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* The ''Franchise/RockRaiders'' fanfic ''[[FanFic/{{LMS}} The Engineer]]'' is an origins story for Sparks.

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* The ''Franchise/RockRaiders'' ''Toys/RockRaiders'' fanfic ''[[FanFic/{{LMS}} The Engineer]]'' is an origins story for Sparks.
26th Mar '17 8:18:52 PM JMQwilleran
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* ''WesternAnimation/DocMcStuffins'' has "Bringing Home Baby," which features several flashbacks to Doc's early life, showing how she got each of her main toy friends, how she got her magic stethoscope and learned of its power to bring toys to life, and how she came to be a toy doctor.


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* ''WesternAnimation/SheriffCalliesWildWest'' has the book release ''The Cat Who Tamed the West'', which explains how Callie came to the town of Mean and Messy Corners and took on all the bandits that were terrorizing the town, then lassoed a star for her badge and became sheriff of the renamed Nice and Friendly Corners.


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* ''WesternAnimation/WonderPets'' has "How it All Began!", which explains exactly that - showing how Linny was joined by Tuck and Ming-Ming, how they came up with the show's trademark songs, and their first two rescues.
26th Mar '17 2:47:33 PM AthenaBlue
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* It's not until near the end of ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'' that Urhi's TearJerker of a backstory is revealed, along with why he's so loyal to Nakia.



* During ''Anime/BurstAngel'', after many episodes of fighting the [[MonsterOfTheWeek villain of the week]], the final four episodes are dedicated to Jo's origins, mainly episode 23.
* The animated film ''Arcadia of My Youth'' provided a canon origin story for Anime/CaptainHarlock, albeit with a liberal dose of RetCon. ''Maetel Legend'' OVA, meanwhile, was an origin story for both Maetel from ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999'' and Emeraldas from ''Anime/QueenEmeraldas'' (and other assorted Anime/{{Leijiverse}} media), as well as a FullyAbsorbedFinale for Yayoi Yukino from ''Anime/QueenMillennia'': Yayoi becomes La Andromeda Promethium, the evil mechanoid queen, and sends her non-identical twin daughters Maetel and Emeraldas into exile on a secret quest to find a way to defeat her.



* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': Episode 5 and 6 of Season 2, are an origin story for how Kiritsugu became the way he is.
* Pretty much every character in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' has at least one flashback showing a significant moment that lead to them being the way they are. Most notable are the flashbacks of how Kyoko ended up meeting and marrying Katsyua and how [[spoiler:Akito's mother got married to her father and manipulated him into raising Akito as a boy.]]



* The tenth episode of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is dedicated to [[DarkMagicalGirl Homura]]'s backstory, finally explicitly explaining her mysterious powers, behavior, and motivations.
** The first volume of the spin-off manga ''The Different Story'' functions as one for both Mami and Kyoko - specifically focusing on how they drifted apart after [[spoiler: Mr. Sakura's PaterFamilicide]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has a rather odd one starting how Luffy got his powers and his inspiration to be a pirate in the first chapter. A couple of story arcs down the line and a flashback arc fleshes it out a bit more showcasing further motivation to why he does what he does. The rest of the crew stories are told individually as we either first meet then or they're on the verge of joining soon.
* It's not until near the end of ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'' that Urhi's TearJerker of a backstory is revealed, along with why he's so loyal to Nakia.
* Pretty much every character in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' has at least one flashback showing a significant moment that lead to them being the way they are. Most notable are the flashbacks of how Kyoko ended up meeting and marrying Katsyua and how [[spoiler:Akito's mother got married to her father and manipulated him into raising Akito as a boy.]]
* During ''Anime/BurstAngel'', after many episodes of fighting the [[MonsterOfTheWeek villain of the week]], the final four episodes are dedicated to Jo's origins, mainly episode 23.

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* The tenth ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' is a weird case. It starts InMediasRes and then jumps back in time twice: part 2 is chronologically the earliest chapter and is an origins episode of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is dedicated to [[DarkMagicalGirl Homura]]'s backstory, finally explicitly explaining her mysterious powers, behavior, for Mikiya and motivations.
** The first volume
Shiki's ''relationship'', of all things; while part 4 is the origins episode for the Shiki we see throughout most of the spin-off manga ''The Different Story'' functions as one for both Mami and Kyoko - specifically focusing on how they drifted apart after [[spoiler: Mr. Sakura's PaterFamilicide]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has a rather odd one starting how Luffy got his powers and his inspiration to be a pirate in
series--the composite personality built from the first chapter. A couple remains of story arcs down the line and a flashback arc fleshes it out a bit more showcasing further motivation to why he does what he does. The rest of the crew stories are told individually as we either first meet then or they're on the verge of joining soon.
* It's not until near
her original split personalities that were shattered at the end of ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'' that Urhi's TearJerker of a backstory is revealed, along with why he's so loyal to Nakia.
* Pretty much every character in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' has at least one flashback showing a significant moment that lead to them being the way they are. Most notable are the flashbacks of how Kyoko ended up meeting and marrying Katsyua and how [[spoiler:Akito's mother got married to her father and manipulated him into raising Akito as a boy.]]
* During ''Anime/BurstAngel'', after many episodes of fighting the [[MonsterOfTheWeek villain of the week]], the final four episodes are dedicated to Jo's origins, mainly episode 23.
part 2.



** ''Anime/LupinIIIEpisode0FirstContact'' is yet ''another'' Origins episode, telling the story of how EveryoneMeetsEveryone, and how Goemon finds the 'Zantetsuken''.
* The final two episodes of ''Anime/ShamanicPrincess'' are {{whole episode flashback}}s that detail the lead-up to the events of the preceding episodes.

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** ''Anime/LupinIIIEpisode0FirstContact'' is yet ''another'' Origins episode, telling the story of how EveryoneMeetsEveryone, and how Goemon finds the 'Zantetsuken''.''Zantetsuken''.
* The final second [[AudioAdaptation Sound Stage]] for the original ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' series is set two episodes of ''Anime/ShamanicPrincess'' are {{whole episode flashback}}s that detail years before the lead-up to series and delves into the events origins of its antagonists, the DarkMagicalGirl Fate, her familiar Arf, and their late mentor Rynith. It is also the chronologically earliest canon installment of the preceding episodes.series, being set in the year 0063 by Midchildan reckoning, whereas the main time frame of the franchise starts in 0065.
* In ''Manga/MagicOfStella'', the second half of Episode 7 is about how Tamaki and Yumine became ChildhoodFriends, and how Tamaki got an interest in games (in the general sense) in the first place.



* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': Episode 5 and 6 of Season 2, are an origin story for how Kiritsugu became the way he is.
* ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' is a weird case. It starts InMediasRes and then jumps back in time twice: part 2 is chronologically the earliest chapter and is an origins episode for Mikiya and Shiki's ''relationship'', of all things; while part 4 is the origins episode for the Shiki we see throughout most of the series--the composite personality built from the remains of her original split personalities that were shattered at the end of part 2.



* The animated film ''Arcadia of My Youth'' provided a canon origin story for Anime/CaptainHarlock, albeit with a liberal dose of RetCon. ''Maetel Legend'' OVA, meanwhile, was an origin story for both Maetel from ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999'' and Emeraldas from ''Anime/QueenEmeraldas'' (and other assorted Anime/{{Leijiverse}} media), as well as a FullyAbsorbedFinale for Yayoi Yukino from ''Anime/QueenMillennia'': Yayoi becomes La Andromeda Promethium, the evil mechanoid queen, and sends her non-identical twin daughters Maetel and Emeraldas into exile on a secret quest to find a way to defeat her.



