ken's backstory. A number of fans feel that his story would have been better had Ken simply snapped under a combination of being TheUnfavorite in his family, the trauma over his older brother's death and the overall stressful life he was living.
** The DistantFinale revealed the futures of the main cast. Nearly all of them fell into this, due to them coming out of nowhere, and seeming to contradict the character arcs in some cases.

[[folder: Comics]]
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'':
** Good luck finding anyone who enjoyed the explanation of Tails's parents: not about who they are, [[spoiler:but the fact that they were ''abducted by aliens''. The aliens also de-roboticized almost everyone on Mobius:]] nobody really liked ''that'' either.
** A lot of fans hated the name Ken Penders intended to give Sonic (Ogilvie), due to it being incredibly silly and not sounding like an actual name at all ([[EmbarrassingFirstName this may have been intentional, though]]). Ian Flynn agreed, and apart from explaining that Sonic had his name legally changed, never revealed his first name during his run.
* This is the reason we don't know ComicBook/TheJoker's origin in ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. Some people take Creator/AlanMoore's [[ComicBook/TheKillingJoke story]] as the truth but at the end the Joker himself says that his memories of his origin [[MultipleChoicePast change from day to day]].
* The same is true of ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger. He had four mutually exclusive origins, all of which were published in the same issue of ''Secret Origins'' and given equal weight. One of them was written by Creator/AlanMoore. Meanwhile, in the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'', ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger now has a definitive origin. ([[spoiler:He's Judas Iscariot]].)
* Invoked by Yorick at least once in ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'', regarding the [[{{Gendercide}} sudden death of every man in the world]] besides himself and his pet monkey. There is an answer that's explained to the characters, but it's the "vaguely unsatisfying" one of the page quote (unsatisfying to both the readers and the characters) and the writers give it no more weight than any of the other explanations. Of the three reasons set up in the first issue (Yorick's ring, Dr. Mann's baby and 355 with the Amulet of Helene), none of them really lasts the course. Says [[WordOfGod series writer Brian K. Vaughan]] on the subject:
-->''I feel that there is a definitive explanation, but I like that people don't necessarily know what it is. In interviews we always said that we would tell people exactly what caused the plague. The thing was, we never said when we were going to tell. We weren't going to tell you when we were telling you, I should say. We might have told you in issue #3. There might have been something in the background that only a couple people caught. It might have been Dr. Mann's father's very detailed, scientific explanation. It might have been Alter's off-the-wall conspiracy theory. The real answer is somewhere in those 60 issues, but I prefer to let the reader decide which one they like rather than pushing it on them.''
* ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', despite its ability to follow through its separate storylines being credited as one of the reasons for its success, left a few plot threads dangling, particularly with regards to Booster Gold and Skeets due to an AbortedArc. The original storyline for Booster and Skeets involved them fixing the timeline of the universe, which had become broken in the recent ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''. To set up this story Skeets had frequent memory errors, where events as they occurred were different (sometimes drastically so) than as they had been recorded in the future. However, after these issues had been written the writers decided that this plot was too generic, and had been done too often before by other time traveling heroes, so they decided to go in a different direction and have an actual malevolent entity responsible for everything, including Skeets' out-of-character actions. Eventually, the series revealed that Skeets had been infested and was being controlled by Mr. Mind, who planned to ''eat'' reality. However, though this covered why Skeets himself was evil and why several of Booster later actions were disasters, it never addressed why Skeets' earlier memory errors occurred in the first place, since they were before Mr. Mind escaped from his cocoon.
* ''ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSearch'': Many dislike the plot-twist that [[spoiler:Zuko isn't Ozai's son]], mainly because many fans feel it completely renders pointless a lot of [[spoiler:Zuko's]] character development from [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender the animated series]] and [[BrokenAesop undermines]] its original aesop: "[[spoiler:You are not your bloodline, your family does not define who you have to be]]." As it turns out, [[spoiler:this twist isn't true, but the ''actual'' explanation- namely that Ursa lied about it to see if Ozai was reading her correspondence- makes her come across as incredibly petty, shortsighted, and stupid, because it led to Ozai abusing Zuko which also made ''him'' look [[EvilIsPetty petty]], so a lot of people aren't any happier about it.]] In addition, the reveal of why Ursa disappeared has become its own Fan Disliked Explanation. [[spoiler: She intentionally wiped her memories of her time with Ozai and her children because she couldn't endure the trauma she had suffered, essentially abandoning them to suffer at Ozai's hands.]] As most fans thought of Ursa as a MamaBear who would do anything for her children, this has not gone down well at all.
* In ''ComicBook/BatmanBeyond'':
** The reason why Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson were estranged from one another was left unexplained. The comic book continuation of the series revealed that [[spoiler:Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) after breaking up with Bruce renewed her relationship with Dick. Then she found out that she was pregnant with Bruce's child. This caused a fight between the two men before Barbara miscarried while fighting muggers.]] Although the offscreen relationship between Bruce and Barbara was [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment already controversial]], many fans felt that this plot would be more at home in a soap.
** The associated comic also explained the reason why Bruce and [[ComicBook/WonderWoman Diana]] never got together: she got together with [[spoiler:Justice Lord Batman after another adventure concerning the Lords' universe, and stayed there with him until peace was restored during the ''Beyond'' timeframe]]. This one is disliked because it doesn't mesh well with Diana's character: she was StrangledByTheRedString with [[spoiler:a ReplacementGoldfish (since Bruce thought inter-team dating was a bad idea)]], and she also [[spoiler:abandons her world a la Supergirl/Brainiac 5, except with even ''less'' reason (she had her home and family to return to, was Ambassador to Man's World, etc.)]] Furthermore, like ''Star Wars'' below, it was an explanation nobody needed or wanted - Bruce's obsession with the cowl is inevitably going to lead to him driving away all his loved ones and friends in the DCAU, we didn't need the additional angst to go with it.
* Since the ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic'' tackled the backstories of the major-league villains from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', this was inevitable:
** Good luck finding anyone who views the banishment of the Sirens to the present in ''Issue #3'', thus [[{{Jossed}} invalidating]] their ReallySevenHundredYearsOld aspect {{fanon}} held them to, as necessary or desirable.
