Once a work has been published to general acclaim, speculation runs rampant. What did X really mean? How could Y do that? How are we supposed to interpret Z? For some reason or another, [[ShrugOfGod the primary creator keeps quiet]], so when someone else with at least some authoritative status to the work says something, it can be easily accepted and incorporated into the common view.

When the Word of Saint Paul contains (or is perceived to contain) mistakes or misunderstandings of the original creator, they can easily carry the germ for future debates.

The dividing lines among WordOfGod, Word of Saint Paul and WordOfDante are somewhat fluid, but if it can be reasonably supposed that someone has had a role in creating the work, or a close personal relation to the primary creator, then it is probably Word of Saint Paul instead of Word of Dante.

In a film or TV series, typical sources of Word of Saint Paul are the primary actors, the cameraman, the production designer, the costume designer, or the score writer. In literature, it can be the author's spouse, the editor, or the publisher.

[[TropeNamer Named]] for Saint Paul the Apostle, who through diligent missionary and organization work very much changed Christianity from a minor Jewish sect into a budding world religion, while clarifying or modifying lots of things about [[WordOfGod what Jesus said]].

Nothing to do with [[UsefulNotes/TwinCities the capital of Minnesota]], or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/São_Paulo_(state) the Brazilian state]].



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* There isn't a [[WordOfGay firm, canonical statement]] from the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' production crew that Nanoha and Fate are lovers; they instead [[TeasingCreator prefer to layer on the subtext]], ''right'' up to [[HomoeroticSubtext the knife-edge of making it text]] (the most famous statement from the director clarifies their relationship to the daughter they're raising together, but not to each other). However, the voice actresses for the girls in question have directly stated that ''they'' think the two are married.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is in much the same boat. The original writer, Creator/GenUrobuchi, tends to either [[FlipFlopOfGod flip-flop]] on or [[ShrugOfGod ignore]] the issue of whether or not the series has a CastFullOfGay, or just a lot of BaitAndSwitchLesbians. Meanwhile, Hanokage, who wrote the manga adaptation and one of the spinoffs, and Creator/UmeAoki, the show's character designer and one of the Quartet, are far less restrained. Independent of one another, they've written {{yonkoma}}, {{doujins|hi}}, and {{omake}} that show the characters [[http://images.puella-magi.net/0/0b/BD_6_Ume_4koma_TL.jpg?20110924213042 lusting after each other,]] [[http://images.puella-magi.net/6/6b/Ume_sensei_doujin_kyosaya_1.jpg?20110507125623 going on dates,]] and even, on one memorable occasion, [[http://a.mpcdn.net/manga/p/16185/386351/3.jpg married]]. Ume even went so far as to hint at [[CrackPairing Mami/Charlotte.]]
* ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' earned the FanNickname "Gundam Valhalla" because its MythologyPorn includes countless cameos by other ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' characters, all of whom were shown to be happy, especially those who died or suffered other unpleasant fates in their home series. Near the end of the show's run, Minami Fuji (the voice actress for [[{{Keet}} Mao Yasaka]]) posted on Twitter, saying that the producers had told her "In the world of ''Build Fighters'', all Gundam characters live in peace."
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has long left the exact nature of the relationship between Krista Lenz and [[BadassGay Ymir]] somewhat ambiguous within the actual series. While Ymir is confirmed to have romantic feelings for Krista, the other girl's exact feelings have never been clarified. Then the anime adaptation's producer, George Wada, referred to them as a romantic couple during a convention panel. Creator Isayama Hajime, infamous for responding with non-answers, hasn't chimed in to confirm or deny this statement. [[spoiler: Ultimately went on to be subverted as Ymir was KilledOffForReal before anything happens between them]].
* ''Franchise/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Tiffany Grant, the English dub voice actress for Asuka, once mentioned that she believed that Asuka's line at the end of ''End of Evangelion'' (the widely debated "I feel sick" line), was morning sickness. Fans debate on whether Asuka was pregnant to this very day.
* ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' has Hibiki and Miku, with their TwoGirlRomanticFriendship being played to the hilt across three seasons (moreso on Miku's part). During the 2016 Symphogear Live show, Creator/YukaIguchi (loudly) confirmed that she plays Miku as being in love with Hibiki. And according to Creator/AoiYuuki (Hibiki's voice actress), the feeling is mutual.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** According to his English voice actor, Eric Stuart, Brock's surname is Harrison.
** The original English voice of Ash, Veronica Taylor, is a believer in the theory that Giovanni is Ash's father. Giovanni is considered by fans to be one of the main contenders for being Ash's father.
* During an [[https://twitter.com/nacatfan/status/879391041274523648 interview]] for ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'' in which [[WordOfGod Yō Yoshinari]] clarified the relationship between Akko Kagari and Andrew Hanbridge as being a [[JustFriends "Playful Guy-Guy"]] one, Akko's voice actress Creator/MegumiHan chimed in that [[TeacherStudentRomance Ursula]] or [[FoeYay Diana]] would be more appropriate if they decided to do a [[LesYay romantic development]].

