->''"OnTheNext Dai Guard, Ibuki has a really long flashback. I mean a '''really''' long flashback."''
-->-- '''Akagi''', ''Anime/DaiGuard''

An episode consisting mainly of one or more {{Flashback}}s.

Sometimes this is used to tell a story that takes place before the series began. Other times this is used as a variant form of a FramingDevice such as a CaptainsLog to allow the character to comment on the action with the benefit of hindsight.

When the action takes place before the beginning of the series, the flashback is often used to show [[EveryoneMeetsEveryone how the characters met]]. Occasionally, it will be combined with ADayInTheLimelight, showing the true depths of a character while at the same time letting the audience see what made this person be like they are.

Occasionally the flashback takes place some time between episodes during the run of the series, especially if it has a TimeSkip.

When the flashbacks consist of previously recorded footage, you get a ClipShow, likely done in a RecapEpisode.

Specific variants: HowWeGotHere, HowDadMetMom (sometimes), and RashomonStyle.


[[folder: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* The second half of Episode 6 of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', where Mikasa starts remembering how she first met Eren.
* ''Anime/BurstAngel'' had an episode about how Meg met Jo and what they used to do before becoming mercenaries.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Semi-regular flashback chapters occur during the Soul Society arc. Also, a number of characters have flashback chapters during a significant fight, and especially when dying. There are also two mini-arcs that take place entirely in the past. "Turn Back the Pendulum" covers events affecting Soul Society 110-101 years before the first manga chapter. "Everything but the Rain" covers events affecting Karakura Town 20 years before the first manga chapter.
* Episode 13 of ''Anime/DarlingInTheFranxx'' is completely devoted to Hiro and Zero Two's past.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' has featured quite a few episodes showing Shinichi solving cases before he was shrunk at the beginning of the series.
* In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', Ken's flashback story in "Genesis of Evil"/"Digivice ga Yami ni Somaru Toki."
* In ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', there was a flashback episode about Vegeta's character development as a whole. Basically about how he was always outclassed by Goku, a low level Saiyan, despite being the prince of the near-extinct race.
** A filler episode of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' entitled "Memories of Gohan" showed Goku and Chichi harkening back to both the day Goku named Gohan after his grandfather and a day during a family outing where Goku wound up witnessing Gohan's hidden potential for the first time.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** The manga has a Whole Volume Flashback, in which the Ishval massacre is told in all its bloody horror. Or rather, three simultaneous flashbacks to the same time, but told by and to three different people (Riza's to Ed, Dr. Knox's to Al, Lan Fan, and May Chang, and Dr. Marcoh's to Scar).
** When the manga was adapted into [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime]], the anime compressed most of the Elric Brothers' childhood (told in parts in the manga) into the third episode of the anime, then moved several events that happened in the present a couple years in the past so episodes 4-9 were flashing back to the first year after Ed and Al lost their limbs and body.
* ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin'', the AdaptationExpansion manga version of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', had an extended flashback detailing the death of Revolutionary Zeon Deikum, the Zabis' rise to power, Char and Sayla's childhood, Char's enrollment in Zeon's military school, espionage and the development of HumongousMecha between the EFF and Zeon, the events leading up to the One Year War, the Battle of Loum, General Revil's capture by and escape from Zeon----in short, all the events alluded to in the backstory of the original Gundam show----collected in six volumes, ''a third'' of the series published thus far.
* ''Anime/{{Gungrave}}'' has this for about half of the series (at least in the anime).
* ''His And Her Circumstances'' or ''Manga/KareKano'' has this in volumes 18 and 19 of the manga to explain the past of the Arima family.
* The latter half of the two-parter "It Was A Small Wish" of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', which has Signum and Shamal reminiscing how they met their master and the events that led to the plot of the second season. There's also the [[ComicBookAdaptation supplementary manga]] "Lightning Hearts", which has Fate, Erio, and Caro narrating the stories on how they met each other to various members of [[HeroesRUs Riot Force 6]].
* In ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'', Satou Sei (''Rosa Gigantea'') got one of these in both the first and second seasons.
* About half of ''Manga/MermaidSaga'' consisted of these. Then again the main character was something like 700 years old so it was kind of inevitable.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', [[Recap/NeonGenesisEvangelionEpisode21TheBirthOfNerv Episode 21]] is dedicated to exploring the backstory of NERV's creation, and, by extension, several of the main characters' pasts, notably Shinji's parents and Fuyutsuki, and more briefly, Misato and Ritsuko.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', each member of the crew has gotten at least one Whole Episode Flashback to show their backstory- as the series progresses, these flashbacks have gotten longer and longer, sometimes reaching three episodes of nothing but flashbacks.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' had not one, but two flashback episodes, the first one being about how Hikaru and Kaoru met Tamaki, and the second one being about how Kyoya met Tamaki.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}} Shippuden'' not only has whole episode flashbacks, there are sometimes multi-episode flashbacks about things we already know, and let's not forget the filler arc that consisted of flashbacks. Also, how about sasuke having multi-episode flashbacks to the same flashback mulltiple time!
* ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit'' has two of them that explain Balsa's childhood and how she became a bodyguard.
* Roughly half of the ''Manga/TenjhoTenge'' anime consists of these.
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' had the episode "Rem Saverem", which revealed both how humanity ended up on Gunsmoke and revealed Knives, who had never been featured or mentioned in the series up to that point. It also revealed Vash's connection with Rem, who thusfar had been an ambiguous character mentioned several times.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'' uses one of these to explain Lucy's StartOfDarkness.
* ''Manga/FutatsuNoSpica'' has several of these, emphasizing the SliceOfLife nature of the show, rather than the space exploration part.
* The last episode of the ''Manga/{{Hyakko}}'' anime shows the lives of the main cast before they met at high school.