** ''Issue #5'' explained that the holes in the changeling's legs are leftover battle wounds from battling Princess Celestia a thousand years ago. While fans were fine with the idea of Chrysalis herself being that old, most found it odd and off-putting that the entire changeling species was just that one swarm that never aged, healed, or increased in number.
* ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'': ArcWelding villain Romulus was behind most of the events in Wolverine's life including the Weapon X program. Fans prefer the mystery not be revealed in such a simplistic way, or prefer the other dangling plot threads.
* This is why ''ComicBook/{{Trouble}}'' is so reviled and isn't really canon with either the main Marvel universe and the ComuicBook/UltimateMarvel one: it attempted to retcon that Franchise/SpiderMan's father Richard Parker and Aunt May had an affair behind Mary Fitzpatrick and Uncle Ben's back as teens--[[spoiler:and that Peter himself was [[TeenPregnancy the product of it]]]], much to the hatred of fans and creators.

[[folder: Film]]
* Many viewers have complained about the resolution of the various character quirks and apparent {{non sequitur}}s in M. Night Shyamalan's ''Film/{{Signs}}''.
* Part of the point of ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' is that it doesn't explain anything about [[DiabolusExNihilo the monster's origins]]. The associated AlternateRealityGame and manga do, slightly, but not necessarily for the better.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** A lot of fans felt that the inclusion of midichlorians as a "cause" of the Force was an unsatisfying answer to a question no one asked. ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' explains it in-depth [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-04-26 here.]]
** WordOfGod's explanation that the "Balance of the Force" was not in fact the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil but rather the ''destruction'' of evil also got a frosty reception in some circles. Given that the Force is [[CrystalDragonJesus Space Taoism]], this shouldn't actually have been a surprise to anyone... if they [[GeniusBonus knew anything about Taoism]].
*** Part of the problem was that the Dark Side had been firmly established as a cosmic force in its own right and so seductive that Force users have to actively resist falling on a constant basis. How killing off one particular group of Dark Side users out of many constitutes "destroying evil" is never explained.
** The prequel trilogy tells the story of the Clone Wars, destruction of the Jedi, the creation of the Empire and the creation of Darth Vader, all of which had been alluded to but never fully explained. Dissatisfaction with how some or all of those stories turned out accounts for a good portion of the prequel hate.
** After ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' gave some implications that Rey might have connections to previous characters, ''Film/TheLastJedi'' threw it all away saying her parents were nobodies who sold her for drink money. Such an AntiClimax did not go lightly with most fans. Though Rian Johnson has stated that if J.J. Abrams wants to ignore that for ''Episode IX'', he can do so (helps that in the movie, the explanation comes from a villain who's clearly messing with Rey's head).
* This is one of the biggest reasons why the director's/final cut of ''Film/BladeRunner'' is generally considered superior to the theatrical cut. The narration present in the latter removes all the ambiguity that makes the film a classic in the first place.
* One of the biggest complaints about ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening'' was that it established a mythology that the immortals are aliens from a planet known as Zeist, [[VoodooShark which only serves to raise more questions.]] The re-edits establish them as wizards from Earth's distant past. Either way, the film is [[CanonDiscontinuity no longer considered canon]] with the rest of the series.
* Some people feel this way about the scene of Roy Neary inside the mothership from the special edition of ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''. One of these people is Creator/StevenSpielberg himself, who had never wanted to do that scene in the first place, but could only get the money to create a special edition if he included something which a marketing campaign could be hung on. Years later, Spielberg created a director's edition, which removed that scene, but kept the other special edition scenes.
* In a rare example of the fan-disliked explanation happening ''early'' in a franchise, Creator/GeorgeARomero's ''Film/LivingDeadSeries'' explains where the zombies are coming from early in [[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968 the first film.]] However, the explanation of a [[NuclearNasty "Radioactive Space Probe"]] didn't quite catch on, and later zombie media generally refuses to concretely explain the origins of the living dead. The universally reviled ''Night of the Living Dead: 30th Anniversary Edition'' (a re-release of the movie--which is in the PublicDomain--with added scenes by a filmmaker not connected to George Romero) instead implies the zombie plague is demonic in origin.
* ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'':
** Some fans of the series are not happy with the backstory laid out by ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'', or lack thereof. Specifically, [[spoiler:the Proto-Xenomorph is born from a seemingly random series of events, and [[VoodooShark can't be the first Xenomorph because it's too late in the timeline and a carving of the Alien Queen was already seen earlier.]] Also, neither of the ships seen are set up to be the ship from the first movie, making what happens in the film just unconnected events in the same universe.]] Also the reveal that the Space Jockeys are nothing more than large albino RubberForeheadAliens in alien space-suits rather than StarfishAliens didn't go down too well.
** ''Film/AlienCovenant'' makes matters ''[[UpToEleven even worse]]'' with the reveal that [[spoiler:the classic Xenomorph is, most likely, the creation of Michael Fassbender's [[AIIsACrapshoot David]].]] While it's at least not an outright VoodooShark, the {{Anvilicious}} [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters thematic implications]] of the idea, along with many fans disliking [[spoiler:adding a GreaterScopeVillain to the franchise ''this late'']], have caused it to be an outright ''reviled'' element of the film by many.
* In the LiveActionAdaptation of ''Film/AttackOnTitan,'' it is revealed that [[spoiler: the setting is a post-apocalyptic future and the Titans were a failed government experiment]]. Needless to say, fans of the anime thought the twist was stupid not only because it was a cliched explanation for how the Titans came to be, but the manga had yet to reveal the origin of the Titans at that time, and it was seen as an example of the movie being InNameOnly.
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''
** The novelization of [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay the second film]], as well as Cameron's development notes, indicate that the T-1000 bypassed the "nothing dead can time travel" rule by being placed in a "flesh sac" that allowed it to fool the time machine. This explanation was disliked for [[VoodooShark opening a number of plot holes]] in the premise, and simply sounding silly. All subsequent entries into the series simply went with the explanation fans had assumed all along: that Mimetic Polyalloy is very good at mimicking flesh.
