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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.

to:

* [[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.

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* ''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.

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%%* ''[[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.

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* 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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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E11TheCrimsonHorror "The Crimson Horror"]] begins with the Paternoster Gang being called in to investigate some mysterious deaths in Yorkshire, and they discover that the Doctor and Clara are involved. The part of the story that would normally be shown at the beginning is instead told via {{Flashback}}.
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* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' does this once, where it starts with the sisters running away from the Cleaners, get their memories of yesterday erased and Wyatt wiped from existence, [[spoiler: but they cast a spell tuning back the day]] and find out why the Cleaners are after Wyatt: [[spoiler: he conjures a DRAGON out of a TV show, after magically switching channels to the dragon movie]].
* The pilot episode of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', "Serenity", ''twice'' -- first beginning in the middle of the Battle of Serenity Valley, and then flashing forward to the middle of a heist. See also the episode "Trash" which combines this with NakedPeopleAreFunny as it explains why Mal is naked and what lead up to that point before continuing on to the real end.
** ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' was intended to start with a WelcomeEpisode, but [[ExecutiveMeddling the network]] thought it was too complicated to use as an introduction, so the screenwriters hastily concocted a OneWePreparedEarlier (in this case a misnomer), "The Train Job", to run as the actual broadcast premiere.
** The most notable case is probably "Out of Gas". It starts with a deserted Serenity, except for a badly hurt Mal, without telling us how things went this way. Then it jumps back to the day Mal showed Serenity to Zoe for the first time, '''then''' shows us how the trouble started, and then keeps jumping back and forth between the "pre-crisis" and the "post-crisis" scenes, mixed with scenes showing us the day Mal bought Serenity and how every single member of the crew happened to join. It's a masterclass in how to use this literary device without losing focus or characterisation, as well as a compelling piece of drama in it's own right.



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Nearly everything that happens in the series has its roots in the events of the twenty years prior to the beginning of the series.
* Used as the opening to each successive season of ''Series/{{Revenge}}'', the reveal typically taking place mid-season.
*** The first starts with a man, presumably Daniel, being shot on the beach the night of Emily and his engagement party.
*** The second starts with a salvage team discovering the sunken remains of sailboat "The Amanda" along with a dead body.
*** The third starts with Emily in a wedding dress being shot by an unknown assailant and falling off a yacht.
** Also done for the episodes "Duress" and "Sabotage".

to:

* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Nearly everything that happens ''Series/BabylonFive'' begins in this fashion as the original pilot was aired as a backdoor pilot well over a year before the series has its roots actually began. When released on DVD the pilot episode was also released separately from the first season. Some attempt at a WelcomeEpisode is still made, but events from the pilot are still referred to by characters and are assumed to be known. Further many relevant events leading to the current state of the universe that would be known to any person actually residing in it are withheld until later in the events series. This was done on purpose since the creator didn't want to tell the story of a world, but only a 5 year slice of a much bigger story.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' likes this trope, but a notable example is in the Season 2 episode "Scar." It starts off with a dogfight involving Starbuck, Kat, and the titular Cylon Raider. The episode then details the [[HowWeGotHere days leading up to this dogfight]], highlighting [[spoiler:the deaths of several Nuggets]], Starbuck's downward spiral and Kat's rapidly rising badass quotient, and the growing conflict between them. This is intercut with further scenes
of the twenty years prior dogfight, building the tension each time as we go back to the main story, with the battle finally resolved in the end. [[spoiler:Kat kills Scar, leading to Starbuck acknowledging her rival and delivering a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming moving tribute]] to the fallen pilots.]]
** ''Caprica'' seems to be going the same direction, with the episode "End of Line"
beginning with [[spoiler:Zoe driving a car while chased by police cars and helicopters]].
* ''Series/{{Better Off Ted}}'''s episode "Jabberwocky". Starts with the main character about to do a presentation on [[spoiler:a product that doesn't exists]], literally says "So how did I get here?" and then jumps to explaining precisely that.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' for the first season and some
of the series.
* Used as
second. Also the opening to each successive season of ''Series/{{Revenge}}'', the reveal typically taking place mid-season.
*** The first
last half-season, which starts with Walt alone in a man, presumably Daniel, being shot diner on his 52nd birthday before flashing back several months, not catching up to that point again until the beach very last episode.
* The ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' Musical Episode "Once More, With Feeling" started with
the night of Emily spell that was causing everyone to burst into song and his engagement party.
*** The second
dance already in effect.
%%* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' is in love with this trope and does it frequently. How well it does it tends to vary from episode to episode.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' does this once, where it
starts with a salvage team discovering the sunken remains sisters running away from the Cleaners, get their memories of sailboat "The Amanda" along with a dead body.
*** The third starts with Emily in a wedding dress being shot by an unknown assailant
yesterday erased and falling off Wyatt wiped from existence, [[spoiler: but they cast a yacht.
** Also done for
spell tuning back the episodes "Duress" day]] and "Sabotage".find out why the Cleaners are after Wyatt: [[spoiler: he conjures a DRAGON out of a TV show, after magically switching channels to the dragon movie]].



* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** "Human Nature" opens with the Doctor and Martha fleeing an alien attack, then cuts into the middle of the Doctor's life as a human before revealing [[HowWeGotHere how he got there]], by way of explaining the alien attack.
** Cleverly lampshaded in "Love & Monsters", where Elton, who narrates the story, begins the episode with his encounter with the doctor and a hostile alien creature. He then admits that what we just saw wasn't the start of the story. "I just put that bit at the beginning 'cause it's a brilliant opening." Later, once he gets to the point in the story where the beginning action takes place he says, "don't get too excited, that's the point where you came in", and the sequence gets a bit fast-forwarded.
** "The Girl in the Fireplace" begins with all of the people at Versailles running and screaming, and Reinette shouting for the Doctor through the fireplace. After the opening credits, the story is begun again, from the Doctor landing on the spaceship.
** "Silence in the Library" begins with Charlotte explaining the Library to her father and Dr. Moon, when all of a sudden the Doctor and Donna run through the door, sealing it shut. The Doctor then says, "Oh, hello! Sorry to burst in on you like this. OK if we stop here for a bit?" The girl is shown as upset, and the opening credits then start, after which the story starts back from where Donna and the Doctor first land in the Library.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho''
''Series/DoctorWho'':
** "Human Nature" opens [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace "The Girl in the Fireplace"]] begins with all of the people at Versailles running and screaming, and Reinette shouting for the Doctor and Martha fleeing an alien attack, then cuts into through the middle of fireplace. After the Doctor's life as a human before revealing [[HowWeGotHere how he got there]], by way of explaining opening credits, the alien attack.
story is begun again, from the Doctor landing on the spaceship.
** Cleverly lampshaded in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E10LoveAndMonsters "Love & Monsters", Monsters"]], where Elton, who narrates the story, begins the episode with his encounter with the doctor and a hostile alien creature. He then admits that what we just saw wasn't the start of the story. "I just put that bit at the beginning 'cause it's a brilliant opening." Later, once he gets to the point in the story where the beginning action takes place he says, "don't get too excited, that's the point where you came in", and the sequence gets a bit fast-forwarded.
** "The Girl in the Fireplace" begins [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature "Human Nature"]] opens with all of the people at Versailles running and screaming, and Reinette shouting for the Doctor through and Martha fleeing an alien attack, then cuts into the fireplace. After middle of the opening credits, Doctor's life as a human before revealing [[HowWeGotHere how he got there]], by way of explaining the story is begun again, from the Doctor landing on the spaceship.
alien attack.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary "Silence in the Library" Library"]] begins with Charlotte explaining the Library to her father and Dr. Moon, when all of a sudden the Doctor and Donna run through the door, sealing it shut. The Doctor then says, "Oh, hello! Sorry to burst in on you like this. OK if we stop here for a bit?" The girl is shown as upset, and the opening credits then start, after which the story starts back from where Donna and the Doctor first land in the Library.



* The pilot for ''Series/DontTrustTheBInApartment23'' begins with June catching Chloe making out with the former's boyfriend, before going back a week to her arrival in New York. When the story gets to that point again, it fast-forwards to June catching them in the act.
** 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.]]



* The individual segments of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' begin with a black and white freeze-frame, and then go through the segment as usual, leading up to the events that culminate in the same image, which then switches to black and white again.
** There was also a very effective "death lead-in" version of this done in season 5, opening with Tony performing CPR on Gibbs and a young woman.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' usually falls more into HowWeGotHere, but one use of In Medias Res was "Greatest Hits." It begins with Karl frantically running and getting into a canoe for reasons we don't yet understand, then cuts to the Losties, being led across the island by Jack for a dynamite demonstration. This allows an episode which is mostly a lead-up to the action of the finale to begin with a chase and an explosion.
%%* ''Series/StargateSG1'' and its spinoffs loved this trope, so much so that it was a relief when an episode ''wasn't'' told in this manner.
%%** Even one of the Series/StargateAtlantis ExpandedUniverse novels was told this way.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Season 1, "Skin". It begins with the cops breaking into a house where someone has a girl tied to a chair and is about to kill her. When the cops confront the killer, it's a smirking Dean Winchester. The episode then shows HowWeGotHere. It also does an In Medias Res with the "Nightshifter" episode in Season 2... and HowWeGotHere reveals it's for almost the same exact reason. Also season 7's "Plucky Pennywhistle's Magic Menagerie," with Sam fighting a clown. It then flashes back 56 hours earlier, and keeps doing this until the story catches up to the present.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' likes this trope, but a notable example is in the Season 2 episode "Scar." It starts off with a dogfight involving Starbuck, Kat, and the titular Cylon Raider. The episode then details the [[HowWeGotHere days leading up to this dogfight]], highlighting [[spoiler:the deaths of several Nuggets]], Starbuck's downward spiral and Kat's rapidly rising badass quotient, and the growing conflict between them. This is intercut with further scenes of the dogfight, building the tension each time as we go back to the main story, with the battle finally resolved in the end. [[spoiler:Kat kills Scar, leading to Starbuck acknowledging her rival and delivering a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming moving tribute]] to the fallen pilots.]]
* ''Caprica'' seems to be going the same direction, with the episode "End of Line" beginning with [[spoiler:Zoe driving a car while chased by police cars and helicopters]].

