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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* Historical references abound in ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'', some of which can come off as cryptic background references.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* Historical references abound in ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'', some of which can come off as cryptic background references.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...
8th Feb '16 12:28:17 AM Anddrix
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* While ''Film/JupiterAscending'' is actually pretty good at world-building with background references and a surprisingly interesting universe, one reference in particular feels cryptic. Caine, the part-dog part-human super soldier, is said to have ripped the throat out of an entitled, yet he doesn't remember the incident taking place and apparently was informed of its occurrence by his mentor, Stinger. The only indication that it actually happened is that he was court-martialed for the crime, and is no longer a skyjacker. Who the entitled was, the reasons for it occurring, and why Caine is said to have done it in a fit of rage when we never see him acting out of rage at any point in the movie, is never expanded upon.

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* While ''Film/JupiterAscending'' is actually pretty good at world-building with background references and a surprisingly interesting universe, one reference in particular feels cryptic. Caine, the part-dog part-wolf part-human super soldier, is said to have ripped the throat out of an entitled, Entitled, yet he doesn't remember the incident taking place and apparently was informed of its occurrence by his mentor, Stinger. The only indication that it actually happened is that he was court-martialed court-martialled for the crime, and is no longer a skyjacker. Who the entitled Entitled was, the reasons for it occurring, and why Caine is said to have done it in a fit of rage when we never see him acting out of rage at any point in the movie, is never expanded upon.
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