* A fair chunk of the worldbuilding and background details of [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11242048/1/Code-Geass-Colorless-Memories-Redux Colorless Memories]] on the Fanon [[http://codegeassfanon.wikia.com/wiki/Code_Geass_Colorless_Memories Wiki]], on Wiki/TvTropes and in [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12228866/1/Code-Geass-Colored-Memories Colored Memories]] have been written by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/4409941/blackmambauk Blackmambauk]] and been given WordOfGod approval by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/4041432/NSBleach00 NSBleach00]] themselves.

[[folder:Film -- Animation]]
* Due to [[Disney/BigHero6 GoGoTomago's]] RaceLift from Japanese to Korean, her original Japanese name "Leiko" is obviously not her name in the movie, but what her name in the movie is is never stated. According to her [[Creator/JamieChung voice actress]], however, it's "Ethel".

[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture'': When asked about the origins of Doc and Marty, screenwriter Bob Gale gives two theories:
## That Doc was a participant in the Manhattan project, thus explaining how he retrofitted a [=DeLorean=] with a nuclear reactor. His dialogue from the film suggests that he believes nuclear war is imminent, and he has been spending years trying to invent something -- anything -- to blot out the atomic bomb from his resume.
** For those who note that Doc Brown would have been a college student in the early 1940's and therefore too young, see Ted Hall.
## As for Marty, he was likely lured to Doc's laboratory simply because he was told not to venture there. The original draft explains that Marty took an interest in Doc's vinyl record collection.[[note]]Although at the time vinyl records were still the most common way of getting albums. Compact discs, meanwhile, were only up and coming.[[/note]]
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'':
** When interviewed about his role in the film, Creator/MichaelCaine asserted that any scene that included him was one guaranteed to be in the real world. This either explains the film or makes the MindScrew even more confusing.
** A costume designer stated that the last scene showing Cobb's children in fact used different children from an earlier scene and they were wearing slightly different shirts, which suggests that the final scene isn't a dream.
* In commentary on ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', Aubrey Plaza, who plays Julie, asserted that her character had (and possibly has) an unrequited crush on Scott, which is why she's so hostile to him. While Bryan Lee O'Malley, the creator of the original ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' comics, responded that Plaza was "making shit up", Edgar Wright, the director of the film adaptation, supported this view.
* The last ''Film/HarryPotter'' film suggests a romance (or at least a pair of reciprocal one-sided crushes) between Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood, which is a widely fanon-supported couple, but not one that happens in canonicity. Mathew Lewis, who plays Neville, asserted the two had a brief fling, but ended up marrying their canonical partners.
* Haruo Nakajima, the original actor who played Franchise/{{Godzilla}}, believes that the Showa (1955-1975) incarnation of Godzilla is female. However, according to [[WordOfGod Toho Studios]], all incarnations of Godzilla to date have been male (yes, even [[Film/{{Godzilla 1998}} the first remake]] [[MisterSeahorse version]], which is admittedly stated in the film).
* Creator/JohnnyDepp has said that Jack Sparrow from ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' has syphilis, and that he is bisexual.
* Creator/SamuelLJackson has stated that in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' he, as Mace Windu, beat Palpatine. The [[Literature/RevengeOfTheSith novel]] implies that Sidious let himself lose, and the film leaves it ambiguous.
* Creator/TimCurry has stated that Dr. Frank N. Furter from ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' is [[AnythingThatMoves Pansexual]].
** Darren Lynn Bousman has said on his Formspring account that the Graverobber from his movie ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'' is Riff Raff's son.
** Magenta's actress Creator/PatriciaQuinn has said in the commentary that she Riff Raff's relationship is completely innocent and that the BrotherSisterIncest is all in the minds of perverted fans.
* At the end of ''Theatre/DinnerForOne'' the two characters [[spoiler:go upstairs and, it's implied, have sex]] and the actors said it was entirely innocent.
* ''Film/BladeRunner'': Creator/HarrisonFord has stated that he believed Decker to not be a replicant, as being one would undercut the theme of his character rediscovering his own humanity, and turns the man vs. machine climactic battle into a robot vs. robot fight. Creator/RidleyScott, on the other hand, claims that Deckard was always meant to be a replicant.
* Creator/GeorgeClooney told Barbara Walters in an interview that he played Batman as gay in Film/BatmanAndRobin.
-->"I was in a rubber suit and I had rubber nipples. I could have played Batman straight, but I made him gay."
