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27th May '17 2:54:44 PM RacattackForce
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* ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'' has WordOfGod stating that the Pikmin planet of the main games, PNF-404, is the planet Earth hundreds of millions of years in the future, after the extinction of most current species.
27th May '17 2:49:34 PM RacattackForce
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* ''VideoGame/{{SuperMarioBros}}'', mentioned above, is a surprising subversion. Although the brick blocks are transformed mushroom people, extra material states that breaking the blocks will free the victims. In fact, this is exactly the reason why some blocks contain special items: it is a token of gratitude.

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* ''VideoGame/{{SuperMarioBros}}'', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'', mentioned above, is actually a surprising subversion. Although the brick blocks are ''are'' transformed mushroom people, extra material states that breaking the blocks will free the victims. In fact, this is exactly the reason why some blocks contain special items: it is a token of gratitude.


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* Over the course of ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'', you can find secret documents that detail the history and culture of the Inklings, the anthropomorphized squid creatures that serve as the playable characters. Some of the documents, however, reveal that [[spoiler:the series takes place AfterTheEnd. Global warming caused the ice caps to melt and sea levels to rise, driving humans and all other mammals to extinction. Afterwards, sea life evolved to the point where it started walking on land and became sapient, beginning civilization anew.]]
11th May '17 1:03:45 PM rva98014
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* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', it is made clear (via a LectureAsExposition at the very beginning) that that the [[FunnyAnimal inhabitants of this world]] had [[HollywoodEvolution evolved]] from ordinary wild animals, which naturally tended to kill and eat each other on a regular basis.

