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1%%²%% Do not even think about rearranging this so it is backwards. Not funny.²%% Doesn't work. We tried it.²%% Well, that's my joke ruined.²²A story told in reverse order, from end to beginning, revealing effects first, and working towards a climax which reveals cause and motive. Difficult to do, but very effective when done well. An interesting thing to ask yourself when you see this is whether or not the story would have been interesting forwards.²²May be used as a framing device to portray a NonLinearCharacter or one suffering from MerlinSickness. This allows the audience to connect cause and effect without knowing any more about prior events than the character.²²Also see HowWeGotHere, where the last scene comes first and everything else is in order; AnachronicOrder, where scenes are presented out of any chronological order at all, aka NonLinearStorytelling. This is similarly implemented with InMediasRes, where the middle of story precedes the start. Compare UnstuckInTime.²----²!!Examples²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Animation Western]]²* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Yug Ylimaf" Brian messing with Stewie's time machine's odometer causes the entire world to run backwards, and only they know it's happening. Brian has to figure out how to stop it once Stewie gets unborn (aka shoved up his mother's uterus).²* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'', the "Shrabster" episode. It also parodied the ''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}'' narrator, who would describe the temporal relationships of the scenes with glib prepositions. "Meanwhile!"²-->'''Quinn:''' Yeah, I really liked this episode, especially ''when it was on Series/{{Seinfeld}}''.²* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' episode "Blood of the Father, Heart of Steel", all of the Brock scenes are shown front to back, but are intercut with the scenes at the Venture compound that run back to front. The point in time is monitored unusually; rather than following time, it follows the resale value of an original copy of Marvel Comics # 1, which gets progressively more abused as the Venture household doesn't realize its value.²* At one point, in Creator/ChuckJones's ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoon "Shutter Bugged Cat", Tom plays footage from "Heavenly Puss" backwards. Not a bad idea for a ClipShow.²* Lampshaded in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'', when the kids make a movie in reverse because Brendon insists it's the hip thing to do.²* The ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Remains of the Platypus" opens at a wild party being held by Dr. Doofenshmirtz, where various weird things are going on and Doof has somehow brainwashed Perry into becoming his servant. The episode works backwards scene by scene to explain HowWeGotHere, and even includes a few nods to ''Memento''.²* While the main part of the movie in normal order, the flashbacks to Jason Todd's tenure as Robin in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'' are in reverse order, beginning with him as a moody, rebellious teen sidekick and the final scene of the movie showing the first day the exuberant boy first donned the costume.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Original Web]]²* [[ The Twitter Song]] on Website/{{Cracked}}.²* In Literature/HitherbyDragons, the legend Hard And Cold. Margaret wakes up in a prison yard after being stabbed with a shiv, gets put in prison awaiting trial for three years, then gets told that she's going to kill a man.²-->The future’s the same as the past. It’s all written down in the book of the world. The only reason we think any different is that our memory only works one way—aligned against entropy with the ordering of the world. But that’s an illusion. It’s not the truth. The truth is, it’s all just there, future and past, lifeworld and deadworld, hard and cold.²* The LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2SpecialEdition'' had each segment of its Metropolis Zone video played in reverse order, starting with the character-unlock screen and finishing with the [[OnceAnEpisode otherwise-episode-starting prayer]].²* [[ An absolutely brilliant "review"]] of the film ''Film/{{Memento}}''. The writer describes how he came to watch the film, but in reverse order - just like the film itself. (The review is in Hebrew, see translation [[ here]]).²* Just like the movie it riffs on, the {{WebVideo/Honest Trailer|s}} for ''Film/{{Memento}}'' is told in reverse chronological order (with the exception of the comment reading, which is done at the end like always). ([[ But you can also watch the chronological version]])²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comics Web]]²* ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'' does a variant [[ here]].