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* The individual segments pilot episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' begin with a black and white freeze-frame, ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', "Serenity", ''twice'' -- first beginning in the middle of the Battle of Serenity Valley, and then go through the segment as usual, leading up flashing forward to the events that culminate in the same image, which then switches to black and white again.
** There was
middle of a heist. See also a very effective "death lead-in" version of this done in season 5, opening with Tony performing CPR on Gibbs and a young woman.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' usually falls more into HowWeGotHere, but one use of In Medias Res was "Greatest Hits." It begins with Karl frantically running and getting into a canoe for reasons we don't yet understand, then cuts to
the Losties, being led across the island by Jack for a dynamite demonstration. This allows an episode "Trash" which combines this with NakedPeopleAreFunny as it explains why Mal is mostly a lead-up naked and what lead up to that point before continuing on to the action of the finale real end.
** ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' was intended
to begin start with a chase and an explosion.
%%* ''Series/StargateSG1'' and its spinoffs loved this trope, so much so that
WelcomeEpisode, but [[ExecutiveMeddling the network]] thought it was a relief when too complicated to use as an episode ''wasn't'' told in introduction, so the screenwriters hastily concocted a OneWePreparedEarlier (in this manner.
%%** Even one of
case a misnomer), "The Train Job", to run as the Series/StargateAtlantis ExpandedUniverse novels was told this way.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Season 1, "Skin". It begins with the cops breaking into a house where someone has a girl tied to a chair and is about to kill her. When the cops confront the killer, it's a smirking Dean Winchester.
actual broadcast premiere.
**
The episode then shows HowWeGotHere. It also does an In Medias Res with the "Nightshifter" episode in Season 2... and HowWeGotHere reveals it's for almost the same exact reason. Also season 7's "Plucky Pennywhistle's Magic Menagerie," with Sam fighting a clown. It then flashes back 56 hours earlier, and keeps doing this until the story catches up to the present.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' likes this trope, but a
most notable example case is in the Season 2 episode "Scar." probably "Out of Gas". It starts off with a dogfight involving Starbuck, Kat, and the titular Cylon Raider. The episode then details the [[HowWeGotHere days leading up to deserted Serenity, except for a badly hurt Mal, without telling us how things went this dogfight]], highlighting [[spoiler:the deaths of several Nuggets]], Starbuck's downward spiral and Kat's rapidly rising badass quotient, and the growing conflict between them. This is intercut with further scenes of the dogfight, building the tension each time as we go way. Then it jumps back to the main story, day Mal showed Serenity to Zoe for the first time, '''then''' shows us how the trouble started, and then keeps jumping back and forth between the "pre-crisis" and the "post-crisis" scenes, mixed with scenes showing us the battle finally resolved in day Mal bought Serenity and how every single member of the end. [[spoiler:Kat kills Scar, leading crew happened to Starbuck acknowledging her rival and delivering join. It's a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming moving tribute]] masterclass in how to the fallen pilots.]]
* ''Caprica'' seems to be going the same direction, with the episode "End
use this literary device without losing focus or characterisation, as well as a compelling piece of Line" beginning with [[spoiler:Zoe driving a car while chased by police cars and helicopters]].drama in it's own right.



%%* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''
%%* ''Series/MadAboutYou''
%%* ''Series/WithoutATrace''

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%%* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''
%%* ''Series/MadAboutYou''
%%* ''Series/WithoutATrace''
* The ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' episode "Daphne Does Dinner", opening in the middle of what appeared to be the climax of a tongue-in-cheek "typical" episode, featuring as many ''Frasier''-specific tropes as was possible to cram into a minute — furious guests storming out of a disastrous dinner party of Frasier and Niles's that had obviously gone ridiculously awry, blown up in their faces a few seconds before the episode began, and apparently involved lots of lying, mishaps, and mix-ups ([[NoodleImplements Frasier pretending to have Tourette's Syndrome, goats in the kitchen, something about flaming kababs, and Martin having to pretend he was an Italian count]]). The chain of events that led to this incident were [[NoodleIncident never explained]], and the ''actual'' episode dealt with the backlash from the hypothetical "episode" glimpsed in the opening, with Daphne banning Frasier and Niles from helping her with her own dinner party.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Nearly everything that happens in the series has its roots in the events of the twenty years prior to the beginning of the series.
* The ''Series/{{Haven}}'' episode "The Trouble With Troubles" begins with the heroes helping people evacuate the town when a volcano erupts. There is no flashback, but there is brief dialogue explaining that a woman accidentally manifested the volcano with her Trouble.



