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28th Apr '16 12:25:38 PM Grobi
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* In ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic 2: Sith Lords'', we have Coorta in the Peragus level. The various holocrons mention him as being a troublemaker (bringing weapons into the mining facility despite how dangerous it is) and being the driving force behind selling the Jedi for bounty money. It seems like he's being set up as a disc-one antagonist. When you finally meet Coorta, you find his dead body on the ground, and the final holocron shows him as being killed by HK-50 after he tried to escape the mining facility.
** Subversion in the first game and the MMO. You mean to tell me [[spoiler: Revan's not dead]]?!

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* In ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic 2: Sith Lords'', ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'', we have Coorta in the Peragus level. The various holocrons mention him as being a troublemaker (bringing weapons into the mining facility despite how dangerous it is) and being the driving force behind selling the Jedi for bounty money. It seems like he's being set up as a disc-one antagonist. When you finally meet Coorta, you find his dead body on the ground, and the final holocron shows him as being killed by HK-50 after he tried to escape the mining facility.
** Subversion in the first game and the MMO. You mean to tell me [[spoiler: Revan's not dead]]?!
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19th Apr '16 11:27:01 AM Mario500
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* On ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse,'' the title character's mother, [[AllLovingHero Rose Quartz]], [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence gave up her physical form]] [[DeathByChildbirth to give birth to him]]. She's still mentioned frequently, with her legacy influencing the plot. Eventually, Steven finds a video tape she made him during her pregnancy.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse,'' the title character's mother, [[AllLovingHero Rose Quartz]], [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence gave up her physical form]] [[DeathByChildbirth to give birth to him]]. She's still mentioned frequently, with her legacy influencing the plot. Eventually, Steven finds a video tape she made for him during her pregnancy.when she was pregnant with him.
10th Apr '16 12:10:29 PM Derkhan
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* ''Manga/{{Aruosumente}}'':
** Oracle Kian. His personality and story are developed through extensive [[FlashBack flash backs]] and rumours and are central to the present events off the story.
** The former Emperor also plays a significant part in the backstory that is presented through [[FlashBack flash backs]], being the instigator for some events.
3rd Apr '16 9:24:00 AM Tron80
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* In ''Fanfic/{{Wonderful}}'', Danny's heroic demise before the beginning of the story inspires her daughter Taylor to become a better person and a hero.
25th Mar '16 12:29:54 PM Furienna
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* In the backstory to Literature/{{Overenskommelser}} by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt, Aurore Löwenström left her unhappy marriage to study abroad. But this meant that she also had to abandon her two young sons, and it lead to one of them (Vilhelm) developing a pathological hatred against the growing feminist movement. He also became abusive towards his wife, his children and his niece. Beatrice eventually becomes her uncle Vilhelm's favorite victim, because she reminds him so much of his mother/her grandmother. Aurore has been dead for years when the story starts, so she can never appear "on screen". But it becomes clear that her choice to abandon her sons to become independent, no matter how understandable it might be to Beatrice and plenty of modern readers, is what turned the Löwenströms into a BigScrewedUpFamily.
17th Mar '16 12:39:54 AM PaulA
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* In ''Literature/ThreeDaysToNever'', Lisa Marrity dies on the first page, and her father has been dead for thirty years, but the consequences of their actions drive the whole plot.
4th Mar '16 11:41:19 AM Pichu-kun
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* The Fourth Hokage in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', who dies sealing the Nine-Tailed Fox into Naruto at the start of the story. Over the course of the plot, his personality, deeds in life, [[spoiler:family, and even real name]] are revealed. This also applies to [[spoiler: his wife Kushina]], Sasuke Uchiha's parents, [[spoiler: Kakashi's childhood friends Rin and Obito Uchiha]], and [[spoiler: Yahiko and Hanzo]] from the Hidden Rain Village.

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The Fourth Hokage in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Hokage, who dies sealing the Nine-Tailed Fox into Naruto at the start of the story. Over the course of the plot, his personality, deeds in life, [[spoiler:family, and even real name]] are revealed. This also applies to [[spoiler: his wife Kushina]], Sasuke Uchiha's parents, [[spoiler: Kakashi's childhood friends Rin and Obito Uchiha]], and [[spoiler: Yahiko and Hanzo]] from the Hidden Rain Village.



* It's hinted that Satoshi from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' died before the beginning of the series, and he only appears in flashbacks. He's [[spoiler:comatose from Hinamizawa syndrome.]]



* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Brigadier General Basque Grand qualifies for this.

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
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Brigadier General Basque Grand qualifies for this.



** In the ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' anime Scar's brothers' lover is one of these. We learn quite a bit about her [[spoiler:due to Lust being her homunculi.]]



** Also, [[spoiler: [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim Doc Hudson]]]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}''.

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** Also, * [[spoiler: [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim Doc Hudson]]]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}''.