²* ''Webcomic/CheckPlease'': 3.26 - "Cup V". The chapter starts with the events of the following noon with Eric's mom calling his phone and follows backwards (following morning, 11PM of the day, 10:26PM) until 10:25PM, the moment in which [[spoiler:Bitty and Jack kissed on the ice in national television]].²* [[ This strip]] of ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic''.²* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' does this frequently.²* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' once did a ''Film/{{Memento}}'' parody. Starts (or ends) [[ here]].²* ''Webcomic/UnwindersTallComics'': [[ "The Accident"]].²* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' does this in Chapter 40, the Stone, a telling of Jones' backstory.²* ''Webcomic/BiterComics'': [[ Here's]] a nice little backwards story about a man getting a corpse hurled at him.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Games Video]]²* The main story of ''VideoGame/{{Planetarium}}'' is relatively straightforward, but some of its subplots are told in this style: [[spoiler:the Major Puzzle's answer can be deciphered only by entering the parts of it in backwards numerical order, and the contents of the love letter are revealed to be made up of the first letter of each different animal that was on a mission in each part starting with the '''I'''guana in part XI and ending with the '''W'''easel in part I]].²* ''[[ Mushroom Engine]]'' is a fan-game where you can play ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' backwards.²* ''{{VideoGame/Braid}}'' begins with "World 2". World 1 is actually the final world, and only accessible after you complete the other worlds. In World 1 the flow of time apart from the main character is inverted. The final level is actually the beginning of the game chronologically, and its revelation allows one to make sense of the rest of the story, not to mention that the second half tells the story of the first half backwards, and shows the true intent of the main character and the princess: [[spoiler:She was actually running away from Tim]].²* The entire ''VideoGame/TheTaleOfAlltynex'' trilogy is told in reverse.²* Although ''{{VideoGame/Battlefield 3}}'''s single-player campaign is told in the form of flashbacks during the interrogation (just like ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: Black Ops'') of Staff Sergeant Blackburn, the interrogation itself is set before the final level, "The Great Destroyer." Likewise, Dima's playable levels are in reverse chronological order; the penultimate level "Kaffarov" is played mostly as Dima (the last portion has [[spoiler:the player as Blackburn being confronted by Dima]]) and is set after, while the first level where you play as Dima is set between "Kaffarov" and the interrogation / "The Great Destroyer." Coincidentally, just like ''VideoGame/AceCombatAssaultHorizon'', the first level "Semper Fidelis" is a partial (dream sequence) version of the final level "The Great Destroyer".²* In ''VideoGame/ToTheMoon'', Eva and Neil (and consequently the player) see Johnny's life in reverse.²* [[ Thanks for playing]] (A.K.A. [[spoiler:''The Last Hope of Dr. Zeit'']]) is a whole game of this, complete with the gameplay going backwards.²* ''[[VideoGame/{{Retrograde}} Retro/Grade]]'' is a rhythm game framed as a 2d shmup played backwards: the player plays through the levels in reverse, dodges backwards enemy fire and "unfires" his shots, all which are in beat with the music.²* In ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'', [[spoiler:the Room]] tells a story in reverse order, from chapter 5 to chapter 0.²* Despite being called the "''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' Era", the actual sequence of the ''GTA'' games in the sixth generation is (release year in parentheses): ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories'' (2006) > ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' (2002) > ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' (2004) > ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoLibertyCityStories'' (2005) > ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoAdvance'' (2004) > ''Grand Theft Auto III'' (2001).²* ''[[ Spoiler Alert]]'' is a short comedic platformer that has to be played backwards, by un-defeating enemies and un-picking collectibles.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Theater]]²* The Creator/HaroldPinter play (and film version) ''Theatre/{{Betrayal}}'' chronicles a broken marriage in reverse, over a period of several years.