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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.
23rd Nov '16 4:58:33 PM BURGINABC
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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.
23rd Nov '16 4:41:20 PM BURGINABC
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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 eat each other, [[CarnivoreConfusion but they don't do that anymore]]. Not coincidentally, there is a lot of lingering [[FantasticRacism racial tension]] between the predator and prey species. It's not entirely clear, but [[ImpliedTrope it can be inferred]] that predation probably [[SapientEatSapient continued for some time after the mammals achieved sapience]] before finally being shunned in favor of peaceful coexistence.
23rd Nov '16 4:22:20 PM BURGINABC
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* In ''Film/LesMiserables2012'', Enjolras and the army officer who ends up executing him are supposed to be [[WeUsedToBeFriends childhood friends]].
23rd Nov '16 4:19:05 PM BURGINABC
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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 eat each other, [[CarnivoreConfusion but they don't do that anymore]]. Not coincidentally, there is a lot of lingering [[FantasticRacism racial tension]] between the predator and prey species. It's not entirely clear, but [[ImpliedTrope it can be inferred]] that predation probably [[SapientEatSapient continued for some time after the mammals achieved sapience]] before finally being shunned in favor of peaceful coexistence.
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