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11th Nov '17 6:32:51 PM FRizer
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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 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.

For example, let's say we have a story about fluffy bunnies, the story sets them out as being cute and cuddly good guys. If the author's website explicitly states that the reason there are no guinea pigs running round is that the bunnies rounded them up and murdered them as a form of "cleansing" - it's this trope. The creators came out and said it, and it's all out in the open for those who feel like reading; no extra thought is needed to figure it out. If, on the other hand, you read the bunny story and later realize (without WordOfGod saying so) that the [[HairRaisingHare bunnies killed all the guinea pigs]], then it is FridgeLogic or Fridge Horror. The creators did not say this happened and the audience may have guessed wrong. It also required extra thought on the part of the audience to figure out.

Backstory Horror can lead to Fridge Horror, but the two are not the same. Related to SurpriseCreepy and CerebusRetcon. Compare and contrast FridgeHorror, as well as DarkAndTroubledPast. It can lead to a CrapsaccharineWorld.

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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 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.

For example, let's say we have a story about fluffy bunnies, the story sets them out as being cute and cuddly good guys. If the author's website explicitly states that the reason there are no guinea pigs running round is that the bunnies rounded them up and murdered them as a form of "cleansing" - it's this trope. The creators came out and said it, and it's all out in the open for those who feel like reading; no extra thought is needed to figure it out. If, on the other hand, you read the bunny story and later realize (without WordOfGod saying so) that the [[HairRaisingHare bunnies killed all the guinea pigs]], then it is FridgeLogic or Fridge Horror. The creators did not say this happened and the audience may have guessed wrong. It also required extra thought on the part of the audience to figure out.

Backstory Horror can lead to Fridge Horror, FridgeHorror, but the two are not the same.same; one's {{canon}}ical (through WordOfGod or AllThereInTheManual) while the other only exists in the audience's head. Related to SurpriseCreepy and CerebusRetcon. Compare and contrast FridgeHorror, as well as DarkAndTroubledPast. It can lead to a CrapsaccharineWorld.
17th Sep '17 1:39:16 PM Pichu-kun
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* The 80s ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' line had ponies with gems for eyes called the Twinkle-Eyed Ponies. Their eyes were almost never mentioned in-series and were mostly there as an interesting visual. The [[ComicBook/MyLittlePony comics]] associated with the franchise stated that the Twinkle-Eyed Ponies got their gem eyes because they were enslaved in a gem mine by an evil wizard, where they toiled in the dark for so long that their eyes atrophied. When the wizard was defeated by Applejack smashing his gem throne, the gems of his throne were [[EyeScream embedded into the ponies' eye sockets]], enabling them to see again. This explains why none of their children have gem eyes like their mothers.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'' includes the Twinkle-Eyed Ponies, ponies with gems for eyes. Their eyes were almost never mentioned in the show, and were mostly there as an interesting visual and [[MerchandiseDriven to sell the Twinkle-Eyed Pony toy line]]. The [[ComicBook/MyLittlePony comics]] associated with the franchise stated that the Twinkle-Eyed Ponies got their gem eyes because they were enslaved in a gem mine by an evil wizard, where they toiled in the dark for so long that their eyes atrophied. When the wizard was defeated by Applejack smashing his gem throne, the gems of his throne were [[EyeScream embedded into the ponies' eye sockets]], enabling them to see again.



* ''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]]; the third and youngest of his guardians, Amethyst is one of the products of this.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
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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]]; the third and youngest of his guardians, Amethyst is one of the products of this.
3rd Sep '17 5:30:37 AM HalcyonDayz
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** 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''.

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** 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 {{Non Player Character}}s 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''.
11th Aug '17 8:33:55 PM dasuberkaiser
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* {{Steam Powered Giraffe}}, a generally lighthearted act featuring three performing automatons and a steampunk theme, has a shocking amount of this in their history. Even just a cursory glance over their official timeline and backstory reveals BodyHorror, [[AndIMustScream fates worse than death]], the funny robots experiencing the horrors of war first-hand, and the fact that Rabbit's core was once stolen and misused, resulting in an explosion that killed several people... including the descendant of his creator, Peter Walter II, whom Rabbit seemed to regard as a father figure. It is directly stated that this deeply bothers Rabbit, understandably. (It's later stated in his own bio that he spends his free time [[FridgeHorror feeding the ducks in the Walter family cemetery]].)
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* {{Steam Powered Giraffe}}, a generally lighthearted act featuring three performing automatons and a steampunk theme, has a shocking amount of this in their history. Even just a cursory glance over their official timeline and backstory reveals BodyHorror, [[AndIMustScream fates worse than death]], the funny robots experiencing the horrors of war first-hand, and the fact that Rabbit's core was once stolen and misused, resulting in an explosion that killed several people... including the descendant of his creator, Peter Walter II, whom Rabbit seemed to regard as a father figure. It is directly stated that this deeply bothers Rabbit, understandably. (It's later stated in his own bio that he spends his free time [[FridgeHorror feeding the ducks in the Walter family cemetery]].)
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26th Jul '17 10:07:34 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* '''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' has one that doubles as a GeniusBonus: the medal worn by [[FunnyForeigner The Great Bobinski]] is a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_liquidators Liquidator's Medal,]] which was given to the clean-up crew of the ''Chernobyl Disaster''. Many of these people[[note]]Exact numbers and statistics are unknown due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union[[/note]] were left dead or permanently disabled from exposure to radiation, which casts Bobinski's blue skin, odd figure, and eccentricities in a ''much'' different light.

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* '''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' has one that doubles as a GeniusBonus: the medal worn by [[FunnyForeigner The Great Bobinski]] is a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_liquidators Liquidator's Medal,]] which was given to the clean-up crew of the ''Chernobyl Disaster''. Many of these people[[note]]Exact numbers and statistics are unknown due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union[[/note]] were left dead or permanently disabled from exposure to radiation, which casts Bobinski's blue skin, odd figure, and eccentricities in a ''much'' different light.
21st Jul '17 1:47:21 AM kome360
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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' eventually reveals that the two special Titans who brought down humanity's outer defence walls [[spoiler:are not only both human, but close friends of the main protagonists]]. This is later followed by the revelation that ALL Titans, including the completely mindless ones who gorge themselves on human flesh, [[spoiler:were originally human beings. And it is heavily implied that humanity's rulers created them intentionally.]]

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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' eventually reveals that the two special Titans who brought down humanity's outer defence walls [[spoiler:are not only both human, but close friends of the main protagonists]]. This is later followed by the revelation that ALL Titans, including the completely mindless ones who gorge themselves on human flesh, [[spoiler:were originally human beings. And it is heavily implied Specifically, they are members of a demi-titan race called the "Marleys" that humanity's rulers created them intentionally.were injected with titan spinal cords and transformed into mindless man-eating monstrosities because of discrimination against their kind. The world outside is ruled by Nazis, is on the brink of war, and the antagonists are cruel and ruthless to the protagonists because if they don't steal the power to control titankind, their race will be exterminated and the war will engulf their home country.]]
9th Jul '17 8:51:20 AM Snowsky
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* Banette is an abandoned doll that sprung to life. They are not happy they were abandoned.
* The reason Farfetch'd is rare is because people are hunting them to the brink of extinction. Apparently they are really good roasted with leeks.

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* Banette is an abandoned doll that sprung to life. They are It is not happy they were abandoned.
that it was abandoned, and searches for the child who abandoned it to do Arceus-knows-what to them.
* The reason Farfetch'd is rare is because people are hunting them to the brink of extinction. Apparently they are taste really good roasted with leeks.




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* Phantump are the spirits of human children who died in the forest.
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.
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