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22nd Jul '16 6:07:46 PM MattP5557
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros'' features lots of TheSeventies style hero's and villains running around, we only see a handful of hero's but because of the big influence the [[LegionOfDoom Guild of Calamitous Intent]] have on the show we will constantly see cameo's from lots of weird looking SuperVillain's. How and when the Guild started is also kind of vague but it's implied that it was formed by or because of Dr Ventures father or grandfather.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' will occasionally mention weird origins for their various MonsterOfTheWeek.
** There's also the [[SuperheroEpisode Coon Trilogy]] which gave vague origins for Kenny[[spoiler: and Bradley, before he was born Kenny's parents where sought of members of the [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Cult of Cthulhu]] and they were somehow responsible for his ResurrectiveImmortality, as for Bradley he is a HumanAlien living on Earth after [[GreatOffscreenWar some kind of war between two planets]] [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext involving mint and berries.]]]]
** In "A Creator/HistoryChannel {{Thanksgiving|Episode}}" it is revealed that Plymouth Rock was the site of a wormhole [[spoiler:(More accurate it is the site that allows a wormhole to be opened from Creator/NataliePortman's vagina)]] that connects to the planets [[CowboysAndIndians Plymouth, Indi]] and a fourth one nobody cares abut (Franchise/GreenLantern Homeworld).
28th May '16 10:46:56 AM nombretomado
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* Historical references abound in ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'', some of which can come off as cryptic background references. An interesting one, however, takes place in the ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' downloadable-content side-story "The Tyranny of King Washington." In the regular story, the PlayStation version of the game included extra missions in which Connor tries to stop Benedict Arnold from betraying West Point to the British, which were omitted from the others. In the DLC, which is set in an alternate timeline but with Connor aware of the events of the main story, he remarks that he finally got Arnold back for West Point when [[spoiler: he kills him at the end of the first chapter]]. Arnold says that he has no idea what Connor is talking about, since in this timeline he never turned coat and thus never betrayed West Point. To Xbox and PC players who didn't get those missions, it comes off as a cryptic background reference, merely something that happened off-screen.

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* Historical references abound in ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'', some of which can come off as cryptic background references. An interesting one, however, takes place in the ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' downloadable-content side-story "The Tyranny of King Washington." In the regular story, the PlayStation UsefulNotes/PlayStation version of the game included extra missions in which Connor tries to stop Benedict Arnold from betraying West Point to the British, which were omitted from the others. In the DLC, which is set in an alternate timeline but with Connor aware of the events of the main story, he remarks that he finally got Arnold back for West Point when [[spoiler: he kills him at the end of the first chapter]]. Arnold says that he has no idea what Connor is talking about, since in this timeline he never turned coat and thus never betrayed West Point. To Xbox and PC players who didn't get those missions, it comes off as a cryptic background reference, merely something that happened off-screen.
28th May '16 5:53:59 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' has a visual one: in [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v01/c001/10.html This]] splash page from the first chapter of the manga, look closely at the center. Zazie Rainyday [[http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j43/StarfireandSakura/zazieclaw.png has claws.]] 250+ chapters later, this is still unexplained, as is everything regarding Zazie. [[spoiler: It finally appears in the story proper in ''[[BrickJoke chapter 298]]''.]]

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* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has a visual one: in [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v01/c001/10.html This]] splash page from the first chapter of the manga, look closely at the center. Zazie Rainyday [[http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j43/StarfireandSakura/zazieclaw.png has claws.]] 250+ chapters later, this is still unexplained, as is everything regarding Zazie. [[spoiler: It finally appears in the story proper in ''[[BrickJoke chapter 298]]''.]]
19th May '16 6:09:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* Hannu Rajaniemi's ''TheQuantumThief'' features many references to cataclysmic events that shaped the world of the novel, but remain a mystery to the reader, and sometimes even to the characters due to lost historical records and memory manipulation. These include the Collapse that caused most people to abandon Earth, the Cry of Wrath, the Spike which somehow destroyed Jupiter, and the Protocol War. Some get elaborated in the later books and even become major plot points, while others remain a mystery.

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* Hannu Rajaniemi's ''TheQuantumThief'' ''Literature/TheQuantumThief'' features many references to cataclysmic events that shaped the world of the novel, but remain a mystery to the reader, and sometimes even to the characters due to lost historical records and memory manipulation. These include the Collapse that caused most people to abandon Earth, the Cry of Wrath, the Spike which somehow destroyed Jupiter, and the Protocol War. Some get elaborated in the later books and even become major plot points, while others remain a mystery.
20th Apr '16 12:05:54 PM urutapu
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* ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls,'' ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' and ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' are, like Valve's games described above, almost entirely bereft of traditional exposition, and the story of each game must largely be pieced together and inferred from small bits of lore that reference the past. There are occasional characters better informed than the PlayerCharacter who will provide some precious information, but they generally prove untrustworthy.