* The tenth episode of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is dedicated to [[DarkMagicalGirl Homura]]'s backstory, finally explicitly explaining her mysterious powers, behavior, and motivations.
** The first volume of the spin-off manga ''The Different Story'' functions as one for both Mami and Kyoko - specifically focusing on how they drifted apart after [[spoiler: Mr. Sakura's PaterFamilicide]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has a rather odd one starting how Luffy got his powers and his inspiration to be a pirate in the first chapter. A couple of story arcs down the line and a flashback arc fleshes it out a bit more showcasing further motivation to why he does what he does. The rest of the crew stories are told individually as we either first meet then or they're on the verge of joining soon.
* The final two episodes of ''Anime/ShamanicPrincess'' are {{whole episode flashback}}s that detail the lead-up to the events of the preceding episodes.



* In ''Manga/MagicOfStella'', the second half of Episode 7 is about how Tamaki and Yumine became ChildhoodFriends, and how Tamaki got an interest in games (in the general sense) in the first place.
* The second [[AudioAdaptation Sound Stage]] for the original ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' series is set two years before the series and delves into the origins of its antagonists, the DarkMagicalGirl Fate, her familiar Arf, and their late mentor Rynith. It is also the chronologically earliest canon installment of the series, being set in the year 0063 by Midchildan reckoning, whereas the main time frame of the franchise starts in 0065.



* [[ComicBook/WonderGirl Donna Troy]] sets the record for the sheer number of these. A character created by author miscommunication (someone put Wonder Girl in ComicBook/TeenTitans not realizing her earlier appearances were ''teenage Franchise/WonderWoman in the past''), she had to have her origin told after the fact. But no two writers seem to agree on what it should be, and by now she is nigh unusable; [[ContinuitySnarl the question "who the hell is she?" is now unanswerable]]. Every attempt to fix it just tosses another {{Retcon}} on the already-enormous pile. However, the last CosmicRetcon has left the slate blank for a single origin to be established, and stick. We haven't re-met her to know which one it'll be.

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* [[ComicBook/WonderGirl Donna Troy]] sets the record for the sheer number of these. A character created by author miscommunication (someone put Wonder Girl in ComicBook/TeenTitans not realizing her earlier appearances were ''teenage Franchise/WonderWoman in the past''), she had to have her origin told after the fact. But no two writers seem to agree on what it should be, and by now she is nigh unusable; [[ContinuitySnarl the question "who the hell is she?" is now now]] [[ContinuitySnarl/DonnaTroy unanswerable]]. Every attempt to fix it just tosses another {{Retcon}} on the already-enormous pile. However, the last CosmicRetcon has left the slate blank for a single origin to be established, and stick. We haven't re-met her to know which one it'll be.



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* The first ten minutes of ''Film/OurMissBrooks'', the [[TheMovie cinematic]] [[GrandFinale series finale]] of the series of the same name, begins by retelling Miss Brooks's initial arrival in Madison.
* Part of the reason for the ''Film/StarWars'' prequel trilogy was to give specific accounts for how Anakin Skywalker became a Jedi and how he ended up becoming Darth Vader.
* ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' was written as the explanation for ''Series/TheMuppetShow.'' During a FramingDevice (the muppets in a theater), Kermit makes clear that [[HandWave some artistic liberties have been taken,]] [[ContinuitySnarl especially since early episodes of the show contradict what's shown in the film.]]
-->'''Robin:''' Uncle Kermit, is this how the Muppets really got started?\\
'''Kermit:''' Well, it's sort of approximately how it happened.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' shows how [[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Mike and Sully]] became a scaring duo.
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[[folder: Film -- Live-Action ]]
* An unusual case:
The first ten minutes of ''Film/OurMissBrooks'', ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' depict a young Boy Scout Indy trying to save a relic from a gang of bandits, which ends up demonstrating the [[TheMovie cinematic]] [[GrandFinale series finale]] source of the series of the same name, begins by retelling Miss Brooks's initial arrival in Madison.
* Part of the reason for the ''Film/StarWars'' prequel trilogy was to give specific accounts for how Anakin Skywalker became a Jedi and how he ended up becoming Darth Vader.
* ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' was written as the explanation for ''Series/TheMuppetShow.'' During a FramingDevice (the muppets in a theater), Kermit makes clear that [[HandWave some artistic liberties have been taken,]] [[ContinuitySnarl especially since early episodes of the show contradict what's shown
his [[WeaponOfChoice interest in the film.]]
-->'''Robin:''' Uncle Kermit, is this
bullwhip,]] [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes his fear of snakes,]] [[IndyPloy his gift for improvising action,]] [[ContrivedCoincidence and finally]] where he got his [[NiceHat famous hat.]] Then George Lucas realized how much fun he had making the Muppets really got started?\\
'''Kermit:''' Well, it's sort of approximately how
sequence, and managed to turn it happened.into a full-on television series: ''Series/TheYoungIndianaJonesChronicles''.



* As evident by the titles, ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' and ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' (although both works had MASSIVE amounts of ContinuitySnarl, especially with each other!)
* ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' was originally going to be this for ''Film/{{Alien}}'' but has since evolved into something else, although there are still connections with the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise (such as the presence of the Weyland Corporation and androids).
** [[spoiler:''Prometheus'' directly deals with the history and purpose of the Space Jockeys]].
* An unusual case: The first ten minutes of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' depict a young Boy Scout Indy trying to save a relic from a gang of bandits, which ends up demonstrating the source of his [[WeaponOfChoice interest in the bullwhip,]] [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes his fear of snakes,]] [[IndyPloy his gift for improvising action,]] [[ContrivedCoincidence and finally]] where he got his [[NiceHat famous hat.]] Then George Lucas realized how much fun he had making the sequence, and managed to turn it into a full-on television series: ''Series/TheYoungIndianaJonesChronicles''.
* WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity shows how [[WesternAnimation/MonstersInc Mike and Sully]] became a scaring duo.



* ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' was written as the explanation for ''Series/TheMuppetShow.'' During a FramingDevice (the muppets in a theater), Kermit makes clear that [[HandWave some artistic liberties have been taken,]] [[ContinuitySnarl especially since early episodes of the show contradict what's shown in the film.]]
-->'''Robin:''' Uncle Kermit, is this how the Muppets really got started?\\
'''Kermit:''' Well, it's sort of approximately how it happened.
* The first ten minutes of ''Film/OurMissBrooks'', the [[TheMovie cinematic]] [[GrandFinale series finale]] of the series of the same name, begins by retelling Miss Brooks's initial arrival in Madison.
* ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' was originally going to be this for ''Film/{{Alien}}'' but has since evolved into something else, although there are still connections with the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise (such as the presence of the Weyland Corporation and androids).
** [[spoiler:''Prometheus'' directly deals with the history and purpose of the Space Jockeys]].
* Part of the reason for the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequel trilogy was to give specific accounts for how Anakin Skywalker became a Jedi and how he ended up becoming Darth Vader.
* As evident by the titles, ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' and ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' (although both works had MASSIVE amounts of ContinuitySnarl, especially with each other!)



* ''Franchise/StarWars: Literature/OutboundFlight'' ExpandedUniverse novel, deals with the origin of Imperial Grand Admiral Thrawn, and ties ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' with the prequel film trilogy and the ''Literature/NewJediOrder''.



* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'': ''[[Literature/StarWarsThrawn Thrawn]]'' gives the new-canon backstory of the titular Grand Admiral, including how he attained the rank. It ends shortly before his formal introduction into new canon in the third season of ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels Rebels]]''.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': ''Literature/OutboundFlight'' deals with the origin of Imperial Grand Admiral Thrawn, and ties ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' with the prequel film trilogy and the ''Literature/NewJediOrder''.



* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' had this in episode "You Can Go Home Again" which is also the season 3 finale. In this episode, Frasier celebrates his show's three years anniversary and Roz offers him a videotape which contains his first broadcast. As he goes home, Frasier listens the tape and we see what happened when he arrived to Seattle, met Roz for the first time and reconcilied with Niles and later Martin.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has the episode "Fragments," giving the back-story of how the main team members [[note]]other than Gwen, whose origin was revealed in "Everything Changes"[[/note]] were recruited to Torchwood Three.
* One of the main gimmicks of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', was that each episode had a flashback plot delivering information about a specific character's past. Many of the major characters ended up having several.

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* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' had this in episode "You Can Go Home Again" which is also the season 3 finale. In this episode, Frasier celebrates his show's three years anniversary and Roz offers him a videotape which contains his first broadcast. As he goes home, Frasier listens the tape and we see what happened when he arrived to Seattle, met Roz for the first time and reconcilied with Niles and later Martin.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has the episode "Fragments," giving the back-story of how the main team members [[note]]other than Gwen, whose
''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** Angel's
origin was revealed first showed in "Everything Changes"[[/note]] were recruited to Torchwood Three.
* One
both parts of "Becoming" but ''Series/{{Angel}}'' elaborated on it in "Somnamublist".
*** ''Becoming'' also gave some more of Buffy's origin story (at least, within
the main gimmicks of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', was that each TV show, given the movie is largely considered discontinuity by the TV series) showing her first meeting with her Watcher, Merrick, and her first patrol and slaying.
** The
episode had a flashback plot delivering information "Fool For Love" was Spike's official origin episode. 'Lies My Parents Told Me' gave more details about a specific character's past. Many of that origin. And the major characters ended up having several.cross-over episode with ''Series/{{Angel}}'' that "Fool For Love" was a part of, called "Darla", was the origin episode for, well, Darla.
*** Related - Drusilla's origin and siring are described on ''Buffy'' in season 2 episode ''Lie To Me'', and shown in flashbacks in the ''Angel'' season 2 episode ''Dear Boy''.



* ''Series/WhiteCollar'' episode "[[DoubleMeaningTitle Forging Bonds]]" dedicated to how Neal started his ConMan career with Mozzie, how he met Kate, how Peter started pursuing Neal and how Peter and Neal first met.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' has the episode "How I Met Everyone Else", which showcases how the core group (except Robin, who joined the group in the pilot) met and became friends[[note]]Marshall and Ted met as roommates in college, Lily and Marshall met when she was "inexplicably drawn" to his dorm room one morning, Barney and Ted met in the bathroom at a bar, and Barney and Marshall met at the same bar some time later. They all met Robin at the same bar as well.[[/note]].

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* ''Series/WhiteCollar'' episode "[[DoubleMeaningTitle Forging Bonds]]" dedicated ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' eventually showed us the backstory as to how Neal started his ConMan career with Mozzie, how he met Kate, how Peter started pursuing Neal and how Peter and Neal first met.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' has the episode "How I Met Everyone Else", which showcases how the core group (except Robin, who joined the group in the pilot) met and
Sara became friends[[note]]Marshall and Ted met a CIA operative, starting as roommates in college, Lily and Marshall met a young teen when she was "inexplicably drawn" to a grifter with her father.
** [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming "Chuck Versus the Tic Tac"]] reveals Casey's origins: [[spoiler: A Marine Corps sniper in Honduras named Alexander Coburn who faked
his dorm room one morning, Barney and Ted met in death to join a special forces unit]]. Unfortunately, it's left ''quite'' a ContinuitySnarl that has never really been addressed.
* ''{{Series/Community}}'' had
the bathroom at a bar, and Barney and Marshall met at aptly titled [[Recap/CommunityS4E12HeroicOrigins "Heroic Origins"]], in which Abed charts the same bar some time later. They group's connection through random interactions before they all met Robin started at Greendale, eventually leading to reveal how they all came to choose the same bar as well.[[/note]].school.



** It only took 11 years and four Doctors battling the Daleks before we finally got to see how they were created by Davros, after which point he became a recurring villain in Dalek stories.
** The Second Doctor story ''The War Games'' finally revealed Gallifrey and the Time Lords, after six years of the Doctor's species being unknown.

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** It only took 11 years and four Doctors battling the Daleks before we finally got to see how they were created by Davros, after which point he became a recurring villain in Dalek stories.
** The Second Doctor story ''The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames "The War Games'' Games"]] finally revealed Gallifrey and the Time Lords, after six years of the Doctor's species being unknown. unknown.
** It only took 11 years and four Doctors battling the Daleks before we finally got to see [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks how they were created by Davros]], after which point he became a recurring villain in Dalek stories.



** '''Averted''' with the Doctor himself. Even after 50+ years and 36 seasons (as of 2017), there has '''never''' been a formal, canonical revelation of who he was before he ran away from Gallifrey and became the Doctor, not even his real name. His granddaughter Susan remains the only relative of his depicted onscreen or even named, even though he had to have had a wife and children. Occasionally hints are dropped about his past -- recently the Doctor confessed in "Heaven Sent" (Series 9/Season 35) he fled Gallifrey out of fear of ''something'' rather than the boredom he usually claims -- but nothing more, leaving the title of the show a never-to-be-answered question. The one attempt at this trope for the Doctor, the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Lungbarrow'', was way back in TheNineties' ExpandedUniverse, provoked very mixed fan reactions at the time, and cannot be reconciled with the depiction of Gallifrey in later televised canon.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' had several origin episodes, including one for the BigBad ("Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man") and the Lone Gunmen trio ("Unusual Suspects").
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' had several over the course of the show, showing how she developed from a village girl into an evil Warrior Princess. (She had a HeelFaceTurn during her guest appearances on ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' before she got her own show.)

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** '''Averted''' with the Doctor himself. Even after 50+ years and 36 seasons (as of 2017), there has '''never''' been a formal, canonical revelation of who he was before he ran away from Gallifrey and became the Doctor, not even his real name. His granddaughter Susan remains the only relative of his depicted onscreen or even named, even though he had to have had a wife and children. Occasionally hints are dropped about his past -- recently the Doctor confessed in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent" (Series 9/Season 35) Sent"]] he fled Gallifrey out of fear of ''something'' rather than the boredom he usually claims -- but nothing more, leaving the title of the show a never-to-be-answered question. The one attempt at this trope for the Doctor, the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''Lungbarrow'', was way back in TheNineties' ExpandedUniverse, provoked very mixed fan reactions at the time, and cannot be reconciled with the depiction of Gallifrey in later televised canon.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' had several origin episodes, including one for the BigBad ("Musings The ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Out of a Cigarette-Smoking Man") and the Lone Gunmen trio ("Unusual Suspects").
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' had several over the course of the show,
Gas" features flashbacks showing how she developed from a village girl into an evil Warrior Princess. (She each of the main characters ended up on Serenity (except for Book, Simon and River, who came aboard in the pilot episode).
* ''Series/ForeverKnight'': Nick's vampire origin was shown in the pilot, "Dark Knight".
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}''
had this in episode "You Can Go Home Again" which is also the season 3 finale. In this episode, Frasier celebrates his show's three years anniversary and Roz offers him a HeelFaceTurn during her guest appearances videotape which contains his first broadcast. As he goes home, Frasier listens the tape and we see what happened when he arrived to Seattle, met Roz for the first time and reconciled with Niles and later Martin.
* The ''Series/{{Greek}}'' episode "Freshman Daze" gave the background stories for Casey, Cappie and Evan (with more information
on ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' before she got her own show.)Ashleigh and Frannie) through flashbacks to their freshman year, including the origins of the love triangle that drove most of their storylines.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' had "Family Tree" for Duncan, and for recurring characters, there was "Legacy" for Amanda, "Comes A Horseman" showed Cassandra's origin and there was one for Fitz ("Star Crossed"?).



