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15th May '18 12:24:26 AM AnotherGuy
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** Creator/IvanReitman said that the cast and crew dubbed him the ghost of Creator/JohnBelushi.
5th May '18 12:43:52 AM Hylarn
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** Due to the jump of platform from PC-98 to Windows, at least three other characters have conflicting past(s): Alice is either a normal human turned witch, or the daughter of the Goddess of Pandemonium. Marisa is either an acolyte of necromancy or a relic hunter. Yuuka is either a lethargic reality warper or an extremely sadistic flower youkai. Furthermore, an EternalRecurrence is strongly {{implied}} (the 60-years cycle), so it's not like the pasts are mutually exclusive.
27th Apr '18 3:25:17 AM PaulA
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* In the 80s, an issue of ''ComicBook/TheQuestion'' reinvented The Riddler; his real name was Edward Nashton, and he changed it to Edward Nygma when he became the Riddler. His obsession with riddles wasn't born from cheating in a school competition and wanting to prove how clever he was; it was a compulsion to tell the truth due to a violent father. It also claimed that he was never a major Batman villain. Later, Creator/NeilGaiman wrote a ''Secret Origins'' story in which Riddler retells his classic origin, before adding "Or maybe I'm a frustrated second-rater called Nashton with a meaningless schtick!"

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* In the 80s, an issue of ''ComicBook/TheQuestion'' reinvented The Riddler; his real name was Edward Nashton, and he changed it to Edward Nygma when he became the Riddler. His obsession with riddles wasn't born from cheating in a school competition and wanting to prove how clever he was; it was a compulsion to tell the truth due to a violent father. It also claimed that he was never a major Batman villain. Later, Creator/NeilGaiman wrote a ''Secret Origins'' ''ComicBook/SecretOrigins'' story in which Riddler retells his classic origin, before adding "Or maybe I'm a frustrated second-rater called Nashton with a meaningless schtick!"



* One issue of ''Secret Origins'' gave four different, mutually-exclusive origins for the mysterious [[ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger Phantom Stranger]]. According to the WordOfGod, they're ''all'' true.

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* One issue of ''Secret Origins'' ''ComicBook/SecretOrigins'' gave four different, mutually-exclusive origins for the mysterious [[ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger Phantom Stranger]]. According to the WordOfGod, they're ''all'' true.



* In the ''Secret Origins'' issue looking at the Comicbook/{{New 52}} version of Comicbook/JohnConstantine, the FramingStory is that a bunch of magic-happy idiots summon a creature to tell them Constantine's history. The creature simultaneously tells them three entirely contradictory stories, with the only points of similarity being that, whatever John's childhood was like, he attracted the attention of a powerful blindfolded figure (probably Tannarak?) who taught him enough magic to (accidentally?) [[SelfMadeOrphan kill his family]], and of course the Newcastle Incident (and even then, there are three possibilities of ''how'' John got involved in the Incident and what happened to him as a result - and they could easily be mixed-and-matched). In the end, John turns up to rescue the acolytes from their summoning, which has been feeding on them the more involved they become in the stories, and points out there's no reason to believe ''any'' of it.

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* In the ''Secret Origins'' ''ComicBook/SecretOrigins'' issue looking at the Comicbook/{{New 52}} version of Comicbook/JohnConstantine, the FramingStory is that a bunch of magic-happy idiots summon a creature to tell them Constantine's history. The creature simultaneously tells them three entirely contradictory stories, with the only points of similarity being that, whatever John's childhood was like, he attracted the attention of a powerful blindfolded figure (probably Tannarak?) who taught him enough magic to (accidentally?) [[SelfMadeOrphan kill his family]], and of course the Newcastle Incident (and even then, there are three possibilities of ''how'' John got involved in the Incident and what happened to him as a result - and they could easily be mixed-and-matched). In the end, John turns up to rescue the acolytes from their summoning, which has been feeding on them the more involved they become in the stories, and points out there's no reason to believe ''any'' of it.
19th Apr '18 9:39:23 AM SarcasmKid
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** Meredith Finch and Dan Abnett then created ''their'' brand new versions of Donna's backstory, wherein she's now a clay golem created by a group of Amazons to serve as a weapon. Under Finch's time as writer of ''Wonder Woman'', Donna was never Wonder Girl and was created by the Amazon witch Derinoe to purge the island of the Amazon sons and usurp Diana as queen. Under Abnett's time as writer of ''Titans'', Donna was indeed Wonder Girl at some point, and given fake memories by the Amazons to make her believe she'd been an abandoned orphan discovered by Wonder Woman.


