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* ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' and ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' (old verse) have the Timber Wars between Erathia and [=AvLee=] over the Contested Lands. Some hero descriptions mentions them, they're a key part of the backstory for ''VII'' and one campaign in ''Heroes III''... and the only one we get any real detail is canonically not a proper war (''VII'' involves a renewed conflict over part of the Contested Lands, but the only things that are ''assured'' to happen in the conflict are skirmishes and manouevering for position, followed by peace negotiations. It can escalate into a full-scale war, but hints in later games implies that the path in which that occurs isn't the one that happened).

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* ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' and ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' (old verse) have the verse):
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Timber Wars between Erathia and [=AvLee=] over the Contested Lands. Some hero descriptions mentions them, they're a key part of the backstory for ''VII'' and one campaign in ''Heroes III''... and the only one we get any real detail is canonically not a proper war (''VII'' involves a renewed conflict over part of the Contested Lands, but the only things that are ''assured'' to happen in the conflict are skirmishes and manouevering for position, followed by peace negotiations. It can escalate into a full-scale war, but hints in later games implies that the path in which that occurs isn't the one that happened).happened).
** The rebellions against the Colonial Government after the Silence (the loss of contact with the Ancients, the mother civilization). The Colonial Government ruling the planet had been strong before the Silence, but after their legitimacy was damaged and their resources strained, and with that came rebellions. Initially the Colonial Government,under Governor Padish, held on by pumping out weapons and armour using the miraculous Heavenly Forges, but without Ancient maintenance the Forges gradually began to break down, and the rebellions chipped away at the Government. Within a century it had collapsed... and that is what is known of the only known ''planet-spanning'' conflict in the history of Enroth.


** The Last Great Time War, between the classic and new series. It was never shown, we know only that it caused a lot of destruction and wiped out entire races, including the Time Lords, whose last survivor was the Doctor. We find out that the Doctor was the one who ended the war, killing ''every'' Dalek (apart from [[JokerImmunity a few who got away, of course]]) at the cost of also killing ''every'' Time Lord, including his own children and grandchildren. The Doctor has to deal with the consequences of the Time War from time to time and sometimes he or somebody else makes a reference to some events of it, but it's still mostly a mystery.

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** The Last Great Time War, between the classic and new series. It was never shown, we know only that it caused a lot of destruction and wiped out entire races, including the Time Lords, whose last survivor was the Doctor. We find out that the Doctor was the one who ended the war, killing ''every'' Dalek (apart from [[JokerImmunity a few who got away, of course]]) at the cost of also killing ''every'' Time Lord, including his their own children and grandchildren. The Doctor has to deal with the consequences of the Time War from time to time and sometimes he they or somebody else makes a reference to some events of it, but it's still mostly a mystery.


* The entire Clone Wars from the ''Franchise/StarWars'' is this if you've only watched the movies, as they only show the very beginning and very end of the war. If you want to see what happened during the actual war, you'd have to watch the GenndyTartakovsky [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars animated mini-series]] (which has since been stricken from canon, so now you'd have to watch the ''other'' [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars animated series.)

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* The entire Clone Wars from the ''Franchise/StarWars'' is this if you've only watched the movies, as they only show the very beginning and very end of the war. If you want to see what happened during the actual war, you'd have to watch the GenndyTartakovsky [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars animated mini-series]] (which has since been stricken from canon, so now you'd have to watch the ''other'' [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars animated series.)


* ''Webcomic/ResNullius'': The story takes place immediately after a genocidal war that (Possibly) left the two protagonists as the LastOfTheirKind. Details of the war, including the name of the species that decimated two spacefairing civilizations, have been minimal.

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* ''Webcomic/ResNullius'': The story takes place immediately after a genocidal war that (Possibly) left the two protagonists as the LastOfTheirKind. Details of the war, including the name of the species that decimated two spacefairing spacefaring civilizations, have been minimal.minimal.
* ''Webcomic/ReBootCodeOfHonor'': It's said that Megabyte's "Hunt" from the end of [[WesternAnimation/ReBoot Season Four]] eventually escalated into a Net-wide Viral War, which affected tens of thousands of systems. Very little of it is shown, though, as the comic begins in the last days of it.

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* Continuing the trend, ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogIDW'' partially deals with the aftermath of a rebellion against Eggman's army, referencing the one that took place in ''VideoGame/SonicForces''. The machinery, social impact, and reconstruction efforts are very much present throughout the comic.