* There is a fan manga that could be called ''Linux Flashback'' due to more than half of it being flashbacks. Every chapter or so, it switches point of view.
* The ''Manga/SlamDunk'' anime is known for several flashbacks happening during the game. One of the most poignant, however, was an entire episode featuring Kogure's flashback to his and Akagi's three year history on the basketball team. An episode-long flashback that somehow managed to occur between his taking a three-point shot and said shot going in the net.
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' is kind enough to devote a whole episode to flashing back to 1711 and explaining just why there are [[{{Immortality}} immortals]] in the first place.
* Done a number of times in ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes''.
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' has a multi episode flashback. Apparent in story reason is to explain why Shana likes [[TrademarkFavoriteFood melon bread]] but it ends up covering her OriginStory as well.
* The final episode of the first season of ''Manga/XxxHolic'' shows part of Watanuki's childhood (though they called it a sidestory).
* The first episode of ''Manga/YakitateJapan'' is a Whole Episode Flashback origin story.
* ''Anime/WolfsRain'' had a couple, although they were more recaps with some commenting from present-[[spoiler:Tsume/Toboe]] than purely flashbacks.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'':
** Volumes 4 & 5 for one of the ''Manga/LupinIII'' manga has a few stories starring a teenage Lupin.
** ''Anime/LupinIIIEpisode0FirstContact'' has the premise of Jigen narrating a flashback to a reporter about how Lupin's gang was formed. Then the rest of the gang shows up. [[spoiler:Revealing that Jigen was actually Lupin in disguise, and none of the gang agrees with his version of events.]]
* The "Mobius Klein" episode of the ''Manga/SilentMobius'' TV series details a disaster caused by the main character's father that's very important in the backstory. The first movie is also mostly flashback, as is the corresponding volume of the manga.
* In the ''Manga/UntilDeathDoUsPart'' manga, pretty much all of the Next arc is a flashback to the main character's past in Chechnya, leading up to [[EyeScream how he was blinded]].
* ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' has a two-chapter flashback showing Keima and Tenri's first meeting.
* Two episodes of the second season of ''Manga/BirdyTheMighty'' ''Decode'' were about the title character's [[DarkAndTroubledPast past]] and origins. [[spoiler: She's a [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetically-engineered]] SuperSoldier who was raised by a RobotMaid named [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Violeen/Violene/Violin]] until the Robot Maid was destroyed in a terrorist attack.]]
* ''Anime/TenchiUniverse'' was a [[WholeEpisodeFlashback Whole Series Flashback]]; the series started at the end and had Tenchi remember everything that happened.
* Episode [[spoiler: 10]] of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is one of these [[spoiler:kind of. It's a flashback from [[TimeTravel Homura]]'s perspective. For everyone else, it's a [[GroundhogDayLoop collection of alternative timelines]]]].
* ''Anime/RahXephon'' had one of these, focusing on the childhood of Helena, Itsuki, and Makoto. It gave Makoto some ''much'' needed character depth, adding a new dimension to his otherwise rather flat SmugSnake-ness.
* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' starts InMediasRes for the first two and a half volumes, and then devotes the rest up to volume 14 to Guts' backstory. As for ''Anime/Berserk1997'', [[ExaggeratedTrope The entire series save for the first episode]] is dedicated to Guts' past.
* ''Anime/{{Chihayafuru}}'' so far has 2.5 episodes gone this way, starting midway from the first episode.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'':
** Towards the end of the Kyoto arc, the multi-episode battles against Anji and Soujiro each had a flashback episode showing their StartOfDarkness that pretty much took up the entire episode.
** Also, the manga had about two volumes worth of flashback to Kenshin's life as Hitokiri Battousai and [[spoiler: his ill-fated marriage to Tomoe.]]
* ''Manga/FamilyComplex'', the manga Sakamoto Akira starred before appearing in ''Manga/PrincessPrincess'', had one chapter about his parents.
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' has an entire multi-volume flashback ''arc'' that spans from Retrace LXVI through Retrace LXXIV (with dips into the present throughout) and reveals the back stories of Glen, Jack, and Lacie as well as the events of one hundred years ago that led to the Tragedy of Sablier.
* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', ''Matsuribayashi-hen'' begins with no fewer than ''five'' episodes of flashbacks, of which the first two are made more confusing by AnachronicOrder.
* ''Anime/MekakucityActors'': Episodes 6, 7, 9 and 10 are all dedicated flashbacks to fill out the stories of Ene, Konoha, Ayano ([[spoiler:and her adoptive siblings, Kido, Kano and Seto]]) and the Medusae (Azami, Shion and Mary), respectively. This also translates into the manga, where the ''Headphone Actor'' and ''Yuukei Yesterday'' chapters (set 2 years in the past, covering Ene and Konoha's joint history) take up a whole volume.
* Over the course of its two seasons, ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying'' had five flashback episodes. Three of them (9, 11 and 10.5) detailed how Hajime and Kaoru became a couple, one of them (-108) was how Rino and Nozomu became a couple, and one of them (-555) was how Mayotama [[BigBrotherAttraction became so attached]] to Hajime.
* The first half of Episode 2 of ''[[TheAnimeOfTheGame Venus Project: Climax]]'' shows Eriko's past to present as she shows how she became a contestant for the Formula Venus tournament and an idol, which involves going through ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}''-esque training sequences. Episode 3 also has one focusing on Ruka Sovagasky and Episode 4 has one focusing on Miu Nureha. While Episodes 2 and 4 are narrated by Eriko and Miu respectively, Ruka's episode is instead narrated by her trainer.
* ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' has "After the Rain," which fleshes out Holly's backstory, and "Monol's Story," which reveals Moo's backstory and how the Monster Rancher world almost came to an end.
* ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' normally follows the ThreeShorts format however the episode about the day Jibanyan died was one entire episode. It involved Jibayan reliving the day and being given a second chance at life. He decided to die as living would mean [[spoiler:his owner would die instead]].
* Episode 6 of ''Manga/KimiToBoku'' is a flashback to [[UnwantedGlassesPlot Kaname getting his glasses]] in middle school.
* Three of Creator/MakotoShinkai's major films - ''Anime/ThePlacePromisedInOurEarlyDays'', ''Anime/YourName'' and the third act of ''Anime/FiveCentimetersPerSecond'' - begin near the chronological end with protagonist(s) reflecting on the past before flashing back to show in detail what happened.
* Several chapters of ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' are devoted to Tohru's past, chapter 32 in particular showing the details of how she and Kobayashi first met.