* Creator/DannyTrejo has stated that the Machete Cortez in ''Film/{{Machete}}'' is what [[CrossOver the Machete Cortez]] from ''Film/SpyKids'' does when he's not taking care of the kids. As Creator/RobertRodriguez intended to make a ''Machete'' movie years before [[DevelopmentHell he was able to,]] he inserted a more family-friendly version of the same character into ''Spy Kids'' in the meantime, so this is technically canonical.
* Christopher Doohan stated on [[https://twitter.com/ChrisDoohan/status/6323614979 Twitter]] that the unnamed teleporter chief he played in ''Film/StarTrek'' and ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' was fan favorite RedShirt Lt. Kyle.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** A fan at Comic-Con asked both Creator/JossWhedon and Creator/TomHiddleston what caused Loki's dark change between ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. Joss said he hadn't thought of it yet. Hiddleston, however, said that they had talked about it a little, and said that Loki basically went through what he called the Asgardian version of ''Film/ApocalypseNow'', saying when Loki disappeared, he then spent a year alone, wandering through the proverbial jungles and dark alleyways of the universe which, combined with the pain that he endured during ''Thor'', scarred him.
** Gwyneth Paltrow asserted in interviews prior to the release of ''The Avengers'' and ''Film/IronMan3'' that, in her opinion, Tony and Pepper hadn't slept together yet. This is probably not canonical, however, considering the fact that in both films they're quite clearly living together, and are shown euphemistically [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar discussing their sex life]] in a couple of scenes.
** Creator/TomHolland has said that the kid wearing an Iron Man mask in ''Film/IronMan2'' is a younger Peter Parker.
** ''Film/ThorRagnarok'': Creator/TomHiddleston in this [[http://collider.com/tom-hiddleston-thor-ragnarok-interview/#loki interview]] discloses that the Grandmaster becomes Loki's [[MealTicket sugar daddy]] after the latter arrives on Sakaar.
--->'''Hiddleston''': In my head, Jeff Goldblum takes Loki out to Rodeo Drive and says, 'Pick the finest fabric you can find...'
* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':
** Courtesy of Creator/MichaelFassbender. Magneto and Quicksilver are father and son in this universe as well; obviously neither of them is aware of it, which also ties in with the early comics. In the film, Erik does a blink and you'll miss it DoubleTake when Peter mentions that his mom told him she knew a guy with similar powers. Their familial relation is confirmed in ''Film/XMenApocalypse''.
** According to Creator/JamesMcAvoy and Louise Mingenbach (the costume designer), we were supposed to infer that Charles was experimenting with all sorts of narcotics to escape his psychological anguish, but there is a limit to the amount of drug use that can be shown in a PG-13 movie. Knowing that he was frequently drugged out of his mind in addition to the alcoholism and serum addiction makes Xavier's HeroicBSOD that much more tragic. (Note that the administration of the serum, especially when Charles does it by himself, is presented exactly in the same manner as heroin users.)
* Brendan Fraser has said he thinks of his character from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'', Sgt. Stone, as the [[IdenticalGrandson descendant]] of [[Film/TheMummyTrilogy Rick O'Connell]].
* According to Ashley Tisdale, the reason Ryan and Sharpay's audition ("Bop To The Top") in ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' is so elaborate is that the two hired a professional choreographer to help them put it together. This would also explain why they use a different song than "Breaking Free", which is actually a song from the musical they're auditioning for.
* Naomie Harris came up with a back story to explain Selena's cynical outlook in ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater''. Selena apparently had to kill her whole family in one afternoon after they became infected - including a baby brother whom she had just saved. If one takes this as canonical, it adds some weight to her attitude towards Hannah and Frank.
* In an interview with Creator/EllenDegeneres, Creator/OscarIsaac mentioned that he was playing a "romance" as Poe Dameron in ''Film/TheForceAwakens''. Many fans took this as confirmation that the chemistry between Poe and Finn was intentional. John Boyega has also said that he was playing Finn's scenes with Poe as romance, so the only thing left is for the director to openly say that Finn and Poe are gay.
* Creator/MilaKunis says that the main reason Jupiter from ''Film/JupiterAscending'' is stuck cleaning houses is because she's too lazy to get a different job.
* Lee Pace, who plays Thranduil the Elvenking in ''Film/TheHobbit,'' has stated that he plays Thranduil as blind/low-vision as a result of [[spoiler: the horrific burn scars and clouded eye]] that [[GlamourFailure briefly show up on his face]] while he rants to Thorin.
* Creator/RobertCarlyle believes that his Begbie character in ''Film/{{Trainspotting}}'' is secretly gay and in love with Renton but admits he's not sure if author Creator/IrvineWelsh intended this or not.
* Creator/RobinWilliams thinks that the movie, ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'' represents childrens' fear of being abandoned by their parents.
** Creator/JackBlack believes the titular boardgame is alien technology.

[[folder: Literature]]
* Virginia Heinlein shaped a lot of how Creator/RobertAHeinlein was viewed by regulating which of his books were published, and how, according to [[http://www.thewaythefutureblogs.com/2010/05/the-wives-and-drives-of-robert-heinlein-ginny/ Frederik Pohl]].
