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* Happens twice in ''Film/{{Deadpool 2016}}''. The film opens with a revolving shot of Deadpool hijacking a car in the middle of a bridge. The film proceeds to show how he got there, from boarding a taxi to stopping in the bridge. After falling into a truck, it then flashbacks to much earlier, showing his SuperheroOrigin. Once we get back to the taxi, the film [[FastForwardGag fast forwards back to the truck scene]]. Deadpool [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this:
-->'''Deadpool:''' Oh wait, you've already seen this.



* The opening scene of ''Film/MeAndEarlAndTheDyingGirl'' takes place after the story, showing Greg's struggle to write down what happened. We return to the scene at the end when he finally finishes his essay and sends it off.



* ''Film/TheWomanInRed'': The film starts with Teddy in Charlotte's husband's robe out on the window ledge after he came home two days early.



* The opening scene of ''Film/MeAndEarlAndTheDyingGirl'' takes place after the story, showing Greg's struggle to write down what happened. We return to the scene at the end when he finally finishes his essay and sends it off.
* Happens twice in ''Film/{{Deadpool 2016}}''. The film opens with a revolving shot of Deadpool hijacking a car in the middle of a bridge. The film proceeds to show how he got there, from boarding a taxi to stopping in the bridge. After falling into a truck, it then flashbacks to much earlier, showing his SuperheroOrigin. Once we get back to the taxi, the film [[FastForwardGag fast forwards back to the truck scene]]. Deadpool [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this:
-->'''Deadpool:''' Oh wait, you've already seen this.
* ''Film/TheWomanInRed'': The film starts with Teddy in Charlotte's husband's robe out on the window ledge after he came home two days early.



* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' with the two-part episode "Idiots are People Two!" and "Idiots are People Three!".



* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' with the two-part episode "Idiots are People Two!" and "Idiots are People Three!".



* ''Series/{{Accused}}'': The form of every episode's plot. Often what the case is about isn't even revealed until late in.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'' did this with a whole episode in series 9, "Under the Lake', which ends with the Doctor deciding to go 150 years back in time to view the events that led to the situation he's found himself in.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' did this with a whole episode in series 9, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E3UnderTheLake "Under the Lake', Lake"]], which ends with the Doctor deciding to go 150 years back in time to view the events that led to the situation he's found himself in.



** The season one finale "Epitah One" is [[spoiler: set ten years ahead in a BadFuture where wiping has become weaponized and commonplace, all of civilization has ended, half the world has been programmed into being mindless killing machines, and oh, Topher's gone completely and [[TearJerker heartbreakingly]] insane because it's all his fault.]] Season two slowly sets the stage up for this to become a reality, with the series finale fully filling in the picture "Epitah One" sketched out.

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** The season one finale "Epitah "Epitaph One" is [[spoiler: set ten years ahead in a BadFuture where wiping has become weaponized and commonplace, all of civilization has ended, half the world has been programmed into being mindless killing machines, and oh, Topher's gone completely and [[TearJerker heartbreakingly]] insane because it's all his fault.]] Season two slowly sets the stage up for this to become a reality, with the series finale fully filling in the picture "Epitah One" sketched out.



* The pilot episode of ''Series/{{Limitless}}'' begins with Brian already fleeing his friend's murder scene while being chased by FBI agents, and follows his pursuit into the subway. It stops just before the train (almost) hits him.



* At least one episode of ''Series/MythBusters'' shows the group as they're about to launch into the final, full-scale experiment, then has one of them [[InvokedTrope say they can't start at the end]]. Most of the rest of the episode then shows how they got to that stage, with the payoff at the very end.



* ''{{Wonderfalls}}'': The episode ''Crime Dog'' starts with Jaye in jail being questioned by the police, then moves backwards to explain "how exactly that woman wound up in the trunk of (her) car." Notably, they often cut back to Jaye and her family as they are explaining the story to clarify things... and also just for comedic value.