* In ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' there are increasingly frequent mentions of a war waged at some nebulous time before/around King Uther's time in which ancient/recent kings were pitted against the sorcerous High Priestesses.

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* ''Series/Lucifer2016'': Lucifer often talks about his rebellion against his [[{{God}} Father]] that led to his [[FallenAngel fall]], but we see nothing of it.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' ''Series/Merlin2008'' there are increasingly frequent mentions of a war waged at some nebulous time before/around King Uther's time in which ancient/recent kings were pitted against the sorcerous High Priestesses.



* ''Series/Lucifer2016'': Lucifer often talks about his rebellion against his [[{{God}} Father]] that led to his [[FallenAngel fall]], but we see nothing of it.



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* {{Franchise/Transformers}}: Has this to varying degrees, the Cartoon itself is a straight example, as the war has restarted on Earth and the million year war on Cybertron is only alluded to.
** The war between the Autobots and the Decepticons in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. By the time the series starts, the war is over, with the Autobots having won and the Decepticons scattered to the far reaches of space.
** The first flashback material was repurposed clips from ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Generation One''. We later see some flashbacks from Ratchet's perspective.
** Speaking of ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'', it contains references to the Third and Fourth Great (or "Cybertronian") Wars, the assumption being that there were a first and second. (They're probably in the fourth one. Or the fifth, if you consider the ending of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' to be the end of that particular war.)
** And speaking of ''Transformers: The Movie'', the movie was never seen in Japan until four years after its American release, and even then Japanese fans have already seen Season 3 (there called ''Transformers 2010''). As such, events from the movie were referred to but ''never'' seen. So this would count, as it had gained a mysterious and legendary quality beforehand. Japanese first coined the term the "Unicron War".
** In the Generation 1 episode "Sea Change", Perceptor mentions a "Third Cybertron War". Apparently separate from the Third Cybertron'''ian''' War. Though given the context, it's not clear.
** At some point in the process of writing some of the more recent spin-off comics, the writers appear to have decided that all the above were effectively [[ForeverWar one single conflict]] with occasional lulls or ceasefires, thus handily allowing any confusion over which war a particular character happened to be referencing at the time to be HandWaved as [[UnreliableNarrator the Cybertronians having trouble keeping track as well]]: If the only actual ''peace'' was the occasional short interlude where everyone was busy rearming they'd have to start blurring together after a while.
* ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' has a briefly-mentioned "Great War". [[BigBad Robotnik]] had put himself into a position to take over by [[NoodleIncident helping Mobotropolis win it.]] The war itself is explored in the comic adaptation but the circumstances that lead into the coup are similar in both media.
* Not ''exactly'' a war, but ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has the Fire Nation's destruction of the Air Nomads 100 years prior to the start of the series.
** The Hundred-Year War itself is an an interesting variation in the show, as while it is ongoing, it still fits within the realms of this trope: we see much of the actual effects of the war, with the show taking place during its final year, but we get little information concerning the period between the Fire Nation beginning their expansion and colonization of other countries at the start of the war to the present. We don't even see many wide-scale battles during the present (three, ''maybe'' four if you count "The Drill"). In fact, the entire century of conflict between Aang's freezing to when Katara frees him is mostly untouched, even in fan fiction.



* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' referred occasionally to "The Near-Apocalypse of '09," wherein the Justice League managed to seemingly kill the notoriously unkillable Ra's Al Ghul for good. Its nature has been speculated on for years by Franchise/{{DCAU}} fans; one guess is that it was the final battle of ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', which was definitely a "near-apocalypse," but the instigator of that conflict was Darkseid, not Al Ghul.

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* Not ''exactly'' a war, but ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has the Fire Nation's destruction of the Air Nomads 100 years prior to the start of the series.
** The Hundred-Year War itself is an an interesting variation in the show, as while it is ongoing, it still fits within the realms of this trope: we see much of the actual effects of the war, with the show taking place during its final year, but we get little information concerning the period between the Fire Nation beginning their expansion and colonization of other countries at the start of the war to the present. We don't even see many wide-scale battles during the present (three, ''maybe'' four if you count "The Drill"). In fact, the entire century of conflict between Aang's freezing to when Katara frees him is mostly untouched, even in fan fiction.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' referred occasionally to "The Near-Apocalypse of '09," '09", wherein the Justice League managed to seemingly kill the notoriously unkillable Ra's Al Ghul for good. Its nature has been speculated on for years by Franchise/{{DCAU}} fans; one guess is that it was the final battle of ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', which was definitely a "near-apocalypse," "near-apocalypse", but the instigator of that conflict was Darkseid, not Al Ghul.Ghul.
* The [[ArtificialHuman Neosapien]] [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters Rebellion]] a.k.a. the First Neosapien War fifty years ago in ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad''. It is particularly oft mentioned in the early episodes, before the ''Second'' Neosapien War breaks out and easily surpasses the original one in scope and impact.



