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19th Sep '16 2:42:30 PM Mr.Phorcys
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* In ''VideoGame/TheShadowsThatRunAlongsideOurCar'', Shelby's AlcoholicParent is dead, but he not only owned the titular car, he also [[spoiler: [[ZombieInfectee bit Shelby]].

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* In ''VideoGame/TheShadowsThatRunAlongsideOurCar'', Shelby's AlcoholicParent is dead, but he not only owned the titular car, he also [[spoiler: [[ZombieInfectee bit Shelby]].Shelby]]]].
19th Sep '16 2:41:41 PM Mr.Phorcys
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* In ''VideoGame/TheShadowsThatRunAlongsideOurCar'', Shelby's AlcoholicParent is dead, but he not only owned the titular car, he also [[spoiler: [[ZombieInfectee bit Shelby]].
7th Sep '16 11:52:30 AM MummyGaGa
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** Downplayed with [[spoiler: Chihiro Fujisaki]]. While he survived the first trial, most of the contributions to the franchise as a whole took place after his death.
6th Sep '16 6:39:11 PM foxley
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* Subverting most people's expectations, the version of Norman Osborne introduced in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'' dies of a genetic illness in the first half-hour of the movie, after [[OneSceneWonder his only scene]]. However, it's revealed that he was responsible for the deaths of Peter Parker's parents, and his amoral experiments at Oscorp prove to be the MetaOrigin connecting every single costumed character in the movie. His death also drives [[spoiler: his son Harry to become the Green Goblin, after his efforts to cure the genetic virus end up backfiring and mutating him into a monster]].



* Everything that happens in ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy'' traces back to the assassination of Vladimir Neski, a Russian politician [[HeKnowsTooMuch who'd been killed before revealing]] that a Russian oil baron was using stolen CIA funds to buy up Russian oil leases. Jason Bourne soon uncovers that he was the one that killed Neski, in his very first Treadstone assignment.



* Most of ''Chicago Deadline'' (1949) involves flashbacks telling the tangled story of the deceased Rosita Jean D'Ur, as uncovered by an inquisitive newspaper reporter. (The TV remake, ''Fame is the Name of the Game'' (1966), borrowed the TwistEnding of ''Laura''.)

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* Most of ''Chicago Deadline'' ''Film/ChicagoDeadline'' (1949) involves flashbacks telling the tangled story of the deceased Rosita Jean D'Ur, as uncovered by an inquisitive newspaper reporter. (The TV remake, ''Fame is the Name of the Game'' (1966), borrowed the TwistEnding of ''Laura''.''Film/{{Laura}}''.)



* [[spoiler: Will and Caroline]] suffer this fate in ''Film/DawnOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', being referred to as "ground zero" of the deadly virus that wiped out most of humanity.



* ''Film/DontBreathe'': Emma, the Blind Man's Daughter, who is glimpsed only through photographs and a HappierHomeMovie.



* Alice Alquist in ''Film/{{Gaslight}}''. The story starts after her character is murdered and we see her backstory unravel during the course of the movie.
* ''Film/TheGodfather, Part II'' has Don Fanucci, Don Ciccio, and [[spoiler:Vito Corleone]], all of whom died before the main plot of the film and appear only in flashbacks.
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Mr. Everdeen, who died in a mine disaster.



* Swede in ''Film/TheKillers''. The greater part of the film is flashbacks of events months and years prior to his death. Interestingly enough, the Creator/ErnestHemingway story on which it was based ends just ''before'' he is killed.



* The MadScientist who created the killer baboons in ''Film/PrimalForce'' has been dead for ten years before the film's events, but he is depicted making his MotiveRant about dabbling in God's domain via flashbacks.



