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* The G-Man from the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' series. All that ''is'' known about "him" is that he's working for some unknown "employer", handles Gordon's (and presumably others') "contracts" with said employers, has ties to the Black Mesa incident and the Resonance Cascade, is opposed by the Vortigaunts, and is clearly not human.

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* The G-Man from the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' series. All that ''is'' known about "him" is that he's working for some unknown "employer", "employers", handles Gordon's (and presumably others') "contracts" with said employers, has ties to the Black Mesa incident and the Resonance Cascade, is opposed by the Vortigaunts, and is clearly not human.





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* Creator/StephenKing has given us many examples over the years, because he finds that unnatural horrors work best when they remain unexplained. [[Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes Why's there a sentient finger growing out of this guy's bathroom sink?]] [[Literature/NightShift Why is an industrial laundry machine eating people?]] [[Literature/SkeletonCrew What is this carnivorous black blob floating in the water, and how is it intelligent enough to psychologically torture its prey?]] Whenever King's characters have these sorts of questions, his response tends to be "Doesn't matter. [[OutsideContextProblem Your problem now.]]"
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* Vying with Nemo for the earliest use of the trope is Professor Sunday, from ''Literature/TheManWhoWasThursday'', as described in the page quote.
* Mister Teatime is this way in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}''.

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* Vying with Nemo for ''Literature/AmericanGods'' features an amorphous collective of Spooks in the earliest use form of the trope is Professor Sunday, from ''Literature/TheManWhoWasThursday'', as described 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 page quote.
* Mister Teatime
charcoal suit, whose true identity is this way never revealed because everyone forgets who he is.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': The BigBad
in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}''.''Literature/TheSilverChair'' (the fourth book published, and the sixth in terms of InUniverse chronology) is a DiabolusExNihilo with no backstory. All we really know is that she used her VoluntaryShapeshifting and MindManipulation abilities to seize power BeneathTheEarth and now seeks to expand into Narnia, and that she could be ''somehow'' connected to the White Witch from ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe''.



* Julian from ''[[Literature/PointHorror The Boy Next Door]]''. He simply appears in the seemingly abandoned house next door to Randy and she knows very little about him.
* ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'' has the AmbiguouslyHuman assassins [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar]].

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* Julian %%* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Mister Teatime is this way in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}''.
%%* Vying with Nemo for the earliest use of the trope is Professor Sunday,
from ''[[Literature/PointHorror The Boy Next Door]]''. He simply appears ''Literature/TheManWhoWasThursday'', as described in the seemingly abandoned house next door to Randy and she knows very little about him.
* ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'' has the AmbiguouslyHuman assassins [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar]].
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* Creator/StephenKing has given us many examples over the years, because he finds that unnatural horrors work best when they remain unexplained. [[Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes Why's there a sentient finger growing out of this guy's bathroom sink?]] [[Literature/NightShift Why is an industrial laundry machine eating people?]] [[Literature/SkeletonCrew What is this carnivorous black blob floating in the water, and how is it intelligent enough to psychologically torture its prey?]] Whenever King's characters have these sorts of questions, his response tends to be "Doesn't matter. [[OutsideContextProblem Your problem now.]]"
* ''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.
* The BigBad in Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheSilverChair'' (the fourth ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]'' book published, and the sixth in terms of InUniverse chronology) is a DiabolusExNihilo with no backstory. All we really know is that she used her VoluntaryShapeshifting and MindManipulation abilities to seize power BeneathTheEarth and now seeks to expand into Narnia, and that she could be ''somehow'' connected to the White Witch from ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe''.
* In ''Literature/TuckEverlasting'', the BigBad is a genteel, polite person known only as "the man in the yellow suit". He does provide some backstory for his quest -- as a child, his parents sheltered a family that told tales of the mother's former husband and his own kin, who never aged a day -- and has clear goals in selling the magical spring water that generates said immorality (apparently choosing to ignore the horrific implications of what will happen when the secret gets out), but other than that, he's a blank: no name, no past, no relatives, no presence...nothing. Author Natalie Babbitt encouraged this characterization in an interview, and even explained that she deliberately avoided giving him a red or black suit for fear of people [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory interpreting]] the man as LouisCypher or TheGrimReaper; she elaborated that she put him in yellow to create a natural cadence for the repeated phrase "the man in the yellow suit".

