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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })"Into the middle of things" — taken from the poet Horace, this refers to the poetic technique of beginning a narrative poem at a late point in the story, after much action has already taken place. Homer makes use of this in The Iliad, making this trope Older Than Feudalism — and Aristotle diagnosed it in Poetics, making it one of the first identified tropes.
When used in TV it's generally a preamble to a Flashback which falls under How We Got Here — where the action starts at the middle or end of the story and quickly flashes back to the real beginning.
In medias res is a quick and easy way to have an action sequence at the beginning of an episode; for this and related tricks, see Action Prologue. Both in medias res and Action Prologue are also quite common in Video Games for the same reason, and to allow the player to get into the actual gameplay fairly quickly without them having to sit through long expository cut-scenes.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })This is a very common trope for biographies — specifically the author will start with a taste of some part of the subject's life that everyone's familiar with, then jump back to the mundanities of his/her heritage and upbringing.
Frequently, the first act of an in medias res opening will end with a situation that looks like it will lead to the death of a major character. It usually doesn't.
See Lost in Medias Res for what happens when this is done badly. Compare Anachronic Order.
Often inspires someone later on to remark: "Isn't this where we came in?"
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A few Adventure Time episodes begin with Finn and Jake in the middle of some adventure of theirs, most notably the season 3 episode "From Bad To Worse" which opens with them, Lady Rainicorn and Lumpy Space Princess escaping from a horde of zombified candy people. From there, well...
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Megamind starts with the titular villain falling from a fatal height, then flashes back. Way back.
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Over the Garden Wall begins with Wirt and Greg wandering around in a forest, with Wirt suddenly questioning what they're doing there and how they're supposed to get home. It becomes clear that they're from a more modern, normal world despite their odd outfits, and Wirt alludes to events that happened just before they came to Unknown, but it's only in the ninth and penultimate episode that we get a Whole Episode Flashback about what happened. (Which reveals, most notably, that they were drowning in a river just before finding themselves in the forest.)
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The cold opening of the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Gone" (based on the Natalee Holloway case) starts at the typical midpoint of the show, with the suspects being arrested and arraigned on murder charges. The next 15 minutes fill in the blanks as to the investigation that led the cops and DA to this point.
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Annals of the Western Shore: In the first book, Gifts, Orrec begins the story after his voluntary blinding and the death of his mother, then goes back to his early childhood, returns to the point where the story began and explains the how and why of those first two facts, and goes on to the end.
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The opening line of Blood Rites is, "The building was on fire and it wasn't my fault..."
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Samurai Jack had a "proper" origin episode, but there was a special preview episode on Kid's WB before it debuted on Cartoon Network; it would later air as the fourth episode.
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Uncharted 4: A Thief's End begins with Nate and Sam in a boat at night during a storm running away from bad guys on the way to an island. A notable instance as it was only inserted at the beginning because the sequence it was in was too long with it included; when you catch up to that part of the story, the game skips it over entirely.
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Advice and Trust: The first chapter starts out the story in the middle, featuring Shinji and Asuka hiding their relationship and happening a short while after the battle against Leliel. The next chapters start out a while before that, telling how they got to that point and what happened afterwards.
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Dragon Quest VIII starts after the hero has already agreed to help the cursed king and princess, and even after he's already recruited his first companion, and with very little exposition as to how things got this way. It's not until you recruit your next companion that she asks about the situation, and you're treated to Yangus and Trode's interpretation of How They Got There.
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Grave Peril starts a few days after Dresden's battle with a sorcerer and his summoned demon, but not describing this encounter until he re-lives it in a nightmare several chapters into the book.
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Zero no Kiseki starts off with the protagonists group infiltrating a dungeon before it flashes back to the start of the game where The Hero wakes up from sleeping on the train bound for Crossbell. This ends up being a plot point for its sequel Ao since the beginning of this sequence, Estelle and Joshua aren't in the party when this sequence is revisted in the final dungeon of Zero.
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The first issue of Spider-Man 2099 opens with Spider-Man swinging around downtown and beating up criminals; he then goes back to his apartment and reminisces about how he became Spider-Man. This does a good job of making the issue a self-contained origin story, even though two issues of plot happen between the last page and first page of the comic.
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The first chapter of Tales of Monkey Island begins with a confrontation between Guybrush and LeChuck after a Noodle Incident of an adventure.
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Better Off Ted: "Jabberwocky". Starts with the main character about to do a presentation on a product that doesn't exists, literally says "So how did I get here?" and then jumps to explaining precisely that.
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Tends also to be used on Alias. Hell, it would be easier to list the episodes that *don't* use this trope. That might be about 10% of them.
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild begins with an amnesiac Link awakening in the Shrine of Resurrection one hundred years after the Kingdom of Hyrule was destroyed by Calamity Ganon. Link must gradually figure out how that happened, why he was in the Shrine of Resurrection, and who he is both by recovering his memories from the past and by getting extra exposition from other characters who know what happened back then.
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The Ghosts of Maple Creek, in the Enigmatis series begins with the main character running through the woods in a stormy night, presumably pursued by someone or something. As she loses her memory shortly afterwards, much of the plot is about figuring out how she got there.
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In a Star Trek: Enterprise episode T'Pol is screaming and thrashing in sickbay. After the intro, we see the events that led to this.
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The Haven episode "The Trouble With Troubles" begins with the heroes helping people evacuate the town when a volcano erupts. There is no flashback, but there is brief dialogue explaining that a woman accidentally manifested the volcano with her Trouble.
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Sonic the Hedgehog:
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The It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode "The Gang Gets Trapped" starts out with Dennis, Dee and Frank trapped inside a family home, in the midst of a plan to steal an expensive vase. Rather than flash back to show how they got there, the gang just reminds each other in dialogue.
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The Simpsons does this regularly. Though the original pilot did feature an opening scene of the family eating breakfast where we get a feel for all their personalities. This was toned down when the episode was turned into the first season finale. In terms of actual stories where this applies, there's "The Telltale Head" which begins with Bart and Homer walking down the street with the head of the statue of Jebediah Springfield, before an angry mob chases them. Cue episode-length flashback.
