'''Basic Trope''': A character's backstory is one big ContinuitySnarl.
* '''Straight''': The one thing anyone can agree on regarding Mysterio's past [[MysteriousPast is that it's mysterious.]] The details vary DependingOnTheWriter.
* '''Exaggerated''': The only way all this stuff could have happened to one person is if [[StockEpilepticTrees he's a Time Lord.]]
* '''Downplayed''': There are minor inconsistencies between different version of his past, but they can be overlooked either by invoking the MST3KMantra or assuming [[UnreliableNarrator the narrator has an imperfect memory]].
* '''Justified''':
** Mysterio is UnstuckInTime or has otherwise fumbled the TimeyWimeyBall in such a way as he has multiple contradictory backstories that can't be reconciled.
** He [[MultipleChoicePast gives different people a different version of events]] either to amuse himself, or because of a SplitPersonality.
* '''Inverted''': Mysterio is introduced with a MultipleChoicePast. Over time, this detail is surreptitiously dropped [[DoingInTheWizard for seeming silly]], he's revealed to be a fantasist, and his ''real'' past is exposited in great detail.
* '''Subverted''': Mysterio starts to do this, but is revealed as a liar moments later.
* '''Double Subverted''': But the other three events in his past he mentioned these last three episodes all seem to be real, even though they're contradictory.
* '''Parodied''': Mysterio contradicts his stated backstory twice within the same conversation. His friends exchange puzzled looks.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Mysterio's inconsistent backstory is an acknowledged problem with the series, but different authors have different ways of rectifying it - retcons, UnreliableNarrator, MultiplePersonalities, [[MetaFiction awareness that he's fictional and can tell who's writing him at any given moment]], you name it. Naturally, this just leads to even more inconsistency...
* '''Averted''': There's a very detailed UniverseBible which tells you [[AllThereInTheManual all you could ever want to know]] about Mysterio's past.
* '''Enforced''': There's a RunningGag that each new writer introduces a new detail to Mysterio's past that's as inconsistent as possible with previous writers' contributions.
* '''Lampshaded''': "Wait, M, did this happen before or after you went to ninja-school in the Himalayas?" "...Shhh! I don't like to talk about that!"
* '''Invoked''': Mysterio tells different people different versions of his history to make himself even more enigmatic.
* '''Exploited''': Mysterio [[MediumAwareness becomes aware of his inconsistently-detailed past]], and in a moment of BreakingTheFourthWall teases the readers that he's not going to tell them which one is right because he likes the mystery of it.
* '''Defied''': Past versions of Mysterio's history are explicitly {{Retcon}}ned out of existence.
* '''Discussed''': ???
* '''Conversed''': The characters [[LeaningOnTheFOurthWall lean heavily on the fourth wall]] when they watch a ShowWithinAShow and self-deprecatingly mock its use of the same trope that plagues their own series.
* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': The inconsistencies in the Mysterio's backstory are all revealed to be his MultiplePersonalities telling their own version, RashomonStyle. [[ArchiveBinge Going back over past issues]] [[OnceMoreWithClarity with this new knowledge]], you can see which personality was in charge at which points in the story, thus [[FridgeBrilliance explaining away]] hordes of other continuity "goofs" at one fell swoop. Incredibly-long-in-the-making twist, or brilliantly executed AssPull?
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