* ''{{Series/Community}}'' had the aptly titled [[Recap/CommunityS4E12HeroicOrigins "Heroic Origins"]], in which Abed charts the group's connection through random interactions before they all started at Greendale, eventually leading to reveal how they all came to choose the school.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' eventually showed us the backstory as to how Sara became a CIA operative, starting as a young teen when she was a grifter with her father.
** [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming "Chuck Versus the Tic Tac"]] reveals Casey's origins: [[spoiler: A Marine Corps sniper in Honduras named Alexander Coburn who faked his death to join a special forces unit]]. Unfortunately, it's left ''quite'' a ContinuitySnarl that has never really been addressed.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' had "Family Tree" for Duncan, and for recurring characters, there was "Legacy" for Amanda, "Comes A Horseman" showed Cassandra's origin and there was one for Fitz ("Star Crossed"?).
* ''Series/ForeverKnight'': Nick's vampire origin was shown in the pilot, "Dark Knight".
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** Angel's origin was first showed in both parts of "Becoming" but ''Series/{{Angel}}'' elaborated on it in "Somnamublist".
*** ''Becoming'' also gave some more of Buffy's origin story (at least, within the TV show, given the movie is largely considered discontinuity by the TV series) showing her first meeting with her Watcher, Merrick, and her first patrol and slaying.
** The episode "Fool For Love" was Spike's official origin episode. 'Lies My Parents Told Me' gave more details about that origin. And the cross-over episode with ''Series/{{Angel}}'' that "Fool For Love" was a part of, called "Darla", was the origin episode for, well, Darla.
*** Related - Drusilla's origin and siring are described on ''Buffy'' in season 2 episode ''Lie To Me'', and shown in flashbacks in the ''Angel'' season 2 episode ''Dear Boy''.
* ''Series/TheTribe'' had two of these in the second season; one focused on Zoot and Ebony; the other focused on Lex and Ryan (though the latter example was submerged as a very long flashback).

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* ''{{Series/Community}}'' had ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' has the aptly titled [[Recap/CommunityS4E12HeroicOrigins "Heroic Origins"]], in episode "How I Met Everyone Else", which Abed charts showcases how the group's connection through random interactions before they all started at Greendale, eventually leading to reveal how they all came to choose core group (except Robin, who joined the school.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' eventually showed us
group in the backstory as to how Sara pilot) met and became a CIA operative, starting friends[[note]]Marshall and Ted met as a young teen roommates in college, Lily and Marshall met when she was a grifter with her father.
** [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming "Chuck Versus the Tic Tac"]] reveals Casey's origins: [[spoiler: A Marine Corps sniper in Honduras named Alexander Coburn who faked
"inexplicably drawn" to his death to join a special forces unit]]. Unfortunately, it's left ''quite'' a ContinuitySnarl that has never really been addressed.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' had "Family Tree" for Duncan,
dorm room one morning, Barney and for recurring characters, there was "Legacy" for Amanda, "Comes A Horseman" showed Cassandra's origin and there was one for Fitz ("Star Crossed"?).
* ''Series/ForeverKnight'': Nick's vampire origin was shown
Ted met in the pilot, "Dark Knight".
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** Angel's origin was first showed in both parts of "Becoming" but ''Series/{{Angel}}'' elaborated on it in "Somnamublist".
*** ''Becoming'' also gave
bathroom at a bar, and Barney and Marshall met at the same bar some more of Buffy's origin story (at least, within time later. They all met Robin at the TV show, same bar as well.[[/note]].
* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' has nearly half their riders be
given the Origins Episodes, mostly as part of a movie is largely considered discontinuity by (or in the TV series) showing her first meeting with her Watcher, Merrick, and her first patrol and slaying.
** The
case of [[FallenHero Kamen Rider Eternal]], a whole movie).
* One of the main gimmicks of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', was that each
episode "Fool For Love" was Spike's official origin episode. 'Lies My Parents Told Me' gave more details had a flashback plot delivering information about a specific character's past. Many of the major characters ended up having several.
* S1 E4 of ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' has a bit of this, in
that origin. And it expands on how some of the cross-over episode characters ended up with ''Series/{{Angel}}'' that "Fool For Love" was a part of, called "Darla", was the origin episode for, well, Darla.
*** Related - Drusilla's origin and siring are described on ''Buffy'' in season 2 episode ''Lie To Me'', and shown in flashbacks in the ''Angel'' season 2 episode ''Dear Boy''.
* ''Series/TheTribe'' had two of these in the second season; one focused on Zoot and Ebony; the other focused on Lex and Ryan (though the latter example was submerged as a very long flashback).
community service.



* S1 E4 of ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' has a bit of this, in that it expands on how some of the characters ended up with community service.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' has nearly half their riders be given Origins Episodes, mostly as part of a movie (or in the case of [[FallenHero Kamen Rider Eternal]], a whole movie).



* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Out of Gas" features flashbacks showing how each of the main characters ended up on Serenity (except for Book, Simon and River, who came aboard in the pilot episode).
* ''Series/{{Greek}}'' episode ''Freshman Daze'' gave the background stories for Casey, Cappie and Evan (with more information on Ashleigh and Frannie) through flashbacks to their freshman year, including the origins of the love triangle that drove most of their storylines.



* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has the episode "Fragments", giving the back-story of how the main team members [[note]]other than Gwen, whose origin was revealed in [[Recap/TorchwoodS1E1EverythingChanges "Everything Changes"]][[/note]] were recruited to Torchwood Three.
* ''Series/TheTribe'' had two of these in the second season; one focused on Zoot and Ebony; the other focused on Lex and Ryan (though the latter example was submerged as a very long flashback).
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'' episode "[[DoubleMeaningTitle Forging Bonds]]" dedicated to how Neal started his ConMan career with Mozzie, how he met Kate, how Peter started pursuing Neal and how Peter and Neal first met.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' had several over the course of the show, showing how she developed from a village girl into an evil Warrior Princess. (She had a HeelFaceTurn during her guest appearances on ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' before she got her own show.)
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' had several origin episodes, including one for the BigBad ("Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man") and the Lone Gunmen trio ("Unusual Suspects").



* In ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', MediumAwareness means [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000408c they know that 8-bits means an origin story.]]
* The Cocoon Academy arc of ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' is one for Dedede and [[spoiler: Meta Knight]].
* ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'': Oddly, Mr. Mighty's wife, Jane, got to tell her [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1990812/janes-story-begins/ origin story]] before Mr. Mighty did. Then again, maybe the author just enjoyed drawing all those {{Stripperiffic}} outfits.
** We also got to see the origin of Mr. Mighty's daughter, Summer. [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/2133672/ch13-32/ Kinda traumatic for her.]]
* ''On the Origin of PC's'' and ''StartOfDarkness'' for ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.