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** Played with even further with the original Joker's Daughter. Duela Dent claimed she was the daughter of several supervillains before revealing herself as the daughter of Two-Face and Gilda Dent. Some time later Dick Grayson realized this couldn't be true because Duela is too old to be Two-Face's daughter, and Duela chides him for taking so long to figure that out. Post-Crisis, nobody was sure who she really was because her backstory kept changing, and not even she seemed to know who her dad was. It eventually turned out [[spoiler: she ''is'' the Joker's daughter. And Two-Face's. And the Riddler's. Duela originally came from Earth-3, where her biological parents were the Jokester and Three-Face, heroic versions of the Joker and (in this case, a female version of) Two-Face. Her stepfather was a heroic version of the Riddler. Duela somehow kept shifting between Earth-3 and the main DC Universe, explaining her confusion as a result of being shifted from universe to universe.]]
16th Apr '18 12:01:14 PM chopshop
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* The entire setting of ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' has a Multiple-Choice Past. Throughout the series, we’re given various theories about the {{Gendercide}} and what caused it, but none of these theories are ever proven true. [[TheUnreveal The story ends with no real explanation]] and it’s left up to the reader to decide which, if any, of the origin stories were correct.


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* ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'' gives you a literal Multiple-Choice Past, by letting you shape your character’s backstory through dialogue options or the character creation screen. You can invoke this further by deliberately giving your Watcher a mysterious and self-contradictory past, or simply refusing to elaborate on said past when asked about it.
15th Apr '18 1:32:27 PM buttbutt
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* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, of the ''Comicbook/XMen'', was especially susceptible to this; his amnesia about his past was a common plot driver in early-90s stories, and what we knew kept getting {{retcon}}ned. Even after it was made so that he could remember every single thing that ever happened to him, the series ''Wolverine: Origins'' still tried to milk the concept.

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* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, of the ''Comicbook/XMen'', was especially susceptible to this; his amnesia about his past was a common plot driver in early-90s stories, and what we knew kept getting {{retcon}}ned. Even after it was made so that he could remember every single thing that ever happened to him, the series ''Wolverine: Origins'' still tried managed to milk the concept.concept - remembering '''everything''' meant that his real memories were no stronger or more distinct than his fake memories.
14th Apr '18 9:53:40 AM X2X
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** Accroding to "How Lisa Got Her Marge Back", Lisa first got her signature pearl necklace as a gift from Marge for her first day at school, but most episodes before and since then depict Lisa as having worn the necklace since she was a baby.

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** Accroding to "How Lisa Got Her Marge Back", Back," Lisa first got her signature pearl necklace as a gift from Marge for her first day at school, but most episodes before and since then depict Lisa as having worn the necklace since she was a baby.



* On ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', [[UnnamedParent Timmy's mom and dad]] have several different versions of how they met. When it was first shown, it was stated that they began dating as kids and became a couple when Mr. Turner gave her a trophy he won. The second time it was show Mrs. Turner dated Dinkleberg until college, when Mr. Turner got her on the rebound. Other episodes say they met through a "threatmantic" letter or "in the sports aisle".

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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', [[UnnamedParent Timmy's mom and dad]] have several different versions of how they met. When it was first shown, it was stated that they began dating as kids and became a couple when Mr. Turner gave her a trophy he won. The second time it was show Mrs. Turner dated Dinkleberg until college, when Mr. Turner got her on the rebound. Other episodes say they met through a "threatmantic" letter or "in the sports aisle".aisle."



* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': Originally, [[BigBad Father's]] backstory (an AncientConspiracy that Numbuh One had figured out and told his class instead of a report on the Declaration of Independence) had him as Mr. Wigglestein, the first adult (adults being the creation of kids themselves) to employ discipline (by spanking a kid who refused to stop demanding him to play "Giddyup"/"Horsie"), leading to the exile of the adults to Cleveland. ''WesternAnimation/OperationZERO'' {{retcon}}ned this, instead making him the cowardly, disgruntled brother of the eponymous legendary operative. He's also revealed to be [[spoiler:Numbuh One's EvilUncle (and by proxy, this makes [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Sector Z/The Delight Children from Down the Lane]] his adoptive cousins and [[GreaterScopeVillain Grandfather]] his ''actual'' grandfather), as Numbuh Zero is Numbuh One's BumblingDad.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': Originally, In ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', [[BigBad Father's]] original backstory (an AncientConspiracy that Numbuh One [[CassandraTruth had figured out and told his class class]] instead of a report on the Declaration of Independence) had him as Mr. Wigglestein, the first adult (adults adult--adults being the creation of kids themselves) to themselves--to employ discipline (by spanking a kid who refused to stop demanding him to play "Giddyup"/"Horsie"), leading to the exile of the adults to Cleveland. ''WesternAnimation/OperationZERO'' {{retcon}}ned this, instead making him the cowardly, disgruntled brother of the eponymous legendary operative. He's also revealed to be [[spoiler:Numbuh One's EvilUncle (and by proxy, this makes [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Sector Z/The Delight Children from Down the Lane]] his adoptive cousins and [[GreaterScopeVillain Grandfather]] his ''actual'' grandfather), as Numbuh Zero is Numbuh One's BumblingDad.]]
3rd Apr '18 12:08:26 PM Anicomicgeek
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* Cobra Commander, the BigBad of ''Franchise/GIJoe'', has had multiple origin stories. ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMovie'' made him a {{snake pe|ople}}rson scientist from an ancient civilization called Cobra-La sent out to destroy humanity, whereas every other version has had him human, but also with widely different backstories. ''ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel'' had him as a former used car salesman with an ax to grind against Snake-Eyes, when the future Commander's own brother, Dan, got drunk and caused an accident that not only took Dan's own life, but also that of Snake-Eyes's family; ''ComicBook/GIJoeDevilsDue'' kept the same origin as Marvel, but modified it to where the Commander and Snake-Eyes did know each other before the accident and the Commander turned on Snake-Eyes after he refused to kill a corrupt judge who ruled against Dan; ''ComicBook/GIJoeIDW'' has the Cobra Commander mantle as a LegacyCharacter; [[Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra the live-]][[Film/GIJoeRetaliation action movies]] made him [[spoiler:a former solider named Rex Lewis who once served in the army alongside Duke and [[RelatedInTheAdaptation is the brother of the Baroness]]]]; and ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'' reimagined the Commander as a CorruptCorporateExecutive using the alias "Adam [=DeCobray=]" and is in [[DarkLordOnLifeSupport poor health]].

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* Cobra Commander, the BigBad of ''Franchise/GIJoe'', has had multiple origin stories. ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMovie'' made him a {{snake pe|ople}}rson scientist from an ancient civilization called Cobra-La sent out to destroy humanity, whereas every other version has had him human, but also with widely wildly different backstories. ''ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel'' had him as a former used car salesman with an ax to grind against Snake-Eyes, when the future Commander's own brother, Dan, got drunk and caused an accident that not only took Dan's own life, but also that of Snake-Eyes's family; ''ComicBook/GIJoeDevilsDue'' kept the same origin as Marvel, but modified it to where the Commander and Snake-Eyes did know each other before the accident and the Commander turned on Snake-Eyes after he refused to kill a corrupt judge who ruled against Dan; ''ComicBook/GIJoeIDW'' has the Cobra Commander mantle as a LegacyCharacter; [[Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra the live-]][[Film/GIJoeRetaliation action movies]] made him [[spoiler:a former solider named Rex Lewis who once served in the army alongside Duke and [[RelatedInTheAdaptation is the brother of the Baroness]]]]; and ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'' reimagined the Commander as a CorruptCorporateExecutive using the alias "Adam [=DeCobray=]" and is in [[DarkLordOnLifeSupport poor health]].
2nd Apr '18 11:32:57 PM Anicomicgeek
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* Cobra Commander, the BigBad of ''Franchise/GIJoe'', has had multiple origin stories. ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMovie'' made him a {{ snake pe|ople}}rson scientist from an ancient civilization called Cobra-La sent out to destroy humanity, whereas every other version has had him human, but also with widely different backstories. ''ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel'' had him as a former used car salesman with an ax to grind against Snake-Eyes, when the future Commander's own brother, Dan, got drunk and caused an accident that not only took Dan's own life, but also that of Snake-Eyes's family; ''ComicBook/GIJoeDevilsDue'' kept the same origin as Marvel, but modified it to where the Commander and Snake-Eyes did know each other before the accident and the Commander turned on Snake-Eyes after he refused to kill a corrupt judge who ruled against Dan; ''ComicBook/GIJoeIDW'' has the Cobra Commander mantle as a LegacyCharacter; [[Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra the live-]][[Film/GIJoeRetaliation action movies]] made him [[spoiler:a former solider named Rex Lewis who once served in the army alongside Duke and [[RelatedInTheAdaptation is the brother of the Baroness]]]]; and ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'' reimagined the Commander as a CorruptCorporateExecutive using the alias "Adam [=DeCobray=]" and is in [[DarkLordOnLifeSupport poor health]].

