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A Happy Flashback is pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin, a Flashback to a happy time in a character's past. Frequently they have a drastically different color palette from the rest of the film/tv show in keeping with most Flashbacks. It'll be very bright, warm and colorful (possibly even supersaturated with color) or almost completely white from the brightness, or in simple sepia tones with blurriness added. Then again, it might be drawn in crayon to really invoke the "good old days" feel.
The Happy Flashback is often used as a mood counterpoint in a scene that is decidedly dark. It especially helps when the entire story is very sad or even tragic because it provides a "breather" for the audience and helps avoid Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy. It's similar to comic relief, with the benefit of adding Back Story and helping to breathe some hope back into a character or plot. The emotional counterpoint is especially useful for storytellers since it serves to show that the character(s) aren't walking bags of Angst, they can feel other emotions, and the pain they feel now is all the more keen because they once were happy.
Point in fact, the Happy Flashback is almost a necessity for the Troubled Backstory Flashback to work as well as it does; transitioning from a Sugar Bowl into a Sugar Apocalypse.
Compare Happy Place and Happier Home Movie.
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Literature: Never Wipe Tears Without Gloves
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Adventure Time: "Simon and Marcy" is basically an episode-long version of this for Marceline and Ice King, though of course he doesn't know it.
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Shallow Grave ends with one flatmate dead, another stabbed and uncertain about his fate and a third discovering they've been cheated out of the loot. Cue Happy Heart rolling over a repeated sequence of the three flatmates earlier in the movie, laughing and hugging. Wham.
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Bleach: Sui-Feng has one, during her fight with her sempai/possible love interest, Yoruichi. During their time together, we see a younger, happier Sui-Feng. Until Yoruichi betrayed her trust and devotion by running off with Urahara Kisuke. Which caused Sui-Feng to become bitter and angry; for which the fans dubbed her "Captain Bitch-Ninja".
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In one episode of The Simpsons, Bart and Lisa are on opposing hockey teams. While staring each other down during an overtime shootout, they each have one of these, remembering good times when they were friends, and not just siblings. They end up hugging and skating off the rink arm-in-arm, causing a riot in the stands.
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In The Matrix Slashfic Bringing Me To Life Smith has a few about Neo. The moonlit picnic in a field with star-gazing, being one example.
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This happens twice in Batman Begins, with Bruce Wayne reflecting on times with his father in at least two separate scenes from the movie. The first is long before Bruce takes on the Batman identity, when he is planning to take revenge against the murderer of his parents. The second is after the climax of the movie, in the second-last scene of it. This is done to contrast the attitude Bruce had at the former time with that he had at the latter time. The first leads into a Troubled Backstory Flashback.
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Near the end of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha we see a flashback to when Fate's mother Precia was a sane, loving parent. Subverted at the end of the episode when we learn that they aren't Fate's memories.
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Used in a House of Mouse episode when Pluto has a dilemma on whether or not to save Figaro and has flashbacks of them playing with each other.
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In Elementary episode "Déja Vu All Over Again" we see Watson's life before she met Sherlock Holmes. She is happy, laughing and hanging out with her friends. When the scene moves to current time, we see her breaking into cars with Alfredo. Subverted in that overall, Watson actually enjoys working with Holmes.
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Axis Powers Hetalia has a one of these in another flashback. The viewer briefly gets a glimpse of America's childhood, with England taking the younger nation's hand and them going home together. It serves to contrast the current situation with how happy they used to be.
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In The Machineries of Empire, in the middle of the siege, when having to deal with the untrustworthy and possibly insane Shuos Jedao, Cheris has a flashback to a time from her youth when she had a Shuos girlfriend.
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The Godfather:
Part II ends with a somewhat happy scene showing the Corleone family sitting around the dinner table, as Michael tells them he is joining the Marine Corps and going off to fight in World War II. This represents the end of the happier, together times in the Corleone family's life, and Michael's transition to the lonely, ruthless man we see him as at the end. This is counterpointed by the final shot of Michael sitting alone in the Lake Tahoe compound.
The final scene of the saga is preceded by a montage reprising Michael's happy moments with the women of his life.
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Jessica Jones has one at the beginning of AKA WWJD?, of her now dead family leaving for vacation from her childhood home...right when she's going back to her childhood home with her stalker/former rapist (mental and physical) in order to both hopefully record a confession and stop him from hurting and killing people around her.
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In Blue Yonder, Jared remembers fighting as part of the family team, and also incidents from his childhood.
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Never Wipe Tears Without Gloves frequently flashes back to moments from Rasmus' and Benjamin's childhoods, often playing in contrast to the tragic things that are happening to them in the present.
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In The X-Files episode "Piper Maru", Scully is grieving for her murdered sister Melissa. Coincidentally, she goes to visit her old father's colleague at the naval station where the Scullys used to live. At one moment as she's driving, she sees kids playing outside, especially two girls playing hopscotch. She flashes back and she sees herself and her sister playing the same game.
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X-Men Film Series
X-Men: Days of Future Past: 1973 Charles briefly reminisces about the first time he met Raven, which was a much happier and more innocent period of his life than his current state of abject misery and self-destruction. One notable difference between his memory of the event and what we saw in X-Men: First Class is that Charles as a kid didn't say, "And that's a promise" right after he told Raven that she would never have to steal again.
X-Men: Apocalypse:
Magneto recalls a couple of cherished moments that he had shared with Charles in 1962. One line which wasn't featured in First Class is Xavier telling him, "And it needs you, Erik."
When Charles restores the memories that he took away from Moira, there's greater emphasis on the cheerful times they had spent together.
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In Smallville, "Abyss", Chloe starts to forget everything due to Brainiac's interference. She is rushed to a hospital in which the doctor tells her to focus on her happiest memories while they scan her brain. They are all intimate moments with Clark. Including their First Kiss. Aww.
