Word of God
"The preceding paragraph is all stuff I just made up. But it's canonical now."
"No matter what the world, the God of that world makes up the rules."
—Light Yagami, Death Note
A statement regarding some ambiguous or undefined aspect of a work, the Word Of God comes from someone considered to be the ultimate authority, such as the creator, director, or producer. Such edicts can even go against events as were broadcast, due to someone making a mistake. Can lead to Creative Differences.
On a similar note, the term Bible is sometimes used for the definitive guidelines for writing an episode of a TV series. Where a show might have a lot of details, there can sometimes be a book which contains rules about the show, backstory, forbidden interactions, etc. That book is referred to as the show's Bible.
Fans may look for the Word Of God to settle Fanon disputes, but the Authority may have moved on and doesn't care to respond. In many cases the authority does not feel the need to respond; further pressure simply leads to suggestions that the fandom is misaimed and Viewers are Morons.
Note that a number of people reject the notion of Word Of God, considering something to be Canon only if it appeared in the original source material, and that if the creator wanted a certain fact to be Canon that s/he should have included it in the work to begin with. Some people go even further, considering the uncertainty and ambiguity of Canon to be a good thing and decry the Word Of God as shackling the imagination and interpretations of the fans—a belief supported by some modern literary criticism, notably in Wimstatt and Beardsley's "The Intentional Fallacy" and Barthes' Death of the Author essay, both of which argue that the interpretation of a work cannot be limited to attempts to discern the "author's intentions."
Another thorny issue is that not all stories have a single creator, and the collaborators may not actually agree with interpretations of their story that weren't made explicit in the work. This is especially likely if they no longer work together, and particularly if they had a real-life falling out. In this case, there are multiple "Gods" given potentially contradictory explanations, so whose word is to be considered correct? Likewise, in many cases the writers of a story are not the copyright holders, meaning that they're not the highest authorities on its meaning even if you do subscribe to the Word Of God theory.
It's important to remember that if you disagree with the Word Of God, there's nothing wrong with writing fan fiction that contradicts it, just don't try to foist your preferred Fanon on fans who acknowledge the official canon or on the actual creator of the work.
If a work has more than one creator and they disagree with each other on a crucial point, you'll likely see fans embrace conflicting statements. What happens when multiple fans are equipped with the Word Of God? What happens when one Word turns out to be more ridiculous than expected?
Not to be read as World of Goo. See also Revision, Canon Discontinuity, Creator Worship, Broken Base. When the word does not come from the creator himself but from someone involved in some ancillary role in production, that's Word of Saint Paul. When the word does not come from the original creators but over time is still treated as such it is Word of Dante. Not always ends up giving fans the answers they were looking for, such as in the case of a Flip-Flop of God or a Shrug of God. Contrast Death of the Author, What Could Have Been and God Never Said That. Word of Gay is a subtrope. One way that a theory can be Jossed. For actual scripture, see "Religion" under Useful Notes.
Note: We don't require citations like That Other Wiki does. However, since this trope is about statements made by a creator about a work of media outside of said work of media, it is highly recommended that citations be provided. We don't particularly want to slander anyone by accident, but more importantly, citations will allow for full-context interviews and thus broader summations of the Word Of God, since we can get it straight from the God's mouth instead of secondhand.
- One way to do is to utilise the Line to God trope to search for citation sources known to be linked to that creator, since most creators will link to any interview the perform on their own websites too.
Examples with sources cited
When or where this example can be found is included.
- Eiichiro Oda, creator of One Piece, runs a column in the collected volumes of his work, devoted to Word of God explanations of various One Piece minutia. He is delightfully laid back about it, sometimes making explanations up on the spot, or even allowing fans to write the canon for him:
Fan: I think Chopper's birthday should be December 24th!
- In an interview in the "How To Read" volume of Death Note, 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 they think that's how it should be.
- Ohba also states that s/he wanted it clear that dead characters are dead forever and can't come back to life. Sorry, guys, they're not hiding.
- Other things Ohba and Obata are explicit about include the fact that 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 some sections of fandom.
- It also gives us the closest we're ever going to get to an official answer regarding 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.
- Masaki Kajishima, the original creator of Tenchi Muyo! and the main writer for the Ryo-Oh-Ki OVAs (even called "Kajishima canon" in Japan), is very fond of releasing tie-in novels, factbooks, doujinshis and other infodumps, where he explains his '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.
- 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 question-and-answer omake by saying that "they're all cosmoguns that hold a million rounds" and "Anderson is four dimensional".
- Ken Akamatsu occasionally has interviews in the Omake sections of the compiled Mahou Sensei Negima 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 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 Hajime no Ippo, 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.
- Dragon Ball author Akira Toriyama has provided a fair bit of information in interview sections of guide books ranging from the structure of the afterlife to Saiyan biology.
