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* Hrodvitnon, author of the Franchise/MonsterVerse fanfiction ''[[Fanfic/AbraxasHrodvitnon Abraxas]]'', has provided multiple expansions of the story's universe on [[https://hrodvitnon.tumblr.com/tagged/abraxasverse her]] [[https://hrodvitnon.tumblr.com/tagged/fic%3A%20abraxas Tumblr]] and in the story's Website/ArchiveOfOurOwn [[https://archiveofourown.org/works/20059573/ comments section]]. Such expansions include but are not limited to: revealing more details about Ghidorah's past, her ComicBookFantasyCasting of the Titans' voices, Monster X's or the Many's capabilities, Thor's hibernation cycle, and the characters' internal thoughts beyond what the story describes.



* The directors of ''WesternAnimation/{{Zootopia}}'' often discuss minutiae about the film on Twitter and they have at least once [[AscendedFanon accepted a fan's suggestion]] for a minor character's name.


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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' creator Creator/BradBird revealed [[https://twitter.com/BradBirdA113/status/181513025981911040 on Twitter]] that Helen Parr's maiden name was Truax.


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* The directors of ''WesternAnimation/{{Zootopia}}'' often discuss minutiae about the film on Twitter and they have at least once [[AscendedFanon accepted a fan's suggestion]] for a minor character's name.

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* In later seasons of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', questions not answered in the actual show tended to be addressed only in Creator/JossWhedon's interviews. Some fans considered anything Joss said in an interview to be canon, while others did not and were annoyed by this practice.
* Responding to a message board request, ''Series/{{Coupling}}'' creator (and sole writer) Creator/StevenMoffat wrote a breakdown of the characters' lives several years after the fourth and final season. This gave Moffat the chance to write an "ending" for the character of Jeff, despite actor Richard Coyle leaving the previous year.
** Unfortunately, because the primary source (an old Dr. Who forum called Outpost Gallifrey) has closed, Wiki/TheOtherWiki wouldn't keep it on the show's page anymore because of lack of citation, so if it pleases the crowds, here is the text to be preserved for everyone to read:

--> "Sally said yes to Patrick, they got married and are very happy... especially as Sally beat Susan to the altar, and finally did something first. Patrick is now a completely devoted husband, who lives in total denial that he was anything other an upstanding member of the community. Or possibly he's actually forgotten. He doesn't like remembering things because it's a bit like thinking.

-->Jane and Oliver never actually did have sex, but they did become very good friends. They often rejoice together that their friendship is uncomplicated by any kind of sexual attraction - but they both get murderously jealous when the other is dating. Jane has a job at Oliver's science fiction book shop now - and since Oliver has that one moment of Naked Jane burnt on the inside of his eyelids, he now loses the place in one in every three sentences. People who know them well think something's gotta give - and they're right. Especially as Jane comes to work in a metal bikini.

-->Steve and Susan have two children now, and have recently completed work on a sitcom about their early lives together. They're developing a new television project, but it keeps getting delayed as he insists on writing episodes of some [[Series/DoctorWho old kids show]] they recently pulled out of mothballs. She gets very cross about this, and if he says "Yeah but check out the season poll!" one more time, he will not live to write another word.

-->Jeff is still abroad. He lives a life of complete peace and serenity now, having taken the precaution of not learning a word of the local language and therefore protecting himself from the consequences of his own special brand of communication. If any English speakers turn up, he pretends he only speaks Hebrew. He is, at this very moment, staring out to sea, and sighing happily every thirty-eight seconds.

-->What he doesn't know, of course, is that even now a beautiful Israeli girl he once met in a bar, is heading towards his apartment, having been directed to the only Hebrew speaker on the island. What he also doesn't know is that she is being driven by a young ex-pat English woman, who is still grieving the loss of a charming, one-legged Welshman she once met on a train. And he cannot possibly suspect that (owing to a laundry mix-up, and a stag party the previous night in the same block) he is wearing heat-dissolving trunks.

-->As the doorbell rings, it is best that we draw a veil."
** Moffat also demonstrated his power on his Twitter, in relation to Doctor Who:
--> "Not it isn't [his name]. That's just what some guy CALLED him. And WHOOSH! that's canonical now. See my power!!!"
** On the other hand, in Moffat's column in ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' he tends to take the view that if didn't appear on screen, his opinions are no more valid than anyone else's. He therefore feels free to do things like "reveal" the Doctor's real name is Mildred, or suggest that [[spoiler: the Cyber-Brig]] continued hanging around UNIT H.Q. in a false moustache, getting in Kate's way. That said, however, 99% of readers recognize these as jokes, as opposed to - for example - Moffat indicating what the Doctor did during the first 7,000 years he spent in the Confession Dial in "Heaven Sent", which is taken more seriously because there is no joking involved. Or the fact that in 2015 he and the actors who played the Doctor and Clara, all concurred regarding the fact a romance existed between the two characters, even if it was intentionally [[TheILoveYouStigma left ambiguous]] on screen.
* ''The Making of Doctor Who'' book (first edition 1972, second edition 1976), by scriptwriters Creator/MalcolmHulke and Creator/TerranceDicks, established much of what became conventional wisdom about ''Series/DoctorWho'''s universe, fandom lacking any real way to see previous stories at the time. Perhaps more than any other source, it established the accepted framework of the Doctor's origin, with later additions, even in the TV series, getting assessed by whether or not they fit it, and past contradictions ignored. (That said, one part of this origin only got a foothold in the expanded universe, never being validated on screen - namely, the idea Susan wasn't the Doctor's granddaughter - and even then, the fact she's omitted from the Doctor's departure from Gallifrey is disregarded.)
* In weekly podcasts, the producers of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' have occasionally clarified plot points, such as confirming Jae Lee's death in "The Glass Ballerina" was a suicide. However, they are not always to be taken at their word: before season 3, in a long list of things we ''wouldn't'' see, they named "Desmond running naked through the jungle." Which did show up.
** Notably, they had to step in after the series finale to explain the images shown above the series finale's credits of pieces of flight 815 on the beach, devoid of people, were only to [[ExecutiveMeddling create a breather before the news started up]], and [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory did not, in fact, imply anything]].
* Nearly two decades after the series finale of ''Series/FamilyTies'', and after a couple years of speculation from fans, Gary David Goldberg (the creator of the sitcom) has finally given his own input on [[http://garydavidgoldberg.com/blog/2008/02/wwakd_what_would_alex_keaton_d_1.html Alex P. Keaton's current political leanings]]. Quite naturally, his response has managed to alienate certain fans of the show. The speculations have arose during the 2006 US elections, where Michael J. Fox (who played Alex P. Keaton) was lobbying for the legalization of ESCR. Furthermore, Michael J. Fox has also given his input on Alex P. Keaton's current political leanings (and place of residence).
* TV execs had told creator Ryan Murphy he had the greenlight for season 3 of ''Series/{{Popular}},'' which is why the season 2 season finale was a cliffhanger. After the series was cancelled, Murphy released [[http://www.tv.com/popular/promblems/episode/46014/trivia.html?tag=overview;trivia;see_all_link#trivia the rough outline of season 3]] that he'd already worked out.
* Phil Rosenthal, the creator of ''Series/{{Everybody Loves Raymond}}'', will reveal some things during DVD commentaries. In the commentary of season 6 episode, The Skit, He has stated that he gets fans asking him why Debra is always so mean to Raymond. He states his answer is always because Raymond has earned it.
* Dan Schneider who runs ''Series/ICarly'' is very active in this regard. In addition to twittering, set pictures and livejournal discussion, he also posts episodic fact sheets. Some of these contain interpretations of events on the show, one example from the iFight episode is that Carly was at least a little jealous when Freddie made some comments about Shelby being hot and future wife material.
** His blog for the finale of the show, ''iGoodbye'', is an example of the creator using his word to make things ''unclear'' rather than clearing up misconceptions. This episode featured a LastMinuteKiss moment between one pairing, and the other major pairings supporters were not happy with it. Knowing that he had a SpinOff show involving the 'third wheel' to promote, he took to his blog to creatively muddy the water, attempting to confuse the meaning behind the kisses, the romances, how much the romances meant in the context of the episode and the very idea that there was a romantic hookup involved. All without giving either side any additional content or clarity beyond what happened in the episode itself.
* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise as a whole is subject to one of the more controversial "words of God" in science fiction fandom: Paramount Studios (owners of the franchise) and Gene Roddenberry (creator of the franchise) established prior to Roddenberry's death in 1991 that only live-action Star Trek productions count as official canon; the 1970s animated series plus the novels, comic books and other spinoffs were not to be counted. That hasn't stopped some creative script-writers from sneaking references and concepts from the "expanded universe" into TV episodes and films.
** An attempt at subverting this occurred when Jeri Taylor, co-creator of ''Star Trek: Voyager'', wrote an original novel, ''Mosaic'', based upon characters she helped create. Although originally thought to be the first canonical novel, given her special status (the only other Trek creator to pen a Trek novel was Roddenberry himself when he wrote the novelization of ''Star Trek: The Motion Picture''), it was later confirmed that the non-canon rule still applied, even to Taylor's novels.
*** What ultimately came of it was that, while Taylor may have intended ''Mosaic,'' as well as a follow-up novel focused on the other characters, ''Pathways,'' to be the canon background and story for the characters, and while she may have had these backgrounds in mind during her time on the show, once she stepped down from her position as executive producer, later material could and was established that was contradictory with them.
*** D.C. Fontana is also considered a Trek creator. She wrote much of the continuity for TOS including Spock's background, plus several episodes. Her animated-series episode ''Yesteryear'' is generally regarded as canon (reinforced by the fact that some of the events of ''Yesteryear'' are directly referenced in TNG episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E7Unification1 Unification, Part 1]]", and later the city of [=ShiKahr=] is seen in both ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' and the CGI-remastered version of the TOS episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]"). Her novel ''Vulcan's Glory'', is accepted as canon by many fans, but officially it is not.
*** In the opening when the Voyager tips its underbelly to reveal three gray patches. [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/CGI#Computer_software John Gross of Ambilin Imaging *and later Digital Muse and EdenFX* ends up confirming what should be considered a very minor]] SpecialEffectsFailure as those three gray patches are where texture should go.
** He also canonicized the proper term for a Star Trek fan. Once at a convention, he used the term "Trekkie" and a fan corrected him with "Trekker" - the response? "No, it's ''Trekkie''. I should know, I created them!"
* On a now-defunct section of Sony's website, ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' host Pat Sajak said that the show got rid of the returning-champions format because it was deemed unfair: a contestant might be great at solving puzzles, but have little to show for it thanks to just one Bankrupt, while the dummy of the group could end up having victory dumped in his lap again and again.
* Creator/JMichaelStraczynski, creator of ''Series/BabylonFive'', was one of the first to interact directly with fans via the Internet, via [=USENet=] and [=CompuServe=]. He often directly answered fan questions, explaining many things about each episode. Fan website [[http://www.midwinter.com/lurk/countries/us/eplist.html The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5]] has archived most, if not all, of his comments, sorted by episode.
