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25th Jun '17 1:45:45 PM nombretomado
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* The first episode of the {{Gungrave}} anime starts off almost at the exact middle of the series chronologically, with Brandon/Beyond the Grave protecting Mika from a few zombie hoards. After that, it suddenly goes back to the beginning and [[GenreShift turns from a sci-fi action series to a mafia drama]] as it goes into Brandon and Harry's backstories and how they became a superpowered revenant and the BigBad, respectively.

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* The first episode of the {{Gungrave}} ''Anime/{{Gungrave}}'' anime starts off almost at the exact middle of the series chronologically, with Brandon/Beyond the Grave protecting Mika from a few zombie hoards. After that, it suddenly goes back to the beginning and [[GenreShift turns from a sci-fi action series to a mafia drama]] as it goes into Brandon and Harry's backstories and how they became a superpowered revenant and the BigBad, respectively.
15th Jun '17 5:19:50 PM Anddrix
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' starts with the titular GenreSavvy villain falling from a fatal height, then flashes back. ''Way'' back.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' starts with the titular GenreSavvy villain falling from a fatal height, then flashes back. ''Way'' back.
27th May '17 3:34:28 PM nombretomado
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* The US dub of the ''ViewtifulJoe'' anime began airing with episode 5, which introduced Junior. The actual first episodes were aired as a special later on.

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* The US dub of the ''ViewtifulJoe'' ''Anime/ViewtifulJoe'' anime began airing with episode 5, which introduced Junior. The actual first episodes were aired as a special later on.
24th May '17 11:09:11 PM Bakazuki
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* ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' begins when Rei is already living on his own and has already met the Kawamoto family. Every few chapters, the story alternates between the present and several flashbacks showing how he met the Kawamotos and how he got to where he is today.

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* ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' begins when Rei is already living on his own and has already met the Kawamoto family. Every few chapters, The early portion of the story alternates between the present and several flashbacks showing how he met the Kawamotos Kawamoto sisterss and how he got to where he is today.in life, before almost fully devoting itself to the present-day plot.
22nd May '17 3:16:19 PM SparkyYoungUpstart
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* ''Literature/{{Run}}'' begins with Bo getting Agnes and the two running away. It then goes back and forth between Bo narrating their escape while Agnes flashes back to the two meeting and becoming friends.
18th May '17 2:07:17 PM JamesSwann
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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' does this expertly by starting with Snow and Charming's wedding and their 28 year old daughter in the real world. While the real time stuff passes in order, the flashbacks go here there and everywhere and back again.
4th May '17 11:47:13 AM 64SuperNintendo
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14th Apr '17 12:14:13 AM caivu
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* ''ComicBook/BatwomanRebirth'' begins six weeks into Kate Kane and Julia Pennyworth's hunt for a new bioweapon and its suppliers, without first showing their initial meeting or prior missions.
30th Mar '17 8:52:18 PM PaulA
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* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', although it starts farther towards the end of the story than most. We open the day after [[TheWizardOfOz Dorothy Gale]] has just melted the Wicked Witch of the West, with all of Oz celebrating her downfall. Glinda The Good Witch of the North appears to tell them how ''horrible'' and ''evil'' she was--and then someone asks "didn't you know her once?" Thus begins the story of how the Wicked Witch--Elphaba--was born green, abused and neglected throughout her childhood, and eventually befriended G(a)linda. Turns out [[spoiler: that Glinda was only pretending to hate her to secure good PR, so she could dispose of Oz's corrupt government as the (supposedly) dead Elphaba wanted.]]
25th Mar '17 5:08:34 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Film/AngelsRevenge'': The film was recut with the first half of the raid on the processing plant as an ActionPrologue, then showing most of the first few acts as a flashback before returning to the rest of the raid. Naturally this was commented upon when the flm appeared on ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'':
-->Mike: "Now that... was a long flashback."
* ''Film/TheButterflyEffect'' begins with the main character frantically scribbling a cryptic sentence in his journal whilst wearing clothing from a mental hospital. The rest of the movie is spent catching up.
* ''Film/Deadpool2016'' starts out [[spoiler:with Deadpool's RoaringRampageOfRevenge on Ajax]] before cutting to the first "How We Got Here" sequence.
* ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind'' actually uses this trope very subtly. The beginning of the movie seems to be showing the first time that Joel and Clementine first met, and then fast forwards a few years where their relationship has actually gotten bitter and acrimonious. It turns out that they first met each other at a party, and their earlier meeting on the train was the first time they had seen each other *after* having their memories of each other erased. You could say that the story begins with the ending, but the plot actually progresses a little bit past that point.



* ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'' opens with Keaton on the deck of the ship about to blow it up. He's stopped. Soon, the police drag in Verbal to tell them [[HowWeGotHere How They Got There]].

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* ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'' ''Film/TheFountain'' constantly switches between three stories of the same protagonist taking place in the 16th century, 2005, and some time in the 2500s.
* ''Film/{{Gandhi}}'' begins with Mohandas Gandhi's assassination and funeral, then cuts to him being thrown off a train in South Africa.
* Tony Gilroy's ''Film/{{Duplicity}}'' shifts back and forth through time and ''Film/MichaelClayton''
opens with Keaton on a sequence then rewinds to four days earlier [[spoiler:and then revisits the deck opening with more information and greater context that gives it a new meaning]].
* ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'' starts out with three guys driving a car, subtitle 1970, who start to hear noises coming from the rear. Did we hit something? Flat tire? Better pull over and see. As they deal with what turns out to be coming from the trunk, Henry starts telling his story, flashing back to 1955.
* [[WhatCouldHaveBeen The original script for]] ''Film/GroundhogDay'' started out like this, but was changed to avoid LostInMediasRes.
* In ''Film/HeiseiRiderVsShowaRiderKamenRiderWarsFeaturingSuperSentai'', the movie starts with Kamen Riders Kabuto, Fourze and Gaim battling Kamen Riders Stronger, Skyrider and J. We spend the first half
of the ship movie finding out how we got here.
* ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' begins with a swordfight in New York. The first half of the movie then alternates between flashbacks to Scotland and continuing the New York story.
* The 2013 Creator/{{CBC}} movie ''Film/{{Jack|2013}}'' starts with Jack Layton in his old age at close to the time of the 2011 election, then alternates between the 2011 election campaign and various moments from Jack's past.
* ''Film/JEdgar'' begins with an elderly J. Edgar Hoover dictating his autobiography, at which point he is still head of the FBI and there are still important events going on. The film flicks between these and Hoover's stories of his life.
* ''Film/JustMarried'' starring Creator/BrittanyMurphy and Ashton Kutcher starts with the two main characters getting back from their nightmare of a honeymoon, and pushing each other around and spitting gum in one another's hair.
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'' used this a lot. It starts in the beginning on Krypton, but then shows Kal-El as an adult. Through flashbacks, we see his childhood, then his adulthood several times.
* Most movies in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse seem to be fond of this trope:
** ''Film/IronMan1'' started off with Tony Stark riding in a Humvee with soldiers, established his amiable playboy charm, and then had the caravan attacked by [[TerroristsWithoutACause the Ten Rings people]]. Flash back 36 hours, and we learn more
about to blow it up. He's stopped. Soon, him and how he got there. It's not a point in the police drag ''middle'' of the film, though, just ''near-beginning''.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' starts off with explorers finding the HYDRA bomber that Captain America crash-landed
in Verbal the Arctic, as well as his shield and ([[Film/TheAvengers2012 as it turns out]]) his frozen body. The film then begins proper after that, acting as a feature-length example of the trope.
** ''Film/{{Thor}}'' begins with Jane Foster and her crew accidentally ramming into something with their RV, which turns out
to tell them [[HowWeGotHere How They Got There]].be Thor having been banished to Earth. The next half hour or so then goes back to detail Thor's life and the events that led to his banishment.



