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* All too many ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' characters throughout its history may well have popped out of a tankard at the tavern [[YouAllMeetAtAnInn moments before the questgiver arrives]]. This is particularly true in hack-and-slash games, in which the character only needs to be a meat cleaver on legs that the party points in the vague direction of monsters.

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* All too many ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' characters throughout its history may well have popped out of a tankard at the tavern [[YouAllMeetAtAnInn [[YouAllMeetInAnInn moments before the questgiver arrives]]. This is particularly true in hack-and-slash games, in which the character only needs to be a meat cleaver on legs that the party points in the vague direction of monsters.



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* All too many ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' characters throughout its history may well have popped out of a tankard at the tavern [[YouAllMeetAtAnInn moments before the questgiver arrives]]. This is particularly true in hack-and-slash games, in which the character only needs to be a meat cleaver on legs that the party points in the vague direction of monsters.


* Nightmarishly justified in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' and ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII''. Your Player Characters ''did'' have a past, but the [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Undead Curse]] is [[TheFogOfAges rotting their minds, starting with the oldest memories]]. Dark Souls II especially plays up this angle - you ''no idea'' who you are. The opening teases you with the image of a woman and a child, but even that vague memory dissolves, lost forever. [[SarcasmMode Wowee gee]], isn't CompleteImmortality [[WhoWantsToLiveForever great]]?

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* Nightmarishly justified in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' and ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII''. Your Player Characters ''did'' have a past, but the [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Undead Curse]] is [[TheFogOfAges rotting their minds, starting with the oldest memories]]. Dark Souls II especially plays up this angle - you ''no idea'' who you are. The opening teases you with the image of a woman and a child, but even that vague memory dissolves, lost forever. [[SarcasmMode Wowee gee]], isn't CompleteImmortality [[WhoWantsToLiveForever great]]?great]]? The retired Fire Keepers in the opening area are even surprised and a tiny bit impressed that your character even remembers their own name.
** The Unkindled One in ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' has very little in the way of backstory. The failure of anyone from their past to show up is justified by it being possibly thousands of years since they died (although you can start with a crystallised soul in your inventory that is implied to have come from a partner or spouse).
** Your character in ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' comes to Yharnam from an unknown land to seek a cure for an unspecified illness and gets roped into killing werewolves and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s when everything goes to shit. That they are a foreigner gets mentioned often, but nothing beyond that ever comes up.


** The Agent, hero of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', downplays it. Less is known about him than the Eternal Champion, but still somewhat more than later games in the series. The Agent was born in 3E 375, making him 30 at the time of ''Daggerfall''. He was imprisoned for a time (with the reason depending on answers given during character generation) during the Imperial Simulacrum, but was released and caught the attention of the Emperor, possibly by aiding one of the Emperor's sons.

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** The Agent, hero of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', downplays it. Less is known ''set'' about him them than the Eternal Champion, but still somewhat more than later games in the series. The Agent was born in 3E 375, making him them 30 at the time of ''Daggerfall''. He was They were imprisoned for a time (with the reason depending on answers given during character generation) during the Imperial Simulacrum, but was released and caught the attention of the Emperor, possibly by aiding one of the Emperor's sons.sons (which goes into the way ''Daggerfall'' goes into ''more'' detail than ''Arena'': creating a character also creates a biography, with its contents dependent on your answers to several questions and what kind of a class you have... which means that the Agent ''does'' have a past and you can read it, but not one shared between Agents).


* [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]] and [[JustifiedTrope Jusified]] in case of Arturia Pendragon in ''[[Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor]]''. While the audience is very much aware of her past since the very beginning of the story, Arturia has [[Franchise/DragonAge landed in an completely different setting than her own]]. Due to this, the other characters in this world have no information ''at all'' of who she is or where she comes from, making her ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma to everyone around her, only rivaled by the BigBad themself.