%%* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': ''Both'' pilots.
* In a ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episode T'Pol is screaming and thrashing in sickbay. After the intro, we see the events that led to this.
%%* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. It used this trope so often the trope could easily be called "Voyager-Style Teaser."
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** "Cause and Effect" starts off with the ''Enterprise'' exploding. It's eventually revealed that [[GroundhogDayLoop the Enterprise was trapped in a time loop along with a 23rd century Starfleet ship]].
** "First Contact" ([[SimilarlyNamedWorks unrelated to]] [[Film/StarTrekFirstContact the film]]) starts out in an alien hospital -- the doctors are puzzling over Riker's odd physiology. It later turns out that Riker was conducting surface reconnaissance on a planet that had just become warp-capable, as the Federation was about to make first contact with them. He'd been injured in an accident and was brought unconscious to a hospital.
* ''Series/TheShield'' did this, with the actual [[EveryoneMeetsEveryone introduction episode]] "Day One", showing the events of the first day at the then newly-opened Police Station, not appearing until the second season. It also contains the StartOfDarkness for some of the main characters.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' begins in this fashion as the original pilot was aired as a backdoor pilot well over a year before the series actually began. When released on DVD the pilot episode was also released separately from the first season. Some attempt at a WelcomeEpisode is still made, but events from the pilot are still referred to by characters and are assumed to be known. Further many relevant events leading to the current state of the universe that would be known to any person actually residing in it are withheld until later in the series. This was done on purpose since the creator didn't want to tell the story of a world, but only a 5 year slice of a much bigger story.
* ''Series/RadioFreeRoscoe'' doesn't explain just how exactly they got a radio station until the end of season 1.
* Several ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episodes feature a ColdOpen where people [[NotHimself act strangely]] followed by an explanation of HowWeGotHere to provide context.
* ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' premiered with episode 3.The first two episodes originally titled "Call of the Red Ranger" were retitled "Origins" and aired near the end of the first season.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' for the first season and some of the second. Also the last half-season, which starts with Walt alone in a diner on his 52nd birthday before flashing back several months, not catching up to that point again until the very last episode.
* The ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' episode "Daphne Does Dinner", opening in the middle of what appeared to be the climax of a tongue-in-cheek "typical" episode, featuring as many ''Frasier''-specific tropes as was possible to cram into a minute — furious guests storming out of a disastrous dinner party of Frasier and Niles's that had obviously gone ridiculously awry, blown up in their faces a few seconds before the episode began, and apparently involved lots of lying, mishaps, and mix-ups ([[NoodleImplements Frasier pretending to have Tourette's Syndrome, goats in the kitchen, something about flaming kababs, and Martin having to pretend he was an Italian count]]). The chain of events that led to this incident were [[NoodleIncident never explained]], and the ''actual'' episode dealt with the backlash from the hypothetical "episode" glimpsed in the opening, with Daphne banning Frasier and Niles from helping her with her own dinner party.
* The Creator/DiscoveryChannel series ''Series/StormChasers'' has started a couple of seasons thus far in this manner:
** In season 4 (documenting the 2010 tornado chase season), the first few minutes of the season's first episode shows the immediate aftermath of the tornado that destroyed Yazoo City, Mississippi, on April 24, 2010. The rest of the episode moves back to cover events from a few days prior to that storm.
** In season 5 (documenting the 2011 tornado chase season), the ''entire'' first episode of that season covers the devastating tornado outbreak that tore through Mississippi and Alabama, on April 27, 2011. The next two episodes cover events from a week prior to that disaster, with the rest of the season following afterward.
%%* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' is in love with this trope and does it frequently. How well it does it tends to vary from episode to episode.

