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** ''Film/XMen'' begins with a scene in Nazi Germany before cutting to TheNineties.

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** ''Film/XMen'' ''Film/XMen1'' begins with a scene in Nazi Germany before cutting to TheNineties.

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* The ''Series/YediYuz'' episode "Büyük Günahlar" opens in a Balıkesir schoolyard, where a trio of girls discuss a classmate, Mete, whom Elif has a crush on; they are interrupted by the sound of fighting on the court. The rest of the episode occurs in the present-day, but its close returns to the original scene, providing critical context to the inciting incident.


* ''Eagle Strike'', the fourth novel in the ''Literature/AlexRider'' series, begins with a prologue set some two decades before the main plot of the book.

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* ''Eagle Strike'', the fourth novel in the ''Literature/AlexRider'' series, begins with a prologue set some two decades before the main plot of the book. It does not become clear how the events of the prologue are relevant to the rest of the book until the end of the penultimate chapter.

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* The first chapter of ''Literature/{{Sisterland}}'' describes three devastating earthquakes that hit the Louisiana Territory in the early 1800s. Most of the rest of the book is set in 2009.


* Literature/TheRadix: The story is set in modern times, but the prologue takes place in 1502, featuring Cesare Borgia and Niccolo Machiavelli.

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* Literature/TheRadix: The story is ''Eagle Strike'', the fourth novel in the ''Literature/AlexRider'' series, begins with a prologue set some two decades before the main plot of the book.
* Almost every book
in modern times, but ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' and its sequel series, ''The Mallorean''. Most of the time these prologues are told in the style of a historical document or legend.
* ''Literature/DeathDay'' has a prologue set about 500 years before the main story.
* Every novel in the ''Literature/DirkPittAdventures'' starting with ''Raise the Titanic!'' features one, sometimes two. Sometimes, the plot point established in
the prologue takes place in 1502, featuring Cesare Borgia doesn't come into play until about halfway through the main story.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' has "The 9000 Year Prologue"
and Niccolo Machiavelli."The One Month Prologue". The former is from the point of view of a golem stuck on the bottom of the ocean.
* ''Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes'': The first book starts out 50,000 years ago.
* Although the prologue in ''Literature/TheFallOfTheSeaPeople'' is set nearly 900 years before chapter 1, it is a character's childhood example rather than an ancient history example: Éirime is an immortal by the time she returns home.



* The first chapter of the first book of the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, "The Boy Who Lived", takes place right after Voldemort's attempt to kill baby Harry backfires and Harry is left on the [[DoorstopBaby Dursleys' doorstep]]. The next chapter takes place right before Harry's eleventh birthday.
* One of the novels in ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' series starts with a SpaceBattle nearly a thousand years before the setting of the novel itself. Naturally, the novel deals with the consequences of said battle. Another novel has the prologue take place 3 million years ago, which is trumped by yet another novel with the prologue set a ''billion'' years ago.
* Done in several books in the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', either in the form of TheTimeOfMyths or conventionally.
** The prologue of ''Literature/MemoriesOfIce'', for instance, starts at -320,000 something years prior to the series' timeline, jumps forward to about -120,000, then jumps to the "current" date.
** The prologue of ''Literature/MidnightTides'' takes places at an unnnamed point during TheTimeOfMyths, in this case during the Sundering of the Realm of Kurald Emurlahn in the Time of the Elder Gods, and is continued as the prologue of ''Literature/ReapersGale''.



* ''Literature/TheRadix'': The story is set in modern times, but the prologue takes place in 1502, featuring Cesare Borgia and Niccolo Machiavelli.
* Creator/GregEgan's ''Literature/SchildsLadder'' has a slight subversion. The book opens with a group of scientists accidentally creating the SphereOfDestruction that drives the plot, and then jumps about six hundred years forward to the beginning of the main story. But since most of humanity is immortal (bordering on StarfishAliens), six hundred years isn't considered a particularly long time.
* Lightweights all. The prologue to ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' takes place ''before the Creation''.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'' has a timejump after each of the first few chapters, getting progressively smaller. Starting with thousands of years, then 5 years, then a few months.
* ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'' begins with the first ship to Mars taking off, along with some information on the crew before it crashes. It picks up again years later when the next ship to Mars is sent out and Michael is found.
* Several ''Literature/WarriorCats'' books have prologues which take place long before the main story. The most notable ones are ''Firestar's Quest'' and ''SkyClans Destiny'', which take place several generations before the story begins, long enough that [=SkyClan=] - the Clan featured in the prologues - has been forgotten by the modern Clans.
** Also notable is ''Dark River'', which takes place at least twice as early as those: before the Clans were formed, and before even the Tribe of Rushing Water was formed.



* ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'' (first book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'') has a timejump after each of the first few chapters, getting progressively smaller. Starting with thousands of years, then 5 years, then a few months.
* ''Literature/DeathDay'' has a prologue set about 500 years before the main story..
* Almost every book in ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' and its sequel series, ''The Mallorean''. Most of the time these prologues are told in the style of a historical document or legend
* ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' has "The 9000 Year Prologue" and "The One Month Prologue". The former is from the point of view of a golem stuck on the bottom of the ocean.
* ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'' begins with the first ship to Mars taking off, along with some information on the crew before it crashes. It picks up again years later when the next ship to Mars is sent out and Michael is found.
* Several ''Literature/WarriorCats'' books have prologues which take place long before the main story. The most notable ones are ''Firestar's Quest'' and ''SkyClans Destiny'', which take place several generations before the story begins, long enough that [=SkyClan=] - the Clan featured in the prologues - has been forgotten by the modern Clans.
** Also notable is ''Dark River'', which takes place at least twice as early as those: before the Clans were formed, and before even the Tribe of Rushing Water was formed.
* Although the prologue in ''Literature/TheFallOfTheSeaPeople'' is set nearly 900 years before chapter 1, it is a character's childhood example rather than an ancient history example: Éirime is an immortal by the time she returns home.
* Lightweights all. The prologue to ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' takes place ''before the Creation''.
* Done in several books in the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', either in the form of TheTimeOfMyths or conventionally.
** The prologue of ''Literature/MemoriesOfIce'', for instance, starts at -320,000 something years prior to the series' timeline, jumps forward to about -120,000, then jumps to the "current" date.
** The prologue of ''Literature/MidnightTides'' takes places at an unnnamed point during TheTimeOfMyths, in this case during the Sundering of the Realm of Kurald Emurlahn in the Time of the Elder Gods, and is continued as the prologue of ''Literature/ReapersGale''.
* The first chapter of the first book of the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, "The Boy Who Lived", takes place right after Voldemort's attempt to kill baby Harry backfires and Harry is left on the [[DoorstopBaby Dursleys' doorstep]]. The next chapter takes place right before Harry's eleventh birthday.
* Every novel in the Literature/DirkPittAdventures starting with ''Raise The Titanic!'' features one, sometimes two. Sometimes, the plot point established in the prologue doesn't come into play until about halfway through the main story.
* Creator/GregEgan's ''Literature/SchildsLadder'' has a slight subversion. The book opens with a group of scientists accidentally creating the SphereOfDestruction that drives the plot, and then jumps about six hundred years forward to the beginning of the main story. But since most of humanity is immortal (bordering on StarfishAliens), six hundred years isn't considered a particularly long time.
* ''Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes'': The first book starts out 50,000 years ago.
* ''Eagle Strike'', the fourth novel in the ''Literature/AlexRider'' series, begins with a prologue set some two decades before the main plot of the book.
* One of the novels in ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' series starts with a SpaceBattle nearly a thousand years before the setting of the novel itself. Naturally, the novel deals with the consequences of said battle. Another novel has the prologue take place 3 million years ago, which is trumped by yet another novel with the prologue set a ''billion'' years ago.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E10TheBattleOfRanskoorAvKolos "The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos"]] begins with the two Ux choosing a spot on their planet to build something, before being interrupted by something appearing. The rest of the episode takes place 3,407 years later, and deals with the fallout of that moment.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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[[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E10TheBattleOfRanskoorAvKolos "The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos"]] begins with the two Ux choosing a spot on their planet to build something, before being interrupted by something appearing. The rest of the episode takes place 3,407 years later, and deals with the fallout of that moment.moment.
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2019NYSResolution "Resolution"]] begins in the 9th century, chronicling how three armies defeated the villain before [[SealedEvilInASixPack splitting it into three]] and entrusting the parts to three custodians who were supposed to guard the pieces. The rest takes place 1200 years later.

