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So, this is an index of ambiguity—

Not so fast! We don't have any idea what this could be! But we do know it has nothing to do with They Might Be Giants. And that it's not to be confused with the Ambiguity Index.

It could be:


  • Ambiguous Allegiance: It's unclear who, if anyone, a person is loyal to.
  • Ambiguous Clone Ending: It's left ambiguous whether a person is the real deal or if they've been replaced by a duplicate.
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  • Ambiguous Criminal History: A character is implied to have committed a serious crime in the past, but it's never given context.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: A person appears to have a mental disorder, but it's not clear what it is or if they actually have one.
  • Ambiguous Ending: The work ends on an uncertainty.
  • Ambiguous Gender: It is difficult to tell what gender a character is.
  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: Somebody may or may not be trans and not transitioned.
  • Ambiguous Innocence: Somebody could be actively scary or creepy or not.
  • Ambiguous Robots: It is difficult to tell whether something is a robot or not.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Any event where it's unclear what happened.
  • Ambiguous Syntax: The phrasing of a sentence allows for more than one interpretation of what the sentence means.
  • Ambiguous Time Period: The work takes place in the past or future, but it's unclear when exactly.
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  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: Somebody has one or both their parents not present, and it's unclear as to why.
  • Ambiguously Bi: A character is hinted but not outright stated to be bisexual.
  • Ambiguously Brown: A character has dark skin, but it's not clear if it's to indicate their ethnicity or if they simply have a tan.
  • Ambiguously Christian: A character celebrates Christian holidays and/or makes references to God and/or Christian afterlives, but they're never confirmed (or denied for that matter) to actually be Christian.
  • Ambiguously Evil: A character of unknown moral alignment is subtly implied to possibly be evil.
  • Ambiguously Gay: A character is hinted but not outright stated to be gay.
  • Ambiguously Human: A character appears to be human, but has certain odd characteristics and quirks that hint they might actually be something that isn't human.
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  • Ambiguously Jewish: A character is played by a Jewish actor and/or displays stereotypes about Judaism, but isn't directly stated to be or not be Jewish.
  • Ambiguously Related: It's not clear whether or not certain individuals are related.
  • Ambiguously Trained: A character shows signs of having either been in the military or had a job in law enforcement, but it's never confirmed.
  • The Big Bad Shuffle: There are multiple antagonists who could qualify as the Big Bad, but it isn't clear which one is the true main antagonist.
  • Church of Saint Genericus: A place of worship (church, synagogue, temple, etc) is left ambiguous as to what denomination or religion it is for.
  • Cliffhanger: Ending an episode/chapter/season/etc with one or more characters in danger (the ambiguity is that it's unknown at the time how/if they'll get out of danger).
  • Comic Sutra: A sex act is mentioned, but it is not known how it is performed.
  • Cow Tools: Tools with unclear purposes.
  • Crapsack Only by Comparison: A place that seems like a Dystopia only to one character or group of characters because they're used to better places.
  • Cryptic Conversation: All or most of what one particular character says is cryptic.
  • Cuckoo Nest: A character is convinced they're in an asylum and the events of the work were just hallucinations, making it (sometimes temporarily, sometimes permanently) ambiguous as to what's real.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: A baddie who appears out of nowhere and it's unknown where they came from or why.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: It's left ambiguous whether or not a couple have consummated their relationship.
  • The Ending Changes Everything: Sub-trope of Ambiguous Ending. At the end, it's unknown which events of the story were real and which were imaginary/faked situations/etc.
  • Enigmatic Minion: An antagonist (not the Big Bad) whose actual agenda is left a mystery.
  • Epileptic Trees: Fan theories; the audience making up their own hypotheses as to what really happened in a work.
  • Fan-Disliked Explanation: A YMMV for when an ambiguity is resolved, but the audience dislikes the resolution.
  • Faux Adventure Story: A story promises adventure but doesn't deliver.
  • Fight Unscene: Characters fight, but all or most of the fight is left unseen, so it's ambiguous as to exactly how they fought unless it's revealed through dialogue.
  • Flip-Flop of God: The work's creator keeps changing their mind in regards to information not revealed in the work itself.