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%%* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': ''Both'' pilots.
* In a ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episode T'Pol is screaming and thrashing in sickbay. After the intro, we see the events that led to this.
%%* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. It used this trope so often the trope could easily be called "Voyager-Style Teaser."
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** "Cause and Effect" starts off with the ''Enterprise'' exploding. It's eventually revealed that [[GroundhogDayLoop the Enterprise was trapped in a time loop along with a 23rd century Starfleet ship]].
** "First Contact" ([[SimilarlyNamedWorks unrelated to]] [[Film/StarTrekFirstContact the film]]) starts out in an alien hospital -- the doctors are puzzling over Riker's odd physiology. It later turns out that Riker was conducting surface reconnaissance on a planet that had just become warp-capable, as the Federation was about to make first contact with them. He'd been injured in an accident and was brought unconscious to a hospital.
* ''Series/TheShield'' did this, with the actual [[EveryoneMeetsEveryone introduction episode]] "Day One", showing the events of the first day at the then newly-opened Police Station, not appearing until the
''Series/HoratioHornblower'': The second season. It also contains the StartOfDarkness for some instalment of the main characters.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' begins in
this fashion as the original pilot was aired as a backdoor pilot well over a year before the series actually began. When released on DVD the pilot episode was also released separately from the first season. Some attempt at a WelcomeEpisode is still made, but events from the pilot are still referred to by characters miniseries has two parts "Mutiny" and are assumed to be known. Further many relevant events leading to the current state of the universe that would be known to any person actually residing in it are withheld until later in the series. This was done on purpose since the creator didn't want to tell the story of a world, but only a 5 year slice of a much bigger story.
* ''Series/RadioFreeRoscoe'' doesn't explain just how exactly they got a radio station until the end of season 1.
* Several ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episodes feature a ColdOpen where people [[NotHimself act strangely]] followed by an explanation of HowWeGotHere to provide context.
* ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' premiered with episode 3.The first two episodes originally titled "Call of the Red Ranger" were retitled "Origins" and aired near the end of the first season.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' for the first season and some of the second. Also the last half-season, which
"Retribution". "Mutiny" starts with Walt alone Commodore Sir Edward Pellew visiting Lieutenant Hornblower in a diner on his 52nd birthday before flashing back several months, not catching up to prison, telling him and the audience that point again until the very last episode.
*
he's going to be tried for his life. The ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' whole episode "Daphne Does Dinner", opening is told in one long FlashBack and explains HowWeGotHere, though not entirely from Hornblower's point of view. Importantly, we heard only half of the middle account of what appeared to be the climax of a tongue-in-cheek "typical" episode, featuring as many ''Frasier''-specific tropes as was possible to cram into a minute — furious guests storming out of a disastrous dinner party of Frasier and Niles's that had obviously gone ridiculously awry, blown up in their faces a few seconds before the mission. The episode began, ends in prison when Pellew and apparently involved lots of lying, mishaps, and mix-ups ([[NoodleImplements Frasier pretending to have Tourette's Syndrome, goats in the kitchen, something about flaming kababs, and Martin having to pretend he was an Italian count]]). The chain of events that led to this incident were [[NoodleIncident never explained]], and the ''actual'' episode dealt with the backlash from the hypothetical "episode" glimpsed in the opening, with Daphne banning Frasier and Niles from helping her with her own dinner party.
* The Creator/DiscoveryChannel series ''Series/StormChasers'' has started a couple of seasons thus far in this manner:
** In season 4 (documenting the 2010 tornado chase season), the first few minutes of the season's first episode shows the immediate aftermath of the tornado that destroyed Yazoo City, Mississippi, on April 24, 2010. The rest of the episode moves back to cover events from a few days prior to that storm.
** In season 5 (documenting the 2011 tornado chase season), the ''entire'' first episode of that season covers the devastating tornado outbreak that tore through Mississippi and Alabama, on April 27, 2011.
Hornblower finish their conversation. The next two episodes cover events from a week prior to that disaster, part, "Retribution", resumes the story where it was left, but this time it's more like In Medias Res with telling scenes of badly injured Lieutenants Bush and Kennedy who are being treated in the prison infirmary. The lieutenants face a trial and they continue to give a full account of what happened during the rest of the season following afterward.
%%* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' is in love
their mission. It's being constantly interrupted with court testimonies and the judges' private discussion happening in the present. "Retribution" mixes this trope and does it frequently. How well it does it tends to vary from with AnachronicOrder.
%%* Happens in the start of every
episode to episode.of ''Series/IDidntDoIt''.