* ''On the Origin of PC's'' and ''StartOfDarkness'' for ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
* Oddly, [[Webcomic/EverydayHeroes Mr. Mighty]]'s wife, Jane, got to tell her [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1990812/janes-story-begins/ origin story]] before Mr. Mighty did. Then again, maybe the author just enjoyed drawing all those {{Stripperiffic}} outfits.
** We also got to see the origin of Mr. Mighty's daughter, Summer. [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/2133672/ch13-32/ Kinda traumatic for her.]]
* The Shaker Woods story arc in ''Webcomic/YehudaMoonAndTheKickstandCyclery,'' which makes everything look HarsherInHindsight.
* In ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', MediumAwareness means [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000408c they know that 8-bits means an origin story.]]
* The Cocoon Academy arc of ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' is one for Dedede and [[spoiler: Meta Knight]].

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* ''On the Origin of PC's'' and ''StartOfDarkness'' for ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
* Oddly, [[Webcomic/EverydayHeroes Mr. Mighty]]'s wife, Jane, got to tell her [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1990812/janes-story-begins/ origin story]] before Mr. Mighty did. Then again, maybe the author just enjoyed drawing all those {{Stripperiffic}} outfits.
** We also got to see the origin of Mr. Mighty's daughter, Summer. [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/2133672/ch13-32/ Kinda traumatic for her.]]
* The Shaker Woods story arc in ''Webcomic/YehudaMoonAndTheKickstandCyclery,'' ''Webcomic/YehudaMoonAndTheKickstandCyclery'', which makes everything look HarsherInHindsight.
* In ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', MediumAwareness means [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000408c they know that 8-bits means an origin story.]]
* The Cocoon Academy arc of ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' is one for Dedede and [[spoiler: Meta Knight]].
HarsherInHindsight.



* Linkara has his on his DVD of ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'', [[TheMerch available NOW]].
* WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob has his BigDamnMovie (''Film/TheCinemaSnobMovie'') about his origin, which changes his character from CharacterAsHimself Creator/BradJones into Craig Golightly under the guise of Vincent Dawn. Since then Brad has had a MilestoneCelebration and since then a FlipFlopOfGod whether or not this is the "true" Cinema Snob (Meanwhile Brad Jones doesn't really care, [[RuleOfFunny he's just doing what's funny]].) ... [[TheMerch ALSO available now]]!



* The origin novel for Phase didn't come out until about four years after the WhateleyUniverse started.
* Linkara has his on his DVD of WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall, [[TheMerch available NOW]].
* WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob has his BigDamnMovie (''Film/TheCinemaSnobMovie'') about his origin, which changes his character from CharacterAsHimself Creator/BradJones into Craig Golightly under the guise of Vincent Dawn. Since then Brad has had a MilestoneCelebration and since then a FlipFlopOfGod whether or not this is the "true" Cinema Snob (Meanwhile Brad Jones doesn't really care, [[RuleOfFunny he's just doing what's funny]].) ... [[TheMerch ALSO available now]]!
* Parodied in the live show 'Condos' of ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' where the [[TheBlank Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home]] begins telling a story that sounds like it might be her origin, only for her to reveal that the person she was talking about was actually just another woman she watched while she secretly lived in her home. [[{{Troll}} She's just telling you because she found the story interesting.]]

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* The origin novel for Phase didn't come out until about four years after the WhateleyUniverse started.
* Linkara has his on his DVD of WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall, [[TheMerch available NOW]].
* WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob has his BigDamnMovie (''Film/TheCinemaSnobMovie'') about his origin, which changes his character from CharacterAsHimself Creator/BradJones into Craig Golightly under the guise of Vincent Dawn. Since then Brad has had a MilestoneCelebration and since then a FlipFlopOfGod whether or not this is the "true" Cinema Snob (Meanwhile Brad Jones doesn't really care, [[RuleOfFunny he's just doing what's funny]].) ... [[TheMerch ALSO available now]]!
* Parodied in the live show 'Condos' "Condos" of ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' where the [[TheBlank Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home]] begins telling a story that sounds like it might be her origin, only for her to reveal that the person she was talking about was actually just another woman she watched while she secretly lived in her home. [[{{Troll}} She's just telling you because she found the story interesting.]]]]
* The origin novel for Phase didn't come out until about four years after the ''WebOriginal/WhateleyUniverse'' started.



* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'':
** The five-part series opener sets up the show's scenario. Known collectively as the "Treasure of the Golden Suns", the individual episodes are as follows; "Don't Give Up The Ship", "Wrongway in Ronguay", "Three Ducks of the Condor", "Cold Ducks" and "Too Much of a Gold Thing".
** "Launchpad's First Class" explains how Scrooge and Launchpad met.
** "Once Upon A Dime" relates much of Scrooge's early life.
** ''Recap/DuckTalesS1E44TheCurseOfCastleMcDuck'' tells about Scrooge's family background living in Scotland before he came to Duckburg, including his ancestral homes of both Cottage and Castle [=McDuck=]. It also tells of how his family fell on hard times despite originally having a castle to its name.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has both this and a conventional first episode origins set up. The first five episodes established the main characters (heros and villains) and their situation. Later [=MacBeth=] was introduced, and they then combined a multi-episode arc with telling the origin of [=MacBeth=] (he really ''is'' Theatre/{{Macbeth}}) and his history with Demona.
** {{Five Episode Pilot}}s were a staple of Disney television animation in the 80s and 90s, with the pilot movies showing how all of the characters came together. Some characters (such as [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales GizmoDuck]]) would be introduced and receive their specific origin stories later in their respective series.
* WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck received ''[[MultipleChoicePast several]]'' origin stories throughout the run of his series, many of which were contradictory, though the origin given in "Clash Reunion", which also establishes the origins of his enemy Megavolt, appears to be the true origin.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Movie'' didn't originally set out for this--the first story pitch was to have been all of the show's main villains fighting with each other over who will rule Townsville. Creator Craig [=McCracken=] found it left little screen time for the girls themselves, so it became an origin story and their haphazard first adventure.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheStorm The Storm]]" gives the backstories of [[TheHero Aang]] and [[AntiVillain Zuko]] via FlashBack.
* Its SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', has one in ''Beginnings'', a two part FlashBack that explains how the Avatar Cycle began, as well as [[UltimateEvil what]] is causing the spirits to go berserk and start attacking humans once again.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'':
''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** The five-part series opener sets up While the show's scenario. Known collectively as the "Treasure of the Golden Suns", the individual episodes are as follows; "Don't Give Up The Ship", "Wrongway in Ronguay", "Three Ducks of the Condor", "Cold Ducks" and "Too Much of a Gold Thing".
** "Launchpad's First Class" explains how Scrooge and Launchpad met.
** "Once Upon A Dime" relates much of Scrooge's early life.
** ''Recap/DuckTalesS1E44TheCurseOfCastleMcDuck'' tells about Scrooge's family background living in Scotland before he came to Duckburg, including his ancestral homes of both Cottage and Castle [=McDuck=]. It also tells of how his family fell on hard times despite originally having a castle to its name.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has both this and a conventional first
episode origins set up. The first five episodes established "Holly Jolly Secrets" doesn't reveal Ice King's origin until the main characters (heros end, the episode is about Finn and villains) and their situation. Later [=MacBeth=] was introduced, and they then combined a multi-episode arc with telling Jake trying to figure out the Ice King's "evil secret" by watching his video diary.
** "Orgalorg" tells
the origin of [=MacBeth=] (he really ''is'' Theatre/{{Macbeth}}) [[spoiler:Gunter the penguin]], of all characters. Specifically, he's actually the [[spoiler:itular EldritchAbomination, and his history with Demona.
** {{Five Episode Pilot}}s were a staple of Disney television animation
he was trapped on Earth in the 80s and 90s, with form of a penguin for trying to harness the pilot movies showing how all power of the characters came together. Some characters (such as [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales GizmoDuck]]) would be introduced and receive their specific origin stories later in their respective series.
* WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck received ''[[MultipleChoicePast several]]'' origin stories throughout the run of his series, many of which were contradictory, though the origin given in "Clash Reunion", which also establishes the origins of his enemy Megavolt, appears to be the true origin.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Movie'' didn't originally set out for this--the first story pitch was to have been all of the show's main villains fighting with each other over who will rule Townsville. Creator Craig [=McCracken=] found it left little screen time for the girls themselves, so it became an origin story and their haphazard first adventure.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheStorm The Storm]]" gives the backstories of [[TheHero Aang]] and [[AntiVillain Zuko]] via FlashBack.
* Its SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', has one in ''Beginnings'',
a two part FlashBack that explains how the Avatar Cycle began, as well as [[UltimateEvil what]] is causing the spirits to go berserk and start attacking humans once again.comet]].



* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' avoids the heroes' non-hero lives, and starts with the team already established, but an origin story appears near the ''end'' of the series, covering the team's first meeting.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' avoids The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' serves as this for the heroes' non-hero lives, ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' franchise, as it explains how Julien the lemur became king, and starts how he made partying the norm in his kingdom.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode simply titled "The Origins" detailing how Darwin came to live
with the team already established, but an origin story appears near Wattersons.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheStorm The Storm]]" gives
the ''end'' backstories of [[TheHero Aang]] and [[AntiVillain Zuko]] via FlashBack.
** Its SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', has one in ''Beginnings'', a two part FlashBack that explains how
the series, covering Avatar Cycle began, as well as [[UltimateEvil what]] is causing the team's first meeting.spirits to go berserk and start attacking humans once again.



* The 1993 ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' series had a three-part episode called "Once Upon a Time on Mars", which explained in full detail how Modo got his robotic arm and lost his eye, why Vinnie wears a metal plate over half of his face, and what the Biker Mice went through during the Plutarkian invasion of Mars before they left their home planet and ended up on Earth. The 2006 revival also had a three-part episode called "Once Upon a Time on Earth", which explained how the Catatonians started their war with the Martian mice and how Ronaldo Rump became rich.



* The third ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' movie (And second DirectToVideo movie), ''Recess: All Growed Down'' featured an origins story of how the gang all met.

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* The third ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' movie (And second DirectToVideo movie), ''Recess: All Growed Down'' featured an WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck received ''[[MultipleChoicePast several]]'' origin stories throughout the run of his series, many of which were contradictory, though the origin given in "Clash Reunion", which also establishes the origins story of his enemy Megavolt, appears to be the true origin.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' episode "The Adoption of Kshin" is another example, using flashbacks to explore how Kshin came to lose his real parents and how he and Mandrake first met.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''
** The MusicalEpisode "[=LABretto=]" serves as this for Dexter, explaining the circumstances of his birth as well as why he created his secret laboratory.
** "A Boy Named Sue" explains the backstory of Mandark and why he became rivals with Dexter, though it contradicts the events of his debut episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'':
** The five-part series opener sets up the show's scenario. Known collectively as the "Treasure of the Golden Suns", the individual episodes are as follows; "Don't Give Up The Ship", "Wrongway in Ronguay", "Three Ducks of the Condor", "Cold Ducks" and "Too Much of a Gold Thing".
** "Launchpad's First Class" explains how Scrooge and Launchpad met.
** "Once Upon A Dime" relates much of Scrooge's early life.
** ''Recap/DuckTalesS1E44TheCurseOfCastleMcDuck'' tells about Scrooge's family background living in Scotland before he came to Duckburg, including his ancestral homes of both Cottage and Castle [=McDuck=]. It also tells of how his family fell on hard times despite originally having a castle to its name.
* The DarkerAndEdgier ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' 1-hour special "Good Wilt Hunting" which reveals Wilt's backstory. [[spoiler: He was created by a Michael Jordan {{Expy}} to teach the kid basketball. In a big game against rival imaginary friend, Foul Larry, Wilt lost to save his creator's life from a falling Larry. His arm and eye were crushed by the weight of the massive Larry (who's as tall as Wilt but with more muscle) falling. Wilt was so ashamed (hence his [[ApologizesALot apologetic manner]]) that he ran away, amputating his mangled arm too. Unbeknownst to him, the kid was quite grateful and became a professional basketball player too.]] Eduardo is also revealed to be created by a little girl who needed a scary-looking imaginary friend to protect her from bad guys yet be sweet enough to play with her baby brother while Coco was found on a desert island by two biology students [[note]] WordOfGod is that Coco's creator was a little girl who survived a plane crash, taking inspiration from her surroundings for Coco's bizarre appearance.[[/note]] in the same episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' has a two-parter episode that explains how Dexter Douglas became Freakazoid. You can even see a man fighting a bear.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has both this and a conventional first episode origins set up. The first five episodes established the main characters (heroes and villains) and their situation. Later [=MacBeth=] was introduced, and they then combined a multi-episode arc with telling the origin of [=MacBeth=] (he really ''is'' Theatre/{{Macbeth}}) and his history with Demona.
** {{Five Episode Pilot}}s were a staple of Disney television animation in the 80s and 90s, with the pilot movies showing how all of the characters came together. Some characters (such as [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales GizmoDuck]]) would be introduced and receive their specific origin stories later in their respective series.
* ''WesternAnimation/GoldieAndBear'''s season finale of the first season introduces Goldie's father Mr. Locks and flashes back to the time when Goldie and Bear were not the best of friends because of the notorious "porridge incident".
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "A Tale of Two Stans" shows
how the gang all met.Author came to Gravity Falls and wrote the Journals, and why Stan started the Mystery Shack.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' episode "Out of the Past" explains in flashbacks how Jerrica Benton's deceased father Emmett created Synergy, the artificial intelligence who controls the holograms used by Jerrica's alter ego Jem and her band the Holograms.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''' "The Invisible Hand of Fate" revealed the start of Billy and Pete's friendship and Phantom Limb becoming a supervillain, as well as explain how Brock became the Ventures' bodyguard.
* The ''WesternAnimation/WorldOfQuest'' episode "The Fall of Odyssia" explores how the eponymous Quest came to the service of the royal court -- specifically, becoming Nestor's nanny for life.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''' ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'' had two origin episodes.
**
"The Invisible Hand of Fate" revealed Comet Cometh" reveals in flashback what the start of Billy Loonatics were like before they got their powers and Pete's friendship and Phantom Limb becoming a supervillain, where they were when the meteor that gave them their powers came to Acmetropolis.
** The first season's two-part finale "Acmegeddon" explains the backstories of the Loonatics' benefactor Zadavia
as well as explain how Brock became the Ventures' bodyguard.
her evil brother Optimatus.
* The ''WesternAnimation/WorldOfQuest'' episode "The Fall of Odyssia" explores how the eponymous Quest came to the service of the royal court -- specifically, becoming Nestor's nanny for life.''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': ''WesternAnimation/TheOldGreyHare'': In a flashback we learn that WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and Elmer Fudd have been chasing one another since they were babies! And even then Bugs outsmarted him!



