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** ''Batman'' readers have long wondered why Bruce Wayne, given his [[Fiction500 mind-boggling wealth]], doesn't pour some funding into fixing Gotham's rotted infrastructure, or at the very least get some competent doctors at [[BedlamHouse Arkham Asylum]]. Some stories, including ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth'', try to explain this by implying that Gotham's WretchedHive status is the result of a supernatural curse that's trapped it in perpetual misery; in ''Serious House'', for example, Amadeus Arkham ends up imprisoned in his own asylum and scratches a summoning spell into the walls of his cell, binding a bat-like "spirit of madness" to the place and dooming it to eternal insanity. That would be fine and dandy if Batman didn't personally know magic-wielding heroes who interact with demons and hellspawn ''on a regular basis.'' Yes, we know that SupermanStaysOutOfGotham, but given that Bruce is supposed to be the epitome of logic and intelligence, you'd think he would swallow his pride enough to realize that all the training in the world can't fix a problem that's magical in nature.


** ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'' introduced the X Parasites, a species of [[TheVirus highly infectious]] [[AsteroidsMonster self-replicating]] [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifters]]. It's explained that Samus [[VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus never saw them before]] because the Metroids were keeping their number in check... Except the X Parasites were native to [=SR388=], while the Metroids were only engineered by the Chozo after they discovered the planet (and the X). Considering how fast the X were depicted to spread (especially in later games), how is there ''any'' indigenous life that's not an X-mimic by the time the Chozo got there?

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** ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'' introduced the X Parasites, a species of [[TheVirus highly infectious]] [[AsteroidsMonster self-replicating]] [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifters]]. It's explained that Samus [[VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus never saw them before]] because the Metroids were keeping their number in check... Except the X Parasites were native to [=SR388=], while the Metroids were only engineered by the Chozo after they discovered the planet (and and the X). X. Considering how fast the X were depicted to spread (especially in later games), games) and the fact that they have no natural predator, how is there ''any'' indigenous life that's not an X-mimic by the time the Chozo got there?


** The Extended Cut DLC attempts to explain how Shepard's squadmates who were with him on the ground on Earth managed to make it onto the Normandy and back into space during a pitched battle after Shepard's desperate final run to the conduit beam. The answer is they simply got injured during the run and Shepard called the Normandy down to pick them up. The Normandy is still the most advanced stealth ship in existence, and it is equipped with a Reaper IFF that can make it read as a Reaper to machines, so it could plausibly make this pickup, but it arrives on scene almost impossibly fast, and it strains belief that Shepard would simply stop in the middle of the most pivotal moment of the galaxy's defense to put an incredibly valuable asset at risk to save two lives.

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** The Extended Cut DLC attempts to explain how ''3'' had [[SapientShip Harbinger]] destroy the ground forces charging the Conduit nearly killing Shepard, but Shepard's squadmates who were with him them disappear only wind up on the ground on Earth managed to make it onto the Normandy and back into space during a pitched battle after Shepard's desperate final run to the conduit beam. The answer is without explanation how it was possible they simply got there. The Extended Cut DLC explained this by showing Shepard called in the Normandy to extract said squadmates once they were injured during the run and Shepard called charge, which raises new issues.
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the Normandy down able to pick them up. The get there so quickly given last we saw it was caught up in the space battle above?
*** Why didn't Harbinger attack the
Normandy is still the most advanced despite attacking everything else and it being right in front of them? Normandy has stealth ship in existence, systems and it is equipped with a Reaper IFF that can make signals it read as a Reaper to machines, so machine, but the former and, as far as we're told how it could plausibly make works, latter don't hide it from visual identification.
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this pickup, but it arrives on scene almost impossibly fast, and it strains belief that charge was the last chance to stop the Reapers, why would Shepard would simply stop in the middle of the most pivotal moment of the galaxy's defense to put an incredibly valuable asset at delay or risk it just to save two lives.lives who would, along with everyone else in the Galaxy, be doomed anyway if it failed?
*** The Normandy's rescue contradicts the reason for the ill-fated ground assault that the Conduit's interference supposedly made air support impossible. If it could be overcome on such short notice why didn't they risk using it to quickly land forces or provide distraction or fire support given the assault was noted as likely a suicide mission anyway?


