->''"What? You want to know'' my ''secret origins? Well... [[BonusEpisode maybe another time]]..."''
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]]'''

When you are writing a work of fiction you often want the audience to know how what is came to be. Often this is achieved by in the first episodes or issues but almost as often, for whatever reason, this can't happen. Perhaps the character was originally meant to be mysterious, a figure robed in secrets and mystique and now their past has emerged. Alternatively the writers might not have had an origin laid out for them, perhaps due to the fact that they were [[EnsembleDarkHorse meant as a minor character who gained a fanbase]] or were simply a MonsterOfTheWeek that happened to come back once or twice. Or it could be that the thing without the background is more than just a character, perhaps the entire universe has a history that the author wants to get across, and there is no way of doing that at the same time that a first episodes finds its audience.

An origins episode is an episode, issue, chapter, or a multi-part story arc that exists primarily to examine the origin of a character or setting after the work has been going for a while. Many prequels qualify, but not all. Likewise whilst many things have had extended flashbacks it does not necessarily count. However the episode or issue need not be all set in the universe's past to qualify, so long as exploring that past in the point. Done well these works help build the universe's mythos and continuity; done badly they just feel like the author trying to show how clever they are. Worse still are the origins episodes where the writer does not bother to check their own continuity and creates a mess of plot holes and poor characterization.