- Hajime Kanzaka, the writer for the original Slayers 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.
- Fullmetal Alchemist creator Hiromu Arakawa 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.
- The creator of Yu Yu Hakusho, Yoshihiro Togashi, has stated that Sensui and Itsuki are a gay male couple. He experiences as much backlash as he does because the only open affection shown is on Itsuki's part.
- Tiger and Bunny'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 Fatal Flaw stems from a fear of hurting people he developed after gaining his powers, and 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.
- A Wizard magazine interview with then-current Avengers writer Kurt Busiek and artist George Perez asked each one to convey a Word of God factoid that nobody else could provide. The contrast is striking: Busiek went for a one-sentence retcon that filled in a dangling plot thread from an obscure story from the seventies; Perez revealed that the Scarlet Witch, his favorite character, does not wear underwear.
- Brian Clevinger himself came onto TV Tropes to deliver a Word of God in regards to Atomic Robo.
- Gerry Conway said in this podcast interview (about 34 minutes in) (http://wordballoon.blogspot.com/2009/06/gerry-conway-on-last-days-of-animal-man.html) that Gwen Stacy was killed because John Romita Sr. wanted to shake up Spider-Man by killing off a major character. Romita wanted to kill off Aunt May but Conway suggested killing Gwen because he thought she was a fairly standard super hero love interest and thought Mary Jane would make a more interesting love interest.
- The author of Kira Is Justice uses Author's Notes often to elaborate about facts in the story, and is always happy to give Word of God.
- The author of Naruto Veangance Revelaitons uses this to clear up matters such as the size of Ronan's penis, how things work (apparently, semen can restore a mutilated vagina in this universe) why Madara speaks in Ye Olde Butcherede English (supposedly having traveled back in time). He would object to the "God" part.
- Sometimes used in White Devil of the Moon to address matters such as Nanoha's reactions to her past life as Serenity, and how four Inner Senshi are able to defeat six trained Bureau operatives despite being less well-trained and not having Usagi/Nanoha's leadership.
- The character's corner and author's note in The Tainted Grimoire have both clarified a few things, such as reasons for making one thing the way it is. Also, through private messaging, cuttingmoon57 revealed him/herself to be a fan of TV Tropes.
- Monica Gilbey-Bieber, the author of the Troll Fic One Less Lonely Gurl, has a commentary of his own fanfic in his blog. The commentary reveals interesting bits and trivia about the fanfic.
- Beta_Mat_86 allows anyone to ask her about her works, although she has since made plans to to set up a separate blog to discuss her works in more details.
- Robert Schroeck, the author of the Drunkard's Walk cycle, maintains a concordance for each of its stories as well as maintains an online forum where he'll gladly answer any questions about his work.
- Ridley Scott has been very clear in interviews in stating that, in his film Blade Runner, Deckard himself was a replicant. The only clue that this might be true in the movie, though, was the origami unicorn created 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 Executive Meddling 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.)
- In the introductory documentary from the VHS Special Edition of Star Wars: A New Hope (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 Chosen One.
- There's an interesting twist on this in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Every character to appear in the cantina scenes in A New Hope and the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special has his or her own species and Backstory. Some of this came about through various authors, some of it was composed by fans and put on the databank, meaning that fans get to make their own Word of God. Most of this will never be used, and the people who write the books will blithely ignore it if they want. Some of the entries are pretty formulaic, but there are some gems in the Databank. Like the entry for Slyther Bushforb, which is Noir IN SPACE!
It was a dark night, one that would have undoubtedly been stormy had Coruscant's Weather Control Network permitted it. Not many Nuknogs ever left the filthy swamps of Sump, which is why he knew the dame that walked into his office was trouble with a capital trill.
- Toho has stated that King Kong won in both the American and Japanese versions of King Kong VS Godzilla.
- Pan's Labyrinth 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 movie Total Recall 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 Mr. Brooks, it's implied that 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 says definitively that she did.
- In The Dark Knight, though it's not actually explicitly stated, Harvey Dent/Two Face is, according to Christopher Nolan, 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.
- Aaron Eckhart has also mentioned in interviews that he asked Nolan if Harvey Dent/Two Face was dead. Nolan confirmed it to Eckhart.
- The director of the 2008 The Incredible Hulk 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.
- At Comic Con 2010, it was announced that The Hulk will be in the Avengers film.
- However, there is no guarantee that the director of The Avengers will decide to have Banner go evil. Given that in the original comics the Hulk was a founding member of the team.....
- Since The Avengers hit the theaters years ago now, this situation has been solved: 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.