* "What Kind Of Day Has It Been?", the season one finale of ''Series/TheWestWing'', did this very well.
* The pilot for ''Series/DontTrustTheBInApartment23'' begins with June catching Chloe making out with the former's boyfriend, before going back a week to her arrival in New York. When the story gets to that point again, it fast-forwards to June catching them in the act.
** 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.]]
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** "Unrequited" starts with a scene that is later shown again. The story goes back to 12 hours ago. It was speculated that In Medias Res was done just to prolong the footage which is evidenced by many shots of flying flags and marching bands. The second scene might have been written as a teaser originally.
** "Colony" starts in media res as well, and Mulder [[FlatLine flat-lines]]. Scully appears and knows how he must be treated to be saved.
** GroundhogDayLoop episode "Monday" - the pre-titles teaser shows Mulder dying of gunshot wounds before he and Scully get blown up in a bank heist.
** "S.R. 819" starts with a man being rushed to the hospital. He's from the FBI and Scully is his emergency contact. Surprisinly, it's not Mulder, but Skinner. The episode then goes back to show what lead to his complete break-down.
* ''Series/{{Better Off Ted}}'''s episode "Jabberwocky". Starts with the main character about to do a presentation on [[spoiler:a product that doesn't exists]], literally says "So how did I get here?" and then jumps to explaining precisely that.
* The ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk goes to the Bank" opens with the main characters locked in a bank vault, with the next 20-30 minutes showing [[HowWeGotHere how they got there]].
* The ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' Musical Episode "Once More, With Feeling" started with the spell that was causing everyone to burst into song and dance already in effect.
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'': The second instalment of this miniseries has two parts "Mutiny" and "Retribution". "Mutiny" starts with Commodore Sir Edward Pellew visiting Lieutenant Hornblower in prison, telling him and the audience that he's going to be tried for his life. The whole episode is told in one long FlashBack and explains HowWeGotHere, though not entirely from Hornblower's point of view. Importantly, we heard only half of the account of the mission. The episode ends in prison when Pellew and Hornblower finish their conversation. The next part, "Retribution", resumes the story where it was left, but this time it's more like In Medias Res with telling scenes of badly injured Lieutenants Bush and Kennedy who are being treated in the prison infirmary. The lieutenants face a trial and they continue to give a full account of what happened during the rest of their mission. It's being constantly interrupted with court testimonies and the judges' private discussion happening in the present. "Retribution" mixes this trope with AnachronicOrder.
* The cold opening ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'' episode "Gone" (based on the Natalee Holloway case) starts at the typical midpoint of the show, with the suspects being arrested and arraigned on murder charges. The next 15 minutes fill in the blanks as to the investigation that led the cops and DA to this point.



%% * ''Series/TheThinBlueLine''
%%* Happens in the start of every episode of ''Series/IDidntDoIt''.
* The ''Series/{{Haven}}'' episode "The Trouble With Troubles" begins with the heroes helping people evacuate the town when a volcano erupts. There is no flashblack, but there is brief dialogue explaining that a woman accidentally manifested the volcano with her Trouble.

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%% * ''Series/TheThinBlueLine''
%%* Happens in the start of every
The cold opening ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'' episode "Gone" (based on the Natalee Holloway case) starts at the typical midpoint of ''Series/IDidntDoIt''.
*
the show, with the suspects being arrested and arraigned on murder charges. The ''Series/{{Haven}}'' episode "The Trouble With Troubles" next 15 minutes fill in the blanks as to the investigation that led the cops and DA to this point.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' usually falls more into HowWeGotHere, but one use of In Medias Res was "Greatest Hits." It
begins with Karl frantically running and getting into a canoe for reasons we don't yet understand, then cuts to the heroes helping people evacuate Losties, being led across the town when island by Jack for a volcano erupts. dynamite demonstration. This allows an episode which is mostly a lead-up to the action of the finale to begin with a chase and an explosion.
%%* ''Series/MadAboutYou''
* The ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk goes to the Bank" opens with the main characters locked in a bank vault, with the next 20-30 minutes showing [[HowWeGotHere how they got there]].
* The individual segments of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' begin with a black and white freeze-frame, and then go through the segment as usual, leading up to the events that culminate in the same image, which then switches to black and white again.
**
There is no flashblack, but there is brief dialogue explaining that was also a woman accidentally manifested the volcano very effective "death lead-in" version of this done in season 5, opening with her Trouble.Tony performing CPR on Gibbs and a young woman.
* ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' premiered with episode 3.The first two episodes originally titled "Call of the Red Ranger" were retitled "Origins" and aired near the end of the first season.
* ''Series/RadioFreeRoscoe'' doesn't explain just how exactly they got a radio station until the end of season 1.
* Used as the opening to each successive season of ''Series/{{Revenge}}'', the reveal typically taking place mid-season.
*** The first starts with a man, presumably Daniel, being shot on the beach the night of Emily and his engagement party.
*** The second starts with a salvage team discovering the sunken remains of sailboat "The Amanda" along with a dead body.
*** The third starts with Emily in a wedding dress being shot by an unknown assailant and falling off a yacht.
** Also done for the episodes "Duress" and "Sabotage".
%%* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''
* ''Series/TheShield'' did this, with the actual [[EveryoneMeetsEveryone introduction episode]] "Day One", showing the events of the first day at the then newly-opened Police Station, not appearing until the second season. It also contains the StartOfDarkness for some of the main characters.