Compare with a PilotEpisode, which usually sets up the origins of the main characters and setting in the first episode. Television characters can have an Origin Episode of sorts if they receive ADayInTheLimelight or a LowerDeckEpisode. See also StartOfDarkness.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' anime
** Episode 32 "Stars and the Stray" told the story of Rukia Kuchiki's origin, as remembered by Renji Abarai.
** Episode 97 explains how the Bount were created. Soul Reapers were carrying out a project to create immortal souls and an experiment got away from them, causing a number of human beings to become the Bount.
** During the ''Zanpakutō: The Alternate Tale'' arc, Koga's origin story was told in episodes 250 and 251.
* The "Teresa of the Faint Smile" arc of ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' tells Clare's origin.
* There was quite a big arc in the manga of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' explaining Hoenheim and Homonculous' origins.
** Not long after the starting chapters, the story also flashes back to how Ed and Al ended up in their situation.
* The last chapter in the fourth volume of ''Manga/HidamariSketch''--one of the few not in {{yonkoma}} format--was spent on explaining the origins of Natsume's {{tsundere}} attitude towards Sae.
* The tenth episode of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is dedicated to [[DarkMagicalGirl Homura]]'s backstory, finally explicitly explaining her mysterious powers, behavior, and motivations.
** The first volume of the spin-off manga ''The Different Story'' functions as one for both Mami and Kyoko - specifically focusing on how they drifted apart after [[spoiler: Mr. Sakura's PaterFamilicide]].
* ''OnePiece'' has a rather odd one starting how Luffy got his powers and his inspiration to be a pirate in the first chapter. A couple of story arcs down the line and a flashback arc fleshes it out a bit more showcasing further motivation to why he does what he does. The rest of the crew stories are told individually as we either first meet then or they're on the verge of joining soon.
* It's not until near the end of ''AnatoliaStory'' that Urhi's TearJerker of a backstory is revealed, along with why he's so loyal to Nakia.
* Pretty much every character in ''FruitsBasket'' has at least one flashback showing a significant moment that lead to them being the way they are. Most notable are the flashbacks of how Kyoko ended up meeting and marrying Katsyua and how [[spoiler:Akito's mother got married to her father and manipulated him into raising Akito as a boy.]]
* During ''BurstAngel'', after many episodes of fighting the [[MonsterOfTheWeek villain of the week]], the final four episodes are dedicated to Jo's origins, mainly episode 23.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'', in possession of NegativeContinuity, has a weird relationship with introduction episodes, prequels, and CharacterDevelopment.
** Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket was the first series adapted from the manga. It explains where the ''Zantetsuken'' comes from, as well as why Goemon joins the gang.
** ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'' is the origin story for Fujiko Mine specifically, but also tells the story of how Lupin and Jigen meet. Inside the series is also an Origins Episode for Oscar, telling how Zenigata found him, and took care of him.
** ''Anime/LupinIIIEpisode0FirstContact'' is yet ''another'' Origins episode, telling the story of how Everyone meets everyone, and how Goemon finds the 'Zantetsuken''.
** ''Film/StrangePsychokineticStrategy'' is the tale of Jigen finding Lupin III after Lupin II died, and Lupin discovering the beautiful Fujiko.
* The final two episodes of ''Anime/ShamanicPrincess'' are {{whole episode flashback}}s that detail the lead-up to the events of the preceding episodes.
* ''Anime/MekakucityActors'': Episodes 6 and 7 serve as joint-origin episodes for Ene and Konoha (episde 6 focusing more on the former, episode 7 on the latter), who used to be [[spoiler:Takane Enomoto]] and [[spoiler:Haruka Kokonose]], respectively, how they ended up in their current bodes and their ties to Shintaro and Ayano.
* ''LightNovel/FateZero'': Episode 5 and 6 of Season 2, are an origin story for how Kiritsugu became the way he is.
* ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' is a weird case. It starts InMediasRes and then jumps back in time twice: part 2 is chronologically the earliest chapter and is an origins episode for Mikiya and Shiki's ''relationship'', of all things; while part 4 is the origins episode for the Shiki we see throughout most of the series--the composite personality built from the remains of her original split personalities that were shattered at the end of part 2.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* [[WonderGirl Donna Troy]] sets the record for the sheer number of these. A character created by author miscommunication, (someone put Wonder Girl in ComicBook/TeenTitans not realizing her earlier appearances were ''teenage WonderWoman in the past'') she had to have her origin told after the fact. But no two writers seem to agree on what it should be, and by now she is nigh unusable [[ContinuitySnarl the question "who the hell is she?" is now unanswerable]]. Every attempt to fix it just tosses another {{Retcon}} on the already-enormous pile. However, the last CosmicRetcon has left the slate blank for single origin to be established, and stick. We haven't re-met her to know which one it'll be.
* ''ElfQuest'' T.O.S. #13: "[[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/OQ/OQ13/DisplayOQ13.html The Secret of the Wolfriders]]"
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' has had two very well-received ones:
** First was ''Judge Death: Boyhood of a Superfiend'', commissioned for the launch of the ''Judge Dredd Megazine''. In it Judge Death employs a journalist to interview him and spread his message, to explain to the people of the world why they are better off dead. Death was a creepy little boy.
** Later there was ''Origins'' to mark the 30th anniversary of Judge Dredd where Dredd explains the secrets and history of the Dredd universe (straightening up the continuity along the way) whilst on a mission to recover something that might unravel those secrets.
* ComicBook/{{X-Men}}: The ''Wolverine Origin'' comic. And TheMovie, for that matter.
* DCComics had an entire series, ''Secret Origins'', in which each issue was an OriginsIssue for a different character (either one who had never been given a proper origin in their own series, or an established character for whom DC wanted to establish a new baseline origin following a ContinuitySnarl or similar problem).
** Likewise, Marvel's ''Uncanny Origins''.
* ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger had four of these in the same issue, [[MultipleChoicePast all contradicting each other]].
* ''StrontiumDog'' had two long-running stories in this vein: "Portrait of a Mutant" examined Johnny's early life, his time in the mutant resistance, and how he eventually took up bounty hunting; it was framed as Johnny telling Wulf and the Gronk why he's so eager to claim the small bounty on Nelson Bunker Kreelman. "Max Bubba", framed as Wulf's reminiscenses, told the story of how Johnny and Wulf first met and teamed up.
* The ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' book ''How Obelix Fell into the Magic Potion''.
* The focus of "Zero Month" in [[ComicBook/{{New52}} The New 52]].
* Issue 7 of ''Comicbook/TheSuperiorFoesOfSpiderMan'' deals with Beetle's origins as [[spoiler:Tombstone's]] daughter and how she went from a highly-educated woman with steep criminal ambitions to an up-and-coming supervillain. Issue 14 dealt with Overdrive's origins as a racecar driver who dreamed of becoming a superhero.
* ''[[Comicbook/{{Serenity}} Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale]]'' tells Book's origin story.