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* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', it is made clear (via a LectureAsExposition at the very beginning) that that the [[FunnyAnimal inhabitants of this world]] had [[HollywoodEvolution evolved]] from ordinary wild animals, which naturally tended to kill and eat each other on a regular basis. In addition, an exhibit in the Natural History museum at the end of the film shows that the evolution of sapience did not occur to all mammals at the same time indicating that there was a period of time where sapient prey were still being hunted by non-sapient predators. And until their technology advanced to abolish the food chain, sapient obligate carnivores would have been forced into a SapientEatSapient situation with evolved prey.
31st Mar '17 2:03:11 AM RacattackForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is mostly about Steven going on fun adventures with his [[{{Magitek}} magical]] [[StarfishAliens alien]] [[HasTwoMommies guardians]]. Who are the last survivors of an army that [[DefectorFromDecadence rebelled against their homeworld]], their allies either killed or corrupted into the monsters they spend most of the show fighting. And who arrived on Earth in the first place because they were part of an invasion force that planned to [[PlanetLooters devastate Earth in the process of creating new gem armies]]; [[spoiler:Amethyst]] is one of the products of this.
** And speaking of Amethyst, she herself had this as well, as she feels deep shame and has insecurity problems over her identity as a product of Homeworld's war. It's later revealed she came out of the Injector incubators 500 years late, leaving her to wander the empty Kindergarten for an unknown number of years after the GreatOffscreenWar ended and Rose found her.
** Pearl's is worse. Her tendency to obssess over minute details, keep things clean, a near-pathalogical devotion to keeping Steven safe, and dislike for his father Greg are played for laughs and she seems like the stereotypical overprotective mom. After many hints, it's revealed she was made as a member of a ServantRace, Pearls are the Gem equivalent of a BeautifulSlaveGirl, pretty, attractive objects that indicate a higher Gem's status and are made to follow orders without question. During the Rebellion, she met Rose Quartz, who convinced her she could [[GrewBeyondTheirProgramming become her own Gem]], and transfered her obssessive devotion to the only person to ever show her kindness. Pearl [[SenselessSacrifice pointlessly sacrificed herself constantly in battle]] if it meant there was a chance to keep Rose safe, and after the war, she had to see a human man walk into her life and romance her love away from her, later deciding she wanted to become human, effectively killing Rose to reincarnate as her half-Gem son Steven. The poor thing's still trying to work through her complicated emotional baggage.
** While not as traumatic, Garnet didn't have it easy during the war either. As Ruby, she was one of many disposable soldiers sent to bodyguard the high-ranking Sapphire, a member of Blue Diamond's court. When Sapphire used her future vision powers to predict the outcome of the war where the rebels would be captured and this did not come to pass, Blue Diamond was furious. What's more, part of this divergence was because Ruby refused to let Sapphire be poofed/reduced to her Gem form, then the two fused during a moment of shared protection. Blue Diamond ordered Ruby to be shattered, to which Sapphire spirited her away and they fled Homeworld's side to rediscover a new identity where they could love each other and be themselves as Garnet on the side of the Crystal Gems.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is mostly about Steven going on fun adventures with his [[{{Magitek}} magical]] [[StarfishAliens alien]] [[HasTwoMommies guardians]]. Who we soon learn that two of which are the last survivors of an army that [[DefectorFromDecadence rebelled against their homeworld]], their allies either killed or corrupted into the monsters they spend most of the show fighting. And who arrived on Earth in the first place because they were part of an invasion force that planned to [[PlanetLooters devastate Earth in the process of creating new gem armies]]; [[spoiler:Amethyst]] the third and youngest of his guardians, Amethyst is one of the products of this.
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** And speaking of Amethyst, she herself had this as well, as she feels deep shame In fact Amethyst's suffers from deep-seated self-hatred and has insecurity problems over due to her identity as a product creation. She hates that her birth was part of Homeworld's war. It's later revealed a practice that would have destroyed the planet Earth, and learning that she came out of the Injector incubators 500 years late, leaving ''wasn't even made properly'' makes her to wander the empty Kindergarten for an unknown number of years after the GreatOffscreenWar ended and Rose found her.
doubt her own abilities constantly.
** Pearl's is worse. Her tendency to obssess obsess over minute details, keep things clean, a near-pathalogical devotion to keeping Steven safe, and dislike for his father Greg are played for laughs and she seems like the stereotypical overprotective mom. After many hints, it's revealed she was made as a member of a ServantRace, Pearls are the Gem equivalent of a BeautifulSlaveGirl, pretty, attractive objects that indicate a higher Gem's status and are made to follow orders without question. During the Rebellion, she met Rose Quartz, who convinced her she could [[GrewBeyondTheirProgramming become her own Gem]], and transfered her obssessive devotion to the only person to ever show her kindness. Pearl [[SenselessSacrifice pointlessly sacrificed herself constantly in battle]] if it meant there was a chance to keep Rose safe, and safe. And thousands of years after the war, she had to see a human man walk into her life and romance her love away from her, and said love later deciding she wanted to become human, effectively killing Rose herself to reincarnate as her half-Gem son Steven. The poor thing's Pearl's still trying to work through her complicated emotional baggage.
** While not as traumatic, Garnet didn't have it easy during the war either. Technically. She's the fusion of two other Gems, Ruby and Sapphire. As Ruby, she was one of many disposable soldiers sent to bodyguard the high-ranking Sapphire, a member of Blue Diamond's court. When Sapphire used her future vision powers to predict the outcome of the war where the rebels would be captured and this did not come to pass, Blue Diamond was furious. What's more, part of this divergence was because Ruby refused to let Sapphire be poofed/reduced to her "poofed"[[note]]Unless you shatter the gemstone on their bodies completely, a gravely injured Gem form, then will simply retreat into the gemstone to regenerate rather than die. Being put into a regenerative state is called "poofing" by Steven, because of the poof of smoke that occurs when it happens[[/note]], leading to the two fused fusing during a moment of shared protection. Blue Diamond ordered Ruby to be shattered, shattered for actions, to which Sapphire spirited her away and they fled away, fleeing the Homeworld's side to rediscover base and eventually carve a new shared identity where they could love each other and be themselves as Garnet on the side of the Crystal Gems.
13th Feb '17 5:58:00 AM Revaryk
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** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive President [[spoiler:Max Profitt]] Haltmann]] is a dirty businessman who attempts to take over Pop Star for its resources. [[spoiler: However, if you look up Haltmann 2.0's description in Meta Knighmare Returns, you find out that he was quite the researcher back in his hayday. In fact, he was a family-man as well, as he had a daughter. Then it's found out said daughter vanished in an accident involving the BigBad, Star Dream. Haltmann became desperate, and became a cold man. This is worsened when he's absorbed into Star Dream. To KickTheDog even further, said daughter is working for him, and backstabbed him during the final battle.]]