* Creator/QuentinTarantino likes playing with the chronology of his plots, though only occasionally does he use an outright in media res plotline to its conclusion:
** ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' starts off just after a botched heist, then follows the resolution of the heist to its conclusion, with occasional flashbacks of the heist's planning to show how they got there.
** ''Film/PulpFiction'' is more properly categorized AnachronicOrder, beginning and ending somewhere in the chronological middle, and jumping around back and forth among several storylines.
** ''Film/KillBill: Volume One'' opens in media res, with The Bride killing victim number two before jumping back to explain how she got to that point; the film ends with the killing of victim number one, so it's not a straight example either.
* ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' begins with a bunch of seemingly random people shooting each other up on the subway. A well-known movie critic actually criticized the use of this trope in his review of the film, remarking that since we don't know who these people are or what their motives are, the action is disconnected and meaningless. [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Critics suffer from this issue so often it should be its own trope]].
* TheFountain constantly switches between three stories of the same protagonist taking place in the 16th century, 2005, as well as some time in the 2500's.
* Most movies in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse seem to be fond of this trope:
** ''Film/IronMan1'' started off with Tony Stark riding in a Humvee with soldiers, established his amiable playboy charm, and then had the caravan attacked by [[TerroristsWithoutACause the Ten Rings people]]. Flash back 36 hours, and we learn more about him and how he got there. It's not a point in the ''middle'' of the film, though, just ''near-beginning''.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' starts off with explorers finding the HYDRA bomber that Captain America crash-landed in the Arctic, as well as his shield and ([[Film/TheAvengers2012 as it turns out]]) his frozen body. The film then begins proper after that, acting as a feature-length example of the trope.
** ''Film/{{Thor}}'' begins with Jane Foster and her crew accidentally ramming into something with their RV, which turns out to be Thor having been banished to Earth. The next half hour or so then goes back to detail Thor's life and the events that led to his banishment.

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* Creator/QuentinTarantino likes playing ''Film/MysteryTeam'' begins with the chronology of his plots, though only occasionally does he use an outright eponymous trio in media res plotline to its conclusion:
** ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' starts off just after a botched heist, then follows
the resolution middle of the heist to its conclusion, a seemingly important investigation.
* ''Film/NationalTreasure'' began
with occasional flashbacks of the heist's planning to show characters digging up a sunken ship in Alaska without any explanation of how they got there.
** ''Film/PulpFiction'' is more properly categorized AnachronicOrder, beginning and ending somewhere in Well, we hear about the chronological middle, and jumping around back and forth among several storylines.
** ''Film/KillBill: Volume One'' opens in media res, with The Bride killing victim number two
Templar Treasure before jumping back to explain how she got to that point; that, and the film ends with the killing of victim number one, so it's not a straight example either.
* ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' begins with a bunch of seemingly random people shooting each other up on the subway. A well-known movie critic actually criticized the use of this trope in his review
JumpCut lets us know one of the film, remarking that since we don't know who these people are or what their motives are, men digging up the action ship is disconnected and meaningless. [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Critics suffer from this issue Ben, so often we might assume it should be its own trope]].
* TheFountain constantly switches between three stories of the same protagonist taking place in the 16th century, 2005, as well as some time in the 2500's.
* Most movies in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse seem to be fond of this trope:
** ''Film/IronMan1'' started off with Tony Stark riding in a Humvee with soldiers, established his amiable playboy charm, and then had the caravan attacked by [[TerroristsWithoutACause the Ten Rings people]]. Flash back 36 hours, and we learn more about him and how he got there. It's not a point in the ''middle'' of the film, though, just ''near-beginning''.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' starts off with explorers finding the HYDRA bomber that Captain America crash-landed in the Arctic, as well as his shield and ([[Film/TheAvengers2012 as it turns out]]) his frozen body. The film then begins proper after that, acting as a feature-length example of the trope.
** ''Film/{{Thor}}'' begins with Jane Foster and her crew accidentally ramming into
has something to do with their RV, which turns out to be Thor having been banished to Earth. The next half hour or so then goes back to detail Thor's life and the events treasure. But you're right- there isn't any clear connection until we see that led to his banishment."Charlotte" is the name of the ship.



* ''Film/AngelsRevenge'': The film was recut with the first half of the raid on the processing plant as an ActionPrologue, then showing most of the first few acts as a flashback before returning to the rest of the raid. Naturally this was commented upon when the flm appeared on ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'':
-->Mike: "Now that... was a long flashback."
* ''Film/NationalTreasure'' began with the characters digging up a sunken ship in Alaska without any explanation of how they got there.
** Well, we hear about the Templar Treasure before that, and the JumpCut lets us know one of the men digging up the ship is Ben, so we might assume it has something to do with the treasure. But you're right- there isn't any clear connection until we see that "Charlotte" is the name of the ship.
* ''Film/MysteryTeam'' begins with the eponymous trio in the middle of a seemingly important investigation.
* ''Film/JustMarried'' starring Creator/BrittanyMurphy and Ashton Kutcher starts with the two main characters getting back from their nightmare of a honeymoon, and pushing each other around and spitting gum in one another's hair.
* ''Film/{{Gandhi}}'' begins with Mohandas Gandhi's assassination and his funeral, then cuts to him being thrown off a train in South Africa.
* ''Film/TheButterflyEffect'' begins with the main character frantically scribbling a cryptic sentence in his journal whilst wearing clothing from a mental hospital. The rest of the movie is spent catching up.
* ''Film/ReindeerGames'' kicks off with a montage of six dead Santa Clauses [[spoiler: except at the end it turns out one's still alive]] in various locations, before flashing back to "Six Days Before."