[[folder: Fan Fiction]]
* In the ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' fic ''FanFic/AHistoryOfMagic'', Chapter 12 gives one for [[spoiler: Walpurgisnacht.]]
* FanFic/FutariWaPrettyCureBlueMoon: Though the plot moves on as the episodes go, there are episodes centered around the backstory of various characters and how they affect the present.
* The ''DoctorWho''/''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesInAnAdventureWithScientists'' fanfic ''[[FanFic/ThePiratesverse An Adventure With Aliens]]'' also functions as the story of how [[spoiler:Strax and the Doctor first met.]]
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has the fittingly-titled Origins Arc, which goes into detail the previously hinted at backstory of Discord and the Princesses, where they came from, and how they came to be in Equestria.
** And this was immediately preceded by the Generational Transitions Arc, which explained why Pinkie Pie is so different by revealing that she's [[spoiler: the SoleSurvivor of the G3 universe, which the Alicorns and Draconnequi [[CosmicRetcon erased]].]]
** "[[AscendedFanon A Fading Future]]" serves retroactively as one for [[spoiler: [[FutureMeScaresMe Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]]]].
** Shining Armor 16.5 explains the backstory of [[BigBad General-Admiral Makarov]] [[spoiler: or rather, the one the [[EldritchAbomination Shadow of Chernobull]] created for him]].
** "Origins: Queen Chrysalis" naturally serves as one for Chrysalis.
** After finally watching Season 3, Alex Warlorn wrote one for [[EvilOverlord King Sombra]], depicting him as the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification living embodiment]] of the crystal ponies' collective fears, brought into existence by one of [[EldritchAbomination Discord's cousins]].
* ''FanFic/ShadowsAwakening'': Chapter 11 is primarily [[BiggerBad The Phantom]]'s StartOfDarkness -- showing how he [[FromNobodyToNightmare went from an ordinary warrior to leader of the Shadowkhan to the vengeance filled shade he is now]] -- shows how Tarakudo took over the Shadowkhan from him, and even reveals how Shendu got his claws on the Ninja Khan mask.
* Chapter 22 of ''[[Fanfic/PokemonMysteryDungeonReflectingBalance Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Reflecting Balance]]'' revealed the backstory of one of the three main characters, namely Blitz the Shinx, and why he left his old home.
** Chapters 34-40 reveal some backstory about the town and the main villain.
* There's one for Count Logan in Chapter 11 of ''FanFic/TheEndOfEnds''.

[[folder: Film ]]

* This was part of the reason for the ''StarWars'' prequel trilogy.
* ''TheMuppetMovie'' serves as this for ''TheMuppetShow.'' Kermit makes clear that [[HandWave some artistic liberties have been taken,]] [[ContinuitySnarl especially since early episodes of the show contradict what's shown in the film.]]
* The Daniel Craig James Bond films appear to serve as these, though they are more of reboots.
* As evident by the titles, ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' and ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' (although both works had MASSIVE amounts of ContinuitySnarl, especially with each other!)
* ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' was originally going to be this for ''Film/{{Alien}}'' but has since evolved into something else, although there are still connections with the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise (such as the presence of the Weyland Corporation and androids).
** [[spoiler:''Prometheus'' directly deals with the history and purpose of the Space Jockeys]].
* An unusual case: The first ten minutes of IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade depict a young Boy Scout Indy trying to save a relic from a gang of bandits, which ends up demonstrating the source of his [[WeaponOfChoice interest in the bullwhip,]] [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes his fear of snakes,]] [[IndyPloy his gift for improvising action,]] [[ContrivedCoincidence and finally]] where he got his [[NiceHat famous hat.]] Then George Lucas realized how much fun he had making the sequence, and managed to turn it into a full-on television series: TheYoungIndianaJonesChronicles.
* MonstersUniversity shows how [[MonstersInc Mike and Sully]] became a scaring duo.
* ''Film/SkullIsland'' will serve as this to ''Film/KingKong'', though it hasn't been specified which version (the original 1933 film, or Creator/PeterJackson's 2005 remake).


