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

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

Sometimes, however, 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, and TheWalrusWasPaul, when a creator's message is deliberately confusing. 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. Be aware that this trope is not "WordOfGod being contradicted by a Word of lesser standing (WordOfStPaul or WordOfDante.)" It only apples when WordOfGod contradicts ''itself''.

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]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flip-flop_%28electronics%29 flip-flops.]]



[[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").
* ''Manga/DragonBall'': At various points, Creator/AkiraToriyama has stated that Tien Shinhan's [[ExtraEyes third eye]] is either the result of [[EnlightenmentSuperpowers reaching enlightenment]] or that Tien is descended from a race of three-eyed humans.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Creator/RumikoTakahashi (in)famously replied to the "Pregnant Ranma" problem by saying, "I don't think about that, and neither should you." She then went on to write 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?")
* Creator/KazukiTakahashi can't seem to decide when he's gonna stop making ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' spinoffs. First he said ''[[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX]]'' was the last one, then came ''[[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds 5D's]]''. Then he said ''5D's'' would be the last, and then announced and release of a new one called ''[[Anime/YuGiOhZexal Ze-X-al]]''. Now there's a fifth one titled ''[[Anime/YuGiOhArcV Arc-V]]''.
* This was the reason why ''Manga/AbsoluteBoyfriend'' had Riiko flip-flopping between Night and Soushi. ''Creator/YuuWatase'' just couldn't decide with whom to pair Riiko up with at the end, eventually giving us [[spoiler: Riiko choosing Night, but then [[DeathOfTheHypotenuse Night dies]] and Soushi returns from his [[TheBusCameBack bus trip]] and it's heavily implied that she and Soushi will start dating]].
* 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 Creator/GenUrobuchi (the writer) says it's [[AmbiguousSituation supposed to be ambiguous the way it was written]].

[[folder: Comics]]
* Marvel goes back and forth over whether or not TheHulk has ever accidentally killed someone during his city destroying rampages. This led 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.
* ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} himself admits that whether or not Wade Wilson is his real name [[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 [[ComicBook/TheAtom Ryan Choi]] were brought back.
** Of course, that could have always meant 'Revivals in-universe will not happen, but massive resets and alterations of reality are fair game.'
* Creator/JoeQuesada was adamant that the mainstream Franchise/MarvelUniverse would ''never'' crossover with the ComicBook/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 Comicbook/MilesMorales, 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 ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice'', 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]] [[ComicBook/GreenArrow white grandfather]] was an [[ExecutiveMeddling editorial decision]], and not one he agreed with either.
* When the first volume of ''ComicBook/TeenTitansEarthOne'' was released Creator/JeffLemire stated that the book was not set in the same verse as the other Earth One titles, but instead in a separate standalone continuity where adult superheroes didnít exist. This was contradicted by Creator/GrantMorrisonís ''ComicBook/TheMultiversity'' which put both ''ComicBook/SupermanEarthOne'', ''ComicBook/BatmanEarthOne'' and this series on Earth-1 of the post ComicBook/{{New 52}} multiverse. DC then released several statements clarifying that the book took place on a world where adult superheroes didnít ''[[ExactWords yet]]'' exist, placing the events of the title as occurring either [[{{Prequel}} before]] or [[HeroOfAnotherStory concurrently]] with ''[[ComicBook/SupermanEarthOne Superman Earth One: Volume One]]''.
* What was and wasn't still canon in the ComicBook/New52 reboot of the DC Universe wasn't ''ever'' really clear, but some things that ''were'' flip flopped on were:
** Whether ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'' was getting a hard reboot. Initially, Brian Azarello said that his run just followed up on the previous stuff... Nope, a hard reboot is exactly what she got, as it was later established.
** If ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' was still canon. It was initially said to still be canon, despite a lot of it no longer being possible. Later, it was established as not being canon anymore, and even later, in ''ComicBook/TheButton'' (a ''Rebirth'' story), Barry Allen and Bruce Wayne actually witness a scene from it when running through the time stream and don't remember it.
** Whether or not there were ever any ComicBook/TeenTitans before Tim Drake's new group. It was initially clear that, yes, there were. ''Red Hood and the Outlaws'' even has Roy reference being on a team with Dick Grayson, Cyborg and Aqualad. Then the collected editions of the series that mentioned them were edited to remove those references... mostly. DC said that there ''was'' a team consisting of Dick Grayson, Cyborg, Garth, Roy Harper and Starfire... but they weren't called the Teen Titans.
* Jaime Hernandez of ''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets'' made conflicting remarks about whether the "Ti-Girls Adventures"/"God and Science" story was bringing the superhero elements of the early issues fully back into continuity or whether it was a superhero AlternateUniverse. When the graphic novel version was published he settled on the latter.

