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8th Dec '16 5:47:30 PM raulbucktooth
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' occasionally makes reference to some war or another, usually for a quick gag. One time one is relevant to the main plot is in "Three Hundred Big Boys", where the spoils from a recently-won BugWar are spread among the populace.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode of the Krusty Krabs employment video stated that Mr. Krabs created the restaurant some time "after the war". There were also the Star Trek Wars, which resulted in the banning of Star Trek, which led into the events of Where No Fan Has Gone Before.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' occasionally makes reference to some war or another, usually for a quick gag. One time one is relevant to the main plot is in "Three Hundred Big Boys", where the spoils from a recently-won BugWar are spread among the populace.
populace. There were also the Star Trek Wars, which resulted in the banning of Star Trek, which led into the events of Where No Fan Has Gone Before.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode of the Krusty Krabs employment video stated that Mr. Krabs created the restaurant some time "after the war". There were also the Star Trek Wars, which resulted in the banning of Star Trek, which led into the events of Where No Fan Has Gone Before.
1st Dec '16 11:07:34 AM KaminoNeko
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' occasionally makes reference to some war or another, usually for a quick gag. The one time one is relevant to the main plot is in "Three Hundred Big Boys", where the spoils from a recently-won BugWar are spread among the populace.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode of the Krusty Krabs employment video stated that Mr. Krabs created the restaurant some time "after the war".

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' occasionally makes reference to some war or another, usually for a quick gag. The one One time one is relevant to the main plot is in "Three Hundred Big Boys", where the spoils from a recently-won BugWar are spread among the populace.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode of the Krusty Krabs employment video stated that Mr. Krabs created the restaurant some time "after the war". There were also the Star Trek Wars, which resulted in the banning of Star Trek, which led into the events of Where No Fan Has Gone Before.
27th Nov '16 11:06:56 AM Derkhan
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* The ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', being a ten-volume doorstopper series with a millenia-spanning backstory, also has a couple:
** The so called Jaghut War on Death is said to have happened millenia ago. The only source of information on that is an undead dragon in the [[Literature/TollTheHounds eighth book]], who claims that it happened and brought the Jaghut -- usually a solitary bunch prone to becoming hermits -- together in entire armies, as well as allies from almost every race inexistence at that time. High King Kallor, who's old enough to have seen the Jaghut in their prime, has never heard of that war and refuses to believe the dragon. The trope is, however, later averted in the prequel, ''Literature/TheKharkanasTrilogy'', where it happens onscreen, but is still in play for the main series.
** The civil war that sundered the Tiste homerealm of Kurald Galain is often references but barely ever shown, and what little information there is tends to contradict itself. All that's certain is that it destroyed Kurald Galain and caused the three Tiste peoples to evacuate into other realms, and was caused by Mother Dark turning away from her children. Again, this one is averted in the prequel trilogy, but remains in play in the main series.
** The extermination war in which the T'lan Imass decided they'd had enough of being ruled over by the Jaghut Tyrants and vowed to hunt the latter into extinction is also often referenced and important for the setting's backstory, but only bits and pieces of information are given to the reader. This one happened at least three hundred thousand years before the main story.
** Another extermination war with even less information available is that of the Forkrul Assail against the followers of the god best known as the Errant. It reduced the Errant's power drastically and himself from the local top god to skulking the shadows. And that's pretty much all that is known about it. Other than that he is still smarting tens of thousands of years later.
** The Forkrul Assail -- they love their war mongering -- invasion of the sub-continent of Kolanse is very sparsely explained, but being important to the series' backstory, it is referenced quite often once introduced. They showed up in their ships, took over, caused a famine and have been lording over Kolanse ever since. How exactly they managed to gain control over several kingdoms can only be inferred thanks to their particular style of magic.
** The various conquests of the Malazan Empire are mostly only referenced, chiefly among them the conquests of the continents of Korelri and Genabackis (only the tail-end of which is shown) and the sub-continent of Seven Cities. The latter plays the bigger role in the backstory of the series as it provides the reasons for the Whirlwind Rebellion that happens in the [[Literature/DeadhouseGates second volume]].