[[folder: Literature ]]

* StarWars Outbound Flight ExpandedUniverse novel, deals with the origin of Imperial Grand Admiral Thrawn, and ties TheThrawnTrilogy with the prequel film trilogy and the NewJediOrder.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/PastDoctorAdventures novel ''Business Unusual'' by Gary Russell told the story of Mel's first meeting with the Doctor, which her introductory TV season had neglected to depict due to TimeyWimeyBall shenanigans.
* ''Literature/TheQContinuum'' shows where a few of the enemies the crew of the original starship ''Enterprise'' faced came from. They were summoned through the Guardian of Forever by 0.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has the episode "Fragments," giving the back-story of how the main team members [[note]]other than Gwen, whose origin was revealed in "Everything Changes"[[/note]] were recruited to Torchwood Three.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has these reasonably often.
* Notably averted in ''Series/BurnNotice'': the made-for-TV-movie "The Fall of Sam Axe" pointedly showed how Sam managed to get his honorable discharge from the Navy [=SEALs=] despite his womanizing attitude, but in the timeline of the movie, he already knows SuperSpy Michael Westen, seeking advice with his personal problems. Throughout the entire series, it's never been revealed exactly how a CIA spy and a Navy SEAL met and became best friends.
* ''WhiteCollar'' episode "[[DoubleMeaningTitle Forging Bonds]]" dedicated to how Neal started his ConMan career with Mozzie, how he met Kate, how Peter started pursuing Neal and how Peter and Neal first met.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' has the episode "How I Met Everyone Else", which showcases how the core group (except Robin, who joined the group in the pilot) met and became friends[[note]]Marshall and Ted met as roommates in college, Lily and Marshall met when she was "inexplicably drawn" to his dorm room one morning, Barney and Ted met in the bathroom at a bar, and Barney and Marshall met at the same bar some time later. They all met Robin at the same bar as well.[[/note]].
* On ''Series/DoctorWho'' it only took 11 years and four Doctors battling the Daleks before we finally got to see how they were created by Davros, after which point he became a recurring villain in Dalek stories.
** The Second Doctor story ''The War Games'' finally revealed Gallifrey and the Time Lords, after six years od the Doctor's species being unknown. The Seventh Doctor novel ''Lungbarrow'' actually reveals the details behind the Doctor's origin story.
** Between the Doctor Who TV series and audio adventures, we've had the [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoTLSS4E3LordsOfTheRedPlanet Ice Warriors']] origin story with the Second Doctor, the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks Daleks']] origin story with the Fourth Doctor, the [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho034SpareParts Cybermen's]] origin story with the Fifth Doctor, the [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoTLSS3E6TheFirstSontarans Sontarans']] origin story with the Sixth Doctor, and the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen Cybus Cybermen's]] origin story with the Tenth Doctor.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' had several origin episodes, including one for the BigBad ("Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man") and TheLoneGunmen trio ("Unusual Suspects").
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' had several over the course of the show, showing how she developed from a village girl into an evil Warrior Princess. (She had a HeelFaceTurn during her guest appearances on ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' before she got her own show.)
* "Three Stories", a Season One episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', reveals how House's leg turned out in such a bad state: he suffered an aneurysm while playing golf. His drug-seeking behavior caused the other doctors to brush off his pain as a withdrawal symptom. Soon, however, the aneurysm caused an infarction and muscle tissue to die. House refused to have the leg amputated, even though the bypass he demands and ultimately undergoes causes such severe pain that it gives him a heart attack. While in a medically-induced coma, his girlfriend and proxy authorized him to undergo a partial amputation that would only remove the necrotic tissue while leaving the rest of his leg intact, but it leaves his leg's mobility compromised on top of leaving him in chronic pain.
* ''{{Series/Community}}'' had the aptly titled [[Recap/CommunityS4E12HeroicOrigins "Heroic Origins"]], in which Abed charts the group's connection through random interactions before they all started at Greendale, eventually leading to reveal how they all came to choose the school.
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* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' eventually showed us the backstory as to how Sara became a CIA operative, starting as a young teen when she was a grifter with her father.
** [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming "Chuck Versus the Tic Tac"]] reveals Casey's origins: [[spoiler: A Marine Corps sniper in Honduras named Alexander Coburn who faked his death to join a special forces unit]]. Unfortunately, it's left ''quite'' a ContinuitySnarl that has never really been addressed.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' had "Family Tree" for Duncan, and for recurring characters, there was "Legacy" for Amanda, "Comes A Horseman" showed Cassandra's origin and there was one for Fitz ("Star Crossed"?).
* ''ForeverKnight'': Nick's vampire origin was shown in the pilot, "Dark Knight".
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** Angel's origin was first showed in both parts of "Becoming" but ''Series/{{Angel}}'' elaborated on it in "The Somnamublist".
** The episode "Fool For Love" was Spike's official origin episode. 'Lies My Parents Told Me' gave more details about that origin. And the cross-over episode with ''Series/{{Angel}}'' that "Fool For Love" was a part of, called "Darla", was the origin episode for, well, Darla.
* ''Series/TheTribe'' had two of these in the second season; one focused on Zoot and Ebony; the other focused on Lex and Ryan (though the latter example was submerged as a very long flashback).
* ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' even went so far as to have its Origins episodes ''titled'' "Origins". It probably has something to do with the fact that said episodes were delayed until midseason, instead of being shown at the beginning as usual.
* ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' had origin episodes for the Red, Yellow, Blue, and Green Rangers as well as for Dr. K. All ended with them going to or arriving at Corinth (except Green, who had to leave) and don't include how they were selected as Rangers (again, except Green who we already saw acquire his powers.
* ''Series/{{Suits}}'' episode "Rewind" shows Mike starting using his PhotographicMemory to earn money cheating at tests, his friend Trevor start dealing marijuana and Harvey blackmailing Hardman into resignation. Also doubles as a StartOfDarkness episode.
* S1 E4 of ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' has a bit of this, in that it expands on how some of the characters ended up with community service.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' has nearly half their riders be given Origins Episodes, mostly as part of a movie (or in the case of [[FallenHero Kamen Rider Eternal]], a whole movie).
* The ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' episode "Lower Berth'' provides the odd origin of [[spoiler:The Crypt Keeper.]] An unholy product of the love between a (literal) two-face freakshow attraction, and a 4000 year old mummy.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Out of Gas" features flashbacks showing how each of the main characters ended up on Serenity (except for Book, Simon and River, who came aboard in the pilot episode).