* The ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode Remedial Chaos Theory has the show's timeline branching based on the outcome of a roll of a die. Due to the episode being aired out of order some plot details from the episode intended to air after it such as [[spoiler: Shirley calling Britta's lighter a Marijuana Lighter]] implied the canon timeline was the one based on the winner of the roll being [[spoiler: Abed]]. Word of God in the form of a blog post from show creator Dan Harmon on his official blog (Entitled [[http://danharmon.tumblr.com/post/11469117959/fine-were-geniuses-but-not-evil-geniuses "Fine, we're geniuses but not EVIL geniuses"]]) apologized for the confusion and stated that the canon timeline was actually [[spoiler: Abed grabbing the dice, making Jeff get the pizza.]]
* In the eighth season finale of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', the Janitor finally reveals his real name as [[spoiler: Glen Matthews]]. Throughout the series, the Janitor has many aliases, and seconds later after he reveals his "real name", someone walking by calls him [[spoiler:"Tommy"]]. However, series creator Creator/BillLawrence stated on his [[https://twitter.com/VDOOZER/status/208427676892004352 Twitter account]] that [[spoiler: Glen Matthews]] is the Janitor's real name.
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'': According to Creator/JamieBamber, the character he portrayed, Midshipman (later Lieutenant) Archie Kennedy, is the third son of a Scottish lord. He mentioned it in an interview for the A&E Network and it appears in the book ''The Making of C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower''. Given Archie's status as a CompositeCharacter and AscendedExtra, the majority of his backstory is composed of either the actors' and writers' statements about him, or {{Fanon}}.
* The creators of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' revealed a [[https://twitter.com/adamhorowitzla/status/331193232832749568 few more details]] on Neal's 'betrayal' of Emma on twitter, mainly that [[spoiler: he was going to abandon her with the yellow bug and a large sum of money so she could go to Storybrooke, believing himself to be 'in the way' of her reuniting with her parents, but August was the one who set Emma up for going to jail. August also took the money Neal left for Emma and used it to pay himself a trip to Nepal]].
* David Rogers, a director for ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' [[http://www.officetally.com/a-a-r-m-qa-with-david-rogers has addressed]] an apparent SeriesContinuityError that occurred in the series' penultimate episode, ''A.A.R.M.'', namely the contradiction between the season premiere in which Dwight learns [[spoiler:Angela's son Philip is not his after stealing his diaper and having a lab run a DNA test]] and ''A.A.R.M.'' in which Angela tells him [[spoiler:Philip is actually his son]]: apparently, they had planned on planting hints before TheReveal, indicating that [[spoiler:Dwight had stolen the wrong diaper]], but ultimately didn't go through with it.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': [[spoiler: While Lyanna Stark is revealed to be Jon Snow's mother, Rhaegar Targaryen is implied to be Jon's father. [[http://www.makinggameofthrones.com/production-diary/got-connections-ned-promise-tower-of-joy-infographic HBO's blog]] confirms Rhaegar is his father.]]
* The co-creator of ''Series/OddSquad'' and head writer, Tim [=McKeon=], has stated on his [[https://twitter.com/TimMcPhone?lang=en Twitter account]] that [[https://twitter.com/TimMcPhone/status/866672037535686656 he pitched and made so many time-travel episodes, he was prohibited to pitch any more.]] If fans ask him something like when an episode is airing, and especially if they tweet about Odd Squad, he'll often provide an answer and a thank you (respectively), albeit sometimes the answer can be vague. Funny enough, he's also a pie enthusiast, whereas Agent Olive from Season 1 [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes has a great fear of pie.]]
* [[http://www.robocoparchive.com/archive/newsx8.htm In an interview]] with the fansite Franchise/RoboCop Archive, the writers of ''Series/RoboCopPrimeDirectives'' brandished the idea that Ellen might've either killed herself out of grief for Murphy's "passing" or died as a result of a home invasion to explain her death between [[Film/RoboCop1987 the original film]] and ''PD''.
* ''Series/PersonsUnknown'': Executive producer Rémi Aubuchon [[http://cliqueclack.com/tv/2012/04/03/persons-unknown-ending-revealed/#google_vignette revealed in an interview]] what the series would have gone into had it not been canceled.
* [[https://kidscreen.com/2020/01/13/fred-rogers-sees-space-for-more-puppets/ According to a Kidscreen article]], the four main characters on ''Series/DonkeyHodie'' aren't children despite acting like them, and are ageless, similar to ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' or ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''.
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* Mojang has confirmed that the ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' character [[https://mojang.com/2015/04/new-skins-achievements-music/ Alex is a female]], by constantly referring to her to with feminine pronouns. Steve has been confirmed to be a male by the context of the sentence, [[OccamsRazor though that should]] [[FanDumb have been obvious]].
--> "(...) But jolly old Steve doesn’t really represent the diversity of our playerbase. For that reason, we’re giving all players opportunity to play with an Alex skin instead. She brings thinner arms, redder hair, and a ponytail; she actually looks a bit like Jens from certain angles." - Owen Hill from Mojang
* The Exile in ''[[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Knights of the Old Republic 2]]'' is canonically female, which caused an outcry among fans, since the Handmaiden romance was far more interesting and rounded than the alternative. This was ''likely'' in response to the angry response in making Revan canonically male, despite Female Revan fanfic and fan art having a 5:1 ratio over male Revans. Making the whole thing clear as mud is that while Leland Chee (the canon keeper of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse) declared the canonical genders of male Revan and female Exile, Word of Creator/BioWare and Obsidian was the ''opposite.'' Obsidian's own trailer and promo art refer to Exile as "he" while David Gailder of [=BioWare=] went on fan boards and admitted he viewed the character of Revan as female, even writing an epilogue of sorts. For good or ill, it's the verdict from Creator/LucasArts that stands. Years later, Creator/DrewKarpyshyn (who wrote KOTOR 1 and created Revan) permanently defined the character as a man in his novel ''Revan''.
* Most Word of God for the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' series is collected at the "[[http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2503050 Marc Laidlaw Vault]]" (named for the game's writer).
* The ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series contains a great number of mysteries, many of which are introduced in one game, with potential answers hinted at in that game or its sequels, only for the true (and completely different) answers to be revealed in even later games. To this end, in the credits for ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots Metal Gear Solid 4]]'', the final game which answers all important questions, Creator/HideoKojima (the series' creator) is credited as the "Voice of God".
** [[spoiler: Actually, in the cutscene directly after the fight with Screaming Mantis, when Psycho Mantis' spirit is being "exorcised" from the cybernetics, if you tap X repeatedly on your controller, you get (among other images) a FreezeFrameBonus of Hideo Kojima's face and his voice yelling something mostly indistinguishable in Japanese. So it's entirely possible that THIS is what the credit refers to - though that doesn't discount it also being a nod towards his nature as God of the series.]]
* The Japan-only video game ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion 2]]'' had a set of unlockable files, supposedly based on those of the shadowy organization SEELE and revealing the deep secrets of the series, based on a series of interviews with the show's creator, Hideaki Anno. The extra information might not allow ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' to make complete sense, but it certainly does help. The main oddity is that the supposed God is notoriously unwilling to divulge any information about the series he worked on, generally advocating "Death of the Author" to the point of "Suicide of the Author". All the actual information seems to have come from an older Proposal, which could technically fit, but just somehow feels....off in relation to the actual finished product.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** In 2011 art book and encyclopedia called ''Literature/HyruleHistoria'' came out included with an in-game timeline section from director Creator/EijiAonuma. This timeline is Nintendo's first complete document on the series chronology, which up until that point had been solely the realm of vague hints and fans WildMassGuessing.
** A less timeline-centric case involved confirmation that the Zora became the Rito, a fact only loosely hinted at by Medli's implied Ruto ancestry in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]''.
** Another statement from Hyrule Historia is that the [[SpiritAdvisor Hero's Shade]] from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' is the spiritual manifestation of the regrets of the Link seen in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]''.
* The ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Dojo'' includes a lot of clarifying information about the storyline of ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'', since all the characters are {{Heroic Mime}}s.
* The developers of ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'' are quite involved on the forums, along with a [[https://talk.turtlerockstudios.com/groups/developers/posts handy way]] to filter out their posts. While a lot of that is in regards to gameplay, several pieces of information are only known due to their interaction. Of particular note is [[https://talk.turtlerockstudios.com/users/matthew/activity Matthew Colville]], the lead writer, who has revealed several key facts.
* Back in the old days of ''VideoGame/Fallout2'', there was much confusion regarding Super Mutant sterility especially given an offhanded comment made by a certain Super Mutant. And lo', clarification was given by Chris Avellone in the Fallout Bible that said comment was indeed a poor-taste joke and that mutants ''were definitely and undeniably '''sterile''''', Despite this, the entire community ''ignored'' this and still bicker amongst themselves like frellin' idiots to this day. Amen.
* There's still a ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' fan controversy although The Word from the lead designer is: [[http://www.bethsoft.com/bgsforums/index.php?showtopic=912940=140=13586107&#entry13586107 Fawkes IS and ''was'' male.]] Look at his vault suit tatters. The seam patterns match the Male vault suit. This could have been cinched before it got out of hand. [[EpilepticTrees Though it's likely someone who can't let it go will insist "she" was crossdressing or something.]]
* ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'' featured sixteen colossi that are not named in-game. Eventually names started to pop-up with sources claiming to be from either Dengeki or Famitsu, which are usually Word Of God sources for Japanese games. Fumito Ueda eventually stated in the official artbook that none of the colossi have names -- only nicknames given by the staff during development.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' with the death of [[spoiler: Albert Wesker]], a major plot driven and entirely important story character. This drove fans to disbelieve his fate heavily, many of which fought between each other as to the character's potential mortality. Lo and behold, Word of God states in a paraphrase that "[[spoiler:Wesker]] will NEVER return". However, most fans have either accepted it or rejected it entirely based on different reasons. Even years afterwards, some fans still believe the word to be wrong, regardless of already being possibly replaced by a sibling [[spoiler:who is eventually revealed to be an unofficial sister who was given the same surname, Alex Wesker]]. The exact words of producer Masachika Kawata: [[spoiler: [[http://ps3.ign.com/articles/100/1006931p1.html "Even if you want Albert Wesker to come back, there's no chance he's coming back from that."]]]]
* TheMedic from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' despite have numerous allusions to the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] in his spoken lines and overall character, the creators have said that he is in fact not a former Nazi.
--> "Medic is not a Nazi not because it’d offend people, but because it’d be too easy/lazy to slap that kind of label on him. They want a more dynamic character."
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** In a September 2012 interview with Game Informer, Mario creator Shigeru Miyomoto had this to say: "[Nintendo's] current story is that the seven Koopalings are not Bowser's children".