* Creator/DCComics' Zero Month is a month with all released comics being issue long flashbacks, serving as a follow-up to the CrisisCrossover ComicBook/ZeroHour.
* Creator/MarvelComics' Flashback Month, [[FollowTheLeader three years after DC's event]], added a {{Retraux}} feel with 1960s-style covers, and all books being numbered "-1".
* The ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' story "Portrait of a Mutant" was 18 issues long, 16 of which made up one long flashback to when Johnny fought in the mutant army as a teenager.
** The "Ragnorak Job" from the same series is 21 episodes long all but two of which was one huge flashback of Johnny met his norm partner Wulf. Which leads into the series second biggest wham ending.
* [[ComicBook/{{New52}} The New 52]]: Both ''ComicBook/ActionComics'' and ''ComicBook/JusticeLeague'' begin with arcs showing how Superman and the League, respectively, got their start. ''ComicBook/{{Earth2}}'' and ''Worlds' Finest'' begin with flashbacks showing how [[spoiler:that universe's Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman died]] and how Huntress and Power Girl arrived on Prime Earth.
* Issue #6 of ''ComicBook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws'' takes place a month before the events of #1 and details how Red Hood met Starfire in the first place -- and there are several other flashbacks within that context!
** The TPB takes the novel route of opening with #6 before going on into #1.
* ''ComicBook/{{Bionicle}}'' comic 25: ''Birth of the Rahaga'' (also known under the confusing alternate title ''The Final Battle'') was an entire issue dedicated to how the heroic Toa Hagah got mutated into the titular Rahaga creatures. Since comics 16-27 formed a flashback series to begin with, this makes it a FlashbackWithinAFlashback. Graphic novel 8, ''Legends of Bara Magna'', was likewise a volume comprising three full-issue flashback stories.
* ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse
** "W.H.A.D.A.L.O.T.T.A.J.A.R.G.O.N." by Creator/DonRosa was created to celebrate [[MilestoneCelebration the 60th anniversary of the first appearance of Donald Duck's nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie]]. It tells, through a flashback, the story of how the boys wound up joining [[ScoutOut the Junior Woodchucks]].
** Another Don Rosa story, "Gyro's First Invention", reveals how Gyro's lightbulb-headed robot sidekick Helper was invented (he was actually a novelty lamp exposed to [[CallForward a prototype of an intelligence-boosting device Gyro made in another story]], "The Think Box Bollix" by Creator/CarlBarks). It also offers an explanation of how Uncle Scrooge got the contents of his Money Bin back after it fell into a sinkhole at the end of Barks' "A Christmas for Shacktown" (Gyro retrieved it with the help of another of his inventions).
* Issue #7 of ''ComicBook/TheVision2015'' is told entirely in flashbacks detailing the relationship between the Vision and his ex-wife the Scarlet Witch. Only a single splash page at the very end is set in the present.
* Taken UpToEleven in ''ComicBook/AstonishingAntMan'', since the first ''eleven'' issues out of the thirteen that made up the series are used by the lead character to recapitulate the past eight months in his life and how he ended up back in prison. With the exception of #6, #8 and #10, every issue opens up with a splash page of Scott Lang in jail to re-establish the book's framing device.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* Downplayed in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'': the first half of "The Transmitter Conspiracy Part 1" is narrated by Calvin.
* [[FanFic/TheDearSweetieBelleContinuity "Dear Sweetie Belle", "Dear Applebloom" and "Dear Scootaloo"]] largely consist of letters written to [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the Cutie Mark Crusaders]] by their sisters (or sister figures) explaining {{Backstory}}.
* ''Fanfic/HuntingSeries'' has two complete flashback stories: ''The First Hunt'' - telling how Neo started hunting with Dean. The second is: ''Hunting and Saving'' - John Winchester saving a boy who turned out to be Neo from vampires thus starting off the whole series.
* ''The Sanctuary Telepath'' has a version - the first (and longer) part of the story is framed by hazy lines from a barely-conscious person's POV. It turns out to be Janine, and everything up to the reveal is recalled by her damaged brain as it tries to piece itself together.
* Most Chapter 3 of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' story ''FanFic/{{Asylum}}'' is Applejack explaining how she became a doctor and became Twilight's friend in this world.
* ''Fanfic/HopToIt'':
** Chapter 5 cuts back and forth between Rabbit telling Ladybug and Chat Noir what she can about Anita Blacklock and Project Lionheart, and various flashbacks of Jack's memories of her grandmother (Anita) and the day she inherited the Rabbit Miraculous.
** Chaper 8 has an extended flashback to Jack/Rabbit and Diego/Perro Negro's relationship, including the night they revealed their identities. It's framed by a couple of scenes of Rabbit practicing Dogstruction, with coaching from Perro and Chat.