- This trope is the reason that the Wachowskis refuse to talk about their own interpretation of the Matrix 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 Halloween II. It was initially stated by the creators that Michael burned to death. They fully intended for him to die at the end. However, they were forced to retcon this in Halloween 4 due to poor reception of Halloween III.
- Hot Fuzz 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 Saw, the commentaries have answered a few unanswered questions, specifically in Saw 3D, in which the writers have stated that Hoffman does not escape the bathroom and dies there, and that the two pig masks who helped Dr. Gordon capture him are Brad and Ryan from the opening.
- In the Friday the 13th fandom, there has been a bit of debate (particularly by a stubborn Wikipedia admin) as to whether Jason is dead after being completely incinerated in Earth 2's atmosphere (except for his mask) at the end of Jason X. Though a comic and a novel series retcons this, most Jason comics fit into Canon Discontinuity, and it's Word of God that 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 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Soundwave's English voice actor (Frank Welker) was brought on to dub the character for the French and Italian versions (among others, sans Japanese and German *Considered to be sub-standard*), he described the process as very hard and that "Soundwave in French is not to be believed".
- On the DVD commentary of "Sideways", the actors mention that according to the writer/director Maya does not live there any more when Miles knocks on her door.
- Much of the information regarding what happens to the characters after the end of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows has come from interviews with J. K. Rowling, or postings on her own website. Many of the interviews are archived on Muggle-net or The Leaky Cauldron. Rowling is also writing a Harry Potter encyclopedia which will contain background information which never made it into the novels, thus turning Word of God into All There in the Manual 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.
- This is partially due to the attitude of Mugglenet, probably the most influential Harry Potter site. Staff routinely apply their codes of conduct selectively, take sides in arguments, and sometimes ban members who do not accept Word of God. Fanfiction writer forums such as Fiction Alley and Dark Lord Potter are usually more accepting of divergent opinions, at least in this regard. Roleplaying sites want to play and not argue, so they tend to go along with the Word of God people to avoid arguments.
- JK Rowling loves giving Word of God so much that she launched a whole new website just to give her fans some more.
- However, her claim about Dumbledore's sexuality could be an exception: a large part of both fandom and critics refuses to accept it, since it heavily changes the understanding of some of the character's motives and doesn't fit into their mental image of Dumbledore.
- David Weber, writer of (among other things) the Honor Harrington series, occasionally makes proclamations on points of confusion by fans, on the newsgroup featuring him (alt.books.david-weber) and the Baen Bar, a forum maintained by Baen Books, the publisher of many Science Fiction and Fantasy works. These are occasionally collected, and posted here for perusal by those not reading the forums and/or newsgroup, maintained by Joe Buckley (who's a regular Red Shirt in various Baen-published novels; Honor Harrington has had several Buckleys killed in and of itself).
- Neil Gaiman has said in interviews that he intended Silas from The Graveyard Book to be a vampire. On the other hand, he also said "If you miss it, that's fine. You'll just get a slightly different book."
- Aaron Allston, writer of part of the X Wing Series, in his 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.
- John Scalzi parodied the controversy over the canonicity of J.K. Rowling's Word of Gay for Dumbledore by posting a list of facts about the protagonist of Old Man's War on his blog and declaring them canonical. They included "He is allergic to blueberries" and "He is distantly related to Dwight Eisenhower".
- Orson Scott Card's book Empire (a prequel, of sorts, to the Xbox Live Arcade game Shadow Complex) 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 Gainax Ending of The Giver, which could be interpreted as either the main character's triumphant escape from his dystopian society or a Dying Dream 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, "Jonas is alive, by the way. You don't have to ask that one."
- Brandon Sanderson provides a lot of Word of God on his books mostly in the chapter annotations and blog on his site and also in interviews, which are usually linked to on his blog.
- The late Sir Terry Pratchett used to post regularly to the UseNet group alt.books.pratchett, giving Word of God on things like how Rincewind's age relates to how much time has passed since CoM, how many Patricians we've seen and how the clacks was constructed.
- Jim Butcher has given so much Word of God over the years that it has been dubbed the "Word of Jim" by fans, most of which can be found on the Jim Butcher Forums. Interviews, convention panels, forum threads, you name it; if he says it, it gets written down as truth—even Twitter has been used to convey Word of Jim. There's so much Word of Jim there's even a board dedicated to archiving it.
- Isaac Asimov 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 "What's that got to do with it?" Asimov later turned this into a story with William Shakespeare (brought forward in time) flunks a class in his works.
- Anne McCaffrey, starting in the mid-90s, put out several Word of God proclamations regarding The Dragonriders of Pern series. She also 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 1997, and an edited and slightly saner version which was propagated in 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 blueriders 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 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 Wheel of Time book series, many fans speculated that Demandred was disguised as Mazrim Taim. This theory persisted until Robert Jordan himself discredited it. 