** In a video released in 2015, Miyamoto went back on a previously {{Jossed}} statement and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu2DnTd3dEo confirmed that Mario and Luigi do have the last name "Mario"]]. It is also confirmed by Miyomoto that the entire game of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' is, in fact, a play. Thus, a BrokenBase ensues.
* According to this [[http://www.1up.com/do/feature?pager.offset=1&cId=3172364 interview]] with ''VideoGame/Persona4'''s staff, all the entries in the ''Franchise/{{Persona}}'' series ''do'' in fact take place in the same verse. Also, an interview with Atlus in P4's [=DoubleJump=] guide confirms that the blue butterflies in ''VideoGame/Persona3'' and ''4'' are supposed to be Philemon.
* At the end of the ''VideoGame/DarkSeedII'' [[WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} wrongpurae]], LetsPlay/{{slowbeef}} said he contacted the creator of the game, who said that it was intentionally left vague [[spoiler:whether or not the dark world actually exists, or if Mike Dawson is just crazy.]] Fortunately, nobody cares about ''Dark Seed'' canon.
* At [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic Boom 2012]], Takashi Iizuka confirmed the canonical backstories of Silver the Hedgehog, Eggman Nega and Blaze the Cat.[[note]]Silver and Nega are from the future of Sonic's world as said in [[VideoGame/SonicRivals the Rivals series]], while Blaze is a princess from another dimension as said in [[VideoGame/SonicRushSeries the Rush series]][[/note]] At Sonic Boom 2013, he also explained why [[PlotHole the moon looks fine in every Sonic game set after]] ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'': it's still blown in half, it's just the "good" side we see.
* During ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', several characters make comments that hint that Fenris' former master, Danarius, had....[[SexSlave more]] interest in him than just a super-powered bodyguard. Bioware eventually confirmed this.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' had fans debating whether Sans or Papyrus was the older or younger brother. While their ages have been left ambiguous, Music/TobyFox [[https://twitter.com/FwugRadiation/status/641953302490578944 confirmed]] that Papyrus would call Sans ''aniki''[[note]]honorific to refer to one's elder brother[[/note]] in a Japanese translation.
* Fans had speculated long and hard as to who among the cast of ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' was gay. Then the December 2016 comic ''Reflections'' revealed SeriesMascot Tracer had a girlfriend, and Blizzard [[http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/12/20/overwatch-reveals-tracers-girlfriend-emily which Blizzard elaborated on shortly thereafter]] by stating that Tracer was lesbian.
** This shouldn't be taken as meaning all the other characters are straight though. There are many AmbiguouslyGay moments throughout the cinematics, comics and in voice lines. Most of the characters have not had a confirmed romantic interest, let alone confirmation of their sexuality. This story is only just beginning, and Blizzard is notorious for playing their cards close to their chest when it comes to lore.
* Years after the universally unsatisfying end of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' the creative director of Bioware threw the fans a bone by confirming that [[spoiler: if Shepard survived the "Destroy" ending, [[https://68.media.tumblr.com/8911c7fea5e1d56bd66b07f33478f780/tumblr_ols2hmzBZk1t4fw0ao1_540.png Garrus does find them.]] Needless to say at least shippers can breath a little easier now.]]
* From a Q&A Session during a Game Reboot, ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry'' creator Al Lowe stated the reason behind skipping number 4 in the series was because of flippant comment that the first 3 games didn't need a sequel. This turned the marketing into making "game 5" and referencing the "lost" 4th game as "Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Missing Floppies" both in-game and out. The new games, and the VGA rereleased 1st game, sold much better than the original trilogy.
* There was some speculation among fans of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreed'' that modern day characters Shaun and Rebecca were more than friends. In a [[https://twitter.com/DarbyMcDevitt/status/551622357186789377 tweet answering a fan]], Darby [=McDevitt=] confirmed they are together.
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* Nasu and the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}. Most fans chose to simply ignore Nasu's official statements since the [[FantasyKitchenSink Nasuverse]] is complex enough as it is. It also doesn't help that officially he isn't sure if the Forest of Einasshe thing in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' is canon or just [[RuleOfCool cool fluff.]]
* The director of ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has provided several minor clarifications regarding the storyline, including the facts that Ceaseless Discharge is the son of the Witch of Izalith (which was heavily hinted at by the Orange Charred Ring's description), that the Pendant is [[RedHerring totally unimportant]] (after some [[TrollingCreator trolling]] on the topic), and that [[spoiler: if Solaire survives to fight Gwyn with you, he [[FateWorseThanDeath Links the Fire]] in his own world]].
* In a 2008 interview, Creator/KeijiInafune addressed various things regarding ''Franchise/MegaMan''.
** For the first, he {{Jossed}} the "Cataclysm" theory ([[spoiler:that Dr. Wily had [[Franchise/MegaManX Zero]] kill off the [[Franchise/MegaManClassic original cast]]]]), saying that is isn't in Zero's character.
** Second, he confirmed that Dr. Wily [[spoiler: came back to life through the Zero Virus]].
** An earlier example, a book called [[AllThereInTheManual Rockman Perfect Memories]] confirmed that the ''VideoGame/MegamanLegends'' series is indeed part of the main timeline, taking place an unknown amount of time after the other series in the franchise. That same source also confirmed that the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' series take place in a separate timeline.
* According to Shu Takumi, in at least one interview, the reason the police arrested a small child for the murder of a very tall man with an arm-dislocatingly strong revolver in the third case of ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' is actually because [[spoiler: Daryan]] was using his position to interfere with the investigation.
* According to Shigesato Itoi, [[VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings Gigue]] and [[VideoGame/{{Earthbound}} Giygas]] are one and the same.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has brought a lot of shippers often trying to ship the character Sans with a variety of characters, the most popular of which is the character Toriel. Toby Fox would state on his twitter in a reaction to all of these ships that Sans is far too lazy to ever commit to any relationship. This has not stopped the shippers from putting Sans with almost every cast member.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Creator/RidleyScott has been very clear in interviews in stating that, in his film ''Film/BladeRunner'', Deckard himself was a replicant. The only clues that this might be true in the movie, though, are the fact that Deckard's eyes briefly luminesce in one shot (and he's out of focus and in the background, at that) and the origami unicorn left by Gaff (Edward James Olmos) after Deckard dreamed of a unicorn. Unfortunately for anyone who saw the film in theaters and was trying to add up the clues, the unicorn dream was one of the victims of the ExecutiveMeddling that the film underwent after leaving Scott's hands. The final half of a line by Gaff at the end of the film ("You've done a man's job sir... but are you a man?"), which raises the issue even if it fails to resolve it, was also cut. (It appears in its entirety in "Dangerous Days," the documentary about the making of the film in the 5-disc Final Cut collector's edition.)
** This is also a very good example of a deeply conflicted idea among the core creative team, as nearly everybody else involved with the making of the film believed that Deckard is a human, albeit one whose humanity has been ground down by the nature of his job. From Philip K. Dick (who wrote the original novel), to Hampton Fancher and David Peoples (who wrote the screenplay), to Harrison Ford (who played Deckard), the list of people who thought Scott was wrong is extensive, and powerful enough in creative terms to give ''Auteur Theory'' advocates a headache. It was hardly the ''only'' case of duelling Word of God during the filming; the scene where Deckard essentially forces Rachael to kiss him (with all its squicky undertones) was another case where the screenwriters (and Rutger Hauer, who played Roy Batty) deeply disagreed with Scott's take on the material. It's very possible that the conflicts are what make the film such a cult hit: whatever your take on the film, it's likely there was someone involved in making it who shared that view, simultaneously vindicating your reading and providing lots and lots to debate about with other fans.
* Ridley Scott again; is [[Film/{{Hannibal}} Hannibal Lecter]] a madman? While most, including Anthony Hopkins, would ''not'' deny it, Scott does not think so. In Scott's own words in his audio commentary on ''Film/{{Hannibal}}'', "There is something very moral about Lecter in this film. The behavior of Hannibal is never insane – [I] didn't want to use that excuse. Is he insane? No, I think he's as sane as you or I. He just likes it." Having said that, Scott went on to say that he did think that Verger's objective in the film, wanting to capture Hannibal and subject him to a horrible death by torture, likely made him replace Hannibal as the true antagonist.
* In the introductory documentary from the VHS Special Edition of ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'' (as well as an interview for ''The Mythology of Star Wars with George Lucas and Bill Moyers'') George Lucas stomped on the idea that "bringing balance to the Force" involved equalising the Light and Dark sides -- apparently, the Dark Side is inherently an imbalance. Wookieepedia has the relevant quotes in their article on the [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Chosen_One Chosen One]].
** Any throwaway comment by George Lucas pertaining to the original two trilogies is accepted as canon, regardless of how ridiculous it is. See: Admiral Motti's first name and the true home world of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
* Toho has stated that Film/KingKong won in both the American and Japanese versions of ''Film/KingKongVsGodzilla''.
* ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' left it ambiguous whether the fairy tale stuff was real or all in Ophelia's head, as if it was intentionally open to interpretation and left for the viewer to decide. However in the DVD commentary, the director Guilermo Del Toro says that it was real, or at least that he believes it is.
* The original ''Film/TotalRecall1990'' leaves it ambiguous whether Arnold Schwarzenegger's character actually is having the adventure, or he is hallucinating as his brain is being fried by a memory-implantation malfunction. The fact that the film ends with a fade to white instead of black suggests it's a hallucination, and Paul Verhoeven confirms this in the commentary; Arnold Schwarzenegger played the part using the assumption that it was real.
* In ''Film/MrBrooks'', it's implied that [[spoiler:Mr. Brooks' daughter killed a man and hid it from him, but it was off screen and never shown.]] We never find out definitively whether she did it or not, and some viewers don't accept that she did. However, the DVD commentary [[spoiler: says definitively that she did.]]
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', though it's not actually explicitly stated, Harvey Dent/Two Face is, according to Creator/ChristopherNolan, [[KilledOffForReal dead]]. Additionally, the screenplay explicitly states that Harvey/Two Face "dies from a broken neck". Even if it’s a case of two separate personalities, that still doesn’t allow Harvey to die and Two-Face to live.
** Creator/AaronEckhart has also mentioned in interviews that he asked Nolan if Harvey Dent/Two Face was dead. Nolan confirmed it to Eckhart.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** The director of the 2008 ''Film/{{The Incredible Hulk|2008}}'' had a rare chance on the DVD commentary to fully explain a cliffhanger ending, as he himself doesn't know whether Bruce has turned evil: if his next appearance is in the ''Avengers'' film he has, and if it's another Hulk film he hasn't. Since ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' has hit the theaters this situation can be solved: [[spoiler:Although there is a lot of tension in the beginning and everybody treads very carefully around the Hulk, he is part of the team and drives into the sunset with Tony Stark.]][[note]] No, not [[HoYay that way]].[[/note]]
** ''Film/{{Black Panther|2018}}'' director Creator/RyanCoogler revealed on the commentary that Killmonger's mother was in prison and in fact, died there, hence why he was an orphan. [[spoiler:Furthermore, the plan N'Jobu and Zuri were going over before T'Chaka's visit at the beginning of the film was a plan to spring Killmonger's mom out of prison.]]
