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Not to be confused with the word's use as a slur towards black people, nor its philosophical sense (mainly in association with branches of anarchism and nihilism) referring to abstract social constructs.

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Not to be confused with the word's use as a slur towards black people, nor its philosophical sense (mainly in association with certain branches of anarchism and nihilism) referring to abstract social constructs.


* Dabi from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia''. To the heroes and the villains alike, Dabi just shows up out of nowhere with a powerful Quirk and a relentless desire to burn down hero society. Nobody actually knows what his Quirk is called, what his vision of a "brighter future" is, or even where he comes from. Hawks even tried to look into him specifically and came up with nothing.

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* Dabi from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia''. To the heroes and the villains alike, Dabi just shows up out of nowhere with a powerful Quirk and a relentless desire to burn down hero society. Nobody actually knows what his Quirk is called, what his vision of a "brighter future" is, or even where he comes from. Hawks even tried to look into him specifically and came up with nothing. [[spoiler:In actuality, he is Toya Todoroki, Endeavor's presumed dead son, and his dyed hair and burn scars prevented people from finding out his identity until he went public about being Endeavor's son in order to ruin Endeavor's reputation.]]


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* The Boss of Passione in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo'' is a shadowy figure in Italy's criminal underworld who goes to great lengths to ensure his identity remains hidden. These include giving orders to his underlings through a proxy [[spoiler:who happens to be his SplitPersonality]], and [[spoiler:trying to have the one person who might know his identity killed]].


* ''Videogame/DarkestDungeon'': In a way, [[HumanoidAbomination the Collector]] qualifies. Every other beast, abomination and opponent you find in the Estate has an explanation of some sort, either being the Ancestor's fault in one way or the other, or just having arrived in the middle of the misery and Eldritch happenings, wanting a piece of either that or the supposedly defenseless Hamlet. Even the Shambler, tentacular horror from beyond, is documented well enough that its summoning rituals are well known. Not the Collector, however. The Hamlet? They haven't heard of it at all. The missions given by the Caretaker? None bring it up. The Ancestor? He has ''nothing'' on it. The man who meticulously documented every travesty going on and had plenty to write and comment on [[PosthumousCharacter from beyond the grave]] has nothing to say but an unnerved description whenever this head-seeking horror shows up. Its modus operandi, its attacks and all the rest don't link it to any other group in the game either. All you know is that it came from ''somewhere'' to seek heads to add to its endless collection, and that those of your heroes will do just fine. Other than collecting the fallen, the Collector has no apparent stake in the Darkest Estate's fate or events in the least, and it's unknown if there even is a connection between That Which Came from the Portal and itself.

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* ''Videogame/DarkestDungeon'': In a way, [[HumanoidAbomination the Collector]] qualifies. Every other beast, abomination and opponent you find in the Estate has an explanation of some sort, either being the Ancestor's fault in one way or the other, or just having arrived in the middle of the misery and Eldritch happenings, wanting a piece of either that or the supposedly defenseless Hamlet. Even the Shambler, tentacular horror from beyond, is documented well enough that its summoning rituals are well known. Not the Collector, however. The Hamlet? They haven't heard of it at all. The missions given by the Caretaker? None bring it up. The Ancestor? He has ''nothing'' on it. The man who meticulously documented every travesty going on and had plenty to write and comment on [[PosthumousCharacter from beyond the grave]] has nothing to say but an unnerved description whenever this head-seeking horror shows up. Its modus operandi, its attacks and all the rest don't link it to any other group in the game either. All you know is that it came from ''somewhere'' to seek heads to add to its endless collection, and that those of your heroes will do just fine. 9 Other than collecting the fallen, the Collector has no apparent stake in the Darkest Estate's fate or events in the least, and it's unknown if there even is a connection between That Which Came from the Portal and itself.



* ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}'': Most villains in the series have a backstory or some sort of details about their origin. But despite being the most recurring villain, Joka's origin is completely unknown. Nobody knows what exactly he is, where he came from, or how he started to work for Ghadius (and later other villains.)