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In Dark Cloud 2, immediately after starting a new game you're thrown into the middle of an invasion of King Raybrandt's castle by Emperor Griffon's forces, the latest coup in a long-running war between the future world and the timeline-erasing Big Bad. You only have a very brief explanation of how the controls work before you, as Princess Monica Raybrandt, have to fend off the attackers with sword and magic. It's only after the final fate of the combatants is decided that the narrative calms down and introduces you to the main protagonist, Max, in the present time.
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Uncharted is quite fond of this trope:
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves begins with Nathan Drake having survived a train crash in the middle of a snowstorm, with the game's earlier chapters showing all the events that led to that moment. Most notably, you get to play the start of the game a second time with new additions now that the full context of the scene has been revealed.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss starts with a sequence where Nate calls Dante an asshole that ends with him seemingly killed. We then cut to the start of the story where Nate and Dante first start the adventure as (bickering) chums.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End begins with Nate and Sam in a boat at night during a storm running away from bad guys on the way to an island. A notable instance as it was only inserted at the beginning because the sequence it was in was too long with it included; when you catch up to that part of the story, the game skips it over entirely.
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Miraculous Ladybug starts with the heroes inexperienced but settling into their roles as protectors of Paris. Their origin story is not covered until the two-part season 1 finale.
This also applies to some episodes. "Oblivio" starts with Ladybug and Chat Noir having had their memories erased by the Monster of the Week, and "Desperada" has the titular villain already akumatized offscreen; in both cases, the events that lead to them being akumatized are not revealed until after they're defeated.
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Laid-Back Camp starts with Nadeshiko and her friends roasting marshmallows over a campfire, but subsequently deals with the events that lead Nadeshiko and Rin to meet in the first place.
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Chaos Rings II begins with Darwin facing off against the Final Boss, the Destroyer/Neron. He proceeds to get one hit killed in a Curb-Stomp Battle. Cue the flashback, beginning with time first being frozen by Bachs.
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For its first five seasons, the traditional episode of the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series began like this, showing events from later in the episode alongside a narration explaining the character's thoughts on the situation.
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Justice League itself also qualifies. Aside from Superman, who had an origin story built into Superman: The Animated Series, and the Martian Manhunter, whose origin is worked into the plot of the first episode, the cast is introduced without backstory and they already know each other (except Wonder Woman). Several episodes within the DCAU have this as well: In Batman's "Dreams in Darkness," we open with Batman suddenly being locked up in Arkham Asylum while "Over the Edge" began with Commissioner Gordon storming the Batcave with Batman and Robin on the run and their identities compromised. Superman had "The Late Mr. Kent", which began with people attending Clark Kent's funeral and its Grand Finale "Legacy" opened with Superman already a Brainwashed and Crazy minion of Darkseid's.
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Odin Sphere begins in the middle of a battle between Ragnanival and Ringford, with little explanation on what they're fighting over provided on the outset. For added effect, Gwendolyn's story has the latest starting point of all the characters in the overall timeline.
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World of Winx, Netflix's spinoff of Winx Club begins with the Winx in spy catsuits in pursuit of a mysterious figure who's been abducting talented young people. They have been on earth for a few months.
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Diablo II: More like "In Ultimas Res." All of the cinematics in the original game take place after Diablo's defeat.
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Naruto Shippuuden starts the entire series off In Medias Res, the first 5 minutes of the first episode don't come until about 40 episodes later.
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The first two episodes of SWAT Kats cut straight to the action. It isn't until the introduction of Dark Kat in episode 3 that we learn about the history of the two vigilantes through flashback.
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Fullmetal Alchemist starts in the middle of the brothers' search for the Philosopher's Stone, with the manga occasionally having extra omake chapters that describe short events that happened during their journey before the start of the series.
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Dragaera:
Dragon starts out with with Vlad participating as a soldier in a battle between two armies. The second chapter goes back to the start of what got an assassin like him involved in something most assassins would want to avoid like the plague. The third chapter takes off where the first chapter ended, the fourth chapter takes off where the second chapter ended, and so forth. And the next-to-last chapter ends right where the first chapter starts. Vlad lampshades this in the narration, apologizing for starting his story in the middle, while explaining that that's pretty much where it starts.
Jhereg does the same, with three timelines; one at the end of the story, one in the middle, and one starting with Vlad's childhood. The earliest timeline catches up to the middle timeline only at the very end of the book, shortly after the middle timeline catches up to the most recent.
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One Hundred Years of Solitude opens thus: "Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice."
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Batman Begins start the story proper in medias Ra's with Bruce Wayne in prison in Bhutan, before flashbacking to explain how he got there.
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The first story for the Darkwing Duck fanfiction series, Negaverse Chronicles, starts with the members of the Friendly Four after they lost a battle against Negaduck before going back to show the characters' origins and how they came together as a team.
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The narration of Upstream Color starts in the middle and jumps back and forth.
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Community episode "Basic RV Repair and Palmistry" opens with the members of the Save Greendale Committee sitting silently as they travel together in Elroy's RV, with a 19-foot fiberglass hand tied to the roof, and no explanation of how they got there. This trope is played with throughout the episode, such as when Abed attempts to "cut away" to some exposition by loudly proclaiming "Three weeks earlier...", only to have nothing happen.
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The Aeneid continues the Homeric tradition of in media res and begins in much the same way, with Aeneas' fleet threatened by a divine storm while en route to Italy. Aeneas fills in the beginning of the story later on using a Framing Device.
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Eternal Darkness goes all over the place with this. The game starts after all the major events in the story had already happened, though you won't actually know it until you start reading through the Tome of Eternal Darkness. The events told in the book aren't told in the right order either since the story's flow can go back and forth between different eras.
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The anime for Ascendance of a Bookworm technically begins some point during the second major arc of the story before flashing back to the beginning. While Myne is shown in the clothes of a priestess during the introductory scene, we see her begin life as a peasant and eventually works her way up to a merchant before moving into the temple for health reasons.