- In later seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, questions not answered in the actual show tended to be addressed only in Joss Whedon'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, Coupling creator (and sole writer) Steven Moffat 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 (a old Doctor Who forum called "Outpost Gallifrey") has closed, The Other Wiki 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.
- 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!!!"
- In weekly podcasts, the producers of 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.
- Nearly two decades after the series finale of Family Ties, and after a couple years of speculation from fans, Gary David Goldberg (the creator of the sitcom) has finally given his own input on 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 Popular, which is why the season 2 season finale was a cliffhanger. After the series was cancelled, Murphy released the rough outline of season 3 that he'd already worked out.
- Dan Schneider who runs 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 Word of God 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.
- A strange example of this trope is Twin Peaks, as creator David Lynch has stated that he does not support the identity of Laura Palmer's killer being her father, as he was a victim to Executive Meddling, and wanted the mystery of the killer to go on for the entire series. He therefore claims that the killer could be anybody.
- Creator of the tragically short-lived Pushing Daisies Bryan Fuller reveled how he envisioned the show ending in a TV Guide interview.
- Emerson gets back together with his wife. The watches only led to a buried treasure and had no bearing on Ned's powers. The world finds out about Chuck and she goes off and travels with her parents to hide from the attention. She and Ned have a long, loving relationship. Many, many years later they finally kiss when Ned is on his deathbed and Chuck hasn't aged a day.
- Meanwhile, on Glee: At a convention, Ryan Murphy confirmed that Santana Lopez is a lesbian, even though, judging by the show, she seems to be bisexual. See Ambiguously Gay
- The Star Trek 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.
- In the opening of Voyager when the Enterprise tips its underbelly to reveal three gray patches. John Gross of Ambilin Imaging *and later Digital Muse and EdenFX* ends up confirming what should be considered a very minor Special Effects Failure as those three gray patches are where texture should go.
- On a now-defunct section of Sony's website, Wheel of Fortune 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.
- J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5, was one of the first to interact directly with fans via the Internet, via UseNet and GEnie. He often directly answered fan questions, explaining many things about each episode. Fan website The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5 has archived most, if not all, of his comments, sorted by episode. A more direct link is here.
- The 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 Shirley calling Britta's lighter a Marijuana Lighter implied the canon timeline was the one based on the winner of the roll being Abed. Word of God in the form of a blog post from show creator Dan Harmon on his official blog (Entitled "Fine, we're geniuses but not EVIL geniuses") apologized for the confusion and stated that the canon timeline was actually Abed grabbing the dice, making Jeff get the pizza.
- It's often speculated that the Generation X/Billy Idol song "Dancing with Myself" is about masturbation, but according to Idol, no, it really is about actually dancing without a partner. The clip shows him dancing by himself because everybody else died and became zombies.
- Unusually for Bob Dylan, he has officially confirmed the subject of his song "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" - it's about his wife Sara. (See his song "Sara" which contains the lyric 'Writing Sad Eyed Lady for you'.)
- When he was asked about the gender of his character Krazy Kat, George Herriman is quoted as having said:
"I don't know. I fooled around with it once; began to think the Kat is a girl, even drew up some strips with her being pregnant. It wasn't the Kat any more. Then I realized Krazy was something like a sprite, an elf. They have no sex. So the Kat can't be a he or a she. The Kat's a spirit- a pixie- free to butt into anything. See what I mean?"
- Despite this, the 1962 animated series made Krazy explicitly female, to avoid controversy.
- Which is interesting, because several strips have characters like Offisa Pupp referring to the Kat as "he" and "him".
- Despite this, the 1962 animated series made Krazy explicitly female, to avoid controversy.
- Concerning the middle initial of Olivier B. Bommel, Oliver B. Bumble for the anglophones, there is a historic disagreement of Words of Gods, it was declared to be short for "Berendinus" on the letter page of the Tom Poes weekly magazine by an editor, but the author and creator stated clearly that the B. was just an initial.
- The CCG Yu-Gi-Oh! game has what's known as "BKSS -- Because Konami Said So", a phenomenon where certain cards are given rulings that make no sense whatsoever, but are rendered iron-clad enforceable, because Konami—the game's creator—said that's how it went. At one point, UDE, the English Yu-Gi-Oh distributor, refused to administer a ruling on the card "Elemental Hero Rampart Blaster" that completely contradicted the card's text itself; when this discrepancy was pointed out to them, even Konami themselves admitted that the ruling was in error, yet still refused to change it.
- Magic: The Gathering has a seasonally updated database that updates the wording of every card in the game, to the point that year-old cards already have official wordings that differ from what is printed on the cards. While these changes do not usually affect how the cards work, every so often the game is given a major overhaul that changes many things at once. Changes to timing rules with the advent of 6th Edition, the Grand Creature Type Update of 2007, and the changes to combat rules and terminology for Magic 2010 come to mind.