* WesternAnimation/RegularShow has "Skips' Story" which explains how Skips gained immortality.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** While the episode "Holly Jolly Secrets" doesn't reveal Ice King's origin until the end, the episode is about Finn and Jake trying to figure out the Ice King's "evil secret" by watching his video diary.
** "Orgalorg" tells the origin of [[spoiler:Gunter the penguin]], of all characters. Specifically, he's actually the [[spoiler:itular EldritchAbomination, and he was trapped on Earth in the form of a penguin for trying to harness the power of a comet]].

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* WesternAnimation/RegularShow ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Movie'' didn't originally set out for this--the first story pitch was to have been all of the show's main villains fighting with each other over who will rule Townsville. Creator Craig [=McCracken=] found it left little screen time for the girls themselves, so it became an origin story and their haphazard first adventure.
* The third ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' movie (And second DirectToVideo movie), ''Recess: All Growed Down'' featured an origins story of how the gang all met.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''
has "Skips' Story" which explains how Skips gained immortality.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** While the episode "Holly Jolly Secrets" doesn't reveal Ice King's origin until the end, the episode is about Finn and Jake trying to figure out the Ice King's "evil secret" by watching his video diary.
** "Orgalorg" tells the origin of [[spoiler:Gunter the penguin]], of all characters. Specifically, he's actually the [[spoiler:itular EldritchAbomination, and he was trapped on Earth in the form of a penguin for trying to harness the power of a comet]].
immortality.



* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' serves as this for the ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' franchise, as it explains how Julien the lemur became king, and how he made partying the norm in his kingdom.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheOldGreyHare'': In a flashback we learn that WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and Elmer Fudd have been chasing one another since they were baby's! And even then Bugs outsmarted him!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' has a two-parter episode that explains how Dexter Douglas became Freakazoid. You can even see a man fighting a bear.
* The DarkerAndEdgier ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' 1-hour special "Good Wilt Hunting" which reveals Wilt's backstory. [[spoiler: He was created by a Michael Jordan {{Expy}} to teach the kid basketball. In a big game against rival imaginary friend, Foul Larry, Wilt lost to save his creator's life from a falling Larry. His arm and eye were crushed by the weight of the massive Larry (who's as tall as Wilt but with more muscle) falling. Wilt was so ashamed (hence his [[ApologizesALot apologetic manner]]) that he ran away, amputating his mangled arm too. Unbeknownst to him, the kid was quite grateful and became a professional basketball player too.]] Eduardo is also revealed to be created by a little girl who needed a scary-looking imaginary friend to protect her from bad guys yet be sweet enough to play with her baby brother while Coco was found on a desert island by two biology students [[note]] WordOfGod is that Coco's creator was a little girl who survived a plane crash, taking inspiration from her surroundings for Coco's bizarre appearance.[[/note]] in the same episode.
* The 1993 ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' series had a three-part episode called "Once Upon a Time on Mars", which explained in full detail how Modo got his robotic arm and lost his eye, why Vinnie wears a metal plate over half of his face, and what the Biker Mice went through during the Plutarkian invasion of Mars before they left their home planet and ended up on Earth. The 2006 revival also had a three-part episode called "Once Upon a Time on Earth", which explained how the Catatonians started their war with the Martian mice and how Ronaldo Rump became rich.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' episode "The Adoption of Kshin" is another example, using flashbacks to explore how Kshin came to lose his real parents and how he and Mandrake first met.

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* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' serves as this for the ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' franchise, as it explains how Julien the lemur became king, and how he made partying the norm in his kingdom.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheOldGreyHare'': In a flashback we learn that WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and Elmer Fudd have been chasing one another since they were baby's! And even then Bugs outsmarted him!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}''
''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has a two-parter episode that explains how Dexter Douglas became Freakazoid. You can even see a man fighting a bear.
* The DarkerAndEdgier ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' 1-hour special "Good Wilt Hunting" which reveals Wilt's backstory. [[spoiler: He was created by a Michael Jordan {{Expy}} to teach the kid basketball. In a big game against rival imaginary friend, Foul Larry, Wilt lost to save his creator's life from a falling Larry. His arm and eye were crushed by the weight
five of the massive Larry (who's these presented as tall as Wilt but with more muscle) falling. Wilt was so ashamed (hence his [[ApologizesALot apologetic manner]]) that he ran away, amputating his mangled arm too. Unbeknownst to him, the kid was quite grateful and became a professional basketball player too.]] Eduardo is also revealed to be created by a little girl who needed a scary-looking imaginary friend to protect her from bad guys yet be sweet enough to play with her baby brother while Coco was found on a desert island by two biology students [[note]] WordOfGod is that Coco's creator was a little girl who survived a plane crash, taking inspiration from her surroundings for Coco's bizarre appearance.[[/note]] in the same episode.
* The 1993 ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' series had a three-part episode called "Once Upon a Time on Mars", which explained in full detail how Modo got his robotic arm and lost his eye, why Vinnie wears a metal plate over half of his face, and what the Biker Mice went through during the Plutarkian invasion of Mars before they left their home planet and ended up on Earth. The 2006 revival also had a three-part episode called "Once Upon a Time on Earth", which explained how the Catatonians started their war with the Martian mice and how Ronaldo Rump became rich.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' episode
{{Whole Episode Flashback}}s -- "The Adoption of Kshin" is another example, using flashbacks to explore Way We Was" (showing how Kshin Homer and Marge first met and began dating), "I Married Marge" (which details the circumstances behind their marriage, how Homer came to lose his real parents work at the nuclear power plant, and culminates with the birth of Bart), "Lisa's First Word" (which had the family move to 742 Evergreen Terrace, Lisa's birth, and how he Bart dealt with having a younger sibling), "And Maggie Makes Three" (which is about how Homer had to deal with Marge's pregnancy with Maggie), and Mandrake first met."The Way We Weren't" (which reveals Homer and Marge's ForgottenFirstMeeting).



** The episode "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E25TheAnswer The Answer]]", serves as an origin story for Garnet. It details in a WholeEpisodeFlashback how [[spoiler: Ruby and Sapphire first met and came to fall in love with each other through fusing into Garnet.]]
** One before that, "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E5StoryForSteven Story For Steven]]", details how Greg and Steven's mother, Rose, first met. It gets a SequelEpisode showing more of the origin in "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E12WeNeedToTalk We Need To Talk]]". Another episode, "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS3E16GregTheBabysitter Greg the Babysitter]]", shows how Greg came to work at the car wash.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "A Tale of Two Stans" shows how the Author came to Gravity Falls and wrote the Journals, and why Stan started the Mystery Shack.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode simply titled "The Origins" detailing how Darwin came to live with the Wattersons.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has five of these presented as {{Whole Episode Flashback}}s -- "The Way We Was" (showing how Homer and Marge first met and began dating), "I Married Marge" (which details the circumstances behind their marriage, how Homer came to work at the nuclear power plant, and culminates with the birth of Bart), "Lisa's First Word" (which had the family move to 742 Evergreen Terrace, Lisa's birth, and how Bart dealt with having a younger sibling), "And Maggie Makes Three" (which is about how Homer had to deal with Marge's pregnancy with Maggie), and "The Way We Weren't" (which reveals Homer and Marge's ForgottenFirstMeeting).