²* In the 1931 Kaufman & Hart play ''Merrily We Roll Along'', each scene takes place in an earlier year than the previous one, opening in 1934 and ending in 1916. ''Merrily We Roll Along'' was loosely adapted into a [[Theatre/MerrilyWeRollAlong musical]] by Music/StephenSondheim and and George Furth in 1981, with a SettingUpdate; voices from the GreekChorus count the years of TheSeventies and TheSixties going backwards during the scene changes.²* The musical ''Theatre/TheLastFiveYears'' chronicles the doomed courtship/marriage of Jamie and Cathy, employing this trope selectively: her songs and side of the story go backward in time, while his go forward. They only sing two duets in the entire show. The first is at their wedding when their timelines meet, and at the end, where Cathy is saying goodbye at the end of their first date while Jamie says goodbye for good.²* The one act play ''Theatre/ExtraPulp'' plays with this. It starts at the end of the story, with the next scenes progressing backwards in time until the last scene picks up where the first one left off.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Videos Music]]²* The video for {{Music/Coldplay}}'s "The Scientist" (from the album ''Music/ARushOfBloodToTheHead'') runs backwards; it took Chris Martin a while to learn the lyrics backwards so they would sync up when the film was reversed. Quoting the website, "Everytime I see Simon Pegg he teases me about it, so now I [Chris] can't watch it. He wonders why someone after a [[spoiler:car crash]] would go into town and have a nap. He can f*** off."²* Played with in Music/DepecheMode's video for "[[ Wrong]]" It starts with a car rolling backwards through a city street, the driver apparently having fallen asleep inside. As it proceeds, the driver sits up and looks around drowsily at the point where he would have collapsed behind the wheel. But as the video goes on we realize that [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope the video isn't playing backwards, the car is rolling in reverse.]] The man behind the wheel isn't the driver -- he's a victim who had been bound, gagged, placed in a mask (disguising the gag) and probably drugged before being placed in a car with all the controls removed, and he spends the video trying to free himself.]] It manages to be way creepier than what the viewer first thought.²* [[ The video]] for Enigma's "Return to Innocence" features scenes from a man's life, in reverse. The man starts the video as an dying elderly guy, and ends it as a baby. It also started out in black-and-white, which turns to color as the music begins.²* Mutemath's video [[ "Typical"]] is a [[TheOner oner]] filmed in reverse.²* As is Peter, Björn and John's [[ "Second Chance"]].²* Jack Johnson's [[ "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing"]] is as well.²* Italian novelty rapping act MC Cavallo's [[ "Me li presti 2 kili di culo"]] is yet another example.²* And Music/RickyMartin's [[ "Private Emotion"]], displaying him and his love interest first coated in ice, then the ice melting back to water, which returns to the sprinkler heads, so that the fire ignited by their passion reappears before un-igniting. It's quite something.²* [[ "Severlá"]], a song and video from Chilean show Series/TreintaYUnMinutos, is completely filmed and sung in reverse. Severlá is "al revés" ("backwards") in Spanish, backwards.²* The bulk of the video for [[ "Sacrilege"]] by Music/YeahYeahYeahs is a series of short clips in reverse temporal order.²* The music video for "[[ Goodbye to You]]" by Music/MichelleBranch is about Branch at the beach watching the fish go away, then her releasing the fish at the beach, then her driving toward the beach, etc. Believe it or not, the video's story is actually played in reverse; [[WordOfGod Branch]] has said that the format is supposed to be similar to the film ''Film/{{Memento}}''.²* The video for Music/AltJ's "[[ Breezeblocks]]" depicts a violent domestic confrontation with the action occurring backwards. At the end the physical destruction to objects like bottles and furniture has been undone, but the emotional damage is clearly not.²* The video for Arttu Wiskari's "[[ Tuntematon potilas]]" is from the POV an elder implied to be suffering from Alzheimer's. The video starts of with a couple cops looking at him with sympathetic faces. As the video goes on, [[HowWeGotHere it becomes evident]] that the guy had taken a pack of sugar from the local store and forgot to pay.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Music]]²* The events of "[[Music/BobDylan All Along the Watchtower]]" start with the approach of the riders in the 3rd verse, followed by The Thief's reaction to that in the second verse, and end with The Joker's reply in the first verse.