* This is the reason that the Wachowskis refuse to talk about their own interpretation of the ''[[Film/TheMatrix Matrix]]'' [[Film/TheMatrix trilogy]]; in the introduction they wrote for the ''Ultimate Matrix Collection'', they state that they don't want their own opinions to be cited as definitive, since the blind acceptance of dogma flies in the face of the trilogy's themes.
* Misled in ''Film/HalloweenII1981''. It was initially stated by the creators that [[spoiler:Michael burned to death]]. However, they were forced to retcon this in ''Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers'' due to poor reception of ''Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch''.
* ''Film/HotFuzz'' includes a special feature called the Fuzz-o-Meter, which pops up bits of trivia about the film. Much of the trivia includes bits and pieces about the story or characters that had been written into the script, but never made it to film. One of the 'facts' claims that the film was inspired by true events, only they involved zombies.
** Another 'fact' states that director Edgar Wright's eyeballs exploded during post-production.
* In ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'', the commentaries have answered a few unanswered questions, specifically in ''Film/Saw3D'', in which the writers have stated that [[spoiler:Hoffman does not escape the bathroom and dies there,]] and that the two [[spoiler:pig masks who helped Dr. Gordon capture him are Brad and Ryan from the opening.]]
* For the ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' series, there has been a bit of debate (particularly by a stubborn wikipedia admin) as to whether [[spoiler: Jason is dead after being completely incinerated in Earth 2's atmosphere (except for his mask) at the end of ''Film/JasonX'']]. Though a comic and a novel series retcons this, most Jason comics fit into CanonDiscontinuity, and it's Word of God that [[spoiler: Jason is listed under the Jump to Death menu on the official DVD, with "Atmosphere" even listed as cause of death]].
* During the dubbing process of ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' Soundwave's English voice actor (Creator/FrankWelker) was brought on to dub the character for the French and Italian versions (amongst others, sans Japanese and German *Considered to be sub-standard*), [[http://www.newsarama.com/tv/090915-Animated-Shorts-Welker.html he described the process as very hard and that "Soundwave in French is not to be believed"]].
* On the DVD commentary of ''Film/{{Sideways}}'', the actors mention that according to the writer/director [[spoiler:Maya does not live there any more when Miles knocks on her door]].
* During the filming of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', Creator/IanMcKellen had the costumers sew a pocket into his robe in which he [[http://books.google.com/books?id=IMnXmrJJ1AgC&pg=PA255&lpg=PA255&dq=mckellen+%22lord+of+the+rings%22+pocket+robe&source=bl&ots=TmIJjEarCV&sig=UEZQWdN4IppoIVkeelX1QHZZ1Fs&hl=en&sa=X&ei=A3UNUZXWN4Pj2QXZkYHoAg&ved=0CFUQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=mckellen%20%22lord%20of%20the%20rings%22%20pocket%20robe&f=false carried a copy of Tolkien's book]], for use in settling debates about the author's intent.
* Writer Parker Bennett of the ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' film clarified many details about the universe's backstory in a 2010 interview with The Super Mario Bros. The Movie Archive website.
* For years, viewers of ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' have wondered [[OddFriendship how the heck]] [[IntergenerationalFriendship Marty McFly and Doc Brown]] know each other and became HeterosexualLifePartners. Bob Gale, the co-creator of the movies, FINALLY gave a [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments admittedly rather heartwarming]] explanation [[http://mentalfloss.com/article/28526/back-future-co-creator-bob-gale-explains-how-marty-and-doc-became-friends over on Mental Floss]] (later confirming with a photograph that yes, he IS the real deal!).
* ''{{Film/Enemy}}'': The director says that the spiders seen from the beginning to [[GainaxEnding the end]] symbolize femininity. What ''that'' in turn means, [[MindScrew however]]...
* For ''Film/IntoTheWoods'', [[http://www.playbill.com/news/article/sondheim-reveals-plot-changes-for-disney-into-the-woods-film-322631 Sondheim tried to convince Disney executives to have Rapunzel killed off in the movie and follow the musical's continuity.]] However, the executives refused, so original stage writer and film screenwriter James Lapine then rewrote the fate of Rapunzel and toned down darker aspects of her character, and a new song "She'll Be Back" was written for the Witch to sing after Rapunzel leaves with her Prince (it was later cut and was put on the Blu-ray release).
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[[folder:Films]]
* ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' left plenty of questions unanswered and a few {{Sequel Hook}}s, and with Transformers fans being who they are have asked a lot of questions. One in particular was whether or not [[TheStarscream Starscream]] took part in the [[spoiler:F-22 assault on Megatron hiding in his alternate form.]] It would certainly be in tradition with the character, and the writers have said Sure Why Not so far. Another question was the unexplained absence of Barricade from the final battle. The comic book depicted him being killed by Optimus Prime, but the writers said they did it deliberately to bring him back in the sequel, ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen''. Despite this, Barricade makes no appearance. He ''did'', however, appear in the climatic battle of ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon''.
* Creator/RichardOBrien has stated that it was actually Riff Raff, and not Dr. Frank N. Furter, who did most of the work on Rocky in ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''. Richard has also stated that the reason "Riff" killed Frank is because Riff was jealous.
* Jon Favreau, the director of ''Film/IronMan'', has stated that The Ten Rings, the terrorist organization that kidnaps Tony at the beginning of the film, in fact, works for The Mandarin, one of Iron Man's enemies from the comics.
* Music/StephenSondheim has gone on record saying that [[MadLove Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney]] from ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' DID have sex, disappointing or disgusting many fans. This appears to be averted in the movie version, where Sweeney balks from kissing her in her own fantasy sequence. It's also averted in several theatre productions, including the 2012 London one with Michael Ball. As she sings ''By The Sea'', he ignores her completely in favour of reading the newspaper.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Regarding the ShipToShipCombat and the subsequent Zutara ShipSinking, Bryan and Mike have said multiple times that Aang and Katara were always meant to be the OfficialCouple as far back as when season one was still coming out. [[http://www.avatarspiritmedia.net/interviews.php?id=18 One interview:]]
--> '''BK:''' I think it's important to note one thing I have heard from the internet is that some fans have the idea we've put shipping into the show because they've asked for it...requested it. This is totally not the case. Mike and I like to do melodrama stuff and we wanted that in there. Not that it's all cheesy, but we wanted that from the get-go. Five years ago when we were developing this.
--> '''MDD:''' Yeah, Aang-Katara, that romance. Some stuff developed along the way, and we're glad some fans are more receptive to that element of the show, but it was in the DNA of the thing from the start.
** Nickelodeon's site states the final fate of Azula: [[spoiler:locked up in an asylum and monitored around the clock for her own protection. She just may have a chance of recovery in the future, however]]. This later gets fully canonized in [[ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSearch a comic book sequel]].
** Upon the conclusion of its sequel series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Mike and Bryan confirmed on their [[http://bryankonietzko.tumblr.com/post/105916338157/korrasami-is-canon-you-can-celebrate-it-embrace personal]] [[http://michaeldantedimartino.tumblr.com/post/105916326500/korrasami-confirmed-now-that-korra-and-asamis#notes tumblrs]] that [[spoiler:Korra and Asami were indeed meant to be a couple]].
** It was confirmed in the Book 4 commentary that Zuko has a granddaughter. Fire Lord Izumi was going to play a bigger role in the season but they couldn’t fit her in in an Earth Kingdom based story. Her daughter was going to come with her to Republic City to deal with the Kuvira situation. They also pitched the idea that she was going to be Mako’s love interest but they decided to focus on his relationship with his friends.
* Following his split with Disney, ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' creator Creator/GregWeisman [[http://www.s8.org/gargoyles/askgreg/faq/ has addressed]] many obscure questions otherwise unanswered by show material and is considered the authoritative source, to the point most fans do not consider the last season {{canon}}. The comic book moreover continues where the second season left off and completely ignores the third season.
* Creator/ButchHartman stated in several interviews and videos that the ghosts in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' are really monsters from a different dimension, that being the [[PhantomZone the Ghost Zone]]. This does explain why they can have offspring and apparently age, and is backed by Danny's mom once describing them as "ectoplasmic manifestations of post-human consciousness" in one episode, implying that they're simply monsters that ''think'' they're dead humans. Butch Hartman [[https://youtu.be/xpnBYCR6-d4 later released a video]] explaining few things about the Ghost Zone that weren't seen in the show proper.
* In an interview with ''Film Pictorial'', Creator/WaltDisney confirmed that Mickey and Minnie Mouse are married in "RealLife", but they keep it ambiguous so that [[AnimatedActors their characters can play various roles:]] a couple, a courtship, just met, etc. Walt mentioned that the studio had [[SeriousBusiness received sacksful of letters from viewers concerned about their relationship,]] (in 1933!) proving that shipping animated characters is OlderThanTelevision.
* The creators of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Bob Schooley and Mark [=McCorkle=], have said on numerous occasions that Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable [[OneTrueLove will be together forever]] and were meant to get together from the start of the series. The director Steve Loter has said that the alien villains died, and that Shego and Drakken are definitely dating at the end of "[[StockSeriesFinales Graduation]]".
* This is common with the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ninjago}}'' creators, specifically Tommy Andreasen. Below are some examples, though '''beware of spoilers in the links''':
** Andreasen confirmed on [[https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/779339605929779200 Twitter]] that [[spoiler:Zane was over 40 years old when his original body was destroyed.]]
** He revealed in a [[https://youtu.be/LCUzfH9eHPk?t=4607 YouTube comment]] that [[spoiler:time does not [[YearInsideHourOutside pass slower]] in the Never-Realm as the show seemed to imply, but rather, Zane was simply sent to the past when he was banished there.]]
* The creators of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' often explain the "real meaning" of various episodes on DVD commentary--such as "Homer's Enemy" being about how a "normal" person couldn't survive in Springfield, or (more recently) "The Principal and the Pauper" being a jab at the SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute idea.
* ''Franchise/Ben10'':
** Dwayne [=McDuffie=] ran [[http://dwaynemcduffie.com.lamphost.net/forums/viewforum.php?f=2&sid=00edd79718b089661967297dadeb14c7 a Q&A thread]] about ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce Alien Force]]'', where he (among other things) clarified such contested points as Gwen's magic and Kevin's powers. Some fans like to ignore it, because [[LyingCreator he lied]] once, about [[spoiler: Grandpa Max's fate]], though it could be said that lying was the only way to preserve any suspense when asked that question.
** Derrick J. Wyatt has answered many fan questions relating to ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'' on his [[https://ask.fm/DerrickJWyatt ask.fm account]].