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* Creator/StephenKing %%* ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'' has given us many examples over the years, because he finds that unnatural horrors work best when they remain unexplained. [[Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes Why's there a sentient finger growing out of this guy's bathroom sink?]] [[Literature/NightShift Why is an industrial laundry machine eating people?]] [[Literature/SkeletonCrew What is this carnivorous black blob floating AmbiguouslyHuman assassins [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar]].
* ''Literature/PointHorror'': Julian from ''The Boy Next Door''. He simply appears
in the water, seemingly abandoned house next door to Randy and how is it intelligent enough to psychologically torture its prey?]] Whenever King's characters have these sorts of questions, his response tends to be "Doesn't matter. [[OutsideContextProblem Your problem now.]]"
* ''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.
* The BigBad in Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheSilverChair'' (the fourth ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]'' book published, and the sixth in terms of InUniverse chronology) is a DiabolusExNihilo with no backstory. All we really know is that
she used her VoluntaryShapeshifting and MindManipulation abilities to seize power BeneathTheEarth and now seeks to expand into Narnia, and that she could be ''somehow'' connected to the White Witch from ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe''.
* In ''Literature/TuckEverlasting'', the BigBad is a genteel, polite person known only as "the man in the yellow suit". He does provide some backstory for his quest -- as a child, his parents sheltered a family that told tales of the mother's former husband and his own kin, who never aged a day -- and has clear goals in selling the magical spring water that generates said immorality (apparently choosing to ignore the horrific implications of what will happen when the secret gets out), but other than that, he's a blank: no name, no past, no relatives, no presence...nothing. Author Natalie Babbitt encouraged this characterization in an interview, and even explained that she deliberately avoided giving him a red or black suit for fear of people [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory interpreting]] the man as LouisCypher or TheGrimReaper; she elaborated that she put him in yellow to create a natural cadence for the repeated phrase "the man in the yellow suit".
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* In ''Literature/TuckEverlasting'', the BigBad is a genteel, polite person known only as "the man in the yellow suit". He does provide some backstory for his quest -- as a child, his parents sheltered a family that told tales of the mother's former husband and his own kin, who never aged a day -- and has clear goals in selling the magical spring water that generates said immorality (apparently choosing to ignore the horrific implications of what will happen when the secret gets out), but other than that, he's a blank: no name, no past, no relatives, no presence...nothing. Author Natalie Babbitt encouraged this characterization in an interview, and even explained that she deliberately avoided giving him a red or black suit for fear of people [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory interpreting]] the man as LouisCypher or TheGrimReaper; she elaborated that she put him in yellow to create a natural cadence for the repeated phrase "the man in the yellow suit".



** [[Creator/BruceCampbell Chuck Finley]] is everyone, and no one. He's simply Chuck Finley.
* Razer from ''Series/TheCape'' is this.
** Chess is also this, but only InUniverse, and for the first episode.

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** %%** [[Creator/BruceCampbell Chuck Finley]] is everyone, and no one. He's simply Chuck Finley.
* %%* Razer from ''Series/TheCape'' is this.
** %%** Chess is also this, but only InUniverse, and for the first episode.



* Papa Lazarou on ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen''. He's implied not to even be human.

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* %%* Papa Lazarou on ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen''. He's implied not to even be human.



* This is how Moriarty is treated in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', [[spoiler:though he gets to meet our heroes face-to-face in the last episode. Twice.]]
* ''{{Series/Spooks}}'', aptly enough. Although ''we'', the audience, know quite a bit about the MI-5 officers, the regular people they interact with are regularly fed fake identities, fake credentials, and fake beliefs.

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* %%* This is how Moriarty is treated in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', [[spoiler:though he gets to meet our heroes face-to-face in the last episode. Twice.]]
* ''{{Series/Spooks}}'', ''Series/{{Spooks}}'', aptly enough. Although ''we'', the audience, know quite a bit about the MI-5 officers, the regular people they interact with are regularly fed fake identities, fake credentials, and fake beliefs.



* The DCAU Joker also has elements of this, especially in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm''. We actually see what he was like before he fell in the vat of chemicals: a nameless, voiceless, perpetually smirking mob hitman who might just be ''creepier'' than the MonsterClown he turned into. [[spoiler: He sparks a good chunk of the plot by killing Andrea Beaumont's father.]]



* The Franchise/{{DCAU}} Joker also has elements of this, especially in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm''. We actually see what he was like before he fell in the vat of chemicals: a nameless, voiceless, perpetually smirking mob hitman who might just be ''creepier'' than the MonsterClown he turned into. [[spoiler: He sparks a good chunk of the plot by killing Andrea Beaumont's father.]]



* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' cartoon version of Slade ends up as this. Unlike his comics incarnation, we never learn his backstory or see his face under the mask. Instead of a hitman, he's an aloof mastermind figure whose only clear goals seem to be finding an apprentice and crushing the Titans' hopes.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
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The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' cartoon version of Slade ends up as this. Unlike his comics incarnation, we never learn his backstory or see his face under the mask. Instead of a hitman, he's an aloof mastermind figure whose only clear goals seem to be finding an apprentice and crushing the Titans' hopes.



-->'''Raven:''' Face it. Red-X could be anyone. Anyone smart enough to find the suit, and dumb enough to take it for a joy ride.

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-->'''Raven:''' --->'''Raven:''' Face it. Red-X could be anyone. Anyone smart enough to find the suit, and dumb enough to take it for a joy ride.


** This isn't also the case in ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', as Blofeld is given a thorough backstory [[spoiler:as to why he became a BigBrotherBully towards Bond. When both were younger, an orphaned Bond was adopted by Blofeld's father, but this caused Blofeld to resent 007. For this reason, Blofeld committed {{patricide}} and went on to orchestrate all the tragedies Bond suffered since then, being [[TheManBehindTheMan the real]] [[GreaterScopeVillain mastermind]] behind the villains in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', and ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''.]]