* Gayle's son Randy in ''Film/SaveMe''. His death, and her both feeling implicated in it and refusing to admit her guilt to herself (or anyone else), form an overwhelming aspect of her motivation.
* [[spoiler:Mark Bitwell]], in ''[[Film/{{Selfless}} Self/Less]]''. He dies some period of time before the movie begins, and [[spoiler:his body is used for shedding, with the main character's mind put in it. The memories left behind in his head cause the protagonist to seek out his family and, subsequently, kick off the plot of the movie. Played with in that Mark turns out to not be ''completely'' dead. If the protagonist stops taking a certain medication, Mark can take control of his body again. The ending fully subverts this when the protagonist chooses to die so Mark can return.]]



* Katie Chandler (Creator/JodieFoster) in the 1988 DumpMonths release ''Film/StealingHome'', as noted in the page quote.



* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'': The Comedian is killed off in the first minutes of the movie, And is mainly presented in flashbacks.



* Everything that happens in ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy'' traces back to the assassination of Vladimir Neski, a Russian politician [[HeKnowsTooMuch who'd been killed before revealing]] that a Russian oil baron was using stolen CIA funds to buy up Russian oil leases. Jason Bourne soon uncovers that he was the one that killed Neski, in his very first Treadstone assignment.
* Subverting most people's expectations, the version of Norman Osborne introduced in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'' dies of a genetic illness in the first half-hour of the movie, after [[OneSceneWonder his only scene]]. However, it's revealed that he was responsible for the deaths of Peter Parker's parents, and his amoral experiments at Oscorp prove to be the MetaOrigin connecting every single costumed character in the movie. His death also drives [[spoiler: his son Harry to become the Green Goblin, after his efforts to cure the genetic virus end up backfiring and mutating him into a monster]].
* [[spoiler: Will and Caroline]] suffer this fate in ''Film/DawnOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', being referred to as "ground zero" of the deadly virus that wiped out most of humanity.
* Katie Chandler (Creator/JodieFoster) in the 1988 DumpMonths release ''Stealing Home'', as noted in the page quote.
* Alice Alquist in ''Film/{{Gaslight}}''. The story starts after her character is murdered and we see her backstory unravel during the course of the movie.
* Gayle's son Randy in ''Film/SaveMe''. His death, and her both feeling implicated in it and refusing to admit her guilt to herself (or anyone else), form an overwhelming aspect of her motivation.
* Swede in ''Film/TheKillers''. The greater part of the film is flashbacks of events months and years prior to his death. Interestingly enough, the Creator/ErnestHemingway story on which it was based ends just ''before'' he is killed.
* The MadScientist who created the killer baboons in ''Primal Force'' has been dead for ten years before the film's events, but he is depicted making his MotiveRant about dabbling in God's domain via flashbacks.
* [[spoiler:Mark Bitwell]], in ''[[Film/{{Selfless}} Self/Less]]''. He dies some period of time before the movie begins, and [[spoiler:his body is used for shedding, with the main character's mind put in it. The memories left behind in his head cause the protagonist to seek out his family and, subsequently, kick off the plot of the movie. Played with in that Mark turns out to not be ''completely'' dead. If the protagonist stops taking a certain medication, Mark can take control of his body again. The ending fully subverts this when the protagonist chooses to die so Mark can return.]]
* ''Film/TheGodfather, Part II'' has Don Fanucci, Don Ciccio, and [[spoiler:Vito Corleone]], all of whom died before the main plot of the film and appear only in flashbacks.
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Mr. Everdeen, who died in a mine disaster.
* ''Film/Watchmen'': The Comedian is killed off in the first minutes of the movie, And is mainly presented in flashbacks.
18th Aug '16 2:53:11 AM Karxrida
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Generally this character's demise is a PlotTriggeringDeath. Compare with DeadStarWalking and DeadAllAlong. Contrast with ForgottenFallenFriend. See also DeathByOriginStory. The PredecessorVillain is often a specific type of Posthumous Character. BiggerBad can be a villain version of this trope, depending on how it's used.