** There have been numerous explanations for why Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger's model of Terminator exists and is so popular. A deleted scene in ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' indicated that it was modeled on a US Army soldier named William Candy, but not only is the scene it's revealed outrageously over-the-top, the fact that the US government was planning on creating flesh-covered Terminators makes ''no sense'' and undoes the premise that they were Skynet's creation to begin with.
** The third film introduced the idea that mechanical Terminators are fueled by nuclear power cells, which have the ability to cause an atomic explosion if ruptured or overloaded. This was met with derision because it raised questions about why the ICannotSelfTerminate rule exists; if a Terminator's target is trapped or incapacitated (such as Sarah at the end of the first film), that'd be a quick way to get rid of them. It was {{Hand Wave}}d in ''that'' film by that Terminator being a T-850 (a slightly more advanced model), but ''Terminator Salvation'' and ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' made it standard for ''every'' mechanical model.
** ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'' introduced the idea that John Connor had to work his way up the ladder in the Resistance, as well as deal with a number of {{Arbitrary Skeptic|ism}}s in the chain of command. Many fans felt that this demystified Kyle Reese's explanation in the first film (whereas humans had no idea how to fight back until Connor showed up); there was no question that Kyle was an UnreliableExpositor, but his version of events carried the right mix of horror and faint hope.
* ''Film/{{Spectre}}'' revealing that the [[NebulousEvilOrganization titular organization]] was [[GreaterScopeVillain behind the actions]] of all the prior villains in the Creator/DanielCraig era ''Franchise/JamesBond'' films and that its leader [[spoiler: Franz Oberhauser, a.k.a. Ernst Stravo Blofeld, was the adoptive brother of James, who was jealous of him]], has upset a number of people for reasons such as the fact that [[spoiler: everything bad that has happened to James stemmed from his brother's hatred of him]].

[[folder: Literature]]
* Isobelle Carmody's ''Literature/TheGathering'' is a young adult horror with a brilliantly foreboding sense of tension, paranoia and discord running throughout the entire story, with the imagery of things in the shadows and the gruesome image of the abattoir and the sense that ''something'' very evil has poisoned the whole city and everyone in it by literally ''poisoning'' the earth and that only these kids can repair the damage. We know that something big and terrible is going to happen, and we've got everything, including the dark, dismal skies. So the ending [[spoiler:including the explanation of what happened to the last group of people who tried, and where the entire school shows up in the abattoir in warpaint and we see the big bad being... rather less than imposing]] was a bit of a let down.
* Creator/HPLovecraft's Franchise/CthulhuMythos might well be unknown if not for the championing and hard work of Creator/AugustDerleth... but Derleth's own additions to the Mythos are widely disliked. His quasi-FanFiction imposes an orderly conceptual symmetry on it, and deals in humanly recognizable categories of morality -- both of which are foreign to Lovecraft's conception, and tend to "domesticate" HPL's cosmic horrors into far duller and more traditional boogeymen.
* Though Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' books always suffered from a pretty bad case of BrokenBase, [[Literature/TheWindThroughTheKeyhole the very end of the series]]--where we finally get a detailed look at the interior of the eponymous tower--was disliked by quite a few fans, who felt that it killed the mystery and enigma behind the Tower, which could otherwise be read as a universal stand-in for almost any unattainable desire. The narrator even warns the reader that he will probably find the epilogue unsatisfying, as it explains what Roland finds there. To elaborate: After seven books of searching for the Tower, [[spoiler: Roland finds out that every level of it is filled with relics from various stages of his own life, and that the top floor houses [[GroundhogDayLoop a time warp that erases his memories and sends him back to the beginning of his quest--but with evidence that one of his greatest failures has been undone]]]]. Though some fans liked it, others accused it of being an unsatisfying and unnecessary MandatoryTwistEnding.
* This is the usual reason people hated the last book in ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure''. The whole existence of [[spoiler: Solara]] seemed to come from nowhere and some important answers (such as who Saint Dane [[spoiler: made his promise to]]) were never answered.
* Joan Lindsay's novel ''Literature/PicnicAtHangingRock'' made its readers produce thousands of guesses about what is behind the girls' disappearances - from [[spoiler: the whole thing being the work of a rapist/kidnapper]] to [[spoiler: the headmistress molesting girls and driving them to suicide]] to [[spoiler:the rock itself trapping them inside]]. After the author's death, the eighteenth chapter with the explanation was finally released. As it turned out, [[spoiler: [[MakesAsMuchSenseInContext the girls turned into lizards]] [[GainaxEnding and got sucked into a time warp]]]]. The fans felt that it was anticlimactic and nonsensical. Even Peter Weir, the director of TheFilmOfTheBook, to whom the author showed the ending chapter, advised her not to publish it and didn't include it in the movie.
* ''[[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Rising]]'' explains that Hannibal's cannibalistic habits are the result of [[spoiler:realizing the soup he'd been served by a set of soldiers contained the remains of his little sister]], among other details that spoil the mystery of where Hannibal came from and how he became what he is. Harris claims that he never wanted to write a prequel, but was told by his publishers that, if he didn't, they'd find someone else to write it for him.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* The ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' finale reveals exactly what year it is and what's up with the "head people". Since it all amounts to a literal DeusExMachina, did we really need to know? (On the other hand, it did however leave the nature of Kara Thrace up to viewer interpretation.)
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Robert Holmes was responsible for some of these back in the Classic days:
*** The [[FanWank implied explanation]] for why the Second Doctor and Jamie look visibly older in "The Three Doctors", "The Five Doctors" and "The Two Doctors", resulting in the events {{Fan Nickname}}d "Season 6B", is still fairly controversial. The theory states that the reason the Doctor can't control the TARDIS is because the Time Lords had been piloting it for him without his knowledge, and after his capture at the end of "The War Games", when the Time Lords appear to alter his appearance and exile him to Earth, he was actually used as a BoxedCrook agent by the Time Lords for centuries until the sentence was carried out, during which he persuaded the Time Lords to let him have his beloved companion Jamie back. The BBC has absorbed this into canon on account of 'making sense' and there are several books set during these events, but many fans dislike it for diminishing the beautiful conclusion to the Second Doctor's story, being improbable based on what we actually see in "The War Games" and being rather unnecessarily cruel, forcing the Second Doctor to go through the pain of losing his companions again.
