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21st Aug '16 11:37:03 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Duckman}}'' exaggerated this for a running gag, as the titular character's super-competent sidekick, Cornfed Pig, always appeared to have expertise and an extensive background in any task at hand. The trope was subverted to an extent when it was revealed that in all of Cornfed's many adventures, he had never successfully lost his virginity, and a LampshadeHanging for Cornfed's ridiculous past was attempted, perhaps inadvertently, by showing at least three different flashback scenarios at different times in the series of how he came to be friends with Duckman.

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* ''{{Duckman}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' exaggerated this for a running gag, as the titular character's super-competent sidekick, Cornfed Pig, always appeared to have expertise and an extensive background in any task at hand. The trope was subverted to an extent when it was revealed that in all of Cornfed's many adventures, he had never successfully lost his virginity, and a LampshadeHanging for Cornfed's ridiculous past was attempted, perhaps inadvertently, by showing at least three different flashback scenarios at different times in the series of how he came to be friends with Duckman.
10th Aug '16 2:43:14 AM MrRedacto
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* On ''Series/TwinPeaks'', as Laura Palmer's past is revealed episode by episode, we learn she's been quite the busy girl. She tutored Josie Packard in English, tutored Johnny Horne, worked at the perfume counter in Horne's department store, worked as [[spoiler:a private escort and as a prostitute at One Eyed Jack's]], and also delivered food for Meals on Wheels. Still she had time to juggle two boyfriends, [[spoiler:feed her cocaine habit, and maintain two diaries (a public one and a secret one), all while dealing with major problems at home]].
21st Jul '16 12:15:23 PM Teenlyokofan7777
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** Played straighter with Aelita, who was first described as an AI before it was revealed in Season 3 she was human, and the daughter of the creator of Lyoko. Too little is known of her past to make the rare flashbacks yet contradictory, though.

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** Played straighter with Aelita, who was first described as an AI before it was revealed in Season 3 2 she was human, and the daughter of the creator of Lyoko. Too little is known of her past to make the rare flashbacks yet contradictory, though.
30th Jun '16 9:31:58 PM Jhamin
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** Al has led a storied life before becoming the main character's [[MissionControl Holographic Sidekick]]. He ran away from home to join the Circus, traveled with a Pool master, boxed semi-pro, flew for the Navy in Vietnam, was a POW, was the subject of a Pulitzer Prize photo, attended MIT, marched in the 60s, became an Astronaut, was promoted to Rear Admiral, has been married 5 times (between countless liaisons), was acquitted of murder, speaks Italian, and is a great cook.

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** Al has led a storied life before becoming the main character's [[MissionControl Holographic Sidekick]]. He ran away from home the orphanage he lived in to join the Circus, traveled with a Pool master, boxed semi-pro, flew for the Navy in the Cuban Missile Crisis and then Vietnam, was a POW, was the subject of a Pulitzer Prize photo, attended MIT, marched in the 60s, became an Astronaut, was promoted to Rear Admiral, has been married 5 times (between countless liaisons), was acquitted of murder, speaks Italian, and is a great cook.
11th Jun '16 3:49:13 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''SwordOfTruth'' series, Sister Nicci originally had little background besides being one of the Sisters of the Light and [[spoiler: secretly being aligned with the Keeper of the Underworld.]] However, starting in ''Faith of the Fallen'', her complex past is delved into during chapters from her point of view.

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* In the ''SwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, Sister Nicci originally had little background besides being one of the Sisters of the Light and [[spoiler: secretly being aligned with the Keeper of the Underworld.]] However, starting in ''Faith of the Fallen'', her complex past is delved into during chapters from her point of view.



* "Literature/TheWheelofTime". A late-arrival character Androl Genhald has had a remarkably varied past. So far as we know, he's fought in a minor rebellion, sailed two seas, been apprenticed to a leatherworker AND a wisewoman (usually reserved for women), worked as a farmer and a surveyor, and was trained as a swordsman. All of this in the thirty years before joining the Black Tower.

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* "Literature/TheWheelofTime"."Literature/TheWheelOfTime". A late-arrival character Androl Genhald has had a remarkably varied past. So far as we know, he's fought in a minor rebellion, sailed two seas, been apprenticed to a leatherworker AND a wisewoman (usually reserved for women), worked as a farmer and a surveyor, and was trained as a swordsman. All of this in the thirty years before joining the Black Tower.
29th May '16 4:41:00 AM Doug86
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* Also from the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', Nightcrawler bears mention. Not only do we learn new things about his background every other week, they blatantly contradict each other. Circus performer with freakish appearance but cheerful outlook. Check. Raised by a Roma witch Margoli Szardos. Check. Girlfriend turns out to be adopted sister and yet they still date. Um...ok. Is revealed to be a devout Catholic. Not impossible, but highly unlikely. Real mother turns out to be Mystique, who threw him over the edge of a waterfall to escape persuers. Not only does that not vibe with the earlier story of Margoli finding him with his dead mother, but she had no way of knowing his father's surname was Wagner. Oh, and his father's an ancient demon. [[FanonDiscontinuity But we don't like to talk about that.]]

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* Also from the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', ''Comicbook/XMen'', Nightcrawler bears mention. Not only do we learn new things about his background every other week, they blatantly contradict each other. Circus performer with freakish appearance but cheerful outlook. Check. Raised by a Roma witch Margoli Szardos. Check. Girlfriend turns out to be adopted sister and yet they still date. Um...ok. Is revealed to be a devout Catholic. Not impossible, but highly unlikely. Real mother turns out to be Mystique, who threw him over the edge of a waterfall to escape persuers. Not only does that not vibe with the earlier story of Margoli finding him with his dead mother, but she had no way of knowing his father's surname was Wagner. Oh, and his father's an ancient demon. [[FanonDiscontinuity But we don't like to talk about that.]]
29th May '16 4:38:55 AM Doug86
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* The most famous example of this trope is {{Wolverine}}, from ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'': He's a soldier, mutant, science experiment, ninja, assassin, SuperHero, miner, aristocrat's son, biker with amnesia.

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* The most famous example of this trope is {{Wolverine}}, Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}, from ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'': ''Comicbook/XMen'': He's a soldier, mutant, science experiment, ninja, assassin, SuperHero, miner, aristocrat's son, biker with amnesia.
28th May '16 9:39:36 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* This trope is the entire premise behind the title character of ''ThePretender''.

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* This trope is the entire premise behind the title character of ''ThePretender''.''Series/ThePretender''.
28th May '16 5:58:21 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' seems to do this with Asuna after the GenreShift made the story much more dramatic, although there are a few hints in the earlier chapters that imply it was planned all along. To wit: [[spoiler:Negi was ''not'' an IneptMage when he accidentally erased Asuna's clothes. Her AntiMagic aura screwed up the spell.]]

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* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' seems to do this with Asuna after the GenreShift made the story much more dramatic, although there are a few hints in the earlier chapters that imply it was planned all along. To wit: [[spoiler:Negi was ''not'' an IneptMage when he accidentally erased Asuna's clothes. Her AntiMagic aura screwed up the spell.]]
29th Apr '16 11:20:59 AM TheArcher
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*"Literature/TheWheelofTime". A late-arrival character Androl Genhald has had a remarkably varied past. So far as we know, he's fought in a minor rebellion, sailed two seas, been apprenticed to a leatherworker AND a wisewoman (usually reserved for women), worked as a farmer and a surveyor, and was trained as a swordsman. All of this in the thirty years before joining the Black Tower.
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