- The card Time Vault. For many years, Wizards of the Coast had evoked errata to curb card power and keep what were considered the 'functional intent' cards in place. After sweeping cleanup of power controlling errata on other cards, Time Vault continued to suffer with such errata under the claim that it was the functional intent of the card. Eventually, a player was able to address Richard Garfield, creator of Magic, about the card. Garfield confirmed the card was supposed to function as it was originally printed. The errata was fully undone shortly afterwards.
- Gary Gygax, in the years before his death, went onto a number of Internet forums and served as something of a Word Of God in that he offered rules clarifications and design justifications for the Dungeons and Dragons rules system he created.
- Another example in D&D comes from Keith Baker's presence on the official Dungeons and Dragons forums, where he goes by the handle HellCow. As creator of the Eberron Campaign Setting, his posts regarding the world of Eberron are largely taken as "Word of God" for the setting, though he purposefully makes sure that he is ambiguous enough that DMs can make their own choices on how they want their world to run.
- GURPS has the "Word of Kromm", referring to the rule interpretations of Sean Punch, who not only designed much of the third and fourth editions but is the editor of all official material put out for the game.
- After going "it's only the most popular theory" for dozens of books, in the Gehenna book White Wolf make it very clear: Caine was the first vampire.
- The writers for Exalted appear regularly on both the White Wolf forums and rpgnet and say a great deal...or, more often, offer a few tidbits for a forthcoming release while giggling and waving non-disclosure agreements. Here and here are collections of said Words, the latter skewing more towards the current writing team.
- 2E Mutants and Masterminds had a forum for system developer Steve Kenson to answer the questions of the players although he often answered questions indicating that a particular ruling was only his opinion in his games.
- Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot:
- He told Colin Duckworth that Pozzo is not Godot. The statement is quoted in the introduction to Duckworth’s En attendant Godot
- He also said numerous times that "Godot is not God".
- Stephen Sondheim has gone on record saying that Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 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 doesn't need Word of God it's in the show. Check this line from 'By The Sea'
But a seaside wedding could be divised/Me rumpled bedding ligitimized...
- Most Word of God for the Half Life series is collected at the "Marc Laidlaw Vault" (named for the game's writer).
- The Metal Gear Solid 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 voice credits for Metal Gear Solid 4, the final game which answers all important questions, Hideo Kojima (the series' longtime writer/director) is credited as the "Voice of God".
- The Japan-only video game 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 Neon Genesis Evangelion to make complete sense, but it certainly does help...
- In 2011 a The Legend of Zelda art book and encyclopedia called Hyrule Historia came out included with an in-game timeline section from director Eiji Aonuma. 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 Wild Mass Guessing.
- A less timeline-centric Word of God involved confirmation that the Zora became the Rito, a fact only loosely hinted at by Medli's implied Ruto ancestry in The Wind Waker.
- The Super Smash Bros.. Dojo includes a lot of clarifying information about the storyline of Super Smash Bros.. Brawl, since all the characters are Heroic Mimes.
- Back in the old days of Fallout 2, 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 among themselves like frellin' idiots to this day. Amen.
- There's still a Fallout 3 fan controversy although The Word from the lead designer is: 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. Though it's likely someone who can't let it go will insist "she" was crossdressing or something.
- Shadow of the Colossus 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.
- Resident Evil 5 with the death of 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, Hand of God states in a paraphrase that " 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 which is hinted in the game as him having a brother who may be alive.
- The exact words of producer Masachika Kawata: "Even if you want Albert Wesker to come back, there's no chance he's coming back from that."
- The Medic from Team Fortress 2 despite having numerous allusions to the 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."
- The Order of the Stick creator Rich Burlew has outright stated, several times that Belkar is Chaotic Evil (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 insisting that he is Chaotic Neutral. He's said it in the Giant In The Playground forums, he put it in this comic, not only explicitly states that Belkar is Chaotic Evil, but lampshades it by making it the literal Word Of
GodArchon (angel). And if you still don't believe it (fool), Belkar even says so himself here
- 8-Bit Theater creator Brian Clevinger has had to repeatedly enforce the idea that Black Belt was Killed Off for Real to the point where a strip which was (presumably) created to actually shoot down a fan theory was titled "Now Shut Up".
- Tom Siddell, author of Gunnerkrigg Court, is very helpful about providing background info and answering fan questions. So much, in fact, that it's become necessary to 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 Tom's formspring account, in which he has answered over 5000 questions at the time of this edit
- In an Irregular Webcomic forum thread:
Does that mean, that every Death was originally the first person to die by that method?
- Averted in the 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."