** Duncan Rouleau has also answered many fan questions on ''Website/{{Twitter}}'' about the [[WesternAnimation/Ben102016 2016 reboot]]. See [[https://ben10.fandom.com/wiki/Omnitrix_(Reboot)#Duncan_Rouleau here]] for some examples.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** The franchise has featured numerous instances of this, but in particular, ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' featured a [[ContinuityCameo cameo]] by an unnamed red Bumblebee-like robot. When character designer Derrick Wyatt saw that [=TFWiki.net=], in accordance with its policies on nameless characters, was referring to the character as "Little Red Autobot," he wrote in and told them that the character was indeed named Cliffjumper and the page should be [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Cliffjumper_(Animated) moved to that name.]] Also, he clarified Alpha Trion's role in the Autobot government (He's the civilian leader, as opposed to Ultra Magnus' military leadership).
** Two volumes of a book called ''The Allspark Almanac'' have been published. It is comprised of almost entirely Word of God, including things like the name of the planet Sentinel, Optimus, and Elita visit in "Along came a Spider" (Archa-7); the name of Ultra Magnus' hammer (The Stormbringer); what Meltdown's creatures were before they were mutated (his lawyer and stock broker); and the name of his company (Biotech Unbound).
* If you want some Word of God relating to ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers,'' swing by [[http://www.adultswim.com/shows/venturebros/indexpage.html#video the official site]] and watch some of the authors' appearances at conventions. (Beware, the third season finale is relentlessly spoiled.) They are just as likely to provide background information as they are ShrugOfGod and AscendedFanon, and are very entertaining while doing it. The DVD commentary also has tons of info that didn't make it into the show [[http://jacksonpublick.livejournal.com Jackson Publick's LiveJournal]] and [[http://www.myspace.com/dochammer Doc Hammer's old MySpace page]] are good too.
* [[https://web.archive.org/web/20101017134514/http://edwardkay.net/blog/2009/04/30/illustrator-wanted-jimmy-two-shoes-goes-to-asia-oz/comment-page-1/ This (now archived) discussion]] with co-creator Edward Kay contains several insights on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', including information about [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the infamous pilot]] (confirming Miseryville was indeed meant to be {{Hell}}), revelations and explanations about the series' setting and characters (who knew [[YesMan Samy]] was a [[TheStarscream Starscream]]?), and ideas for the future (like [[TheDreaded Lucius I]] getting defrosted) ultimately never came to be.
* In both the ''WesternAnimation/{{Franklin}}'' books and animated series, the character Badger walks using crutches. Though it has never been stated on either of those, Word of God on the official Internet site for the series revealed that she has cerebral palsy.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/SheRaAndThePrincessesOfPower''. The script writers have clarified on social media that a lot of character minutae - versus broad story beats mutually agreed upon or marketing information largely outside their control - can depend heavily on a particular writer's personal interpretation of a character. Topics have included the intended ages of certain characters or (more humorously) exactly how furry Catra actually is.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' provided very little backstory for most of the main characters and none at all for the characters created specifically for the show who never appeared in the original comics. However, Word Of God from Amy Wolfram has given us an origin story for the Amazing Mumbo: he was an ordinary StageMagician who got his hands on a real magic wand, which gave him FunctionalMagic at the [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity expense of his sanity]]. This is stated in the special features on the third season DVD.
* Creator/DwayneMcDuffie, creator of ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', has stated [[http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showthread.php?t=226749&page=5 here]] that Richie, Static's sidekick and best friend, is in fact [[WordofGay gay]], as is his comic book counterpart. When asked if Static knew, he replied "Not yet."
* Creator/LaurenFaust often provides supplementary details for ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' in her Website/DeviantArt page [[http://fyre-flye.deviantart.com/ seen here]]. Said details include, but are not limited to, Scootaloo's inability to fly is the result of a disability, Scootaloo's parents never show up onscreen because they have demanding jobs, Applejack's parents are dead, and Celestia and Luna were born as alicorns. As Lauren has left the show, she makes sure to note that the information she provides should not be considered canon, although current Word of God [[https://twitter.com/TheBiggestJim/status/714301014044704769 says]] [[https://twitter.com/TheBiggestJim/status/714302254833131521 that]] her visions are indeed canon.
* Dan Norton, the art director of ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'' set up a [[https://web.archive.org/web/20150907022202/http://crewofomens.tumblr.com/ Crew of Omens blog]] to answer fan questions and also uses [[http://dingo107.deviantart.com/ deviantArt]] to post concept art and model sheets, frequently posting fan art on the blog, including both Yaoi and fetish art.
* Creator/PendletonWard's [[http://www.formspring.me/buenothebear formspring]] almost seems to contain more background information about ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' than the show itself does. If you include WordOfSaintPaul from creative director Adam Muto, character designer Natasha Allegri, and others, there's no contest. Ages, species, lands, history, clarification, there's a lot on there. (This may be in part because of Adventure Time's notoriously RuleOfCool driven nature.) Notably, Ward confirmed that Ooo is set AfterTheEnd years before this was explicitly confirmed in the show itself.
* When an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' had Sonic confronted by Mark the Tapir, an obsessive fanboy of the blue hedgehog, many fans realized the character's designs and quirks were almost point for point the same as Christine Weston Chandler, the infamous creator of ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'', thinking the writers were making fun of ''her'' and her odd obsessiveness with the franchise. The writers have gone on record stating that it was complete coincidence that Mark resembled Chris-chan, and that the character was lampooning obsessive fans in general.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Due to the ambiguous ending of the episode [[Recap/SouthParkS19E6TweekXCraig Tweek X Craig]], fans were left debating whether or not the two really got together for real or were just faking like they were earlier that episode. The Season 19 Bluray commentary, [[http://cheylouwho.tumblr.com/post/149428485516/here-we-go-the-moment-everyones-been-waiting Matt and Trey have addressed Craig and Tweek as a gay couple]], which is moreso present in [[Recap/SouthParkS21E2PutitDown Put it Down]].
** On Tumblr, when responding to a photo post involving Kyle saying "But the point is, there’s nothing about it that means Tweek and Craig are actually gay at all.", the Official South Park blog responded, [[http://southparkdigital.tumblr.com/post/132256050532/machinyan-but-the-point-is-theres-nothing "Are you SURE?"]], implying that they actually do feel for each other. The blog also [[http://southparkdigital.tumblr.com/post/137031056202/im-your-tweek-and-youre-my-craig posted a gif]] from "Tweek x Craig" and tagged it with "creek is canon".
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Mike and Bryan have divulged that Aang does, in fact, have a tattoo there.
** The two of them also confirmed that Jet [[spoiler: really is dead. In commentary, they laughed that he's now in "Hot Guy Heaven"]]. The in-series lack-of-clarity on the issue is later {{Lampshaded}} in season 3.
** They've also confirmed that no, the Air Nomads as a people aren't gonna make a comeback. (which [[AdamAndEvePlot tends to fall on deaf ears.]]) Although the continuation in ''Korra'' does at least confirm that the discipline of airbending does survive. Plans changed years later in ''Book Three'' of Korra, in which numerous non-benders are given the power of Airbending and Tenzin is able to bring the Air Nomads back from the brink of extinction.
** A minor one from ''Korra'': After the RelationshipWritingFumble in season 1 that made Mako look like a cheating jerk, fans pounced on him advising Bolin to "pull off the leech" in his own bad relationship. Mike and Bryan stepped in and clarified that it was just a play on the expression "rip off the band-aid," and he wasn't calling Asami a leech.
* The creators of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' have reportedly stated that Helga's mother is an alcoholic, although they knew that saying so directly would never fly on Nickelodeon. Incidentally, they said in the same interview that Arnold's last name is [[spoiler:Shortman]]. In another interview, they confirmed that Arnold eventually ends up with Helga.
* Dan Povenmire and "Swampy" Marsh, the creators of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' have responded to questions about a few issues, including the first names of the Fireside Girls. Povenmire also commented that both [[ToyShip Phineas and Isabella]] and [[PrecociousCrush Ferb and Vanessa]] would get together one day, even [[HookedUpAfterwards if it doesn't happen]] on the show.
* In an interview, Creator/SteveBlum has stated that WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime [[TheStarscream Starscream]] once swallowed a bird. It remains unclear whether or not he was joking.
* The Executive Producer of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' confirmed [[spoiler: Cassidy Williams and Ed Machine's]] deaths. It was common speculation that he may not have been telling the truth, and that they were just hiding. In the series finale, [[spoiler: Cassidy (and presumably Ed Machine) are both alive in the alternate timeline created by the destruction of the Nibiru Entity. This means that they actually did end up dying in the original timeline, as they never returned in it]].
* People love the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Donnie and April relationship]] and have so many fan-works available. However, unbeknowst to some of them, the creators only made Donnie crush on April for comic relief. April's real love interest is introduced in season 2 and he's someone whom she's been paired up with since the original comics.
* A fan once asked Britt Allcroft why [[WesternAnimation/MagicAdventuresOfMumfie Mumfie the elephant]] doesn't wear underwear. The reason? [[Administrivia/PeopleSitOnChairs It doesn't have any relevance or meaning to the plot]]. It was also stated that even if he was and it was relevant, the animators forgot to draw it on.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'':
** For ''WesternAnimation/ChannelChasers'''s DistantFinale involving Timmy's children Tommy and Tammy, Butch Hartman stated that the identity of their mother was supposed to be ambiguous and that they're supposed to have traits of all potential mothers. However, ''Film/AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner'' and its sequels [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] Channel Chasers' ending and by extension Tommy and Tammy Turner out of existence entirely.
** Butch Hartman also stated that A.J.'s last name is not [[WordOfDante Ibraham]] and that he has no confirmed last name.
* Jorge Gutiérrez really likes to give tidbits of his characters/answer fan questions regarding ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife''. There's enough of this trope in the movie for it to have [[WordOfGod/TheBookOfLife its own separate page]].
* Producers Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, and Greg Johnson have said that ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen2009'', the "Wolverine" short of ''WesternAnimation/HulkVS'', and ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' all take place in the same universe, despite the countless continuity snarls that seem to say otherwise. [[GodNeverSaidThat However,]] they've never said the same thing of the "Thor" short in ''Hulk Vs.''
* ''WesternAnimation/FinalSpace'''s creators are very open in answering fan questions about the show.
** Creator/OlanRogers states in a special insider clip for episode 2 that anything that happens to the characters on the show is permanent and cannot be reversed--for example, when Gary lost his left arm to the Lord Commander in Episode 2, he lost it forever.
** When asked in a final thoughts livestream on how old all of the characters are, Olan responded with the following. Gary is 30, Quinn is 32, KVN is 5, and Avocato is 512. However, Olan’s statement about Gary being 30 is contradicted in “The Sixth Key”, when Gary reveals that he is 32 years old.
** Little Cato’s age was disputed amongst the staff. Rosa Tran, the shows supervising producer claimed that Little Cato was 13 years old but [[FlipFlopOfGod Olan says in another livestream that Little Cato was 15]]. “The Notorious Mrs Goodspeed” however has Little Cato reveal that he was 14 years old.
