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17th May '16 1:27:07 PM Dracis
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' starts out with its monsters as such. Each MonsterOfTheWeek has zero context with the story, unless Steven decides that [[FluffyTamer it's cool enough to keep around]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero juuuust long enough to blow up in his face.]] However, revelations from later episodes slowly but surely subvert the trope; the Red Eye, for instance, [[spoiler: was a probe sent by [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the Gem Homeworld]], and the Centipeetle is one of many [[spoiler: corrupted, insane Gems left behind after the Rebellion.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' starts out with its monsters as such. Each MonsterOfTheWeek has zero context with the story, unless Steven decides that [[FluffyTamer it's cool enough to keep around]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero juuuust long enough to blow up in his face.]] However, revelations from later episodes slowly but surely subvert the trope; the Red Eye, for instance, [[spoiler: was a probe sent by [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the Gem Homeworld]], Homeworld]]]], and the Centipeetle is one of many [[spoiler: corrupted, insane Gems left behind after the Rebellion.]]
17th May '16 1:23:46 PM Dracis
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* Most of the monsters of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse.'' Each MonsterOfTheWeek has zero context with the story, unless Steven decides that [[FluffyTamer it's cool enough to keep around]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero juuuust long enough to blow up in his face.]]

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* Most of the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' starts out with its monsters of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse.'' as such. Each MonsterOfTheWeek has zero context with the story, unless Steven decides that [[FluffyTamer it's cool enough to keep around]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero juuuust long enough to blow up in his face.]] However, revelations from later episodes slowly but surely subvert the trope; the Red Eye, for instance, [[spoiler: was a probe sent by [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the Gem Homeworld]], and the Centipeetle is one of many [[spoiler: corrupted, insane Gems left behind after the Rebellion.]]
16th Mar '16 8:34:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* The creators of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' promised in an interview that the end of season four would end with an intriguing CliffHanger in which a previously seen "evil" character would reappear. Most fans bet their money on Mordred. However, it turned out to be something completely random. In an early season four episode Merlin discovers a dragon's egg, hatches it, and calls the baby dragon Aithusa, said to be a symbol of the forthcoming Golden Age of Camelot. The audience was given absolutely no reason to believe that Aithusa was anything but a harmless baby dragon, who is not seen or mentioned until the end of season four, where it appears in the forest to heal an injured Morgana for no apparent reason and fly off again.

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* The creators of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' promised in an interview that the end of season four would end with an intriguing CliffHanger in which a previously seen "evil" character would reappear. Most fans bet their money on Mordred. However, it turned out to be something completely random. In an early season four episode Merlin discovers a dragon's egg, hatches it, and calls the baby dragon Aithusa, said to be a symbol of the forthcoming Golden Age of Camelot. The audience was given absolutely no reason to believe that Aithusa was anything but a harmless baby dragon, who is not seen or mentioned until the end of season four, where it appears in the forest to heal an injured Morgana for no apparent reason and fly off again.
26th Feb '16 5:17:26 AM MegaMarioMan
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* Clockwerk from the SlyCooper series. It's known that he was jealous of the Coopers for their superior thieving reputation, and that he turned himself into a robot to gain immortality so he could continue to hunt them for centuries. However, it is not known why he became a thief in the first place, nor does he have any backstory prior to becoming a thief (for example, if he had a family or a FreudianExcuse). It is also unclear how he was able to turn himself into a robot when he was born thousands of years before the concept of robotics even began, or if Clockwerk is even his real name.

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* Clockwerk from the SlyCooper ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' series. It's known that he was jealous of the Coopers for their superior thieving reputation, and that he turned himself into a robot to gain immortality so he could continue to hunt them for centuries. However, it is not known why he became a thief in the first place, nor does he have any backstory prior to becoming a thief (for example, if he had a family or a FreudianExcuse). It is also unclear how he was able to turn himself into a robot when he was born thousands of years before the concept of robotics even began, or if Clockwerk is even his real name.
14th Feb '16 4:16:02 PM MasoTey
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* ''Film/TheHitcher'': When the police arrest [[SerialKiller John Ryder]], they can't match his finger prints to any existing criminals, nobody knows anything about him, and even his name is undoubtedly an alias (in the sequel, it was stolen from one of his victims). It's as if the desert just spat out Death in human form.