* August Derleth shaped much of the popular understanding of Creator/HPLovecraft's Franchise/CthulhuMythos, and codified a lot of it. This is [[BrokenBase hotly contested]], as Derleth split the mythos between what was basically good or bad (Elder Gods vs. The Great Old Ones) with the Elder Gods having been added after Lovecraft died. The main conflict is that the Elder Gods tend be fairly benign, while The Great Old Ones try to destroy humanity, often going away from the BlueAndOrangeMorality that makes up the mythos. Derleth's concept of good and evil eventually became less common, with ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' removing it from the 6th edition.
* To a similar degree, that is true of Lin Carter with the work of Creator/RobertEHoward.
* In the Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch books, Andrew Robinson, who played the character Elim Garak, has filled in much of Garak's mysterious and covert past. He felt that Garak was omnisexual with interest in men and women of any species, and that Garak was particularly attracted to Bashir, whom he felt was oblivious to Garak's interest. The show's writing staff worked hard to throw this off in the show itself but Robinson's non-canonical novel, based on his personal view of the character's background and personality, was so popular, it became part of the ExpandedUniverse and Robinson's view of the character has been adopted by the fandom as if it was canonical.
* Christopher Tolkien is often this to Creator/JRRTolkien when it comes to posthumous works. In particular, the published version of ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' is often assumed to be canonical, when it is simply the most well-known interpretation of a number of unfinished and contradictory sources. On the whole, Christopher is pretty careful to separate actual WordOfGod from his own thoughts on paper.
* Televangelist Wendy Alec provides a literal version of this in her ''Chronicles of Brothers'' novels. These are a very specialised sort of fantasy fiction in which Ms Alec represents the Bible story as a sort of sibling rivalry between five brothers, the Sons of God. She sticks very carefully and cautiously to what is "known" of Heaven, Hell and their denizens from the Bible and related religious works - but she cannot help re-interpreting the Fall of Lucifer (the black sheep of the family) with the aid of some serious Word Of Saint Paul, maybe even a little WordOfDante creeping in round the edges. (Other televangelists have denounced her as Ungodly and Satanic for this reason.)
* Creator/JonathanFranzen plays this role with regard to Creator/DavidFosterWallace, although much of what Franzen says is automatically rejected by Wallace's fans. However, the two authors were undeniably close friends, and they did discuss their writing (both content and methods) with each other, so it's difficult to disown certain statements by Franzen (e.g., whether or not Wallace embellished some of his non-fiction).

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', several actors have spoken about their own interpretation into the character on stuff the PowersThatBe are quiet about. Tom Welling ([[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]]) has talked about the psychological effects of red kryptonite, Allison Mack ([[PlatonicLifePartners Chloe Sullivan]]) said Chloe is too weak for the character in season two, John Glover ([[MagnificentBastard Lionel Luthor]]) said his character is [[DirtyOldMan supposed to be attracted]] to [[FoeYay Chloe]], and so on.
* The finale of ''Series/StargateSG1'' contains a long TimePassesMontage with little to no dialogue throughout. Several of the actors involved have given their take on what happened -- such as Creator/AmandaTapping and Chris Judge saying they played their parts as if Sam and Teal'c had developed a relationship, and Michael Shanks saying the reason that Vala is crying and being consoled by Daniel in one scene is because she miscarried.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** The ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Technical Manual'', in its entry on the Captain's Yacht, includes an out-of-universe sidebar that says "Patrick Stewart informs us the yacht is named ''Calypso'' after Jacques Cousteau's vessel", in a way that suggests that, as far as the writers of the ''Manual'' are concerned, he should know. This was never confirmed on screen, since the ''Enterprise''-D yacht was never used (or even confirmed to ''exist''), but was nodded to in ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'', where the yacht on the ''Enterprise''-E is called the ''Cousteau''.
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
*** Captain Janeway's actress Kate Mulgrew has said she thinks Janeway is bipolar due to the character's inconsistent characterization.
*** Garrett Wang campaigned to be the first gay Starfleet officer, but the execs said no way. (Similar instances happened on TNG and ENT.) His own view is that Harry's a closeted gay man who pursues unattainable women as a means of avoiding his feelings for Tom.
* Creator/DarrenCriss, who plays Blaine on ''Series/{{Glee}}'', said in an interview that Blaine's last name is Anderson quite some time before it was ever mentioned on the actual show. Likely it was chosen by the writers before being mentioned.
* In a ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' commentary, Alan Tudyk gives a semi-serious speculation on what Wash was up to during the Unification War: he got a job ferrying supplies (for which side isn't clear), but was shot down on his first mission and spent the rest of the war in prison, where he survived Scherazade-like with his puppet shows. Many fans added this to their {{Fanon}}.