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* ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}'': Most villains in the series have a backstory or some sort of details about their origin. But despite being the most recurring villain, Joka's origin is completely unknown. Nobody knows what exactly he is, where he came from, or how or why he started came to work for Ghadius (and later other villains.)) It's not even clear just how powerful he is on his own.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}'': Most villains in the series have a backstory or some sort of details about their origin. But despite being the most recurring villain, Joka's origin is completely unknown. Nobody knows what exactly he is, where he came from, or how he started to work for Ghadius (and later other villains.)


* None of the other characters know anything about Harry Roat, the villain of ''Film/WaitUntilDark'', other than the fact that he is a sociopath who feigns pleasantries with his victims. Harry Roat, incidentally, is an alias.


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* None of the other characters know anything about Harry Roat, the villain of ''Film/WaitUntilDark'', other than the fact that he is a sociopath who feigns pleasantries with his victims. Harry Roat, incidentally, is an alias.


* ComicBook/TheJoker has a revolving door of backstories, which makes it unknown who he is, where he came from, and what made him the way he is[[note]]indeed, not knowing who he originally was is [[https://www.polygon.com/2017/8/24/16191932/joker-origin-story-movie arguably crucial]] to his character[[/note]]. Because of this, some writers depict him as a literal and/or figurative avatar of madness and chaos.

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* ComicBook/TheJoker has a revolving door of backstories, which makes it unknown who he is, where he came from, and what made him the way he is[[note]]indeed, not knowing who he originally was is [[https://www.polygon.com/2017/8/24/16191932/joker-origin-story-movie arguably crucial]] to his character[[/note]]. Most depictions hold that due to his insanity, the Joker himself doesn't even know which of his backstories is real. And prefers it that way. Because of this, some writers depict him as a literal and/or figurative avatar of madness and chaos.


** Light Yagami initially becomes a spook when he gets his Death Note from Ryuk--a mysterious killer with the ability to kill off anyone in the world, location be damned, so long as he knows the real name of his victim. He exacts the power of the Death Note enough that the world notices the sequential killings and dubs the culprit "Kira." That would've been the end of it, had Light not fallen for a trap set out by L by writing down the name "Lind L. Taylor," a man being used as a decoy proxy for the real L. Taking the bait allows L to start hunting him down relentlessly, opening the biggest can of worms he'll ever know.

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** Light Yagami initially becomes a spook when he gets his Death Note from Ryuk--a mysterious killer with the ability to kill off anyone in the world, location be damned, so long as he knows the real name of his victim. He exacts the power of the Death Note enough that the world notices the sequential killings and dubs the culprit "Kira." That would've been the end of it, had Light not fallen for a trap set out by L by writing down the name "Lind L. Taylor," a man being used as a decoy proxy for the real L. Taking the bait allows L to start hunting him down relentlessly, relentlessly (and narrows down Kira's location from "anywhere on Earth" to "somewhere in Japan", since L played a hunch that Kira was in the same nation as his first known victim and had "Lind L. Taylor" broadcast his ultimatum to Kira in Japan only while falsely claiming it was a worldwide broadcast), opening the biggest can of worms he'll ever know.

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* ''Videogame/FatalFrame'' as a series has extremely detailed backstories regarding the ghosts that the player encounters over the course of the games. Then there's the Tall Woman in ''Maiden of Black Water.'' Unlike the other ghosts she is clearly inhuman, being absurdly tall with incredibly long limbs and with a perpetual, unsettling grin on her face. Her entry has no details of why she's on the mountain, where she came from, or what she is. What makes it even more disturbing is while the other ghosts are based on onryou which are malevolent, but in more of a local phenomenon sense, the Tall Woman is clearly actively hunting the player characters.


* In ComicBook/VForVendetta, Finch discusses this trope with Susan. V had killed all Larkhill personnel that tortured him. The interesting part is that the only proof the goverment has of that story is the documents V had left for them to find. What if this is just a smokescreen? What if this was done not as a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, but to erase all proof of V's past? What if this is only the beginning of something greater? How can they hope to stop him?