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Generally this character's demise is a PlotTriggeringDeath. Compare with DeadStarWalking and DeadAllAlong. Contrast with ForgottenFallenFriend. See also DeathByOriginStory. The PredecessorVillain is often a specific type of Posthumous Character. BiggerBad GreaterScopeVillain can be a villain version of this trope, depending on how it's used.
17th Aug '16 12:46:08 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Jon Arryn, Lyanna Stark, Brandon Stark, Rickard Stark, Rhaegar Targaryen and his father Aerys in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters More are added to this list]] as the series [[AnyoneCanDie progresses]].

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Among the most notable are Jon Arryn, Lyanna Stark, Brandon Stark, Rickard Stark, Rhaegar Targaryen and his father Aerys in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters More are added to this list]] as the series [[AnyoneCanDie progresses]].Aerys.
6th Aug '16 1:16:50 PM Premonition45
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* ''Film/TheBourneSeries'': Everything that happens in ''The Bourne Supremacy'' traces back to the assassination of Vladimir Neski, a Russian politician [[HeKnowsTooMuch who'd been killed before revealing]] that a Russian oil baron was using stolen CIA funds to buy up Russian oil leases. Jason Bourne soon uncovers that he was the one that killed Neski, in his very first Treadstone assignment.

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* ''Film/TheBourneSeries'': Everything that happens in ''The Bourne Supremacy'' ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy'' traces back to the assassination of Vladimir Neski, a Russian politician [[HeKnowsTooMuch who'd been killed before revealing]] that a Russian oil baron was using stolen CIA funds to buy up Russian oil leases. Jason Bourne soon uncovers that he was the one that killed Neski, in his very first Treadstone assignment.
25th Jul '16 2:01:41 PM Willbyr
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* ''{{Kagerou Project}}'': Ayano. She committed suicide two years to the day before the main plot begins, yet she is linked to almost every main character in some way (she was friends with Shintaro, Takane[[spoiler:/Ene]] and Haruka[[spoiler:/Konoha]], is Hiyori's niece, was [[spoiler:the older adoptive sibling]] of Kido, Seto and Kano and is Kenjirou's daughter) and her actions lead directly to [[spoiler:the formation of the Mekakushi Dan]]. It is revealed during her personal song ''Ayano's Theory of Happiness'' that she committed suicide in an effort to [[spoiler:obtain an eye power, but didn't realise people have to die ''in pairs'' to get one]], because she discovered exactly what her father was [[MadScientist up to]].

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* ''{{Kagerou Project}}'': ''Franchise/KagerouProject'': Ayano. She committed suicide two years to the day before the main plot begins, yet she is linked to almost every main character in some way (she was friends with Shintaro, Takane[[spoiler:/Ene]] and Haruka[[spoiler:/Konoha]], is Hiyori's niece, was [[spoiler:the older adoptive sibling]] of Kido, Seto and Kano and is Kenjirou's daughter) and her actions lead directly to [[spoiler:the formation of the Mekakushi Dan]]. It is revealed during her personal song ''Ayano's Theory of Happiness'' that she committed suicide in an effort to [[spoiler:obtain an eye power, but didn't realise people have to die ''in pairs'' to get one]], because she discovered exactly what her father was [[MadScientist up to]].
24th Jul '16 5:18:06 PM nombretomado
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* Mary Magdalene is an important enough character in ''ChronoCrusade'' to be mentioned in the logo of the series, but she's long been dead by the time the main part of the story starts. She's spoken of several times before the flashbacks explaining who she was are finally introduced (although her ghost shows up briefly in the end).

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* Mary Magdalene is an important enough character in ''ChronoCrusade'' ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' to be mentioned in the logo of the series, but she's long been dead by the time the main part of the story starts. She's spoken of several times before the flashbacks explaining who she was are finally introduced (although her ghost shows up briefly in the end).
14th Jul '16 10:38:21 AM OptimisticLusio
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* ''Film/Watchmen'': The Comedian is killed off in the first minutes of the movie, And is mainly presented in flashbacks.
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