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27th Sep '16 6:13:04 AM LEDbullet
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* The game world of the original ''Legend of Zelda'' is notably lacking in signs of civilization but otherwise remains as upbeat and cheery as the later titles that have towns and villages. The 2012 book ''Hyrule Historia'' reveals that this game occurs at the end of a possible timeline where the Link of ''Ocarina of Time'' failed and died, causing wars and destruction across Hyrule. This, combined with the sleeping spell put on the princess from Zelda II's backstory, caused the kingdom to degenerate into a savage wilderness that took over the land.
26th Sep '16 2:50:26 PM comicwriter
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* ''[[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman R.I.P.]]'' and the events leading up to it are one big Cerebus Retcon. All that [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Franchise/{{Batman}} wackiness? All either hallucinations caused by Scarecrow or Joker gas, or delusions of a young Batman as he took part in a dangerous mental experiment to try to understand the Joker's mind.
* Cassidy, hard-drinking roguish Irish vampire in Creator/GarthEnnis' ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', was a fun and charismatic guy. Then, later in the series, we got an uncompromising look at how pathetic, dangerous and destructive he genuinely was. Several moments you thought were simply gags and fun moments got a nasty pay-off. A joke where Cassidy says something "tastes like semen!" and then hurriedly tries to get out of suggesting he knows what that tastes like? [[spoiler:He does know because he got so desperate for a heroin fix that he paid for it with oral sex.]]

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* ''[[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman Batman R.I.P.]]'' and the events leading up to it are one big Cerebus Retcon. All that [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Franchise/{{Batman}} wackiness? All either hallucinations caused by Scarecrow or Joker gas, or delusions of a young Batman as he took part in a dangerous mental experiment to try to understand the Joker's mind.
mind. Also, the original Comicbook/{{Batwoman}} was retconned into being a spy who was hired to find out Bruce's identity, before she fell in love with him and ended up BecomingTheMask.
* Cassidy, hard-drinking roguish Irish vampire in Creator/GarthEnnis' ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', was a fun and charismatic guy. Then, later in the series, we got an uncompromising look at how pathetic, dangerous and destructive he genuinely was. Several moments you thought were simply gags and fun moments got a nasty pay-off. A joke where Cassidy says something "tastes like semen!" and then hurriedly tries to get out of suggesting he knows what that tastes like? [[spoiler:He does know because he got so desperate for a heroin fix that he paid for it with oral sex.]]]]
14th Sep '16 1:01:22 PM Premonition45
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** Eleanor Abernathy aka "the CrazyCatLady" was first introduced in Season 9's "Girly Edition", as Lisa was trying to compete with Bart's sappy human interest stories. In Season 18's "Springfield Up", [[OriginsEpisode we see her early life]]. [[UsedToBeASweetKid At age 8, she was a bright student]] who was already aspiring to be both a doctor ''and'' a lawyer, and by age 24, got her degrees for both fields. But by age 32, [[{{Workaholic}} she was already beginning to feel burned out]], and [[TheAlcoholic began drinking]] and acquired her first cat, giggling a little maniacally at that point. Skipping ahead to age 40, we see that she's become the broken/disheveled cat lady shrieking and wailing incomprehensibly.
12th Sep '16 4:57:15 AM Andyroid
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Battle Royale", [[SinisterGeometry THE BLACK CUBE OF DARKNESS]] manages to get to the Ring of Power, but is unable to pick it up because of its lack of hands, and it leaves while a melodramatic sad tune plays. The later episode "The Black Cube" showed that this event caused THE BLACK CUBE to lose all respect as a villain and end up living in a seedy apartment, working a dead-end job as a fast food cashier, and being alternately mocked and feared by his neighbors.
9th Sep '16 3:18:58 PM Moko-tan
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* In the Mexican web animation '''WebAnimation/Negas''', the [[AxCrazy Pinchimono]] seems to exist solely to be an EvilCounterpart to Negas. A later OriginsEpisode reveals that a psychologist adviced Negas to bottle up his emotions instead of insulting people. Negas bottled up so much anger, that his blood intoxicated and mutated into the Pinchimono. Basically, the Pinchimono is an EldritchAbomination.
30th Aug '16 9:00:09 AM DaibhidC
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** In ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueInternational'', there was a gag where a TapOnTheHead would transform Guy Gardner from his usual {{Jerkass}} personality to being all hearts and flowers (or vice versa). Much later, Guy's own comic would reveal that every time he lost consciousness the demonic half-Vuldarian Dementor was screwing around with his personality, and had been ever since he entered a coma pre-Crisis (before which he was neither a jerk nor sappy).
26th Aug '16 11:00:12 PM CaptainTedium
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* Quite a lot of [[DarkFic Dark Fics]] in general run on revealing a work's lighthearted and whimsical elements to actually be fabrications hiding a dark and disturbing truth. One of the most well-known examples is "The Rugrats Theory", which established that the babies and toddlers from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' were never alive (e.g. Tommy was stillborn, Chuckie died with his mother, and the [=DeVilles=] had an abortion) and that Angelica simply imagined them to be, which was a rather grim justification for how the babies managed to surviving their parents constantly and obliviously neglecting them. Some versions of the theory went further and established the events of ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' as being drug-induced hallucinations Angelica experienced to try and bring her imaginary friends back and that Dil's bizarre behavior was a result of Angelica conking him on the head and giving him severe brain damage when he was an infant.