- So, Word of God is that Word of God is not Word of God?
- T Campbell of Penny and Aggie 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 is described on the Wiki or through discussion on the UJ Forums.
- In Mob Ties, what Author Ninja says is law. Case in point: https://web.archive.org/web/20110402001453/http://www.drunkduck.com/Mob_Ties/index.php?p=418923
- Andrew Hussie, creator of MS Paint Adventures, has been pretty good about clarifying some of the more vague plot points of the latest series, Homestuck. A Recap Episode featuring his Author Avatar 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 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 Teasing Creator who takes advantage of this trope to do things to annoy his fanbase, like declare all the fantrolls "Canon, even the shitty ones".
- Precocious creator Christopher J. "Chrispy" Paulsen leaves comments and regularly interacts with viewers and explains things on his blog and the Precocious forum.
- Tessa Stone, author of Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name, has been very generous with her godly words both on her Deviantart and in the The Rant.
- Dan Shive of El Goonish Shive 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 formspring but seems to be very selective about which questions he answers. On the other hand he tweets liberally about El Goonish Shive, often using the hashtag #EGS and more recently #EG Scomics.
- Doc Nickel of The Whiteboard is a regular on his comic's forum, and frequently answers fan questions. He's not above poking fun, either: in response to a fan's question on the forum asking what had happened to the rest of Sandy's Egg McMuffin, he invoked Word of God, then had a bit of fun.
- Tales of MU has a lot of this, possibly driven by the blog format.
- Stuart Slade, author of The Salvation War, will answer any serious question about the logistics of his versions of Hell and Heaven and their relationship with our universe that isn't explicitly spelled out in the story itself. None of these are necessary to following the story, but they do make a great display of how much thought he puts into it.
- Sam Hughes, the author of Fine Structure has a page devoted to Q&A with the readers. During the original run of the story, he also clarified certain points as they were raised.
- The Tim Tang Test, the hardest puzzle in the world (no-one has ever solved it!) has a chat box at the bottom of each level that lets you talk to anyone else taking the test. Almost every single day, Tim himself is on the chat box and is available to talk about anything.
- Serris, the creator of the [[[Darwin's Soldiers]]] universe will answer any questions raised on the discussion topic and issue proclamations with regards to the canon as well.
- Burnie Burns, writer of Red vs. Blue, gave the community the chance to conduct two [dead link] interviews just for this purpose, so long as nobody asked questions about Tex or future episodes. It is unclear whether or not that helped, though - some of the fan community believes his adherence to Rule of Funny makes Wild Mass Guessing a fruitless endeavor, while others simply believe that Burnie lies.
- Regarding the Avatar: The Last Airbender Ship-to-Ship Combat and the subsequent Zutara Ship Sinking, Bryan and Mike have said multiple times that Aang and Katara were always meant to be the Official Couple as far back as when season one was still coming out. 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.
- Nickelodeon's site states that the final fate of Azula, 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.
- Following his split with Disney, Gargoyles creator Greg Weisman 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.
- The creators of The Simpsons 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 Suspiciously Similar Substitute idea.
- Dwayne McDuffie runs a Q&A thread about Ben 10 Alien Force, where he (among other things) clarifies such contested points as Gwen's magic and Kevin's powers. Some fans like to ignore it, because he lied once, about Grandpa Max's fate, though it could be said that lying was the only way to preserve any suspense when asked that question.
- Transformers has featured numerous instances of this, but in particular, Transformers Animated featured a 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 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 The Venture Brothers, swing by 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 Shrug of God and Ascended Fanon, and are very entertaining while doing it. The DVD commentary also has tons of info that didn't make it into the show.
- On Jhonen Vasquez's Facebook page is this little paragraph that can now be considered as canon:
"I'm several hundred years aware of some of you wanting more ZIM or JTHM, and I think it's very flattering that you'd like that old stuff of mine so much, but exercise some restraint and refrain from screaming about that, please. It's 2009, guys. ZIM crashed while on routine surveillance and burned to death in terrible pain."
- This interview by Edward Kay contains several insights on Jimmy Two-Shoes, including some original concepts and design choices about Heloise.
- In both the 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.
- Teen Titans 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 Stage Magician who got his hands on a real magic wand, which gave him Functional Magic at the expense of his sanity. This is stated in the special features on the third season DVD.
- Dwayne McDuffie, creator of Static Shock, has stated here that Richie, Static's sidekick and best friend, is in fact gay, as is his comic book counterpart. When asked if Static knew, he replied "Not yet."
- Lauren Faust often provides supplementary details for My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic in her Deviant ART page seen here. As her role on the show is now only as consultant and script producer, she makes sure to note that the information she provides should not be considered canon.