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* ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls,'' the ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' series, and ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' are, ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', like Valve's games described above, almost entirely bereft of traditional exposition, and the story of each game must largely be pieced together and inferred from small bits of lore that reference item descriptions, level design, and the past.like. There are occasional characters better informed than the PlayerCharacter who will provide some precious information, but they generally prove untrustworthy.
20th Apr '16 11:54:34 AM urutapu
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->"''Part of the attraction of the L.R.[[note]] i.e., The Lord of the Rings[[/note]] is, I think, due to the glimpses of a large history in the background: an attraction like that of viewing far off an unvisited island, or seeing the towers of a distant city gleaming in a sunlit mist. To go there is to destroy the magic, unless new unattainable vistas are again revealed.''"

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->"''Part of the attraction of the L.R.[[note]] i.e., The ''[The Lord of the Rings[[/note]] Rings]'' is, I think, due to the glimpses of a large history in the background: an attraction like that of viewing far off an unvisited island, or seeing the towers of a distant city gleaming in a sunlit mist. To go there is to destroy the magic, unless new unattainable vistas are again revealed.''"
14th Apr '16 2:00:23 AM jormis29
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** One thing Tolkien knew from his studies as a linguist and English teacher is that some of the old myths recreate the CrypticBackgroundReference effect ''entirely by accident'', when the relevant poems or stories are lost -- the medieval Finns probably had an explanation of what [[Literature/TheKalevala a Sampo]] is, for example, but it didn't survive the Middle Ages.

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** One thing Tolkien knew from his studies as a linguist and English teacher is that some of the old myths recreate the CrypticBackgroundReference effect ''entirely by accident'', when the relevant poems or stories are lost -- the medieval Finns probably had an explanation of what [[Literature/TheKalevala a Sampo]] Sa]][[TheSampo mpo]] is, for example, but it didn't survive the Middle Ages.
15th Mar '16 5:47:34 AM jormis29
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* Historical references abound in ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'', some of which can come off as cryptic background references. An interesting one, however, takes place in the ''AssassinsCreedIII'' downloadable-content side-story "The Tyranny of King Washington." In the regular story, the PlayStation version of the game included extra missions in which Connor tries to stop Benedict Arnold from betraying West Point to the British, which were omitted from the others. In the DLC, which is set in an alternate timeline but with Connor aware of the events of the main story, he remarks that he finally got Arnold back for West Point when [[spoiler: he kills him at the end of the first chapter]]. Arnold says that he has no idea what Connor is talking about, since in this timeline he never turned coat and thus never betrayed West Point. To Xbox and PC players who didn't get those missions, it comes off as a cryptic background reference, merely something that happened off-screen.
** In the main game and some others, conversations can be overheard in towns--particularly from heralds--referring to real historical events, such as a town crier in ''Assassin's Creed III'' informing citizens of events taking place in Egypt that have no bearing on the story at all. In ''[[AssassinsCreedBrotherhood Brotherhood]]''--set in Renaissance Italy--a herald refers to the recent discovery of the New World and its native peoples.

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* Historical references abound in ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'', some of which can come off as cryptic background references. An interesting one, however, takes place in the ''AssassinsCreedIII'' ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' downloadable-content side-story "The Tyranny of King Washington." In the regular story, the PlayStation version of the game included extra missions in which Connor tries to stop Benedict Arnold from betraying West Point to the British, which were omitted from the others. In the DLC, which is set in an alternate timeline but with Connor aware of the events of the main story, he remarks that he finally got Arnold back for West Point when [[spoiler: he kills him at the end of the first chapter]]. Arnold says that he has no idea what Connor is talking about, since in this timeline he never turned coat and thus never betrayed West Point. To Xbox and PC players who didn't get those missions, it comes off as a cryptic background reference, merely something that happened off-screen.
** In the main game and some others, conversations can be overheard in towns--particularly from heralds--referring to real historical events, such as a town crier in ''Assassin's Creed III'' informing citizens of events taking place in Egypt that have no bearing on the story at all. In ''[[AssassinsCreedBrotherhood ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood Brotherhood]]''--set in Renaissance Italy--a herald refers to the recent discovery of the New World and its native peoples.
11th Mar '16 9:02:33 PM Simpson17866
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* In the DoctorWho fanfic ''{{FanFic/Gemini}},'' one of AxCrazy SerialKillerKiller Captain June Harper's [[ImprobableAimingSkills signature trick-shots]] is based on a "Taska Venkman" series of spy movies.
8th Feb '16 7:44:45 PM PaulA
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* ''TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossTheEighthDimension'' is littered with allusions to characters we never meet and adventures we never hear anything else about, [[TheArtifact artifacts left over]] from the writers' original plans for a multi-media franchise, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen which never panned out]]. A lot of the ones in the film [[AllThereInTheManual are explained in the novelization of same]], but it's been out of print for years and raises even more of its own, so...

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* ''TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossTheEighthDimension'' ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension'' is littered with allusions to characters we never meet and adventures we never hear anything else about, [[TheArtifact artifacts left over]] from the writers' original plans for a multi-media franchise, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen which never panned out]]. A lot of the ones in the film [[AllThereInTheManual are explained in the novelization of same]], but it's been out of print for years and raises even more of its own, so...
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