* In ''Series/BlakesSeven'' it is generally believed that Avon survived the events of the final episode. This is probably due to the fact that at least two different sources (an Expanded Universe novel, and the actual attempt at a continuation -- spearheaded by Paul Darrow) both used this as a premise for further stories. Therefore this has a bit more traction than theories about other characters surviving, which haven't managed to rise above fanon.
* Gaius being Merlin's uncle on ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}''. It was never said onscreen or by the creators, but Richard Wilson, who plays Gaius, said it.
* Russell Johnson has assured us that the Professor on ''Series/GilligansIsland'' was intentionally meant to be asexual as the producers of the show didn't want any mention of sex.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Producer Creator/JohnNathanTurner was the source of the phrase "There is no hanky panky aboard the TARDIS". It was even mentioned in a 1984 issue of Time Magazine. This makes the widespread assumption that the Doctor (especially in the classic series) is asexual more than just mere fan speculation. Since Nu Who, however, it's been treated as depending on the incarnation. Nine was very enthusiastic about 51st Century humanity's views on sexuality, Ten was more of a romantic, Eleven had NoNudityTaboo but did have sex, and Twelve is implied to be demisexual (some originally assumed asexual, but his interactions with Clara, Missy and River disprove that, though it should be noted that on screen nothing sexual has ever been implied related to any of the three).
** The very notion of the Doctor falling in love with anyone is hotly disputed among fans. Word of Saint Paul has not helped. Examples include Creator/DavidTennant and others involved in the production of Series 2 confirming years after the fact that the storyline between Rose and the Tenth Doctor was a love story, and Creator/PeterCapaldi and Creator/JennaColeman stating outright that a romance existed between the Twelfth Doctor and Clara Oswald (with Coleman upping the ante at numerous convention appearances by affirming that during a sequence in "Mummy on the Orient Express" in which Clara apparently utters the phrase "I love you" to her boyfriend, Danny, she actually addressed it to the Doctor); confusingly for fans, Capaldi had also been quoted - sometimes within the same week - as saying the opposite regarding the relationship. Nearly twenty years earlier, Creator/PaulMcGann referred to That Kiss from the TV Movie as "He's just had his first kiss in the playground, and he's not sure he liked it".
** Things got to a point during the seventies to nineties where some of the TV series' writers were pushing, effectively, for a viewpoint saying the Doctor had ''never'' had sex, despite the existence of his granddaughter Susan (which they got around by saying she'd been adopted). This never got on screen, but it did find its way into the Expanded Universe (e.g. Marc Platt's Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresCatsCradleTimesCrucible Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible]]'', which fed into the rest of the line, or Eric Saward's short story "Birth of a Renegade").
** The idea might have reached the screen had Marc Platt's "Lungbarrow" been made as a TV story. Script editor Andrew Cartmel and his writers wanted to inject some mystery back into the Doctor, the so-called "Cartmel Masterplan", and "Lungbarrow", as part of this, would have taken the Doctor back to Gallifrey to confront his family and reveal his mysterious connection to a shadowy figure from the founding of Time Lord society. However, John Nathan-Turner felt it revealed too much about the Doctor too soon, and Platt reworked it into the TV story "Ghost Light", subsequently incorporating much of the Masterplan into his New Adventures, ''Time's Crucible'' and ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresLungbarrow Lungbarrow]]''.
** According to actress Creator/AlexKingston, for a long time only she and showrunner Creator/StevenMoffat knew River Song's true origin.
** How do you write the name of the Doctor's ship? There're a few ways, as it turns out; in the early days, it was given as Tardis or ''Tardis'', without the all-caps, and sometimes the definite article would be dropped, so you'd have "There is a violent explosion and ''Tardis'' stops dead." or similar. The all-caps TARDIS was first used in the 1972 book "The Making of Doctor Who" by scriptwriters Creator/MalcolmHulke and Creator/TerranceDicks, who went on to establish it as default in [[Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations the Target novelisations]], and fandom picked it up and ran with it from there. These days, the old forms are primarily used by Magazine/RadioTimes (who use Tardis in their print edition, since in their house style acronyms are written with only an initial capital), intentional period pieces, or Cushing film-verse fics.
* ''Series/{{House}}'': Hugh Laurie once said that he thought that House was just as likely to get together with Wilson as with Cuddy or Cameron. The actual writers never said anything either way on that topic, however.
* Kali Rocha originally guest starred on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' as Cecily, a human Spike had fallen for in his past. One season later she played Halfrek, Anya's fellow vengeance demon. Producers quickly realised that some viewers might pick up on the YouLookFamiliar. So in Halfrek's second appearance, she sees Spike and says "William?" before the two avoid each other's gazes (and nothing more is said). This implied that Halfrek and Cecily were the same person, though another episode has Halfrek refer to the Crimean War (when Cecily would be about five). Kali Rocha believes that they are the same person and that Halfrek was posing as Cecily on assignment.