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Dawn of War II: Retribution starts with the Final Battle as it unfolds from the point of view of side characters.
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DC Animated Universe:
Batman: The Animated Series began similarly. Interestingly, the first appearance of Batman in Detective Comics also had the character introduced fully-fledged without backstory. Notably, Batman's origin (i.e., his parents getting killed) wasn't given any direct screen time until the Justice League Unlimited episode "For the Man Who Has Everything", though episodes of the Animated Series (e.g. "The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne") and Mask of the Phantasm regularly hinted at it.
Justice League itself also qualifies. Aside from Superman, who had an origin story built into Superman: The Animated Series, and the Martian Manhunter, whose origin is worked into the plot of the first episode, the cast is introduced without backstory and they already know each other (except Wonder Woman). Several episodes within the DCAU have this as well: In Batman's "Dreams in Darkness," we open with Batman suddenly being locked up in Arkham Asylum while "Over the Edge" began with Commissioner Gordon storming the Batcave with Batman and Robin on the run and their identities compromised. Superman had "The Late Mr. Kent", which began with people attending Clark Kent's funeral and its Grand Finale "Legacy" opened with Superman already a Brainwashed and Crazy minion of Darkseid's.
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Discworld Noir: The game opens with Lewton buried, having been fatally stabbed in a cinematic. The first half of the game is his story of how he got into this situation, the second is how he deals with its aftermath.
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Batman Black and White: "Night After Night" has a variation. The events of the story proceed in chronological order, but it begins with Bruce dreaming of the night his parents died, starting halfway through the dream and with his mother halfway through a sentence, and ends with him having the same dream again, stopping halfway through a sentence at the exact point in the dream where the story started.
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The My Little Pony Abridged Series Scootertrix the Abridged has a couple examples:
Episode 7 opens with the Mane Six at the top of a mountain, preparing to face a dragon, having just completed a long, dangerous journey to get there. Essentially, the episode is "Dragonshy" in reverse.
Episode 19 opens with the ponies at the library, talking about nothing in particular. Spike rushes in and announces Rarity was kidnapped. There's a flashback to show the kidnapping, then the others rush off to rescue her.
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Kill Bill: Volume One opens in media res, with the Bride killing victim number two before jumping back to explain how she got to that point; the film ends with the killing of victim number one, so it's not a straight example either.
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How to Rob a Bank opens with Jason holding Jessica hostage inside the locked bank vault and delivering a long rant about fees and surcharges. It is some time before the full story of how this came to pass is revealed.
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All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka has an interesting example of it. The book starts off in the middle of a battlefield where some of the would-be supporting cast are killed off. At the end of the first chapter, the main character dies. He then wakes up in his bed, believing it to all be a dream, but many of the events throughout the dream happening before the battle start happening in real life (such as his platoon receiving punishment for taking alcohol from storage) while other events are slightly different (a woman soldier who he met in the dream on the battlefield before he died takes part in the punishment in real life, while she simply watched in the dream). In reality, the main character is stuck in a time loop due to accidental exposure to alien technology.
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In canon, Neville's a bumbling, timid boy with a hidden core of steel that comes out when the shit hits the fan. During his 7th year, the challenges force him to grow up, and the awesome qualities hinted at before come to the forefront. However, Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness skips over this Character Development completely: The fanfic starts with him having already grown up, and he then gains everyone's respect over the course of a single speech in the first chapter. Presumably, Thanfiction just wasn't interested in that part of the story, but it produces rather a disconnect from canon. Luckily, the fic's main story starts immediately after that Handwave.
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Paradise Lost begins with the immediate aftermath of the War in Heaven, which is retold in the middle of the story, as Satan plans what to do in his exile. This thematic device calls to mind the classical epics of Homer and Virgil to establish the Devil as an Odysseus or Aeneas-like hero before deconstructing that pagan notion of heroism.
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Caprica seems to be going the same direction, with the episode "End of Line" beginning with Zoe driving a car while chased by police cars and helicopters.
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The Divine Comedy begins not just in the middle of the story as The Aeneid did, but in the middle of life as a whole. Dante is 30 as the poem begins, and the readers will learn much about his past and future from the ghosts of the afterlife and their visions of things yet to be.
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The English dub for Cardcaptor Sakura, Cardcaptors, had the series start off with episode 8 and Syaoran/Showron's first appearance, mostly because Nelvana wanted to cater the series to the boys and decided not to bother with the series' main focus of being a girl's series.
The manga beings in the middle of Sakura capturing the Jump Card (already having recovered Windy and Wood), and then flashes back to her discovery of the book later. It should be noted that the original Anime begins before this flashback ever takes place.
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This trope is averted for Black Panther and Ms. Marvel, whose origin stories occur during the first season instead of before it, and The Vision, whose birth occurs during season two.
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Hoodwinked! opens In Medias Res by first showing the confrontation between Red, Granny, the Wolf, and Kirk inside Granny's house. After the police arrive to start investigating, each character gives a "Rashomon"-Style story told in flashback to explain How We Got Here.
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Discussed In Webisode 1 of Bravo Man: Alpha Man mentions this writing technique by name as a fourth wall joke during a subversion of Death by Flashback.
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Shot Caller: The film opens with Jacob being released from prison after serving out a ten-year sentence, then flashes back to show the events that led to his incarceration and his subsequent time in prison, interspersed with scenes set in the present day.
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The Marley Arc on Attack on Titan, opens up with a battle using World War I style trench warfare taking place somewhere else in the world, introduces a brand new set of characters fighting in it, and establishes that there has been a Timeskip of 4 years since the last chapter.
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36 Questions begins with some short recordings of Natalie and her husband Jase, before cutting to "Natalie" explaining that her real name is Judith, and she has been lying to her husband for two years. It isn't until the Second Act that we get a real explanation to what happened between those recordings, or why it happened.
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Power Rangers Samurai premiered with episode 3.The first two episodes originally titled "Call of the Red Ranger" were retitled "Origins" and aired near the end of the first season.