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* The first chapter of the "Rewrite the World" arc in the ''FanFic/AlternateTailSeries'' starts in the year X761 with Joseph and his students facing off against a powerful water-controlling horse.

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* ''ComicBook/UltimateVision'': The first issue details the Vision's creation and journeys across the space, thousands of millions of years ago (previously included as bonus scenes in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'' and ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour''). The second issue starts the actual story, set in the modern day, right after the ComicBook/UltimateGalactusTrilogy.





* A few episodes of ''Series/TheXFiles'' have prologues that take place years after the actual episode is set, such as Duane Barry and Young At Heart. The opening scene of TheMovie actually opens in prehistoric times and then flashes ahead to 1998.
* Gerry Anderson's ''Series/{{UFO}}'' begins one year in the future (i.e. 1970) with Colonel Straker witnessing a UFO attack. The rest of the series takes place 11 years in the future (1980) when Straker is head of the anti-UFO organization SHADO.
%%* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s "The Incident" begins in a period that's at least a couple hundred years prior to either main plot.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' starts off in 2180 (though that date has changed several times. Only the first book and ''Ourobourous'' have confirmed this, with the first two series saying late 21st century and series 3/4 saying 23rd). Skip three million years once Lister enters stasis.
* ''Series/{{Fresno}}'' starts with Spanish explorers entering the area of land that would become the city of Fresno. They also think the grapes taste nasty.
* Inverted in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' series finale "Endgame", where the story starts off in the year 2404, about 17 years after the current time-period where Voyager is still in the Delta Quadrant, and Admiral Janeway travels back to the past to help her self and her crew get back home sooner to avoid certain personal catastrophes such as Tuvok becoming mentally ill and Seven of Nine's death leading to Chakotay's.
** Also inverted in the episode "Timeless", where Chakotay and Harry Kim discover Voyager buried and frozen in ice 15 years after the quantum slipstream accident had caused the ship to crashland on a barren planet in the Beta Quadrant.
* ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'': The series' distant prologue begins 65 million years, at the end of the Cretaceous period (to be precise, on the day that marked the asteroid impact that kicked off the K-T boundary).



* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' opens with an inversion: it shows what happens to Saul long after the end of ''Breaking Bad'', which ended in-universe around 2010, then skips back to 2002 long before Saul met Walt.



* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' opens with an inversion: it shows what happens to Saul long after the end of ''Breaking Bad'', which ended in-universe around 2010, then skips back to 2002 long before Saul met Walt.

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* ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' opens ''Series/DoctorWho'': [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E10TheBattleOfRanskoorAvKolos "The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos"]] begins with an inversion: it shows what happens to Saul long after the end of ''Breaking Bad'', which ended in-universe around 2010, then skips back two Ux choosing a spot on their planet to 2002 long build something, before Saul met Walt.being interrupted by something appearing. The rest of the episode takes place 3,407 years later, and deals with the fallout of that moment.



* ''Series/{{Fresno}}'' starts with Spanish explorers entering the area of land that would become the city of Fresno. They also think the grapes taste nasty.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'''s "The Incident" begins in a period that's at least a couple hundred years prior to either main plot.
* ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge'': The series' distant prologue begins 65 million years, at the end of the Cretaceous period (to be precise, on the day that marked the asteroid impact that kicked off the K-T boundary).
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' starts off in 2180 (though that date has changed several times. Only the first book and ''Ourobourous'' have confirmed this, with the first two series saying late 21st century and series 3/4 saying 23rd). Skip three million years once Lister enters stasis.
* Inverted in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' series finale "Endgame", where the story starts off in the year 2404, about 17 years after the current time-period where Voyager is still in the Delta Quadrant, and Admiral Janeway travels back to the past to help her self and her crew get back home sooner to avoid certain personal catastrophes such as Tuvok becoming mentally ill and Seven of Nine's death leading to Chakotay's.
** Also inverted in the episode "Timeless", where Chakotay and Harry Kim discover Voyager buried and frozen in ice 15 years after the quantum slipstream accident had caused the ship to crashland on a barren planet in the Beta Quadrant.
%%* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.