* The ''StarWars'' [[http://www.nomachetejuggling.com/2011/11/11/the-star-wars-saga-suggested-viewing-order/ Machete Order]] (IV - V - II - III - VI) treats ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' as an extended flashback sequence [[HowWeGotHere answering the audience's questions]] about [[LukeIAmYourFather the reveal]] at the end of ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', while dismissing ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' (which takes place before ''Attack of the Clones'' and depicts Anakin's childhood before he became Obi-Wan's apprentice) as nonessential {{filler}}.
* ''Film/WonderWoman'' is contained within short vignettes that occur after ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''

* In William King's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Literature/SpaceWolf novels, both ''Space Wolf'' and ''Grey Hunter'' have brief introductions and epilogues in the "current date", but the bulk of both novels is what he is remembering. ''Grey Hunters'' is presented in the same format, but as something he is recounting.
* Both the Literature/CiaphasCain and the Flashman novels that inspired it are based on the same idea. Each novel is part of the hero's own memoirs prepared for publication with additional material by a third party.
* ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' is the journal of the captain, mostly recounting Frankenstein's story of how he came to head toward [[spoiler:the north pole]]. In turn, for part of his narration, Victor quotes the creature's flashback story. And in said flashback story, ''the monster'' tells the story of a family he acted as a MysteriousProtector for.
* The whole Part II of ''It's Kind of a Funny Story'' is a HowWeGotHere-style flashback -- subverted in that the book starts in the present, goes back to the past, and then continues on in the present.
* A large section of ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' is Odysseus sitting in Phaeacia telling his story. All the iconic adventures (Polyphemus, Circe, consulting the shade of Tiresias, the Sirens and so on) are in here since the main action picks up with Calypso releasing him.
* ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' is mostly based around this trope, as the story is told to the narrator (who notes it down and writes the book) and some of his friends by the time traveller after he came back from the future. For this reason, the book is mostly in dialogue from the aforementioned time traveller.
* The ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' book ''Crewel Lye'' is narrated mainly as a flashback, in the first person as opposed to the third person of most ''Xanth'' books.
* ''Literature/TheLostThing'' by Shaun Tam is told in first person past tense; the narrator couldn't remember any stories to tell the reader, so he talks about the time he found the lost thing instead. Or should that be Lost Thing?
* ''Literature/{{Relativity}}'' uses these occasionally, as a way of fleshing-out some of the characters' backstories.
* ''Literature/WizardAndGlass'' consists mostly of a story told by Roland about his past.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** ''Literature/HaloPrimordium'' is mostly about a recovered [[{{Precursors}} Forerunner]] AI recounting events that happened to it over 100,000 years ago, back when it was still a human.
** The entirety of ''Literature/HaloNewBlood'' is Edward Buck talking about various past events in his life during a debriefing.
* ''Literature/Sanctioned'', a superhero webserial, has a lot of these. By Day Two, every third instalment is a flashback to before the serial started.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/ISpy'' episode "Return to Glory" featured Scott explaining to a government auditor why he and Kelly charged $5.00 for glass pants.
* ''Series/{{Workaholics}}'' has an entire episode devoted to how the three guys (and Karl) met in college, called "Flashback in the Day".
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': The sixth-season episode "The Little House Years," framed around Thanksgiving dinner, consisted of extended flashbacks from memorable episodes, including "A Harvest of Friends," "100 Mile Walk," "Bunny," "The Race" and "Journey Into the Spring."
* The Season 4 Finale of ''Series/BabylonFive'' had a being from the far future looking at data archives of events from the station's [[FlashForward near future]].
* On ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'', the fact that several important characters are centuries old provided plenty of opportunities to base episodes around looks into their complicated histories.
** The episodes "Fool For Love" and "Darla", which aired the same night, were companion pieces, showing many of the same events from two different perspectives (Spike and Darla).
* Used repeatedly in ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' in episodes about Rob and Laura's courtship and wedding, as well as their son's birth.
* The ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "Scratch and Sniff", though with the added element that the story Crichton tells Pilot may not be entirely true. The episode "Dream a Little Dream" is another example.
** DALD wasn't ''written'' as a flashback, though; it was originally shot as the season opener. Then it was decided that it didn't work well as the opener (not enough explosions, probably), so it got pushed back and framed as a flashback.
*** The reason DALD got pushed back was because [[spoiler: half the regular characters don't appear in the episode and the major plot points aren't directly tackled]]. Production was subsequently nervous and moved up "Mind the Baby" to compensate. This is ironic considering the beginning of Season 4, though.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' regularly has flashbacks showing Reese's time in the CIA or Finch's creation of the Machine. One particular third season [[Recap/PersonofInterestS03E16 episode]] takes place entirely in the past, with Finch working with a different partner while Reese and Shaw are still working for their respective government agencies.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' features the episode "Out Of Gas", which consists of one extended flashback, which shows how the crew came to abandon the ship, leaving Mal alone, and a series of other, shorter flashbacks that tell how they met in the first place.
* ''Series/ForeverKnight'' and ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'', which were filmed and aired at roughly at the same time, had very similar formats (the several-hundred-years-old hero would be reminded of events from his past, either by the current situation being directly relevant to the past flashback, or the two having thematic similarities. (''Highlander'' tended to the first while ''Forever Knight'' tended to the second.) In at least one case in Forever Knight and two in Highlander ("1966" in ''Forever Knight'' and "The Stone of Scone" and "The Unusual Suspects" in ''Highlander'') the bulk of the episode is the flashback, with the modern day little more than an excuse.
* A popular narrative technique on ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' which was used often. Most notably in the penultimate episode "Crock Tales" where an inanimate object is the basis for multiple flashbacks in different time periods of the show.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' did several Whole Episode Flashbacks, which taken together largely explain how Everyone Met Everyone (although Rachel meets Chandler for the first time on about three occasions).
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls''
* ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'' has one in the episode where Amy's in labor. She and Ricky flashback to the day they met and got their babymaking on. There are also a few snippets showing what other characters were doing that same summer.
* ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'' had a few of these.
* The ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' episode "Six Months Ago" plays with this by having one character actually going into the past. The episode serves as a flashback for all other characters. The second-season episode "Four Months Ago" also does this.
** The third season had the episode "Villains", which comprised of flashbacks of different characters at different times, including events happening at the same time as "Six Months Ago", and events taking place at the same time as the series pilot. Hiro, who in season 1 [[spoiler: went back in time (see above)]] had a type of hallucination in which he went back to witness [[spoiler: Angela Petrelli's (failed) murder of her husband]].
* The entirety of ''Good Morning, Miss Bliss'' was repackaged as a series of flashback episodes to Zack's junior high days in ''Series/SavedByTheBell''.
* The ''Series/{{House}}'' episodes ''Three Stories'' and ''The Mistake''.
* Arguably, ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is a Flash Back ''Series'', but let's not go there, especially considering the prevalence of flashbacks during some episodes. In one episode, while Ted tells Robin about how he told her sister how he lost his virginity, we end up (in essence) with a [[NestedStory flashback in a flashback in a flashback in a flashback.]] The last episode before the writers' strike one upped this with Future Ted talking about Robin talking about Lily talking about Barney talking about his relationship with Wendy the Waitress: that's five levels of flashbackiness!
* A second-season episode of ''Series/{{JAG}}'' uses the technique to incorporate an episode which was produced for the first season but never aired due to the show's cancellation by NBC (''JAG'' was later picked up by CBS). Harmon Rabb thinks his colleague Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie [[YouLookFamiliar looks familiar]] as Creator/CatherineBell plays both Mac and Harm's murdered girlfriend from the original episode.
* ''Series/JustShootMe'' had an episode where Dennis, Elliot and Nina recount how they first met Jack and how he hired them on the spot. (Nina's flashback is not of their first meeting, however.)
* Several episodes of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' employ this trope. Season 2's "The Other 48 Days" is one long flashback showing what the Tailies (crash survivors from the tail section of the plane) were doing during the entire first season, while we were all watching the folks from the front end of the plane. Season 3's "Flashes Before Your Eyes" and season 4's "Meet Kevin Johnson" are almost entirely flashbacks, from Desmond and [[spoiler:Michael]] respectively. Both have a brief frame story featuring only a few of the cast before plunging into flashbacks. Season 5 has two episodes like this, "316" (opens with [[spoiler:Jack's return to the Island]] and flashes back to the night before) and "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham". The incredible season 6 episode "Ab Aeterno" takes place almost entirely in Richard's past, showing how he came to the island and how he became immortal. Season 6's "Across The Sea" is a flashback to the origins of Jacob and the Man In Black, which ends with a narrative {{flashback}} but chronological {{flashforward}} to season 1's "House of the Rising Sun".
** Season 6's "Happily Ever After" is almost a [[WholeEpisodeFlashback Whole Episode]] [[spoiler:Flash Sideways]], with only a few minutes of frame story.
* A first season episode of ''Series/PrisonBreak'', 'Brother's Keeper' employed this trope to reveal backstory on most of the main characters.
* ''Series/{{Revenge}}'' has had episodes which consisted almost entirely of flashbacks to events that happened years prior to the series' start.
* ''Series/TheShield'' featured a flashback episode called "Co-Pilot" that was dropped into the middle of the second season because the makeup crew on the series needed time to figure out how to create a certain injury effect. The episode follows the formation of the Strike Team, and how all the main characters met.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'', on frequent occasions:
** In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', "In the Pale Moonlight" and "Trials and Tribble-ations" used the CaptainsLog variant. "Necessary Evil" is a NoirEpisode showing Odo investigating a crime related to a murder he investigated during the Cardassian occupation, showing how he became a security officer and met Quark and Kira.
** The finale of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' is framed as a holodeck flashback by characters who weren't even there, hundreds of years in the future; this was accomplished through use of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'''s holodeck and two of its cast members.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' has "The Menagerie", in which the flashbacks consist of footage from the unaired first {{pilot}}.
* ''Series/TwoGuysAndAGirl''
* ''Series/UglyBetty'' skipped [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swag_%28Ugly_Betty_episode%29 an early episode]] but, due to the necessary plot points in it, it was repackaged as a Whole Episode Flashback. (In overseas distribution, some countries used the edited version as the eleventh episode, some removed the repackaging and showed it as the ''fourth'' episode, while in Australia, Channel Seven removed the repackaging but '''kept it as the eleventh episode'''!)
* ''Series/TheWestWing''
* ''Series/TheWonderYears'' is, by default, a flashback ''series''.
* Most of a season of ''Series/ILoveLucy'' consisted of quickly framed frames for reruns of previous episodes (including some which CBS didn't air before). This was so Creator/LucilleBall could complete her pregnancy off-camera.
* The ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' episode "Post-Traumatic Slide Syndrome" is a story told by Rembrandt. Another example is "The Last of Eden" produced before John Rhys-Davies' firing (thus, Arturo's death), but aired after it, which was introduced by Wade and Rembrandt remembering and talking about the events of the episode.
* Some of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' episodes, like "Frank Factor" or "No Heads and a Duffel Bag", when Earl is in jail or in a coma and can't continue with his list, feature whole episode flashbacks.
* ''Series/TheFugitive'' episode "The Girl from Little Egypt" has Kimble recalling the circumstances of his wife's murder, and the subsequent trial that led to his conviction of the crime, while recuperating from an automobile accident.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' had a number of these, as in the episodes where a character is writing a letter home or the one where Hawkeye is filling out his last will and testament.
* ''Series/DadsArmy'' was a flashback series, insofar as the first episode began in the present (ie 1968) and then flashed back to 1939.
* ''Series/{{Ideal}}'' did this with ''The Past''.
* ''Series/DirtySexyMoney'' had an episode called "The Facts" that seemed to be made up almost entirely of cut subplots from the show, aired after those plot elements were relevant.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The epsiode aired after "The Wheel in Space," where Zoe joins the Doctor, was a rerun of "The Evil of the Daleks" so it was set up a the end of ''Wheel" as the Doctor psychically telling Zoe what she can expect from travelling with him by projecting that serial into her brain.
** The 1986 seasonconsisted of two Four Episode Flashbacks (the latter of which was actually tampered with - we never find out what really happened), a Four Episode FlashForward, and a two-part finale to wrap it up.
** "The Night of the Doctor" was an online episode that flashed back to an unseen moment in the Doctor's past, long before he picked up the cool bow tie or even the sand shoes.
* ''Sofa'', the last episode of ''Series/MenBehavingBadly'' (before it was revived for three specials) consists largely of flashbacks: at first these deal with the history of the titular sofa, but then they branch out into pretty much being Gary's entire biography (and a bit of Tony's), climaxing in the scene where Gary and Dorothy first met, which had been obliquely referred to in previous episodes (trousers on the head) but never seen.
* ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' had a couple of these. One recounts the day Archie and Mike first met, while another (a two-parter) revisits Mike and Gloria's wedding.
* In the second season of ''Series/WhiteCollar'', the episode ''Forging Bonds'' uses the frame device of Peter giving Neal full immunity for one night to tell him everything he knows about Vincent Adler, Neal's old boss, who they're trying to take down. It goes back eight years and shows us how Neal first met Mozzie, Kate, Peter, and Alex. We also find out that Peter himself put together the white collar division of the New York FBI office, the plan that led to Neal's arrest was Diana's idea, and Jones was the one who handcuffed Neal when the bust went down.
** And also, Mozzie had a toupee and goatee.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Per Manum" was one of these, with an attempt at telling the audience how baby William could have been conceived...but wasn't.
** In "Cigarette Smoking Man", we get an important part of the backstory for the eponymous character.
** In season five's "Unusual Suspects," we learn all about how the Lone Gunmen met each other and Mulder and became...the Lone Gunmen.
** Also in season five, "Travelers" flashes back to a 1980s Mulder asking Arthur Dales about his father's involvement in a case, and then flashes back even further to the 1950s as Dales tells his tale.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' episode "The Staircase Implementation" flashes back to when Leonard became Sheldon's roommate, and explains the events leading to the elevator breaking.
* ''Series/MadAboutYou'' had one of these showing how Jamie and Paul first met, and another one depicting their marriage.
* ''Series/TheYoungIndianaJonesChronicles'' was a Whole Flashback Series as well, with an old Indy telling us of his past adventures.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' did this with the episode "Peter", and season 3's "Subject 13".
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' - the 100th episode was a flashback to a case Bones and Booth solved before the pilot (and the UST that sizzled from day one), with a framing device of Booth and Bones telling Sweets about the innacuracies in his book. The case itself was pretty mediocre, but the anvil drop at the end? Classic.
* ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' uses this trope as a flimsy excuse for a rerun, where an entire episode will be replayed under the guise of a flashback
* ''Series/{{FlashForward|2009}}'' plays with this trope. At first the episodes are split between new scenes in present day and new scenes in future day. Then episodes became split between new scenes from present day and {{FlashBack}}s of the {{Flash Forward}}s and {{FlashBack}}s of scenes from the 'present day' timeline, so that about each episode is half new footage and half old footage.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** Season 4's "Tabula Rasa" had the team investigating a serial killer who just woke up from a coma. The episode drifts back and forth between the present: trying to determine whether he really had amnesia as he claimed, and the past: the initial investigation. Bonus points for it being the first time Garcia worked with the team.
** The 100th episode features the cast explaining their actions (and Hotch's. Mostly Hotch's) at the culmination of the [[DarkerAndEdgier Reaper arc]]. Each explanation will be followed by a flashback of the characters doing exactly what they have to justify to their boss.
** The season 7 premiere ("It Takes a Village") had the return of [[spoiler:Prentiss]] and the team explaining their actions in a simliar fashion to the 100th episode except that they were talking to a Senate commitee this time.
* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'': The Season 3 episode "Normandy" is set entirely in 1944, and shows how The Five (and Will's grandfather) were involved with D-Day.
* ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'': Except for the BookEnds, the Season 3 episode "[[Recap/Supergirl2015S3E6Midvale Midvale]]" is entirely set 10 years prior, to the Danvers sisters' first adventure together.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'''s section in Movie Wars Core was dedicated to [[EnsembleDarkhorse Sokichi Narumi/Kamen Rider Skull's]] OriginStory.
** They also have a Whole Movie Flashback to Kamen Rider Eternal in Kamen Rider Double Returns.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'':
** The episode "[[Recap/TorchwoodS2E12Fragments Fragments]]" is primarily flashbacks by each member of Torchwood regarding how they joined.
** ''[[Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay Miracle Day]]'' episode "[[Recap/TorchwoodS4E7ImmortalSins Immortal Sins]]" consists primarily of flashbacks to Jack's relationship with a man named Angelo in 1920s New York.
* ''Series/{{Suits}}'' used this type of flashback to detail the events leading to Daniel Hardman's first departure from the firm and the start of Mike's career taking [=LSATs=] for students.
* Two notable ones in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'':
** Season 3's "Pre-Witched" shows the sisters six months before the start of the series right before their grandmother died.
** Season 6's "Chris-Crossed" is a flashback of Chris's past, which is technically a ''flash-forward'' since Chris is from the future. Doubles as a WhamEpisode in that it's revealed that not only is Chris actually [[spoiler:half-witch/half-whitelighter like Paige, but also in the future Wyatt is an evil overlord.]]
* ''Series/TheJeffersons'' had two episodes both flashing back to when George first opened his dry cleaning business. One of them took place around the time of Martin Luther King Jr's assassination. The episode aired on the same date as well.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'' has two episodes where the majority is a flashback being told by one character to another. "Visionary" is narrated by Peter and Gerard, explaining both Deucalion's and Derek's backstory. "The Fox and the Wolf" is Noshiko Yukimura telling the origin of the Nogitsune.
* Done at least twice in ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. In season 5's "Requiem" and in season 8's "Swan Song", the latter using a framing device to explain the death of [[spoiler:Mike Franks]].
* ''Series/PennyDreadful'' episode "Closer than Sisters" follows Vanessa from her childhood right up to the point she joined forces with Sir Malcolm, with only a couple of scenes at a writing desk set in the present tense.
* ''Series/YoureTheWorst'': The first two thirds of "Constant Horror And Bone-Deep Dissatisfaction" depict the two years in Jimmy and Gretchen's lives leading up to the pilot. After that it picks up in the present day.
* The penultimate episode of ''Series/{{Glee}}'', "2009", showcases previously-unseen events that occurred before and during the events of the pilot, such as Artie's audition for Glee Club and the five original members discussing whether Finn should stay.
* ''Series/TheMentalist'''s 100th episode [[note]]but shown out of order with the 99th, making it the 99th aired[[/note]] shows the first case Patrick Jane worked on with the CBI, shortly after his wife was murdered and before he was officially a consultant.
* ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfUs'' has an episode consisting of the group sharing past experiences over drinks and pasta. The flashbacks range from their early childhood to their university days, and all feature the adult actors, regardless of how old the characters were in the scene, or how old the extras around them were.
* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': Almost the entirety of the episode "Step in the Arena" takes place in flashbacks that highlight Luke Cage's time at Seagate Prison, meeting Reva, and the botched experiment that gave him his durable skin.
* ''Series/{{Colony}}'': Up until its last five minutes or so, the second season premiere "Eleven Thirteen" is one long flashback to the day of [[AlienInvasion the Arrival]].