-->Ershon: I think the best way to tell this story is by starting at the end, briefly, then going back to the beginning; then periodically returning to the end, maybe giving different characters' perspectives throughout. Just to, you know, give it a bit of dynamism . Otherwise it's just sort of a linear story (makes yawning gesture)
* ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind'' actually uses this trope very subtly. The beginning of the movie seems to be showing the first time that Joel and Clementine first met, and then fast forwards a few years where their relationship has actually gotten bitter and acrimonious. It turns out that they first met each other at a party, and their earlier meeting on the train was the first time they had seen each other *after* having their memories of each other erased. You could say that the story begins with the ending, but the plot actually progresses a little bit past that point.
* Tony Gilroy's ''Film/{{Duplicity}}'' shifts back and forth through time and ''Film/MichaelClayton'' opens with a sequence then rewinds to four days earlier [[spoiler:and then revisits the opening with more information and greater context that gives it a new meaning]].
* The 2013 Creator/{{CBC}} movie ''Film/{{Jack|2013}}'' starts with Jack Layton in his old age at close to the time of the 2011 election, then alternates between the 2011 election campaign and various moments from Jack's past.
* The narration of ''Film/UpstreamColor'' starts in the middle and jumps back and forth.

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-->Ershon: -->'''Ershon:''' I think the best way to tell this story is by starting at the end, briefly, then going back to the beginning; then periodically returning to the end, maybe giving different characters' perspectives throughout. Just to, you know, give it a bit of dynamism . Otherwise it's just sort of a linear story (makes story. ''(makes yawning gesture)
gesture)''
* ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind'' actually uses this trope very subtly. The beginning of ''Film/OutOfThePast'' picks up with the movie seems to be showing hero keeping a low profile and operating a gas station in a small California town. He tells his new girlfriend Ann the first time that Joel and Clementine first met, and part of the story (looking for Kathie, then fast forwards running away with her) in a few years where their relationship has actually gotten bitter and acrimonious. It long flashback before the story continues from present day.
* ''Film/ReindeerGames'' kicks off with a montage of six dead Santa Clauses [[spoiler: except at the end it
turns out that they first met each other at a party, and their earlier meeting on the train was the first time they had seen each other *after* having their memories of each other erased. You could say that the story begins with the ending, but the plot actually progresses a little bit past that point.
* Tony Gilroy's ''Film/{{Duplicity}}'' shifts back and forth through time and ''Film/MichaelClayton'' opens with a sequence then rewinds to four days earlier [[spoiler:and then revisits the opening with more information and greater context that gives it a new meaning]].
* The 2013 Creator/{{CBC}} movie ''Film/{{Jack|2013}}'' starts with Jack Layton
one's still alive]] in his old age at close to the time of the 2011 election, then alternates between the 2011 election campaign and various moments from Jack's past.
* The narration of ''Film/UpstreamColor'' starts in the middle and jumps
locations, before flashing back and forth.to "Six Days Before".



* ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' begins with a swordfight in New York. The first half of the movie then alternates between flashbacks to Scotland and continuing the New York story.
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'' used this a lot. It starts in the beginning on Krypton, but then shows Kal-El as an adult. Through flashbacks, we see his childhood, then his adulthood several times.
* ''Film/JEdgar'' begins with an elderly J. Edgar Hoover dictating his autobiography, at which point he is still head of the FBI and there are still important events going on. The film flicks between these and Hoover's stories of his life.
* ''Film/OutOfThePast'' picks up with the hero keeping a low profile and operating a gas station in a small California town. He tells his new girlfriend Ann the first part of the story (looking for Kathie, then running away with her) in a long flashback before the story continues from present day.
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock film ''Film/StageFright'' hits the ground running, as aspiring actress actress Eve is driving her ex-boyfriend Jonathan, who is running from the police. Jonathan then explains HowWeGotHere, with a flashback showing why he's under suspicion of murder.
* In ''Film/HeiseiRiderVsShowaRiderKamenRiderWarsFeaturingSuperSentai'', the movie starts with Kamen Riders Kabuto, Fourze and Gaim battling Kamen Riders Stronger, Skyrider and J. We spend the first half of the movie finding out how we got here.

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* ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' begins with a swordfight in New York. The first half of the movie then alternates between flashbacks to Scotland and continuing the New York story.
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'' used this a lot. It starts in the beginning on Krypton, but then shows Kal-El as an adult. Through flashbacks, we see his childhood, then his adulthood several times.
* ''Film/JEdgar'' begins with an elderly J. Edgar Hoover dictating his autobiography, at which point he is still head of the FBI and there are still important events going on. The film flicks between these and Hoover's stories of his life.
* ''Film/OutOfThePast'' picks up with the hero keeping a low profile and operating a gas station in a small California town. He tells his new girlfriend Ann the first part of the story (looking for Kathie, then running away with her) in a long flashback before the story continues from present day.
* Creator/AlfredHitchcock film
Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/StageFright'' hits the ground running, as aspiring actress actress Eve is driving her ex-boyfriend Jonathan, who is running from the police. Jonathan then explains HowWeGotHere, with a flashback showing why he's under suspicion of murder.
* In ''Film/HeiseiRiderVsShowaRiderKamenRiderWarsFeaturingSuperSentai'', Creator/QuentinTarantino likes playing with the movie chronology of his plots, though only occasionally does he use an outright in media res plotline to its conclusion:
** ''Film/ReservoirDogs''
starts with Kamen Riders Kabuto, Fourze and Gaim battling Kamen Riders Stronger, Skyrider and J. We spend off just after a botched heist, then follows the first half resolution of the movie finding out heist to its conclusion, with occasional flashbacks of the heist's planning to show how we they got here.there.
** ''Film/PulpFiction'' is more properly categorized AnachronicOrder, beginning and ending somewhere in the chronological middle, and jumping around back and forth among several storylines.
** ''Film/KillBill: Volume One'' opens in media res, with the Bride killing victim number two before jumping back to explain how she got to that point; the film ends with the killing of victim number one, so it's not a straight example either.



* [[WhatCouldHaveBeen The original script for]] ''Film/GroundhogDay'' started out like this, but was changed to avoid LostInMediasRes.
* ''Film/Deadpool2016'' starts out [[spoiler:with Deadpool's RoaringRampageOfRevenge on Ajax]] before cutting to the first "How We Got Here" sequence.
* ''Film/GoodFellas'' starts out with three guys driving a car, subtitle 1970, who start to hear noises coming from the rear. Did we hit something? Flat tire? Better pull over and see. As they deal with what turns out to be coming from the trunk, Henry starts telling his story, flashing back to 1955.