* Gerry Anderson's ''Series/{{UFO}}'' begins one year in the future (i.e. 1970) with Colonel Straker witnessing a UFO attack. The rest of the series takes place 11 years in the future (1980) when Straker is head of the anti-UFO organization SHADO.
* A few episodes of ''Series/TheXFiles'' have prologues that take place years after the actual episode is set, such as Duane Barry and Young At Heart. The opening scene of TheMovie actually opens in prehistoric times and then flashes ahead to 1998.



* The pilot of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' starts off in 1999, and the rest of the season takes place in the year 3000.
* The StorybookOpening of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon pilot]] tells of Princess Celestia sealing away her sister, Luna, corrupted into Nightmare Moon, 1000 years ago.


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* The pilot of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' starts off in 1999, and the rest of the season takes place in the year 3000.
* The StorybookOpening of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon pilot]] tells of Princess Celestia sealing away her sister, Luna, corrupted into Nightmare Moon, 1000 years ago.


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* ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' and ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009). The former shows the launch of the USS Enterprise-B and its encounter with the Nexus to set up Picard and Kirk's meeting; the latter shows Nero's initial appearance at Kirk's birth to set up pretty much the entire film.

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* ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' and ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009).''Film/StarTrek2009''. The former shows the launch of the USS Enterprise-B and its encounter with the Nexus to set up Picard and Kirk's meeting; the latter shows Nero's initial appearance at Kirk's birth to set up pretty much the entire film.


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%%* ''Film/BramStokersDracula''.* ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' begins by showing the backstory of Dracula in 15th century Wallachia.



%%** And ''Film/{{Hellboy}}''.

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%%** And ''Film/{{Hellboy}}''.* ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' begins by showing the origin story of Hellboy during World War 2 before cutting to TheAughts.


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** ''Film/XMen'' begins with a scene in Nazi Germany before cutting to TheNineties.

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* ''Disney/BrotherBear'' opens with an Inuit tribe gathering around a fire as an elderly Denahi begins to tells them the story of his brother Kenai.


** ''Film/TheArkOfTruth'' starts with a Distant Prologue in an even earlier time period, when the Ancients left their home galaxy for the Milky Way galaxy. The [[ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway specific wording]] also sounds like a parody of ''Franchise/StarWars''. Which would hardly be the first time Star Wars [[GenreSavvy got brought up on the show]].

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** ''Film/TheArkOfTruth'' starts with a Distant Prologue in an even earlier time period, when the Ancients left their home galaxy for the Milky Way galaxy. The [[ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway specific wording]] also sounds like a parody of ''Franchise/StarWars''. Which would hardly be the first time Star Wars [[GenreSavvy got brought up on the show]].show.


* The intro from ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'' picks up almost a century after ''{{Starlancer}}'' ends, with an "800 years later" separating the intro from the game proper (making the total gap between games about 900 years).

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* The intro from ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'' picks up almost a century after ''{{Starlancer}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Starlancer}}'' ends, with an "800 years later" separating the intro from the game proper (making the total gap between games about 900 years).


* The StorybookOpening of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' pilot tells of Princess Celestia sealing away her sister, Luna, corrupted into Nightmare Moon, 1000 years ago.

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* The StorybookOpening of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' pilot [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E1MareInTheMoon pilot]] tells of Princess Celestia sealing away her sister, Luna, corrupted into Nightmare Moon, 1000 years ago.


** ''Film/TheArkOfTruth'' starts with a Distant Prologue in an even earlier time period, when the Ancients left their home galaxy for the Milky Way galaxy. The [[ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway specific wording]] also sounds like a parody of ''Franchise/StarWars''.

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** ''Film/TheArkOfTruth'' starts with a Distant Prologue in an even earlier time period, when the Ancients left their home galaxy for the Milky Way galaxy. The [[ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway specific wording]] also sounds like a parody of ''Franchise/StarWars''. Which would hardly be the first time Star Wars [[GenreSavvy got brought up on the show]].

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