** Olan claimed [[https://www.reddit.com/r/FinalSpace/comments/8gm2h0/the_ages_of_characters_olans_ideas_feel_off/ Mooncake to be 5001]]. This [[WriterConflictsWithCanon is impossible]], since flashbacks show Mooncake was created when Gary's father John Goodspeed closed a breach to Final Space, which can't have been more than 20 to 30 years prior to the events of Season 1 considering Gary, who is 32, was a child when this happened (and old enough to remember it). Fortunately, Olan later confirmed on Reddit that he was joking about Mooncake’s age.
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* ''Manga/SailorMoon'':
** The author of the manga has affirmed that the characters of Haruka Tenou (Sailor Uranus) and Michiru Kaiou (Sailor Neptune) were intended as a lesbian couple. This is heavily hinted at in both the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] and manga, but [[HideYourLesbians never stated outright]] and occasionally a point of contention among some fans.
** Another ''Sailor Moon'' statement is the identity of Sailor Cosmos which shows word of god can be very vague. She stated that "In the very last manga, the last book, she is the future Sailor Moon." but canon also states that Usagi lost her powers as a Senshi after becoming Queen. Many fans assume she's Chibi-Usa's sister or Daughter, which are both also ruled out. Those who do the reading assume she's a future incarnation but it's unknown if that theory is right or not.
* The odd translation errors like "New Yark" and the "Great Canyon" from the dub of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' were not actually errors. According to one translator, Creator/YoshiyukiTomino himself (or "a little bald wizard," as the translator put it) requested the changes; this would not be surprising at all considering the same little bald wizard requested that one episode be taken out of the US release, for [[OffModel very obvious reasons.]]
* For ''Anime/CodeGeass'' the Word of God, according to the writer, is that [[spoiler: Lelouch is, in fact, dead, despite a popular fan theory that he is 'the cart-driver' in the final scene. The Official Guide Book repeatedly mentions Lelouch's passing and the Special Edition Zero Requiem DVD replaces the entire last scene with a monologue by C.C. expressing her sadness over Lelouch's death. However, many fans choose to discount this with the theory that his identity as Lelouch vi Britannia is dead, but he might be living on as an immortal]]. At the same time, the director has made statements that can be taken as WordOfDante, in the sense that he prefers ShrugOfGod and leaving it to the fans to decide for themselves, which adds fuel to the fire and polarizes an already badly BrokenBase.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Creator/HideakiAnno does not often comment on Eva unless he feels it is an important issue.
** The most famous of his statements is the one [[{{Jossed}} jossing]] the theory that [[spoiler: Misato shot Kaji]]. He specified that it was a nameless security agent.
** The production team have commented on Rei as well, [[HairColors such as her not being an albino]] and her weird-but-nonsexual relationship with Gendo.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** The series has had Creator/RumikoTakahashi state that the Jusenkyo Nanniichuan (Spring of Drowned Man) will cure Ranma and the other cursed men. It's possible that this clarification would never have needed to have been made, if not for an early plot hole (the Saotomes not getting cured right there and then, and then following the guide to the Joketsuzoku) that then developed a {{Fanon}} theory of its own, and, worse still, a villainous character returning with an extra curse having been "merged" into his original one.
** Similarly, the reason many fans of the series deride Akari Unryuu as a RelationshipSue is because the author has admitted she was created solely for the purpose of giving Ryoga a "happy ending" and someone else to chase after besides Akane when TheRival managed to become so popular with the fans. And regarding the endless fan speculation about whether girl Ranma can [[MisterSeahorse get knocked up]]: [[spoiler:"I don't think about that, and you shouldn't either!"]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'':
** The creator has insisted that IdiotHero Gourry Gabriev actually has the potential to be a sorcerer of power perhaps equal to Lina Inverse -- it's just his Swiss-cheese memory stops him.
** Hajime Kanzaka, the writer for the original novels and head writer for the anime, often answers and confirms anything involving how the fantasy elements in the series works, or who is who and what they are.
* The director of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' has stated that there's Digidestined in every country. We just didn't get to see all of them because it would've expanded the series by a good hundred or so more episodes.
* [[Manga/RaveMaster Hiro Mashima]] has been providing Del Rey with official translations for the names of the characters in ''Manga/FairyTail'' to avoid [[SpellMyNameWithAnS disputes over what the characters' names should be spelled as]]. Apparently, though, the names guessed up for the scanlations before Del Rey provided the actual translations are just cooler.
* Takahashi Yousuke, the man behind ''Manga/MononokeSoushi'', admits after a long time that the character Shao Tzu is a girl, but was planned to be a boy but as the character [[CharacterDevelopment grew]] all of sudden she became a girl.
* Hoshino Katsura, creator of ''Manga/DGrayMan'' has stated while the manga has touches of Religion to it, it is not based from The Bible, and is more scifi. She also gives trivia info regarding some of the characters. She states the first thing Allen does when waking up is count money. Cross SleepsInTheNude so he can tan and smokes before he gets dressed. She's also stated that Cross finds Allen cute, and considers Allen to be his child. She stated in an interview that Lvellie had siblings who were killed by experimentation, he's the last one left.
* Tsukasa Fushimi, the author ''LightNovel/{{Oreimo}}'' has said in interviews that the story's ending [[spoiler: was intended to be a "full Kirino ending", meaning that Kyousuke and Kirino would be together romantically. Fans of both the manga and anime cite this as a reason for interpreting the ending as meaning that the two will get back together.]]
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* Eiichiro Oda, creator of ''Manga/OnePiece'', runs a column in the collected volumes of his work, devoted to Word of God explanations of various ''One Piece'' minutiae. He is delightfully laid back about it, sometimes making explanations up on the spot, or even [[AscendedFanon allowing fans to write the canon for him]]. Beware Oda isn't above lying about certain things. [[spoiler:He said Sabo was dead.]]:
-->'''Fan:''' I think Chopper's birthday should be December 24th!\\
'''Oda:''' [[AscendedFanon Okay]].
* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
** In an interview in the [[AllThereInTheManual "How To Read"]] volume of the manga, Tsugumi Ohba expressly states that the random girl at the very end is '''not''' Misa Amane and is just stuck in there for the sake of something pretty. Many actively ignore this for the sole reason that [[FanonDiscontinuity they think that's how it should be]].
** Ohba also states that s/he wanted it clear that [[spoiler: dead characters are dead forever and can't come back to life. Sorry, guys, [[HesJustHiding they're not hiding]].]]
** Other things Ohba and Obata are explicit about include the fact that [[spoiler: L lies about Light being his friend,]] and that Light, while "diabolical", genuinely loves his family and "humanity as a whole". You can imagine how this goes down with [[DieForOurShip some sections]] [[NeverLiveItDown of fandom]].
** However, in regards to L lying about [[spoiler:Light being his friend,]] "How to Read" also says on L's character page that [[spoiler: "Even while fighting him as an enemy, L establishes a weird friendship with Light." in regards to that quote.]] So while the initial statement may have been a lie, it eventually became true. It also gives us the closest we're ever going to get to an official answer regarding [[spoiler: Matsuda's theory that Near controlled Mikami with the Death Note: that readers are meant to draw their own conclusions. However, said book also mentions that Near is "dishonest" and "the more evil" of him and Mello.]]
* In an interview about ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'', Nanase Ohkawa, the script writer for Creator/{{CLAMP}}, mentioned several times to the interviewer that [[AllLovingHero Kamui]] and [[BigBad Fuuma]] are now [[HoYay more than friends, apparently]], despite the fact that not only are they mortal enemies, and while tension is apparent, they've stayed pretty firmly in "good friends" territory, but Kamui is still enamored with his [[spoiler:dead]] childhood friend, the (female) Kotori. She even told the interviewer not to call them friends, as if no one can figure out that CLAMP has a thing for sudden homosexual relationships.
* Masaki Kajishima, the original creator of ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' and the main writer for the ''Ryo-Oh-Ki'' {{OVA}}s (even called "Kajishima canon" in Japan), is very fond of releasing tie-in novels, factbooks, doujinshis and other infodumps, where he explains his [[TheVerse 'verse]] in more depth -- mainly because he couldn't readily obtain funding for the next series, but still has something to say. These infodumps are generally treated as canon by Japanese fans, but tend not to appear in the West. Basically, these are the things that Kajishima ''will'' make canon if/when the copyright holder (AIC) greenlights more [=OVAs=]. Until then, he's left in the unusual circumstance of essentially writing fanfic about his own anime.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' creator Kouta Hirano grew tired of fielding questions from detail obsessed fans about Alucard never being shown reloading his guns and where Anderson kept all of his bayonets in the manga. He got around this in a Q&A {{Omake}} by saying that "they're all cosmoguns that hold a million rounds" and "Anderson is four dimensional".
* Creator/KenAkamatsu:
** Occasionally he has interviews in the {{Omake}} sections of the compiled ''Manga/NegimaMagisterNegiMagi'' volumes where he sometimes clears up questions unanswered in the actual manga, such as the specifics of the pactio system, or how Kaede carries her [[{{BFS}} giant shuriken]] around.
** He also tends to update his Twitter account and online journal to point out errors in the chapters (from important points such as one character's element being labeled Ice instead of Water by mistake to trivial matters such as one character being shaded incorrectly), among other things.
* George Morikawa, the author of ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'', named the top three boxers in chapter 361 of the manga. The strongest pound-for-pound boxer is, without a doubt, Takamura. Ranking second is Ricardo Martinez. Surprisingly, he names Miyata as the third best boxer and Ippo around the 8th place.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': During an [[http://www.japanator.com/the-secrets-of-gurren-lagann-answered--6714.phtml "Anime Style Event,"]] Creator/StudioGainax answered questions from fans and, among other things, has claimed that Kamina is a virgin, Simon isn't, and Viral is a shark with feline genetics.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'' author Creator/AkiraToriyama has provided a fair bit of information in interview sections of guide books ranging from the structure of the afterlife to Saiyan biology.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' creator Creator/HiromuArakawa stated in an artbook that the only reason Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye aren't married is because of the military regulations. This was implied to be the only reason, effectively validating fans' theories of their romantic involvement.
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''[='=]s director and scriptwriter have given dozens of tidbits about events and characters, from trivial (Keith's a bit of a health nut and Antonio's afraid of heights) to rather serious (Kotetsu's FatalFlaw stems from a fear of hurting people he developed after gaining his powers, and [[spoiler:Maverick has screwed with Barnaby's memories quite a bit more than what was shown in the series]]). The ''Hero Gossip Book'' gives even more info -- from their pajamas to first crushes to everyone's daily schedules.
* ''Anime/SuzysZooDaisukiWitzy'''s creator Suzy Spafford has confirmed that the ''Little Suzy's Zoo'' SpinoffBabies takes place in the main ''Suzy's Zoo'' universe. She has also confirmed that Witzy is the little cousin of Jack Quackers, one of the main protagonists of the main ''Suzy's Zoo''.