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* [[WhatCouldHaveBeen ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' begins with a bunch of seemingly random people shooting each other up on the subway. A well-known movie critic actually criticized the use of this trope in his review of the film, remarking that since we don't know who these people are or what their motives are, the action is disconnected and meaningless. [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Critics suffer from this issue so often it should be its own trope]].
*
The original script for]] ''Film/GroundhogDay'' started out like this, but was changed to avoid LostInMediasRes.
* ''Film/Deadpool2016''
narration of ''Film/UpstreamColor'' starts out [[spoiler:with Deadpool's RoaringRampageOfRevenge on Ajax]] before cutting to in the first "How We Got Here" sequence.
middle and jumps back and forth.
* ''Film/GoodFellas'' starts out ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'' opens with three guys driving a car, subtitle 1970, who start to hear noises coming from Keaton on the rear. Did we hit something? Flat tire? Better pull over and see. As they deal with what turns out to be coming from deck of the trunk, Henry starts telling his story, flashing back ship about to 1955. blow it up. He's stopped. Soon, the police drag in Verbal to tell them [[HowWeGotHere How They Got There]].



** The season 2 premiere does this as well beginning with Chloe and June at James' VikingFuneral after June's [[PreviouslyOn "The Story So Far"]]. [[spoiler: It turns out this was just a funeral for James' ''Dawsons Creek'' past.]]

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** The season 2 premiere does this as well beginning with Chloe and June at James' VikingFuneral after June's [[PreviouslyOn "The Story So Far"]]. [[spoiler: It turns out this was just a funeral for James' ''Dawsons ''Dawson's Creek'' past.]]






* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0551.html This strip]] of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. Additionally, the comic series itself started ''In Medias Res''.
-->'''Elan:''' Awww, man! I hate it when a scene begins "in medias res"! I never know what's going on until like two strips later!
* Played with in ''Dinosaur Comics'' "[[http://www.qwantz.com/archive/001279.html Literary Technique Comics: In Medias Res]]", where T-Rex explains the trope, but we only see the very end of the explanation.
* ''Webcomic/TheOverture'' starts in the middle of the story when Richard has already been enslaved by Sophie. It is only after seeing his hopeless situation that the series jumps back to the beginning.
* Of the currently existent ''Anges Quill'' stories, all but ''one'' use this, starting in the middle of the action late in one case, before wrapping it up and segueing to the one that will be the primary focus of the story. And the overall story ''also'' starts [[OneWePreparedEarlier in medias res]], with Agnes already fairly well-established in her new career -- the most important points of how she got there were covered in the Cast page, and further expanded on in [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental materials included in the book collection]].
* In ''Erfworld'', we join the story only after the Plaid have lost 10 out of their 11 cites, and there is a slight subversion [[spoiler:the very first panel of the very first page shows Erfworld ''being created''.]] You really can't start a story much earlier then that.
* In ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'', after a brief diversion from the main story, the reader sees Quentyn in a predicament with no explanation as to what's going on. The author writes "Um, hold on, maybe I should start at the beginning...", and the next strip begins a few days before.
* Most strips of ''Webcomic/BobTheAngryFlower'' are like this.
** This is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic!'' in [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/1102.html its BTAF parody strip]].

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* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0551.html This strip]] of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. Additionally, the comic series itself started ''In Medias Res''.
-->'''Elan:''' Awww, man! I hate it when a scene begins "in medias res"! I never know what's going on until like two strips later!
* Played with in ''Dinosaur Comics'' "[[http://www.qwantz.com/archive/001279.html Literary Technique Comics: In Medias Res]]", where T-Rex explains the trope, but we only see the very end of the explanation.
* ''Webcomic/TheOverture'' starts in the middle of the story when Richard has already been enslaved by Sophie. It is only after seeing his hopeless situation that the series jumps back to the beginning.
* Of the currently existent ''Anges Quill'' ''Webcomic/AgnesQuill'' stories, all but ''one'' use this, starting in the middle of the action late in one case, before wrapping it up and segueing to the one that will be the primary focus of the story. And the overall story ''also'' starts [[OneWePreparedEarlier in medias res]], with Agnes already fairly well-established in her new career -- the most important points of how she got there were covered in the Cast page, and further expanded on in [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental materials included in the book collection]].
* In ''Erfworld'', we join the story only after the Plaid have lost 10 out of their 11 cites, and there is a slight subversion [[spoiler:the very first panel of the very first page shows Erfworld ''being created''.]] You really can't start a story much earlier then that.
* In ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'', after a brief diversion from the main story, the reader sees Quentyn in a predicament with no explanation as to what's going on. The author writes "Um, hold on, maybe I should start at the beginning...", and the next strip begins a few days before.
* Most strips of ''Webcomic/BobTheAngryFlower'' are like this.
** This is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic!'' in [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/1102.html its BTAF parody strip]].
collection]].



* Used in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20060817.html this]] ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' plot arc. Also [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2011-12-19 This strip]]
--> '''Kevin:''' As long as it's not in medias Res. That would be really annoying.



%%* [[http://xkcd.com/254/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strip is ''entirely'' In Medias Res.
* ''{{Webcomic/Girly}}'' [[http://girlyyy.com/go/504 Part 4 starts]] in Media Res, with the protagonists trapped in an alien-looking landscape.
* Although ''Webcomic/NextTownOver'' starts off with a brief flashback and features snippets of flashbacks every so often later on, readers only get a concrete plot In Medias Res with Vane Black hunting down John Henry Hunter for reasons only vaguely hinted at.

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%%* [[http://xkcd.com/254/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strip * Most strips of ''Webcomic/BobTheAngryFlower'' are like this.
** This
is ''entirely'' In Medias Res.
* ''{{Webcomic/Girly}}'' [[http://girlyyy.com/go/504 Part 4 starts]]
[[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic!'' in Media Res, with the protagonists trapped in an alien-looking landscape.
* Although ''Webcomic/NextTownOver'' starts off with a brief flashback and features snippets of flashbacks every so often later on, readers only get a concrete plot In Medias Res with Vane Black hunting down John Henry Hunter for reasons only vaguely hinted at.
[[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/1102.html its BTAF parody strip]].