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** This isn't also the case Also averted in ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', as Blofeld is given a thorough backstory FreudianExcuse [[spoiler:as to why he became a BigBrotherBully towards Bond.007. When both were younger, an orphaned Bond was adopted by Blofeld's father, but this caused Blofeld to resent 007. For this reason, Blofeld committed {{patricide}} and went on to orchestrate all the tragedies Bond suffered since then, being [[TheManBehindTheMan the real]] [[GreaterScopeVillain mastermind]] behind the villains in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', and ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''.]]


Be warned that "spook" is also a mostly obsolete slur against black people, so use with caution. "Spook" is also used in a philosophical sense (mainly in certain branches of anarchism and nihilism) to refer to abstract social constructs.

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Be warned that "spook" is also Not to be confused with the word's use as a mostly obsolete slur against towards black people, so use with caution. "Spook" is also used in a nor its philosophical sense (mainly in certain association with branches of anarchism and nihilism) to refer referring to abstract social constructs.

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** ''VideoGame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'' has "The Watcher", an extremely enigmatic alien who resembles but is distinct from the Guardians encountered throughout the series.


* Roat, the villain of ''Film/WaitUntilDark''. Roat, incidentally, is not his real name.

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* None of the other characters know anything about Harry Roat, the villain of ''Film/WaitUntilDark''. ''Film/WaitUntilDark'', other than the fact that he is a sociopath who feigns pleasantries with his victims. Harry Roat, incidentally, is not his real name.an alias.


* Several musical artists have cultivated this image. Music/CaptainMurphy revealed himself as an alter ego of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Lotus Steven "Flying Lotus" Ellison]], but Music/DoctorSteel, Music/RuckaRuckaAli, and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Redbone Leon Redbone]] remain mysterious (although regarding the latter, we do know that his birth name was Dickran Gobalian).

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* Several musical artists have cultivated this image. Music/CaptainMurphy revealed himself as an alter ego of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Lotus Steven "Flying Lotus" Ellison]], but Music/DoctorSteel, Music/RuckaRuckaAli, and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Redbone Leon Redbone]] remain mysterious (although regarding the latter, at least we do know that his birth name was Dickran Gobalian).


* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': [[MultipleChoicePast In one of his possible origins]], SCP-106 wasn't always a horribly-decayed old man, but [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/the-young-man his origins]] don't explain nearly as much as some would wish. It's known he was a soldier in one of WWI's bloodier fronts, but no one knew where he came from, why he got transferred to that particular front, and he left no paper trail of any kind that could link him to anything. No one saw him send, or receive any letters from anyone, either. Some of the soldiers thought [[WasOnceAMan Corporal Lawrence]] was less of a man, and more of a curse on their unit, even if he seemed entirely human, only slightly off about it. It's unknown if he was simply another nameless body in the trenches that [[FromNobodyToNightmare found his fate in a dark, gore-encrusted tar pit]] or if there was always something abnormal to him, but there are no records of him before those days, and only one picture of him at all, and it was from the trenches themselves.

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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'':
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[[MultipleChoicePast In one of his possible origins]], SCP-106 wasn't always a horribly-decayed old man, but [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/the-young-man his origins]] don't explain nearly as much as some would wish. It's known he was a soldier in one of WWI's bloodier fronts, but no one knew where he came from, why he got transferred to that particular front, and he left no paper trail of any kind that could link him to anything. No one saw him send, or receive any letters from anyone, either. Some of the soldiers thought [[WasOnceAMan Corporal Lawrence]] was less of a man, and more of a curse on their unit, even if he seemed entirely human, only slightly off about it. It's unknown if he was simply another nameless body in the trenches that [[FromNobodyToNightmare found his fate in a dark, gore-encrusted tar pit]] or if there was always something abnormal to him, but there are no records of him before those days, and only one picture of him at all, and it was from the trenches themselves.themselves.
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2521 ●●|●●●●●|●●|●]] is a HumanoidAbomination that steals anything with word-based information about itself and anyone that talks about it and cannot be contained as it can pass through walls. Because of this behavior, almost nothing is known about the creature. Fortunately, it can't understand pictures, meaning that the Foundation was able to draft an article for it out of pictograms, and its SCP number is written in dots and lines.

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** This isn't also the case in ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', as Blofeld is given a thorough backstory [[spoiler:as to why he became a BigBrotherBully towards Bond. When both were younger, an orphaned Bond was adopted by Blofeld's father, but this caused Blofeld to resent 007. For this reason, Blofeld committed {{patricide}} and went on to orchestrate all the tragedies Bond suffered since then, being [[TheManBehindTheMan the real]] [[GreaterScopeVillain mastermind]] behind the villains in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', and ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''.]]


* The SerialKiller seen and mentioned throughout the backstory of the ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' series - it's not known who he is (barring some WildMassGuessing), where he came from, why he killed kids, why he used Freddy Fazbear's Pizza in particular or why he [[spoiler:decided to return to the shutdown pizzaria to dismantle the animatronics]]. He's never even seen in person outside of a purple Atari-esque sprite in various minigames [[spoiler:(until [[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 the third game]], but by then he's a mummified corpse with few identifiable features left)]].