** While the controversial switch of ammo mechanics between ''VideoGame/MassEffect'' and ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' seems, at first blush, to beggar belief with how quickly it happened,[[note]]Within a span of 2 years, the entire galaxy has switched from guns that have effectively unlimited ammo, but must cool down after firing, to guns that use disposable heatsinks and end up functionally identical to weapons with limited ammunition.[[/note]] [[AllThereInTheManual the in-game codex explains]] how this is quite plausible.[[note]]Firearms are created using high-tech 3D printers that can quickly assemble and disassemble guns (and many other objects as well). These printers are a standard feature on omni-tools, handheld devices that are as ubiquitous as modern cell phones. Gun manufacturers essentially create blueprints that are digitally distributed to the end users who can then manufacture and upgrade their guns with omni-tools. Since disposable heat sinks are said to be superior to the old system, it's entirely possible for all major manufacturers to have put out updates to make their guns compatible with the new system, and for the galaxy at large to adopt the change.[[/note]] It doesn't explain, however, how guns that have been left unattended in derelicts and wrecks for years or decades can already be using the new system.

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** While the controversial switch of ammo mechanics between Between ''VideoGame/MassEffect'' and ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' seems, at first blush, to beggar belief with how quickly it happened,[[note]]Within a span of 2 years, the entire galaxy has switched ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', guns went from guns that have having effectively unlimited ammo, ammo but must cool down after firing, needing cooldown between firings to guns that use using thermal clips, disposable heatsinks and end up functionally identical to weapons with effectively serving as limited ammunition.[[/note]] [[AllThereInTheManual the ammo. The in-game codex explains]] how Codex explains the changes despite this is quite plausible.[[note]]Firearms are created using high-tech 3D printers that can drawback as [[DeflectorShields kinetic barriers]] meant firefights favored who output more rounds faster, so replacing lengthy cooldown with quickly assemble replaceable heatsinks made them so much more effective they quickly and disassemble completely adopted. This however fails to explain why literally no guns (and many other objects as well). These printers are a standard feature on omni-tools, handheld devices that are as ubiquitous as modern cell phones. Gun manufacturers essentially create blueprints that are digitally distributed to the end users who can then manufacture and upgrade their guns with omni-tools. Since disposable heat sinks are said to be superior to use the old system, it's entirely possible for all major manufacturers to have put out updates to make their guns system even when/by whom unlimited ammo would be preferable, how compatible with thermal clips and guns were on a ship that crashed and had no contact eight years before the system was adopted, and why discard overheated clips rather than replace while the old one cools on its own which would have the advantages of both systems. ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' {{Lampshaded}} this by having Conrad Verner point out the limited ammo "sounds like a major step backward", Shepard restate the advantages and reveals the new system, weapons are more powerful (''3'' and ''[[VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda Andromeda]]'' show old-style cooldown without sacrificing power is very hard to make), only for Conrad to state the galaxy at large to adopt the change.[[/note]] It doesn't explain, however, how reason guns that have been left unattended in derelicts and wrecks can't cool themselves down, the cooling tech had to be removed to make room for years or decades can already be clips, defeats the point of using weapons who's advantage was unlimited ammo as the new system.base.


* In ''[[WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug Miraculous World: New York]]'', the robot girl Uncanny Valley revealed to us that no one recognized the heroes because of their quantum masks. Aside from some Main/UnscientificScience, there was no problem with this explanation, until she continued talking that it didn't affect technology. This opened up the question of how no one recognized Marinette and Adrien after seeing them on television dressed as Ladybug and Cat Noir.

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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug Miraculous World: New York]]'', the robot girl Uncanny Valley revealed to us that no one recognized the heroes because of their quantum masks. Aside from some Main/UnscientificScience, UnscientificScience, there was no problem with this explanation, until she continued talking that it didn't affect technology. This opened up the question of how no one recognized Marinette and Adrien after seeing them on television dressed as Ladybug and Cat Noir.


* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' heavily implies (although never outright states) that Gru created the Minions, since we see a "blueprint" of a Minion in the background of a shot of Gru's lab. However, when it came time to do [[WesternAnimation/{{Minions}} a spinoff featuring the Minions]], that was understandably too restrictive, so the Minions instead became creatures that existed since the dawn of time to serve evil. Of course, that leads to some very awkward questions - not least, [[StupidJetpackHitler did Hitler have Minions]]? So instead, the Minions became depressed after the defeat of UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte and hid in a cave for 150 years, conveniently avoiding the horrors of the 19th and 20th centuries until they pop out, er, at the height of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar. An awkward handwave to deal with an awkward handwave, but probably [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools better than the alternative]]. Still leaves quite the InferredHolocaust on the Minions' hands, though. And even them working for Gru from the late '60s onward still raises FridgeHorror issues, as it implies Gru has done worse things than the Cambodian Genocide and 9/11...