* Played with in ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' "[[http://www.qwantz.com/archive/001279.html Literary Technique Comics: In Medias Res]]", where T-Rex explains the trope, but we only see the very end of the explanation.
* In ''Erfworld'', we join the story only after the Plaid have lost 10 out of their 11 cites, and there is a slight subversion [[spoiler:the very first panel of the very first page shows Erfworld ''being created''.]] You really can't start a story much earlier then that.
* ''{{Webcomic/Girly}}'' [[http://girlyyy.com/go/504 Part 4 starts]] in Media Res, with the protagonists trapped in an alien-looking landscape.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'':
** Chapter 7, [[Recap/GunnerkriggCourtChapter7OfNewAndOld "Of New and Old"]], starts off with Annie on the bridge, thinking she shouldn't be there, then goes back to that morning, before showing why she's on the bridge.
** Chapter 44, "Crash Course", starts off with Annie and Smitty running from the forest in a hurry, before cutting back and showing what happened to cause it.
* Although ''Webcomic/NextTownOver'' starts off with a brief flashback and features snippets of flashbacks every so often later on, readers only get a concrete plot In Medias Res with Vane Black hunting down John Henry Hunter for reasons only vaguely hinted at.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0551.html This strip]] of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. Additionally, the comic series itself started ''In Medias Res''.
-->'''Elan:''' Awww, man! I hate it when a scene begins "in medias res"! I never know what's going on until like two strips later!
* ''Webcomic/TheOverture'' starts in the middle of the story when Richard has already been enslaved by Sophie. It is only after seeing his hopeless situation that the series jumps back to the beginning.



* Used in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20060817.html this]] ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' plot arc. Also [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2011-12-19 this strip]]:
--> '''Kevin:''' As long as it's not in medias Res. That would be really annoying.
* In ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'', after a brief diversion from the main story, the reader sees Quentyn in a predicament with no explanation as to what's going on. The author writes "Um, hold on, maybe I should start at the beginning...", and the next strip begins a few days before.
* [[http://xkcd.com/254/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' strip is ''entirely'' In Medias Res. It's presented as the single panel of a comic that Randall Munroe drew before he went missing, consisting of a piece of an adventure where Janeane Garofalo is riding a motorcycle on a space station falling through the atmosphere, while a volcano looms, and she only has enough darts in her tranquillizer pistol for one tyrannosaur. No further context is given.



* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'': Many episodes begin in the middle of the action on Lyoko. This strongly implies that not all of XANA's attacks are shown, several happening off-screen. There is even one HowWeGotHere in "Bragging Rights". The show itself starts without a {{Pilot}} or {{Premiere}} episode; there was no explanation of how Team Lyoko discovered the Supercomputer, programmed their virtual avatar appearances and abilities, or came to meet Aelita, until a two-part prequel in Season 3.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure Magical Mystery Cure]]" plays like this. The ponies all start with their cutie marks already switched and Twilight has to do some investigating before knowing how they got switched.
* For its first five seasons, the traditional episode of the second ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' series began like this, showing events from later in the episode alongside a narration explaining the character's thoughts on the situation.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''
* Many cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'' (which [[ExpositoryThemeTune use the title sequence to explain the premise]] of the show). ''Thornberrys'' did have a sort of belated WelcomeEpisode with "Gift of Gab", explaining how Eliza got said gift. As did ''Danny Phantom'' with the episode "Memory Blank".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cro}}'' had an interesting hybrid for its premiere: the FramingDevice, a mammoth talking about the good old days before he was frozen, was of the OneWePreparedEarlier type, while the main story started with the WelcomeEpisode type with Cro meeting up with the mammoths for the first time.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' began this way, a surprising rarity for a superhero series. We didn't see a "proper" origin until the ''fifth'' season.

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'': Many A few ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episodes begin with Finn and Jake in the middle of some adventure of theirs, most notably the action on Lyoko. This strongly implies that not all of XANA's attacks are shown, several happening off-screen. There is even one HowWeGotHere in "Bragging Rights". The show itself starts without a {{Pilot}} or {{Premiere}} episode; there was no explanation of how Team Lyoko discovered the Supercomputer, programmed their virtual avatar appearances and abilities, or came to meet Aelita, until a two-part prequel in Season 3.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
season 3 episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure Magical Mystery Cure]]" plays like this. The ponies all start "From Bad To Worse" which opens with their cutie marks already switched them, Lady Rainicorn and Twilight has to do some investigating before knowing how they got switched.
* For its first five seasons, the traditional episode of the second ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' series began like this, showing events
Lumpy Space Princess escaping from later in the episode alongside [[ZombieApocalypse a narration explaining the character's thoughts on the situation.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''
* Many cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'' (which [[ExpositoryThemeTune use the title sequence to explain the premise]]
horde of the show). ''Thornberrys'' did have a sort of belated WelcomeEpisode with "Gift of Gab", explaining how Eliza got said gift. As did ''Danny Phantom'' with the episode "Memory Blank".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cro}}'' had an interesting hybrid for its premiere: the FramingDevice, a mammoth talking about the good old days before he was frozen, was of the OneWePreparedEarlier type, while the main story started with the WelcomeEpisode type with Cro meeting up with the mammoths for the first time.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' began this way, a surprising rarity for a superhero series. We didn't see a "proper" origin until the ''fifth'' season.
zombified candy people]]. From there, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well...]]



* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' began similarly. Interestingly, the first appearance of Batman in Detective Comics also had the character introduced fully-fledged without backstory. Notably, Batman's origin (i.e., his parents getting killed) wasn't given any direct screen time until the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything", though episodes of the Animated Series (e.g. "The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne") and ''[[TheMovie Mask of the Phantasm]]'' regularly hinted at it.
** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' itself also qualifies. Aside from Superman, who had an origin story built into ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', and the ComicBook/MartianManhunter, whose origin is worked into the plot of the first episode, the cast is introduced without backstory and they already know each other (except ComicBook/WonderWoman). Several episodes within the DCAU have this as well: In Batman's "Dreams in Darkness," we open with Batman suddenly being locked up in Arkham Asylum while "Over the Edge" began with Commissioner Gordon storming the Batcave with Batman and Robin on the run and their identities compromised. Superman had "The Late Mr. Kent", which began with people attending Clark Kent's funeral and its GrandFinale "Legacy" opened with Superman already a BrainwashedAndCrazy minion of Darkseid's.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' does this regularly. Though the original pilot did feature an opening scene of the family eating breakfast where we get a feel for all their personalities. This was toned down when the episode was turned into the first season finale. In terms of actual ''stories'' where this applies, there's "The Telltale Head" which begins with Bart and Homer walking down the street with the head of the statue of Jebediah Springfield, before an angry mob chases them. Cue episode-length flashback.