27th Nov '16 10:25:35 AM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/TheKharkanasTrilogy'' has a few:
** The story happens just a few years after the Forulkan War, which is often referenced but never explicitly shown. Almost all characters have in some way been influenced by it, be it through participating or losing a good chunk of their families to it, and the entire population of Kurald Galain has been decimated; some noble houses are almost gone. All that is shown for certain is that the Tiste won.
** Either parallel to or shortly after the Forulkan War, the war against the Jhelarkan happened, but even less is shown of that even though it must have happened recently enough that the Jhelarkan are still licking their wounds and have yet to deliver the promised hostages as of the start of the first volume.
** At the end of the second volume a far more ancient war is hinted at. It's supposed to have been scarily similar to the current civil war, hinting that history is repeating itself, but that's all that is said about it.
12th Nov '16 10:57:10 PM TitoMosquito
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* Venado Bay in ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} V4''. In the retroboot Legion, the backstory of the planet Durla ([Chameleon Boy's home) is the Six Minute War, the nuclear fallout from which left the planet barely habitable and is the origin of their VoluntaryShapeshifting.

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* Venado Bay in ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} V4''. In the retroboot Legion, the backstory of the planet Durla ([Chameleon (Chameleon Boy's home) is the Six Minute War, the nuclear fallout from which left the planet barely habitable and is the origin of their VoluntaryShapeshifting.
27th Oct '16 3:40:29 AM __Vano
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** Kinda adverted with ''Fallout 3'' with the "Operation Anchorage" simulation, where you (virtually) fight a small part of the war to reclaim Alaska from the Chinese before the bombs dropped, though notes around the facility record that the simulation has been repeatedly rewritten at the orders of a general, and bears less and less relation to the reality.

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** Kinda adverted with ''Fallout 3'' with the "Operation Anchorage" simulation, where you (virtually) fight a small part of the war to reclaim Alaska from the Chinese before the bombs dropped, though notes around the facility record that the simulation has been [[OrwellianEditor repeatedly rewritten at the orders of a general, general]], and bears less and less relation to the reality.
25th Oct '16 12:39:29 PM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series there have been many wars in its backstory, but only four act as direct backdrops for main quests. The first was the War of the First Council (culminating in the Battle of Red Mountain), taking place thousands of years ago, which saw the disappearance of the Dwarves and the Tribunal's (plus [[BigBad Dagoth Ur's]]) rise to divinity, setting the stage for ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]''. The second was Tiber Septim's conquest of Tamriel, aided by ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'''s giant mecha MacGuffin, Numidium, the third was the War of Betony between Daggerfall and Sentinel, which led to King Lysandus' death (and therefore his haunting of Daggerfall, which led to the main character being sent to the region to investigate...) and the fourth was the Great War (Empire versus Aldmeri Dominion), which took place between ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the aftermath of which sets up the entire civil war plotline.
** The {{backstory}} for ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' provides another example from the Elder Scrolls universe. The "War of the First Council" and "Battle of Red Mountain" thousands of years ago set the stage for the plot of the game. The devout, Daedra-worshipping Chimer and atheistic, scientific Dwemer came into conflict in the land now known as Morrowind. After years of fighting, they were [[EnemyMine forced to team up]] to drive out the invading [[ConflictKiller Nords]]. Their alliance remained under the leadership of Chimeri Lord Indoril Nerevar and Dwemer Dumac Dwarfking, known as the "first council." It was a time of great peace and prosperity for both races. However, the Dwemer DugTooDeep beneath Red Mountain and unearthed the Heart of Lorkhan, the [[GodIsDead creator god.]] Chief Tonal Architect, Lord Kagrenec, crafted tools to tap into the power of the heart, hoping to allow the Dwemer to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence transcend mortality]]. The Chimer, seeing this as a blasphemy against the real gods in the Daedra, attempted to stop the Dwemer, reigniting their war. Forces led by Nerevar and Lord Voryn Dagoth infiltrated the Dwemer Red Mountain stronghold. [[RashomonStyle Exactly what happened next is up for intense debate]], but the Dwemer disappeared from existence, Nerevar was slain, Dagoth Ur and the Tribunal used the tools on the heart to [[AGodAmI achieve godhood]], and Azura cursed the Chimer with dark skin and red eyes, transforming them into the modern Dunmer.