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* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' heavily implies (although never outright states) that Gru created the Minions, since we see a "blueprint" of a Minion in the background of a shot of Gru's lab. However, when it came time to do [[WesternAnimation/{{Minions}} a spinoff featuring the Minions]], that was understandably too restrictive, so the Minions instead became creatures that existed since the dawn of time to serve evil. Of course, that leads to some very awkward questions - not least, [[StupidJetpackHitler did Hitler have Minions]]? So instead, the Minions became depressed after the defeat of UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte and hid in a cave for 150 years, conveniently avoiding the horrors of the 19th and 20th centuries until they pop out, er, at the height of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar. An awkward handwave to deal with an awkward handwave, but probably [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools better than the alternative]]. Still leaves quite the InferredHolocaust on the Minions' hands, though.though, considering it's still likely they butchered countless people under the servitude of the worst Roman emperors, Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan and in the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition. And even them working for Gru from the late '60s onward still raises FridgeHorror issues, as it implies Gru has done worse things than the Cambodian Genocide and 9/11...


** An OverlyLongGag in "The Principal and the Pauper" reveals an increasing amount of people in the Simpsons' car during the mission to retrieve Armin Tamzarian from Capital City as Homer asks what each of them is doing there, getting a reasonable explanation from Marge every time, until:

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** An OverlyLongGag in "The Principal and the Pauper" reveals an increasing amount of people in the Simpsons' car during the mission to retrieve Armin Tamzarian from Capital City as Homer asks what each of them is doing there, getting a reasonable explanation from Marge every time, until:


** An OverlyLongGag in "The Principal and the Pauper" reveals an increasing amount of people in the Simpsons' car as Homer asks what they're doing there, getting a reasonable explanation from Marge every time, until:

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** An OverlyLongGag in "The Principal and the Pauper" reveals an increasing amount of people in the Simpsons' car during the mission to retrieve Armin Tamzarian from Capital City as Homer asks what they're each of them is doing there, getting a reasonable explanation from Marge every time, until:


--->''(Abe's friend Jasper pokes his head out from the backseat.)

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--->''(Abe's friend Jasper Jasper, heretofore-unseen in the episode, pokes his head out from the backseat.))''

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** An OverlyLongGag in "The Principal and the Pauper" reveals an increasing amount of people in the Simpsons' car as Homer asks what they're doing there, getting a reasonable explanation from Marge every time, until:
--->'''Homer:''' Why are the kids here?
--->'''Marge:''' Because we couldn't find Grampa to sit for them.
--->'''Homer:''' And why is ''Grampa'' here?
--->'''Abe:''' 'Cause Jasper didn't want to come by himself!
--->''(Abe's friend Jasper pokes his head out from the backseat.)
--->'''Homer:''' Eh, fair enough!


* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' heavily implies (although never outright states) that Gru created the Minions, since we see a "blueprint" of a Minion in the background of a shot of Gru's lab. However, when it came time to do [[WesternAnimation/{{Minions}} a spinoff featuring the Minions]], that was understandably too restrictive, so the Minions instead became creatures that existed since the dawn of time to serve evil. Of course, that leads to some very awkward questions - not least, [[StupidJetpackHitler did Hitler have Minions]]? So instead, the Minions became depressed after the defeat of UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte and hid in a cave for 150 years, conveniently avoiding the horrors of the 19th and 20th centuries until they pop out, er, at the height of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar. An awkward handwave to deal with an awkward handwave, but probably [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools better than the alternative]]. Still leaves quite the InferredHolocaust on the Minions' hands, though.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' heavily implies (although never outright states) that Gru created the Minions, since we see a "blueprint" of a Minion in the background of a shot of Gru's lab. However, when it came time to do [[WesternAnimation/{{Minions}} a spinoff featuring the Minions]], that was understandably too restrictive, so the Minions instead became creatures that existed since the dawn of time to serve evil. Of course, that leads to some very awkward questions - not least, [[StupidJetpackHitler did Hitler have Minions]]? So instead, the Minions became depressed after the defeat of UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte and hid in a cave for 150 years, conveniently avoiding the horrors of the 19th and 20th centuries until they pop out, er, at the height of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar. An awkward handwave to deal with an awkward handwave, but probably [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools better than the alternative]]. Still leaves quite the InferredHolocaust on the Minions' hands, though. And even them working for Gru from the late '60s onward still raises FridgeHorror issues, as it implies Gru has done worse things than the Cambodian Genocide and 9/11...