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Brothers in Arms Hell's Highway starts with the protagonist, Baker and his friend, Hartsock, navigating through an abandoned hospital in the midst of a German attack. Baker gets knocked on the ground by a falling bomb, and Hartsock watches as Baker is seemingly executed in front of him. Cut to the beginning, when they first landed. Turns out that the gunshots of Baker's "execution" were actually him shooting at hallucinations.
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In the Rick and Morty episode "Look Who's Purging Now", a man wrote a screenplay using this trope, and asks Morty for feedback:
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The second Duplicator Arc in Calvin and Hobbes uses this. We see three strips of a well-groomed, well-behaved Calvin, but no explanation as to why he's acting this way until the 5th strip of the arc, which shows that the Calvin we've been seeing is actually a duplicate of Calvin's Good Side.
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The Dresden Files:
Grave Peril starts a few days after Dresden's battle with a sorcerer and his summoned demon, but not describing this encounter until he re-lives it in a nightmare several chapters into the book.
The opening line of Blood Rites is, "The building was on fire and it wasn't my fault..."
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Supernatural, Season 1, "Skin". It begins with the cops breaking into a house where someone has a girl tied to a chair and is about to kill her. When the cops confront the killer, it's a smirking Dean Winchester. The episode then shows How We Got Here. It also does an In Medias Res with the "Nightshifter" episode in Season 2... and How We Got Here reveals it's for almost the same exact reason. Also season 7's "Plucky Pennywhistle's Magic Menagerie", with Sam fighting a clown. It then flashes back 56 hours earlier, and keeps doing this until the story catches up to the present.
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The film of Cowboy Bebop is reportedly set between episodes 22 and 23 of the series, and seems to be aimed at "people who want more Cowboy Bebop," and not at "people who want to see what this Cowboy Bebop is all about." The plot isn't hard to follow, but we get very little backstory for the world and the characters.
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Memento could be said to start over In Medias Res every three minutes. The main character can't form new memories, and so the entire story takes place backwards so that the audience has the same kind of experience that the main character does.
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As opposed to the manga and first anime, Yu-Gi-Oh! did this by beginning the series with Yugi already solving the Millennium Puzzle and having Yami Yugi merged with him, with later episodes filling in the gaps. Part of the reason this was done was, not unlike the case for the Fullmetal Alchemist animes, the first anime had already covered the events of the first seven volumes of the manga, and the second begun during the eighth during the Duelist Kingdom arc. As a result, the more important arcs from the early volumes were instead covered later as streamlined versions, while the story of Yugi solving the Puzzle was almost entirely skipped. In fact, that actual scene of Yugi solving it wouldn't even be shown until The Movie.
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Troilus and Cressida: The prologue explains that the play begins in the middle of the famous Trojan war.
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The Powerpuff Girls, although the short that creator Craig McCracken initially submitted to Cartoon Network was an origin story that wasn't used due to an inappropriate title ("The Whoop-Ass Girls") and was pretty much the same as the opening. While the opening sequence does introduce the characters quickly, a real origin story doesn't occur until The Movie.
This also happens with the episode "Him Diddle Riddle", as the Girls are already in the middle of solving Him's series of trials.
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Total Drama:
In Legacy, the opening chapter is set years later than most of the next two chapters.
In The Legend of Total Drama Island, the prologue and most of the Greek Chorus dialogue between Brett and his mother are the "middle", and the inner story is the "beginning".
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In Alice Isn't Dead, the story begins well after the truck driver Narrator has begun a search for her once-presumed-dead wife Alice, and in the midst of fleeing from a recently acquired Humanoid Abomination stalker. The Narrator spends the bulk of the first episode recounting her first meeting with the stalker, and portions of the second recalling how she began the quest to find her wife.
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Angels Revenge: The film was recut with the first half of the raid on the processing plant as an Action Prologue, then showing most of the first few acts as a flashback before returning to the rest of the raid. Naturally this was commented upon when the flm appeared on MST3K:
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The 1967 Spider-Man cartoon began similarly. The second season premiere, on the other hand, specifically kicked off with "The Origin of Spider-Man".
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Final Fantasy VII starts with Cloud and AVALANCHE leaping off a train, beating up guards, and infiltrating a power plant to blow it up. You get some tidbits of information in the elevator, but you don't know what's going on or why until the mission is over.
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Reindeer Games kicks off with a montage of six dead Santa Clauses except at the end it turns out one's still alive in various locations, before flashing back to "Six Days Before".
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Discussed and averted in I, Claudius. Claudius (the narrator) says that he prefers "the thorough Roman method, which misses nothing, to that of Homer and the Greeks generally, who love to jump into the middle of things and then work backwards or forwards as they feel inclined."
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The Odyssey begins with Athena urging Telemachus to go search for his father Odysseus, who has already been missing for ten years. The story then catches up with what Odysseus has been doing for the last decade.
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Iron Man started off with Tony Stark riding in a Humvee with soldiers, established his amiable playboy charm, and then had the caravan attacked by the Ten Rings people. Flash back 36 hours, and we learn more about him and how he got there. It's not a point in the middle of the film, though, just near-beginning.
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The Transformers opens with Wheeljack and Bumblebee collecting the last few energy sources on their planet, fighting Starscream, and then the Autobots' and Decepticons' voyage to Earth. It took many episodes until some of the backstory was explained.
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Guardian Fairy Michel begins with the Black Hammer Gang stealing a diamond from a museum. Kim's backstory is explored in other episodes.
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The Usual Suspects opens with Keaton on the deck of the ship about to blow it up. He's stopped. Soon, the police drag in Verbal to tell them How They Got There.
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Some stories on Guess with Jess, such as "What Do We Need To Grow Beans?" open with something having already happened and Jess narrating in the form of a story how a question was answered. For example, in "What Do We Need To Grow Beans?", Jess explains how the group grew a beanstalk as a surprise for Mimi, but first they had to figure out how to do it.
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Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge starts with Guybrush hanging on a rope over a huge chasm. The better part of the game is spent on him recounting the events that led to this predicament. After he finishes the rope almost immediately snaps.