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series there ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'': Several significant wars have been many wars fought in its backstory, but only four act as direct backdrops for main quests. the series backstory or between installments that have shaped the game world.
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The first was the War of the First Council (culminating in the Battle of Red Mountain), taking place thousands of years ago, which saw the disappearance of the Dwarves and the Tribunal's (plus [[BigBad Dagoth Ur's]]) rise to divinity, setting the stage for ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]''. The second was Tiber Septim's conquest of Tamriel, aided by ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'''s giant mecha MacGuffin, Numidium, the third was the War of Betony between Daggerfall and Sentinel, which led to King Lysandus' death (and therefore his haunting of Daggerfall, which led to the main character being sent to the region to investigate...) and the fourth was the Great War (Empire versus Aldmeri Dominion), which took place between ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the aftermath of which sets up the entire civil war plotline.
** The {{backstory}} for ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' provides another example from the Elder Scrolls universe. The "War of
the First Council" and "Battle of Red Mountain" thousands of years ago Era set the stage for the plot of the game. all that followed. The devout, Daedra-worshipping Daedra/ancestor-worshipping Chimer and atheistic, scientific Dwemer came into conflict in the land now known as Morrowind. After years of fighting, they were [[EnemyMine forced to team up]] to drive out the invading [[ConflictKiller Nords]].Nords. Their alliance remained under the leadership of Chimeri Lord Indoril Nerevar and Dwemer Dumac Dwarfking, known as the "first council." It was a time of great peace and prosperity for both races. However, the Dwemer DugTooDeep beneath Red Mountain and unearthed the Heart of Lorkhan, the [[GodIsDead creator god.]] god]]. Chief Tonal Architect, Lord Kagrenec, crafted tools to tap into the power of the heart, hoping to allow the Dwemer to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOFExistence transcend mortality]]. The Chimer, seeing this as a blasphemy against the real their gods in the Daedra, attempted to stop the Dwemer, reigniting their war. Forces led by Nerevar and Lord Voryn Dagoth infiltrated the Dwemer Red Mountain stronghold. [[RashomonStyle [[TheRashomon Exactly what happened next is up for intense debate]], but the Dwemer disappeared from existence, Nerevar was slain, Dagoth Ur and the Tribunal used the tools on the heart to [[AGodAmI [[PhysicalGod achieve godhood]], and Azura cursed the Chimer with dark skin and red eyes, transforming them into the modern Dunmer.Dunmer. The Nord defeat in Morrowind also marked the furthest expanse of their early empire, the first empire of Men in Tamriel. Many of their conquests were thanks to their mastery of the Thu'um as a weapon of war. After that defeat, Jurgen Windcaller, one of the defeated Nord leaders, reflected on it and determined that it was a punishment from the gods for misusing the Thu'um. Thus, he created the Way of the Voice and founded the Greybeards to [[HeelFaithTurn only use the Thu'um to honor the gods]]. Afterward, it saw a drastic drop in use as a weapon of war and the Nords were never again able to reach that level as an empire. The aftereffects of this battle can still be felt in the plotlines for ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''.
** The Tiber Wars were a series of wars fought as part of Tiber Septim's campaign to conquer all of Tamriel. Septim had conquered all but Morrowind (protected by their [[PhysicalGod Physical Gods]] and the Summerset Isles (protected by their powerful magics) during the late Second Era, the only two provinces the last empire out of Cyrodiil, the Reman Dynasty, had failed to conquer. Unknown to Septim, the Dunmer demi-gods of Morrowind, known as the Tribunal, had been cut off from their divine power source by their ancient enemy, Dagoth Ur. Septim's legions easily sacked Mournhold, the capital of Morrowind. Without their gods to protect them, the rest of Morrowind would have been devastated in a protracted war with Septim's legions. Knowing this, Vivec, one of these gods, met with Septim and forged an Armistice. Morrowind would join the empire as a VoluntaryVassal, sparing his people from war. In addition, Vivec offered the Dwemer-crafted [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]] HumongousMecha - The Numidium - to Septim in exchange for special privileges for Morrowind. (Specifially, continued Great House rule, free worship of the Tribunal, and the right to continue practicing slavery which was outlawed elsewhere in the empire.) Septim then used the Numidium to [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomp]] the Altmer of the Summerset Isles (sacking their capital in less than hour), bringing them under the rule of men for the first time in history. With the unification of Tamriel, Septim began the Third Era of Tamriellic history during which the games from ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'' to ''[[TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' all take place.