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* Some of [[Creator/DanteAlighieri Dante]]'s thoughts and commentary on ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' have survived the centuries, including [[http://faculty.georgetown.edu/jod/cangrande.english.html one letter]] where he makes it clear that the ''Comedy'' serves as an {{Allegory}} for the relationship between freedom and salvation, among other ideas.
-->''"The subject of the whole work, taken only from a literal standpoint, is simply the status of the soul after death, taken simply. The movement of the whole work turns from it and around it. If the work is taken allegorically, however, the subject is man, either gaining or losing merit through his freedom of will, subject to the justice of being rewarded or punished."''
* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'':
** Much of the information regarding what happens to the characters after the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' has come from interviews with Creator/JKRowling, or postings on [[http://www.jkrowling.com her own website.]] Many of the interviews are archived on [[http://www.mugglenet.com Muggle-net]] or [[http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/ The Leaky Cauldron]]. Rowling is also writing a ''Literature/HarryPotter'' encyclopedia which will contain background information which never made it into the novels, thus turning this into AllThereInTheManual when it's published.
** The strength of Word of God in the ''Harry Potter'' fandom seems unusual compared to many other literature fandoms, possibly because of the sheer amount of interview material given by Rowling. The massive success of the series made her very powerful, to the point that most people in the fandom have read a great number of interviews, and everything she says gets archived and treated as gospel truth (even though she sometimes contradicts herself or changes things later on). It's nearly impossible to find a ''Harry Potter'' roleplay or fandom community that doesn't treat interview material as equally important as the content of the actual series, and individuals who try to theorize about or play characters based solely on the book content will find themselves attacked for not knowing enough about the character.
** JK Rowling loves giving Word of God so much that she is apparently launching a [[http://www.pottermore.com whole new website]] just to give her fans some more.
* David Weber, writer of (among other things) the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, occasionally makes proclamations on points of confusion by fans, on the newsgroup featuring him (alt.books.david-weber) and the [[http://bar.baen.com Baen Bar]], a forum maintained by Creator/BaenBooks, the publisher of many ScienceFiction and {{Fantasy}} works. These are occasionally collected, and posted [[http://infodump.thefifthimperium.com/ here]] for perusal by those not reading the forums and/or newsgroup, maintained by Joe Buckley (who's a regular RedShirt in various Baen-published novels; ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' has had several Buckleys killed in and of itself).
* Creator/NeilGaiman has [[http://splashpage.mtv.com/2008/11/18/twilight-a-hit-among-comic-book-writers-kids-just-ask-neil-gaiman-and-mike-mignola/ said in interviews]] that he intended Silas from ''Literature/TheGraveyardBook'' to be a vampire. On the other hand, he also said [[{{Applicability}} "If you miss it, that's fine. You'll just get a slightly different book."]]
* Creator/AaronAllston, writer of part of the Literature/XWingSeries, in his [[http://www.aaronallston.com/faq.html faq]] posits what he thinks happened to his characters in the twenty or so years between Wraith Squadron and the Vong War, as well as some details that never made it into the books, like ship names.
* Creator/JohnScalzi parodied the controversy over the canonicity of J.K. Rowling's WordOfGay for Dumbledore by posting a list of facts about the protagonist of ''Literature/OldMansWar'' on [[http://whatever.scalzi.com/2007/10/29/things-you-didnt-know-about-john-perry/ his blog]] and declaring them canonical. They included "He is allergic to blueberries" and "He is distantly related to UsefulNotes/DwightEisenhower".
* Creator/OrsonScottCard's book ''[[Literature/OrsonScottCardsEmpire Empire]]'' (a prequel, of sorts, to the UsefulNotes/XBoxLiveArcade game ''VideoGame/ShadowComplex'') ends with an interesting, and quite apt, afterward written by the author about the problems of extremisim in the American Political Parties, which we're told is what moral of the book was meant to be.
* For a while, Lois Lowry refused to explain the GainaxEnding of ''Literature/TheGiver,'' which could be interpreted as either the main character's [[spoiler:triumphant escape from his dystopian society or a DyingDream as he froze to death]]. However, after asking if anyone had any questions at the author [=Q&A=] of the 2009 National Book Festival in Washington, DC, Lowry added, [[spoiler:"Jonas is alive, by the way. You don't have to ask that one."]]
* Creator/BrandonSanderson provides a lot of Word of God on his books in the chapter annotations on [[http://www.brandonsanderson.com/index.php his site]], in blog entries (also available on his site), in interviews (which are usually linked on the blog), in Q&As during signings, on various social media platforms, and written in personalized signed books. There's enough of it that an entire website [[https://wob.coppermind.net/ Arcanum]] was created to catalogue everything, newer [[TheVerse Cosmere]] fans often find themselves totally lost despite having read most or all of his published work. Unlike some other examples, Sanderson also puts a great deal of effort in ensuring his answers are consistent and accurate to both published and unpublished material, often electing not to answer a question if he's not 100% sure how something will work in future books.
* Sir Creator/TerryPratchett used to post regularly to the Website/{{Usenet}} group alt.books.pratchett, giving Word of God on things like [[https://groups.google.com/group/alt.fan.pratchett/msg/7c0359779eeba9dd?hl=en how Rincewind's age relates to how much time has passed since CoM, how many Patricians we've seen]] and [[http://groups.google.com/group/alt.books.pratchett/msg/c81497c93e642e69?hl=en how the clacks was constructed]].
* Creator/JimButcher has given so much Word of God over the years that it has been fan-dubbed the Word of Jim, most of which can be found on the [[http://www.jimbutcheronline.com/bb/ Jim Butcher Forums]]. Interviews, convention panels, forum threads, you name it; if he says it, it gets written down as truth—even [[http://twitter.com/longshotauthor Twitter]] has been used to convey Word of Jim. There's so much Word of Jim [[http://www.jimbutcheronline.com/bb/index.php/board,43.0.html there's even a board]] dedicated to archiving it.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov used to tell a story about how he once got into an argument with a literary critic--who didn't know he was speaking with the author--about the meaning of one of his stories. At the end Asimov pulled out what he thought was his trump card: "I should know; I wrote it!" to which the critic replied "[[DeathOfTheAuthor What's that got to do with it]]?" Asimov later turned this into a story in which William Shakespeare (brought forward in time) flunks a class in his works.
* Creator/AnneMcCaffrey, starting in the mid '90s, put out several Word of God proclamations regarding The ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern'' series.
** She responded personally to emails during the period from the early 90s through the very early 2000s, and the resulting canon arguments based on interpretations of her letters could get fierce. Now, people are more likely to just attribute things to Anne Science and move on, and in some cases even the books themselves aren't considered canon by many groups, especially those written by her son.
** The most notable of her edicts was the one titled "Pern's Renewable Airforce". There were two versions of this, one from [[http://www.oocities.org/area51/vault/2726/ammsg.html 1997]], and an edited and slightly saner version which was propagated in [[http://www.dragonridersclub.com/drmain/ammsg.html 2000]]. The earlier version prompted many fan groups to suddenly require characters to adhere to rules regarding sexual orientation that in many ways made no sense, like all male green and blue riders suddenly having to be gay, and absolutely no lesbian or bisexual dragonriders, period. People who entered fandom before this point or through a group which never adopted these rules still largely think they're absolutely insane; people who started later tended to accept them more as a matter.
** Then there was [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/The_Tent_Peg_Statement the tent peg]], full sources for which are scarce on the web a decade and a half later, but the full thing was circulated around the same time as the original Renewable Airforce memo.
* In the ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]]'' book series, many fans speculated that [[spoiler:Demandred was disguised as Mazrim Taim]]. This theory persisted until [[{{Jossed}} Robert Jordan himself discredited it.]] [[http://wotfaq.dragonmount.com/node/35 Seen here.]]
* Creator/TamoraPierce has done this on numerous occasions. The blog [[http://tpwords.wordpress.com/ Words of Tamora Pierce]] has gathered numerous statements taken from forum discussions, con appearances, etcetera, although it's limited to the ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' and hasn't updated for a couple of years. You can also find her on ''[[Blog/MarkDoesStuff Mark Reads]]'' under the username "scrivener212," every now and again.
* Wildbow, author of the webserial Worm, often responds to comments on his chapters clarifying unresolved issues and even confirming or denying various theories. One commenter invented a villain called Genoscythe the Eye Raper as a joke, which became so popular that Wildbow himself officially used his word to announce that Genoscythe was canon, although he never appears in the series.
* Creator/JaneAusten: If asked, Jane Austen would tell her family many little particulars about some of her characters. Most of it comes from her nephew's ''Memoir'' and one lesser known tradition is mentioned in ''Jane Austen: A Family Record'' by Austen-Leigh and Le Faye.
** ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'': Miss Steele never succeeds in catching the Doctor. (Anne Steele is a not very pretty, rather vulgar woman, soon to be considered an OldMaid, who often talks about a certain Doctor as her beau.)
** ''Literature/{{Emma}}'':
*** Mr Woodhouse survives his daughter’s marriage, and keeps Emma and Mr Knightley from settling at Donwell for about two years (meaning he dies after two years after their wedding).
*** The letters placed by Frank Churchill before Jane Fairfax, which she swept away and refused to read, contained the word 'pardon'.
*** The delicate Jane Fairfax lives only another nine or ten years after her marriage to Frank Churchill.
** ''Literature/MansfieldPark'': The 'considerable sum' that Mrs. Norris gave to William Price was one pound. (Compare it to a more generous gift from his other aunt, Lady Bertram, who gave him 10 pounds, which would equal about £846 in the 21st century.)
** ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'':
*** Mary Bennet, the plain middle sister among beauties, obtains nothing higher than one of her uncle Philip’s clerks (as opposed to Jane and Elizabeth, who lucked out and scored land-owning rich guys), but she is content to be considered a star in the society of Meryton.
*** Kitty Bennet marries a clergyman that lives near Pemberley.
** ''The Watsons'' is an unfinished novel. The text usually includes a bit about how the story was supposed to end: "Mr Watson was soon to die; and Emma to become dependent for a home on her narrow-minded sister-in-law and brother. She was to decline an offer of marriage from Lord Osborne, and much of the interest of the tale was to arise from Lady Osborne's love for Mr Howard, and his counter affection for Emma, whom he was finally to marry."
* On the official ''Literature/FrannyKStein'' website, Jim Benton explains on the page showing the first drawing he made of the title character that she has purple hair because she's worked with so many strange chemicals.
* Creator/JeffVanderMeer, on his blogish site [[http://www.jeffvandermeer.com/2015/08/10/area-x-secrets Borne Central]] strongly alluded that in Literature/TheSouthernReachTrilogy, Lowry came back from the first expedition into Area X with [[spoiler: "special knowledge used to enhance conditioning and hypnotic effect beyond what is possible in the here-and-now'"]]. He indicates there are a few hints of this in the books.