  • Gainax Ending: Sub-trope of Ambiguous Ending. An ending makes no sense at all.
  • Implied Love Interest: A character acts like a love interest, but it's unknown if they're really in love.
  • Left Hanging: An uncertainty that's a serious part of the plot remains ambiguous.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: One character is definitely in love with another, but it's unknown how the other person feels about the love interest.
  • Maybe Ever After: It's left vague whether the romance arc ends with the couple staying together.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: A supposedly supernatural event has reasonable and logical explanations, but it is also hinted that the event may have been genuinely supernatural.
  • Mind Screw: Something is so surreal/symbolic that it makes no sense.
  • Mockspiracy: It's ambiguous as to whether a conspiracy theory is true or not, but it leans heavily towards "not true".
  • Mockstery Tale: One or more characters try to solve a mystery but then the mystery turns out to be nonexistent, unimportant, or unsolvable and it turns into psychological horror or similar.
  • Multiple-Choice Future: There are several possible futures and it's unknown which will happen.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: A character has multiple contradictory origin stories, the true origin being unclear.
  • Mysterious Mercenary Pursuer: A villain sent to kill or kidnap the protagonist who is well-known for killing/kidnapping people professionally, determined, and mysterious in at least one way.
  • No Ending: The story ends with the main plot unresolved.
  • Noodle Implements: A person plans to achieve a goal with the use of items of unclear function.
  • Noodle Incident: Characters mention an unseen past event without clarifying the full details involving it.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: A horror element where the monster isn't actually seen and the audience is left horrified imagining what the creature might look like.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: A mysterious group that seem to be working behind the scenes and who comment cryptically on things that happened.
  • Or Was It a Dream?: A character appears to have dreamed it all, but it's then implied that what they allegedly dreamed about had actually happened.
  • Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous: A god/demon/angel/etc whose gender is unknown.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: A story is narrated differently by different characters and they can't all be right, so it's ambiguous who's right.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Something mysterious happens and it's never explained how.
  • A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma: Something is described as three mysteries within one another.
  • Santa Ambiguity: A work leaves it ambiguous whether or not Santa Claus exists in the setting.
  • Schrödinger's Butterfly: In a story about dreams, it's ambiguous whether some things were real or dreamed up.
  • Shrug of God: Not even the work's creator knows the truth.
  • Silent Whisper: We don't know what one character whispered to the other.
  • The Spook: An individual whose background and motivations are not known.
  • The Stinger: A scene that plays after the credits.
  • Take Our Word for It: The characters spend an awful lot of time talking about how scary, funny, gruesome or whatever something is, but we never actually see it.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: A horror trope where we don't know whether something is real or a hallucination or even if hallucinations are even a possibility.
  • Uncertain Doom: A character is last seen in a situation where they may have been killed, but it's not clear whether they survived or not.
    • Bolivian Army Ending: The story ends with the characters at the mercy of someone about to kill them and no clarification on whether or not the enemy successfully killed them.
    • Never Found the Body: A person who appeared to die is speculated to still be alive because their corpse was never found.
    • Our Hero Is Dead: Seemingly killing the protagonist as a cliffhanger.
    • Bolivian Army Cliffhanger: A season finale ends with it being ambiguous who lived and died.
  • Unreliable Narrator: It's hinted that the narrator may not be telling the complete truth, if they were even honest to begin with.
  • The Un-Reveal: We never find out what the big secret is.
  • Unreveal Angle: Using the position of the camera for an Un-Reveal.
  • Vague Age: It's not clear how old a character is supposed to be.
  • What, Exactly, Is His Job?: It's not made clear what a character does for a living.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: It's ambiguous where the story takes place.
  • Wild Mass Guessing: The place on this wiki to post fan theories.
  • World of Mysteries: A whole setting consisting of vague hints and unsolved mysteries.


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