*** The Time Lords were introduced as a CrystalSpiresAndTogas civilisation of SufficientlyAdvancedAliens who were 'cosmic Buddhists', believing in non-intervention except for occasional, inscrutable actions made from a point of omniscience and taken for the greater good (such as their use of both the Third and Fourth Doctors as {{Boxed Crook}}s). Robert Holmes felt this was boring BlackAndWhiteMorality that didn't fit [[WriterOnBoard his own worldview]], and, [[WatsonianVersusDoylist Watsonianly]], didn't jive with a few throwaway lines made by the Fourth Doctor (like complaining the Time Lords didn't want to sully their "lily-white hands"), and {{Retcon}}ned them irreparably into a DeadlyDecadentCourt made up of ritual-obsessed old bureaucrats of average intelligence wearing silly hats and backstabbing each other while the poor starve. The fandom at the time was quite outraged, although [[VindicatedByHistory the benefit of hindsight]] has made the decision (and the story) much more appreciated. Notably, neither Creator/RussellTDavies nor Creator/MarkGatiss liked this conception of the Time Lords and [[ArmedWithCanon what we see of them during RTD's tenure is a great deal more godly]], although not particularly sympathetic.
** "Pyramids of Mars" revolves around Sutekh requiring the Doctor to use the TARDIS due to the controls being bonded to him, even though other characters had used the TARDIS in other stories (prominently, Susan and Jo). Holmes suggested to fans that the Doctor may have been lying, but since Sutekh was previously shown to be able to completely read the Doctor's mind, this doesn't seem very plausible.
** Many fans find the New series' explanation of the Master's turning towards evil (a pattern of pounding drums playing in his head all his life) to be unsatisfactory for many reasons - none of the previous Masters ever suggested it, and any explanation could only ever be disappointing after [[RiddleForTheAges thirty-six years of speculation]]. However, the fact that the explanation was an ActorAllusion to John Simm's Caligula (obsessed with the sound of pounding hooves in his head) and employed a lot of TimeyWimeyBall strongly suggests the explanation was intended to be limited to Simm's incarnation only - the succeeding Gomez incarnation hasn't mentioned drumming at all so far. The Simm Master in his appearance in "World Enough And Time/The Doctor Falls", after resolving his issue with the Time Lords, completely abandons the drumming as an element of his character and is written ([[DependingOnTheWriter by Moffat]]) more as an arrogant Delgado-Master-type character (apart from the drumming {{Leitmotif}} still appearing along with him).
** The new series made several references to the "Shadow Proclamation", which was apparently some sort of law which nearly every alien species obeyed. Fans speculated on the origins and nature of the Proclamation. Near the end of Tennant's run as the Doctor, it was revealed that the Shadow Proclamation is "a posh term for Space Police". So apparently the Proclamation is not a law but an organization, or if it ''is'' a law then there is apparently an organization of the same name which enforces the law. This is a bit like being arrested by "The Constitution" or something.[[note]]It's less of a stretch to those of us who grew up in the age of "The Warsaw Pact".[[/note]] It didn't go over very well with fans, and the Shadow Proclamation has barely been mentioned since the Reveal. Russell T. Davies stated the original idea for the Proclamation's appearance in "The Stolen Earth" was to include a large ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequel-style senate consisting of every single major known race in the galaxy, but going over the budget forced them to scale it down to what was essentially nothing more than a secretarial lobby.
** In "The End of Time", the Tenth Doctor gives a speech about what regeneration is, in which he explains it as being a death, where 'some other man' saunters off. Many fans objected to this, pointing at situations where other incarnations had considered it a rebirth, a healing or a second chance, and thought the speech was a preemptive attempt to guilt-trip fans into considering his yet-to-debut successor a ReplacementScrappy. Later Eleventh Doctor episodes write this off as 'ego problems' and the Twelfth Doctor calls regeneration "Man Flu" in "Hell Bent".
** Davies also claimed that averting this trope was the reason [[GreatOffscreenWar the Last Great Time War]] was never shown onscreen, as they felt that no matter how spectacular they made it the war would always seem anticlimactic to at least some fans. Successor showrunner Steven Moffat, however, thought he could do it justice and had the Time War appearing and playing a major role in the 50th anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor"; many fans disagreed.
** Many fans objected to River's revelation that the characteristic TARDIS dematerialisation sound was the result of the Doctor ''leaving the handbrake on''. Not only does this make the Doctor look like an idiot (although the idea he doesn't ''really'' know how to fly the TARDIS has been established for decades), but it fails to explain why other [=TARDIS=]es make the same sound. WordOfGod is that River was probably just winding him up.
** In "The Armageddon Factor" we meet a Time Lord named Drax who knew the Doctor before he got his doctorate, and calls him Theta Sigma (or Thete for short). There's nothing in the story suggesting this is a nickname, but the fandom quickly decided it was and this became AscendedFanon nine years and three Doctors later in "The Happiness Patrol" (and also in a Sixth Doctor ChooseYourOwnAdventure book). Because we're not supposed to know what the Doctor's name is, and it definitely isn't a couple of Greek letters.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]], in which the Doctor can only get temporary escape from the Veil by confessing truths he never has before, has him admitting that contrary to his usual claims, he didn't leave Gallifrey in the first place because he was bored. Rather, he was '''scared''' of...'''something'''. No subsequent story has revealed what that was of yet. Thing is, after 50+ years fans came to accept that despite many teases, especially in the new series, the Doctor's backstory, real name, etc. will never be revealed in full because it would never live up to what they've seen him go through on his adventures. Thus, they were perfectly happy with him leaving Gallifrey "just because".