* ''WesternAnimation/KulipariAnArmyOfFrogs'' has the Hiding War, in which the Turtle King, Sergu, raised a great ward (the Veil) over the Amphibilands to keep them safe, and an entire generation of the Frog's elite Kulipari warriors died throwing themselves against a scorpion horde to buy him the time to do it. This is a major background event, particularly as the hero, Darrel's, father was one of the Kulipari who died in that final battle.
* ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' has a briefly-mentioned "Great War". [[BigBad Robotnik]] had put himself into a position to take over by [[NoodleIncident helping Mobotropolis win it.]] The war itself is explored in the comic adaptation but the circumstances that lead into the coup are similar in both media.



* The ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "The Slaver Weapon" [[CanonImmigrant imports]] the Kzinti from Creator/LarryNiven's Known Space stories, and with it the backstory of their having fought multiple wars with humanity and lost all of them.



* The [[ArtificialHuman Neosapien]] [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters Rebellion]] a.k.a. the First Neosapien War fifty years ago in ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad''. It is particularly oft mentioned in the early episodes, before the ''Second'' Neosapien War breaks out and easily surpasses the original one in scope and impact.
* ''WesternAnimation/KulipariAnArmyOfFrogs'' has the Hiding War, in which the Turtle King, Sergu, raised a great ward (the Veil) over the Amphibilands to keep them safe, and an entire generation of the Frog's elite Kulipari warriors died throwing themselves against a scorpion horde to buy him the time to do it. This is a major background event, particularly as the hero, Darrel's, father was one of the Kulipari who died in that final battle.

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* {{Franchise/Transformers}}: Has this to varying degrees, the Cartoon itself is a straight example, as the war has restarted on Earth and the million year war on Cybertron is only alluded to.
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The [[ArtificialHuman Neosapien]] [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters Rebellion]] a.k.a. war between the First Neosapien War fifty years ago Autobots and the Decepticons in ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad''. It ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. By the time the series starts, the war is particularly oft mentioned over, with the Autobots having won and the Decepticons scattered to the far reaches of space.
** The first flashback material was repurposed clips from ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Generation One''. We later see some flashbacks from Ratchet's perspective.
** Speaking of ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'', it contains references to the Third and Fourth Great (or "Cybertronian") Wars, the assumption being that there were a first and second. (They're probably
in the early episodes, before fourth one. Or the ''Second'' Neosapien War breaks out fifth, if you consider the ending of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' to be the end of that particular war.)
** And speaking of ''Transformers: The Movie'', the movie was never seen in Japan until four years after its American release,
and easily surpasses even then Japanese fans have already seen Season 3 (there called ''Transformers 2010''). As such, events from the original one in scope movie were referred to but ''never'' seen. So this would count, as it had gained a mysterious and impact.
* ''WesternAnimation/KulipariAnArmyOfFrogs'' has
legendary quality beforehand. Japanese first coined the Hiding War, in which term the Turtle King, Sergu, raised a great ward (the Veil) over "Unicron War".
** In
the Amphibilands to keep them safe, and an entire generation Generation 1 episode "Sea Change", Perceptor mentions a "Third Cybertron War". Apparently separate from the Third Cybertron'''ian''' War. Though given the context, it's not clear.
** At some point in the process of writing some
of the Frog's elite Kulipari warriors died throwing themselves against a scorpion horde more recent spin-off comics, the writers appear to buy him have decided that all the above were effectively [[ForeverWar one single conflict]] with occasional lulls or ceasefires, thus handily allowing any confusion over which war a particular character happened to be referencing at the time to do it. This is a major background event, particularly be HandWaved as [[UnreliableNarrator the hero, Darrel's, father Cybertronians having trouble keeping track as well]]: If the only actual ''peace'' was one of the Kulipari who died in that final battle.occasional short interlude where everyone was busy rearming they'd have to start blurring together after a while.



