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26th Dec '16 3:19:24 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/MacGyver'' has a college degree in physics, comprehensive knowledge of mechanics, chemistry, and any other specialty required by a given plot, worked as a deck hand on a tramp steamer, was a bomb disposal expert for the Special Forces in Vietnam, was a professional racing car driver, played Olympic-calibre ice hockey but had a TragicAccident that kept him out of the Olympics, worked as an apprentice and assistant to a noted archaeologist (played by {{BRIAN BLESSED}}), trained as a pilot, worked as a backwoodsman in the Rockies, a lumberjack and a taxi driver, all before becoming a secret agent. Adding to the confusion, the first and second seasons gave two incompatible versions of his initial meeting with Pete Thornton. Furthermore, [[spoiler:[[LastEpisodeNewCharacter the final episode]] reveals he has a long-lost son.]]

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* ''Series/MacGyver'' has a college degree in physics, comprehensive knowledge of mechanics, chemistry, and any other specialty required by a given plot, worked as a deck hand on a tramp steamer, was a bomb disposal expert for the Special Forces in Vietnam, was a professional racing car driver, played Olympic-calibre ice hockey but had a TragicAccident that kept him out of the Olympics, worked as an apprentice and assistant to a noted archaeologist (played by {{BRIAN BLESSED}}), Creator/BrianBlessed), trained as a pilot, worked as a backwoodsman in the Rockies, a lumberjack and a taxi driver, all before becoming a secret agent. Adding to the confusion, the first and second seasons gave two incompatible versions of his initial meeting with Pete Thornton. Furthermore, [[spoiler:[[LastEpisodeNewCharacter the final episode]] reveals he has a long-lost son.]]
9th Dec '16 9:38:38 AM Q4
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* Nessa from the British comedy ''Series/{{Gavin and Stacey}}'' has a ridiculously impressive and convoluted past, revealed in brief reminiscences and anecdotes, although how much of this history is true is debatable - she could be making it all up for all we know. Many of the stories she recounts are of bizarre sexual liaisons with high-profile celebrities, made all the more hilarious by her dead-pan delivery of these lewd stories. Hilariously, politician John Prescott showed up at her wedding as one of her exes, meaning at least one of her stories is true.

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* Nessa from the British comedy ''Series/{{Gavin and Stacey}}'' has a ridiculously impressive and convoluted past, revealed in brief reminiscences and anecdotes, although how much of this history is true is debatable - she could be making it all up for all we know.know, though the other Barry characters will often back her up and are sometimes even involved. Many of the stories she recounts are of bizarre sexual liaisons with high-profile celebrities, made all the more hilarious by her dead-pan delivery of these lewd stories. Hilariously, politician John Prescott showed up at her wedding as one of her exes, meaning at least one of her stories is true.
5th Dec '16 1:50:17 PM timotaka
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Justified with Angel and Spike, since they are centuries-old vampires. Angelus grumbles that Angel's was mostly puppy rescues and Manilow concerts. We learn that Spike's entire persona is a fabrication by himself. "Spike" who used to go by "William the Bloody" was William Pratt, a wimpy poet who got the first nickname because of his "bloody awful poetry" and was considered the runt of his original pack when he was first turned. Later he genuinely made a name for himself as a badass by killing two slayers.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Justified with Angel and Spike, since they are centuries-old vampires. Angelus grumbles that Angel's was mostly puppy rescues and Manilow concerts. We learn that Spike's entire persona is a fabrication by himself. "Spike" who used to go by "William the Bloody" was William Pratt, a wimpy poet who got the first nickname because of his "bloody awful poetry" and was considered the runt of his original pack when he was first turned. His current name possibly originates from another critic saying his poetry is as painful as driving a railroad spike through your head. Later he genuinely made a name for himself as a badass by killing two slayers.
5th Dec '16 1:45:33 PM timotaka
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** it took years for Diabolik's past to be revealed: he was an orphan who didn't know his real name and was raised on an island of only thieves, where he learned the trade and invented LatexPerfection before having to kill his father figure King (who baptized him Diabolik, as it's the name of a panther that had nearly killed King years before) when he decided to have him tell the formula of the masks and then kill him. Then we discovered what he did between his escape from King's Island and his arrival in Clerville, explaining that he learned part of his trade and to be paranoid in another place, [[spoiler: where he also replaced Walter Dorian, a rich arts smuggler identical to Diabolik whose identity was used by our protagonist before being outed as Diabolik]]. Then we discovered what happened to him as he settled in Clerville before the series. Then we discovered what happened between the first and the story of the series. ''Then'' we discover a few facts about Diabolik's past on King's Island. And WordOfGod says there are still tales to tell about his past, including ''his real identity'' (King has hidden documents revealing it in an extremely resistant time capsule hidden somewhere);
** when she appears, Eva Kant is immediately stated to have acquired her last name by marriage to a man who died devoured by a panther (an accident, Eva explains), and that she spent most of her money to ward off blackmailers. A later story explains she married her husband because he was ''[[{{Squick}} her uncle]]'' and she wanted to take back her last name, and that she was innocent of what she had been blackmailed for. Then a later story explains exactly how all of that happened, that she had paid off the blackmailers because she had still been their accomplice (so they ''did'' have some dirt on her, only less than what they believed), and that the panther killing her husband being explained as an accident was her proving herself the greatest DeadpanSnarker of the series: [[spoiler: her husband had set the panther on her to try and kill her, but Eva set the beast on him ''by accident'']];