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* The SerialKiller seen and mentioned throughout the backstory of the ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' series - it's not known who he is (barring some WildMassGuessing), where he came from, why he killed kids, why he used Freddy Fazbear's Pizza in particular particular, or why he [[spoiler:decided to return to the shutdown pizzaria pizzeria to dismantle the animatronics]]. He's never even seen in person outside of a purple Atari-esque sprite in various minigames [[spoiler:(until [[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 the third game]], but by then he's a mummified corpse with few identifiable features left)]]. Most of this mystery was lost with later games (which gave him a name and some backstory), but much of his motives remain unclear.


* ''Fanfic/AKnightsTaleAsInquisitor'' provides a very justified, main protagonist example. Due to the fact that she comes from a [[AnotherDimension completely different world]], there is absolutely ''no'' knowledge or information on Arturia prior to the explosion at the Conclave where she is the SoleSurvivor of the cataclysmic event that killed ''everyone else'' present, meaning that there is absolutely NO way to get any information anywhere on her in Thedas other than anything she does in present time. This is something that greatly [[WhoAreYou worries]] and [[WhatTheHellAreYou disturbs]] BOTH her [[OrderReborn allies]] and [[CultOfPersonality enemies]].



* ''Fanfic/AKnightsTaleAsInquisitor'' provides a very justified, main protagonist example. Due to the fact that she comes from a [[AnotherDimension completely different world]], there is absolutely ''no'' prior knowledge or information on Arturia prior to the explosion at the Conclave where she is the SoleSurvivor of the cataclysmic event that killed ''everyone else'' present, meaning that there is absolutely NO way to get any information anywhere on her in Thedas other than anything she does in present time. This is something that greatly [[WhoAreYou worries]] and [[WhatTheHellAreYou disturbs]] BOTH her [[OrderReborn allies]] and [[CultOfPersonality enemies]].


* The G-Man from the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' series. All that ''is'' known about "him" is that he's working for some unknown "employer", handles Gordon's (and presumably others') "contracts" with said employers, has ties to the Black Mesa incident and the Resonance Cascade, is opposed by the Vortigaunts, and is clearly not human.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** The eponymous mask from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' is an odd variation. You know the gist of its background (standard SealedEvilInACan stuff) but the sheer amount of MindScrew going on around it makes it unknowable. The Happy Mask Salesman, while apparently a good guy, is a straighter example. All you really learn about him is that he's on your side and he would ''really'' want his mask back. Other than that, it's only implications that never lead to anything concrete.
** Nothing is revealed about the Ghost Ship from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''. It's a ship that always shows up by certain islands based on the phase of the moon, and can only be entered when holding a certain chart (not having the chart will just cause it to vanish as Link approaches). The ship itself contains a number of undead enemies in its interior, and once it is completed, it is never seen again.
* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', operatives from the Office of Naval Intelligence get this trope name as a nickname for the exact reasons mentioned here. Reflecting this, TheMenInBlack-esque organization itself is more commonly referred to as [[FunWithAcronyms ONI]], a wordplay on a certain [[OurDemonsAreDifferent you]][[UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}} kai]] type. Additionally, for the majority of the Human-Covenant War, the Master Chief himself and his fellow [[SuperSoldier Spartans]] were this to most people on both sides.
* ''VideoGame/YumeNikki'': There's no explanation for anything whatsoever, no BackStory, no dialogue, ''nothing''. Madotsuki, the main (and only) character is a {{Hikikomori}} in a flat. She keeps a very trippy [[TitleDrop dream diary]]. The building she lives in is apparently only as wide as her flat. [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Who is she? What is she? How did she come to be there?]] Where does she get those ideas and dreams from? Is one of Madotsuki's dream characters based on a piano teacher? Is another based on a friend? Is said friend dead? Is another based on a horribly mutilated and/or bullied girl? Is the highly sexual Kyuukyuu-kun based on rape or something? She's basically [[VideoGame/MicroMachines Mesme]] without the PsychicPowers. It is safe to say that this singular character has spawned [[EpilepticTrees Epileptic]] ''[[EpilepticTrees Forests]]'' on her own. The ending of the game itself leaves all questions unanswered, leaving things open to interpretation: [[spoiler:Madotsuki commits suicide by jumping off her balcony by using stairs that were never there]]. Your guess is as good as ours.
** Even the [[ReclusiveArtist creator of the game, KIKIYAMA]], is this. Do the ideas for ''Yume Nikki'' come from alchohol, drugs, a very twisted imagination or a completely normal person who just wanted to make a scary game? There are a few emails that indicate she is female, however.
* [[TheFaceless The Pyro]] from ''Videogame/TeamFortress2'' has no [[MysteriousPast backstory]], [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep name]], [[FeaturelessProtagonist face, or set gender]]. The fact that s/he just ''loves'' [[PyroManiac burning things]] is all we know for sure. Even after learning in "Meet the Pyro" that [[spoiler:The Pyro thinks that everything s/he does is give candy and happiness to other people (which s/he imagines as cupids and other such cute creatures)]], we still don't know anything about their BackStory. Or anything else. The only reason s/he's on the team in the first place is because s/he's insane enough to do what s/he's asked (that is, mercilessly kill the other team); Pyro's ''own teammates'' are scared of him/her/it.
-->'''The Heavy''': I fear no man...but that ''thing''...it scares me.
-->'''The Scout''': I ain't talkin' about that freak, all right? He's not here, is she? How do I get this ''(microphone-thump)''ing thing off?!
-->'''The Spy''': One shudders to imagine what inhuman thoughts lie behind that mask...what dreams of chronic and sustained cruelty?
** The Spy is a downplayed example - we know he's from somewhere in France, and we know that he's a ManOfWealthAndTaste with an immature streak, but we don't know his name or backstory, and his [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent accent]] is pretty obscure too.



* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', [[spoiler: the villain of the final case turns out to be a MasterOfDisguise known only as the phantom, able to perfectly impersonate anyone... to the point where all traces of their original identity are completely gone. We never learn their real name or see their real face: they're always shown wearing a mask of someone else. They feel no emotions except fear of being caught. Their VillainousBreakdown has them [[FreakOut freaking out]] about their "real face" not even existing as they pull off masks of nearly every other character in the game. They collapse into the shadows after removing the final one, so no-one ever finds out what they really look like.]]
** [[spoiler:Calisto Yew/Shih-na]] from ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'' counts too, as we never find out her real name or backstory, and the two identities we see her in over the course of the game are fake.
* Mike Toreno in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. Even his name is suspect, since he was [[spoiler:working undercover]] when CJ was introduced to him.
** The U.L. Paper Contact from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' is an even better example: not only does he never give out his name but when Niko asks if he's worried that Niko will get caught and lead the authorities to him, the Contact calmly explains that they're inside a building with hundreds of people matching his description and that by the time Niko rats him out to the cops, they will find an empty office "leased to a man who died in the final years of Vietnam" and a non existent phone number.
* Zero from ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3'' is given no foreshadowing, no motive, no origin, and no clear goal, but his fight and death sequence is quite possibly the most terrifying boss fight in the entire ''Kirby'' franchise.
** Zero is succeeded by 0[[superscript:2]] in ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards''; a creature who looks like an angelic version of Zero and has the same (lack of) information. [[spoiler: ''VideoGame/KirbyStarAllies'' potentially gives them a MindScrewdriver in the form of [[GreaterScopeVillain Void Termina]], but the way it's conveyed is a MindScrew in itself.]]
* Flemeth from ''Franchise/DragonAge''. With the revelations (or lack thereof) in ''Witch Hunt'' and ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', we really know nothing definitive about her at all. She goes mostly by Flemeth but [[IHaveManyNames she also has many names]], she looks human but this is cast into great doubt by Morrigan, Fenris, and Anders. Her past is ShroudedInMyth, with no clear way to know if it's true. And on top of all of this, her powers and precognition are at a level that aren't seen anywhere else in the series. Her motivations are also completely unknown, but hints are dropped that it is on a scale outside of any other in the franchise. Her identity is revealed in ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'': [[spoiler:She's a human vessel for the Elven TopGod Mythal]].
* The Devil Z from ''VideoGame/TokyoXtremeRacer'' is an unknown rival that only appears when the player beats every last racer in the game. Everything about him/her/it is shrouded in mystery to the point where he/she/it's beginning cutscene heavily implies that he/she/it might be a demon or a ghost. The rivals index only labels him/her as ''????'' and gives a description about his/her/it's 280 Z's performance tune-up. Info on the driver? Absolutely none.
* The SerialKiller seen and mentioned throughout the backstory of the ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' series - it's not known who he is (barring some WildMassGuessing), where he came from, why he killed kids, why he used Freddy Fazbear's Pizza in particular or why he [[spoiler:decided to return to the shutdown pizzaria to dismantle the animatronics]]. He's never even seen in person outside of a purple Atari-esque sprite in various minigames [[spoiler:(until [[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 the third game]], but by then he's a mummified corpse with few identifiable features left)]].



* Q from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' is a mysterious figure wearing a [[CoatHatMask trenchcoat, fedora and iron mask]]. His true name, origin, and motivation for fighting are all unknown. It's not even clear if he's a [[AmbiguouslyHuman human being]], since he tends to move in a very robotic manner. All that is known about him is that the CIA is after him, and that he appears in photos from around the world, and at similar times, implying that Q might just be [[LegacyCharacter one of many]].
* Alvaro Vasquez in ''VideoGame/{{Driver}} 2'' is stated to have no known information, not even a driver's license. The captain giving orders to Tanner and Jones claims "Maybe he don't even exist. Maybe he's just a name."



* ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'':
** The Smoky Progg, a BonusBoss from the first game. If you reach one of the last areas before Day 15, there will be a giant egg hidden away that, if you damage it without destroying it, will hatch into a WalkingWasteland monster that can somehow uproot planted Pikmin by roaring at them and kills Pikmin instantly with its black fog. The manual indicates that its egg would have hatched into a Mamuta if it had been left alone, but considering the fact that the adult Mamuta seen in the first two games are practically harmless compared to the Progg, and the fact that the Mamuta themselves are kind of odd creatures in their own right, this only raises more questions.
** In a game where most of the enemies are animal-based and go for a "natural" angle, the Waterwraith of ''Pikmin 2'' stands out as something unusual. It is oddly humanoid, ghost-like, the only boss in the entire game that actively chases the player characters long before reaching its arena, and it is somehow completely invincible unless Purple Pikmin are tossed on it. And Purple Pikmin have not demonstrated any especially odd quirks aside from being heavier and stronger than the other Pikmin types. Nothing is revealed about it and Olimar suspects that the entire experience might have been some kind of hallucination.
** The Plasm Wraith of ''Pikmin 3'' shares many traits of the Waterwraith, in addition to having a bizarre obsession with capturing Olimar. It's a large humanoid of some sort of gold plasm that can generate fire, crystal, electricity, and even water from it. And the "other enemies" in its area are made of the same material as it, hinting that it's some powerful shape-shifter that can effectively act as many different beings at once.
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'':
** Sylux from ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeHunters''. While the other 5 hunters in the game are given a little backstory and reasons to hunt the Ultimate Power, all we know about [[AmbiguousGender it]] is that it hates the Galactic Federation, and Samus by proxy.
** Gandrayda, the {{Shapeshifting}} BountyHunter from ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption''. According to her scan, her backstory, including her homeworld and exact age, are unknown to the Galactic Federation. They don't even know anything definite about her species aside from its similarities to the inhabitants of Jovia XII.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'':
** The Smoky Progg, a BonusBoss
Flemeth from ''Franchise/DragonAge''. With the first game. If you reach one of the last areas before Day 15, there will be a giant egg hidden away that, if you damage it without destroying it, will hatch revelations (or lack thereof) in ''Witch Hunt'' and ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', we really know nothing definitive about her at all. She goes mostly by Flemeth but [[IHaveManyNames she also has many names]], she looks human but this is cast into great doubt by Morrigan, Fenris, and Anders. Her past is ShroudedInMyth, with no clear way to know if it's true. And on top of all of this, her powers and precognition are at a WalkingWasteland monster level that can somehow uproot planted Pikmin by roaring at them and kills Pikmin instantly with its black fog. The manual indicates that its egg would have hatched into a Mamuta if it had been left alone, but considering the fact that the adult Mamuta aren't seen anywhere else in the first two games series. Her motivations are practically harmless compared to the Progg, and the fact also completely unknown, but hints are dropped that it is on a scale outside of any other in the Mamuta themselves are kind of odd creatures franchise. Her identity is revealed in their own right, this only raises more questions.
** In
''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'': [[spoiler:She's a game where most of human vessel for the enemies are animal-based and go for a "natural" angle, the Waterwraith of ''Pikmin Elven TopGod Mythal]].
* Alvaro Vasquez in ''VideoGame/{{Driver}}
2'' stands out as something unusual. It is oddly humanoid, ghost-like, the only boss in the entire game that actively chases the player characters long before reaching its arena, and it is somehow completely invincible unless Purple Pikmin are tossed on it. And Purple Pikmin stated to have no known information, not demonstrated any especially odd quirks aside from being heavier and stronger than the other Pikmin types. Nothing is revealed about it and Olimar suspects that the entire experience might have been some kind of hallucination.
** The Plasm Wraith of ''Pikmin 3'' shares many traits of the Waterwraith, in addition to having a bizarre obsession with capturing Olimar. It's a large humanoid of some sort of gold plasm that can generate fire, crystal, electricity, and
even water from it. And the "other enemies" in its area are made of the same material as it, hinting that it's some powerful shape-shifter that can effectively act as many different beings at once.
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'':
** Sylux from ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeHunters''. While the other 5 hunters in the game are given
a little backstory driver's license. The captain giving orders to Tanner and reasons to hunt the Ultimate Power, all we know about [[AmbiguousGender it]] is that it hates the Galactic Federation, and Samus by proxy.
** Gandrayda, the {{Shapeshifting}} BountyHunter from ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption''. According to her scan, her backstory, including her homeworld and exact age, are unknown to the Galactic Federation. They
Jones claims "Maybe he don't even know anything definite about her species aside from its similarities to the inhabitants of Jovia XII.exist. Maybe he's just a name."