[[folder: Fan Fic]]
* Creator/NimbusLlewelyn, author of ''Fanfic/TheWizardInTheShadows'' and ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' is prone to this - something stated in an A/N can and will be contradicted ten chapters later. Since despite his justified claims of a grand plan and littering his stories with the contents of ChekhovsArmoury, he's noted a tendency towards [[WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants making up many of the fine details - and some major characters - as he goes along]], most notably in the latter story.
** Early on, he said that the story would pretty closely follow the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books and be around 140-150,000 words long, in line with ''Shadows'', his previous long form project. Nearly four years later, it finished at over 820,000 words, longer than the first five Harry Potter books ''combined'' and has fairly significantly deviated from the books. The sequel, ''Ghosts of the Past'', is already longer than ''Shadows'' after only 10 chapters, taking the combined word count to over a ''million words'' for the Storm 'verse alone.
** Another claim was that Harry would be definitively paired with Ginny Weasley, before stating that Harry would date other people, then eventually saying that he'd 'written himself out of a corner' on that score and Harry and Ginny wouldn't be dating at all.
* 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''.

[[folder: Film]]
* Is Deckard in ''Film/BladeRunner'' a replicant? Director Creator/RidleyScott says yes. But this only applies to the film; in the source book, the WordOfGod is very clearly "No, he's human." ''Film/BladeRunner2049'' directly brings up the possibility that he is a replicant, but deliberately avoids giving any answers.
* Director Creator/AlainResnais 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 ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movies can't decide whether TheStinger for ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd 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.
** Seemingly set in stone in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMenTellNoTales'' with Will still being on the Flying Dutchman setting off the plot of his son seeking a way to break the curse.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' has so many, they might be too numerous to list completely. Some of the more notable ones:
** Why Chewbacca didn't get a medal.
** How the Millennium Falcon was able to make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs when "parsec" is a distance unit.
** How many films [[Creator/GeorgeLucas Lucas]] had originally intended to make.
** The whole "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 include any incarnation of the Comicbook/{{Robin}} character. He then went ahead and did it in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
* Creator/ShaneBlack 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]]. However...
** There was a twist to this. The Mandarin turns out to be a DecoyLeader played by a British actor.
** Actually a double-twist: The real Mandarin, who is the leader of the Ten Rings, is still out there somewhere.
* The creators of ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' have gone back and forth on whether the events in the movie actually happened, or whether they were all in Scott's head. Aubrey Plaza, the actress who plays Julie, has stated that the reason her character acts so hostile towards Scott is because she has an unrequited crush on him. Bryan O'Malley, the creator of the comics, disagrees with this, but Edgar Wright, the director of the movie, supports it.
* In 2004, Ryuhei Kitamura and Shogo Tomiyama stated that they renamed the [[Film/{{Godzilla1998}} 1998 version of Godzilla]] "Zilla" in ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'', since the creature was a mere animal and not a godlike existence. In 2013, Zilla appeared in ''ComicBook/GodzillaRulersOfEarth'' using the 1998 design but being explicitly stated to be the monster from ''Final Wars'', with artist Matt Frank stating on Website/DeviantArt that Toho does not distinguish between the 1998 Godzilla and Zilla as characters. However, in 2014, Keith Aikman, who has worked with both Toho and Sony, stated that [[http://31.media.tumblr.com/712098e787d5e3d1204cccadb9a294fc/tumblr_nbosoeA8nq1rl1vlfo1_500.png Toho does NOT consider the 1998 Godzilla to be Zilla]].
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** When ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' was still in production, BryanSinger claimed that Havok would not be Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}' brother in this continuity, but would be related to him in a way that made sense in the timeline of the films. This led many to believe that Singer was implying that Havok may actually be Cyclops' ''father'' in the movies. However, come ''Film/XMenApocalypse'', Singer confirmed that Havok ''is'' Cyclops' sibling, albeit his older brother like in the ''Comicbook/UltimateXMen'' comics.
** Music/HansZimmer said that after ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', he was done with scoring superhero movies. [[http://collider.com/hans-zimmer-x-men-dark-phoenix-composer He's scoring]] ''Film/XMenDarkPhoenix''.
* The order in which Ariel's sisters from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' are in. The earliest materials have Aquata as the oldest but later material usually have Attina, likely due to her crown. Disney has flipped between the two since.
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' was referred to as the final Franchise/DisneyPrincess film prior to release. That obviously ended up not happening--and probably for the best as the follow-up princess film, ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', ended up as their biggest animated film to date and has become a CashCowFranchise.
* The writers of ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' have stated multiple times that the film was not intended as satire on the decreasing intelligence of mankind. Nearly 10 years after the film was released, the writers changed their mind about that on [[https://twitter.com/etanjc/status/702545314733895680 Twitter]] after RealLife events had them agreeing with the fans on how their movie actually is coming true.
* Actor, Lance Henrikson can't decide if his Michael Bishop character at the end of ''Film/Alien3'' is a human or a robot.
* After ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', both Creator/AnthonyHopkins and director Alan Taylor confirmed that the ending was meant to indicate that Odin had been [[KillAndReplace murdered and replaced by]] Comicbook/{{Loki}} offscreen. Odin would later return, alive and well, for ''Film/ThorRagnarok''.