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' began similarly. Interestingly, the first appearance of Batman in Detective Comics also had the character introduced fully-fledged without backstory. Notably, Batman's origin (i.e., his parents getting killed) wasn't given any direct screen time until the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything", though episodes of the Animated Series (e.g. %%* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' used this to kick off "The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne") and ''[[TheMovie Mask of Runaway".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' begins by skipping over
the Phantasm]]'' regularly hinted at it.
** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' itself also qualifies. Aside from Superman, who had an
origin story built into ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', stories of ComicBook/IronMan, the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, ComicBook/AntMan, and ComicBook/TheWasp, as well as the stories of how ComicBook/TheMightyThor and ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} became crimefighters. WordOfGod says the writers assumed that viewers would already know Iron Man's and the ComicBook/MartianManhunter, Hulk's origins from their respective movies, that Thor's heroic training didn't seem as important to depict as his arrogance and leave from Asgard did, and that detailing how Ant-Man and Wasp got their powers so early on in the series would leave the two of them with less time to impress viewers who never read their comics.
** Comicbook/CaptainAmerica's introductory episode begins after he became an American icon. However, it does open with a newsreel recounting his origin story, for the convenience of viewers who did not know it.
** This trope is averted for ComicBook/BlackPanther and Comicbook/MsMarvel,
whose origin is worked into the plot of the first episode, the cast is introduced without backstory and they already know each other (except ComicBook/WonderWoman). Several episodes within the DCAU have this as well: In Batman's "Dreams in Darkness," we open with Batman suddenly being locked up in Arkham Asylum while "Over the Edge" began with Commissioner Gordon storming the Batcave with Batman and Robin on the run and their identities compromised. Superman had "The Late Mr. Kent", which began with people attending Clark Kent's funeral and its GrandFinale "Legacy" opened with Superman already a BrainwashedAndCrazy minion of Darkseid's.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' does this regularly. Though the original pilot did feature an opening scene of the family eating breakfast where we get a feel for all their personalities. This was toned down when the episode was turned into
stories occur during the first season finale. In terms instead of actual ''stories'' where this applies, there's "The Telltale Head" which begins with Bart and Homer walking down the street with the head of the statue of Jebediah Springfield, before an angry mob chases them. Cue episode-length flashback.it, and ComicBook/TheVision, whose birth occurs during season two.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' began with Batman having already been active for years, which makes sense since by now, you'd have to be living under a rock to not know his origin story. This was especially helpful in introducing the younger, more diverse crop of [[AffirmativeActionLegacy legacy heroes]], since this meant the writers could start with Jaime Reyes as the ComicBook/BlueBeetle and Ryan Choi as ComicBook/TheAtom without having to worry too much about their predecessors (though the prior Blue Beetle and Atom were eventually explained via [[{{Flashback}} Flashbacks]]).



* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' had a "proper" origin episode, but there was a special preview episode on Kid's WB before it debuted on Cartoon Network; it would later air as the fourth episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', although the short that creator Craig [=McCracken=] initially submitted to Creator/CartoonNetwork was an origin story that wasn't used due to an inappropriate title ("The Whoop-Ass Girls") and was pretty much the same as the opening. While the opening sequence does introduce the characters quickly, a real origin story doesn't occur until TheMovie.
** This also happens with the episode "Him Diddle Riddle", as the Girls are already in the middle of solving Him's series of trials.
%%* ''[[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM Sonic the Hedgehog]]''
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'':
** ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' started out just assuming that everyone knew who Spider-Man was and his backstory. Later we did get a couple things about his past fleshed out, but it wasn't until the third season that we actually saw the entire story of how he got his powers and decided to become a hero.
** The 1967 ''[[WesternAnimation/SpiderMan1967 Spider-Man]]'' cartoon began similarly. The second season premiere, on the other hand, specifically kicked off with "The Origin of Spider-Man".
** ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends'' went a full season without origins for the titular trio, either individually or as a group; their personal origins were the focus of the three-episode second season, and "The Origin of the Spider-Friends" appeared midway through season three.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderman'' saved its origin episode for the second-to-last episode of the first season.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''
* ''WesternAnimation/RubyGloom''. Especially noteworthy: Most of the story is told in flashback, and it involves three characters thinking that Ruby is moving out of the house and two others thinking that she's ''dying''. One heck of a first episode for any show!
* The "US Acres" shorts in ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' begun with all the main players already in their place. While a few episodes showed Orson's life on his old home farm, there's no episode explaining how he came to live in his new home. Likewise, Booker and Sheldon got their origin story made into an episode, but no episode explaining how Orson and friends met Bo and Lanolin was produced.
* The first two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'' cut straight to the action. It isn't until the introduction of Dark Kat in episode 3 that we learn about the history of the two vigilantes through flashback.



%%* ''[[WesternAnimation/YogiBear Yo Yogi!]]'' had its origin episode aired as #12.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' used this to kick off "The Runaway".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' opens with Wheeljack and Bumblebee collecting the last few energy sources on their planet, fighting Starscream, and then the Autobots' and Decepticons' voyage to Earth. It took many episodes until some of the backstory was explained.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension'' begins with Phineas, Ferb and Doctor Doofenzmirtz (characters who normally ''never'' meet) in chains and about to be killed, while Phineas remarks that he's "having trouble putting a positive spin on this". Then they cut back to earlier that day, explaining how the boys and Doof happened to meet, and the wacky hijinks, emotional upheaval and bad-ass fight sequences that ensued. Once they finally catch up to the start, [[NoFourthWall Phineas just fast forwards through his dialog]] while Ferb notices a sense of deja vu. Also kicks off the episode "Remains of the Platypus"; you'll definitely want to work out how we got to Karl-The-Squirrel-Man, Perry the Butler, Doofenshmirtz partying in his underwear, and the dancing Royal guards.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' begins by skipping over the origin stories of ComicBook/IronMan, the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, ComicBook/AntMan, and ComicBook/TheWasp, as well as the stories of how ComicBook/TheMightyThor and ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} became crimefighters. WordOfGod says the writers assumed that viewers would already know Iron Man's and the Hulk's origins from their respective movies, that Thor's heroic training didn't seem as important to depict as his arrogance and leave from Asgard did, and that detailing how Ant-Man and Wasp got their powers so early on in the series would leave the two of them with less time to impress viewers who never read their comics.
** Comicbook/CaptainAmerica's introductory episode begins after he became an American icon. However, it does open with a newsreel recounting his origin story, for the convenience of viewers who did not know it.
** This trope is averted for ComicBook/BlackPanther and Comicbook/MsMarvel, whose origin stories occur during the first season instead of before it, and ComicBook/TheVision, whose birth occurs during season two.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/HulkVs Hulk vs. Wolverine]]'' begins with {{Wolverine}} waking up after getting punched by the Hulk. The short then shows a lengthy flashback of Wolverine getting sent on a mission by Department H to hunt the Hulk, encountering Bruce Banner while searching, and causing Banner to HulkOut.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' began with Batman having already been active for years, which makes sense since by now, you'd have to be living under a rock to not know his origin story. This was especially helpful in introducing the younger, more diverse crop of [[AffirmativeActionLegacy legacy heroes]], since this meant the writers could start with Jaime Reyes as the ComicBook/BlueBeetle and Ryan Choi as ComicBook/TheAtom without having to worry too much about their predecessors (though the prior Blue Beetle and Atom were eventually explained via [[{{Flashback}} Flashbacks]]).
* The ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' episode "The Day The Earth Didn't Move Around Very Much" has Johnny in court explaining in flashbacks why he behaved the way he did with everyone seemingly frozen in time but him.
* A few ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episodes begin with Finn and Jake in the middle of some adventure of theirs, most notably the season 3 episode "From Bad To Worse" which opens with them, Lady Rainicorn and Lumpy Space Princess escaping from [[ZombieApocalypse a horde of zombified candy people]]. From there, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well...]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'': "The Soft Touchables" starts with Fred and Barney already running a detective agency.