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* ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' companion and [[UndergroundRailroad Railroad]] operative Deacon is this, even to his own organization. If he's the same person as the "John D." mentioned in some terminal entries, Deacon has been with the group for as far back as its current records go - at least a decade longer than its current leadership - and is largely responsible for its current cell structure. But his nominal boss Desdemona is exasperated that Deacon is still keeping secrets from her, and disappears for extended periods pursuing his own missions. He's a MasterOfDisguise who will change his outfit based on what faction controls his current surroundings, and even regularly undergoes MagicPlasticSurgery to change his face and reduce the odds that he's recognized. It doesn't help that Deacon constantly and unapologetically lies, from exaggerating the size of the opposition after a mission, to claiming that Dez is a DecoyLeader and he's really in charge, or that he's an escaped [[ArtificialHuman Synth]]. He acts as a TricksterMentor to the PlayerCharacter, testing your gullibility, but if you reach max affinity with him he'll drop the bullshit and give what ''might'' be a true account of his past.
* The SerialKiller seen and mentioned throughout the backstory of the ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' series - it's not known who he is (barring some WildMassGuessing), where he came from, why he killed kids, why he used Freddy Fazbear's Pizza in particular or why he [[spoiler:decided to return to the shutdown pizzaria to dismantle the animatronics]]. He's never even seen in person outside of a purple Atari-esque sprite in various minigames [[spoiler:(until [[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 the third game]], but by then he's a mummified corpse with few identifiable features left)]].
* Mike Toreno in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. Even his name is suspect, since he was [[spoiler:working undercover]] when CJ was introduced to him.
** The U.L. Paper Contact from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' is an even better example: not only does he never give out his name but when Niko asks if he's worried that Niko will get caught and lead the authorities to him, the Contact calmly explains that they're inside a building with hundreds of people matching his description and that by the time Niko rats him out to the cops, they will find an empty office "leased to a man who died in the final years of Vietnam" and a non existent phone number.
* The G-Man from the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' series. All that ''is'' known about "him" is that he's working for some unknown "employer", handles Gordon's (and presumably others') "contracts" with said employers, has ties to the Black Mesa incident and the Resonance Cascade, is opposed by the Vortigaunts, and is clearly not human.
* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', operatives from the Office of Naval Intelligence get this trope name as a nickname for the exact reasons mentioned here. Reflecting this, TheMenInBlack-esque organization itself is more commonly referred to as [[FunWithAcronyms ONI]], a wordplay on a certain {{Youkai}} type. Additionally, for the majority of the Human-Covenant War, the Master Chief himself and his fellow [[SuperSoldier Spartans]] were this to most people on both sides.
* Zero from ''VideoGame/KirbysDreamLand3'' is given no foreshadowing, no motive, no origin, and no clear goal, but his fight and death sequence is quite possibly the most terrifying boss fight in the entire ''Kirby'' franchise.
** Zero is succeeded by 0[[superscript:2]] in ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards''; a creature who looks like an angelic version of Zero and has the same (lack of) information. [[spoiler: ''VideoGame/KirbyStarAllies'' potentially gives them a MindScrewdriver in the form of [[GreaterScopeVillain Void Termina]], but the way it's conveyed is a MindScrew in itself.]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** The eponymous mask from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' is an odd variation. You know the gist of its background (standard SealedEvilInACan stuff) but the sheer amount of MindScrew going on around it makes it unknowable. The Happy Mask Salesman, while apparently a good guy, is a straighter example. All you really learn about him is that he's on your side and he would ''really'' want his mask back. Other than that, it's only implications that never lead to anything concrete.
** Nothing is revealed about the Ghost Ship from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''. It's a ship that always shows up by certain islands based on the phase of the moon, and can only be entered when holding a certain chart (not having the chart will just cause it to vanish as Link approaches). The ship itself contains a number of undead enemies in its interior, and once it is completed, it is never seen again.
* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'':
** Sylux from ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeHunters''. While the other 5 hunters in the game are given a little backstory and reasons to hunt the Ultimate Power, all we know about [[AmbiguousGender it]] is that it hates the Galactic Federation, and Samus by proxy.
** Gandrayda, the {{Shapeshifting}} BountyHunter from ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption''. According to her scan, her backstory, including her homeworld and exact age, are unknown to the Galactic Federation. They don't even know anything definite about her species aside from its similarities to the inhabitants of Jovia XII.
* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', [[spoiler: the villain of the final case turns out to be a MasterOfDisguise known only as the phantom, able to perfectly impersonate anyone... to the point where all traces of their original identity are completely gone. We never learn their real name or see their real face: they're always shown wearing a mask of someone else. They feel no emotions except fear of being caught. Their VillainousBreakdown has them [[FreakOut freaking out]] about their "real face" not even existing as they pull off masks of nearly every other character in the game. They collapse into the shadows after removing the final one, so no-one ever finds out what they really look like.]]
