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20th Jun '18 8:36:36 PM KillerClowns
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* In ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternityIIDeadfire'' Rekke is a living Cryptic Background Reference, a HiddenCharacter who is found clinging for dear life to flotsam near the endless storms east of the Deadfire and doesn't speak any language known in the region. It's strongly implied he comes from west of the storms, a place where no known explorer has ever sailed before. [[spoiler:He eventually learns enough Aedyran to confirm this and tell of further details about his homeland, Yezuha, including its enigmatic, monotheistic God, but enough of a language barrier exists that he can't fully explain the cryptic hints he gives.]]
16th Jun '18 12:55:24 AM Everdream
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** Aslan's father, the Emperor-Beyond-The-Sea is mentioned but plays no direct role in the plot.

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** Aslan's father, the Emperor-Beyond-The-Sea Emperor-Beyond-The-Sea, is mentioned but plays no direct role in the plot.plot. Presumably the reason he's there at all is because Aslan, being a [[CrystalDragonJesus Jesus-equivalent,]] needs a [[{{God}} father]] to complete the reference.
15th Jun '18 11:28:32 PM Everdream
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** Aslan's father, the Emperor-Beyond-The-Sea is mentioned but plays no direct role in the plot.
15th Jun '18 11:25:42 PM Everdream
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* C.S. Lewis's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' has a few of these. For instance, in ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'', the children meet a magician, who is later revealed to be personified star who was sent to earth as a punishment. On being asked what possible crime a star could commit, they are simply told: "it is not for you, a Son of Adam, to know what faults a star can commit." The reference gets even more cryptic when Eustace comments that in their world stars are balls of flaming gas and is told that even in our world, that is not what stars ''are'', but only what they are ''made of''.

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* C.S. Lewis's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' has a few of these. For instance, in
** Mr. Tumnus has a collection of books, one of which is ''"Is Man A Myth?"'' It serves no purpose to the story other than world building and further setting up the FaeriesDontBelieveInHumansEither trope.
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''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'', the children meet a magician, who is later revealed to be personified star who was sent to earth as a punishment. On being asked what possible crime a star could commit, they are simply told: "it is not for you, a Son of Adam, to know what faults a star can commit." The reference gets even more cryptic when Eustace comments that in their world stars are balls of flaming gas and is told that even in our world, that is not what stars ''are'', but only what they are ''made of''.
14th Jun '18 8:13:42 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/{{Daredevil|2015}}'': People in New York City only ever refer to [[Film/TheAvengers2012 the alien invasion of 2012]] as "the Incident". Lampshaded when the realtor guiding Matt and Foggy around their future office space for Nelson & Murdock brings up that their office escaped damage during the invasion:
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' The, uh, "Incident"? Is that we're calling it now?
-->'''Susan Harris:''' Well it sounds so much nicer than "death and destruction raining from the sky, nearly wiping Hell's Kitchen off the map."
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' Shorter, too.
**[[Series/JessicaJones2015 Each]] [[Series/LukeCage2016 of]] [[Series/IronFist2017 the]] [[Series/TheDefenders2017 other]] Netflix shows uses "the Incident" too when talking about the invasion, showing that it's become pretty much a citywide thing (and possibly so they can differentiate it from 9/11).
* ''Series/FargoSeasonOne'': Characters like Lou Solverson and Ben Schmidt make references to the Sioux Falls massacre of 1979, which we later see for ourselves in [[Series/FargoSeasonTwo season 2]].
3rd Jun '18 11:31:45 AM thekingofpillowland
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**Why Canberra, the capital city of Australia is covered by a giant dome has never been explained, even when many other cryptic references have been addressed via word of god.
10th May '18 9:05:42 AM AccidentalTroper
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* ''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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* ''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 novelization.]] On the other hand, the novel is written in a way to make it appear to be one episode in a much, much larger universe (that is, one is to presume that 20 or 30 other such episodes came before it), and raises even more contains a huge number of its own, so...references to "previous stories" that don't actually exist.
6th Apr '18 9:31:38 PM nombretomado
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** Originally used, then later became a subversion during the pilot of ''Beast Wars.'' Optimus Primal references "the Great War." Since this series was originally not meant to be too closely connected to the [[TheTransformers first generation]], this was more of a lore reference for longtime fans of the franchise, and this trope for everyone else. As the series went on and the creators decided to make the G1 connection more explicit, the original intent faded.

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** Originally used, then later became a subversion during the pilot of ''Beast Wars.'' Optimus Primal references "the Great War." Since this series was originally not meant to be too closely connected to the [[TheTransformers [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 first generation]], this was more of a lore reference for longtime fans of the franchise, and this trope for everyone else. As the series went on and the creators decided to make the G1 connection more explicit, the original intent faded.
21st Mar '18 6:57:56 PM LentilSandEater
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* The most recent story arc in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' has involved a lot of clarification of throwaway details like this from earlier in the series. We've finally seen Butane the planet of dragons; we've gotten a minimally technobabblish explanation of what borfomite actually does; we've seen some court intrigue in the Nemesite Empire; Fructose Riboflavin is finally looking competent enough to explain how he got his terrifying reputation; etc.

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* The most recent One story arc in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' has involved a lot of clarification of throwaway details like this from earlier in the series. We've finally seen Butane the planet of dragons; we've gotten a minimally technobabblish explanation of what borfomite actually does; we've seen some court intrigue in the Nemesite Empire; Fructose Riboflavin is finally looking competent enough to explain how he got his terrifying reputation; etc.
6th Mar '18 12:36:23 AM darkemyst
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** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100322 Sanaa's adventurous backstory]] is one of the few that is likely never going to be explained further.
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