** The War of Betony was fought between the Bretons of Daggerfall under King Lysandus and the Redguard of Sentinel under King Camaron over control of the strategically important island of Betony in the Iliac Bay. Both kings were slain during the war, which saw Lysandus' son lead the forces of Daggerfall to victory. Lysandus' ghost, however, returned to haunt the city of Daggerfall, which kicks off the plot to the ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]''.
** The "Great War" was fought between the forces of the Aldmeri Dominion under the leadership of the anti-human extremist Thalmor and the remnants of the Septim Empire under Emperor Titus Mede II in the Fourth Era. The Dominion's forces sacked the Imperial City, committing gruesome atrocities against the city's populace. With reinforcements from his Nord forces in Skyrim, Mede was able to recapture the city, but at great cost. Knowing that his empire was too exhausted to endure further conflict, Mede reluctantly signed the White-Gold Concordant; a treaty that, among other things, banned the worship of Talos in the Empire. This particular provision angered the Nords most of all, leading to the Civil War in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''.
16th Oct '16 8:08:41 PM MaxWest2
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* The ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' books mention the First War of the Races. It's only mentioned briefly as being a huge war where the rebel Druids and the race of Man fought the Druids and the other races (Elf, Dwarf, Gnome and Troll). Men were defeated, but the war had far-reaching consequences. However, none of the books at present actually tell the story of the war itself such as what caused it, the major battles and so on.
16th Oct '16 6:01:30 PM nombretomado
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* The ''FireEmblemElibe'' games (being the 6th and 7th titles) had a great war between humans and dragons, referred to as 'The Scouring' that occurred roughly 1000 years before the events of the games. It ended with the humans supposedly killing off the dragons, when, in actuality, the dragons, on the verge of defeat, exiled themselves to the land of Arcadia, closing the gate portal behind them.
** Most FireEmblem games have this as a part of the backstory. The Archaneia games have the first war against Medeus and the dragon-realm of Doluna, where Marth's distant ancestor won fame for sealing the dragon away. Fire Emblem 8 details an ancient war against the Demon King, where the Five Heroes and the Manaketes defeated the demons, then went on to found the current kingdoms of the realm (sans Carcino). The Tellius games give us several offscreen wars of the past, the biggest being the ancient OrderVersusChaos war between Ashera and Yune, with various factions siding with either goddess. There was also a great revolt of Laguz to liberate themselves from Begnion slavery.

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* The ''FireEmblemElibe'' ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'' games (being the 6th and 7th titles) had a great war between humans and dragons, referred to as 'The Scouring' that occurred roughly 1000 years before the events of the games. It ended with the humans supposedly killing off the dragons, when, in actuality, the dragons, on the verge of defeat, exiled themselves to the land of Arcadia, closing the gate portal behind them.
** Most FireEmblem VideoGame/FireEmblem games have this as a part of the backstory. The Archaneia games have the first war against Medeus and the dragon-realm of Doluna, where Marth's distant ancestor won fame for sealing the dragon away. Fire Emblem 8 details an ancient war against the Demon King, where the Five Heroes and the Manaketes defeated the demons, then went on to found the current kingdoms of the realm (sans Carcino). The Tellius games give us several offscreen wars of the past, the biggest being the ancient OrderVersusChaos war between Ashera and Yune, with various factions siding with either goddess. There was also a great revolt of Laguz to liberate themselves from Begnion slavery.
3rd Sep '16 5:18:38 AM 1810072342
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* ''Webcomic/TheSanityCircus'': Centuries before the plot, there was a war between humans and sorcerers (in Attley's words, 'The sorcerers invented magic and humans got huffy about that'). In the end humans won and the sorcerers were wiped out, but not before the last one created [[EldrictchAbomination the Scarecrows]].
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