[[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.
** 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.
* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey couldn't seem to make up her mind about, well, ''anything'' related to ''Literature/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 Creator/WilliamGibson's Sprawl is a dystopia seems to depend on what the general outlook on the future seems to be in the SF Community. When ''Literature/{{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.
* Creator/BretEastonEllis, the author of ''Literature/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 started 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.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', Creator/TerryPratchett gets around this issue by arguing that there can be such things as alternate ''pasts''. Alternate pasts in the Discworld include;
** The Vetinari paradox -- Vetinari is explicitly stated to have been the Patrician of the first novel, ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic''. In the first book, the Patrician is a vastly overweight glutton. But over the books the Patrician evolves into a long, thin, extremely abstemious man who believes a slice of bread and a glass of boiled water are a sufficiency. In another early novel, ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'', the Patrician throws riotous drunken parties and keeps a swamp-dragon as a pet -- again out of character for Vetinari.
** The all-female House of Study at the Assassins' Guild School administered by Miss Alice Band is called Tump House. But becomes Mantis House in another writing without explanation.
** The Arch-Chancellor's Hat is a major plot-point in the early novel ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' along with the head wearing it. Here it is presumed utterly destroyed in a magical war. Whilst Coin the sourceror faithfully tries to "put things back as they were" he does not resurrect wizards killed in that war -- presumably their magical impedimentia died with them. Yet it re-appears as a plot-point thirty or so books later in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals''.
* In his later years, Creator/RayBradbury claimed that his book ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}'' was actually about the corrupting power of mass media, when he had previously claimed it was about censorship. It's been somewhat cynically pointed out that Bradbury only began claiming this after he came out in support of right-wing American President, UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush, who was often accused of attempting to silence dissent when he was in office.
* Creator/StephenKing famously dislikes the Creator/StanleyKubrick film version of Film/TheShining, as he considers Creator/JackNicholson's portrayal of Jack Torrance to have been too crazy and unsympathetic from the start. Yet King has also said that [[Literature/TheShining the original novel]] was written as something of a confession, in which King was dealing with his own alcoholism and his occasional desire to hurt his children. The novel in fact portrays Torrance as deeply troubled from the beginning, although there is certainly more of a tragic descent in the novel than in the film. It seems King's own perspective on his semi-autobiographical character changed in the years after his "confessional" writing of Literature/TheShining, and he now prefers Torrance's character to be viewed more sympathetically.
* Creator/JRRTolkien was continually tinkering with his massive Legendarium, resulting in some contradictions between published materials and what he decided later on top of his [[RiddleForTheAges intentional mysteries]]. One example is the origin of the Orcs; he continually tried to reconcile an "evil" race with his Catholic belief that no creature could be inherently evil or incapable of redemption, and there was also the question of if they were tortured Elves or created by Morgoth.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TwentyFour'': The writers and producers of the series can't seem to decide whether John Keeler and Wayne Palmer survived their various assassination attempts. A newspaper prop from ''Redemption'' seemed to confirm that Palmer's dead, but one of the writers remarked that he wasn't.
* ''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.
* ''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.]]
* ''Series/ICarly'': The week before the "[=iSaved=] Your Life" episode aired, a promo aired showing 2 of the main characters kissing. Creator/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|2003}}'' 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[=/=]Music/DavidBowie (Pharoah, according to Graham).]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Producer Creator/RussellTDavies refused to confirm who the Face of Boe is, really. In the DVD commentary for "Last of the Time Lords", Julie Gardner (an executive producer) accused Davies of "back-pedaling" on 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'' also dodged it by being declared an AlternateUniverse, and ''their'' team-ups involve crossing dimensions. ''Dino Charge'' is so recent it just hasn't happened ''yet''; but seems destined for it considering it ended with [[spoiler:Earth destroyed, before the Rangers travel back in time and prevent the destruction along with the extinction of the dinosaurs]] - the following season, ''Ninja Steel'', doesn't involve ''any'' of this.
** 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 ''Franchise/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 [[Music/ElvisPresley the King himself]]. According to Usenet posts made at the time from [[WordOfStPaul 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.
* 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'', Creator/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.'''
* The intended outcome for the presidential election for ''Series/TheWestWing'' has this with the contradictory "gods" being different writers. Lawrence O'Donnel has said that the original intention was for Vinick to win, but this would have been too much of a DownerEnding after already writing John Spencer's (Leo [=McGarry=]) death into the show. John Wells has said that Santos winning was always the intent.