[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' explains the origin of the Master Sword; more specifically, how the Master Sword used to be a sentient being and originated as the Goddess Sword. It also explains where Zelda's magical power comes from ([[spoiler:she's the reincarnation of the goddess Hylia]]), and why Link is always reincarnated ([[spoiler:he's Hylia's chosen hero]])
** Prior to that, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' showed the StartOfDarkness for Ganon, the series BigBad; and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'' had the creation of the Four Sword from the, well, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwords'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures'' games, and like the Master Sword originally went by a different name (in this case, the Picori Blade), and although it's part of the backstory, ''The Minish Cap'' also explains Vaati's StartOfDarkness (and shows that he wasn't always a floating FacelessEye).
* Pretty much [[StockSubtitle anything with the subtitle "Origins"]].
** ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins''
** ''VideoGame/SilentHillOrigins'' is this for Alessa/Cheryl/Heather.
** ''[[VideoGame/{{Ys}} Ys: Origin]]'' explores the history of the Ys civilization, its six priests and twin goddesses, the Fact family, and the Black Pearl.
** Oddly enough, excluding ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins.'' The "origins" in question are the first act of the game and cover how the main character became a Grey Warden. They have nothing to do with the origin of the setting, any other characters (except possibly [[TheWoobie Jowan]]), or the Blight.
** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' doesn't cover the origins of Batman, but it does show [[spoiler:the origins of the Batman-Joker feud and Harley Quinn]] in this canon, as well as the re-opening of Arkham Asylum due to the events of the game. Downloadable content also shows the origin of Mr. Freeze.
* Speaking of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', the DLC campaign ''Leliana's Song'' provides an origin story for the eponymous character, which is only alluded to in the game proper.
* Jack's loyalty mission in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' reveals a lot of details on her origin, including ones she wasn't aware of herself.
** The ''Leviathan'' DLC for ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' turns out to be an OriginsEpisode for the Reapers.
* Episode 3 of ''AceAttorneyInvestigations 2'' has this, as the player switches between controlling Miles Edgeworth in the present day situation, and Gregory Edgewroth in his final case, which also happens to be that one where Manfred Von Karma got his first penalty.
* Chapter 4 of ''Cage in Lunatic Runagate'', a side-story VideoGame/{{Touhou}} book, tells the story of how [[WhoWantsToLiveForever Fujiwara no Mokou]] became immortal.
* [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater The third Metal Gear Solid game]] revealed the tragic backstory of Big Boss, and showed how he went from an idealistic, [[AdorKable somewhat silly]] hero to the [[AntiVillain villain]] of the [[{{Retcon}} first game]]... though the process didn't really finish up until around [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker the fifth game.]]
* ''KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', chronologically the first game in the series, mainly delves into the [[StartOfDarkness origins of Xehanort and other villains such as Maleficent, Pete, and Organization XIII]], but it also briefly shows how Sora, Riku, and Kairi came to be the people they were by the start of the original game.
* The [[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 2013 reboot]] of ''Franchise/TombRaider'' serves as this for Lara Croft.
* Despite the major characters of the ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsGaiden Masou Kishin]]'' series appearing sporadically through the "Classic Timeline" of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', ''The Lord of Elemental'' effectively serves as the {{prequel}} detailing how each character arrived in the subterranean world of "La Gias" and earned the right to become a Herald of the Elemental Lords.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' has ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence Lament of Innocence]]'', which explains the origins of Dracula and the Belmont clan's feud with him.