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Batman: The Brave and the Bold began with Batman having already been active for years, which makes sense since by now, you'd have to be living under a rock to not know his origin story. This was especially helpful in introducing the younger, more diverse crop of legacy heroes, since this meant the writers could start with Jaime Reyes as the Blue Beetle and Ryan Choi as The Atom without having to worry too much about their predecessors (though the prior Blue Beetle and Atom were eventually explained via Flashbacks).
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Kamen Rider Blade does this within its first episode. It basically starts with a fight against a Monster of the Week, throws a lot of characters at the viewer after the fight, but it does not explain who the characters are, how they got their powers and what the monsters are. This is learned through flashbacks and exposition during the rest of the show.
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Knights of the Old Republic begins with a Sith attack on the Endor Spire, the ship you're serving aboard. You'll only get a reasonable grasp of what's going on after you escape the ship and talk with the other survivor, Carth. Almost certainly a homage to the original Star Wars.
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Unlike most previous games with a story, Sonic Colors doesn't have a proper opening cutscene; the game throws you into the first two acts of the game, and a cutscene afterwards tells you how Sonic and Tails got to Eggman's amusement park. Heck, this even extends to the gameplay as well, since you don't get to give your file a name and profile until after you complete the first two levels.
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The Twilight Zone (1959): "The Long Morrow" begins with Commander Douglas Stansfield aboard the ship in his suspended animation chamber as the date changes from December 31, 1987 to January 1, 1988. It then flashes back to Dr. Bixler recruiting Stansfield for the mission the previous June.
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Max Payne opens with Max on the rooftop of a building, having landed a successful sniper shot. The entire rest of the game reveals How He Got There via Flash Back.
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne begins with an injured Max and Mona laying on the floor of a mansion with police outside. The rest of the game shows How They Got There in Flash Back... which, in turn, starts with a bloodied Max attempting to escape from a hospital. The two Parts that follow reveal How He Got There via Flash Back.
Max Payne 3 begins with Max standing over a man who has an arm missing and most of his body badly burned. It is implied that Max did this as he laments what he has become. The rest of the game explain why he did this and who this person is.
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The Overture starts in the middle of the story when Richard has already been enslaved by Sophie. It is only after seeing his hopeless situation that the series jumps back to the beginning.
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The Hoodlum opens with Johnny holding Vincent at gunpoint and driving him somewhere. The rest of the film shows the events leading up to this situation.
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Blaze starts off in the present and flashes back throughout the novel to explain how the characters got there.
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Higurashi: When They Cry has the decency to give a blunt heads-up as to the amount of Mind Screw in store through the series, by opening on a full dose of improper anger management and furniture destruction. This also serves as an R-Rated Opening to drive the point home that this show is not for kids despite most of the first episode feeling more like a slice-of-life comedy than a supernatural mystery or psychological horror.
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The Reservoir Dogs heist in PAYDAY 2, like the movie it gets its name from, starts out after a botched heist. The crew meets Mr. Blonde in a warehouse to discuss how to proceed after Bain disappears. After completing the day, you go back to play the heist itself, and see firsthand how the heist went wrong and what happened to Bain.
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Hurog: Dragon Blood starts with Tisala on a torture bench, maybe about to spill some secrets. She kills the torturer, steals his coat and escapes. Later on, she's found by the main character Ward, in ill-fitting clothes, and after taking out some bandits.
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Persona 5: The game begins after your entire Badass Crew has assembled and you're seemingly robbing a Casino. After a Downer Beginning sequence where the Protagonist is captured by police, the game flashes back over 6 months earlier, as the Protagonist recounts his How We Got Here tale to a public prosecutor.
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Undertale has many events that already occurred before the game begins. The war between humans and monsters already happened and the monsters losing explains why they all live underground. Chara stumbles into the underground and is adopted by Toriel and Asgore and then dies sometime later to let Asriel absorb his soul and use his power to slaughter the humans on the surface. Asriel backs out at the last minute, gets fatally wounded by the humans, and dies when he returns home, which causes his ashes to be sprinkled on the golden flowers he fell on. Alphys infects the flowers with determination (a substance only humans can create naturally without being killed by it), which causes Asriel to be reborn without a soul. Asriel, now calling himself Flowey, becomes a psychopath due to being unable to have or feel empathy and he also discovers he can rewind time via saving and loading. By that time, the game starts from there.
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In Rusty and Co. level 3 and level 5 begin in medias res — already in The Lost Woods and with Prestige fleeing the illithids (before her name is known, even), respectively.
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Used as the opening to each successive season of Revenge, the reveal typically taking place mid-season.
The first starts with a man, presumably Daniel, being shot on the beach the night of Emily and his engagement party.
The second starts with a salvage team discovering the sunken remains of sailboat "The Amanda" along with a dead body.
The third starts with Emily in a wedding dress being shot by an unknown assailant and falling off a yacht.
Also done for the episodes "Duress" and "Sabotage".
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In All Fall Down, the story begins with superheroes already falling out of the sky.
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Isola begins two days after Queen Olwyn's transformation into a tiger, with her and Captain Rook already on the move. It's not until a few chapters in that the incident is shown via flashback.
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Spider-Man: The Animated Series started out just assuming that everyone knew who Spider-Man was and his backstory. Later we did get a couple things about his past fleshed out, but it wasn't until the third season that we actually saw the entire story of how he got his powers and decided to become a hero.
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Middle School: The book starts with Leo, Rafe, and Georgia in the back of a police car. Then Rafe explains how they got there.
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Need for Speed: Underground starts putting you right behind the wheel of a bonus car equipped with nitrous. It was All Just A Daydream. Similarly, Need for Speed: Most Wanted also gives you A Taste of Power, where the car is sabotaged and you lose the race, then it has you play through several events leading up to it.
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3-gatsu no Lion begins when Rei is already living on his own and has already met the Kawamoto family. The early portion of the story alternates between the present and several flashbacks showing how he met the Kawamoto sisterss and how he got to where he is in life, before almost fully devoting itself to the present-day plot.