* ''Series/MrRobot'': The mysterious hacker mercenary White Rose dresses as a woman while meeting with Elliot. Later, White Rose plots with EvilCorp CEO Phillip Price while wearing a conservative men's tuxedo. The show has, so far, left it ambiguous as to why White Rose dressed differently for each meeting and what his or her real nature is. According to the actor, B.D. Wong, he was told by the showrunner that White Rose is a trans woman.

* When Michael Tilson Thomas arranged and recorded some long neglected versions of compositions by Music/GeorgeGershwin, he turned to Gershwin's brother and lyricist Ira Gershwin to understand George's original intentions in writing the music.
* Music/JohnLennon's song-writing has often been explained and/or interpreted to the eager public by his ex-bandmates (one of them named [[Music/PaulMcCartney Paul]]!), ex-wives, recording crew, childhood friends, etc...
* In preparation for the posthumous release ''From a Basement on the Hill", Music/ElliottSmith's family enlisted Rob Schnapf (who produced Smith's last two albums with Tom Rothrock) and Smith's ex-girlfriend Joanna Bolme, to work on the songs. The sessions' actual producer David [=McConnell=] would have been a better Saint Paul, having worked with Smith for three years and taken copious notes, but neither he nor his notes played any part and Schnapf and Bolme instead had to guess Smith's intentions. [=McConnell=] noted that Smith didn't intend to include "Pretty (Ugly Before)", which ironically became the album's best known song, and that the interstitial piece [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Ostriches & Chirping"]] was something he himself put together with no involvement from Smith at all.
* Music/GustavMahler originally wrote his sixth symphony with the scherzo movement second and the slow movement third. In rehearsals for the premiere, he changed them round and performed them like that for the rest of his life. When he had died,however, his widow Alma claimed that he had changed his mind and preferred the slow movement as the third one after all. This has sparked a fairly large debate about which way round it should be played.

* The actress who originated Patrice in ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}'' has said that her character's last name is Parker, though the script lists only first names for all the characters.
* The Theatre/MrsHawking play series:
** [[https://fidelishaereticus.wordpress.com Frances Kimpel]], the original actor to portray Mrs Hawking, has [[http://www.mrshawking.com/?p=1033 some very insightful things to say]] in an interview about the nature of her character.
** Circe Rowan, the second actress to portray Mary Stone, was [[http://www.mrshawking.com/?p=1935 interviewed here on the character]] in preparation for the Arisia 2016 performances.
* [[http://www.rockyhorrorshow.net/story.htm The website]] for Seth Kubersky's production of ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' goes more into Frank and the Transylvanians' backstory, saying they were a race of [[ImmortalProcreationClause immortals who'd lost the ability to breed]] and were trying to relearn how to from humans.
** The 2008 European live tour had Riff Raff and Magenta reappear toward the end as [[StarfishAliens twelve-foot-tall monstrosities with human upper bodies mounted on long robes concealing God-only-knew what]], thus making their (and Frank's) human appearances throughout the rest of the show nothing more than AFormYouAreComfortableWith.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* A developer for Infinity Ward has stated that Captain Price from ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' is the grandson of the original Captain Price. And when Price's voice actor was asked about what happened to Price and what his motivations were, he stated that Price was put in a gulag for two years at some point after ''Call of Duty 4'' (instead of ''5'' as most players assumed, meaning he was captured in 2014 rather than 2011) and that the experience left him rather unhinged and he is willing to do anything to win the war at this point.
* The infamous {{retcon}} of the prison books in ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' also qualify. In the first two games, they were established as one-man prisons in an endless void. By the time ''VideoGame/MystIV'' comes along, Sirrus and Achenar's books are transformed into fully developed Ages and their original function is [[BroadStrokes vaguely explained away]] by Dr. Watson.
* Daniel Cabuco, the art director and artist for three games out of five now acts as this concerning the ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' series.
* Whether or not Nero from ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' is Vergil's son is a matter of much debate. So far the idea has been confirmed by an official artbook, the official novelization by the game's lead writer as well as a statement by a translator but only strongly implied in-game. [[BrokenBase A part of the fanbase]] that vehemently opposes the idea frequently invokes this trope against any of the evidence.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has this in the form of "Obscure Texts", [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary items]] written by the series' [[WordOfGod developers]] and [[WordOfDante former developers]]. They're essentially [[LooseCanon treated as canonical]] by most of the fanbase (or at least the equivalent of the series' famous in-universe UnreliableCanon), but Bethesda has no official stance either way. Most prolific is former developer Michael Kirkbride, who still does some freelance work for the series. Most of what he writes about are the more obscure aspects of universe's cosmology which don't get expanded on in the games, as well as lore figures the games never touch upon or that Bethesda is simply finished with (like Vivec). However, since some of them either might be subsequently quoted or used as a [[{{Mythopoeia}} mythopoeic]] basis for the games, the line between WordOfGod and WordOfSaintPaul is blurred concerning his writings. As of ''[[Franchise/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', some of the concepts in his works have been officially referenced in game (the idea of "[[ViciousCycle kalpas]]," [[LongDeadBadass Ysgramor]] and his [[BadassArmy 500 companions]], and some of the motivations of the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]]), moving them to CanonImmigrant status. A collection of the works can be [[http://www.imperial-library.info/obscure_text/ found here]].