[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* The ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' short [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/hremail7.html "Hremail 7"]] explains the origin of Strong Bad Email. And, in the process, [[http://hrwiki.org/wiki/Hremail_7#Remarks messes up]] what little continuity the HR-verse has.
** Then again, it was ''[[CloudCuckoolander Homestar]]'' who was [[UnreliableNarrator the one explaining the SBemail origins]].
* The ShutUpCartoons segment ''Oishi High School Battle'' has ''Oishi Orgins,'' or, as the title says, ''Oishi High School Battle Orgins.'' ''Oishi Orgins'' explains several things, such as [[spoiler: how Oishi's father got fired (like the intro song says) and how Oishi got her dog Noodles. (Which was due to the creature transporter machine going haywire after a demon attack, thus resulting in this event.)]]


[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* ''Webcomic/TimesLikeThis'' tells the origin of Cassie's time machine [[http://www.timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=505 starting here.]]
* ''On the Origin of PC's'' and ''StartOfDarkness'' for ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
* Oddly, [[EverydayHeroes Mr. Mighty]]'s wife, Jane, got to tell her [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=122766 origin story]] before Mr. Mighty did. Then again, maybe the author just enjoyed drawing all those {{Stripperiffic}} outfits.
** We also got to see the origin of Mr. Mighty's daughter, Summer. [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=210606 Kinda traumatic for her.]]
* The Shaker Woods story arc in YehudaMoonAndTheKickstandCyclery, which makes everything look HarsherInHindsight.
* In ''BobAndGeorge'', MediumAwareness means [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000408c they know that 8-bits means an origin story.]]
* The Cocoon Academy arc of ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily''is one for Dedede and [[spoiler: Meta Knight]].


