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10th Jan '17 1:22:09 PM Rhodes7
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** No, seriously. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters everyone]] has ''at least'' one. You will die if you try this.


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* ''Series/{{Medici}}'' zig-zags. Cosimo's flashbacks generally show a happier, more innocent time but one still tinged with [[StartOfDarkness serious regret]] as he betrayed several friendships, ruined lives, lost love and never wanted to become the family patriarch anyway.
4th Jan '17 11:23:10 AM fearlessnikki
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* ''Film/BlackNarcissus'' shows Sister Clodagh flashing back to her pre-vocational life in Ireland. We discover that the reason she became a nun in the first place was because she became the UnluckyChildhoodFriend to a man called Conn. When the village expected them to marry, he instead took off for a new life in America.
* ''Film/SunshineCleaning'' has a scene where Norah goes trestling[[note]]Standing underneath the bridge as the train goes by[[/note]] and her initial euphoria segues into a flashback. When she was just a child, their mother committed suicide, and her two daughters found the body.
* ''Film/TheYellowHandkerchief'' has Brett flashing back to his life before prison - where he had a relationship with a woman called May. These are spaced out over the film - showing how they met, fell in love and the reason Brett went to prison in the first place.
* ''{{Film/Scream 3}}'' features a scene where Sidney enters a movie set that's a reconstruction of her bedroom. As she sits down on the bed, audio from a conversation she had with Billy in the first movie plays.
31st Dec '16 8:57:29 PM nombretomado
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* Almost every character that's shown somewhat often in ''FruitsBasket'' gets one of these, even more minor characters like Kakeru and Machi. Subverted by Kimi, whose "troubled backstory flashback" wasn't so troubled.

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* Almost every character that's shown somewhat often in ''FruitsBasket'' ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' gets one of these, even more minor characters like Kakeru and Machi. Subverted by Kimi, whose "troubled backstory flashback" wasn't so troubled.
19th Dec '16 4:48:06 AM Morgenthaler
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When a movie starts after TheHero suffers a great personal {{tragedy}} that motivates them to go on a quest for justice or revenge, the audience will be curious about what exactly happened to this guy or gal to make them such a [[TheDeterminator nigh unstoppable]] BadAss. An OpeningScroll may work for a SpaceOpera, but not here, where it would trivialize such a personal hurt. So directors instead use a FlashBack to deliver this {{Exposition}}.

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When a movie starts after TheHero suffers a great personal {{tragedy}} that motivates them to go on a quest for justice or revenge, the audience will be curious about what exactly happened to this guy or gal to make them such a [[TheDeterminator nigh unstoppable]] BadAss.badass. An OpeningScroll may work for a SpaceOpera, but not here, where it would trivialize such a personal hurt. So directors instead use a FlashBack to deliver this {{Exposition}}.
30th Oct '16 7:18:57 AM Anddrix
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* The Mad Hatter in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' has one of these flashbacks.

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* The Mad Hatter in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'' has one of these flashbacks.
8th Aug '16 10:51:09 AM jamespolk
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* In ''The Country Girl'', the protagonist has a flashback to the day his son was run over.

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* In ''The Country Girl'', ''Film/TheCountryGirl'', the protagonist has a flashback to the day his son was run over.
5th Aug '16 5:51:12 AM whereismytea
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* In ''Anime/{{Endride}}'', most of the [[LaResistance Ignauts]] get one, but Demetrio's is particularly textbook, showing his growing friendship with Lucio until Lucio's murder, which prompts him to form the rebel army.
25th Jul '16 2:44:35 PM MsChibi
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* In ''Anime/HeatGuyJ'', Clair has one of these in an early episode, triggered by a robot boy who was programmed to say "yes" to just about any command and ask if it was alright. It doesn't start with a happy memory, just a montage of Clair being pressured by his father, and being too afraid of him to disagree. He has another one later, when he's worried about his friend/bodyguard, Giovanni, who has been attacked by [[spoiler: a rogue J.]] This flashback is to [[spoiler: the deaths of his two other bodyguards, and the time he killed his father.]]

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* In ''Anime/HeatGuyJ'', Clair has one of these in an early episode, triggered by a robot boy who was programmed to say "yes" to just about any command and ask if it was alright. It doesn't start with a happy memory, just a montage of Clair being pressured by his father, and being too afraid of him to disagree. He has another one later, when Daisuke calls him out on his InferioritySuperiorityComplex (this time to being beaten by his father) and another when he's worried about his friend/bodyguard, Giovanni, who has been attacked by [[spoiler: a rogue J.]] This flashback is to [[spoiler: the deaths of his two other bodyguards, and the time he killed his father.]]
19th Jul '16 9:05:41 PM MsChibi
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** Kia Freeborn has one of these, too. He flashes back to a happy life with his parents, but it quickly turns sour as his father lets fame go to his head and starts drinking, using drugs, cheating on his wife, and beating her while Kia cries in the other room. It ends with him going to inform his dad that his mom died, only for him to see how happy his father is with his new family.
19th Jul '16 9:03:10 PM MsChibi
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* In ''Anime/HeatGuyJ'', Clair has one of these in an early episode, triggered by a robot boy who was programmed to say "yes" to just about any command and ask if it was alright. It doesn't start with a happy memory, just a montage of Clair being pressured by his father, and being too afraid of him to disagree. He has another one later, when he's worried about his friend/bodyguard, Giovanni, who has been attacked by [[spoiler: a rogue J.]] This flashback is to [[spoiler: the deaths of his two other bodyguards, and the time he killed his father.]]
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