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* Several ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episodes feature a ColdOpen where people [[NotHimself act strangely]] followed by an explanation of HowWeGotHere to provide context.
%%* ''Series/StargateSG1'' and its spinoffs loved this trope, so much so that it was a relief when an episode ''wasn't'' told in this manner.
%%** Even one of the Series/StargateAtlantis ExpandedUniverse novels was told this way.
%%* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': ''Both'' pilots.
* In a ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episode T'Pol is screaming and thrashing in sickbay. After the intro, we see the events that led to this.
%%* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. It used this trope so often the trope could easily be called "Voyager-Style Teaser."
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** "Cause and Effect" starts off with the ''Enterprise'' exploding. It's eventually revealed that [[GroundhogDayLoop the Enterprise was trapped in a time loop along with a 23rd century Starfleet ship]].
** "First Contact" ([[SimilarlyNamedWorks unrelated to]] [[Film/StarTrekFirstContact the film]]) starts out in an alien hospital -- the doctors are puzzling over Riker's odd physiology. It later turns out that Riker was conducting surface reconnaissance on a planet that had just become warp-capable, as the Federation was about to make first contact with them. He'd been injured in an accident and was brought unconscious to a hospital.
* The Creator/DiscoveryChannel series ''Series/StormChasers'' has started a couple of seasons thus far in this manner:
** In season 4 (documenting the 2010 tornado chase season), the first few minutes of the season's first episode shows the immediate aftermath of the tornado that destroyed Yazoo City, Mississippi, on April 24, 2010. The rest of the episode moves back to cover events from a few days prior to that storm.
** In season 5 (documenting the 2011 tornado chase season), the ''entire'' first episode of that season covers the devastating tornado outbreak that tore through Mississippi and Alabama, on April 27, 2011. The next two episodes cover events from a week prior to that disaster, with the rest of the season following afterward.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Season 1, "Skin". It begins with the cops breaking into a house where someone has a girl tied to a chair and is about to kill her. When the cops confront the killer, it's a smirking Dean Winchester. The episode then shows HowWeGotHere. It also does an In Medias Res with the "Nightshifter" episode in Season 2... and HowWeGotHere reveals it's for almost the same exact reason. Also season 7's "Plucky Pennywhistle's Magic Menagerie," with Sam fighting a clown. It then flashes back 56 hours earlier, and keeps doing this until the story catches up to the present.
%% * ''Series/TheThinBlueLine''
* "What Kind Of Day Has It Been?", the season one finale of ''Series/TheWestWing'', did this very well.
%%* ''Series/WithoutATrace''
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** "Unrequited" starts with a scene that is later shown again. The story goes back to 12 hours ago. It was speculated that In Medias Res was done just to prolong the footage which is evidenced by many shots of flying flags and marching bands. The second scene might have been written as a teaser originally.
** "Colony" starts in media res as well, and Mulder [[FlatLine flat-lines]]. Scully appears and knows how he must be treated to be saved.
** GroundhogDayLoop episode "Monday" - the pre-titles teaser shows Mulder dying of gunshot wounds before he and Scully get blown up in a bank heist.
** "S.R. 819" starts with a man being rushed to the hospital. He's from the FBI and Scully is his emergency contact. Surprisinly, it's not Mulder, but Skinner. The episode then goes back to show what lead to his complete break-down.
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* 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.
10th Feb '17 4:24:55 PM StFan
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* The second Duplicator Arc in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' uses this. We see three strips of a well-groomed, well-behaved Calvin, but no explanation as to why he's acting this way until the 5th strip of the arc, which shows that the Calvin we've been seeing is actually a duplicate of Calvin's Good Side.
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* The second Duplicator Arc in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' uses this. We see three strips of a well-groomed, well-behaved Calvin, but no explanation as to why he's acting this way until the 5th strip of the arc, which shows that the Calvin we've been seeing is actually a duplicate of Calvin's Good Side.
10th Feb '17 4:23:39 PM StFan
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%%* ''Challenge of the SuperFriends''
* ''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.

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%%* ''Challenge of the SuperFriends''
* ''TheSimpsons'' ''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.



%%* ''TheReplacements''
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* In an episode of ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', TheChessmaster Kyoya wakes up sitting on a bench at a "commoner" shopping mall, all alone, with no money, and no clue how he landed there. Half an episode is then spent on figuring that out.

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\n* In an episode of ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', TheChessmaster Kyoya wakes up sitting on a bench at a "commoner" shopping mall, all alone, with no money, and no clue how he landed there. Half an episode is then spent on figuring that out.



* ''RecordOfLodossWar'' does this with the first episode, and introduces the characters and plot in the second episode. With the exception of the narrated opening sequence on the War of the Gods, the plot of the episode takes place between episodes 5 and 6.

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* ''RecordOfLodossWar'' ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'' does this with the first episode, and introduces the characters and plot in the second episode. With the exception of the narrated opening sequence on the War of the Gods, the plot of the episode takes place between episodes 5 and 6.



* ''Animation/GuardianFairyMichel'' begins with the Black Hammer Gang stealing a diamond from a museum. Kim's backstory is explored in other episodes.



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* ''Animation/GuardianFairyMichel'' begins with the Black Hammer Gang stealing a diamond from a museum. Kim's backstory is explored in other episodes.



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* The 2013 Creator/{{CBC}} movie ''[[Film/{{Jack2013}} Jack]]'' 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.