* ''Machinima/Supermarioglitchy4sSuperMario64Bloopers'' has "How Mario Was Born".

* Given a unique twist in ''Pinball/TheLordOfTheRings'': "There and Back Again" revisits all the Ring Modes.

* ''Radio/TheNavyLark'' has done a few, including one chronicling Navigation Officer, Sub-Lieutenant Phillips' naval training (he was intending to join the army, but [[NoSenseOfDirection got lost]] looking for Military Academy at Sandhurst and arrived at HMS Dartmouth by accident), and one which set the cast in the [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen Napoleonic Era]] as Nelson's and his Crew.
* ''Radio/AmericanTop40'': To celebrate the series' fifth birthday in 1975, Casey Kasem created a flashback episode, with the episode essentially being a rebroadcast of the first program, from July 4, 1970.
* ''Radio/TheMenFromTheMinistry'' had two, ''A Back-dated Problem'' and ''The Fastest Brolly in the West'', where majority of the episodes are spent on the two pairs of One and Two's ancestors, [[GenerationXerox who worked on the General Assistance Department]] during the Elizabethan era and the Wild West era, respectively.

* ''Theatre/TheGlassMenagerie''
* Stephen Sondhiem's ''Follies''.
* ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''
* The framing device for ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' starts out with someone asking Glinda if it's true she knew the Wicked Witch of the West, to which she says, "Our paths did cross...in school." Cue flashback from their first day at Shiz on to the end of the show.
* The way ''Theatre/ThrillMe'' is set up, we start at Nathan's parole hearing, then swap between hearing what he's telling the parole board and what happened.

* The 2004-2005 Metru Nui saga in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' was a massive two-year (originally planned to be one, but ExecutiveMeddling kept on pushing it) flashback, with many of the toys released at that time representing former versions of pre-existing figures. It also had its own book series (''Adventures''), two DirectToDVD movies and numerous comics (one of them being a [[FlashbackWithinAFlashback flashback]] itself). ''BIONICLE'' co-creator Bob Thompson originally wanted to do more flashback years, but after he had left Franchise/{{LEGO}}{{LEGO}} in 2005, the company decided against this, reasoning that flashback toy-lines are too confusing for kids.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DeusExTheFall'': The opening mission is a flashback to how Ben left the Tyrants.
* ''VideoGame/HitmanContracts''. The entire game is an extended flashback that remakes [[VideoGame/HitmanCodename47 the first Hitman game]] (Contracts is the third) with updated graphics and gameplay enhancements, as well as retelling some of the events in a different light to reflect the unreliable memories of the protagonist or him seeing it in a different light after all this time has passed. The framing story between missions, and the final mission after the flashbacks are over, is set in what would later be revealed to be the middle of ''[[VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney Blood Money]]''.
* The first case of the third ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' game is a flashback to when Mia and Phoenix first met. Later, the fourth case is a flashback to ''[[AnachronicOrder before]]'' they first met.
** Similarly, in ''Apollo Justice'', the fourth case has you going back to [[spoiler:seven years ago, to the very trial that got Phoenix disbarred]].
** And in ''VideoGame/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' the second and third cases are flashbacks to the day before the first case, and [[spoiler: the fourth case flashes back to seven year before ''that'', when Edgeworth first met Kay while solving the murder of her father.]] It's less confusing in context.
*** And the second ''Investigations'' game goes all the way back to [[spoiler: the last case of Gregory Edgeworth, Miles Edgeworth's father, nearly twenty years ago.]]
* The SNES game VideoGame/{{Plok}} features an entire world based on Plok flashing back to the memory of his grandfather, the first man to explore Akrillic Island. In one of the more cool and elaborate gimmicks of any game of its time, everything in "Old Akrillic" is rendered in black and white.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' is mostly about the Rookie finding pieces of destroyed equipment, and then the flashback of how the equipment ended up that way.
** ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' has a beginning scene where the player character's helmet is found on the ground, which sets up the rest of the game climaxing with [[spoiler: the death of said character and most of his/her team, their lives sacrificed to bring Cortana to the ''Pillar of Autumn'' by orders of Dr. Halsey. This sets into motion the events of the [[VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved first game]].]]
* The first chapter of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' is Ramza retelling the events in his past that got him to the point of where he is now, and Delita's backstory, to Agrias and Gafgarion.
* The ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' series has a few in later installments:
** ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' features a two-mission long flashback - where Captain Price talks about how he first met the now-identified BigBad as ''Lefttenant'' Price under Captain [=McMillian=].
** ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps Black Ops]]'' is mostly (like ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'') the protagonist talking about where he was stationed before under torture. However, there is a rare ''triple'' flashback. Alex Mason, in 19[[spoiler:68]] tells his interrogator how he was in a Russian gulag in 1963. While there, his prison buddy Reznov tells ''Alex'' about an event that happened in ''1945''. Within Victor's flashback, Victor is talking to his friend Dimitri about what happened in Stalingrad in '''1942'''.
** ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2 Black Ops 2]]'' has a good portion of the game set in the 1980s, per Woods' flashbacks.
* The main action of ''VideoGame/ElementalGearbolt'' is one big flashback. It begins with a ruined city, then puts the player in the role of the destroyers who caused it.
* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem Blazing Sword]]'', there are two of these. One comes from [[spoiler: Archsage Athos, who explains his and Nergal's shared past and sheds light on the city of Arcadia, where dragons and humans live peacefully]]; the other is from [[spoiler: Nils]]'s POV, and is about [[spoiler: him explaining his and Ninian's past to Eliwood]].
* Two of the tie-in comics for ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' are these, with one describing Emmeryn's harsh first days of ruling and the other explaining exactly how Lissa became a Shepherd and then found the Avatar.
* The first three quarters of ''VideoGame/Persona5'' is basically an extended flashback detailing the events that would lead to [[PlayerCharacter the Phantom]]'s arrest in the prologue.
* After completing Stage 3 of ''VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun'' ([[AnachronicOrder the first played stage of the game; stages are numbered chronologically rather than by play order]]), one of the two stages you can play next is Stage 2, in which you play through the events leading up to the Stone-Like eradicating all life on Earth.

* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'':
** Chapter 16, "A Ghost Story", shows young Antimony's first meeting with [[{{Psychopomp}} The Guides]], and the first time she [[ISeeDeadPeople helped a ghost move on]]. It's presented with the framing device of then-current-day Annie telling the story to Kat.
** Chapter 22, "Ties", shows a day in the lives of Annie's and Kat's parents (specifically, the day that group photo was taken). This time, there is no framing device.
* ''Webcomic/HowIKilledYourMaster'' appears to be setting up for a Whole Webcomic Flashback.
* Chapter Five of ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', where Jane tells the story of why she gave up being a villainess.
* Chapter 13 of ''Webcomic/RumorsOfWar'' shows a scene from after the events of the first StoryArc, during the TimeSkip.
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'' has one every even chapter since chapter 8. Each one focusing in one (or more) different [[TheMultiverse universe]]. Chapters 8 and 12 retell the Broly stories, Chapter 10 has U12 Trunks reviving Android 16, Chapter 14, 16, and 18 showcase Universes 16, 17, and 6, respectively, and Chapters 20-21 tell the beginnings of Universe 3.
* Act 5 Act 1 of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is a whole ''act'' flashback focusing on the trolls, without any input from the kids until the very end. [[spoiler: [[WhamEpisode Until it turns out the kids had a much greater influence on the troll's universe than anyone previously thought.]]]]
* Chapter 10 of ''Webcomic/ToddAllisonAndThePetuniaViolet'', which reveals why Petunia traveled to Melbourne and how she first met Todd. There's also the two side stories "The Daydreamings of Todd Allison" and "All Or Nothing Gamble", which show some events in the childhoods of Todd and Petunia's brothers, respectively.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': The first 6 strips of the "Hidden Genesis" storyline (starting [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-01-01 here]]) and the first 4 strips of the "In The Shadows" storyline (starting [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-04-11 here]]) are set 10 years previous to the day the rest of the strips of those storylines take place. Most of [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-08-18 this]] strip takes place the previous October and [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-07-20 this]] one takes place when Tedd was just a baby.
* ''Webcomic/TheSilverEye'' is riddled with flashbacks, but the only chapter to be entirely a flashback is chapter 9, which presents us with [[TheWoobie Apen Shephard's]] backstory.
* ''Webcomic/TheZombieHunters'' takes it to a whole other level with a ''six year''-long flashback that shows HowWeGotHere (ie: the aftermath of a near-disastrous mission under series protagonist Jenny's leadership) in excruciating detail.
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'':
** Chapter 27, ''Why A Gorilla?'', had [=McNinja=] in his college years investigating and eliminating a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot vampire hyper-intelligent gorilla]]. Also explaining how he met Judy.
** Chapter 29, ''First Generation Ninja American'' goes further back to [=McNinja=]'s childhood when first met his grandfather and taking his first job as an assassin. Also explaining the incident involving [[NoGivenName his name]] and a wizard.
* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', which does its retelling of ''Franchise/StarWars'' in chronological order because that's what a roleplaying game would do, manages to work in ''Film/RogueOne'' after ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' by having the players reminisce about the [[{{Retcon}} previously unmentioned]] campaign they played just before ''Film/ANewHope''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''AudioPlay/WereAlive'' has a ''four'' episode flashback telling how [[spoiler:Kalani]] became TheMole as told through his journal.[[note]]This being a serialized RadioDrama style show, each episode is a part of a three episode "Chapter" so the flashback takes up all of Chapter 27 and the first episode of Chapter 28[[/note]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': "Beginning of the End" shows how Cinder met Emerald, Mercury and the White Fang, and how she [[spoiler:stole the Fall Maiden's powers]]. The last few minutes, however, cut back to the present.
* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': Episodes 8 and 60 serve as this, to the Third Grade.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Episode 5, "The Mystery of Melinda", consists almost entirely of flashbacks.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' had an episode about how Aladdin and Abu first met.
* Numerous episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
** The first one would be 'The Storm' which goes a long way to prove that Aang and Zuko are NotSoDifferent, as we see Aang coping with the pressure of being the ChosenOne while Iroh narrates how [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished Zuko gained his scar]].
** Next we had 'Zuko Alone' which gives us even more of the prince's history; his competition with his sister, the deception of the court, and his father's willingness to murder him, which resulted in the death of his grandfather and the [[MissingMom disappearance of his mother]].
** Then we had "Appa's Lost Days" which flashed back to when Appa was kidnapped, and results in a real TearJerker as we watch the bison become lost and abused.
** Finally, the episode "The Avatar and The Firelord" which shows the once-friendship of Avatar Roku and Sozin, the man who started the war.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cro}}'' consisted entirely of such eps, with a FramingDevice of a mammoth named Phil telling a Hispanic scientist and some kid about the good old days with the titular Cro.
* Spoofed in the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "Every Which Way But Ed". It starts InMediasRes and has Eddy trigger a flashback. Eventually there are flashbacks within those flashbacks, and the Eds get lost among them in one of the show's NoFourthWall moments. The episode ends with Ed going too fast going back to the initial flashback setting up ''another'' flashback to the day the Eds first met.
* Most episodes of ''WesternAnimation/{{Horseland}}'' are these, narrated by Shep.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has featured episodes about each of the children being born. In addition, a contested episode about how Marge and Homer first met and fell in love was also made.
** "Dancin' Homer" is a flashback being told by Homer to the patrons at Moe's Tavern.
** "Homer's Barbershop Quartet" is about Homer telling his kids about his days as a famous singer with Barney, Skinner and Apu.
** Several others, including "The Way We Was", "I Married Marge", "Lisa's First Word", "Lisa's Sax", "And Maggie Makes Three", "The Way We Weren't" and "That 90s Show".
* Every episode of ''WesternAnimation/BackToTheFuture'' was a Whole Episode Flashback, as Doc would tell the audience about past adventures.
* The ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperheroes'' and the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' series (episode "Go") each had a WholeEpisodeFlashback regarding how the teams were first formed. However, the ''Teen Titans'' episode doesn't feature a FramingDevice.
* Most of the events in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" are being recounted by the three main characters at a trial (a spoof of the classic ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Menagerie", mentioned above). Ironically, the flashback only begins a few days beforehand and eventually catches up with itself.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** The episode "Missing Identity" has [=SpongeBob=] sitting in a bar telling about the time he lost his "identity" (his Krusty Krab name tag).
** The Season 8 vacation arc of episodes, "A [=SquarePants=] Family Vacation", "Patrick's Staycation", "Walking the Plankton", "Mooncation", and "Mr. Krabs Takes a Vaction" all start with someone loading up a slideshow of their vacation, and the rest of the episode is what had happened on that vacation.
** The hour-long episode "Truth or Square" (made in celebration of the show's tenth anniversary) has the characters reminiscing as they celebrate the Krusty Krab's "eleventy-seventh" anniversary. Thankfully, it avoids going the ClipShow route.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld''[='=]s episode "Mama Luigi" featured Luigi retelling how Yoshi was discovered and how he helped the Mario Bros. defeat King Koopa and rescue Princess Toadstool.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' did this often, most notably with the four-part "City of Stone" story arc that explained the back stories of Macbeth and Demona.
* Any episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/KaBlam Life with Loopy]]''.
* "Rudy's First Adventure" and "French Fry Falls" from ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'', to be specific, they're shorts from WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons, which has the same storyline, but two years before.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' episodes "What You Want" and "The Fenton Menace" are entire flashbacks told respectively from Tucker's and Jazz's points of view.
* WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers episode ''The Invisible Hand of Fate'' details the origin of Phantom Limb, among other things, from the point of view of Master Billy Quizboy.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel Super Secret Secret Squirrel]]'' episode "Scirocco Mole", Secret and Morocco appear on Series/TheNewlywedGame parody [[HeterosexualLifePartners Platonic Partners]] gameshow (along with WesternAnimation/YogiBear[=/=]Booboo and the WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs), where when Morocco is asked where he and Secret met up, he says "at the gelatin store", when they [[MeaningfulName really met in]] [[CaptainObvious Morocco]]. Secret then uses a machine to knock the two unconscious with a giant mallet to trigger a flashback. In this flashback, Secret mistakes Morocco for his EvilTwin brother Scirocco, who made Morocco dress up as Scirocco to lure Secret into a trap. Secret asks Morocco why his brother is like that, then Morocco goes into a flashback where as babies, Scirocco is beating Morocco with a baby rattle. Morroco asks Scirocco why he's doing it, and Scirocco explains that it's because he's evil, and goes into a flashback to when they were embryos, and embryo Scirocco is beating Morocco with his tail. When Morocco asks why he's evil, Scirocco prepares to go into a flashback "back when our [[ParentalBonus parents met]]". Before the flashback can proceed, Secret says "I think I got the idea" and ends Morocco's flashbacks, and just as well since Morocco lost track. Apparently a flashback within a flashback ''within'' a flashback '''''within''''' a flashback was just too much. [[spoiler: More likely they just couldn't show [[DontExplainTheJoke what happened during their conception]]...]]