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Speer Und Er: The first episode opens with Speer and the other major surviving Nazis in prison being handed the indictments that formed the basis for the Nuremberg Trials. The events leading up to and set during the war are then told through flashbacks. The third episode covers Speer's twenty-year sentence in Spandau Prison.
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The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! begins by skipping over the origin stories of Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Ant-Man, and The Wasp, as well as the stories of how The Mighty Thor and Hawkeye became crimefighters. Word of God says the writers assumed that viewers would already know Iron Man's and the Hulk's origins from their respective movies, that Thor's heroic training didn't seem as important to depict as his arrogance and leave from Asgard did, and that detailing how Ant-Man and Wasp got their powers so early on in the series would leave the two of them with less time to impress viewers who never read their comics.
Captain America's introductory episode begins after he became an American icon. However, it does open with a newsreel recounting his origin story, for the convenience of viewers who did not know it.
This trope is averted for Black Panther and Ms. Marvel, whose origin stories occur during the first season instead of before it, and The Vision, whose birth occurs during season two.
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Victory Gundam started out this way: the first few scenes were of an exciting MS battle, then the anime takes several episodes to show how the characters got there. (Supposedly, this was due to Executive Meddling: Tomino wanted to introduce the eponymous Gundam several episodes into the show, but the execs wanted it to show up in the first episode.)
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The Shield did this, with the actual introduction episode "Day One", showing the events of the first day at the then newly-opened Police Station, not appearing until the second season. It also contains the Start of Darkness for some of the main characters.
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Cro had an interesting hybrid for its premiere: the Framing Device, a mammoth talking about the good old days before he was frozen, was of the One We Prepared Earlier type, while the main story started with the Welcome Episode type with Cro meeting up with the mammoths for the first time.
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Dennis Hopeless is fond of this trope. Both Avengers Arena and Cable and X-Force, first and second issues released on the same days as each other, start this way.
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Tokyo Majin starts off the first episode with the team fighting off a horde of zombies. The next few show them first meeting up and getting the powers with which to slay the demons for the rest of the series.
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Captain America: The First Avenger starts off with explorers finding the HYDRA bomber that Captain America crash-landed in the Arctic, as well as his shield and (as it turns out) his frozen body. The film then begins proper after that, acting as a feature-length example of the trope.
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Batwoman (Rebirth) begins six weeks into Kate Kane and Julia Pennyworth's hunt for a new bioweapon and its suppliers, without first showing their initial meeting or prior missions.
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Episode 0 of How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend does this. It briefly shows off the various characters in the show and what their relationship is like with the protagonist Tomoya. Episode 1 then starts the story at the beginning. Chronologically episode 0 takes place just before the ending of episode 12, as they took a trip to the woods and a hot springs hotel to help inspire them with ideas for the game Tomoya wants to make.
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Microscope makes frequent use of this type of storytelling. The purpose of scenes in Microscope is to answer questions about important events in a dynamic fashion, so scenes often begin—or end—in the middle.
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The X-Files:
"Unrequited" starts with a scene that is later shown again. The story goes back to 12 hours ago. It was speculated that In Medias Res was done just to prolong the footage which is evidenced by many shots of flying flags and marching bands. The second scene might have been written as a teaser originally.
"Colony" starts in media res as well, and Mulder flat-lines. Scully appears and knows how he must be treated to be saved.
"Groundhog Day" Loop episode "Monday" - the pre-titles teaser shows Mulder dying of gunshot wounds before he and Scully get blown up in a bank heist.
"S.R. 819" starts with a man being rushed to the hospital. He's from the FBI and Scully is his emergency contact. Surprisinly, it's not Mulder, but Skinner. The episode then goes back to show what lead to his complete break-down.
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Most movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe seem to be fond of this trope:
When considered as a narrative whole, the MCU itself begins in media res: The first film, Iron Man takes place chronologically after Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain Marvel (2019).
Iron Man started off with Tony Stark riding in a Humvee with soldiers, established his amiable playboy charm, and then had the caravan attacked by the Ten Rings people. Flash back 36 hours, and we learn more about him and how he got there. It's not a point in the middle of the film, though, just near-beginning.
Captain America: The First Avenger starts off with explorers finding the HYDRA bomber that Captain America crash-landed in the Arctic, as well as his shield and (as it turns out) his frozen body. The film then begins proper after that, acting as a feature-length example of the trope.
Thor begins with Jane Foster and her crew accidentally ramming into something with their RV, which turns out to be Thor having been banished to Earth. The next half hour or so then goes back to detail Thor's life and the events that led to his banishment.
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The Prestige begins with a shot of a pile of top hats scattered in some woods followed by Michael Caine performing a magic trick to a little girl, both of which only pop up in the last third of the film.
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Transistor begins abruptly with Red pulling the titular weapon out of her friend's body and fending off some Processes. Just before the boss fight with Sybil, the game finally flashes back to the attempt on Red's life, the event that kicked off the game's plot just a few minutes before the game actually began.
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Many episodes of Farscape start this way, and the pilot episode even invokes it on the main character, who is just as confused as the rest of us when he's suddenly thrown into a huge battle between spaceships and then is pulled into one of them with a bunch of weird aliens shouting all around him until finally one of them knocks him out.
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Berserk (moreso in the manga than the anime adaptation) starts after Guts already started his quest to hunt down his nemesis Griffith. It isn't until the end of the first story arc than the manga flashes back to the beginning shows everything that led to Guts' hatred for Griffith.
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The 2003 anime version also begins in the middle of their journey, with the actual introduction happening in the third episode and several more episodes of flashback until it catches up to where they were at the end of the first two episodes.
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Maverick starts with Bret about to get hanged, then flashes back until you reach the same point about halfway through the film.
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Several episodes of Arthur open in the middle or even at the end, as Arthur gives his usual opening statement to the viewers, then flash back after the title card to establish How We Got Here.
The episode "Double Dare" opens with Arthur and Buster in the school bathroom, trying to pull Francine in through the window, with absolutely no context whatsoever beyond Arthur's narration. It eventually catches up with itself about two-thirds of the way in.