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* The 2013 Creator/{{CBC}} movie ''[[Film/{{Jack2013}} Jack]]'' ''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/{{Deadpool 2016}} starts out [[spoiler:with Deadpool's RoaringRampageOfRevenge on Ajax]] before cutting to the first ''How We Got Here'' sequence.
* I'm a little surprised there's no mention of ''Film/GoodFellas'', which 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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* Film/{{Deadpool 2016}} ''Film/Deadpool2016'' starts out [[spoiler:with Deadpool's RoaringRampageOfRevenge on Ajax]] before cutting to the first ''How "How We Got Here'' Here" sequence.
* I'm a little surprised there's no mention of ''Film/GoodFellas'', which ''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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* This is a very common trope for biographies -- specifically the author will start with a taste of some part of the subject's life that everyone's familiar with, then jump back to the mundanities of his/her heritage and upbringing. For example, Michael Korda's [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower Eisenhower]] biography ''Ike: An American Hero'' starts out right before D-Day, chronicling the tension and uncertainty behind the scenes on the night before and quoting Ike as saying to a confidante (Kay Summersby), "I hope to God I know what I'm doing" before starting chapter two with a jump back to his childhood in Kansas.
* ''Don't Panic'', Creator/NeilGaiman's biography of Creator/DouglasAdams starts out with the inception of Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy, then jumps back to Adams' birth.



* Roger Zelazny’s ''Literature/LordOfLight'' begins with Sam’s return from Nirvana (“recovering from the peace which passeth understanding takes time”, p. 15) to which he is exiled after the Battle of Keenset at the end of chapter six.

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* Roger Zelazny’s Zelazny's ''Literature/LordOfLight'' begins with Sam’s return from Nirvana (“recovering from the peace which passeth understanding takes time”, p. 15) to which he is exiled after the Battle of Keenset at the end of chapter six.



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* This is a very common trope for biographies--specifically the author will start with a taste of some part of the subject's life that everyone's familiar with, then jump back to the mundanities of his/her heritage and upbringing. For example, Michael Korda's [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower Eisenhower]] biography ''Ike: An American Hero'' starts out right before D-Day, chronicling the tension and uncertainty behind the scenes on the night before and quoting Ike as saying to a confidante (Kay Summersby), "I hope to God I know what I'm doing" before starting chapter two with a jump back to his childhood in Kansas.
* ''Don't Panic'', Creator/NeilGaiman's biography of Creator/DouglasAdams starts out with the inception of Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy, then jumps back to Adams' birth.
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* ''GearsOfWar'' opens with Marcus Fenix busting out of prison, with no explanation given as to what's happening or who or what the strange Orc people shooting at you are. The game actually does have an intro movie that briefly explains the whole COG vs Locust war, but it oddly DOESN'T play when you start a new game, only if you idle on the main menu for a couple minutes.

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* ''GearsOfWar'' ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' opens with Marcus Fenix busting out of prison, with no explanation given as to what's happening or who or what the strange Orc people shooting at you are. The game actually does have an intro movie that briefly explains the whole COG vs Locust war, but it oddly DOESN'T play when you start a new game, only if you idle on the main menu for a couple minutes.



* ''{{Transistor}}'' begins abruptly with Red pulling the titular weapon out of her friend's body and fending off some Processes. Just before the boss fight with Sybil, the game finally flashes back to the attempt on Red's life, the event that kicked off the game's plot just a few minutes before the game actually began.

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* ''{{Transistor}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Transistor}}'' begins abruptly with Red pulling the titular weapon out of her friend's body and fending off some Processes. Just before the boss fight with Sybil, the game finally flashes back to the attempt on Red's life, the event that kicked off the game's plot just a few minutes before the game actually began.



* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': The game begins after your entire BadassCrew has assembled and you're seemingly robbing a Casino. After a DownerBeginning sequence where the Protagonist is captured by police, the game flashes back over 6 months earlier, as the Protagonist recounts his HowWeGotHere tale to a public prosecutor.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': ''VideoGame/Persona5'': The game begins after your entire BadassCrew has assembled and you're seemingly robbing a Casino. After a DownerBeginning sequence where the Protagonist is captured by police, the game flashes back over 6 months earlier, as the Protagonist recounts his HowWeGotHere tale to a public prosecutor.



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%%* Many an ep of ''KidsNextDoor''.
* 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.

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%%* Many an ep of ''KidsNextDoor''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure "Magical "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure Magical Mystery Cure"]] 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.
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Nearly everything that happens in the series has its roots in the events of the twenty years prior to the beginning of the series.
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* ZenoClash begins with [[PlayerCharacter Ghat]] running from his hometown after killing Father-Mother. As he flees his angered brothers and sisters, he explains to [[TheWatson Deadra]] the first half of the plot through flashbacks.

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* ZenoClash VideoGame/ZenoClash begins with [[PlayerCharacter Ghat]] running from his hometown after killing Father-Mother. As he flees his angered brothers and sisters, he explains to [[TheWatson Deadra]] the first half of the plot through flashbacks.
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* I'm a little surprised there's no mention of ''Film/GoodFellas'', which 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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