* The [[ShesAManInJapan Harpuia gender mixup]] in the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series was the result of this, where false information came from ''an'' official source (Capcom of America) but not ''the'' official source (the creators). For the record, he's male. Many attribute the confusion, at the time, to Capcom's decaying quality in translation, spotty proofreading (of their manuals, sites, and sometimes in-game scripts), and a lack of communication between branches.
* For the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series we have the Fallout bibles, compiled by Chris Avellone before Bethesda gained the rights to the setting and made ''Fallout 3''. These documents are a hodgepodge of early development ideas, concepts which did not make it into the game and Avellone's own pet theories, which are sometimes contradictory. Avellone himself was one of several designers for ''Fallout 2'' and had no involvement with the first game. Nevertheless, some fans consider everything mentioned in the bibles to be canonical. It probably doesn't help that the use of the term "bible" is inaccurate here; In TV land a "bible" is a brief document put together by a show's creators containing the immutable basics of the setting and characters as a guide for guest screenwriters. The Fallout bibles are not.
* Creator/TroyBaker, the voice actor for Kanji from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' stated that he was told by the voice director to act as if Kanji were gay, and has admitted that he personally believes the character is indeed homosexual. This has led to a number of people, including ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'', taking that as canonical, even though the official WordOfGod is that Kanji's sexuality is [[AmbiguouslyGay deliberately ambiguous.]]
* Creator/EricaLindbeck, voice actress of Futaba in ''VideoGame/Persona5'', has stated in interviews she personally interpreted Futaba as having Asperger's Syndrome.
* There's no official word on Wingul's sexuality in ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'', but his English voice actor, Creator/KaijiTang, has said that "his is the love story in the game" and occasionally reblogs sad Gaius/Wingul fanart on his tumblr.
* Chris Niosi (Dezel) did a [[https://youtu.be/jGXA07mnIV4 podcast]] along with Michael Johnston (Mikleo), Creator/KiraBuckland (Edna), and Creator/XanderMobus (Sergei Strelka) to celebrate the English release of ''Videogame/TalesOfZestiria''. Among interesting behind-the-scenes stories, Niosi remarks that Dezel has a thing for Rose; Johnston then remarks that [[HoYay Mikleo has a thing for Sorey]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'': Gaige is voiced by both Creator/LuciChristian and Creator/CheramiLeigh, and both credited as such in the game's credit screens. When asked why this is, Cherami confirmed that Gearbox brought her in to redub all of Luci's lines, who they felt didn't have the "Rebellious Teenager" edge in her voice that they wanted the character to have. Gaige was a pre-order bonus character, which meant she was finished and ready to be played when the game launched. It was quickly apparent that Luci's dialogue was left in the game, and it turned out to just be a last minute oversight to switch out the dialogue. Just a simple oversight. By that time though, it was already too late, so they decided to give Luci credit and just roll with it. Cherami thinks that it's rather fitting for a girl's voice to change the more [[PowerHigh she goes crazy-mad with power]].[[note]]If Borderlands 2 did ''NOT'' have online capabilities, and was entirely a single or local-multiplayer game, then they could have patched out Luci's dialogue if the game were to be given an UpdatedRerelease later on. However, since the game does feature online capabilities where other players are able to hear Luci's lines being spoken, it would be a dick move to patch her dialogue out so that only Cherami could be heard at all times.[[/note]]

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Long before Candace and Jeremy were an established couple in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Jeremy's voice actor commented that Jeremy liked Candace back. Of course, it really wasn't all that hard to figure out, but still.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Much of the staff is active on Twitter and Website/DeviantArt, notably Creator/TaraStrong and [[https://twitter.com/MMeghanMcCarthy Meghan McCarthy]].
** Creator/LaurenFaust, among other things, said that she considers [[TheOneGuy Spike]] to have been raised by [[GodEmperor Celestia]] after Twilight hatched him, but is quick to clarify that anything she says after leaving the show's staff is only her personal interpretations and ''not'' to be taken as WordOfGod.