* The ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' episode "Supertroopers" is framed by Killbane and his fellow renegade {{Artificial Human}}s kidnapping [[CorruptBureaucrat Senator Wheiner]] and stealing a biological weapon. Most of the episode, however, is told in flashback as Shane remembers the events that destroyed the project.
* The ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' episode, "Promises, Promises", focuses on how the title character jonied Providence [[spoiler: and how White Knight became a BubbleBoy.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' episode "Descent" is mainly set in UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain and deals with the origin of Mister Sinister. Said origin is seen via flashbacks, as an aged ancestor of Professor Xavier's explains to law enforcement the threat posed by Sinister and what he himself witnessed. Notably, at the very end, the episode jumps to the present-day and Xavier is seemingly reflecting on events viewers had just seen.
* The ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'' episode "The Whining Pirates of Tortuga", about a younger Eek's life with pirates.
* The first season of ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'' consisted of an adult Babar telling his kids stories about the founding of Celestville and his adventures as a boy king.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' episode "One Stayed Clean" was a flashback in the form of a letter from T.J. being sent to Gus's dad, and "The Girl was Trouble", when Gretchen explains to Sue Bob Murphy about how she got in trouble.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Go" showed the five main characters becoming a team. Though it doesn't include a FramingDevice which one or all of the teammates reminisce.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' episode "Out Of The Past", which shows how Cliffjumper and Arcee became partners, and is framed by Miko's frustration with Bulkhead's injuries, and Arcee reminiscing about Cliff.
* ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' has two of these in "Shadows of Youth" and "Escape from Galaluna." Literally the ''whole'' episodes are a flashback, as there's no FramingDevice.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' had "Young Jack in Africa" which takes place during the montage in the first episode and lacks a framing device. "Jack Remembers the Past" does this with the FramingDevice of remembering his original home as he walks through it.
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' had two of these: "Help" was about how Bloberta met Clay, the present day scenes are from the end of "Nature: Part 2." "Passing" is about Clay's childhood, the present day scenes are from a scene toward the beginning of "Nature: Part 1." ''Beforel Orel'' could be considered this, although that's more of a prequel.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' had "Angelica's Moving Away" which showed how the babies first met. There's also "Sour Pickles," which flashbacks back to when Stu and Drew were babies--- Baby Stu is notably voiced by the same [[ElizabethDaily voice actress]] as Tommy.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' has two:
** One, "Escape From Aggregor", describes the Andromeda aliens' capture by and escape from Aggregor before the beginning of the series.
** The other, "Moonstruck", concerns how Grandpa Max and Verdona met. [[spoiler:Their marriage is AnotherStoryForAnotherTime.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' episodes "Rudy's First Adventure" and "French Fry Falls" had flashbacks to Rudy's earlier adventures in [=ChalkZone=] when he was eight. The flashbacks came from the first two shorts from ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons'': "[=ChalkZone=]" and "The Amazin' River" respectively. Because the rest of the shorts took place during the show's current timeline, the show easily made them part of the first season without making them into flashbacks.
* The "Summer Camp" episode in ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' was basically Dan reminiscing about his revenge scheme against some bullies and how he met [[OnlyFriend Chris]].
* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' begins InMediasRes, with our protagonists already TrappedInAnotherWorld; they don't seem entirely sure themselves how they got there and only vaguely allude to events before they came to Unknown. The ninth and penultimate episode finally explains how they got there, with only the last minute or so taking place in the present.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' begins with [[TheHero Peter]] already working as Spider-Man. During the episode "Intervention," near the end of the first season, his struggles with TheSymbiote lead to a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind which reveal the full details of his origin story.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** "An Indirect Kiss" opens with a bummed-out Steven having a picnic with Connie. Connie wonders what's bothering Steven, and why the Crystal Gems have built a fence around the cliffside; Steven relates the events of the episode in a flashback.
** "Story for Steven", "We Need to Talk", and "Greg the Babysitter" are all stories told by Greg, regarding his relationship with Rose, while "Three Gems and a Baby" shows him during Steven's early months.
** "The Answer" is a story told by Garnet, about how [[spoiler: Ruby and Sapphire first met about 6000 years ago.]]
** "Log Date 7 15 2" is told through Steven listening to [[spoiler: Peridot]]'s logs while she freaks out over her recent [[spoiler: defection to the Crystal Gems]].
** "Buddy's Book" has Steven and Connie reading the journal of one of the founders of Beach City and imagining what happened to him.
** "The New Crystal Gems" shows what the [[LowerDeckEpisode B-Team]] of Connie, [[spoiler: Lapis]], and [[spoiler: Peridot]] have been doing while the Crystal Gems were away in the previous arc.
** "Letters to Lars" has Lars reading a letter Steven sent to him about what has recently been happening in Beach City.
* The original ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' cartoon ended with a three-part episode called "Once Upon a Time on Mars". While attempting to thwart Lawrence Limburger's latest scheme, the titular Biker Mice narrate to their human ally Charley Davidson flashbacks that show what Throttle, Vinnie, and Modo went through when they were still fighting Plutarkians on Mars before they went to Earth.
* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' has done a few episodes showing the three main characters as cubs and their early adventures.
* The ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "[[Recap/GravityFallsS2E12ATaleOfTwoStans A Tale of Two Stans]]" consists mainly of Stan's backstory. [[spoiler: It also details the backstory of his [[Recap/GravityFallsS2E11NotWhatHeSeems recently introduced]] twin brother Stanford, along with the relationship between the two brothers.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ShimmerAndShine'': The episode "My Secret Genies" starts with the genies and their pets browsing through a photo album. Once they spot a photograph of the day they first met Leah, the rest of the episode was a flashback of that day.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Most of "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E10TheSaddleRowReview The Saddle Row Review]]" is spent in a flashback of the Mane Six and other characters getting interviewed for a newspaper review of the opening of Rarity's new boutique, which itself leads to flashbacks-within-a-flashback of the events leading up to it, while the beginning and ending are set in the present with Rarity reading the review.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E23WhereTheAppleLies Where the Apple Lies]]" is mostly spent in a flashback to when Applejack and Big Mac were young, focusing on an incident where a little white lie Applejack told spiraled out of control to disastrous results, leading to her coming to value honesty as she does in the show's present.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewMrPeabodyAndShermanShow'' generally has two plots; a time travel story being told as part of a show, and and the misadventures of hosting the show around the time travel segments. Following off of a WhamEpisode season finale, "The Wrath of Hughes" has no show hosting subplot and is entirely focused on the Time Travel story of how the previous season finale cliffhanger was resolved.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheScoobyDooAndScrappyDooShow'' entitled Scrappy's Birthday takes place on Scrappy's birthday, which is mostly Shaggy and Scooby reminiscing to Scrappy the day to was born.
* Season 3 episode 2 of ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', "[[Recap/StarVsTheForcesOfEvilS3E2MoonTheUndaunted Moon the Undaunted]]", takes place decades before the main series, showing how a young Queen Moon learned her "darkest spell" and used it to defeat [[BigBad Toffee]].
* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' has "The Legend Begins", which details the story of how the original five paladins joined forces and [[TheFellowshipHasEnded later broke up]] due to [[StartOfDarkness one of them turning evil]].
* Season 4 of ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' started with four flashback episodes centered around Duke, Stuart, and Falcon on their old railway, said railway's decline, and how the three engines came to their new home.