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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]] and [[JustifiedTrope Jusified]] in case of Arturia Pendragon in ''[[Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor]]''. While the audience is very much aware of her past since the very beginning of the story, Arturia has [[Franchise/DragonAge landed in an completely different setting than her own]]. Due to this, the other characters in this world have no information ''at all'' of on who she is or where she comes from, making her ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma to everyone around her, only rivaled by the BigBad themself.


* [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]] and [[JustifiedTrope Jusified]] in case of Arturia Pendragon in ''[[Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor]]''. While the audience is very much aware of her past since the very beginning of the story, Arturia has [[Franchise/DragonAge landed in an completely different setting than her own]]. Due to this, the other characters in this world has no information ''at all'' of who she is or where she comes from, making her ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma to everyone around her, only rivaled by the BigBad themself.

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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]] and [[JustifiedTrope Jusified]] in case of Arturia Pendragon in ''[[Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor]]''. While the audience is very much aware of her past since the very beginning of the story, Arturia has [[Franchise/DragonAge landed in an completely different setting than her own]]. Due to this, the other characters in this world has have no information ''at all'' of who she is or where she comes from, making her ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma to everyone around her, only rivaled by the BigBad themself.

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* Inverted in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'': AmnesiacHero Aleph is revealed to have several friends and a rich backstory as the Messiah--[[spoiler:until it's revealed that he's an ArtificialHuman at most two years old, and everyone else is either lying or has artificial memories.]]


* [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]] and [[JustifiedTrope Jusified]] in case of Arturia Pendragon in Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor. While the audience is very much aware of her past since the very beginning of the story, Arturia has [[Franchise/DragonAge landed in an completely different setting than her own]]. Due to this, the other characters in this world has no information ''at all'' of who she is or where she comes from, making her ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma to everyone around her, only rivaled by the BigBad themself.

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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]] and [[JustifiedTrope Jusified]] in case of Arturia Pendragon in Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor.''[[Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor]]''. While the audience is very much aware of her past since the very beginning of the story, Arturia has [[Franchise/DragonAge landed in an completely different setting than her own]]. Due to this, the other characters in this world has no information ''at all'' of who she is or where she comes from, making her ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma to everyone around her, only rivaled by the BigBad themself.


* [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]] and [[JustifiedTrope Jusified]] in case of Arturia Pendragon in Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor. While the audience is very much aware of her past since the very beginning of the story, Arturia has [[Franchise/DragonAge landed in an completely different setting than her own]]. Due to this, the other characters in this world has no information ''at all'' of who she is or where she comes from, making her ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma to everyone around her, only rivaled by the BigBad them self.

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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]] and [[JustifiedTrope Jusified]] in case of Arturia Pendragon in Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor. While the audience is very much aware of her past since the very beginning of the story, Arturia has [[Franchise/DragonAge landed in an completely different setting than her own]]. Due to this, the other characters in this world has no information ''at all'' of who she is or where she comes from, making her ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma to everyone around her, only rivaled by the BigBad them self.themself.


* [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]] and [[JustifiedTrope Jusified]] in case of Arturia Pendragon in Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor. While the audience is very much aware of her past since the very beginning of the story, Arturia has [[Franchise/DragonAge landed in an completely different setting than her own]], the other character in this world has no information ''at all'' of who she is or where she comes from, making her ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma to everyone around her, only rivaled by the BigBad them self.

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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]] and [[JustifiedTrope Jusified]] in case of Arturia Pendragon in Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor. While the audience is very much aware of her past since the very beginning of the story, Arturia has [[Franchise/DragonAge landed in an completely different setting than her own]], own]]. Due to this, the other character characters in this world has no information ''at all'' of who she is or where she comes from, making her ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma to everyone around her, only rivaled by the BigBad them self.


* [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]] and [[JustifiedTrope Jusified]] in case of Arturia Pendragon in the Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor. While the audience is very much aware of her past since the very beginning of the story, since Arturia has [[''Franchise/DragonAge'' landed in an completely different setting than her own]], the other character in this world has no information ''at all'' of who she is or where she comes from, making her ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma to everyone around her, only rivaled by the BigBad them self.

