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17th Oct '17 3:38:31 PM wuggles
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* Bojack's father on ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman'', as well has his mother Beatrice's family, all of whom are only seen in flashbacks.
14th Oct '17 7:56:32 PM infernape612
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** [[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.]]

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** [[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.]]



** 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.

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** Downplayed with [[spoiler: Chihiro Fujisaki]]. While he survived survives the first trial, most of the his contributions to the franchise as a whole took take place after his death.



*** Gregory Edgeworth became one by way of a flashback case, which fleshed out his personality a little more.

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*** Gregory Edgeworth became one by way of a flashback case, which fleshed fleshes out his personality a little more.



*** A zig-zagging example is [[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 [[DeadAllAlong right from the start.]]]]

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*** A zig-zagging zig-zagged example is [[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 culminate in TheReveal that [[spoiler:''that'' Huang was just a body double, turns out the ''real'' Huang was a Posthumous Character [[DeadAllAlong right from the start.]]]]
11th Oct '17 12:03:37 PM Tinandel_1
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* The ''Dead Money'' DLC of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' features this trope prominently: two of its main characters have been dead for over two hundred years, and the present story is told almost entirely against the backdrop of what their long-dead relationship created. Via the use of carefully placed audio logs, settings, and recollections of surviving characters, they even manage to have their own complete character development and story arcs.
11th Oct '17 8:42:18 AM BeerBaron
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* Lord Indoril Nerevar in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind''. His death, and the subsequent events, are the main catalyst for the plot of the game some 4000 years later. The events of his life and death are discovered through in-game books and conversations with several prominent characters. They, of course, [[TheRashomon conflict greatly]]. [[spoiler: The PlayerCharacter is his reincarnation. [[MultipleChoiceChosen Maybe]].]]

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Numerous characters from the series' backstory have been dead for hundreds or even thousands of years prior to the events of the games, but their impact is still felt as a catalyst for those events. Notable examples include St. Alessia, [[FounderOfTheKingdom founder]] of the First Cyrodiilic Empire whose pact with the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Eight (later Nine) Divines]] is felt in numerous occassions throughout the series, and [[GodEmperor Tiber Septim]], founder of the Third Cyrodiilic Empire (the current empire in the main series of games) who [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended after his death]] as [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]], the Ninth Divine. Other examples can be found on the series' [[Characters/TheElderScrollsHistorialFigures Historical Figures]] sub-page.
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Lord Indoril Nerevar in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind''.''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]''. His death, and the subsequent events, are the main catalyst for the plot of the game some 4000 years later. The events of his life and death are discovered through in-game books and conversations with several prominent characters. They, of course, [[TheRashomon conflict greatly]]. [[spoiler: The PlayerCharacter is his reincarnation. [[MultipleChoiceChosen Maybe]].]]]]
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** High King Torygg is killed in a duel by [[RebelLeader Ulfric Stormcloak]] just prior to the events of the game. Such duels are allowed in the ancient traditions of the [[HornyVikings Nords]], but Torygg's supporters (including TheEmpire) feel that Ulfric's use of the [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um]] in the duel made it unfair and invalid, leading into the game's {{Civil War}}. [[spoiler:The player can meet Torygg's spirit late in the main quest in [[WarriorHeaven Sovngarde]]]].
*** Jurgen Windcaller founded the [[OldMaster Greybeards]] thousands of years ago, preaching "The Way of the Voice" which states that the Thu'um should only be used to honor the gods, causes the Greybeards to practice [[TechnicalPacifist pacifism]] and, most importantly for the game, nonintervention in worldly affairs. (Getting them involved is a main quest plot point.)
9th Oct '17 9:26:03 PM Daedalis
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* Jen of ''ComicBook/BlackScience'' dies in the first few pages of the first book, but subsequent flashbacks to the lab flesh her character out a bit.
6th Oct '17 10:33:25 PM jormis29
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* ''TabletopGames/{{Planescape}}'':

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* ''TabletopGames/{{Planescape}}'': ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'':
1st Oct '17 1:38:45 AM lillolillo
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** ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'s parents Zor-El and Allura In-Ze. Supergirl often feels SurvivorGuilt because she survived but her parents didn't.



** Abin-Sur, the ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'' who bequeathed his ring to Hal Jordan.

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** Abin-Sur, the ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'' ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' who bequeathed his ring to Hal Jordan.