[[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 Music/{{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.
* Music/MelanieMartinez once said "Milk And Cookies" is about killing her boyfriend but then later said it's about killing a kidnapper. The lyrics make it sound like she's poisoning someone close to her however its context in the ConceptAlbum makes more sense for it being about the kidnapper in "Tag You're It".

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* Try the home game: Have two people send an email to the official ''TabletopGame/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.
* ''TabletopGame/{{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 [[TabletopGame/{{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.

[[folder: Toys]]
* Greg Farshtey, the main writer for ''Toys/{{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. And then ExecutiveMeddling cancelled the story before Farshtey could pull all the plot threads together, leaving Zaktan rather like UsefulNotes/SchrodingersCat.
* When people pointed out that Alpha Trion being a member of the original Thirteen Franchise/{{Transformers}} in Franchise/TransformersAlignedUniverse clashed with his portrayal in ''ComicBook/TransformersShatteredGlass'', Hasbro later stated that the Franchise/TransformersAlignedUniverse wasn't part of the larger Transformers multiverse. However, Hasbro later reversed this stance as, starting with ''VideoGame/TransformersRiseOfTheDarkSpark'' (which involves the titular artifact going from the Aligned universe to the universe of [[Film/TransformersFilmSeries the movies]] [[spoiler: and [[Franchise/TransformersGenerationOne Generation 1 universe]]]]), the ''Ask [[Anime/TransformersCybertron Vector Prime]]'' column (which confirmed the events of ''Dark Spark'' revealed the existence of the Aligned universe to the larger Multiverse and reveals that Aligned!Vector isn't the same bot as the one we've seen elsewhere), ''[[AllThereInTheManual The Complete]] [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated AllSpark Almanac]]'', ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Regeneration One]]'' (which has a subplot of Hot Rod seeing all his counterparts, including his Algined incarnation from the DS version of ''War for Cybertron''), and [[Franchise/TransformersTimelines Andromeda - Axiom Nex]][[ComicBook/TransformersTransTech us News Reporter]] (which officially confirmed the Aligned universe being part of the larger multiverse), it's been revealed to be part of the multiverse, after all.

