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16th Aug '17 9:30:34 PM Pastykake
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A good actor or writer has a strong sense of each character's backstory, as it gives the character texture and shadings and keeps them from being [[FlatCharacter two-dimensional.]] It makes an excellent source for TheReveal, i.e., why TheRival resents TheHero so much, how the FakeUltimateHero got his reputation, why TheCaptain suffers from BadDreams. Hopefully, these things are revealed when the information is both plot-relevant and likely to come up naturally.

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A good actor or writer has a strong sense of each character's backstory, as it gives the character texture and shadings and keeps them from being [[FlatCharacter two-dimensional.]] It makes an excellent source for TheReveal, i.TheReveal; e.g., why TheRival resents TheHero so much, how the FakeUltimateHero got his reputation, why TheCaptain suffers from BadDreams. Hopefully, these things are revealed when the information is both plot-relevant and likely to come up naturally.
16th Aug '17 9:29:20 PM Pastykake
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A good actor or writer has a strong sense of each character's Backstory, as it gives the character texture and shadings and keeps them from being [[FlatCharacter two-dimensional.]] It makes an excellent source for TheReveal, i.e., why TheRival resents TheHero so much, how the FakeUltimateHero got his reputation, why TheCaptain suffers from BadDreams. Hopefully, these things are revealed when the information is both plot relevant and likely to come up naturally.

In fact, a character's Backstory can be so interesting and important that it's a wonder it's just a ''Back''story instead of a part of a prologue or separate story; indeed, a particularly ''good'' Backstory can form the backbone of a {{Prequel}}.

A [[TropesAreNotBad good]] {{Retcon}} may go back and explore a character's Backstory. A BelatedBackstory occurs when the {{Retcon}} radically and permanently changes a new character's personality. Some characters are given a {{Mysterious|Past}} or DarkAndTroubledPast as a backstory; these [[SchrodingersGun tend to be whatever the author wants]], often [[RetCon retroactively]] [[ExpansionPackPast growing]], or [[MultipleChoicePast changing]].

Backstory (or lack thereof) often serves as FanficFuel; many {{Fanfic}}s exist to explore Backstory (e.g. how [[Franchise/StarTrek Spock]]'s parents got together). Others [[FixFic contradict it]].

Specific Backstories include {{Prequel}}, StartOfDarkness, HappyFlashback, TroubledBackstoryFlashback, BackstoryOfTheDay, WhenItAllBegan, BackstoryHorror, and StandardCopBackstory.

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A good actor or writer has a strong sense of each character's Backstory, backstory, as it gives the character texture and shadings and keeps them from being [[FlatCharacter two-dimensional.]] It makes an excellent source for TheReveal, i.e., why TheRival resents TheHero so much, how the FakeUltimateHero got his reputation, why TheCaptain suffers from BadDreams. Hopefully, these things are revealed when the information is both plot relevant plot-relevant and likely to come up naturally.

In fact, a character's Backstory backstory can be so interesting and important that it's a wonder it's just a ''Back''story ''back''story instead of a part of a prologue or separate story; indeed, a particularly ''good'' Backstory backstory can form the backbone of a {{Prequel}}.

A [[TropesAreNotBad good]] {{Retcon}} {{retcon}} may go back and explore a character's Backstory. backstory. A BelatedBackstory occurs when the {{Retcon}} retcon radically and permanently changes a new character's personality. Some characters are given a {{Mysterious|Past}} or DarkAndTroubledPast as a backstory; these [[SchrodingersGun tend to be whatever the author wants]], often [[RetCon [[{{Retcon}} retroactively]] [[ExpansionPackPast growing]], or [[MultipleChoicePast changing]].

Backstory (or lack thereof) often serves as FanficFuel; many {{Fanfic}}s exist to explore Backstory backstory (e.g. , how [[Franchise/StarTrek Spock]]'s parents got together). Others [[FixFic contradict it]].

Specific Backstories kinds of backstory include {{Prequel}}, StartOfDarkness, HappyFlashback, TroubledBackstoryFlashback, BackstoryOfTheDay, WhenItAllBegan, BackstoryHorror, and StandardCopBackstory.



* In Anime/{{Pokemon}}, Jessie, James, and Meowth have the most elaborate (and sometimes sad) backstories.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' is interesting in that everyone has elaborate backstories, but only Faye's given any sort of complete explanation or chronology. You learn broad ideas, but never the whole picture: Spike was part of the Red Dragon Mafia, Jet was a police officer, Ein is a data dog (whatever that means) and Ed was in an orphanage after being abandoned by her father. The movie supposedly was intended to be a grand backstory for Spike, but the creators decided against it because it would probably never live up to the hype from the fans.
* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' has such a long and complex backstory that it takes up twelve volumes of the manga and nearly the whole animated series. The backstory focuses mainly on Guts, but Griffith and Casca have their own pasts and motivations revealed as well. Serpico and Farnese also receive their own backstory episodes in the manga.
* In ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', most of the important characters have backstories that connect them to the pasts of the other characters, especially in the manga. Chrono's is particularly important in driving the plot forward--so, of course, [[CanNotSpitItOut he avoids telling the other characters about it]] until late in the series.