²* Music/PetShopBoys' "One Thing Leads to Another" starts with a man's death and goes back through the tragic series of events that caused his fatal car crash; it all starts when the man's girlfriend leaves him and he falls into alcoholism and deep depression.²* Music/NineInchNails' "Deep" shows us the narrative in reverse order, although each scene plays forwards.²* "Little Motel" by Music/ModestMouse. Good god... [[spoiler:It starts off as if a mother is tucking her child into bed, but as the reverse story reveals everything, [[TearJerker it is revealed that the child is dead]]]].²* Rewind by Music/{{Nas}}. It starts with a man getting shot, and ends with him getting a message.²* The french song ''[[ Tout va très bien, Madame la Marquise]]'' (Best known in its [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Russian]] [[ version]], to the extent of ''the titlee becoming a proverb'' there). A woman calls to ask how things are going at home. Well, everything is fine, except for your horse dying... because the stables burned down... because the entire house did... because your husband learned he was broke and shot himself, knocking down a candle when he fell dead. [[BlatantLies Otherwise, everything is fine]].²* The Music/DavidBowie GreatestHitsAlbum ''Nothing Has Changed'' (2014) presents its songs in reverse order of release, starting with the then-new song "Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)" and working its way back to "Liza Jane", his first single from 1964 (back when he was known as Davie Jones).²* Music/{{Nightwish}}'s ''Dark Passion Play'' from the album with the same name begins with a boy whispering "The End" and ends with the boy whispering "The Beginning".²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:TV Action-Live]]²* The backwards episode of ''{{Series/Seinfeld}}'' entitled "The Betrayal". The episode's title is a ShoutOut to the play ''Theatre/{{Betrayal}}'', as is the the fact that one of the characters mentioned in the episode is named Pinter.²* "Zig Zag", an episode of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' revival, starts InMediasRes in the middle of an armed standoff between a group of cyber-terrorists threatening to blow up a MegaCorp and the police, then goes backwards chronologically to explain how they got in this situation before jumping back to the present for the climax.²* ''Series/{{Thirtysomething}}'' used the device to good effect to dramatize a character's pregnancy.²* A variation on the theme was ''Series/RedDwarf'''s "Backwards", where the characters encounter a world where time moves backwards. A mysterious ache in Lister's ribcage and back, which appears when he first lands on the planet, is explained when a backwards BarBrawl -- or more accurately a barroom ''tidy'' -- breaks out. Cat hides in the bushes near the end, for the sort of purpose cats do that for. Quite what happens isn't shown but it clearly isn't something he enjoys very much.²* An episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' ("Redrum", #167, or S8-6), but the central character was aware of it. He woke up in prison, not understanding how he got there. He goes to sleep that night, and wakes up the next morning to discover that he is going to trial, for the crime he was incarcerated for "yesterday."²* The ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Before and After" has Kes living her life backwards. It even foreshadows episodes in the next season (specifically "Year of Hell"), though events proceeded differently since Kes had left the ship by then.²* ''{{Series/CSI}}''²** An episode started at the end of the shift and kept showing one case being worked, then jumping backward to the case just prior to it, showing how incidental characters in the later case were affected by the prior one, and at the end tying all the cases together in various ways.²** ''Series/{{CSINY}}'''s episode "Nothing For Something" opens with footage of the victim-to-be getting together with a guy from a bar, with the footage run in reverse. It actually doesn't look that odd until the spooning couple start putting their clothes ''on'' in bed.²* The episode of ''Series/ChinaBeach'' with Ricky Lake's character getting pregnant and having an abortion.²* An episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' showed an [[EscalatingWar escalating prank war]] between Reese and Malcolm in reverse, each time showing the provocation for the last scene, and ending with the [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong predictably inoffensive spark]] that ignited the whole thing.