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** The episode "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E25TheAnswer The Answer]]", [[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E25TheAnswer "The Answer"]] serves as an origin story for Garnet. It details in a WholeEpisodeFlashback how [[spoiler: Ruby and Sapphire first met and came to fall in love with each other through fusing into Garnet.]]
** One before that, "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E5StoryForSteven Story For Steven]]", [[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E5StoryForSteven "Story for Steven"]], details how Greg and Steven's mother, Rose, first met. It gets a SequelEpisode showing more of the origin in "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E12WeNeedToTalk We [[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E12WeNeedToTalk "We Need To Talk]]". to Talk"]]. Another episode, "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS3E16GregTheBabysitter Greg [[Recap/StevenUniverseS3E16GregTheBabysitter "Greg the Babysitter]]", Babysitter"]], shows how Greg came to work at the car wash.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "A Tale of Two Stans" shows how ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' avoids the Author came to Gravity Falls heroes' non-hero lives, and wrote starts with the Journals, and why Stan started team already established, but an origin story appears near the Mystery Shack.
''end'' of the series, covering the team's first meeting.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode simply titled ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''' "The Origins" detailing Invisible Hand of Fate" revealed the start of Billy and Pete's friendship and Phantom Limb becoming a supervillain, as well as explain how Darwin came to live with Brock became the Wattersons.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has five of these presented as {{Whole Episode Flashback}}s -- "The Way We Was" (showing how Homer and Marge first met and began dating), "I Married Marge" (which details the circumstances behind their marriage, how Homer came to work at the nuclear power plant, and culminates with the birth of Bart), "Lisa's First Word" (which had the family move to 742 Evergreen Terrace, Lisa's birth, and how Bart dealt with having a younger sibling), "And Maggie Makes Three" (which is about how Homer had to deal with Marge's pregnancy with Maggie), and "The Way We Weren't" (which reveals Homer and Marge's ForgottenFirstMeeting).
Ventures' bodyguard.



* ''WesternAnimation/GoldieAndBear'''s season finale of the first season introduces Goldie's father Mr. Locks and flashes back to the time when Goldie and Bear were not the best of friends because of the notorious "porridge incident."
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''
** The MusicalEpisode "[=LABretto=]" serves as this for Dexter, explaining the circumstances of his birth as well as why he created his secret laboratory.
** "A Boy Named Sue" explains the backstory of Mandark and why he became rivals with Dexter, though it contradicts the events of his debut episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'' had two origin episodes.
** "The Comet Cometh" reveals in flashback what the Loonatics were like before they got their powers and where they were when the meteor that gave them their powers came to Acmetropolis.
** The first season's two-part finale "Acmegeddon" explains the backstories of the Loonatics' benefactor Zadavia as well as her evil brother Optimatus.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' episode "Out of the Past" explains in flashbacks how Jerrica Benton's deceased father Emmett created Synergy, the artificial intelligence who controls the holograms used by Jerrica's alter ego Jem and her band the Holograms.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GoldieAndBear'''s season finale of the first season introduces Goldie's father Mr. Locks and flashes back to the time when Goldie and Bear were not the best of friends because of the notorious "porridge incident."
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''
**
The MusicalEpisode "[=LABretto=]" serves as this for Dexter, explaining the circumstances of his birth as well as why he created his secret laboratory.
** "A Boy Named Sue" explains the backstory of Mandark and why he became rivals with Dexter, though it contradicts the events of his debut episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'' had two origin episodes.
**
''WesternAnimation/WorldOfQuest'' episode "The Comet Cometh" reveals in flashback what Fall of Odyssia" explores how the Loonatics were like before they got their powers and where they were when the meteor that gave them their powers eponymous Quest came to Acmetropolis.
** The first season's two-part finale "Acmegeddon" explains
the backstories service of the Loonatics' benefactor Zadavia as well as her evil brother Optimatus.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' episode "Out of the Past" explains in flashbacks how Jerrica Benton's deceased father Emmett created Synergy, the artificial intelligence who controls the holograms used by Jerrica's alter ego Jem and her band the Holograms.
royal court -- specifically, becoming Nestor's nanny for life.


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-->'''Robin:''' Uncle Kermit, is this how the Muppets really got started?\\
'''Kermit:''' Well, it's sort of approximately how it happened.
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** ''Recap/DuckTalesS1E44TheCurseOfCastleMcDuck'' tells about Scrooge's family background living in Scotland before he came to Duckburg, including his ancestral homes of both Cottage and Castle [=McDuck=]. It also tells of how his family fell on hard times despite originally having a castle to its name.
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* ''Film/SkullIsland'' will serve as this to ''Film/KingKong'', though it hasn't been specified which version (the original [[Film/KingKong1933 1933 film]], or Creator/PeterJackson's [[Film/KingKong2005 2005 remake]]).

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* ''Film/SkullIsland'' ''Film/KongSkullIsland'' will serve as this to ''Film/KingKong'', though it hasn't been specified which version (the original [[Film/KingKong1933 1933 film]], or Creator/PeterJackson's [[Film/KingKong2005 2005 remake]]).
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* ''Franchise/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':


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* The second [[AudioAdaptation Sound Stage]] for the original ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' series is set two years before the series and delves into the origins of its antagonists, the DarkMagicalGirl Fate, her familiar Arf, and their late mentor Rynith. It is also the chronologically earliest canon installment of the series, being set in the year 0063 by Midchildan reckoning, whereas the main time frame of the franchise starts in 0065.
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When you are writing a work of fiction you often want the audience to know how what is came to be. Often this is achieved in the first episodes or issues, but almost as often, for whatever reason, this can't happen. Perhaps the character was originally meant to be mysterious, a figure robed in secrets and mystique, and now their past has emerged. Alternatively the writers might not have had an origin laid out for them, perhaps due to the fact that they were [[EnsembleDarkHorse meant as a minor character and gained a fanbase]] or were simply a MonsterOfTheWeek that happened to come back once or twice. Or it could be that the thing without the background is more than just a character; perhaps the entire universe has a history that the author wants to get across, and there is no way of doing that at the same time that a first episode finds its audience.

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When you are writing a work of fiction you often want the audience to know how what is a particular character came to be. Often this is achieved in the first episodes or issues, but almost as often, for whatever reason, this can't happen. Perhaps the character was originally meant to be mysterious, a figure robed in secrets and mystique, and now their past has emerged. Alternatively the writers might not have had an origin laid out for them, perhaps due to the fact that they were [[EnsembleDarkHorse meant as a minor character and gained a fanbase]] or were simply a MonsterOfTheWeek that happened to come back once or twice. Or it could be that the thing without the background is more than just a character; perhaps the entire universe has a history that the author wants to get across, and there is no way of doing that at the same time that a first episode finds its audience.
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' episode "Out of the Past" explains in flashbacks how Jerrica Benton's deceased father Emmett created Synergy, the artificial intelligence who controls the holograms used by Jerrica's alter ego Jem and her band the Holograms.
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* ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'' had two origin episodes.
** "The Comet Cometh" reveals in flashback what the Loonatics were like before they got their powers and where they were when the meteor that gave them their powers came to Acmetropolis.
** The first season's two-part finale "Acmegeddon" explains the backstories of the Loonatics' benefactor Zadavia as well as her evil brother Optimatus.
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