[[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. Creator/JamesArnoldTaylor, 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. [[spoiler:''BBS'', which takes place ten years before ''Kingdom Hearts II'', but only one before they would have lost their hearts, shows them looking ten years younger than they were in ''[=KH2=]'']]
* ''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 flames [[TechnicolorFire 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'').
** As the ''KOF'' verse has a very loose grasp on the concept of [[CloningBlues "clones,"]] it's unclear if Kula Diamond, the Anti-K', is truly an OppositeSexClone of series lead Kyo Kusanagi. The NESTS Team story in ''2001'' has Kula mention that she was "grown from a petri dish" whereas her bio in ''Maximum Impact 2'' (where the general backstory of the pre-existing characters is unaltered) instead suggests she's a CloneByConversion in the manner of K' or Nameless.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'': Cranky Kong 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, [[VideoGame/YoshisIsland Baby Mario]] also appears in this game and others alongside his adult self) and that Donkey Kong Jr. had effectively been [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replaced by Diddy Kong]].
* 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 USA.
** ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' producer Yoshinori Ono stated that, in the U.S. 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 a newhalf.
** Akira Nishitani, the developer of ''Final Fight'', 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 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.
** 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 (and continued after) the release of the ''Literature/HyruleHistoria''. 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 remake of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' gave the previous {{Featureless Protagonist}}s (known as the Onion Knights for their starting class) names and personalities, and some materials stated that the four named orphans were the same characters as in the original. But then ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' came out and used the "Onion Knight", who is ''not'' any of the remake characters, as the game's representative. Later spinoff games have used both the remake orphans and the Onion Knight.
* The hair color of [[BigBad Golbez]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV.'' Given his heritage, most fans assumed that he would have white hair [[spoiler:like his fellow Lunarians]] under his helmet. The DS remake gave him brown hair in flashbacks... and then ''VideoGame/TheAfterYears'' went and gave him the white hair after all. This has lead to speculation that is hair whitened with age or that [[spoiler:the brief appearance of a brown-haired Golbez at the end of IV is supposed to symbolize how he appeared before Zemus took control, not his literal appearance]].
** Considering Cecil himself is white haired in all games, promotional material and even the remake's intro movie, but is blond in-game, it is perhaps better to just assume all other sources are canon and the remake just partook in an AdaptationalDyeJob.
* 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 is the reason why ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has such massive, intricate {{fanon}}, as when series creator ZUN isn't being [[ShrugOfGod deliberately obtuse]], [[TeasingCreator speaking in riddles]], [[TrollingCreator messing with his fans]] or [[LyingCreator outright lying]], 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, talked at length about how ''Touhou'' "is not a series" which ended with him admitting that it is a series after all, 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'':
** Sources flip flop on whether Wario and Waluigi are siblings are not (though they've mostly settled on "not"). It does the same to Toad and Toadette. Even more confusing is when the latter is not portrayed as siblings, they're given ShipTease.
** The exact relationship between Mario and Peach isn't entirely clear either. Some sources all but outright say that they're an OfficialCouple while other sources are more ambiguous. Especially since other characters like Luigi, Daisy and even Waluigi muddy the situation.
** Is Yoshi a dinosaur, or a dragon? At first, Nintendo basically used the words interchangeably, before settling on "dino" starting in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros 64''... And then going back to dragon in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'', and not addressing the issue at all afterwards.
** Birdo's trans status (most common consensus is that she's pre-op though lately they've begun implying she's post-op). Nintendo of America generally avoids it entirely.
** Whether or not Mario and Luigi's last names are "Mario". Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto's stance is "yes".
** Due to the overwhelmingly negative fan reaction to Miyamoto retconning the Koopalings into no longer being Bowser's children, Nintendo has since attempted to compromise by stating that their relation to Bowser, whether he's their genetic or adoptive father, a boss who's simply a FatherToHisMen, or something else, is unknown.
* ''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 Cleveland salt mine, but the game itself specifically places the mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 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 opera song "Cara Mia" which many see as implying that [[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 {{Franchise/Nasuverse}}, which has a [[AllThereInTheManual large amount of supplementary material]], which often directly contradicts other materials. One particular example is Servants and their memories as ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' established that Heroic Spirits wouldn't remember their time as Servants in the Holy Grail War and [[spoiler:Saber and Gilgamesh only remember the previous war because of special circumstances.]] Later works like ''VideoGame/FateExtellaTheUmbralStar'' and ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'' has them able to remember what happened to themselves in previous works.