²* ''Series/DoctorWho'': River Song's arc up until "Let's Kill Hitler" was this, since due to time travel her meetings with the Doctor aren't in the right order, and of the three times we've seen her they've been steadily earlier in her own timeline. Since then, it's become AnachronicOrder.²* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' has a game called "Backwards Scene," where the actors would improvise a scene backwards.²* ''{{Series/ER}}'':²** A backwards-running episode "began" with a defenestration from a hospital window. Subsequent scenes showing earlier and earlier events revealed the reason for the suicidal character's desperation.²** An episode began with two staff members being rushed to the hospital following a car accident. As it turns out, this is the culmination of an incredibly bad day for one of them. The scenes showing earlier events explain how things got to this point.²* ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' episode Abyss had Chloe losing all her memories except [[GenericDoomsdayVillain Davis Bloome]] due to a [[MindVirus computer virus in her mind]], where they flashed back all here memories in reverse order.²* In the ''{{Series/Sliders}}'' episode "As Time Goes By", one of the worlds has time going (kind of) backwards for the sliders. Quinn abuses this to prevent a murder, which causes a [[TimeCrash hole to appear in the sky]].²* The Investigation Discovery series ''Redrum'' (referring to ''Literature/TheShining'' and possibly to ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Redrum") starts out with the murder in question.²* ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfUs'' has this in "The End is the Beginning", which jumps back one day at a time.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus'' involves a group of (future) scientists who study the past using machines that can look directly into it; one of the scientists was noted for always watching stories backwards, from a person's death to his birth.²* One of Louis Sachar's ''Literature/WaysideSchool'' books has a chapter whose sentences are in reverse order. To bring it full circle, when read back-to-front (the only way it makes sense) the story ends with the main character being told to read the story backwards.²* Sarah Waters' ''The Night Watch'' is in three sections, starting in 1947, then moving back in time to 1944, and finishing in 1941 as most of the characters meet.²* Iain Banks' ''Use of Weapons'' has a superficial story in the present told forwards, but a deeper backstory that is told backward.²* Just about everything in Martin Amis' Holocaust novel ''Literature/TimesArrow'' happens in reverse.²* This happens twice in-universe in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. Both times, it's because the character is being tested by the strange ter'angreal in Rhuidean. The first time, it's Rand in book 4, who sees the Aiel people's past. The first vision he sees is just a few hundred years before the present day; the last vision is the start of the War of Power in the Age of Legends. The second time, it's Aviendha in book 13, who sees [[spoiler:the future of the Aiel. The first vision she sees is scavengers hundreds of years in the future; the last vision is her daughter]]. Both times, this leads to shocking revelations for both the character and the reader.²* The children's book ''The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash'' opens with a little girl named Meggie telling her mother about a class trip to the farm, and how things didn't get interesting until the cow started crying... because the farmer knocked a hay bale onto it... because he was distracted by the sight of his pigs climbing onto the school bus to eat the kids' lunches... and so on. There were three sequels, ''Jimmy's Boa Bounces Back'', ''Jimmy's Boa and the Big Splash Birthday Bash'', and ''Jimmy's Boa and the Bungee Jump Slam Dunk'' that featured the same girl telling similar backwards stories about a string of DisasterDominoes started by Jimmy and his pet snake.²* An in-universe example from ''Discworld/MakingMoney''; Moist admits to the Patrician that putting mongooses in the post boxes was a bit much. Why were there mongooses in the post boxes? Well, to control the snakes. Why were the snakes there? Because of the toads. Why were the toads there? To keep the snails under control. Why were the snails there? Well, the Post Office had introduce cabbage-flavoured stamps...²* In Guy Haley's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''Literature/{{Baneblade}}'', roughly half the chapters tell the current war story chronologically while the other half are flashbacks from the protagonist's past, going each further back in time.