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': "The Shepherd's Tale" comic was dedicated to exploring the MysteriousPast of Shepherd Book, whose backstory was hinted at somewhat less-than-subtly but never revealed on the show itself. Now, it was [[TheNotSecret pretty well-known]] that he'd been quite senior in the Alliance military or police[[note]]at least to the audience; how much the rest of the crew knew or suspected is a matter for conjecture[[/note]], but the twist? [[spoiler: He'd started out as a spy for the Browncoats, making him GoodAllAlong... and [[{{Jossed}} Jossing]] the fanon that had him being a disillusioned former patriot.]] The fandom were, not to put too fine a point on it, [[FanonDiscontinuity a bit disappointed.]]
* ''Series/LifeOnMars'' and sequel series ''Series/AshesToAshes'' had [[OntologicalMystery an ending]] planned from the start (avoiding [[TheChrisCarterEffect the mistakes]] ''Series/{{Lost}}'' made) but also left many parts of the mystery unresolved (or at least very understated) so that they could be solved by the fans. Notably, the co-creators have different interpretations.
* Lampshaded in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', where the writers knew some people would be disappointed by how Sherlock [[spoiler: faked his death.]] Not only did they put in the following lines, but Anderson immediately points out a few flaws and questions if ''anything'' Sherlock just told him was the actual truth.
-->'''Anderson:''' Not the way I'd have done it.\\
'''Sherlock:''' Oh, really?\\
'''Anderson:''' Nah, I'm not saying it's not clever, but...\\
'''Sherlock:''' *flatly* What?\\
'''Anderson:''' Bit... disappointed.\\
'''Sherlock:''' *sighs* Everyone's a critic.
* Later seasons of ''Series/TheXFiles'' had huge problems because of piling MythArc elements that were left unexplained or not addressed sufficiently, but one particular case was closed, and it was very anti-climactic. The fate of Samantha Mulder, Agent Fox Mulder's abducted little sister, was probably the biggest RedHerring of the series. Her abduction triggered Mulder's belief in the paranormal and motivated his career at the FBI and started the pattern of GuiltComplex. Mulder was tormented by her clones and doubles and statements that she's still alive. It was finally revealed that she had been abducted by the conspiracy who had collaborated with the aliens, horrible tests had been performed on her and then she had lived with the Cancer Man's family. So far so good -- fans always suspected something like this. However, when she was 14, she was "saved" by fairies or angels that made her body disappear, meaning that her corpse will never be found, but Mulder did see her ghost.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'': The final season revealed why Lettie Mae was so abusive towards Tara: when Tara was young, her father abandoned them, causing Lettie Mae to descent into alcoholism and take out her frustrations on her daughter. Considering her treatment of Tara over the course of the show, most fans found it hard to believe something like that could actually happen to someone. Not to mention that such an important event in Tara and Lettie Mae's relationship should have been mentioned in the previous seasons. If anything, it comes off as a lazy attempt by the writers to conclude as many character arcs as possible before the series finale.
* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'': After six seasons of mystery and false suspects, [[BigBad A]] is finally revealed to be Cece Drake, also known as Charles [=DiLaurentis=], Alison's brother who had a sex change operation. This was a huge source of controversy, and some viewers said there were too many unanswered questions while others pointed out the UnfortunateImplications of the show's only transgender character being the primary antagonist.
* ''Series/TheMentalist'': The series' long-elusive ArchEnemy, often outsmarting the already [[SuperIntelligence superhumanly intelligent]] hero, eventually turns out to be [[spoiler: just a rural sheriff with friends in high places]].
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': The final arc heavily hints that Dexter's homicidal tendencies might have been sustained, or even heightened, rather than treated, by the Code he's been taught - it turns out that a certain psychiatrist was obsessed with the concept, after failing to treat her own, truly homicidal, son. Even so, in the finale Dexter decides he is a monster after all, and goes into exile.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'': For the central plot of the show, the reveal that Laura Palmer's killer was her father was not only this for fans, but also for series creator Creator/DavidLynch, who never wanted to reveal the answer to who killed her in the first place, but had to due to ExecutiveMeddling. This reveal in fact contributed to the series' eventual cancellation.

[[folder: Multiple Media]]
* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'':
** The fact that Bohrok are actually dead Av-Matoran, as it retroactively made the earlier story unsettling (Matoran fighting against creatures born out of their deceased relatives, often with battle machines ''built out of'' Bohrok parts) and was just creepy. The revelation also comes out of nowhere.
** The reason why Orde is male and the rest of his kind are female: his creators were sexist. Also controversial because allegedly Orde's gender was set in stone by a mere typo.
** Most fans seemed to have accepted Mata Nui's nature well enough, but his backstory and its timeline are more cases of a BrokenBase, as from a logical and logistic standpoint, they make no sense, and also retroactively demystify most of the fantasy-aspects of the story in favor of very soft sci-fi.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Ever since ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' came out and revealed [[BigBad Xehanort]]'s backstory, it was heavily implied he'd preplanned at least some of [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI Ansem]]'s and [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII Xemnas]]'s actions. But when ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' came out and revealed [[spoiler:he'd been using a complicated TimeTravel spell to zip back and forth between his selves and micromanage an overarching AssimilationPlot behind the scenes all along]], more than a few fans felt like it turned all their progress into one big ShootTheShaggyDog story just for the sake of getting quick hype for ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII'' in the laziest way possible.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** The official timeline of the series. One of the biggest fanon debates in video game history was explained [[AllThereInTheManual in an official art book]] titled ''Hyrule Historia'', confirming that the series had not two, but THREE parallel timelines (all of them originated in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''). There are fans who consider this to be a WriterCopOut instead of providing a much stronger explanation (despite Nintendo frequently claiming the timeline was documented since long before its reveal). Indeed, there's a significant group of fans who are opposed to ''any'' attempt to give the series a timeline.
** Many fans disliked ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'''s explanation as to where Ganondorf came from -[[spoiler: that he's an incarnation of hatred created by Demise in his dying moments to curse Link and Zelda for defeating him]]- as they feel it robs Ganondorf of agency and/or diminishes him as the BigBad of the series in favor of a new villain who will probably never be seen again.