- Dan Norton, the art director of the 2011 ThunderCats reboot set up a Crew of Omens blog to answer fan questions and also uses deviantArt, to post concept art and model sheets, frequently posting fan art on the blog, including both Yaoi and Fetish Fuel art.
- Pendleton Ward's formspring almost seems to contain more background information about Adventure Time than the show itself does. If you include Word of Saint Paul 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 Rule of Cool driven nature.)
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Anime and Manga
- The author of the Sailor Moon 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 and manga, but 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 now.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Gainax Studio, among other things, has claimed that Kamina is a virgin, Simon isn't, and Viral is a shark with feline genetics.
- The odd translation errors like "New Yark" and the "Great Canyon" from the dub of Mobile Suit Gundam were not actually errors. According to one translator, Yoshiyuki Tomino 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 very obvious reasons.
- For Code Geass the Word of God, according to the writer, is that 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..
- Hideaki Anno, creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion, does not often comment on Eva unless he feels it is an important issue. The most famous of his statements is the one jossing the theory that Misato shot Kaji. He specified that it was a nameless security agent.
- The production team have commented on Rei as well, such as her not being an albino and her weird-but-nonsexual relationship with Gendo.
- Ranma ½ has had Rumiko Takahashi 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 Relationship Sue 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 The Rival managed to become so popular with the fans.
- And regarding the endless fan speculation about whether girl Ranma can get knocked up: "I don't think about that, and you shouldn't either!"
- The creator of The Slayers has insisted that Idiot Hero Gourry Gabriev actually has the potential to be a sorcerer of power perhaps equal to Lina Inverse.
- The director of Digimon Adventure 02 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.
- Hiro Mashima has been providing Del Rey with official translations for the names of the characters in Fairy Tail to avoid 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.
- The 2007 Transformers movie left plenty of questions unanswered and a few Sequel Hooks, and with Transformers fans being who they are have asked a lot of questions. One in particular was whether or not Starscream took part in the 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, Revenge of the Fallen. Despite this, Barricade makes no appearance. He did, however, appear in the climatic battle of Dark of the Moon.
- Richard O'Brien has stated that it was actually Riff Raff, and not Dr. Frank N. Furter, who did most of the work on Rocky in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
- Richard has also stated that the reason Riff killed Frank is because Riff was jealous.
- Jon Favreau, the director of Iron Man, 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.
- The Dresden Files: "Justin's dead! D-E-D dead!", frequent reply of the author to fan theories that Harry Dresden's Evil Mentor (whom, canonically, Harry burned to death) may somehow still be alive, and involved in the events of the various novels.
- As of Changes, Jim states that Harry is D-E-D dead, and we know the series isn't over yet. This sparks even more discussion, as some believe Justin will come back with or after Harry or that they will meet in the afterlife, or wherever Harry winds up in Ghost Story
- As of Ghost Story: Harry isn't dead, but his soul is removed from his body. His body was technically kept alive by Mab and the genus loci of Demonreach. He gets better.
- 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 his True Colors.
- This is a link to a guide to most of the Words of Jim.
- As of Changes, Jim states that Harry is D-E-D dead, and we know the series isn't over yet. This sparks even more discussion, as some believe Justin will come back with or after Harry or that they will meet in the afterlife, or wherever Harry winds up in Ghost Story
- Warrior Cats: 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 "Just Friends". 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 Firestar and Scourge being half-brothers and Leopardstar was in love with Tigerstar.
- In the 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: That she is not Raistlin's daughter.
- Tamora Pierce has done this, most notably telling us who Owen of Jesslaw marries - his knight-master's youngest daughter, Margarry of Cavall.
Live Action Television
- The Doctor Who episode "The Brain of Morbius" shows the faces of several actors who, depending on your interpretation of the scene, may be Doctors predating the canonical first Doctor. Despite the fact that the Canon is very clear on the fact that the Doctor's lives are all accounted for, some people on the production staff have affirmed that they intended the faces to be earlier Doctors.
- What today is regarded as canon in Doctor Who was actually only settled on relatively late in the day. For example, it wasn't even established during "The Brain of Morbius" that Time Lords are limited to twelve regenerations (that was first mentioned in "The Deadly Assassin", broadcast the following year). Terrance Dicks, onetime script editor of Doctor Who and the man who introduced the concept of the Time Lords themselves to the show, famously once stated that 'canon was what the production team could remember on any given day.'
- When "The End of Time" aired, there was considerable dispute over the true identity of The Woman who kept showing up. Russell T. Davies has confirmed that she is in fact the Doctor's mother.
- The new Battlestar Galactica has occasionally relied on this, such as producer Mark Verheiden confirming that Six was released from prison as part of President Lee Adama's amnesty to the rebel and Final Five Cylons in the episode "Revelations".