Another episode starts at the very end, with Arthur being hoisted aloft and cheered by his classmates, clutching a handful of chocolate sticks. He cryptically asks the viewers, "When is it better to lose than to win?" Cue episode-long flashback.note The answer is: when you could potentially keep on winning and winning and winning forever.
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The first level of [PROTOTYPE] takes place near the end of the game, so it is simultaneously this and a Taste of Power.
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Most Rocket Age adventures spend their time providing context and set up, but The Warlord of the Gravitic Portal starts in the middle of the heroes' first confrontation with the villain. There is a brief blurb on who he is and who sent you after him, but it's still quite a change after every other adventure opening with, well, the opening.
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Halo begins with the warship Pillar of Autumn emerging from faster than light travel after fleeing from the most recent defeat in a war against aliens that humanity has been losing for decades. Of course, all the stuff that happened before this scene isn't really covered in the games (with the exception of Halo: Reach and Halo Wars).
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Ghosts of Evangelion: Since the story is told in a non-linear fashion, most of plotlines start in the middle.
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Getter Robo Armageddon begins with Ryoma Nagare in prison for murder He was framed as part of an Evil Plan, two main characters already dead, various different types of Getter Robos already designed, built and mass produced; a mad scientist threatening the world with his ultimate creation, and an entire lengthy war against an alien menace that had been presumably won Not.
Which is only fitting since the OVA is a sequel to a Japan only Radio Drama. But there are still some plot points that get explained in flashbacks.
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Pulp Fiction is more properly categorized Anachronic Order, beginning and ending somewhere in the chronological middle, and jumping around back and forth among several storylines.
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The Grossery Gang Movie starts in the middle of the climactic battle between the Grossery Gang and the Clean Team, thanks to how Doc Broc is telling the story. The others listening to the story angrily interrupt him and call him out for starting the story with no setup, forcing him to start from the beginning.
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In Guns of the Dawn, the story starts with the protagonist seeing one of her comrades/friends killed in battle; it then goes back to her life before being conscripted and gradually works its way up to that point before continuing. (As such, we know that Elise's death is a Foregone Conclusion when Emily first befriends her.)
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The first number to appear in A Million Random Digits With 100,000 Normal Deviates is the second digit in sequence, "1", but immediately after 1, the book switches back to the first part of the sequence, the digit "0".
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Gunnerkrigg Court:
Chapter 7, "Of New and Old", starts off with Annie on the bridge, thinking she shouldn't be there, then goes back to that morning, before showing why she's on the bridge.
Chapter 44, "Crash Course", starts off with Annie and Smitty running from the forest in a hurry, before cutting back and showing what happened to cause it.
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The Flintstones: "The Soft Touchables" starts with Fred and Barney already running a detective agency.
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The Gintama anime starts with a crazy misadventure that doesn't introduce the characters though show how crazy the show is. The next ep starts the show proper from the beginning.
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Halo: The Fall of Reach starts right in the middle of the Human-Covenant War, with the Spartan-IIs in the middle of a mission. Then the book goes back to several years before the war, when the SPARTAN-II program hasn't even started yet.
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Anthologies of Ullord writers Nikki Flynn and Edwin Dantes use this trope to an extreme degree. Most of their works that are not short stories or shorter novellas jump around with flashbacks, flash forwards and present time events in various places told simultaneously. Thus, their works come with time and place tags.
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The "US Acres" shorts in Garfield and Friends begun with all the main players already in their place. While a few episodes showed Orson's life on his old home farm, there's no episode explaining how he came to live in his new home. Likewise, Booker and Sheldon got their origin story made into an episode, but no episode explaining how Orson and friends met Bo and Lanolin was produced.
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Hulk vs. Wolverine begins with Wolverine waking up after getting punched by the Hulk. The short then shows a lengthy flashback of Wolverine getting sent on a mission by Department H to hunt the Hulk, encountering Bruce Banner while searching, and leading to Banner Hulking Out.
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The first God of War begins with Kratos standing on a cliff, stating "The Gods of Olympus have abandoned me... now, there is no hope..." before he simply falls off. Gaia spouts some babble while the camera shows him falling down the mountain, and when he finally hits the ocean... the screen blacks out and the game flashes back a couple weeks to when Kratos was sailing the Aegean Sea. Also, as the adventure moves forward, Kratos' backstory is revealed in media res. So the first God of War starts at the end, goes to the middle, and visits the beginning multiple times through the story.
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Final Fantasy XIII-2 follows suit by starting Noel's side of the story in the middle and filling the beginning in at the beginning of the game. DLC expansions also serve as the beginning to the stories well underway parallel to the main story's progression.
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Super Mario Bros.:
The wedding scene that plays during the Attract Mode of Super Paper Mario. Chronologically, that scene occurs during the span of time when Mario is blacked out, after Count Bleck captures Bowser, the Koopa Troop and Luigi partway through the introduction.
Super Mario Odyssey begins with Mario in the middle of a battle against Bowser on one of his airships above Princess Peach's Castle. Both Bowser and Peach are dressed in white wedding clothes, with the latter also sporting what seems to be a sentient tiara with eyes. It isn't until Mario gets knocked down into the Cap Kingdom and meets Cappy that he get the whole story about Bowser's planned "royal wedding" with Peach. You also gradually see more and more of how Bowser and the Broodals brought havoc to the various kingdoms as they stole various items for the wedding.
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Dead City: The book starts after Molly has killed a zombie, and is waiting for the other Omegas to help her hide the body. Then it explains what happened before.
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Gandhi begins with Mohandas Gandhi's assassination and funeral, then cuts to him being thrown off a train in South Africa.
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Kaeloo: Episode 135 starts with the main four in the middle of re-enacting Les Misérables with no explanation given.
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Final Fantasy II starts off in the middle of a civil war between an empire and a resistance force.
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In Final Fantasy IV, the player joins a captain who is returning from a slaughter, about which he and his men feel deep regret.
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Final Fantasy VI opens with two soldiers and an amnesiac attacking a town. You're provided some exposition, but the background of this scene is unclear. It's made all the more baffling because you control the bad guys.