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Episode III of ''WebVideo/TheTimeGuys'' reveals that Caveman is the same Caveman from Episode I, who was seen inventing fire, and explains how he came to be Doc's intern.
* The origin novel for Phase didn't come out until about four years after the WhateleyUniverse started.
* Linkara has his on his DVD of WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall, [[TheMerch available NOW]].
* WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob has his BigDamnMovie (''Film/TheCinemaSnobMovie'') about his origin, which changes his character from CharacterAsHimself Creator/BradJones into Craig Golightly under the guise of Vincent Dawn. Since then Brad has had a MilestoneCelebration and since then a FlipFlopOfGod whether or not this is the "true" Cinema Snob (Meanwhile Brad Jones doesn't really care, [[RuleOfFunny he's just doing what's funny]].) ... [[TheMerch ALSO available now]]!
* Parodied in the live show 'Condos' of ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' where the [[TheBlank Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home]] begins telling a story that sounds like it might be her origin, only for her to reveal that the person she was talking about was actually just another woman she watched while she secretly lived in her home. [[{{Troll}} She's just telling you because she found the story interesting.]]


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has both this and a conventional first episode origins set up. The first five episodes established the main characters (heros and villains) and their situation. Later [=MacBeth=] was introduced, and they then combined a multi-episode arc with telling the origin of [=MacBeth=] (he really ''is'' Theatre/{{Macbeth}}) and his history with Demona.
** {{Five Episode Pilot}}s were a staple of Disney television animation in the 80s and 90s, with the pilot movies showing how all of the characters came together. Some characters (such as [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales GizmoDuck]]) would be introduced and receive their specific origin stories later in their respective series.
* WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck received ''[[MultipleChoicePast several]]'' origin stories throughout the run of his series. YMMV on whether or not this was an ''intentional'' spoof of the tangled origins of superheroes in the comics the series often parodied.
* ''ThePowerpuffGirls Movie'' didn't originally set out for this--the first story pitch was to have been all of the show's main villains fighting with each other over who will rule Townsville. Creator Craig [=McCracken=] found it left little screen time for the girls themselves, so it became an origin story and their haphazard first adventure.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheStorm The Storm]]" gives the backstories of Aang and Zuko via FlashBack.
** Its SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', has one in ''Beginnings'', a two part FlashBack that explains how the Avatar Cycle began, as well as [[UltimateEvil what]] is causing the spirits to go berserk and start attacking humans once again.
* This was the plot point of the ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' episode "Seems Like Old Crimes", which focused on Aladdin telling everyone the story of how he and Abu first met, long before the events of the first movie.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' avoids the heroes' non-hero lives, and starts with the team already established, but an origin story appears near the ''end'' of the series, covering the team's first meeting.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'' was the direct-to-movie origin episode of the Bat in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' canon.
* CodeLyoko had a special double-episode prequel titled ''XANA's Awakening'' that narrate how everything started.
* The third ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' movie (And second DirectToVideo movie), ''Recess: All Growed Down'' featured an origins story of how the gang all met.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' "A Sitch In Time" shows the backstory of how Kim and Ron met and the first mission that started their careers as crimefighters.
** Ironically, their first mission was because of a typo, so you might say it was destiny that led to them becoming heroes.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''' "The Invisible Hand of Fate" revealed the start of Billy and Pete's friendship and Phantom Limb becoming a supervillain.
* The ''WesternAnimation/WorldOfQuest'' episode "The Fall of Odyssia" explores how the eponymous Quest came to the service of the royal court -- specifically, becoming Nestor's nanny for life.
* The season four premiere of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' serves as one for the Elements of Harmony.
** In season one, there was "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", which explains how all of the mane six got their cutie marks (and how Spike was hatched).
* WesternAnimation/RegularShow has "Skips' Story" which explains how Skips gained immortality.
* While the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Holly Jolly Secrets" doesn't reveal Ice King's origin until the end, the episode is about Finn and Jake trying to figure out the Ice King's "evil secret" by watching his video diary.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' had the hour-long {{prequel}} episode "Birth of Evil", which detailed Aku's origin, and the original battle between him and Jack's father, along with how Jack's sword was forged, ending with Jack's actual birth and his father deciding they needed "a plan". (Which was used to train Jack as an adult when Aku escaped in the first episode.)
* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/AllHailKingJulien'' serves as this for the ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' franchise, as it explains how Julien the lemur became king, and how he made partying the norm in his kingdom.