** Celestia's VA Nicole Oliver stated Celestia's favorite music is '80s metal.
* Eric Trueheart, who worked on ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim,'' says that one story they might have used would involve [[HeroAntagonist Dib]] finding out that he was an ArtificialHuman created by his father, [[ReluctantMadScientist Professor Membrane]]. Many fans regard this as canonical, and, since Dib and Membrane look alike, add a {{Fanon}} spin where he's a clone. The show was LeftHanging with several episodes unfinished, whether left as a voice recording, script or just a creator idea. Most fans consider them canonical.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Mae Whitman has done this twice with Katara. According to her, Katara got her FirstKiss from [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Jet]], and Aang and Katara did kiss in the "Cave of Two Lovers" episode when the lights went down.
** Zuko's voice actor, Creator/DanteBasco, has regularly answered questions about his character. According to him, Zuko fell in love with Katara and he believes they are soulmates even if they did not end up with each other in canon.
** Grey [=DeLisle=] has also done this with Azula. According to her, Azula does, in fact, love Ty Lee. She has also made several audio recordings in Azula's voice about their romantic relationship.
** For ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Korra's VA, Janet Varney, has stated that the time Korra realized her feelings for [[spoiler: Asami]] was during the TimeSkip, and that the spirits will respond positively to [[spoiler: their relationship]]. This was confirmed in ''Comicbook/TheLegendOfKorraTurfWars''.
* Olivia Olson, voice actress for Marceline of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EleCNWfwTY has confirmed that]] Marceline and Princess Bubblegum used to date. In contrast, Hynden Walch, who voices Princess Bubblegum, sees Marceline and Bubblegum's relationship as having been a platonic CoolBigSis spin on Peter Pan and Wendy and that their friendship had a falling out when Bubblegum grew older and took on more responsibility while Marceline remained the same.
* In a panel at the 2018 Emerald City Comic Con, several actors from ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' stated that the final straw that got Keith kicked out of the Galaxy Garrison was that he punched a teacher, specifically Iverson.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* Literature/TheBible:
** St. Paul is the TropeNamer, and there's a lot of debate about whether his opinions, particularly those about women, reflect those of UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}, considering that St. Paul never met Jesus (aside from a vision) and did not meet any of the original apostles until quite far into his career, and in fact started his career as a persecutor of Christians. At any rate, the Christian community of his time, some of whom knew Jesus, did accept his writings.
** Even BEFORE St. Paul, the Gospel is according to his apostles or even Apostle's disciples.
** There are also St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine, who codified many of the basic tenets of the faith such as the Trinity.
** Then there are the founders and significant figures of all the other of the numerous sects and offshoots of the Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox groups, as well as the sects and offshoots that don't identify with the three larger classifications.
* Izo Iburi was this for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenrikyo Tenrikyo]] after the foundress Nakayama Mikiís death.
* The most famous non-media example (apart from St. Paul) is probably Friedrich Engels. He worked closely with Creator/KarlMarx, and did a lot to popularise and explain Marx's theories. However, he didn't have Marx's philosophical schooling, and thus misunderstood several elements, and made those misunderstandings stick around. To Engels' credit, there was probably no one else around who could do even remotely such a good job.
* Psychoanalyst Anna Freud was this for the ideas and writings of her father [[UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud Sigmund]].
* Want to know why Creator/FriedrichNietzsche is associated with Nazis, when he had stated that he was against antisemitism and nationalism? His sister married into the Nazi ideology and twisted his philosophy to support said ideology. Rather than interpreting his works questionably, she edited and obviously contradicted them.
* The philosopher Creator/{{Socrates}} believed in communicating his ideas only through [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socratic_method live discussion]], so his student Creator/{{Plato}} is the one who wrote down his teachings, inevitably according to his own understanding of them.
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare existed before the notion of "Writer/Playwright as Celebrity" and as such we know very little about his own ideas of theatre and which were the definitive versions. The earlier extant edition, the First Folio, was published by actors who knew him and contains an introduction by Ben Jonson, a fellow great playwright and friend who affirms that Shakespeare knew little Latin and Greek and that the famous illustration on the chapbook is a good likeness. (This would have been fine if bootleg copies of Shakespeare's plays made by rival theater companies didn't exist and didn't contain variations to choose from.) Aside from that, virtually any subsequent inferences about his sexuality, personal relationships, lifestyle habits, or viewpoints have come from [[WordOfDante more recent scholars]] reading between the lines of his texts and what scant documentary/archaeological evidence he left behind, rather than from the actual testimony of him or his contemporaries. Even the date (April 23) typically celebrated as his birthday is only an educated guess based on baptismal records.
* The Nation of Islam movement was founded in the early 1930s by a man called Wallace Fard Muhammad, of whom there exists almost no historical record outside the time period from 1930-34. Independent sources of his life, beliefs and practices are scarce and very vague. Virtually all of his supposed beliefs and teachings were actually publicised by his most prominent follower, Elijah Muhammad, under whom the Nation of Islam as a notable organisation, rather than a obscure and vague movement, emerged.