* The ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "The Slaver Weapon" [[CanonImmigrant imports]] the Kzinti from Creator/LarryNiven's Known Space stories, and with it the backstory of their having fought multiple wars with humanity and lost all of them.
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* The ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "The Slaver Weapon" [[CanonImmigrant imports]] the Kzinti from Creator/LarryNiven's Known Space stories, and with it the backstory of their having fought multiple wars with humanity and lost all of them.
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* The Sin War, an eternal war between the forces of Heaven and Hell, is given as the background to ''VideoGames/{{Diablo}}'', but aside from a short mention in [[AllThereInTheManual the manual]] it doesn't really make an appearance. It's only in the second game, after [[BigBad Diablo]] has been released that angels start making an appearance and the war itself becomes relevant.
* ''VideoGames/DungeonSiege2'' has an ancient war forming the entire background to the plot, although the details are somewhat vague due to the circumstances involved - the war ended when two powerful magical artifacts met which resulted in an EarthShatteringKaboom, wiping out everyone involved and reshaping the world right down to changing how magic worked. The game gives various hints about it, but many of these come from an UnreliableNarrator who [[spoiler:turns out to be the real BigBad and was lying about at least some of it all along]].

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* The Sin War, an eternal war between the forces of Heaven and Hell, is given as the background to ''VideoGames/{{Diablo}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'', but aside from a short mention in [[AllThereInTheManual the manual]] it doesn't really make an appearance. It's only in the second game, after [[BigBad Diablo]] has been released that angels start making an appearance and the war itself becomes relevant.
* ''VideoGames/DungeonSiege2'' ''VideoGame/DungeonSiege2'' has an ancient war forming the entire background to the plot, although the details are somewhat vague due to the circumstances involved - the war ended when two powerful magical artifacts met which resulted in an EarthShatteringKaboom, wiping out everyone involved and reshaping the world right down to changing how magic worked. The game gives various hints about it, but many of these come from an UnreliableNarrator who [[spoiler:turns out to be the real BigBad and was lying about at least some of it all along]].


* In the second arc of ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'', Jenny Sparks mentions how Earth cut down all connection with the alternate Universe, The Sliding Albion, after the First World War erupted there. Characters from Albion mention briefly that between that event and Albion's invasion on Earth, that world has seen ''eight'' other world wars.

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* ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'':
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In the second arc of ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'', arc, Jenny Sparks mentions how Earth cut down all connection with the alternate Universe, The Sliding Albion, after the First World War erupted there. Characters from Albion mention briefly that between that event and Albion's invasion on Earth, that world has seen ''eight'' other world wars.



* The IDW ''Transformers'' continuity has a few that happened either before or sometime during the onscreen war between the Autobots and Decepticons, which has recently ended:

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* The IDW ''Transformers'' ''ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW'' continuity has a few that happened either before or sometime during the onscreen war between the Autobots and Decepticons, which has recently ended:



* Despite the fact that the chronology of ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' is deliberately murky to the point of parody, one historical event that is often referred to is the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar American Civil War]] to the extent that some of Luke's enemies (Jesse James and Joss Jamon's gang) are known to have participated in it as mercenaries (for the Confederacy of course).

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* Despite the fact that the chronology of ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' is deliberately murky to the point of parody, one historical event that is often referred to is the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar American Civil War]] UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar to the extent that some of Luke's enemies (Jesse James and Joss Jamon's gang) are known to have participated in it as mercenaries (for the Confederacy of course).



-->'''Nightwing''': Gig maybe? since in one of rarityís asks he did throw a paint bomb into her boutique.\\
'''Rainbow Dash''': That was when I lost my temper and fought with him. Iím not into fashion myself, but Rarity is awesome, and no one does that do her. When [[TalkToTheFist a hoof sandwich]] [[NoSell proved ineffective]], I really lost it and [[GroinAttack gave him a fast-moving shod back hoof to his little monkey balls]]. That only angered him, and he slammed me into the ground. Trip one to the hospital, and that was when I discovered the "[[Literature/LordOfTheRings One Hocklet to Rule them All]]" trilogy. /)^3^(\ \\

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-->'''Nightwing''': --->'''Nightwing''': Gig maybe? since in one of rarityís asks he did throw a paint bomb into her boutique.\\
'''Rainbow Dash''': That was when I lost my temper and fought with him. Iím not into fashion myself, but Rarity is awesome, and no one does that do her. When [[TalkToTheFist a hoof sandwich]] [[NoSell proved ineffective]], I really lost it and [[GroinAttack gave him a fast-moving shod back hoof to his little monkey balls]]. That only angered him, and he slammed me into the ground. Trip one to the hospital, and that was when I discovered the "[[Literature/LordOfTheRings "[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings One Hocklet to Rule them All]]" trilogy. /)^3^(\ \\


** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': The war that destroyed the world and drove [[BiggerBad Yu Yevon]] mad, turning him into a mindless summoner.