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* "Terrible Things" by Music/MaydayParade is about a man telling his son about his wife who died years prior.
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* A lot of victims in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series are like this.
** [[spoiler:Zak Gramarye and Drew Misham]] in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''.
** [[spoiler: Byrne Faraday]] in ''Investigations'' is noteworthy. In the course of investigating his murder we find out a lot about his personality and relationship with his [[spoiler: daughter Kay,]] but the full story about his past doesn't come out until near the end of the final case.
** Gregory Edgeworth became one by way of a flashback case in ''Investigations 2'', which fleshed out his personality a little more.
** The same game also has a very interesting case in [[spoiler: Horace Knightley]] who, while alive, is just a [[FlatCharacter flat]], {{Jerkass}}, [[spoiler: murderer]]. It's not until he [[spoiler: becomes a murder victim himself]] that you learn [[HiddenDepths there was a little more to him than that.]]
** Also contains a Zig-Zagging example in [[spoiler: Di-Jun Huang]] who you meet, very much alive, until... he dies [[spoiler: in the 5th case.]] You begin learning more about him in flashbacks after this, but they cumulate in TheReveal that [[spoiler: ''that'' Huang was just a body double, turns out the ''real'' Huang was a Posthumous Character [[DeadToBeginWith right from the start.]]]]



* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'':
** We learn the Ninth Man's identity after his gruesome death.
** Not to mention [[spoiler: The Captain.]]



* Rosenkreuz of ''VisualNovel/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'' is one. He sacrificed his own life to have his final wish granted - his wish was for the Holy Empire to accept Magi as part of their military.



* The old woman in ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'' is first introduced as a dead body. [[spoiler: She isn't always this.]]



* [[spoiler: Mukuro Ikusaba]] from ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'' zig-zags on this. When you find the person in question, they're already dead. However, [[spoiler: both the cast and the player ''did'' meet Mukuro while she was still alive...disguised as Junko Enoshima, who was then killed by the ''real'' Junko before the first trial even began.]]
** Played straight with [[spoiler: the original headmaster]], who is killed in the opening cinematic and isn't properly introduced until the game's final chapter.



* ''VisualNovel/FaultMilestoneOne'' has [[spoiler:Cid, Eline, and the original Rune Zhevitz]], all of whom only show up in lengthy {{flashback}}s.


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* It's hinted that Satoshi from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' died before the beginning of the series, and he only appears in flashbacks. [[spoiler:He's actually comatose due to Hinamizawa Syndrome.]]
* ''VisualNovel/FaultMilestoneOne'' has [[spoiler:Cid, Eline, and the original Rune Zhevitz]], all of whom only show up in lengthy {{flashback}}s.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'':
** [[spoiler: Mukuro Ikusaba]] zig-zags on this. When you find the person in question, they're already dead. However, [[spoiler: both the cast and the player ''did'' meet Mukuro while she was still alive...disguised as Junko Enoshima, who was then killed by the ''real'' Junko before the first trial even began.]]
** Played straight with [[spoiler: the original headmaster]], who is killed in the opening cinematic and isn't properly introduced until the game's final chapter.
* Rosenkreuz of ''VisualNovel/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'' is one. He sacrificed his own life to have his final wish granted - his wish was for the Holy Empire to accept Magi as part of their military.
* The old woman in ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'' is first introduced as a dead body. [[spoiler: She isn't always this.]]
* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'':
** We learn the Ninth Man's identity after his gruesome death.
** Not to mention [[spoiler: The Captain.]]
* A lot of victims in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series are like this.
** [[spoiler:Zak Gramarye and Drew Misham]] in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''.
** [[spoiler: Byrne Faraday]] in ''Investigations'' is noteworthy. In the course of investigating his murder we find out a lot about his personality and relationship with his [[spoiler: daughter Kay,]] but the full story about his past doesn't come out until near the end of the final case.
** Gregory Edgeworth became one by way of a flashback case in ''Investigations 2'', which fleshed out his personality a little more.
** The same game also has a very interesting case in [[spoiler: Horace Knightley]] who, while alive, is just a [[FlatCharacter flat]], {{Jerkass}}, [[spoiler: murderer]]. It's not until he [[spoiler: becomes a murder victim himself]] that you learn [[HiddenDepths there was a little more to him than that.]]
** Also contains a Zig-Zagging example in [[spoiler: Di-Jun Huang]] who you meet, very much alive, until... he dies [[spoiler: in the 5th case.]] You begin learning more about him in flashbacks after this, but they cumulate in TheReveal that [[spoiler: ''that'' Huang was just a body double, turns out the ''real'' Huang was a Posthumous Character [[DeadToBeginWith right from the start.]]]]
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14th Feb '16 1:05:59 AM Ezmar
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**Played straight with [[spoiler: the original headmaster]], who is killed in the opening cinematic and isn't properly introduced until the game's final chapter.



10th Feb '16 8:13:17 AM Prfnoff
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* Natsume's grandmother Reiko in ''NatsumeYuujinchou''. The Book of Friends (aka Yuujinchou) is among the few things Natsume inherits from his late grandmother. Once Natsume has returned the name of a youkai, a flashback is usually shown about the circumstances surrounding when Reiko first took the name.

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* Natsume's grandmother Reiko in ''NatsumeYuujinchou''.''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends''. The Book of Friends (aka Yuujinchou) is among the few things Natsume inherits from his late grandmother. Once Natsume has returned the name of a youkai, a flashback is usually shown about the circumstances surrounding when Reiko first took the name.
31st Jan '16 4:55:48 PM ading
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* Xavier's parents in ''WesternAnimation/XavierRenegadeAngel''. Xavier accidentally killed them in a fire prior to the series, but they still appear frequently in flashbacks. [[spoiler:Well, his father, anyway-his mother is revealed in Season 2 to have faked her own death to get away from him.]]
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