* Myth/ClassicalMythology: One of Theseus's first tasks was slaying the bull of Marathon, which had previously been brought there during the seventh labor of Heracles. Later in life, Theseus would be trapped in the underworld only to be rescued during Heracles's twelfth labor. The problem is that Theseus went to the underworld after he had kidnapped Helen, and the fallout of Helen's brothers Castor and Polydeuces attacking Athens led to Theseus losing his throne, which means that the entire hero career of Theseus must fit between the 7th and 12th labors of Heracles, but that doesn't leave enough time for Theseus to have had a son who grew to adulthood (Hippolytus). Some Greek authors noticed this ContinuitySnarl and attempted to solve it by suggesting that Theseus was instead rescued by Heracles' son Hyllus, but this just raises the question of what Hyllus was doing in the underworld in the first place.



** Most forms of stun or immobilized give the attacker advantage when attacking the enemy, a way to simulate the idea that when you attack, they cannot defend themselves so you are able to hit them easier. However, you still can miss despite them being unable to dodge your attack. Its commonly justified as being that while they cannot dodge your attack, the attack hits a part of the enemies armor/body that qualifies it as a miss, or that the attacker is unable to hit due to tripping up in some way. The issue with this approach however is that it doesn't make sense logically speaking. For starters, if it's a case of the player hitting the wrong spot, why would they hit there when they could hit anywhere else? While someone could have armor thick enough to block it, if the person lacks armor, it doesn't make sense for them to somehow not at least damage them. This also doesn't work on things without armor since they shouldn't be able to just naturally tank an attack; how can a character miss hitting a stunned wolf with their sword if the wolf is unable to move and has no armor? It's almost entirely a gameplay mechanic without a way to justify or logically explain it from a story perspective. The general explanation is that when trying to hit a stunned or paralyzed target, you're still swinging fast (because a combat round is only six seconds long) and thus don't have time to line up a perfect hit every time.

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** Most forms of stun or immobilized give the attacker advantage when attacking the enemy, a way to simulate the idea that when you attack, they cannot defend themselves themselves, so you are able to hit them easier. However, you still can miss despite them being unable to dodge your attack. Its commonly justified as being that while they cannot dodge your attack, the attack hits a part of the enemies enemy's armor/body that qualifies it as a miss, or that the attacker is unable to hit due to tripping up in some way. The issue with this approach however is that it doesn't make sense logically speaking. For starters, if it's a case of the player hitting the wrong spot, why would they hit there when they could hit anywhere else? While someone could have armor thick enough to block it, if the person lacks armor, it doesn't make sense for them to somehow not at least damage them. This also doesn't work on things without armor since they shouldn't be able to just naturally tank an attack; how can a character miss hitting a stunned wolf with their sword if the wolf is unable to move and has no armor? It's almost entirely a gameplay mechanic without a way to justify or logically explain it from a story perspective. The general explanation is that when trying to hit a stunned or paralyzed target, you're still swinging fast (because a combat round is only six seconds long) and thus don't have time to line up a perfect hit every time.



* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'': The Dream Beauties look like horses, in contrast to the Shetland pony-looking designs of the other toys. Instead of being a separate type of pony, this is handwaved as the Beauties being "teenage ponies". This just makes things confusing. [[HumanlikeAnimalAging Horses don't age]] like that and most of the previous characters were already adults.

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* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'': The Dream Beauties look like horses, in contrast to the Shetland pony-looking designs of the other toys. Instead of being a separate type of pony, this is handwaved as the Beauties being "teenage ponies". This just makes things unnecessarily confusing. [[HumanlikeAnimalAging Horses don't age]] age like that that]] and most of the previous characters were already adults.


*** Creator/JKRowling, through an article on ''Pottermore'' that tried to address the issue, made it a lot worse by introducing a baffling piece of world-building -- apparently, before they installed the plumbing in the 1700s, "wizards [[TheDungAges simply relieved themselves wherever they stood]], and vanished the evidence." Not only is this pretty damn vulgar and stupid, it contradicts a lot of what we see in the books. First, vanishing spells are not that easy to do; students don't learn it until they're fifteen. So what did younger students do when they needed to do their business? Second, why didn't they make use of known medieval methods of plumbing, like privies, outhouses, and chamberpots -- the latter of which are even mentioned in the series? Wouldn't it have been easier to just have a set of privies and have someone come in and vanish the byproducts after the fact? Did they not have dutiful house-elves to do the work? Or [[Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI enterprising piss boys]]? There are just ''so'' many better ways to relieve oneself with magic than invoking a PottyFailure and cleaning it up--while there are historical cases of people relieving themselves on the floor or in the halls, these were ''not'' standard policy.