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* ''Film/TheHitcher'': When the police arrest [[SerialKiller John Ryder]], they can't match his finger prints to any existing criminals, nobody knows anything about him, and even his name is undoubtedly an alias (in the sequel, remake, it was stolen from one of his victims). It's as if the desert just spat out Death in human form.
14th Feb '16 4:15:39 PM MasoTey
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* ''Film/TheHitcher'': When the police arrest [[SerialKiller John Ryder]], they can't match his finger prints to any existing criminals, nobody knows anything about him, and even his name is undoubtedly an alias. It's as if the desert just spat out Death in human form.

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* ''Film/TheHitcher'': When the police arrest [[SerialKiller John Ryder]], they can't match his finger prints to any existing criminals, nobody knows anything about him, and even his name is undoubtedly an alias.alias (in the sequel, it was stolen from one of his victims). It's as if the desert just spat out Death in human form.
20th Dec '15 4:08:29 PM nombretomado
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** ''Literature/TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth'' gives more details, with Ungoliant originally written as an EldritchAbomination 'personification of primeval night' before the world was made, and later this being changed to her being a Maia and former disciple of Morgoth who grew strong enough to equal him in his long years of imprisonment. Also, Ungoliant was originally planned to re-enter the story -- Eärendil slew her in one of his adventures on the way to Valinor. It's likely this would have ended up in ''TheSilmarillion'' if Tolkien had ever finished that part of the story.

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** ''Literature/TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth'' gives more details, with Ungoliant originally written as an EldritchAbomination 'personification of primeval night' before the world was made, and later this being changed to her being a Maia and former disciple of Morgoth who grew strong enough to equal him in his long years of imprisonment. Also, Ungoliant was originally planned to re-enter the story -- Eärendil slew her in one of his adventures on the way to Valinor. It's likely this would have ended up in ''TheSilmarillion'' ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' if Tolkien had ever finished that part of the story.
27th Nov '15 6:21:33 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilNemesis'', there's well, [[AntagonistTitle Nemesis]] itself. Its specific origins have never been explained in any canon medium, which is weird because just about every other creature Umbrella has ever thrown at Jill and the other heroes has some kind of documentation or a plot point revealing what it used to be or how it was created. The closest one there is to an explanation is that it's a Tyrant imbued with an NE-T parasite developed by Umbrella's French division. Interestingly, Nemesis does get an origin story in the related film series.


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* Bad Girl in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'', the 2nd Ranked Assassin. Most Bosses have some background, history (some tragic, making them a little sympathetic), and/or motivation explaining why they're killers, but Bad Girl has ''nothing'' but rage, hatred, and insanity. No mention of friends or family, her past, any FreudianExcuse, no motivation for what she does other than ForTheEvulz. Travis takes note of it, and it's what disgusts him about her the most.
18th Oct '15 5:40:00 PM nombretomado
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* The feral vampire hag that turned Cassidy in ''{{Preacher}}''. She appears biting his neck, gets shot by his brother, and falls back into the bog, never to be seen again.

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* The feral vampire hag that turned Cassidy in ''{{Preacher}}''.''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}''. She appears biting his neck, gets shot by his brother, and falls back into the bog, never to be seen again.
15th Oct '15 5:32:02 AM Snicka
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* In the climax of ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'', when Amos Slade and Copper pursue Tod, an enormous [[BearsAreBadNews bear]] appears out of nowhere, attacking and almost killing Slade and Copper. Tod, seeing Copper in danger, returns to fight the bear and [[SaveTheVillain save his pursuers]], and the bear gets a DisneyVillainDeath. The bear was either hungry and hunting, or, more likely, defending his territory from the intruding human and dog.
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