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** it It took years for Diabolik's past to be revealed: he was an orphan who didn't know his real name and was raised on an island of only thieves, where he learned the trade and invented LatexPerfection before having to kill his father figure King (who baptized him Diabolik, as it's the name of a panther that had nearly killed King years before) when he decided to have him tell the formula of the masks and then kill him. Then we discovered what he did between his escape from King's Island and his arrival in Clerville, explaining that he learned part of his trade and to be paranoid in another place, [[spoiler: where he also replaced Walter Dorian, a rich arts smuggler identical to Diabolik whose identity was used by our protagonist before being outed as Diabolik]]. Then we discovered what happened to him as he settled in Clerville before the series. Then we discovered what happened between the first and the story of the series. ''Then'' we discover a few facts about Diabolik's past on King's Island. And WordOfGod says there are still tales to tell about his past, including ''his real identity'' (King has hidden documents revealing it in an extremely resistant time capsule hidden somewhere);
** when When she appears, Eva Kant is immediately stated to have acquired her last name by marriage to a man who died devoured by a panther (an accident, Eva explains), and that she spent most of her money to ward off blackmailers. A later story explains she married her husband because he was ''[[{{Squick}} her uncle]]'' and she wanted to take back her last name, and that she was innocent of what she had been blackmailed for. Then a later story explains exactly how all of that happened, that she had paid off the blackmailers because she had still been their accomplice (so they ''did'' have some dirt on her, only less than what they believed), and that the panther killing her husband being explained as an accident was her proving herself the greatest DeadpanSnarker of the series: [[spoiler: her husband had set the panther on her to try and kill her, but Eva set the beast on him ''by accident'']];
6th Nov '16 10:07:58 AM nombretomado
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* This gets really excessive for the title character in the second season of ''Series/{{Angel}}''. While some of the things are understandable in that he has been a vampire for 200 years, and has had a soul for a hundred years, sometimes you wonder exactly what is consistent with his character. The best example is the fourth season, ''Orpheus'', which had a type of ItsAWonderfulLife that actually explained some of what was going through his mind.

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* This gets really excessive for the title character in the second season of ''Series/{{Angel}}''. While some of the things are understandable in that he has been a vampire for 200 years, and has had a soul for a hundred years, sometimes you wonder exactly what is consistent with his character. The best example is the fourth season, ''Orpheus'', which had a type of ItsAWonderfulLife ItsAWonderfulPlot that actually explained some of what was going through his mind.
29th Oct '16 1:41:48 PM nombretomado
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* Shiro of ''GuildWars'' literally has an expansion pack past. Introduced in ''Factions'', we learn that [[spoiler:he killed the emperor of Cantha because a fortune teller told him that the emperor would try to assassinate him.]] Nothing more is said about this in the game, and he shares the fate of every BigBad. But in the next expansion, ''Nightfall'', we learn that [[spoiler:the fortune teller was a minion of Abaddon, tricking Shiro into killing the emperor.]]

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* Shiro of ''GuildWars'' ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' literally has an expansion pack past. Introduced in ''Factions'', we learn that [[spoiler:he killed the emperor of Cantha because a fortune teller told him that the emperor would try to assassinate him.]] Nothing more is said about this in the game, and he shares the fate of every BigBad. But in the next expansion, ''Nightfall'', we learn that [[spoiler:the fortune teller was a minion of Abaddon, tricking Shiro into killing the emperor.]]
24th Oct '16 5:23:00 AM ManEFaces
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Justified with Angel and Spike, since they are centuries-old vampires. Angelus grumbles that Angel's was mostly puppy rescues and Manilow concerts. We learn that Spike's entire persona is a lie. "Spike" is really William Pratt, a wimpy poet who was considered the runt of his original pack.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Justified with Angel and Spike, since they are centuries-old vampires. Angelus grumbles that Angel's was mostly puppy rescues and Manilow concerts. We learn that Spike's entire persona is a lie. fabrication by himself. "Spike" is really who used to go by "William the Bloody" was William Pratt, a wimpy poet who got the first nickname because of his "bloody awful poetry" and was considered the runt of his original pack.pack when he was first turned. Later he genuinely made a name for himself as a badass by killing two slayers.
31st Aug '16 3:53:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* Nathan Brazil, the guardian of the Well of Souls from Creator/JackChalker's ''WellWorld'' saga. Sort of inevitable considering he's rebooted the universe (and subsequently relived the whole course of all human history) at least ''five times''. (Or so he says, he's also an UnreliableNarrator.)

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* Nathan Brazil, the guardian of the Well of Souls from Creator/JackChalker's ''WellWorld'' ''Literature/WellWorld'' saga. Sort of inevitable considering he's rebooted the universe (and subsequently relived the whole course of all human history) at least ''five times''. (Or so he says, he's also an UnreliableNarrator.)
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]].
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