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* Cobra Commander, the BigBad of ''Franchise/GIJoe'', has had multiple origin stories. ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMovie'' made him a {{ snake {{snake pe|ople}}rson scientist from an ancient civilization called Cobra-La sent out to destroy humanity, whereas every other version has had him human, but also with widely different backstories. ''ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel'' had him as a former used car salesman with an ax to grind against Snake-Eyes, when the future Commander's own brother, Dan, got drunk and caused an accident that not only took Dan's own life, but also that of Snake-Eyes's family; ''ComicBook/GIJoeDevilsDue'' kept the same origin as Marvel, but modified it to where the Commander and Snake-Eyes did know each other before the accident and the Commander turned on Snake-Eyes after he refused to kill a corrupt judge who ruled against Dan; ''ComicBook/GIJoeIDW'' has the Cobra Commander mantle as a LegacyCharacter; [[Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra the live-]][[Film/GIJoeRetaliation action movies]] made him [[spoiler:a former solider named Rex Lewis who once served in the army alongside Duke and [[RelatedInTheAdaptation is the brother of the Baroness]]]]; and ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'' reimagined the Commander as a CorruptCorporateExecutive using the alias "Adam [=DeCobray=]" and is in [[DarkLordOnLifeSupport poor health]].
2nd Apr '18 11:31:56 PM Anicomicgeek
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* Cobra Commander, the BigBad of ''Franchise/GIJoe'', has had multiple origin stories. ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMovie'' made him a snakeman and scientist from an ancient civilization called Cobra-La sent out to destroy humanity, whereas every other version has had him human, but also with widely different backstories. ''ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel'' had him as a former used car salesman with an ax to grind against Snake-Eyes, when the future Commander's own brother, Dan, got drunk and caused an accident that not only took Dan's own life, but also that of Snake-Eyes's family; ''ComicBook/GIJoeDevilsDue'' kept the same origin as Marvel, but modified it to where the Commander and Snake-Eyes did know each other before the accident and the Commander turned on Snake-Eyes after he refused to kill a corrupt judge who ruled against Dan; ''ComicBook/GIJoeIDW'' has the Cobra Commander mantle as a LegacyCharacter; [[Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra the live-]][[Film/GIJoeRetaliation action movies]] made him [[spoiler:a former solider named Rex Lewis who once served in the army alongside Duke and [[RelatedInTheAdaptation is the brother of the Baroness]]]]; and ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'' reimagined the Commander as a CorruptCorporateExecutive using the alias "Adam [=DeCobray=]" and is in [[DarkLordOnLifeSupport poor health]].

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* Cobra Commander, the BigBad of ''Franchise/GIJoe'', has had multiple origin stories. ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMovie'' made him a snakeman and {{ snake pe|ople}}rson scientist from an ancient civilization called Cobra-La sent out to destroy humanity, whereas every other version has had him human, but also with widely different backstories. ''ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel'' had him as a former used car salesman with an ax to grind against Snake-Eyes, when the future Commander's own brother, Dan, got drunk and caused an accident that not only took Dan's own life, but also that of Snake-Eyes's family; ''ComicBook/GIJoeDevilsDue'' kept the same origin as Marvel, but modified it to where the Commander and Snake-Eyes did know each other before the accident and the Commander turned on Snake-Eyes after he refused to kill a corrupt judge who ruled against Dan; ''ComicBook/GIJoeIDW'' has the Cobra Commander mantle as a LegacyCharacter; [[Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra the live-]][[Film/GIJoeRetaliation action movies]] made him [[spoiler:a former solider named Rex Lewis who once served in the army alongside Duke and [[RelatedInTheAdaptation is the brother of the Baroness]]]]; and ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'' reimagined the Commander as a CorruptCorporateExecutive using the alias "Adam [=DeCobray=]" and is in [[DarkLordOnLifeSupport poor health]].
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