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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': The war that destroyed the world and drove [[BiggerBad Yu Yevon]] Yevon mad, turning him into a mindless summoner.

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** The Second Wizarding War zigzags with this trope. On one hand, the heroes do eventually get to battle the Death Eaters and their allies. On the other hand, it's pretty clear there are some incidents/battles that happen offscreen such as Voldemort's attack on Amelia Bones which results in the [[KilledOffscreen latter's death]]. This is because most of the books are taken from Harry's point of view. The majority of the seventh book has the trio mostly being on the run and LockedOutOfTheLoop from the wizarding world until they're able to hear from the radio news about various Death Eater-related attacks/incidents.


* ''Series/Lucifer'': Lucy talks about his rebellion against his father that led to Lucy's fall but we see nothing of it.

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* ''Series/Lucifer'': Lucy ''Series/Lucifer2016'': Lucifer often talks about his rebellion against his father [[{{God}} Father]] that led to Lucy's fall his [[FallenAngel fall]], but we see nothing of it.


* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has several of them: the Rachni War that ravaged the galaxy some thousands of years ago, the Krogan Rebellions a thousand or so years before the current date, the Morning War between the quarians and the geth, the Skylian Blitz, and the FirstContactWar/Relay 314 Incident that was humanity's introduction to galactic society. Most of the wars happened very long ago, but occasionally you'll find a veteran of the Krogan Rebellions (either an asari or a krogan, due to their immense lifespans), and many older humans and turians still remember First Contact. Come ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Javik, a revived Prothean, will talk about a series of wars that both his people fought (i.e. the Metacon Wars) and other conflicts in his timeframe.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has several of them: the Rachni War that ravaged the galaxy some thousands of years ago, the Krogan Rebellions a thousand or so years before the current date, the Morning War between the quarians and the geth, the Skylian Blitz, and the FirstContactWar/Relay First Contact War/Relay 314 Incident that was humanity's introduction to galactic society. Most of the wars happened very long ago, but occasionally you'll find a veteran of the Krogan Rebellions (either an asari or a krogan, due to their immense lifespans), and many older humans and turians still remember First Contact. Come ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Javik, a revived Prothean, will talk about a series of wars that both his people fought (i.e. the Metacon Wars) and other conflicts in his timeframe.


* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has several of them: the Rachni War that ravaged the galaxy some thousands of years ago, the Krogan Rebellions a thousand or so years before the current date, the Morning War between the quarians and the geth, the Skylian Blitz, and the First Contact War/Relay 314 Incident that was humanity's introduction to galactic society. Most of the wars happened very long ago, but occasionally you'll find a veteran of the Krogan Rebellions (either an asari or a krogan, due to their immense lifespans), and many older humans and turians still remember First Contact. Come ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Javik, a revived Prothean, will talk about a series of wars that both his people fought (i.e. the Metacon Wars) and other conflicts in his timeframe.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has several of them: the Rachni War that ravaged the galaxy some thousands of years ago, the Krogan Rebellions a thousand or so years before the current date, the Morning War between the quarians and the geth, the Skylian Blitz, and the First Contact War/Relay FirstContactWar/Relay 314 Incident that was humanity's introduction to galactic society. Most of the wars happened very long ago, but occasionally you'll find a veteran of the Krogan Rebellions (either an asari or a krogan, due to their immense lifespans), and many older humans and turians still remember First Contact. Come ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Javik, a revived Prothean, will talk about a series of wars that both his people fought (i.e. the Metacon Wars) and other conflicts in his timeframe.

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* ''Webcomic/ResNullius'': The story takes place immediately after a genocidal war that (Possibly) left the two protagonists as the LastOfTheirKind. Details of the war, including the name of the species that decimated two spacefairing civilizations, have been minimal.

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