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Used to great effect in Avatar: The Last Airbender: brief still images appear of Iroh playing with children, accompanied by happy laughter, as Zuko wanders through his family's abandoned house.
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Lucky Star gets in on this when Soujirou tells his memories to Konata about his late wife, Kanata, when she visits as a spirit. The flashbacks show the times when Soujirou and Kanata were childhood friends, and even the time when Konata was born.
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X-Men: Days of Future Past: 1973 Charles briefly reminisces about the first time he met Raven, which was a much happier and more innocent period of his life than his current state of abject misery and self-destruction. One notable difference between his memory of the event and what we saw in X-Men: First Class is that Charles as a kid didn't say, "And that's a promise" right after he told Raven that she would never have to steal again.
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The Musketeers. Whenever Athos returns to Pinon he has flashbacks of his life with Anne (who would become Milady de Winter), including the two of them frolicking in the meadows.
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This happens twice in Chrono Crusade, both times leading into a Troubled Backstory Flashback. Early in the series there's a flashback that shows Rosette's childhood with her brother, Joshua, as well-taken care of orphans who spend their days picnicking and playing before Joshua is kidnapped by the Big Bad. The second time it happens is when Chrono flashes back to when he met Mary Magdalene, whom he fell in love with but accidentally killed when he made a contract with her after he betrayed Aion. In the manga version, Rosette even wonders to herself if Chrono attempts to go back to those happy memories in his dreams.
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In Brave10, Isanami has this on two occasions, once during the arc where she returns to Izumo, remembering how the temple was before the ninja attack, and in the sequel when she and her adoptive brother Seikai reminisce about playing hide and seek in the temple, right before Seikai is killed by Susanoo. Anastasia also gets one about her happy childhood in the middle of fighting Jinpachi.
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The Fuma Conspiracy has Goemon reminiscing to the gang about how he met Murasaki while they're on their way to make the Hostage for MacGuffin switch. The happy story is then ended with Inspector Zenigata's arrival, and the trio have to escape.
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Les Innommables: A flashback of people burning alive (thrown into locomotive furnaces) turns out to belong to Colonel Lychee, who's smiling happily at his wartime memories.
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In Monk, all of his flashbacks with his wife Trudy. Averted with his childhood memories, which are awful.
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Rome. Vorenus is having a dream where he's sharing a loving moment in bed with his (deceased) wife Niobe. Suddenly Niobe starts shouting in a foreign language and he wakes up in the squalid room of a bald Egyptian prostitute.
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In Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, Ike remembers sparring with his dad.
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In Pandorum, Bower has happy flashbacks to his life with his wife back on Earth. Subverted when it turns out that she left him and stayed on Earth which disappeared.
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A Song of Ice and Fire is rife with these, especially with regards to the Stark family. Very often a Tear Jerker.
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Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja: The Sorcerer had this in Stank'd to the Future to the 1985. It just showed him sitting annoyed in his prison, as a different rat did the moon walk.
Hannibal McFist had one in McOne Armed and Dangerous. It was similar to the one Anton Ego had in Ratatouille.
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Justice League opens with a home video of Superman being interviewed by children at the scene of his heroics. We then get a montage showing the worldwide mourning and Despair Event Horizon caused by his death in the previous movie.
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Jericho, in a decidedly dark episode about a war with nearby town New Bern, has multiple flashbacks from Jake to the day of his brother's wedding.
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"To Absent Friends": Eleya remembers her, T'Var, Birail, and Tess going on vacation at the beach and somehow getting onto the subject of sex and of how T'Var is apparently a virgin. When queried by Gaarra, Eleya insists that she has absolutely no idea how they got on the subject. Tess theorizes:
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Person of Interest starts this way, showing John Reese relaxing in bed with Jessica, then cutting to John as a homeless alcoholic with a Beard of Sorrow. Later flashbacks show this was the moment before 9/11, when John said he was going to leave the military and marry Jessica. Until he turns on the television.
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Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny dedicates an episode to establishing Shinn's carefree civilian life in Orb and how he really wasn't interested in politics and war, featuring one of these...followed immediately with the Battle of Orb.
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Robin Series: After Jack Drake bankrupts Drake Industries and sequesters himself in his room refusing to speak to his wife or son Tim reminisces about spending time with his mom while she was still alive and going to the opera with both his parents on the rare occasions they were home in Gotham.
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South Park parodies this in "Red Man's Greed". When the Native Americans buy the whole town and plan to level it for a twelve-lane superhighway, Stan has a moment of relection to himself, saying, "We'd had such great times here." The flashbacks that follow, however, depict scenes of destruction in previous episodes (specifically, "Pinkeye", "Trapper Keeper", "Starvin' Marvin", "Krazy Kripples", "Summer Sucks", "It Hits The Fan", "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery", "I'm a Little Bit Country", "The Red Badge of Gayness", "Chef's Salty Chocolate Balls", and "Mecha-Streisand").
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In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, used extremely effectively in season 7 by going back to a scene we didn't see from the beloved Musical Episode from the previous season.
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This happens in Final Fantasy VIII. After Selphie's home is destroyed by a missile, the main characters take time to realize that all but one of them grew up in the same orphanage. Although this is a plot-heavy part of the game, the flashbacks are generally happy, with comforting music playing while they happen.
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X-Men: Apocalypse:
Magneto recalls a couple of cherished moments that he had shared with Charles in 1962. One line which wasn't featured in First Class is Xavier telling him, "And it needs you, Erik."
When Charles restores the memories that he took away from Moira, there's greater emphasis on the cheerful times they had spent together.
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Hannibal McFist had one in McOne Armed and Dangerous. It was similar to the one Anton Ego had in Ratatouille.
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