* This was one of the main criticisms of ''VideoGame/Condemned2Bloodshot''; which pulled a DoingInTheWizard to explain a lot of the events of ''VideoGame/CondemnedCriminalOrigins''. In ''Criminal Origins'' Ethan Thomas goes through an army of insane homeless people while pursuing a serial killer, and there are hints that something supernatural is what's making all the homeless people crazy. ''Bloodshot'' reveals that there is nothing supernatural going on, instead an AncientConspiracy had put devices that look like smoke detectors around the city that made a supersonic noise which drove everyone crazy. Not only did this come off as silly and underwhelming, it still did not explain everything, like the monster that was following Ethan in the first game.
* VideoGame/{{Touhou}} actually runs on this: the game developer, ZUN, decided to leave most canon details vague and background/personalities open to detail, since he found that the openness to interpretation of the games is what attracted such a large fanbase. There are {{expanded universe}} materials - which [[TrollingCreator usually include subversions of popular fan interpretations]] - which often cause flamewars to break out over the canoncity, or are disregarded or changed by fans.
* Likewise, one of the many reasons ''VideoGame/StarControl 3'' is considered FanonDiscontinuity by many is because it answered all the major cosmic mysteries brought up in ''Star Control 2'', in an {{infodump}} that takes four Website/YouTube videos to cover. And most of the answers are the very definition of FridgeLogic.
* ''VideoGame/UltimaIX'' revealed that [[BigBad the Guardian]] was actually [[spoiler:an EnemyWithout created from the Player Character's evil which was cast aside when the latter became the Avatar in ''IV'']]. This was considered rather underwhelming (after several games and almost 10 years of build-up), as well as somewhat inconsistent with the previously established story (''VII'' and especially ''Underworld II'' implied he was a full blown MultiversalConqueror).
* One of the main complaints of ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' was how some of the plot threads were either given haphazard resolutions or dropped entirely. Most however, such as [[spoiler:Yuri's vigilante actions,]] were given decent resolutions.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianTwilight'' set out to resolve the many questions surrounding Kane, but it's agreed by most of the fanbase that it simply created ''more'' questions.
* For some fans ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' was a huge case of this. Hideo Kojima actually ''wanted'' to leave [=MGS2=] open-ended, but mass outrage and death threats from the fanbase forced him to develop ''4''.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Fans of the "Striaton Trio are really the Shadow Triad" {{fanon}} were ''not'' happy when ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' jossed that theory, to the point where some fans [[FanWank insist]] that the Striaton triplets are just lying or that there are two different Triads.
** Fans didn't like TheReveal that [[spoiler: N really ISN'T Ghetsis's son, Ghetsis found N in the wild as he was ConvenientlyAnOrphan,]] feeling that it's a lazy explanation.
** Fans expected Ghetsis to have the PlayerCharacter ''[[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice killed]]'' by Kyurem's Glaciate when the scene was revealed, not [[HumanPopsicle freeze them]]. This combined with the above (which also {{Jossed}} a theory about N being the 14th attempt for Ghetsis's plans to TakeOverTheCity) took away his title as "Pokemon's Greatest Villain" and gave it to [[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers Darkrai]] and [[VideoGame/PokemonRanger Purple Eyes]].
* The ending of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' caused uproar among fans, who started not just a petition, but raised $80,000 in only a few days for charity to get Bioware to change it. Much of this was caused by a lack of explanation of the events of the ending, but many disliked the explanation for the existence of the Reapers. [[spoiler:Which is that they are synthetics created to destroy organics... so that they cannot create synthetics that will destroy organics. The Reapers don't consider what they do to organics to be "destroying organic life," but since it involves liquefying them and building a new Reaper out of the resulting goo, most organics consider it a meaningless distinction.]] The fact that an early draft of the script containing WhatCouldHaveBeen potentially a much more interesting explanation leaked months before the game's release didn't help. The Extended Cut DLC went some way to appeasing the fandom, by showing in more detail the consequences of whatever decision Shepard makes, as well as including new scenes to each ending so that they were no longer identical as before. It, along with the later Leviathan DLC, also revealed that [[spoiler:the AI that created the Reapers was acting out a ZerothLawRebellion caused by flawed instructions from its creators.]]
* After ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4''[='=]s release, Scott had planned to allow a means of opening the mysterious box at the end of the game, which he claimed had "all the pieces [of the story] put together," but went back on those plans to avoid having it be one of these. Given later clues on his website heavily implied [[spoiler:the series was AllJustADream (as opposed to only the fourth, which had already been established as an extended NightmareSequence)]], the fans weren't too keen on this possibility. Notably, the next few games in the franchise completely ignore this twist, if it ''was'' what Scott had in mind all along.
* The explanation for the second generation characters in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' left a bitter taste in a lot of fans' mouths. ''Fates'''s child units have little to no bearing on the game's main plot, were born during the events of the game (with little more than a quick mention when the player unlocks their first one), and were left in alternate dimensions to be [[ParentalNeglect raised by vassals]]. Players picked up on the FridgeHorror and other {{squick}}y implications [[note]]several of the parents were abandoned by their own relatives, and yet do the same thing to their kids; also, fans are uncomfortable with the fact that the younger-looking characters can immediately have kids of their own[[/note]], leading to the mechanic being much less warmly received than it was in [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening the previous game]], where the mechanic was explained by TimeTravel elements that were already a part of the main story.
* There are many fans of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' who love both ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', but reject the CanonWelding that states a character from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' ends up travelling into space and becoming the inventor of ''VII'''s Mako technology. Some reject it because both games have some of the most unique, detailed and complete worldbuilding in the series, so going with this theory involves attempting to reconcile different [[MagicAIsMagicA magic rules]], afterlife mythologies, historical details, and so on. Some don't like it because it involves a reasonably sympathetic character being responsible for nearly killing a [[GaiasVengeance living planet]]. Some don't like ''X-2'' and think {{Fan Wank}}ing it to ''VII'' is mild CanonDefilement. Some just reject it for being a silly bit of attempted fanservice that no-one actually wanted.