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* Quite a lot of [[DarkFic Dark Fics]] in general run on revealing a work's lighthearted and whimsical elements to actually be fabrications hiding a dark and disturbing truth. One of the most well-known examples is "The Rugrats Theory", which established that the babies and toddlers from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' (with the exception of Dil and occasionally Kimi) were never alive (e.g. Tommy was stillborn, Chuckie died with his mother, and the [=DeVilles=] had an abortion) and that Angelica simply imagined them to be, which was a rather grim justification for how the babies managed to surviving survive their parents constantly and obliviously neglecting them. Some versions of the theory went further and established the events of ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' as being drug-induced hallucinations Angelica experienced to try and bring her imaginary friends back and that Dil's bizarre behavior was a result of Angelica conking him on the head and giving him severe brain damage when he was an infant.
26th Aug '16 8:53:06 AM XSpectreGreyX
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** Back in [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks the Silver Age]], Hal Jordan seemed to have the ''least'' dramatic backstory of any DC superhero: he was a cocky, handsome, all-American [[AcePilot test pilot]] who spent his free time trying to woo his boss' daughter, and was on uncannily good terms with his family. But Creator/GeoffJohns' post-Crisis run went into a bit more detail about Hal's background, and revealed that his arrogance actually masks [[SadClown some truly sad experiences]]. For starters, he saw his father die in a test flight when he was just a child, and [[IconicOutfit his brown bomber jacket]] is actually a memento of his father. For another thing, his mother disowned him after he ran away from home to join the Air Force on his 18th birthday, and refused to speak to Hal on her deathbed. When she died of cancer, Hal's brother Jack blamed him for driving her to an early grave, leading a guilt-ridden Hal to intentionally get himself kicked out of the Air Force by punching his commanding officer. [[MyGreatestFailure That mistake]] is the reason Hal got his job as a test pilot for Ferris Aircraft, since they were the only aviation company that would hire him after his dishonorable discharge.

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** Back in [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks the Silver Age]], Hal Jordan seemed to have the ''least'' dramatic backstory of any DC superhero: he was a cocky, handsome, all-American [[AcePilot test pilot]] who spent his free time trying to woo his boss' daughter, and was on uncannily good terms with his family. But Creator/GeoffJohns' post-Crisis run went into a bit more detail about Hal's background, and revealed that his arrogance actually masks [[SadClown some truly sad experiences]]. For starters, he saw his father die in a test flight when he was just a child, and [[IconicOutfit his brown bomber jacket]] is actually a memento of his father. For another thing, his mother disowned him after he ran away from home to join the Air Force on his 18th birthday, and refused to speak to Hal on her deathbed. When she died of cancer, Hal's brother Jack blamed him for driving her to an early grave, leading This led a guilt-ridden Hal to intentionally get himself kicked out of the Air Force by punching his commanding officer.officer so he could speak to her. But he arrived too late and she died of cancer. Hal's brother Jack blamed him for driving her to an early grave. [[MyGreatestFailure That mistake]] is the reason Hal got his job as a test pilot for Ferris Aircraft, since they were the only aviation company that would hire him after his dishonorable discharge.
26th Aug '16 6:16:14 AM CaptainTedium
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* Quite a lot of [[DarkFic Dark Fics]] in general run on revealing a work's lighthearted and whimsical elements to actually be fabrications hiding a dark and disturbing truth. One of the most well-known examples is "The Rugrats Theory", which established that the babies and toddlers from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' were never alive (e.g. Tommy was stillborn, Chuckie died with his mother, and the [=DeVilles=] had an abortion) and that Angelica simply imagined them to be, which was a rather grim justification for how the babies managed to surviving their parents constantly and obliviously neglecting them. Some versions of the theory went further and established the events of ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' as being drug-induced hallucinations Angelica experienced to try and bring her imaginary friends back and that Dil's bizarre behavior was a result of Angelica conking him on the head and giving him severe brain damage when he was an infant.
20th Aug '16 3:26:48 PM LordDynasmon
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** A guy called Senor Pink who dresses up like a baby and rejects all woman around him? Hilarious. A guy called Senor Pink who dresses up like a baby [[spoiler:not only because he hopes his late wife will find it funny from heaven as it was the only thing that made her smile when an accident rendered her comatose, but as a tribute to his own infant son who died at a very fragile age]] and rejects all woman around him [[spoiler:because his heart belongs to said late wife]]? Not so funny.

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** A guy called Senor Pink who dresses up like a baby and rejects all woman women around him? Hilarious. A guy called Senor Pink who dresses up like a baby [[spoiler:not only because he hopes his late wife will find it funny from heaven as it was the only thing that made her smile when an accident rendered her comatose, but as a tribute to his own infant son who died at a very fragile age]] and rejects all woman women around him [[spoiler:because his heart belongs to said late wife]]? Not so funny.
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