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* ''{{Wonderfalls}}'': ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'': The episode ''Crime Dog'' starts with Jaye in jail being questioned by the police, then moves backwards to explain "how exactly that woman wound up in the trunk of (her) car." Notably, they often cut back to Jaye and her family as they are explaining the story to clarify things... and also just for comedic value.



* At least one episode of ''Series/MythBusters'' shows the group as they're about to launch into the final, full-scale experiment, then has one of them [[InvokedTrope say they can't start at the end]]. Most of the rest of the episode then shows how they got to that stage, with the payoff at the very end.
* The pilot episode of ''Series/{{Limitless}}'' begins with Brian already fleeing his friend's murder scene while being chased by FBI agents, and follows his pursuit into the subway. It stops just before the train (almost) hits him.



* ''Series/{{Accused}}'': The form of every episode's plot. Often what the case is about isn't even revealed until late in.



* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' did this rather breezily,when they fought a giant cheese monster. Coop put aerosol spray cheese into the reactor on a dare.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'', "The Most Awful Weekend", opens on Sunday with the gang sitting on a bench with lots of stains and things, and the story explains how they got them over the weekend.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'''s ''Star Trek''-themed episode, "Where No Fan Has Gone Before", parodying the [=TOS=] episode listed above.
** Also happens twice with the first episode of the [[UnCancelled 2010 season]].
* The 2003 ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' often used this device as TheTeaser.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'' parodies this in an episode. The first shot is Stroker lying on the sidewalk, bleeding out. He proceeds to tell an episode-long story of how he got there (involving ninja) and when the entire thing concludes, it turns out that he ended up on the sidewalk by [[spoiler:slipping on his son's skateboard]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' episode "Bragging Rights" starts with Yumi and Ulrich attacked by robot-spiders in the Amazonian lab, and Ulrich comments: "To think it was supposed to be a piece of cake...". Then it flashes back to the few hours before.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', in the episode "Billy and Mandy Begins". Irwin's question about how they got to be dangling over a giant serpent monster is misinterpreted as a question of how Grim ended up with Billy and Mandy. Two distorted accounts and an accurate synopsis of the pilot take up nearly the entire episode, and by the time it's clarified that the question was how they got in ''that specific situation'', everyone's eaten alive before it can be answered.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' did ''WesternAnimation/The7D'' has done this rather breezily,when they fought a giant cheese monster. Coop put aerosol spray cheese into the reactor on a dare.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'', "The Most Awful Weekend", opens on Sunday
with "Buckets" (which begins with the gang sitting on a bench with lots dwarves running out of stains a dark house in terror) and things, and the story explains how they got them over the weekend.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'''s ''Star Trek''-themed episode, "Where No Fan Has Gone Before", parodying the [=TOS=] episode listed above.
** Also happens twice with the first episode of the [[UnCancelled 2010 season]].
*
"Doing The 2003 ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' often used this device as TheTeaser.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'' parodies this in an episode. The first shot is Stroker lying on the sidewalk, bleeding out. He proceeds to tell an episode-long story of how he got there (involving ninja) and when the entire thing concludes, it turns out that he ended up on the sidewalk by [[spoiler:slipping on his son's skateboard]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' episode "Bragging Rights"
7D Dance" (which starts with Yumi Hildy and Ulrich attacked by robot-spiders in Grim about to send the Amazonian lab, 7D, Queen Delightful, Lord Starchbottom, Sir Yipsalot and Ulrich comments: Squire Peckington off into space on a rocket).
* ''WesternAnimation/AlienatorsEvolutionContinues'' has
"To think it was supposed to be a piece of cake...". Carthage Then it flashes back I Came", which begins with Lucy carrying an unconcious Wayne through the deserts of Tunisia, and then she narrates a flashback on what happened to them, Ira, Harry, and Gassie earlier that day, before returning to the few hours before.
climax.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', in the The ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Billy and Mandy Begins". Irwin's question about how they got to be dangling over a giant serpent monster is misinterpreted as a question of how Grim ended up with Billy and Mandy. Two distorted accounts and an accurate synopsis of the pilot take up nearly the entire episode, and by the time it's clarified that the question where Steve was how they got found dead in ''that specific situation'', everyone's eaten alive before it can be answered.his pool. [[spoiler: It's a look-alike.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' episode "Catalysts" opens in the middle of a battle between Spider-Man and Green Goblin in a crowded ballroom, while the rest of the episode details how they got to that point.
** Also in the episode "Subtext", though this goes back and forth between flashbacks and actual events.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' episode "Catalysts" opens in the middle of ''WesternAnimation/CampLakebottom'': In almost every episode. "Escape From Camp Lakebottom" is a battle between Spider-Man and Green Goblin in a crowded ballroom, while the rest of the episode details how they got to that point.
** Also in the episode "Subtext", though this goes back and forth between flashbacks and actual events.
notable exception.



* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SushiPack'' uses this trope to set up a [[TheRashomon Rashomon]], with two characters remembering the events of the day differently as they try to figure out how they ended up on an asteroid hurtling toward Earth.

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* One The ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' episode "Bragging Rights" starts with Yumi and Ulrich attacked by robot-spiders in the Amazonian lab, and Ulrich comments: "To think it was supposed to be a piece of cake..." Then it flashes back to the few hours before.
* Almost every
episode of ''WesternAnimation/SushiPack'' uses this trope to set up a [[TheRashomon Rashomon]], ''WesternAnimation/{{Detentionaire}}'' starts with two a scene from the climax of the episode (which ends in a {{cliffhanger}}, of course) before rewinding to explain how the characters remembering got into the events of mess.
* ''WesternAnimation/DogCity'': [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in
the day differently as they try to figure out episode, "Of Mutts and Mayors", which starts off with Ace and Rosie on the run. Ace has no idea how they ended wound up on an asteroid hurtling toward Earth.in this predicament, which prompts Eliot to explain that they would be starting off near the end, where things are really bad, and then they'd show everyone how they got there.



* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/RubyGloom'' starts with Ruby running through the house, seemingly avoiding her friends as they try to get her attention. Then, it takes us back (with a narrator reading as the words are typed on the screen) to "EARLIER THAT DOY" (the last word being a miswritten "day").
* The ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode where Steve was found dead in his pool. [[spoiler: It's a look-alike]]
* Brendon Small of ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' tried to do this with one of his films, but did it badly.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes'': The episode "The Cure" starts with Reed, Susan, Johnny and She-Hulk fighting alongside while a BroughtDownToNormal Ben Grimm watches it from home. Then it goes back to when Reed is about to try another way to turn the Thing back into Ben Grimm.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'''s ''Star Trek''-themed episode, "Where No Fan Has Gone Before", parodying the [=TOS=] episode listed above.
** Also happens twice with the
first episode of ''WesternAnimation/RubyGloom'' starts with Ruby running through the house, seemingly avoiding her friends as they try to get her attention. Then, it takes us back (with [[UnCancelled 2010 season]].
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'' has done
a narrator reading as the words are typed on the screen) to "EARLIER THAT DOY" (the last word being a miswritten "day").
* The ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode where Steve was found dead in his pool. [[spoiler: It's a look-alike]]
* Brendon Small
couple of ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' tried to do this with one of his films, but did it badly.episodes like this.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' begins with the VillainProtagonist about to fall to his death and the entire movie is a flashback of how did he end up in this situation.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' started with a half-naked Doofenshmirtz, Perry the Platypus serving as his butler, Carl in a cage dressed like a squirrell, Linda showing up to return Perry's fedora hat to Carl, and a band showing up. Rather than simply flashing back to the beginning, the episode kept flashing back to key moments of the story and then returned to present time.



* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', in the episode "Billy and Mandy Begins". Irwin's question about how they got to be dangling over a giant serpent monster is misinterpreted as a question of how Grim ended up with Billy and Mandy. Two distorted accounts and an accurate synopsis of the pilot take up nearly the entire episode, and by the time it's clarified that the question was how they got in ''that specific situation'', everyone's eaten alive before it can be answered.
* Brendon Small of ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' tried to do this with one of his films, but did it badly.



* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' did this rather breezily,when they fought a giant cheese monster. Coop put aerosol spray cheese into the reactor on a dare.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' started with a half-naked Doofenshmirtz, Perry the Platypus serving as his butler, Carl in a cage dressed like a squirrell, Linda showing up to return Perry's fedora hat to Carl, and a band showing up. Rather than simply flashing back to the beginning, the episode kept flashing back to key moments of the story and then returned to present time.
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': InUniverse, the Lighthouse Chief's screenplay features one of these. Morty calls him out on how cliché the trope is.
* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/RubyGloom'' starts with Ruby running through the house, seemingly avoiding her friends as they try to get her attention. Then, it takes us back (with a narrator reading as the words are typed on the screen) to "EARLIER THAT DOY" (the last word being a miswritten "day").



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' episode "Catalysts" opens in the middle of a battle between Spider-Man and Green Goblin in a crowded ballroom, while the rest of the episode details how they got to that point.
** Also in the episode "Subtext", though this goes back and forth between flashbacks and actual events.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Spliced}}'' had "Octocataclysm", which was an explanation of why Smarty Smarts was chasing Octocat with a laser and furiously meowing.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Spliced}}'' had "Octocataclysm", which was an explanation of why Smarty Smarts was chasing Octocat with a laser and furiously meowing.
* Almost every episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Detentionaire}}'' starts with a scene from the climax of the episode (which ends in a {{cliffhanger}}, of course) before re-winding to explain how the characters got into the mess.
* ''WesternAnimation/CampLakebottom'': In almost every episode. "Escape From Camp Lakebottom" is a notable exception.
* ''WesternAnimation/AlienatorsEvolutionContinues'' has "To Carthage Then I Came", which begins with Lucy carrying an unconcious Wayne through the deserts of Tunisia, and then she narrates a flashback on what happened to them, Ira, Harry, and Gassie earlier that day, before returning to the climax.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'' has done a couple of episodes like this.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Spliced}}'' had "Octocataclysm", which was an explanation of why Smarty Smarts was chasing Octocat with a laser and furiously meowing.
* Almost every
The ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Detentionaire}}'' starts "Cheer Up, Star" opens with Marco and Star being assaulted by a scene from the climax small army of the episode (which ends in a {{cliffhanger}}, of course) before re-winding Ludo's minions, and eventually flashes back to explain how the characters Marco got them into the this mess.
* ''WesternAnimation/CampLakebottom'': In almost every ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'' parodies this in an episode. "Escape From Camp Lakebottom" The first shot is a notable exception.
* ''WesternAnimation/AlienatorsEvolutionContinues'' has "To Carthage Then I Came", which begins with Lucy carrying an unconcious Wayne through
Stroker lying on the deserts sidewalk, bleeding out. He proceeds to tell an episode-long story of Tunisia, how he got there (involving ninja) and then she narrates a flashback on what happened to them, Ira, Harry, and Gassie earlier when the entire thing concludes, it turns out that day, before returning to he ended up on the climax.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'' has done a couple of episodes like this.
sidewalk by [[spoiler:slipping on his son's skateboard]].



* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes'': The episode "The Cure" starts with Reed, Susan, Johnny and She-Hulk fighting alongside while a BroughtDownToNormal Ben Grimm watches it from home. Then it goes back to when Reed is about to try another way to turn the Thing back into Ben Grimm.
* ''WesternAnimation/The7D'' has done this with "Buckets" (which begins with the dwarves running out of a dark house in terror) and "Doing The 7D Dance" (which starts with Hildy and Grim about to send the 7D, Queen Delightful, Lord Starchbottom, Sir Yipsalot and Squire Peckington off into space on a rocket).
* The ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode "Cheer Up, Star" opens with Marco and Star being assaulted by a small army of Ludo's minions, and eventually flashes back to how Marco got them into this mess.
* ''WesternAnimation/DogCity'': [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in the episode, "Of Mutts and Mayors", which starts off with Ace and Rosie on the run. Ace has no idea how they wound up in this predicament, which prompts Eliot to explain that they would be starting off near the end, where things are really bad, and then they'd show everyone how they got there.
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': InUniverse, the Lighthouse Chief's screenplay features one of these. Morty calls him out on how cliché the trope is.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes'': The One episode "The Cure" starts of ''WesternAnimation/SushiPack'' uses this trope to set up a [[TheRashomon Rashomon]], with Reed, Susan, Johnny and She-Hulk fighting alongside while a BroughtDownToNormal Ben Grimm watches it from home. Then it goes back to when Reed is about to two characters remembering the events of the day differently as they try another way to turn the Thing back into Ben Grimm.
* ''WesternAnimation/The7D'' has done this with "Buckets" (which begins with the dwarves running
figure out of a dark house in terror) and "Doing The 7D Dance" (which starts with Hildy and Grim about to send the 7D, Queen Delightful, Lord Starchbottom, Sir Yipsalot and Squire Peckington off into space on a rocket).
* The ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode "Cheer Up, Star" opens with Marco and Star being assaulted by a small army of Ludo's minions, and eventually flashes back to how Marco got them into this mess.
* ''WesternAnimation/DogCity'': [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in the episode, "Of Mutts and Mayors", which starts off with Ace and Rosie on the run. Ace has no idea
how they wound ended up in on an asteroid hurtling toward Earth.
* The 2003 ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' often used
this predicament, which prompts Eliot to explain that they would be starting off near the end, where things are really bad, and then they'd show everyone how they got there.
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': InUniverse, the Lighthouse Chief's screenplay features one of these. Morty calls him out on how cliché the trope is.
device as TheTeaser.


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* ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'', "The Most Awful Weekend", opens on Sunday with the gang sitting on a bench with lots of stains and things, and the story explains how they got them over the weekend.


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* ''[[VideoGame/{{Delicious}} Fabulous]]: Angela's High School Reunion'': After the end of Level 10, we build up to how and why Angela ended up in prison.
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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' you start the game in one of the last chapters of the story before jumping to the prologue. Although, unlike the other examples on this page, this was a premonition of events by one of the main characters.

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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' you start the game in one of the last chapters of the story before jumping to the prologue. Although, unlike the other examples on this page, this was a premonition of events by one of the main characters.characters [[spoiler:and presumably a future memory about how things went wrong in the BadFuture]].
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* ''Film/IWantedWings'' starts with Jeff getting a court martial hearing. The story of how he got there is told in one big flashback.
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* ''Fanfic/HardBeingPure'': The very first scene shows Noa throwing up her stomach in a bathroom stall. The following scenes jump two days back to explain how this came to be.
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* ''Film/Maverick'' opens with Bret Maverick trying to save himself from being hanged
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* ''Film/Maverick'' opens with Bret Maverick trying to save himself from being hanged
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* ''[[ComicBook/SilentHill Silent Hill: Sinner's Reward]]'' begins with Jack Stanton, a professional hit man, [[DrivenToSuicide contemplating suicide]]. The rest of the story details the plot that leads to it.
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' opens with Noctis and his friends about to do battle with a mysterious pyrokinetic entity before taking you back to the very beginning of the game. This shows up later as the penultimate boss battle.
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'' episode "Underdog Vs. Overcat" has this format.
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