to:

%%* ''[[WesternAnimation/YogiBear Yo Yogi!]]'' had its origin episode aired as #12.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' used this to kick off "The Runaway".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' opens with Wheeljack and Bumblebee collecting the last few energy sources on their planet, fighting Starscream, and then the Autobots' and Decepticons' voyage to Earth. It took many episodes until some of the backstory was explained.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension'' begins with Phineas, Ferb and Doctor Doofenzmirtz (characters who normally ''never'' meet) in chains and about to be killed, while Phineas remarks that he's "having trouble putting a positive spin on this". Then they cut back to earlier that day, explaining how the boys and Doof happened to meet, and the wacky hijinks, emotional upheaval and bad-ass fight sequences that ensued. Once they finally catch up to the start, [[NoFourthWall Phineas just fast forwards through his dialog]] while Ferb notices a sense of deja vu. Also kicks off the episode "Remains of the Platypus"; you'll definitely want to work out how we got to Karl-The-Squirrel-Man, Perry the Butler, Doofenshmirtz partying in his underwear, and the dancing Royal guards.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' begins by skipping over the origin stories of ComicBook/IronMan, the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk, ComicBook/AntMan, and ComicBook/TheWasp, as well as the stories of how ComicBook/TheMightyThor and ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} became crimefighters. WordOfGod says the writers assumed that viewers would already know Iron Man's and the Hulk's origins from their respective movies, that Thor's heroic training didn't seem as important to depict as his arrogance and leave from Asgard did, and that detailing how Ant-Man and Wasp got their powers so early on in the series would leave the two of them with less time to impress viewers who never read their comics.
** Comicbook/CaptainAmerica's introductory episode begins after he became an American icon. However, it does open with a newsreel recounting his origin story, for the convenience of viewers who did not know it.
** This trope is averted for ComicBook/BlackPanther and Comicbook/MsMarvel, whose origin stories occur during the first season instead of before it, and ComicBook/TheVision, whose birth occurs during season two.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/HulkVs Hulk vs. Wolverine]]'' begins with {{Wolverine}} waking up after getting punched by the Hulk. The short then shows a lengthy flashback of Wolverine getting sent on a mission by Department H to hunt the Hulk, encountering Bruce Banner while searching, and causing Banner to HulkOut.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' began with Batman having already been active for years, which makes sense since by now, you'd have to be living under a rock to not know his origin story. This was especially helpful in introducing the younger, more diverse crop of [[AffirmativeActionLegacy legacy heroes]], since this meant the writers could start with Jaime Reyes as the ComicBook/BlueBeetle and Ryan Choi as ComicBook/TheAtom without having to worry too much about their predecessors (though the prior Blue Beetle and Atom were eventually explained via [[{{Flashback}} Flashbacks]]).
* The ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' episode "The Day The Earth Didn't Move Around Very Much" has Johnny in court explaining in flashbacks why he behaved the way he did with everyone seemingly frozen in time but him.
* A few ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''
''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'': Many episodes begin with Finn and Jake in the middle of some adventure of theirs, most notably the season 3 action on Lyoko. This strongly implies that not all of XANA's attacks are shown, several happening off-screen. There is even one HowWeGotHere in "Bragging Rights". The show itself starts without a {{Pilot}} or {{Premiere}} episode; there was no explanation of how Team Lyoko discovered the Supercomputer, programmed their virtual avatar appearances and abilities, or came to meet Aelita, until a two-part prequel in Season 3.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cro}}'' had an interesting hybrid for its premiere: the FramingDevice, a mammoth talking about the good old days before he was frozen, was of the OneWePreparedEarlier type, while the main story started with the WelcomeEpisode type with Cro meeting up with the mammoths for the first time.
* Many cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'' (which [[ExpositoryThemeTune use the title sequence to explain the premise]] of the show). ''Thornberrys'' did have a sort of belated WelcomeEpisode with "Gift of Gab", explaining how Eliza got said gift. As did ''Danny Phantom'' with the
episode "From Bad To Worse" which opens with them, Lady Rainicorn and Lumpy Space Princess escaping from [[ZombieApocalypse a horde "Memory Blank".
* Franchise/{{DCAU}}:
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' began similarly. Interestingly, the first appearance
of zombified candy people]]. From there, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well...]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'':
Batman in Detective Comics also had the character introduced fully-fledged without backstory. Notably, Batman's origin (i.e., his parents getting killed) wasn't given any direct screen time until the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything", though episodes of the Animated Series (e.g. "The Soft Touchables" starts with Fred Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne") and Barney ''[[TheMovie Mask of the Phantasm]]'' regularly hinted at it.
** ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' itself also qualifies. Aside from Superman, who had an origin story built into ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', and the ComicBook/MartianManhunter, whose origin is worked into the plot of the first episode, the cast is introduced without backstory and they
already running know each other (except ComicBook/WonderWoman). Several episodes within the DCAU have this as well: In Batman's "Dreams in Darkness," we open with Batman suddenly being locked up in Arkham Asylum while "Over the Edge" began with Commissioner Gordon storming the Batcave with Batman and Robin on the run and their identities compromised. Superman had "The Late Mr. Kent", which began with people attending Clark Kent's funeral and its GrandFinale "Legacy" opened with Superman already a detective agency.BrainwashedAndCrazy minion of Darkseid's.