** [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Captain America's]] parents.
** [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Thing's]] parents and brother Jake. Alicia Masters' biological parents. Doctor Doom's parents. Reed Richards' mother. Franklin Storm, the father of Susan and Johnny only technically avoids this trope (introduced at the end of ''Fantastic Four'' #31, killed off in #32).

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** [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Captain America's]] ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'''s parents.
** [[ComicBook/FantasticFour ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'': The Thing's]] Thing's parents and brother Jake. Alicia Masters' biological parents. Doctor Doom's parents. Reed Richards' mother. Franklin Storm, the father of Susan and Johnny only technically avoids this trope (introduced at the end of ''Fantastic Four'' #31, killed off in #32).



** Comicbook/SpiderMan's Uncle Ben. Also his parents, Mary and Richard Parker. Betty Brant's brother Bennett (killed in the issue in which he made his first appearance) and Mary Jane's mother (seen only in flashbacks) also fit the pattern.

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** Comicbook/SpiderMan's Franchise/SpiderMan's Uncle Ben. Also his parents, Mary and Richard Parker. Betty Brant's brother Bennett (killed in the issue in which he made his first appearance) and Mary Jane's mother (seen only in flashbacks) also fit the pattern.



* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': [[spoiler:''[[Franchise/{{Superman}} Kal-El's baby]]'']] was dead fourteen years before the beginning of the story, but it is because of him Asuka has powers and it is because of him Asuka decides using them altruistically and in the latter chapters she wonders if her biological father would approve of her.

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* In ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' fanfic ''Fanfic/AForceOfFour'', Superman dies before the beginning of the story, and his demise affects everyone and everything. Power Girl wonders if she’s up to the challenge and regretting every time she was bitchy to him, ComicBook/LoisLane and ComicBook/JimmyOlsen are mourning him and [[TheDragon Badra]] takes advantage of his death to set her plans in motion.
* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': [[spoiler:''[[Franchise/{{Superman}} Kal-El's baby]]'']] was dead fourteen years before the beginning of the story, but it is because of him Asuka [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Asuka]] has powers and it is because of him Asuka decides using them altruistically and in the latter chapters she wonders if her biological father would approve of her.



* In ''[[FanFic/PokemonMysteryDungeonReflectingBalance Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Reflecting Balance]]'', one of the previous town oracles, Cassandra, is mentioned a few times by one of her descendants, and by [[spoiler: the main villain of the story.]] Her connection to the events of the story is eventually explored in a few chapters focusing on the backstory of the town.

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* In ''[[FanFic/PokemonMysteryDungeonReflectingBalance Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Reflecting Balance]]'', ''FanFic/PokemonMysteryDungeonReflectingBalance'', one of the previous town oracles, Cassandra, is mentioned a few times by one of her descendants, and by [[spoiler: the main villain of the story.]] Her connection to the events of the story is eventually explored in a few chapters focusing on the backstory of the town.



* ''AssassinsCreed2016'': Mary Lynch dies in the film's prologue and it is only later that the audience discovers that [[spoiler: she was an Assassin, just like her husband, and the scene that Callum walked in on was not her being murdered by her husband but her husband assisting her with a HeroicSuicide.]]

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* ''AssassinsCreed2016'': ''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': Mary Lynch dies in the film's prologue and it is only later that the audience discovers that [[spoiler: she was an Assassin, just like her husband, and the scene that Callum walked in on was not her being murdered by her husband but her husband assisting her with a HeroicSuicide.]]
15th Sep '17 4:59:10 AM Augusto
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* ''Webcomic/TheArtistIsDead!'' [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin No points for guessing who]].

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* ''Webcomic/TheArtistIsDead!'' ''Webcomic/TheArtistIsDead'': [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin No points for guessing who]].
7th Sep '17 11:36:10 AM CosmicFerret
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** A borderline case: TheFlash when Barry Allen died and his protege Wally "Kid Flash" West took up the mantle. Barry was shown in flashbacks many times over the years, had new stories written entirely about him in his heyday and, because he and Wally are both time travellers, he's popped up in several present day stories. All this before he finally came back from the dead decades later.

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** A borderline case: TheFlash ComicBook/TheFlash when Barry Allen died and his protege Wally "Kid Flash" West took up the mantle. Barry was shown in flashbacks many times over the years, had new stories written entirely about him in his heyday and, because he and Wally are both time travellers, he's popped up in several present day stories. All this before he finally came back from the dead decades later.
31st Aug '17 6:48:02 PM foxley
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* Maureen Lyon, whose murder is heard (but not seen) at the start of ''Theatre/TheMousetrap''. Her death lingers as TheGhost over much of the subsequent action.
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