* A ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' example is the existence of Gorana Halforcen from the original RTS games. In those games, she is described as half human, which worked at the time. About a decade worth of retcons later, suddenly her being half human and as old as she was made no sense. The solution? Make her half draenei instead who had her body manipulated to appear half human. This was met with varying degrees of acceptance to annoyance, particularly because it was part of a story dealing with [[TheScrappy a very controversial character]].
* There are many fans who enjoyed ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'' and yet refuse to acknowledge [[spoiler: Penelope's FaceHeelTurn,]] because many considered it to be poorly written and out-of left field.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** A lot of fans weren't particularly happy that after [[VideoGame/SonicHeroes two]] [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog games]] of hints that Shadow might be an android, [[spoiler: the end of ''Shadow the Hedgehog'' has Eggman state that he lied about Shadow being an android and he actually had a robot rescue him after the events of ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2''.]] Not only is this a cop-out (Shadow doesn't react at all), it's never given a real explanation and it only happens ''seven minutes into the final boss fight'', so players may beat the boss faster than that and never even hear this reveal.
** WordOfGod is that the [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome lack of humans]] in certain games, such as ''Forces'', is due to Sonic and his friends living on a WorldOfFunnyAnimals. They sometimes world-hop to a human-populated world whenever they wish. The internal documents at SEGA mentioning this date back to ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' but fans weren't told of this until 2017 (besides one obscure Russian reference). This idea, however, muddles up a lot of what was depicted in previous games. For example, ''Adventure'' clearly has Amy living in Station Square (with a NPC even mentioning she has an apartment there) and both Knuckles and Tails living nearby the city. Most fans feel this idea is convoluted and unneeded. The games themselves don't clarify which is which, or even imply that they don't all take place on one planet, so [[FanonDiscontinuity it's easy to interpret]] humans as off-screen and Mobian [=NPCs=] off-screen as well.
* ''VideoGame/Prototype2'' had Alex Mercer [[RogueProtagonist turn evil]] and release [[ZombieApocalypse another plague]] in New York after he risked his life to save it after the events of the [[VideoGame/{{Prototype}} first game]]. What led to this sudden shift in motivation and personality is left vague in the game itself, but it's explained in the tie-in comic ''The Anchor'' that after finding out [[spoiler:the original Alex Mercer started the plague to begin just to spite his pursuers and the one we play is just a Blacklight Virus clone that assumed his memories]], he lost faith in mankind and went on a soul searching trip around the world hoping to find something to believe in, but he ended up only finding more reasons to hate humans. What cemented his belief that they must be destroyed was an incident when he was backstabbed by a family he was trying to help, but were revealed to be selfish criminals. The fans were displeased that the original game's AntiHero turned into the new BigBad and this explanation did not help matters.
* ''VideoGame/WingCommander III'' revealed that Hobbes, the heroic Kilrathi, was actually [[spoiler:a ManchurianAgent working for TheEmpire.]] Needless to say, a lot of fans felt that this twist was stupid, and ruined [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch the whole point of the character]].

[[folder:Visual Novel]]
* The ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'' series ties together the various plotlines and ends in a satisfying RiddleForTheAges ... but the revelation of the villain's ultimate goal, [[spoiler:training a team to beat a GreaterScopeVillain who has never even been hinted at before]], left a bad taste in many fans' mouths -- especially because the rest of the ending ''was'' so satisfying.
* The climax of ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' reveals that [[spoiler: the entirety of the game is an [[ShowWithinAShow in-universe reality show]] inspired by the ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' franchise, that the events of the game were for the entertainment of the viewers (i.e. us), and that all the characters were nobodies that were selected to be in [=DanganRonpa=] and were given FakeMemories to suit the ultimates they were chosen to be. Discovering this, the survivors decide to end [=DanganRonpa=] once and for all and fight against the audience themselves, who end up losing interest in the franchise.]] This explanation made a number of fans angry and even caused some of them to disown the franchise.

[[folder:Web Comic]]
* After several issues, ''Other M'' revealed the reason why the {{Alternate Universe}}'s [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Knuckles]] was the way he is, [[LoveMakesYouEvil his love for Sally]]. Many fans ''hated'' the idea that Knuckles was the BigBad, and this explanation didn't please them at all.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''The Review Must Go On'', the final episode of ''WebVideo/DemoReel'', revealed that the entire series was a purgatory experience ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' had after he merged with the PlotHole in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee''. Needless to say, more than a few people felt that this was just a way to end the show and bring back the Critic, and made it all pointless in the end. WordOfGod is that this was deliberate, and in-universe (where Doug Walker the writer is a character on his own fictional plane of existence) this is ''exactly'' what happened on-screen.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the explanation that [[VisionaryVillain Amon]]'s ability to [[BroughtDownToNormal take away bending]] was actually [[spoiler:Bloodbending]], for various reasons (Game-breaker, makes no sense, less interesting than his fake explanation, etc.).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' hints in episode #35 that the Secretary of Defense, Dell Rusk,[[labelnote:spoiler]]ComicBook/RedSkull in disguise[[/labelnote]] has an EvilPlan. It also reveals that [[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes the Winter Soldier]] ComicBook/TheFalcon, ComicBook/RedHulk, and [[ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} Dr. Leonard Samson]] assisted him. Fans theorized that they would assist the plan as {{Unwitting Pawn}}s, who only want to serve America. When episode #46 [[spoiler:delivered a throwaway line revealing that Red Skull just turned them BrainwashedAndCrazy]], those same fans exclaimed that their real reason for helping sounded cheaper than their theory.
* The creator of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' stated this trope is why he ultimately decided against revealing what Edd was hiding under his hat.
