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19th Jan '18 12:12:25 AM pmb1998
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* Prince Asriel and his adopted sibling [[AmbiguouslyEvil Chara]] in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''. Both died years before the action of the game and player doesn't even learn about their existence until near the end - but their deaths are the direct cause of [[AntiVillain Asgore's]] StartOfDarkness. [[spoiler:In the end it turns out that Asriel got resurrected as [[BigBad Flowey]], while Chara managed to somehow accidentaly possess the player just before the beginning of the game (even they admit they have no idea how this happened) and, according to a popular fan theory, is actually the narrator.]]
** The other six Fallen Humans. Though they're really less of posthumous characters and more of posthumous [[OCStandIn OC stand-ins]], with game revealing nothing about them other than that they were all killed on Asgore's orders. Player can find their equipment in different locations and their souls are kept in Asgore's vault. [[spoiler:Flowey steals and uses them twice to fulfill his plan, with second time ending with him breaking the Barrier.]]
** W.D. Gaster. We can only learn about his existence from several very well hidden Easter Eggs. He used to be the royal scientist before Alphys, but got somehow killed by his own invention, resulting in him being [[{{Retgone}} erased from the timeline.]] [[ParanoiaFuel And now he seems to be slowly bringing himself back together...]]
15th Dec '17 7:49:11 AM gb00393
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** Orson Lannister died years ago, when he was kicked in the chest by a mule.
11th Dec '17 5:41:01 AM Cryoclaste
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* A number of characters in ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'' fall under this trope, but the really notable one is mob boss [[{{Pokemon}} Mewtwo]], who had been killed early on in the series, [[spoiler: but was later revealed to have been the ones to cultivate the psychic powers of Ness and Lucas, who turn out to have been the serial killers all along.]]

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* A number of characters in ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'' fall under this trope, but the really notable one is mob boss [[{{Pokemon}} [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Mewtwo]], who had been killed early on in the series, [[spoiler: but was later revealed to have been the ones to cultivate the psychic powers of Ness and Lucas, who turn out to have been the serial killers all along.]]
10th Dec '17 11:10:42 PM Zazie122
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** Marcel was a friend of Annie, Reiner and Bertolt's. [[spoiler:He died very early on into their mission to destroy the walls, after he was eaten by Ymir. His death is one of the causes of Reiner's eternal angst and his desire to be seen as a capable older brother figure. It's still haunting him 10 years later.]]
** Actual examples of characters who've only been shown in flashbacks: Frieda Reiss, [[spoiler:Krista/Historia's sister and host of the Founding Titan - at least until Grisha Yeager stole it from her]] (and most of her siblings) along with her uncle Uri ([[spoiler:the previous host of the Founding Titan and reason why Kenny wanted to attack the Survey Corps]]), Faye [[spoiler:Yeager, Grisha's younger sister]], [[spoiler:Eren]] Kruger, a Marleyan military official who [[spoiler:is responsible for Grisha gaining the powers of the Attack Titan, which he later gives to his son Eren]], Kuchel Ackerman ([[spoiler:Levi's mother]]) and perhaps most importantly, [[spoiler:Ymir Fritz]], the ancestor of all Eldians and [[spoiler:[[UnreliableNarrator supposed]] creator of the Titans]].
** We also learn most of Grisha Yeager's story through flashbacks. These flashbacks [[spoiler:reveal the truth of the world - that humanity ''isn't'' almost extinct, along with a lot of other information, such as the Marley vs. Eldia conflict, the powers of the Nine Titans and the fact that Titan shifters only live for 13 years... Oh, and that the Beast Titan is Eren's half brother.]] All this new info turns the story on its head for both the characters ''and'' the audience, setting up an entirely new goal.
6th Dec '17 1:03:09 PM mkmlp
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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.

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* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'':
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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.arcs.
** The ''Honest Hearts'' DLC has Randall Dean Clark, AKA [[CrazySurvivalist the survivalists]], AKA "The Father in the Cave", a former soldier and survivalists from two hundred years ago, who's actions lead to the survival and creation of The Sorrows tribe, who now see him as their god and protector. But, his existence and life story, are only revealed through the myths The Sorrows created around him and the journal entries he left behind, in his many hideouts in the caves.
24th Nov '17 6:03:37 PM jerodast
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** Deanna Troi's father, Ian Troi. A vision of him appears in "Dark Page".

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** Deanna Troi's father, Ian Troi. A vision of him appears in "Dark Page". Also appearing as a vision in the same episode, [[spoiler:Deanna's sister who was killed when she was a baby, and was subsequently kept secret by her mother]].
21st Nov '17 10:08:19 AM Allronix
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* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': Revan is the BigBad that got the whole plot rolling. A FallenHero of the Mandalorian Wars who fell to the Dark Side, became Lord of the Sith and laid waste to the galaxy until stopped by a sneak attack from Malak while distracted by a a Jedi strike team. [[spoiler: {{Subverted}}. The PlayerCharacter is a mind wiped Revan!]]
5th Nov '17 10:41:28 AM gb00393
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** [[StalkerWithACrush Rhaegar Targaryen]], Aerys [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "The Mad King"]] Targaryen, Joanna Lannister, Aegon I The Conqueror, [BigBrotherMentor Jon Arryn]] and Tytos Lannister are among the characters mentioned frequently but already dead by the beginning of the series, though Arryn is seen briefly (lying in state) in the pilot episode.

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** [[StalkerWithACrush Rhaegar Targaryen]], Aerys [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "The Mad King"]] Targaryen, Joanna Lannister, Aegon I The Conqueror, [BigBrotherMentor [[BigBrotherMentor Jon Arryn]] and Tytos Lannister are among the characters mentioned frequently but already dead by the beginning of the series, though Arryn is seen briefly (lying in state) in the pilot episode.
5th Nov '17 10:40:52 AM gb00393
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** [[StalkerWithACrush Rhaegar Targaryen]], Aerys [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "The Mad King"]] Targaryen, Joanna Lannister, Aegon I The Conqueror and [[BigBrotherMentor Jon Arryn]] are among the characters mentioned frequently but already dead by the beginning of the series, though Arryn is seen briefly (lying in state) in the pilot episode.

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** [[StalkerWithACrush Rhaegar Targaryen]], Aerys [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "The Mad King"]] Targaryen, Joanna Lannister, Aegon I The Conqueror and [[BigBrotherMentor Conqueror, [BigBrotherMentor Jon Arryn]] and Tytos Lannister are among the characters mentioned frequently but already dead by the beginning of the series, though Arryn is seen briefly (lying in state) in the pilot episode.
30th Oct '17 5:50:49 AM Kickisund
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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.

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* In the backstory to Literature/{{Overenskommelser}} ''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.
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