²* Julia Alvarez' ''How the García Girls Lost Their Accents'' opens with the titular sisters' adult lives in the United States and ends with their childhood in the Dominican Republic, from which the family was forced to flee due to their opposition to Rafael Trujillo's dictatorship.²* Rebecca Stead's ''Literature/WhenYouReachMe'' has Miranda telling the story starting in early April 1979 of what happened during the events of October 1978 through February or March 1979, the climactic event that the story led up to. The past events were told in past tense while the present events, which last through April, are told in the present tense.²* Marilyn Singer's ''Mirror, Mirror'' and ''Follow, Follow'' books are collections of "reverso" poems based on fairytales that read one way with its lines in a normal order, then its lines' orders are reversed with some punctuation changed in a way that completely changes the meaning of the poem. For example, the poem based on "Literature/TheTortoiseAndTheHare'' first reads as the prideful thoughts of the hare denigrating the tortoise:²--->That ridiculous loser!\²I am not\²a slowpoke.\²Though I may be\²the smallest bit distracted,\²I can't be\²beat.\²I've got rabbit feet to\²take me to the finish line.²** But then we get the "reverso" version of this poem, which instead reads as the tortoise's thoughts while beating the prideful hare:²--->Take me to the finish line!\²I've got rabbit feet to\²beat.\²I can't be\²the smallest bit distracted.\²Though I may be\²a slowpoke,\²I am not\²that ridiculous loser.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Action-Live -- Films]]²* ''Film/JuRei'', a no-budget ''Film/{{Juon}}'' ripoff, is split into eleven "chapters" shown in reverse order.²* The film ''Film/{{Memento}}'', which spawned a number of [[{{Parody}} parodies]]/{{homage}}s/[[FollowTheLeader ripoffs]].²** The Back to Front scenes (in color) alternate with shorter front-to-back scenes (in black and white), until they meet mid-timeline at the climax.²** It's lampshaded as well: the protagonist Leonard at one point has a flashback to his wife reading a book which she had read so many times the cover had fallen off. He mocks her for this, observing that "I always thought the pleasure in a book was wanting to know what happened next." This, in a movie for half of which the viewer knows what is coming next but not what preceded it.²** The DVD contains an EasterEgg which lets you watch the movie in chronological order.²* The French film ''Film/{{Irreversible}}''. Hard to notice, though, when [[BrownNote you're choking on your own vomit (partially thanks to the Infrasound on the first half of the movie)]]...²* In ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind'' the story is told backwards through the Lacuna memory erasing machine, since it erases the newer memories first and the old ones last.²* The short film ''Previously'' is played entirely in reverse.²* ''5 x 2'' begins with the end of a marriage and ends with the beginning of the relationship. Reportedly, another edition that uses normal chronology is called ''2 x 5''.²* A video artist took ''Film/TheAndromedaStrain'' and cut it so every shot appears in reverse order. The resulting piece was entitled ''[[SdrawkcabName Strain Andromeda The]]''.²* The 2016 Japanese movie ''Film/MyTomorrowYourYesterday'' has half its story told this way. ItMakesSenseInContext.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Works Fan]]²* The ''WesternAnimation/EquestriaGirls'' fanfic ''Fanfic/AGemOfADay'' involved the Mane 7 going on [[ThreeLinesSomeWaiting three parallel adventures]] shown in reverse. [[spoiler:It's revealed that the reason the events were shown in reverse was the side effect of a magical experiment of Twilight's]].²* The ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanfic ''[[ Snapshots in Serendipity]]''. Part 1, "Recto", has a series of scenes from Hermione's perspective showing how she and Luna went from strangers to friends; Part 2, "Verso", retells all the same scenes in reverse order from Luna's perspective. Which makes a kind of sense, given she's a character known to read things upside-down.²* In ''Fanfic/NeitherABirdNorAPlaneItsDeku'', the sidestory, "The Times They Are A-Changin'" begins with Peacemaker assassinating All Might to install Melissa as the Symbol of Peace and ends with Melissa being caught in the accident that turned her into Atom Shield.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Strips Comic]]²* There was a ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat'' strip that started with Ignatz in jail, proceeded through Officer Pupp dragging him there, arresting him, Pupp hearing the brick impact, Ignatz throwing the brick at Krazy, and ending with a brick.