* The ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' episode "Exit 9B" starts with the park already destroyed and everyone other than Mordecai and Rigby brainwashed.

to:

* The ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' episode "Exit 9B" ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'': "The Soft Touchables" starts with the park Fred and Barney already destroyed running a detective agency.
* The "US Acres" shorts in ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' begun with all the main players already in their place. While a few episodes showed Orson's life on his old home farm, there's no episode explaining how he came to live in his new home. Likewise, Booker
and everyone other than Mordecai Sheldon got their origin story made into an episode, but no episode explaining how Orson and Rigby brainwashed.friends met Bo and Lanolin was produced.



* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' begins with [[FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling Wirt and Greg]] wandering around in a forest, with Wirt suddenly questioning what they're doing there and how they're supposed to get home. It becomes clear that they're [[TrappedInAnotherWorld from a more modern, normal world]] despite their odd outfits, and Wirt alludes to events that happened just before they came to Unknown, but it's only in the ninth and penultimate episode that we get a WholeEpisodeFlashback about what happened. (Which reveals, most notably, that [[spoiler:they were drowning in a river]] just before finding themselves in the forest.)



* ''[[WesternAnimation/HulkVs Hulk vs. Wolverine]]'' begins with {{Wolverine}} waking up after getting punched by the Hulk. The short then shows a lengthy flashback of Wolverine getting sent on a mission by Department H to hunt the Hulk, encountering Bruce Banner while searching, and causing Banner to HulkOut.
* The ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' episode "The Day The Earth Didn't Move Around Very Much" has Johnny in court explaining in flashbacks why he behaved the way he did with everyone seemingly frozen in time but him.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure Magical Mystery Cure]]" plays like this. The ponies all start with their cutie marks already switched and Twilight has to do some investigating before knowing how they got switched.
* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' begins with [[FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling Wirt and Greg]] wandering around in a forest, with Wirt suddenly questioning what they're doing there and how they're supposed to get home. It becomes clear that they're [[TrappedInAnotherWorld from a more modern, normal world]] despite their odd outfits, and Wirt alludes to events that happened just before they came to Unknown, but it's only in the ninth and penultimate episode that we get a WholeEpisodeFlashback about what happened. (Which reveals, most notably, that [[spoiler:they were drowning in a river]] just before finding themselves in the forest.)
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension'' begins with Phineas, Ferb and Doctor Doofenzmirtz (characters who normally ''never'' meet) in chains and about to be killed, while Phineas remarks that he's "having trouble putting a positive spin on this". Then they cut back to earlier that day, explaining how the boys and Doof happened to meet, and the wacky hijinks, emotional upheaval and bad-ass fight sequences that ensued. Once they finally catch up to the start, [[NoFourthWall Phineas just fast forwards through his dialog]] while Ferb notices a sense of deja vu. Also kicks off the episode "Remains of the Platypus"; you'll definitely want to work out how we got to Karl-The-Squirrel-Man, Perry the Butler, Doofenshmirtz partying in his underwear, and the dancing Royal guards.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', although the short that creator Craig [=McCracken=] initially submitted to Creator/CartoonNetwork was an origin story that wasn't used due to an inappropriate title ("The Whoop-Ass Girls") and was pretty much the same as the opening. While the opening sequence does introduce the characters quickly, a real origin story doesn't occur until TheMovie.
** This also happens with the episode "Him Diddle Riddle", as the Girls are already in the middle of solving Him's series of trials.
* It isn't until four episodes into ''WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite'' that we get a backstory.
* The ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' episode "Exit 9B" starts with the park already destroyed and everyone other than Mordecai and Rigby brainwashed.



* ''WesternAnimation/WorldOfWinx'', [[Creator/{{Netflix}} Netflix' s]] spinoff of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' begins with the Winx in [[SpyCatsuit spy catsuits]] in pursuit of a mysterious figure who's been abducting talented young people. They have been on earth for a few months.



* It isn't until four episodes into ''WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite'' that we get a backstory.

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/RubyGloom''. Especially noteworthy: Most of the story is told in flashback, and it involves three characters thinking that Ruby is moving out of the house and two others thinking that she's ''dying''. One heck of a first episode for any show!
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' had a "proper" origin episode, but there was a special preview episode on Kid's WB before it debuted on Cartoon Network; it would later air as the fourth episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' does this regularly. Though the original pilot did feature an opening scene of the family eating breakfast where we get a feel for all their personalities. This was toned down when the episode was turned into the first season finale. In terms of actual ''stories'' where this applies, there's "The Telltale Head" which begins with Bart and Homer walking down the street with the head of the statue of Jebediah Springfield, before an angry mob chases them. Cue episode-length flashback.
%%* ''[[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM Sonic the Hedgehog]]''
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'':
** ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' started out just assuming that everyone knew who Spider-Man was and his backstory. Later we did get a couple things about his past fleshed out, but it wasn't until the third season that we actually saw the entire story of how he got his powers and decided to become a hero.
** The 1967 ''[[WesternAnimation/SpiderMan1967 Spider-Man]]'' cartoon began similarly. The second season premiere, on the other hand, specifically kicked off with "The Origin of Spider-Man".
** ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends'' went a full season without origins for the titular trio, either individually or as a group; their personal origins were the focus of the three-episode second season, and "The Origin of the Spider-Friends" appeared midway through season three.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderman'' saved its origin episode for the second-to-last episode of the first season.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E04BreakingRanks "Breaking Ranks"]] begins with Ezra having been undercover as an Imperial cadet for several weeks. The tie-in novel series ''Literature/ServantsOfTheEmpire'' shows him initially going undercover, but from the POV of someone who doesn't know this.
* The first two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'' cut straight to the action.
It isn't until four the introduction of Dark Kat in episode 3 that we learn about the history of the two vigilantes through flashback.
* For its first five seasons, the traditional episode of the second ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' series began like this, showing events from later in the episode alongside a narration explaining the character's thoughts on the situation.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' began this way, a surprising rarity for a superhero series. We didn't see a "proper" origin until the ''fifth'' season.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' opens with Wheeljack and Bumblebee collecting the last few energy sources on their planet, fighting Starscream, and then the Autobots' and Decepticons' voyage to Earth. It took many
episodes into ''WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite'' that we get until some of the backstory was explained.
* ''WesternAnimation/WorldOfWinx'', [[Creator/{{Netflix}} Netflix' s]] spinoff of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' begins with the Winx in [[SpyCatsuit spy catsuits]] in pursuit of
a backstory.mysterious figure who's been abducting talented young people. They have been on earth for a few months.
%%* ''[[WesternAnimation/YogiBear Yo Yogi!]]'' had its origin episode aired as #12.


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