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* ''Rules of Engagement'' opens with a jungle. Obviously it's going to be Vietnam, and it is. It's a prologue to establish Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson's characters.

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* ''Rules of Engagement'' ''Film/RulesOfEngagement'' opens with a jungle. Obviously it's going to be Vietnam, and it is. It's a prologue to establish Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson's characters.


* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': ''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.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' ''Literature/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.

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* The Literature/ModestyBlaise novel ''The Night of Morningstar'' opens with a prologue describing Modesty's first encounters with two characters who will be important in the main plot, which takes place over a decade after the prologue.


* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' starts with the fall of {{Atlantis}}, several millennia ago. There was originally supposed to be a second one after that, with a group of Viking explorers searching for the place where Atlantis was, but it was cut from the theatrical version. The Viking sequence was intended to be the prologue; they replaced it with Atlantis' destruction near the end of production.
* ''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.
* The Creator/{{Disney}} films ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' and ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' start off with the discovery of an orphaned or otherwise abandoned child. ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' goes back much farther; the Muses talk about "Back when the world was new".

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* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' ''WesternAnimation/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' starts with the fall of {{Atlantis}}, several millennia ago. There was originally supposed to be a second one after that, with a group of Viking explorers searching for the place where Atlantis was, but it was cut from the theatrical version. The Viking sequence was intended to be the prologue; they replaced it with Atlantis' destruction near the end of production.
* ''Disney/BrotherBear'' ''WesternAnimation/BrotherBear'' opens with an Inuit tribe gathering around a fire as an elderly Denahi begins to tells them the story of his brother Kenai.
* The Creator/{{Disney}} films ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' ''WesternAnimation/TheJungleBook1967'' and ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Tarzan}}'' start off with the discovery of an orphaned or otherwise abandoned child. ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Hercules}}'' goes back much farther; the Muses talk about "Back when the world was new".

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* ''Series/BreakingBad'' limits its use of {{Flashback}}s (and {{Flash Forward}}s) to the ColdOpen of episodes. Some of them take place earlier in the series, while others can go back as early as a character's childhood.


* ''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''.

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* ComicBook/UltimateMarvel
** ''ComicBook/TheUltimates'': The first issue narrates the ultimate fate of Captain America during World War II. The next one continues in modern day, half a century afterwards.
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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''.

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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': The opening scene of "The Brotherhood" depicts Porta and Astrum, the last surviving members of the Quindosim, being culled by the Wraith ten generations earlier.


* The Creator/{{Disney}} films ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' and ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' all start off with the discovery of an orphaned or otherwise abandoned child. ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' goes back much farther; the Muses talk about "Back when the world was new".

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* The Creator/{{Disney}} films ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' and ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' all start off with the discovery of an orphaned or otherwise abandoned child. ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' goes back much farther; the Muses talk about "Back when the world was new".


* Used in the little-known ''Videogame/SteambotChronicles'', where the tutorial shows a young boy being taught how to maneuver one of the titular Steambots, prior to a lengthy boat-trip. The game proper begins with ''another'' boy waking up with EasyAmnesia after a {{shipwreck}}.

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* Used in the little-known ''Videogame/SteambotChronicles'', where the tutorial shows a young boy being taught how to maneuver one of the titular Steambots, prior to a lengthy boat-trip. The game proper begins with ''another'' boy waking up with EasyAmnesia after a {{shipwreck}}.shipwreck.



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* ''ComicBook/LegendsOfTheDeadEarth'':
** ''[[Franchise/{{Superman}} Adventures of Superman]]'' Annual #8 begins with a {{Hologram}} of Jor-El appearing to Superman in the 20th Century and downloading a great deal of information about Krypton into his brain. The remainder of the story takes place on Colu 500,000 years later, where the same thing happens to the Curatti Willigig.
** In ''ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'' Annual #3, the first scene depicts the metahuman Sanson posing as the god Quetzalcoatl and promising the people of Aztlan that a superman would be delivered to them. Sanson then pretended that his previously secret powers were a gift from Quetzalcoatl. The rest of the story takes place 500 years later when Aztlan is ruled by a [[BewareTheSuperman tyrannical Superman who abuses his great power for his own benefit]].


* All three films of ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'' start with a retelling of the origin for the film's BigBad, which takes place in 1290 BC, 3067 BC, and the 200's BC, respectfully, before shifting to 1923, 1933, and 1946, respectfully.

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* All three films of ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'' start with a retelling of the origin for the film's BigBad, which takes place in 1290 BC, 3067 BC, and the 200's 200s BC, respectfully, respectively, before shifting to 1923, 1933, and 1946, respectfully.respectively.