* [[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.
* VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}
** Is Phione a Legendary/Mythical Pokémon or not? Not even official sources can make up their minds on this one. A general rule is that Legendary and Mythical Pokémon are unable to be bred, even with Ditto. However, Manaphy (which was unambiguously classified as a legendary, but now classed as a Mythical, as detailed below) is an exception (as part of its in-game lore has it hatching from a unique egg). 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 Pokédex either) and it is still restricted from places like the battle tower/frontier/subway, a distinction which only box legendaries (Pokémon that would appear on the cover of the games) and Mythical Pokémon get. The side games treat it as a bonus character while the anime treats it as any regular (if rare) Pokémon.
** On a related note, the difference between Legendary Pokémon and Mythical Pokémon. The Japanese media has always maintained there is a difference but it wasn't until Gen V before international media did the same, referring to Mythicals as Legendaries beforehand. From a gameplay perspective the difference is Legendaries can be obtained in-game while Mythicals need to be obtained from real life one of a kind events or from some of the spin offs. Yet Deoxys is available in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'' in the same way Legendaries are despite still being classed as Mythical, and later on, Celebi was given an accessible event in the UsefulNotes/VirtualConsole release of ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Crystal]]''. Storyline wise the difference is non existent, Mythicals and Legendaries are both rare, have many myths surrounding them and a good chunk of Mythicals are closely aligned to Legendaries[[note]]For example, Legendary Cresselia and Mythical Darkrai make up a duo of Pokémon while Mythical Keldeo is an apprentice to Legendaries Cobalion, Terrakion and Virizion, all of them forming The Swords of Justice[[/note]].
** Are Ultra Beasts Legendary Pokémon? Since Ultra Beasts are simply Pokémon (but strong ones) from another dimension the simple answer would be no[[note]]''Sun and Moon'' allows you to capture more then one of certain Ultra Beasts while ''Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon'' allows you to go to their home worlds and obtain as many as you want[[/note]]. Yet, the Mascot Legendaries of Gen VII are all technically Ultra Beasts from a storyline perspective and comparisons are also made to the Gen IV Mascot Legendaries in regards to the fact they are from different dimensions as well[[note]]It has not been specified their dimensions (or the dimensions of other Pokémon like Unown count as Ultra Space or not[[/note]].
* It seems Creator/NaughtyDog simply cannot make up their minds about [[AmbiguousGender Seem's gender]] in ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter''. One half of official material refers to them 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.
* After the first ''VideoGame/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 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 UsefulNotes/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 Games' 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.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'':
** Creator/MarkHamill once said that ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'' would be the last time he would reprise his ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' role as ComicBook/TheJoker. Then he came back for ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'' and ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', and said that the latter would be his last time unless ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' got an AnimatedAdaptation. He seemed to make good on this, with Creator/RichardEpcar from ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'' stepping in for ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' and ''VideoGame/InfiniteCrisis'', and Creator/TroyBaker in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'', ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOriginsBlackgate'' and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAssaultOnArkham'', despite the presence of Creator/KevinConroy in most of those projects.[[note]]Creator/RogerCraigSmith filled in for him in ''Origins'' and ''Blackgate''[[/note]] [[spoiler: "Seemed to" as despite ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' opening with the character's cremation, he reprised the role in flashbacks and hallucinations.]] Then not only does he indeed reprise the role for the [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheKillingJoke animated adaptation]] of ''The Killing Joke'', he [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/conroy-hamill-return-justice-league-action-cartoon-network goes around and reprises the role for]] ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction''.
** Rocksteady Studios had said that ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' would be the GrandFinale of the series as far as they're taking it and they were done with the series. One of the first games announced for the Playstation VR? ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamVR''? Who's making it? Rocksteady. (Admittedly, ''Arkham VR'' is more of a prequel to ''Arkham Knight'', which remains a grand finale.)
* The developers of ''{{VideoGame/Terraria}}'' stated back in May 2014 that version 1.2.4 would be the last update that adds new features to the game. Apparently they changed their mind, as June 2015 saw the release of Version 1.3.