** [[spoiler:Calisto Yew/Shih-na]] from ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'' counts too, as we never find out her real name or backstory, and the two identities we see her in over the course of the game are fake.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'':
** The Smoky Progg, a BonusBoss from the first game. If you reach one of the last areas before Day 15, there will be a giant egg hidden away that, if you damage it without destroying it, will hatch into a WalkingWasteland monster that can somehow uproot planted Pikmin by roaring at them and kills Pikmin instantly with its black fog. The manual indicates that its egg would have hatched into a Mamuta if it had been left alone, but considering the fact that the adult Mamuta seen in the first two games are practically harmless compared to the Progg, and the fact that the Mamuta themselves are kind of odd creatures in their own right, this only raises more questions.
** In a game where most of the enemies are animal-based and go for a "natural" angle, the Waterwraith of ''Pikmin 2'' stands out as something unusual. It is oddly humanoid, ghost-like, the only boss in the entire game that actively chases the player characters long before reaching its arena, and it is somehow completely invincible unless Purple Pikmin are tossed on it. And Purple Pikmin have not demonstrated any especially odd quirks aside from being heavier and stronger than the other Pikmin types. Nothing is revealed about it and Olimar suspects that the entire experience might have been some kind of hallucination.
** The Plasm Wraith of ''Pikmin 3'' shares many traits of the Waterwraith, in addition to having a bizarre obsession with capturing Olimar. It's a large humanoid of some sort of gold plasm that can generate fire, crystal, electricity, and even water from it. And the "other enemies" in its area are made of the same material as it, hinting that it's some powerful shape-shifter that can effectively act as many different beings at once.
* Q from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' is a mysterious figure wearing a [[CoatHatMask trenchcoat, fedora and iron mask]]. His true name, origin, and motivation for fighting are all unknown. It's not even clear if he's a [[AmbiguouslyHuman human being]], since he tends to move in a very robotic manner. All that is known about him is that the CIA is after him, and that he appears in photos from around the world, and at similar times, implying that Q might just be [[LegacyCharacter one of many]].
* ''Videogame/TeamFortress2'':
** [[TheFaceless The Pyro]] has no [[MysteriousPast backstory]], [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep name]], [[FeaturelessProtagonist face, or set gender]]. The fact that s/he just ''loves'' [[PyroManiac burning things]] is all we know for sure. Even after learning in "Meet the Pyro" that [[spoiler:The Pyro thinks that everything s/he does is give candy and happiness to other people (which s/he imagines as cupids and other such cute creatures)]], we still don't know anything about their BackStory. Or anything else. The only reason s/he's on the team in the first place is because s/he's insane enough to do what s/he's asked (that is, mercilessly kill the other team); Pyro's ''own teammates'' are scared of him/her/it.
--->'''The Heavy''': I fear no man...but that ''thing''...it scares me.\\
'''The Scout''': I ain't talkin' about that freak, all right? He's not here, is she? How do I get this ''(microphone-thump)''ing thing off?!\\
'''The Spy''': One shudders to imagine what inhuman thoughts lie behind that mask...what dreams of chronic and sustained cruelty?
** The Spy is a downplayed example - we know he's from somewhere in France, and we know that he's a ManOfWealthAndTaste with an immature streak, but we don't know his name or backstory, and his [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent accent]] is pretty obscure too.
* The Devil Z from ''VideoGame/TokyoXtremeRacer'' is an unknown rival that only appears when the player beats every last racer in the game. Everything about him/her/it is shrouded in mystery to the point where he/she/it's beginning cutscene heavily implies that he/she/it might be a demon or a ghost. The rivals index only labels him/her as ''????'' and gives a description about his/her/it's 280 Z's performance tune-up. Info on the driver? Absolutely none.
* ''VideoGame/YumeNikki'': There's no explanation for anything whatsoever, no BackStory, no dialogue, ''nothing''. Madotsuki, the main (and only) character is a {{Hikikomori}} in a flat. She keeps a very trippy [[TitleDrop dream diary]]. The building she lives in is apparently only as wide as her flat. [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Who is she? What is she? How did she come to be there?]] Where does she get those ideas and dreams from? Is one of Madotsuki's dream characters based on a piano teacher? Is another based on a friend? Is said friend dead? Is another based on a horribly mutilated and/or bullied girl? Is the highly sexual Kyuukyuu-kun based on rape or something? She's basically [[VideoGame/MicroMachines Mesme]] without the PsychicPowers. It is safe to say that this singular character has spawned [[EpilepticTrees Epileptic]] ''[[EpilepticTrees Forests]]'' on her own. The ending of the game itself leaves all questions unanswered, leaving things open to interpretation: [[spoiler:Madotsuki commits suicide by jumping off her balcony by using stairs that were never there]]. Your guess is as good as ours.
** Even the [[ReclusiveArtist creator of the game, KIKIYAMA]], is this. Do the ideas for ''Yume Nikki'' come from alchohol, drugs, a very twisted imagination or a completely normal person who just wanted to make a scary game? There are a few emails that indicate she is female, however.

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** Zero is succeeded by 0[[superscript:2]] in ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards''; a creature who looks like an angelic version of Zero and has the same (lack of) information. [[spoiler: ''VideoGame/KirbyStarAllies'' potentially gives them a MindScrewdriver in the form of [[GreaterScopeVillain Void Termina]], but the way it's conveyed is a MindScrew in itself.]]


* The G-Man from the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' series. All that ''is'' known about "him" is that he's working for some unknown "benefactor", handles Gordon's (and presumably others') "contracts" with said benefactors, has ties to the Black Mesa incident and the Resonance Cascade, is opposed by the Vortigaunts, and is clearly not human.

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* The G-Man from the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' series. All that ''is'' known about "him" is that he's working for some unknown "benefactor", "employer", handles Gordon's (and presumably others') "contracts" with said benefactors, employers, has ties to the Black Mesa incident and the Resonance Cascade, is opposed by the Vortigaunts, and is clearly not human.


* The Operative from ''Series/{{Serenity}}''

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* The Operative from ''Series/{{Serenity}}''''Film/{{Serenity}}''

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