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* In Anime/{{Pokemon}}, ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Jessie, James, and Meowth have the most elaborate (and sometimes sad) backstories.
backstories of any character in the series.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' is interesting in that everyone has elaborate backstories, but only Faye's is given any sort of complete explanation or chronology. You learn broad ideas, but never the whole picture: Spike was part of the Red Dragon Mafia, Jet was a police officer, Ein is a data dog (whatever that means) and Ed was in an orphanage after being abandoned by her father. The movie supposedly was intended to be a grand backstory for Spike, but the creators decided against it because it would probably never live up to the hype from the fans.
* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' has such a long and complex backstory that it takes up twelve volumes of the manga and nearly the whole animated series. The backstory focuses mainly on Guts, but Griffith and Casca have their own pasts and motivations revealed revealed, as well. Serpico and Farnese also receive their own backstory episodes in the manga.
* In ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', most of the important characters have backstories that connect them to the pasts of the other characters, especially in the manga. Chrono's is particularly important in driving the plot forward--so, of course, [[CanNotSpitItOut [[CannotSpitItOut he avoids telling the other characters about it]] until late in the series.



* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has a few chapters that go into Negi's backstory, explaining his motivations and where he got his goals. Later on it goes into Asuna's backstory, which happens to be ''massively'' important to the current plot, even moreso than Negi's backstory. [[spoiler: Remeber that massive war that Negi's father was the hero of? Turns out Asuna was at the center of it.]]
* An entire chapter of ''Manga/DeathNote'' was devoted to Mikami's history, explaining why he embraced Kira so easily.
* Yusuke, Kuwabara, Keiko, and Botan are about the only ones on ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' who ''don't'' get backstories...
* The [[AudioAdaptation second Sound Stage]] of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'''s first season revolved around Fate's life before the series began.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' have most of its backstories concentrated to the RedHerringShirt Akemi. Although she's been killed off ''very'' early in the series, she was first written as [[spoiler:Ai Haibara's]] dead older sister, and then our former [[TheMole mole]] FBI agent is revealed to be her boyfriend when he's still in TheSyndicate.

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has a few chapters that go into Negi's backstory, explaining his motivations and where he got his goals. Later on it goes into Asuna's backstory, which happens to be ''massively'' important to the current plot, even moreso more so than Negi's backstory. [[spoiler: Remeber that massive war that Negi's father was the hero of? Turns out Asuna was at the center of it.]]
* An entire chapter of ''Manga/DeathNote'' was is devoted to Mikami's history, explaining why he embraced Kira so easily.
* Yusuke, Kuwabara, Keiko, and Botan are about the only ones on in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' who ''don't'' get backstories...
* The [[AudioAdaptation second Sound Stage]] of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'''s first season revolved revolves around Fate's life before the series began.
events of the series.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' have most of its backstories concentrated to the RedHerringShirt Akemi. Although she's been killed off ''very'' early in the series, she was first written as [[spoiler:Ai Haibara's]] dead older sister, and then our former [[TheMole mole]] FBI agent is revealed to be her boyfriend when he's still in TheSyndicate.
4th Jun '17 9:14:05 AM Racheakt
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* ''[[FanFic/{{Bird}} Bird]]'' is based around the canon Asylum for parahumans. The place is important to the backstories (and, in some cases, the current stories) of many canon characters; Mimi, Elle, Sveta, Victoria, Doctor Yamada, and more... But is only actually seen breifly in Doctor Yamada's interlude. ''[[FanFic/{{Bird}} Bird]]'' is basically a retelling of Mimi and Elle's backstory with an alternate version of Taylor as the narrator.
2nd Apr '17 10:12:28 AM nombretomado
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* Much of ''PandoraHearts'' is trying to figure out the characters' backstories, in particular, how they all relate to the Tragedy of Sablier.

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* Much of ''PandoraHearts'' ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' is trying to figure out the characters' backstories, in particular, how they all relate to the Tragedy of Sablier.
10th Mar '17 9:26:57 AM TrickyTroper
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Many {{Fanfic}}s exist to explore Backstory (e.g. how [[Franchise/StarTrek Spock]]'s parents got together).