²* In one ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' strip, Rat complains about that day's strip being printed in reverse order. The punchline is in the first panel, the setup in the last.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Books Comic]]²* ''Midnighter'' #7 tells the story backwards. Apparently it makes sense and is still good whether you read it front-to-back or back-to-front.²* There was a ''[[ComicBook/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' comics story that did just this, opening with the family driving over a bridge, flashing back through the kids' exploration of the Kwik-E-Mart to investigate an urban legend, and closing with a flashback to decades earlier, which confirms the myth was true. The bottom right corner of the last panel of the last page read, "The Beginning".²* TearJerker example: ''Star Trek Annual #3'', which traces Montgomery Scott's relationship with his ex-wife in reverse order, from his notification of her death to their first meeting as children.²* Issue #71 of the ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' comic book did the entire issue like this, with the letters page coming first, then the backup story, and then the main story. Incidentally, this was the issue where they provided an explanation for Sonic's makeover for ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure''.²* Creator/RogerZelazny's short story Divine Madness chronicles a man being forced to relive in reverse his mourning for his dead love.²* An issue of ''The 3 Geeks'' tells a story this way.²* The twelve issue miniseries, ''Marvel: The Lost Generation'', gave snippets of the history of the First Line (a team of superheroes [[RetCon retconned]] into the MarvelUniverse), with each issue taking place earlier in time. [[spoiler:The first issue showed the final fate of the team, while the last issued showed how the it formed.]] The series is unique, however, in that it was written to be read either way; by proper numerical order (starting with issue #1 and ending with #12) or published order (#12 to #1). You end up getting the whole story no matter what "direction" you chose to take it in, but the concept is fairly novel.²* The ''{{Film/Serenity}}'' comic "A Shepherd's Tale" uses the back to front device like peeling an onion, moving progressively back through [[{{Series/Firefly}} Book's]] life to reveal his long-awaited origins.²* ''ComicBook/{{Zannablu}} and the Smartness Serum'' starts right at the climax, with the protagonist barricated inside his house while people from different factions are trying to get in and get hold of said serum. The story is unveiled in a series of flashbacks, each probing a little further in the past, as Zannablù tells HowWeGotHere to his friend Crazy Pig. Parodied when Zannablù overdoes it and starts recounting his birth.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Manga & Anime]]²* ''VisualNovel/ToukaGettan'' keeps this up over the course of a full 26-episode {{anime}} series, airing the episodes in reverse order.²* Creator/OsamuTezuka's seminal manga ''Hi no Tori'' (''{{Manga/Phoenix}}''), which was also adapted into an {{anime}} series, starts at the dawn of humanity, then skips to the end of the world in the second chapter, then back to early history, and skips back and forth from there, with half told Back to Front, and half proceeding slowly forwards from the beginning. Regrettably, Tezuka died before getting to the chapter in present-day Japan that would have tied everything together.²* The first ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' OVA is told this way opening with a mysterious UFO sighting, then flashing back an hour or so at a time to eventually reveal that [[spoiler:the "UFO" was just a bunch of punks covered in glow-in-the-dark paint who got punched really hard]].²* ''Anime/LaMaisonEnPetitsCubes'': Sort of. The cartoon as a whole is not told this way. But as the old man dons scuba gear and descends into older and older levels of his home, the flashbacks that tell his life are staged in reverse order, starting with the old man feeding his dying wife, and ending with a flashback where they meet as children.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Advertising]]²* The Mini advert "[[ backwards]]" plays... well, backwards, starting with the line "Man eats hat. The end. It's a MINI adventure" and runs from, or rather to, there.²* [[ This cigarette ad]] by Creator/DavidLynch plays in reverse. Forwards or backwards, [[DadaAd it doesn't make any more sense]].²* [[ The trailer]] that made ''VideoGame/DeadIsland'' famous.²[[/folder]]²----


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