* You'll be hard-pressed to find a fan of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' who thinks that Season 3's revelation of [[OmnicidalManiac Unicron]] -- the planet-eating-planet/Giant robot and SatanicArchetype of the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' mythos -- being created by [[http://tfwiki.net/mediawiki/images2/3/30/Primacron.jpg this silly-looking alien monkey thing]] named Primacron was a good idea.[[labelnote:*]][[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Controverse One manga made years later]] would attribute the Quintessons as another creation of his, which fans aren't too keen on either.[[/labelnote]] Hasbro seems to agree, as all later depictions of Unicron ignore Primacron in favour of the Primus/Unicron myth used in [[ComicBook/TheTransformers the Marvel comic]].
* This trope is the reason why ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' [[DefiedTrope didn't reveal]] the origins of the [=AllSpark=]; the creators stated that they didn't want to run the risk of making the artifact less interesting, too bizarre to suspend disbelief, getting in the way of the story they wanted to tell, or some combination.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'':
** According to WordOfGod, the "ghosts" are actually creatures from another dimension who take on the appearances and personalities of dead people. This explanation has been universally disliked by fans for [[VoodooShark being nonsensical]] and just generally messing up the whole plot of the show. The show itself ignores this explanation often enough, as seen with Desiree, Ember, the Ghost Dog, and others. Even ''[[TheWikiRule The Wiki]]'' ignores this explanation.
** The official backstory for the aforementioned Ember is that she was an outcast who a popular boy asked out as a joke. He never turned up for the date and she stayed up so late that she didn't wake up when her house caught on fire. Fans dislike it for not being remotely accurate to her VillainSong "Remember", which sounds more like Ember dated (or had a one-night stand with) a boy who began ignoring her and this caused Ember to want revenge or fall into a depression. "Remember" even has the lyrics "(...) two weeks you didn't call" which makes it clear there was an extensive period between the boy ditching her and Ember's death.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' gives us the first explanation into Scar's backstory since the semi-canon books ''The Lion King: Six New Adventures''. [[labelnote:*]] The series [[CanonDiscontinuity ignores]] the books completely (most obvious in that Kopa doesn't exist).[[/labelnote]] In ''[=TLG=]'' Scar was the previous leader of The Lion Guard whose powers got to his head. After murdering the other members, his powers were taken away by the Great Kings of the Past. Many fans absolutely loathe this explanation to his StartOfDarkness, as the concept of "The Roar of the Elders" is heavily fantastical compared to [[GenreShift the movies]] and said explanation implies that Mufasa [[KarmaHoudini never punished his brother for murder.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** It is ''very'' heavily implied that Applejack's parents are both deceased, and fans almost universally liked and accepted the idea that [[NiceHat Applejack's hat]] was a TragicKeepsake from one of them to the point that it fell into WordOfDante territory. When Hot Minute [[{{Jossed}} torpedoed that headcanon]] by declaring she won it bobbing for apples at a fair, fans were [[https://derpibooru.org/435899 quick to fanwank a compromise]]. When that was further jossed by showing she has a closet full of them, the bronies proved they were ''that'' dedicated to the TragicKeepsake idea and ''still'' insisted that one of the hats was special or simply chose to [[FanonDiscontinuity ignore the closet scene altogether]]. When she threw her damaged hat away without any of the angst that would support the fanon, fans threw the hat a quick funeral, and '''still''' embraced the TragicKeepsake fanon, [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/291791/mare-of-many-hats some less seriously than others]].
** Nightmare Moon's origin was left mysterious for several seasons and thus most fans were under the impression Luna ''intentionally'' became Nightmare Moon. The [=IDW=] comics gave a backstory that Luna was transformed by outside sources. However, many fans refused to consider it canon until it appeared in the cartoon itself. Eventually, we did see Luna's transformation into Nightmare Moon and it's heavily implied she didn't transform willfully. Many fans dislike this explanation because they felt it took away a lot of what made Nightmare Moon, and subsequently Luna's backstory, interesting. The same episode also reveals Nightmare Moon was defeated before doing anything worse than briefly KO Celestia, which was [[AnticlimaxBoss disappointing for such an anticipated event]] and made [[TheAtoner Luna's guilt over it]] come off as [[{{Wangst}} silly and overblown]] to the point of FridgeLogic unless one takes [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic later comics]] as canon.
** ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E5TanksForTheMemories Tanks For The Memories]]'' implying that less than a year has passed in the series since ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E7MayTheBestPetWin May The Best Pet Win]]''. Many fans found it utterly ridiculous that three seasons worth of episodes all happened to take place within such a short time frame.
* For ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', the creator {{Jossed}} that the Pines family are [[AmbiguouslyJewish practicing Judaists]]. He states that Grunkle Stan was raised as such but became an atheist, and the twins are being raised nonreligious but are prone to celebrating Jewish holidays, ([[WriteWhoYouKnow similar to himself and his own twin sister]]). The fans continue to reject this idea and [[{{Subversion}} unlike other examples of this trope]], [[https://twitter.com/_AlexHirsch/status/758547209830871040 The creator also declared after his previous tweet]] that this is simply his headcanon and will respect his fans alternative theories/views of Pines Jewish identity.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'':
** ''LiveActionTV/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner'' was considered this to Timmy's future due to the fact that it reveals that Timmy ends up living his life exactly the same as he did as a kid in order to keep Cosmo and Wanda forever, [[DoomedByCanon condemning several plans to failure]], such as winning over Trixie Tang or ending up with someone else, any threat of losing Cosmo and Wanda, and [[HeldBackInSchool even advancing past fifth grade]]. Making fans even angrier is the fact that the live action movies [[CanonDiscontinuity ignore the ending to]] ''WesternAnimation/ChannelChasers'' in favor of this reveal.
** TheReveal in ''Timmy's Secret Wish!'' that [[spoiler:Timmy made a wish 50 years ago to freeze time so he could stay 10 forever]] received scorn for similar reasons. Besides that, most people found it unnecessary, [[spoiler:lots of shows employ a FloatingTimeline, with no in universe explanation.]]
** A few fans were already irritated with Cosmo's increasingly stupid personality. It was worsened when they revealed that Mr Crocker's StartOfDarkness was down to Cosmo being his fairy and ruining his childhood in his blithering.