Ah, the {{Backstory}}; a trope that tells the reader what happened to Bob before all the chaos began. It can make you weep, groan with {{Narm}}, swell with pride, and [[TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron hack phlegm all over yourself at the same time.]]

!!Tropes that are always backstories:

* {{Backstory}} ... [[CaptainObvious duh]].
* BackstoryHorror
* BackstoryOfTheDay
* BelatedBackstory
* CynicismCatalyst
* DarkAndTroubledPast
* DeadAllAlong
* DeathByOriginStory
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest
* ExpansionPackPast
* FreudianExcuse
* MultipleChoicePast
* MysteriousPast
* ParentalAbandonment
* PosthumousCharacter
* RapeAsBackstory
* RetiredBadass
* StandardCopBackstory
* SympatheticMurderBackstory
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback
* WhenItAllBegan

!!Tropes that are ''sometimes'' backstories:

* AbusiveParents
* BadDreams
* CareerEndingInjury
* DoomedHometown
* HeroicBSOD
* MyGreatestFailure
* {{Mythopoeia}}
* {{Prequel}}
* StartOfDarkness
* TheLostLenore (only Type A counts)
* WhenItAllBegan
* YouAllShareMyStory