** The [[Recap/BatmanBeyondS1E1E2Rebirth first episode]] begins with Bruce Wayne's final night as Batman, twenty years prior to the rest of the story.

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** The [[Recap/BatmanBeyondS1E1E2Rebirth first episode]] begins with Bruce Wayne's final night as Batman, Batman in 2019, twenty years prior to the rest of the story.


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* ''Anime/MaiOtome'', to 14 years ago, when all three main characters were infants (and the series is intentionally misleading on which one of them appears in the prologue).

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* ''Anime/MaiOtome'', to 14 ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' opens with the final scenes of the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' [[MadeForTVMovie TV special]] Bardock: The Father of Goku, set 23 years ago, when all three main characters were infants (and before the series is intentionally misleading on which one start of them appears in the prologue).series.



%%* ''{{Film/Pokemon}}'' films have done this in the [[Anime/Pokemon4Ever fourth]], [[Anime/PokemonDestinyDeoxys seventh]], and [[Anime/PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew eighth]] movies.



* ''Anime/MaiOtome'', to 14 years ago, when all three main characters were infants (and the series is intentionally misleading on which one of them appears in the prologue).



* The ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' film starts with a very short prologue set in 1988 (basically showing the destruction of Tokyo with what initially appears to be a new kind of bomb) and quickly cuts to the year 2019.



* ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' opens with the final scenes of the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' [[MadeForTVMovie TV special]] Bardock: The Father of Goku, set 23 years before the start of the series.



* ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' does this in some issues.



* ''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.

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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. ''ComicBook/UltimateGalactusTrilogy''.
%%* ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'' does this in some issues.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' fanfic, ''Fanfic/CourtneyAndTheViolinOfDespair'', the prologue is set roughly 230 years before the beginning of the main story.



* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': Chapter Zero takes place a thousand years before the main events of the story.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' fanfic, ''Fanfic/CourtneyAndTheViolinOfDespair'', the prologue is set roughly 230 years before the beginning of the main story.
* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': Chapter Zero takes place a thousand years before the main events of the story.



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* The ''Anime/{{Akira}}'' film starts with a very short prologue set in 1988 (basically showing the destruction of Tokyo with what initially appears to be a new kind of bomb) and quickly cuts to the year 2019.
* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' starts with the fall of {{Atlantis}}, several millennia ago. There was originally supposed to be a second one after that, with a group of Viking explorers searching for the place where Atlantis was, but it was cut from the theatrical version. The Viking sequence was intended to be the prologue; they replaced it with Atlantis' destruction near the end of production.
* ''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.



* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' starts with the fall of {{Atlantis}}, several millennia ago. There was originally supposed to be a second one after that, with a group of viking explorers searching for the place where Atlantis was, but it was cut from the theatrical version. The Viking sequence was intended to be the prologue; they replaced it with Atlantis' destruction near the end of production.
* ''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.

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* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' starts with %%* ''{{Film/Pokemon}}'' films have done this in the fall of {{Atlantis}}, several millennia ago. There was originally supposed to be a second one after that, with a group of viking explorers searching for the place where Atlantis was, but it was cut from the theatrical version. The Viking sequence was intended to be the prologue; they replaced it with Atlantis' destruction near the end of production.
* ''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.
[[Anime/Pokemon4Ever fourth]], [[Anime/PokemonDestinyDeoxys seventh]], and [[Anime/PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew eighth]] movies.



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* ''Literature/AngelMage'' starts off with a prologue set during the Doom of Ystara where the nation's last Cardinal and her last surviving guard have a moment of refuge from attacking monsters before their deaths. It then jumps ahead 137 years to the main plot.



** [[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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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E10TheBattleOfRanskoorAvKolos "The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos"]] begins with the two Ux choosing a spot on their planet to build something, a structure, 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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* ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' begins by showing the origin story of Hellboy during World War 2 before cutting to TheAughts.

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* ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' ''Film/Hellboy2004'' begins by showing the origin story of Hellboy during World War 2 before cutting to TheAughts.

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* In the pilot chapter of ''Webcomic/BronzeSkinInc'' , right on the first page we are introduced to the fateful day when the women became giants, some pages ahead have a leap of three years in time, showing that the prologue was an explanation of Vanessa.


* ''Film/HeadlessHorseman'' opens during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar when two Confederate soldiers guarding a bridge are attacked by Headless. the film then jumps ahead about 150 years a group of teens on a road trip to attend a Halloween party.

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* ''Film/HeadlessHorseman'' opens during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar when two Confederate soldiers guarding a bridge are attacked by Headless. the The film then jumps ahead about 150 years to a group of teens on a road trip to attend a Halloween party.

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