- At times, the Word of God has simply made things more confused. In the episode "Hero" it is stated that Tigh and Adama served on the battlestar Valkyrie one year before the series begins and were moved to Galactica as punishment after a vital mission failed. This contradicts statements made in several other episodes that Adama had commanded Galactica for 2-3 years prior to the series. And worse still, a document seen on-screen in the very same episode suggested he'd actually been in command of Galactica for six years. When asked about the problem, producer Ronald D. Moore said there wasn't a problem, they'd worked it out behind the scenes and it all tracked, but didn't share this explanation with fans, leaving the situation unresolved. Many people resolve this by assuming they were moved back to Galactica from active duty on the Valkyrie, the punishment being command of an inactive ship.
- Power Rangers RPM is stated to take place in an Alternate Universe, separate from the other Ranger series. Good thing too, or else that would have meant all the previous Rangers and/or their descendants would have been horribly killed in the end and all their work for naught. On a lighter note, Tommy really does end up marrying Kat and Kimberly eventually marries Skull, although for obvious reasons, those little tidbits are all but ignored.
- Also, Power Rangers SPD had the writers explain a lot of things that had not been competently conveyed in the series itself.
- Johnathan Tzachor, producer of the franchise for all of Saban's seasons, has confirmed that any season he didn't produce either in part or full (Power Rangers Ninja Storm, Power Rangers Dino Thunder, Power Rangers SPD, Power Rangers Mystic Force, Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, Power Rangers Jungle Fury and Power Rangers RPM) are no longer considered as being part of the franchise's canon.
- Also, Power Rangers SPD had the writers explain a lot of things that had not been competently conveyed in the series itself.
- There was some speculation that the Father Ted character Father Noel Furlong, a youth group leader, was having sex with the young people in his charge and was therefore a comment on paedophillia in the Catholic Church. (The fact that the character was played by Graham Norton helped this view). The creators have confirmed that the character is actually asexual and the joke is that the character is too enthusiastic about the quite normal behaviour of the young people.
- In the 8th season finale of Scrubs, the Janitor finally reveals his real name as Glenn Matthews. Throughout the series, the Janitor has many aliases, and seconds later after he reveals his "real name", someone walking by calls him by another name. Despite this, series creator Bill Lawrence has stated that the name he gives in that episode is, in fact, the character's real name
- what people forget to mention is it was one of the names he rambled off as having told a floor of people in that conversation.
- Charles Schulz of Peanuts stated that Linus' belief in the Great Pumpkin is not and was never intended to be a metaphor for faith. Strips later in the run (featuring such things as Linus going door to door to spread the word of the Great Pumpkin, convincing Marcie before she is sent to be "deprogrammed" by her parents) suggest he was open to playing with the idea.
- Other issues for which Schulz gave official answers include stating that the comic strip was canon and the animated specials and movies weren't, explaining how Snoopy can sleep on top of his doghouse (his ears lock him into place), confirming that Charlie Brown isn't bald (he has really short blond hair), and perhaps indirectly the Peppermint Patty-Marcie-lesbian issue (when asked whether he ever dealt with sexuality in Peanuts, he said "These are just little kids. That really puts a lid on it right there.")
- No, Thunderstruck's Gail Curmen is not a closet lesbian, masculine as she may be. Sharon is bi, like she said. There are no secrets in that arena.
- There are no incubus in the MSF High 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.
- Creep Knight and the Mass from Voodoo Walrus are not in fact the same character.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender:
- Mike and Bryan have divulged that Aang does, in fact, have a tattoo there.
- The two of them also confirmed that Jet 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 tends to fall on deaf ears.) Although the continuation in Korra does at least confirm that the discipline of airbending does survive. We know Tenzin, Aang and Katara's son, survives to teach Korra, and there's no definite word yet on whether airbending was limited to Aang's descendant(s)/reincarnation.
- Now we do. The only Air Benders are Tenzin, his children, and Korra.
- Butch Hartman stated in an interview that the ghosts in Danny Phantom are really monsters from a different dimension, that is the Ghost Zone. Explains why they can have offspring and apparently age, but doesn't explain why some were once human to begin with. This contradicts some of the actual dead ghosts in the series. However, Danny's mom once described them as something like "ectoplasmic manifestations of post-human consciousnenss", which implies that they're simply monsters that think they're dead humans.
- The creators of Hey Arnold!! have purportedly 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 Shortman.
- The creators of Kim Possible, Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle, have said on numerous occasions that Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable 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 Graduation.
- Dan Povenmire and "Swampy" Marsh, the creators of Phineas and Ferb have responded to questions about a few issues, including the first names of the Fireside Girls. Povenmire also commented that both Phineas and Isabella and Ferb and Vanessa would get together one day, even if it doesn't happen on the show.