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Many Backstory (or lack thereof) often serves as FanficFuel; many {{Fanfic}}s exist to explore Backstory (e.g. how [[Franchise/StarTrek Spock]]'s parents got together).
together). Others [[FixFic contradict it]].
6th Feb '17 2:43:38 PM starlight9
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* Tristan's backstory in the ''Literature/NightfallSeries'' is revealed late in the first book. Prince Vladimir's backstory is so far a mystery, with a few hints dropped.
15th Dec '16 4:45:26 PM vorpalgirl
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* The ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Out of Gas" examined how the crew of Serenity came together. (It is supposed that Creator/JossWhedon had planned much more detailed Backstories for certain enigmatic characters, but the series ended before they were revealed.)

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* The ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Out of Gas" examined how the crew of Serenity came together. (It is supposed that Creator/JossWhedon had planned much more detailed Backstories for certain enigmatic characters, to be revealed over time, but the series infamously [[ScrewedByTheNetwork ended before they were revealed.)too soon]] to get to them. Some of these have managed to come out in other formats, though:
** TheMovie sequel ''Serenity'' gives us some of River Tam's backstory as a government experiment as well as the [[NightmareFuel backstory explanation]] for the [[TheDreaded Reavers]]' [[ImAHumanitarian inexplicably]] [[AxeCrazy psychotic]] behavior.
** A later GraphicNovel, ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serenity_(comics)#The_Shepherd.27s_Tale Serenity: The Shepard's Tale]]'', finally gave us [[BadassPreacher Shepard Book]]'s full life story.
** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serenity_(comics) Additional comic book stories]] for the ''Serenity'' universe have expanded a little further on the other experimental subjects of the government project that River was shoved into, too.
** [[ZigZaggedTrope Semi-subversion]]: Inara Serra. Juicy details are teased or implied within the TV series, and Whedon has ''said'' she has a backstory worth telling...but Whedon has also openly stated he's hopeful to do another film or serial sequel ''someday'' and would [[SequelHook prefer to save her story for that]]. Though it's unlikely, he acknowledges, to happen any time soon.
15th Dec '16 4:04:02 PM vorpalgirl
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** Rowling is so prone to creating sprawling, involved character biographies in fact that she has made a ''habit'' of post-series backstory revelations. Probably the most notable of course, or at least most famous, was when she shocked much of the world shortly after the release of ''Deathly Hallows'' by revealing during a Q&A that [[WordOfGay Dumbledore had actually been a closeted gay man the whole time]].
** For a time, Rowling was [[WordOfGod revealing most of these extra details]] on her Flash-format [[https://www.jkrowling.com official website]], often as EasterEggs accessible by poking around and playing with the items on her simulated "desk". And then the [[MeaningfulName aptly-named]] interactive game/{{Expanded Universe}} site [[https://www.pottermore.com Pottermore]] was created as an official tie-in to the series, and Rowling had an even better place to expound on the canon, often at length, ranging from the creation of details on [[ExpandedUniverse non-European wizarding culture]] and "[[AllThereInTheManual wandlore]]", to yes, backstory on characters, like say [[http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Minerva_McGonagall#Biography Professor McGonagall]], who is given everything from named family members to a prior love life and...well, basically an outline of her whole life's story up until the books. Almost none of this is so much as alluded to in the original books, because Harry and his friends have generally little reason to have interest in their teachers' pasts or in some cases even the pasts of their classmates, what with [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld all the shenanigans going on all the time]], and the original novels are told almost exclusively from Harry's POV. A lot of this backstory can seem interesting but not particularly plot relevant... though [[https://www.pottermore.com/features/petunia-dursleys-unlikely-hogwarts-ambitions some]] have [[WhatMightHaveBeen surprisingly huge implications]].
2nd Dec '16 8:27:51 PM TheBigBopper
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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' has such a long and complex backstory that it takes up twelve volumes of the manga and nearly the whole animated series. The backstory focuses mainly on Guts, but Griffith and Casca have their own pasts and motivations revealed as well. Serpico and Farnese also received their own backstory arc in the manga.

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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' has such a long and complex backstory that it takes up twelve volumes of the manga and nearly the whole animated series. The backstory focuses mainly on Guts, but Griffith and Casca have their own pasts and motivations revealed as well. Serpico and Farnese also received receive their own backstory arc episodes in the manga.
21st Nov '16 8:58:20 PM Dawnwing
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* Explored a lot with different characters in the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series. There's ''The Rise of Scourge'', ''Bluestar's Prophecy'', ''Crookedstar's Promise'', ''Yellowfang's Secret'', and then a number of short stories in the field guides, such as the one about Barley's past. Even the main series has some of these moments.

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* Explored a lot with different characters in the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series. There's ''The Rise of Scourge'', ''Bluestar's Prophecy'', ''Crookedstar's Promise'', ''Yellowfang's Secret'', the "prequel" Super Editions, many novellas, and then a number of short stories in the field guides, such as the one about Barley's past. Even the main series has some of these moments.
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