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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]] and [[JustifiedTrope Jusified]] in case of Arturia Pendragon in the Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor. While the audience is very much aware of her past since the very beginning of the story, since Arturia has [[''Franchise/DragonAge'' [[Franchise/DragonAge landed in an completely different setting than her own]], the other character in this world has no information ''at all'' of who she is or where she comes from, making her ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma to everyone around her, only rivaled by the BigBad them self.



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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]] and [[JustifiedTrope Jusified]] in case of Arturia Pendragon in the Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor. While the audience is very much aware of her past since the very beginning of the story, since Arturia has [[''Franchise/DragonAge'' landed in an completely different setting than her own]], the other character in this world has no information ''at all'' of who she is or where she comes from, making her ARiddleWrappedInAMysteryInsideAnEnigma to everyone around her, only rivaled by the BigBad them self.


* In ''VideoGame/BrokenSword'', it's never really indicated what George Stobbart's job is. He has spent most of the series being a tourist. The first game has him mentioning that he studied law. In the third it is explicitly stated that he is an attorney specialising in patent law. By the fourth he's become a bail bondsman.

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* In ''VideoGame/BrokenSword'', it's never really indicated what George Stobbart's job is. He has spent most of the series being a tourist. The first game has him mentioning that he studied law. In the third it is explicitly stated that he is an attorney specialising in patent law. By the fourth he's become a bail bondsman. In the fifth, he is employed by an insurance company and finds himself their representative at a Paris art exhibit.


* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' usually averts this, and the Courier of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' appeared to be the first example in the series. Subverted as some their past is revealed, mostly confined to plot points pertinent to this game, but a few seeds for OntologicalMystery have been sown and by the ''Lonesome Road'' DLC the player is given a glimpse into a major event of the Courier's past.
And even then, the dialog tree in the Lonesome Road [=DLC=] can allow you to insist to Ulysses that you don't even remember the place he's lured you to and/or might have mistaken you for someone else, which may very well be true.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' usually averts this, and the Courier of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' appeared to be the first example in the series. Subverted as some their past is revealed, mostly confined to plot points pertinent to this game, but a few seeds for OntologicalMystery have been sown and by the ''Lonesome Road'' DLC the player is given a glimpse into a major event of the Courier's past.
past. And even then, the dialog tree in the Lonesome Road said [=DLC=] can allow you to insist to Ulysses that you don't even remember know much about the place he's lured you to and/or might have mistaken you for someone else, which may very well be true.


* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' usually averts this, and The Courier of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' appeared to be the first example in the series. Subverted as some their past is revealed, mostly confined to plot points pertinent to this game, but a few seeds for OntologicalMystery have been sown and by the ''Lonesome Road'' DLC the player is given a glimpse into a major event of the Courier's past.
** It's justified in that the Courier was shot in the head during the game's intro and might have lost a significant amount of his/her memory, and presumably is a stranger in the Mojave having only to deliver their cargo. The dialog tree during Lonesome Road allows you to insist to Ulysses that you don't even remember the place he's lured you to and/or might have mistaken you for someone else, which may very well be true.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' usually averts this, and The the Courier of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' appeared to be the first example in the series. Subverted as some their past is revealed, mostly confined to plot points pertinent to this game, but a few seeds for OntologicalMystery have been sown and by the ''Lonesome Road'' DLC the player is given a glimpse into a major event of the Courier's past.
** It's justified in that And even then, the Courier was shot in the head during the game's intro and might have lost a significant amount of his/her memory, and presumably is a stranger in the Mojave having only to deliver their cargo. The dialog tree during in the Lonesome Road allows [=DLC=] can allow you to insist to Ulysses that you don't even remember the place he's lured you to and/or might have mistaken you for someone else, which may very well be true.

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