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* In ComicBook/VForVendetta, ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', Finch discusses this trope with Susan. V had killed all Larkhill personnel that tortured him. The interesting part is that the only proof the goverment government has of that story is the documents V had left for them to find. What if this is just a smokescreen? What if this was done not as a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, but to erase all proof of V's past? What if this is only the beginning of something greater? How can they hope to stop him?


* "The Phantom of Heilbronn" AKA "The Woman Without a Face" was the name given to a female criminal whose DNA was found in dozens of crime scenes scattered across France, Austria and Germany between 1993 and 2009. The Phantom was apparently involved in everything from murders to burglaries either acting alone or with accomplices. She was never captured on any CCTV camera and accomplices to her crimes would either deny her existence or insist she looked like a man. The German police put out a reward of 300,000 for her capture without success. In 2009 she was finally found [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope to not actually exist]]. The "Phantom's" DNA belonged to [[ShaggyDogStory a worker at the factory used to manufacture the cotton swabs used in DNA tests]].]]



* "The Phantom of Heilbronn" AKA "The Woman Without a Face" was the name given to a female criminal whose DNA was found in dozens of crime scenes scattered across France, Austria and Germany between 1993 and 2009. The Phantom was apparently involved in everything from murders to burglaries either acting alone or with accomplices. She was never captured on any CCTV camera and accomplices to her crimes would either deny her existence or insist she looked like a man. The German police put out a reward of 300,000 for her capture without success. In 2009 she was finally found [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope to not actually exist]]. The "Phantom's" DNA belonged to [[ShaggyDogStory a worker at the factory used to manufacture the cotton swabs used in DNA tests]].]]

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* "The Phantom of Heilbronn" AKA "The Woman Without a Face" was the name given to a female criminal whose DNA was found in dozens of crime scenes scattered across France, Austria and Germany between 1993 and 2009. The Phantom was apparently involved in everything from murders to burglaries either acting alone or with accomplices. She was never captured on any CCTV camera and accomplices to her crimes would either deny her existence or insist she looked like a man. The German police put out a reward of 300,000 for her capture without success. In 2009 she was finally found [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope to not actually exist]]. The "Phantom's" DNA belonged to [[ShaggyDogStory a worker at the factory used to manufacture the cotton swabs used in DNA tests]].]]


* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._B._Cooper Dan "D. B." Cooper]] is the only known name of an unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington in 1971.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._B._Cooper Dan "D. B." Cooper]] is the only known name of an unidentified man who hijacked a Boeing 727 between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington in 1971. After he received his ransom money, he parachuted from the rear stairs and no trace of him has been seen since.


* ''Literature/AmericanGods'' features an amorphous collective of Spooks in the form of the Spookshow, created by people's [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve belief]] in TheMenInBlack. Because they're {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories and not actual government agents, they have a vague idea at best of what their purpose is, which ends up making them all the more dangerous. There's also the nameless man in the charcoal suit, whose true identity is never revealed because everyone forgets who he is.

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* ''Literature/AmericanGods'' features an amorphous collective of Spooks in the form of the Spookshow, created by people's [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve belief]] in TheMenInBlack. Because they're {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories and not actual government agents, agents of any particular conspiracy, they have a vague idea at best of what their purpose is, which ends up making them all the more dangerous. There's also the nameless man in the charcoal suit, whose true identity is never revealed because everyone forgets who he is.


* Johann tries to become one in ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' by destroying all traces of his past. Even without him doing that, he essentially is one already due to the circumstances of his birth and upbringing. Finding out how he became the way he is is one of the plot's driving forces.

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* Johann Johan tries to become one in ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' by destroying all traces of his past. Even without him doing that, he essentially is one already due to the circumstances of his birth and upbringing. Finding out how he became the way he is is one of the plot's driving forces.

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