History Main / CrypticBackgroundReference

20th Feb '17 1:49:43 AM Doug86
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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.

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* In the DoctorWho ''Series/DoctorWho'' fanfic ''{{FanFic/Gemini}},'' ''FanFic/{{Gemini}},'' one of AxCrazy SerialKillerKiller Captain June Harper's [[ImprobableAimingSkills signature trick-shots]] is based on a "Taska Venkman" series of spy movies.
9th Feb '17 3:43:36 PM Scorntex
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** The follow-up series ''ComicBook/USAvengers'' mentions it again, with the future Captain America saying only that it was "worse" than Zero Day, when pretty much ''every'' major hero died at Thanos's hands.
18th Jan '17 5:53:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/HPLovecraft is a prime example. His stories make repeated, throwaway references to fictional books and locales, but there's little evidence that the man himself had any unified vision in mind. His pals also did the same, throwing out cryptic {{Shout Out}}s to Lovecraft and each other's works. Enticed, the readers wanted more, and piecing together such references is part of the fun of the CthulhuMythos.

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* Creator/HPLovecraft is a prime example. His stories make repeated, throwaway references to fictional books and locales, but there's little evidence that the man himself had any unified vision in mind. His pals also did the same, throwing out cryptic {{Shout Out}}s to Lovecraft and each other's works. Enticed, the readers wanted more, and piecing together such references is part of the fun of the CthulhuMythos.Franchise/CthulhuMythos.
5th Jan '17 6:28:06 AM Sharlee
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* Rollie from ''Film/FXMurderByIllusion'' regularly drops names of movies he'd worked on when he or Andy re-purpose equipment from those films to foil the opposition (e.g. "smoke pots from ''Hellraisers''").
30th Dec '16 11:27:25 AM nombretomado
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* The three-part pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' shows the Big Seven superheroes working together as a team for the first time. This was Comicbook/GreenLantern John Stewart's and Hawkgirl's first appearance in the {{DCAU}} -- and the established superheroes knew exactly who they were without any introductions, having apparently heard of their off-screen exploits or worked alongside them at some not-shown point in the past.

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* The three-part pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' shows the Big Seven superheroes working together as a team for the first time. This was Comicbook/GreenLantern John Stewart's and Hawkgirl's first appearance in the {{DCAU}} Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse -- and the established superheroes knew exactly who they were without any introductions, having apparently heard of their off-screen exploits or worked alongside them at some not-shown point in the past.
29th Dec '16 11:27:09 AM nombretomado
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** Another big DCAnimatedUniverse example - The Near Apocalypse of 2009, mentioned in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' and ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'''s Epilogue. Nothing is known about it except it was the last battle between the first Batman and Ra's al Ghul where Talia finally betrayed him for good. No other details are known about it, and so it has become a popular subject whenever fans demand more closure to the DCAU, although WordOfGod says they never really planned to cover the event in any of the animated shows, and at this point it does not seem like they ever will.

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** Another big DCAnimatedUniverse Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse example - The Near Apocalypse of 2009, mentioned in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' and ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'''s Epilogue. Nothing is known about it except it was the last battle between the first Batman and Ra's al Ghul where Talia finally betrayed him for good. No other details are known about it, and so it has become a popular subject whenever fans demand more closure to the DCAU, although WordOfGod says they never really planned to cover the event in any of the animated shows, and at this point it does not seem like they ever will.
12th Nov '16 4:39:39 PM Zubon
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* ''Literature/Worm'' has many cryptic references, some of which receive later explanations or story arcs. The Sleeper is the most prominent example that remains cryptic, an S-class threat whose presence causes ''an entire dimension'' to be written off for reasons that are so obvious to everyone that the reader gets no explanation.
30th Oct '16 3:02:46 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/MercedesLackey's ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' novels have a handy store of ancient history at which to hint. Some characters (Vanyel, Lavan Firestorm) have had their own books, but she claims "Windrider" and "Sun and Shadow" likely will not, since they work better as distant legends.

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* Creator/MercedesLackey's ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' novels have a handy store of ancient history at which to hint. Some characters (Vanyel, Lavan Firestorm) have had their own books, but she claims "Windrider" and "Sun and Shadow" likely will not, since they work better as distant legends.
29th Sep '16 1:17:12 PM FurryKef
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* Scrooge [=McDuck=] made many such references in comics by Creator/CarlBarks, which were intended as pure throwaway references to give the impression that Scrooge has lived a long, exciting life as an adventurer and businessman. Many years later, Creator/DonRosa took many of Barks's offhand references and used them as the basis of ''ComicBook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck''.
24th Sep '16 8:10:53 AM Generality
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->"''Part of the attraction of ''[The Lord of the 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 arVoe again revealed.''"

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->"''Part of the attraction of ''[The Lord of the 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 arVoe are again revealed.''"
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