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', the Striders and Lalondes were both stated to be white at one point each. During Act 6, Creator/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]].
* In the very first strip of ''Webcomic/{{Unreality}}'', the main characters, Dominic & Sarah, are stated to be "Best Friends" with an antagonistic relationship, and just a few strips later, they're a Fully-Fledged romantic couple whose relationship is anything but antagonistic.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* The issue of CarnivoreConfusion in ''Roleplay/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.
* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'''s Linkara once had a video of the "Top 10 Comics I'll Never Review." However, it ends with another character forcing him to review the #1 entry ([[spoiler:''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' comics]]). That joke aside, he's actually gone on to review several other things on the list (manga, webcomics, ''Comicbook/OneMoreDay''), usually for special occasions or Patreon sponsors.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/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.
** 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 Dwayne [=McDuffie=] or Creator/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" (granted it technically wasn't him who committed the actual murder), and before Cartman tried to commit genocide in "The Passion of the Jew" and again in "Ginger Kids".
** 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 for "The Coon," [[Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone Trey Parker]] said they still had no idea who Mysterion was. A year later, in the commentary for "Mysterion Rises," Parker said he and Matt Stone figured it was [[spoiler: 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).
* ''WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts'':
** 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 WesternAnimation/MinnieMouse and WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse 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 [[{{Pun}} 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/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', Creator/ChristopherYost, denied rumors that ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' takes place in the same universe, despite Creator/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 [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]] and ComicBook/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 ComicBook/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. Though this is because [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/man-of-action-challenge-the-comicshollywood-model plans for a sequel series to]] ''EMH'' was in the works before the plug was pulled to make a series closer to the films.
** 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 (Creator/SteveBlum voices ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} in both for whatever that's worth, along with Creator/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.
* In the 1990s, when asked, producers involved with the ''WesternAnimation/{{Simpsons}}'' would claim Smithers was not gay, but just obsessed with Mr. Burns to a creepy degree (the phrase "Burns-sexual" was sometimes used). As the series progressed, this logic was clearly abandoned and Smithers became a generically gay man, shown dating and interested in men other than Burns.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}''
** Is Prunella a rat or a poodle? Different sources say different things, though the most common consensus is she's a rat who just has curly hair.
** In one interview, Marc Brown said that the character of Marina was a "variation of a dog," despite looking like a rabbit. In a discussion with fans, producer/director Greg Bailey said that Marina is a rabbit, the designers had given her a dog nose by mistake, and it went unnoticed until after the fact.
* In a more unusual case of this trope, for ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', creator Creator/ButchHartman said that when it came to Timmy's two children Tommy and Tammy from ''WesternAnimation/ChannelChasers'''s DistantFinale that their mother is supposed to be [[AmbiguousSituation ambiguous]]. However, come ''Film/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner'', this has been changed from "ambiguous" to pretty much "Tommy and Tammy Turner no longer exist at all since that ending has been retconned by the live-action movies". Basically, he changed the answer of the identity of Tommy and Tammy's mother to "[[CanonDiscontinuity no one]]", which is why most fans have declared FanonDiscontinuity on the live-action films.
* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'': All the main characters have a VagueAge, but to make matters worse, each mention of the matter made by the crew seems to contradict the previous one.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': The show's crew has firmly stated that only hooved animals like the ponies themselves as well as some mythical creatures are sapient enough to achieve speech, yet a few beasties such as deer and giraffes are portrayed as instinct-driven animals that rely on ponies for certain aspects of their care.