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** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive President President]] [[spoiler:Max Profitt]] Haltmann]] Haltmann is a dirty businessman who attempts to take over Pop Star for its resources. [[spoiler: However, if you look up Haltmann 2.0's description in Meta Knighmare Returns, you find out that he was quite the researcher back in his hayday. In fact, he was a family-man as well, as he had a daughter. Then it's found out said daughter vanished in an accident involving the BigBad, Star Dream. Haltmann became desperate, and became a cold man. This is worsened when he's absorbed into Star Dream. To KickTheDog even further, said daughter is working for him, and backstabbed him during the final battle.]]
13th Feb '17 5:54:09 AM Revaryk
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* This has been showing up more often in the ''Franchise/Kirby'' series as of late. ''VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot'' and ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' in particular. Especially with their main villains.
** [[spoiler:Max Profitt]] Haltmann is a dirty businessman who attempts to take over Pop Star for its resources. [[spoiler: However, if you look up Haltmann 2.0's description in Meta Knighmare Returns, you find out that he was quite the researcher back in his hayday. In fact, he was a family-man as well, as he had a daughter. Then it's found out said daughter vanished in an accident involving the BigBad, Star Dream. Haltmann became desperate, and became a cold man. This is worsened when he's absorbed into Star Dream. To KickTheDog even further, said daughter is working for him, and backstabbed him during the final battle.]]

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* This has been showing up more often in the ''Franchise/Kirby'' ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series as of late. ''VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot'' and ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' in particular. Especially with their main villains.
** [[spoiler: [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Sectonia]] is the cruel queen of Floralia. Obsessed with beauty and control, she only cares for herself. However, her descriptions reveal that she was not always this way. In fact, she wasn't always a giant bee, as shown in ''Planet Robobot'' when you defeat her clone. Queen Sectonia was corrupted by the Dimension Mirror that appeared back in ''Kirby and the Amazing Mirror'', and was cruel ever since. Even sadder is that, in the Japanese version, Sectonia Soul's description reveals that she truly regrets all she's done.]]
** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive President
[[spoiler:Max Profitt]] Haltmann Haltmann]] is a dirty businessman who attempts to take over Pop Star for its resources. [[spoiler: However, if you look up Haltmann 2.0's description in Meta Knighmare Returns, you find out that he was quite the researcher back in his hayday. In fact, he was a family-man as well, as he had a daughter. Then it's found out said daughter vanished in an accident involving the BigBad, Star Dream. Haltmann became desperate, and became a cold man. This is worsened when he's absorbed into Star Dream. To KickTheDog even further, said daughter is working for him, and backstabbed him during the final battle.]]
13th Feb '17 4:44:38 AM Revaryk
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* This has been showing up more often in the ''Franchise/Kirby'' series as of late. ''VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot'' and ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' in particular. Especially with their main villains.
** [[spoiler:Max Profitt]] Haltmann is a dirty businessman who attempts to take over Pop Star for its resources. [[spoiler: However, if you look up Haltmann 2.0's description in Meta Knighmare Returns, you find out that he was quite the researcher back in his hayday. In fact, he was a family-man as well, as he had a daughter. Then it's found out said daughter vanished in an accident involving the BigBad, Star Dream. Haltmann became desperate, and became a cold man. This is worsened when he's absorbed into Star Dream. To KickTheDog even further, said daughter is working for him, and backstabbed him during the final battle.]]
13th Dec '16 11:23:46 AM Gairyuki
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* The remakes of VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire, ''OmegaRuby'' and ''AlphaSapphire'' do this to a once-minor NPC, Professor Takao Cozmo, but you only learn this through a post-game sidequest. Originally, he just appeared as a theft victim of Team Aqua/Magma's plots. In the remakes, not only does both he AND the {{MacGuffin}} linked to him get increased importance, you learn his backstory: As a child, his father Raizo was an extreme workaholic, enough that he noticed that his mother was spending more time with her "friend". Eventually, Raizo stopped coming home and, at the end of the sidequest, when you meet him, you discover he's grown so senile that he imagines a stuffed toy Takao once gave as his son. Given that in the post-game, your own father, Gym Leader Norman, is also presented as a workaholic, the latter's still being able to be there for his family, with only his position necessitating his family move with him from Johto to Hoenn, and blowing off a date with your mother (the tickets of which are passed to you and your neighbor), Raizo is played as Norman who couldn't control his work.
** The same sidequest also reveals something just as horrible, and is actually connected to the ''X and Y'' example above. Hinted during the main post-game story with Devon Corporation, you discover through letters that Mauville Corporation once also employed the same Pokemon life force-based energy system as the Ultimate Weapon for its development, explaining why Mauville City is far more developed in the remakes. However, Gym Leader Wattson, who was also CEO of the corporation regretted the use of such energy and shut down their projects, forcing massive layoffs. One of the NPCs in the city is implied to be a man who wrote about the burden of laying off those people under Wattson's orders. He himself has a sidequest that saves him from his funk, turning him into Mr. Bonding from ''X and Y''.
5th Dec '16 4:53:07 PM StillWeepingWillow
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Unlike FridgeHorror, which is made up of the audience extrapolating horrible things from given evidence without any confirmation from the creators, in Backstory Horror, the creators have said it themselves and the horror is an (at times neglected) actual part of {{Canon}}. This trope is niehter founded on implications nor {{Fanon}} and doesn't require any extra thought to "get", as all the horror is right there in black and white via WordOfGod.