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*** Creator/JKRowling, through an article on ''Pottermore'' that tried to address the issue, made it a lot worse by introducing a baffling piece of world-building -- apparently, before they installed the plumbing in the 1700s, "wizards [[TheDungAges simply relieved themselves wherever they stood]], and vanished the evidence." Not only is this pretty damn vulgar and stupid, it contradicts a lot of what we see in the books. First, vanishing spells are not that easy to do; students don't learn it until they're fifteen. So what did younger students do when they needed to do their business? Second, why didn't they make use of known medieval methods of plumbing, like privies, outhouses, and chamberpots -- the latter of which are even mentioned in the series? Wouldn't it have been easier to just have a set of privies and have someone come in and vanish the byproducts after the fact? Did they not have dutiful house-elves to do the work? Or [[Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI enterprising piss boys]]? There are just ''so'' many better ways to relieve oneself with magic than invoking a PottyFailure and cleaning it up--while there are historical cases of people relieving themselves on the floor or in the halls, these were ''not'' standard policy. Finally, taking for granted that it really is that easy to perform vanishing spells, one would wonder why the wizards would bother with indoor plumbing with such an…’’efficient’’ waste management system already in place.

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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug Miraculous World: New York]]'', the robot girl Uncanny Valley revealed to us that no one recognized the heroes because of their quantum masks. Aside from some Main/UnscientificScience, there was no problem with this explanation, until she continued talking that it didn't affect technology. This opened up the question of how no one recognized Marinette and Adrien after seeing them on television dressed as Ladybug and Cat Noir.


** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'': In game, there was a minor character named Shinra, who discusses wanting to find a way to harness the [[TheLifestream Farplane]] as a source of energy. This was originally just a cheeky and fun MythologyGag to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', whose plot heavily hinged on the Shinra Corporation [[GaiasLament slowly killing the planet]] by using its Lifestream as a source of energy. Later, [[WordOfGod the Ultimania]] clarified that this hint was to allude to the idea that the ''X'' was actually a distant prequel to ''VII'' as Shinra's descendants would create rockets and travel to the world of ''VII'', which raises so many questions that fans [[FanonDiscontinuity outright refuse to accept it as true]]. For starters, if this was true, does this mean humans in ''VII'' are essentially aliens tahnks to the Al Bhed? Are the Al Bhed the precursor to the Ancients? Was there life on the planet before this event? If none of these are true, than what happened to the Al Bhed in the world of VII? Lastly, if the Al Bhed did actually do so, how could technology in ''VII'' fall so far behind that things like an airship are seen as the height of technology when the Al Bhed were using technology that puts anything seen in Spira to shame by comparison? This confusion is further amplified in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIIRemake''. A picture can be viewed within the Shinra Tower that shows what is very clearly the same character from ''X-2'' (helmet, goggles and all) pictured as part of Shinra Corporation's founding board of directors. It is unclear whether this was intended as an EasterEgg or an attempt to bolster the connection between the games, especially given how it went out of its way to change or [[CanonWelding canon-weld]] different parts of the ''Compilation of FFVII''. For what it's worth, one of the writers for ''X-2'' would later clarify that the whole Shinra character was created as a MythologyGag, but the developers ran with it.

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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'': In game, there was a minor character named Shinra, who discusses wanting to find a way to harness the [[TheLifestream Farplane]] as a source of energy. This was originally just a cheeky and fun MythologyGag to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', whose plot heavily hinged on the Shinra Corporation [[GaiasLament slowly killing the planet]] by using its Lifestream as a source of energy. Later, [[WordOfGod the Ultimania]] clarified that this hint was to allude to the idea that the ''X'' was actually a distant prequel to ''VII'' as Shinra's descendants would create rockets and travel to the world of ''VII'', which raises so many questions that fans [[FanonDiscontinuity outright refuse to accept it as true]]. For starters, if this was true, does this mean humans in ''VII'' are essentially aliens tahnks thanks to the Al Bhed? Are the Al Bhed the precursor to the Ancients? Was there life on the planet before this event? If none of these are true, than what happened to the Al Bhed in the world of VII? Lastly, if the Al Bhed did actually do so, how could technology in ''VII'' fall so far behind that things like an airship are seen as the height of technology when the Al Bhed were using technology that puts anything seen in Spira to shame by comparison? This confusion is further amplified in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIIRemake''. A picture can be viewed within the Shinra Tower that shows what is very clearly the same character from ''X-2'' (helmet, goggles and all) pictured as part of Shinra Corporation's founding board of directors. It is unclear whether this was intended as an EasterEgg or an attempt to bolster the connection between the games, especially given how it went out of its way to change or [[CanonWelding canon-weld]] different parts of the ''Compilation of FFVII''. For what it's worth, one of the writers for ''X-2'' would later clarify that the whole Shinra character was created as a MythologyGag, but the developers ran with it.

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