* J. Eifie Nichols, creator of ''Literature/TheRadiantDawn'', is a Troper, and sometimes adds Word of God entries to Wiki/ThisVeryWiki.
* Creator/JRRTolkien has had much of what fans know of his legendarium added to by the publication of his essays and notes, many of which were published in Literature/TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth, as well as the later publication of many of his private correspondences with friends and colleagues about various parts of his mythology. In the letters Tolkien also often gives The ShrugOfGod on some issues, with claims that things might be true, or he doesn't know for sure what happened.
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** "Justin's dead! D-E-D dead!", frequent reply of the author to fan theories that Harry Dresden's EvilMentor (whom, canonically, Harry burned to death) may somehow still be alive, and involved in the events of the various novels (this was eventually confirmed to be the case).
** According to Word Of Jim, one of "Gentleman" Jonny Marcone's bodyguards Cujo Hendricks, believed by Harry Dresden to be a dumb thug, is actually working on his Doctorate and quotes classic literature when he disagrees with his employer. In the Marcone [=PoV=] story "Even Hand", Cujo allegedly shows what's BeneathTheMask.
** [[http://www.jimbutcheronline.com/bb/index.php/topic,21772.0.html This]] is a link to a guide to most of the Words of Jim.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': Though it's only hinted at in the actual books, Word Of God has revealed that Cinderpelt and Firestar is a canon pairing... sort of. Firestar, being a complete idiot when it comes to she-cats, still thinks he and Cinderpelt were "JustFriends". The author(s) often give out Word Of God statements. Though many questions are answered with a "why, I can't tell you that" response, fans have learned such things as [[spoiler:Firestar and Scourge being half-brothers]] and [[spoiler:Leopardstar was in love with Tigerstar]].
* In the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' series of books, it is rumored, debated, and shot down by a character, that Usha is Raistlin's daughter. The books never revealed the truth in certain terms however, and debate among readers raged for years until the authors, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman answered the question definitively: [[spoiler:That she is not Raistlin's daughter.]]
* The creator of ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' stated that the reason why Jacob was so fixated on Bella up until Renesmee's birth was because he sensed the child's egg inside her mother, even before she was conceived. {{Squick}}.
* Tom Angleberger, author of [[Literature/OrigamiYoda the]] ''Literature/OrigamiYoda'' [[Literature/OrigamiYoda series]], has confirmed that his characters [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Dwight]] and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Harvey]] both have Asperger Syndrome.
* The page for ''Literature/DestinedToLead'' has creator statements all over it. The author of the series is a frequent editor. Sometimes she posts tropes that will apply to future books before she publishes them, just so she won't forget!
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' creator Rich Burlew has outright stated, ''several times'' that [[VillainProtagonist Belkar]] is ChaoticEvil (and no other alignment is remotely compatible with either his observed behavior ''or'' things like the effects, or lack thereof, of various spells on him); this doesn't stop some fans [[DracoInLeatherPants insisting]] that he is ChaoticNeutral. He's said it in the Giant In The Playground forums, he put it in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0489.html this comic]], not only explicitly states that Belkar is Chaotic Evil, but [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it by making it the ''literal'' Word of Archon (angel). And if you still don't believe it (fool), Belkar even says so ''himself'' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0610.html here]]
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' creator Brian Clevinger has had to repeatedly enforce the idea that Black Belt was KilledOffForReal to the point where a strip which was (presumably) created to actually shoot down a fan theory was titled "[[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2005/11/10/episode-622-now-shut-up/ Now Shut Up]]".
* Similarly, the writer of ''In Wily's Defense'' assures quite often that [[spoiler: Pharoah Man]] is dead for good and created a strip to reaffirm that.
* Tom Siddell, author of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', is very helpful about providing background info and answering fan questions. So much, in fact, that it's become necessary to [[http://gunnerkrigg.wikia.com/wiki/Word_of_Tom make an index]](called the Word of Tom) to keep track of it all. There were two threads on the forum (54 combined pages, and counting) consisting of nothing but Tom answering fans' questions. The forum threads have since been abandoned in favor of [[http://www.formspring.me/gunnerkrigg Tom's formspring account]], in which he has answered over 5000 questions at the time of this edit
* In an ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/draakslair/viewtopic.php?t=2898 forum thread]]:
-->Does that mean, that every Death was originally the first person to die by that method?
-->No, it doesn't mean that at all. In #1970: "ACCORDIN' TO THE LAWS OF THE OONIVERSE, CHOO'RE NOW DEFF OF GOIN' BACK IN TIME 'N' MURDERIN' CHORESELF." But what exactly the relevant law is, is not explained. It may or may not have anything to do with being the first person to have gone back in time and murdered oneself. Word Of God.
* Averted in the ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' IRC. According to a "news" post on the main site, "You may NOT quote what I say as Word of God. There's a lot of thinking out loud. Anything I say in there is not canon, and may be changed, ignored, or totally reversed."
* T Campbell of ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'' often responds on the forum to questions about aspects of, or incidents in, the characters' lives not covered in the comic, as long as answering wouldn't constitute a spoiler or limit his future options.
* In Ultima-Java's UJ-verse a lot of the unimportant background and world establishing information was described on the Wiki or through discussion on the UJ Forums. The site is discontinued.
* In ''Webcomic/MobTies'', what Author Ninja says is law. Case in point: http://www.drunkduck.com/Mob_Ties/index.php?p=418923
* Andrew Hussie, creator of ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'', has been pretty good about clarifying some of the [[MindScrew more vague plot points]] of the latest series, ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. A RecapEpisode featuring his AuthorAvatar immediately after the one-year anniversary update particularly squashed a few misconception that were floating around the fandom. He also answers fan questions on his [[http://www.formspring.me/mspadventures formspring]], though he is just as likely subvert it by responding to persistently asked questions with "I don't know. At this point I'm probably just withholding those details to bug people." He is also a fully-fledged TeasingCreator who takes advantage of this trope to do things to annoy his fanbase, like [[http://mspandrew.tumblr.com/post/12680094125/answers declare]] all the [[SailorEarth fantrolls]] "{{canon}}, even the shitty ones".
* ''Webcomic/{{Precocious}}'' creator Chrispy typically replies to the comments people leave in the comments section of each strip's page and explains things when necessary. As well as occasionally on his [[http://chrispco.blogspot.com/ blog]]. For example, he {{Jossed}} most of the potential {{Toy Ship}}s. [[invoked]]
* Tess Stone, author of ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'', has been very generous with his godly words both on [[https://vert-is-ninja.deviantart.com/ his DeviantArt]] and in the TheRant.
** [[https://hinabn.livejournal.com/17394.html#cutid1 His Q&A session]] on Website/DeviantArt has elevated it to AllThereInTheManual.
* Dan Shive of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has often answered questions through Q&A comics. He also used to do so through the forum but has since ceased posting because of repetitive, predictable complaining. He has started answering questions via [[http://www.formspring.me/DanShive formspring]] but seems to be very selective about which questions he answers. On the other hand he [[http://twitter.com/#!/dantheshive tweets]] liberally about El Goonish Shive, often using the hashtag #EGS and more recently [=#EGScomics=].
* Doc Nickel of ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'' is a regular on his comic's forum, and frequently answers fan questions. He's not above [[ParodiedTrope poking fun]], either: in response to a fan's question on the forum [[BellisariosMaxim asking what had happened to the rest of Sandy's Egg McMuffin]], he [[InvokedTrope invoked Word of God]], then [[http://www.network54.com/Forum/9013/message/1334486332 had a bit of fun]].
* Writers Steven Applebaum and Ryan Hoss of the sequel to the film ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' regularly add background information to each page, while further clarifying other issues in the comments.
* The creators of ''Webcomic/ChildrenOfEldair'' often have comments below the comic panels, some of them [[{{Foreshadowing}} hinting at things yet to come]] or just commenting on the artwork in a particular frame.
* The writers of ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' pay attention to stuff posted on their comic's Wiki/TVTropes page, and posted [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2014-02-26/blog/tvtropes-headscratchers/ this page]] to answer some questions on the {{Headscratchers/Headscratchers}} tab.
* Chris Hazelton, creator/writer/artist for ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'', has weighed in on many issues on the [[http://www.napalmluck.com/index.php?showtopic=5958 forum (registration required)]].
* ''Webcomic/MKsTheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'': The creator has a trivia section for the tropes page of her webcomic to clear the air on small details about the characters which explain their situations and reasons for being.
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* ''Webcomic/MSFHigh'': There are no incubus in the msfhigh universe and there never will be. This is the only known race to be directly stated not to exist in the MSF High universe. Though it is for good reason.
* [=CreepKnight=] and the Mass from ''Webcomic/VoodooWalrus'' are not in fact the same character.
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* Creator/RichardOBrien has stated that it was actually Riff Raff, and not Dr. Frank N. Furter, who did most of the work on Rocky in ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''. Richard has also stated that the reason [[FanNickname Riff]] killed Frank is because Riff was jealous.

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* Creator/RichardOBrien has stated that it was actually Riff Raff, and not Dr. Frank N. Furter, who did most of the work on Rocky in ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''. Richard has also stated that the reason [[FanNickname Riff]] "Riff" killed Frank is because Riff was jealous.

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** The director of the 2008 ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' had a rare chance on the DVD commentary to fully explain a cliffhanger ending, as he himself doesn't know whether Bruce has turned evil: if his next appearance is in the ''Avengers'' film he has, and if it's another Hulk film he hasn't. Since ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' has hit the theaters this situation can be solved: [[spoiler:Although there is a lot of tension in the beginning and everybody treads very carefully around the Hulk, he is part of the team and drives into the sunset with Tony Stark.]][[note]] No, not [[HoYay that way]].[[/note]]
** ''Film/BlackPanther2018'' director Creator/RyanCoogler revealed on the commentary that Killmonger's mother was in prison and in fact, died there, hence why he was an orphan. [[spoiler:Furthermore, the plan N'Jobu and Zuri were going over before T'Chaka's visit at the beginning of the film was a plan to spring Killmonger's mom out of prison.]]

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** The director of the 2008 ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' ''Film/{{The Incredible Hulk|2008}}'' had a rare chance on the DVD commentary to fully explain a cliffhanger ending, as he himself doesn't know whether Bruce has turned evil: if his next appearance is in the ''Avengers'' film he has, and if it's another Hulk film he hasn't. Since ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' has hit the theaters this situation can be solved: [[spoiler:Although there is a lot of tension in the beginning and everybody treads very carefully around the Hulk, he is part of the team and drives into the sunset with Tony Stark.]][[note]] No, not [[HoYay that way]].[[/note]]
** ''Film/BlackPanther2018'' ''Film/{{Black Panther|2018}}'' director Creator/RyanCoogler revealed on the commentary that Killmonger's mother was in prison and in fact, died there, hence why he was an orphan. [[spoiler:Furthermore, the plan N'Jobu and Zuri were going over before T'Chaka's visit at the beginning of the film was a plan to spring Killmonger's mom out of prison.]]

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