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Unlike FridgeHorror, which is made up of the audience extrapolating horrible things from given evidence without any confirmation from the creators, in Backstory Horror, the creators have said it themselves and the horror is an (at times neglected) actual part of {{Canon}}. This trope is niehter neither founded on implications nor {{Fanon}} and doesn't require any extra thought to "get", as all the horror is right there in black and white via WordOfGod.
5th Dec '16 12:59:47 AM AtmosBlitzer
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* ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars''. Aww, look, it's an AlternateContinuity to those [[SugarBowl sweet little]] [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} games]] that star an [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter adorable hero]] who looks like a [[RealMenWearPink wad of pink chewing gum]]. Sure, those games had [[DemonicPossession some truly]] [[BloodyMurder disturbing]] [[EldritchAbomination final bosses]], but most of them don't exist in the anime. Then you find out that a ''massive'' war took place at some unspecified time before the series began, and the side of good lost. [[HeroOfAnotherStory Meta Knight]] was one of the few survivors[[note]]various others are seen over the course of the series, along with the children of some of his dead buddies[[/note]]. His faithful companions [[ThoseTwoGuys Sword and Blade]] had to become bandits to keep from starving to death during [[WarIsHell said war]]. Kirby himself is an alien destined to save the universe from Nightmare, but unfortunately the CallToAdventure came ahead of schedule and he has to fight while [[ChildSoldiers still essentially a baby]]. Most of this is forgotten during the average episode, which instead focuses on sillier things such as [[InterspeciesRomance a fish falling in love with Fumu]], WackyRacing, or King Dedede trying to make an anime about himself, with the MonsterOfTheWeek thrown in somewhere.

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* ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars''. Aww, look, it's an AlternateContinuity to those [[SugarBowl sweet little]] [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} games]] that star an [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter adorable hero]] who looks like a [[RealMenWearPink wad of pink chewing gum]]. Sure, those games had [[DemonicPossession some truly]] [[BloodyMurder disturbing]] [[EldritchAbomination final bosses]], but most of them don't exist in the anime. Then you find out that a ''massive'' war [[GreatOffscreenWar massive war]] took place at some unspecified time before the series began, and the side of good lost. [[HeroOfAnotherStory Meta Knight]] was one of the few survivors[[note]]various others are seen over the course of the series, along with the children of some of his dead buddies[[/note]]. His faithful companions [[ThoseTwoGuys Sword and Blade]] had to become bandits to keep from starving to death during [[WarIsHell said war]]. Kirby himself is an alien destined to save the universe from Nightmare, but unfortunately the CallToAdventure came ahead of schedule and he has to fight while [[ChildSoldiers still essentially a baby]]. Most of this is forgotten during the average episode, which instead focuses on sillier things such as [[InterspeciesRomance a fish falling in love with Fumu]], WackyRacing, or King Dedede trying to make an anime about himself, with the MonsterOfTheWeek thrown in somewhere.
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