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Final Fantasy X-2 begins in the middle of a mission to recover Yuna's stolen Songstress dressphere. We never actually see her joining the Gullwings, though they do explain why she joined them.
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Final Fantasy XV opens up with an older-looking Noctis and his party, in regal gear, fighting a mysterious fire-wielding figure on a throne before the game fades to the real opening and start of the game proper as a How We Got Here setup.
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The Tyrant and the Hero starts at the end, with the prologue showing the confrontation between Heinrich and Black Alice in the Monster Lord's Castle. The next chapter goes back to before the two met.
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J. Edgar begins with an elderly J. Edgar Hoover dictating his autobiography, at which point he is still head of the FBI and there are still important events going on. The film flicks between these and Hoover's stories of his life.
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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? opens with would-be director Robert Syverten being sentenced for the assisted suicide/murder of his friend, Gloria Beatty. The rest of the book cuts back and forth between a How We Got Here flashback and the words of the judge passing sentence on Robert.
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The first episode of Hogan's Heroes features the group already in place at Stalag 13 with everything already in place. We're introduced to the operation only through Hogan giving a new prisoner who is actually a German spy a tour, and there's never a flashback episode showing how they set up their organization in the first place. Some of the elements in the pilot (most notably one of the characters, a few sections of the tunnels, and the use of black-and-white rather than color) differ from the rest of the show.
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Journey to Chaos: The first book begins with Eric in an underground room and fighting an orc. As he wonders as how got himself into this mess, the story shifts to the day he met Tasio The Trickster.
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Although Next Town Over starts off with a brief flashback and features snippets of flashbacks every so often later on, readers only get a concrete plot In Medias Res with Vane Black hunting down John Henry Hunter for reasons only vaguely hinted at.
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Reservoir Dogs starts off just after a botched heist, then follows the resolution of the heist to its conclusion, with occasional flashbacks of the heist's planning to show how they got there.
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind actually uses this trope very subtly. The beginning of the movie seems to be showing the first time that Joel and Clementine first met, and then fast forwards a few years where their relationship has actually gotten bitter and acrimonious. It turns out that they first met each other at a party, and their earlier meeting on the train was the first time they had seen each other *after* having their memories of each other erased. You could say that the story begins with the ending, but the plot actually progresses a little bit past that point.
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Uncharted: Golden Abyss starts with a sequence where Nate calls Dante an asshole that ends with him seemingly killed. We then cut to the start of the story where Nate and Dante first start the adventure as (bickering) chums.
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The Celestia Code starts with Twilight burning books, and we don't get a full explanation until the middle of the fic.
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It isn't until four episodes into Rainbow Brite that we get a backstory.
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After the One Year Jump in DC, everything started in medias res. The next year was spent catching the reader up with the weekly comic 52.
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Lost usually falls more into How We Got Here, but one use of In Medias Res was "Greatest Hits." It begins with Karl frantically running and getting into a canoe for reasons we don't yet understand, then cuts to the Losties, being led across the island by Jack for a dynamite demonstration. This allows an episode which is mostly a lead-up to the action of the finale to begin with a chase and an explosion.
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The individual segments of NCIS begin with a black and white freeze-frame, and then go through the segment as usual, leading up to the events that culminate in the same image, which then switches to black and white again.
There was also a very effective "death lead-in" version of this done in season 5, opening with Tony performing CPR on Gibbs and a young woman.
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The Monk episode "Mr. Monk goes to the Bank" opens with the main characters locked in a bank vault, with the next 20-30 minutes showing how they got there.
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Swinging Pendulum starts with Ichigo imprisoned and the Visored executed by Central 46 then cuts to Ichigo waking up in Shin'hou Academy, late for his lunch date with his cousin, Kaien before detailing how [he got out of prison and how he knows Kaien.
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The first episode of the Gungrave anime starts off almost at the exact middle of the series chronologically, with Brandon/Beyond the Grave protecting Mika from a few zombie hoards. After that, it suddenly goes back to the beginning and turns from a sci-fi action series to a mafia drama as it goes into Brandon and Harry's backstories and how they became a superpowered revenant and the Big Bad, respectively.
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Batman: The Animated Series began similarly. Interestingly, the first appearance of Batman in Detective Comics also had the character introduced fully-fledged without backstory. Notably, Batman's origin (i.e., his parents getting killed) wasn't given any direct screen time until the Justice League Unlimited episode "For the Man Who Has Everything", though episodes of the Animated Series (e.g. "The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne") and Mask of the Phantasm regularly hinted at it.
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Ga-Rei -Zero-: OK, so supernatural monsters are rampaging through Tokyo. They're immune to bullets. So, this uber-cool elite team of anti-supernatural soldiers jump into the action and finish the monsters. And that's the end of episode 1. It's not. Right at the end of the first episode, they all got killed by a katana-wielding schoolgirl. Who is one of the two real protagonists of this series.... What the heck is going on here?
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Star Wars Resistance: "Station to Station" is a Villain Episode told mostly from the perspective of Anti-Villain Tam. As a result, Kaz and Neeku's infiltration of the Titan space station is shown when they're already in the middle of it, with information like where they got their disguises and how the Colossus resistance found out about the Titan duly left out.
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The intro to Command & Conquer: Red Alert explains why things are different, but not really how things are different (enigmatic comments about time telling the consequences, cut to unexplained CGI war scenes with one side using hammers and sickles as symbols). When the actual campaigns start, it is clear the war has been going on for some time.
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Pink Personal Hell And Altering Fate happens to reveal the "Pink Personal Hell" narrative to be this to "Altering Fate". In fact, it lends to a little bit of Fridge Brilliance with it and its Two Lines, No Waiting. Nickel Steel mentally relives him going through his Pink Personal Hell.
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Oedipus the King starts at the beginning of the end (Oedipus's final day as king, unbeknownst to him), showing a single day in his life and in that day his whole life is revealed via backstory.
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The Spectacular Spiderman saved its origin episode for the second-to-last episode of the first season.
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killer7 begins with the Smith syndicate storming Kun Lan's headquarters, and only after poking around the building does it become clear what it is you're there for, where the enemies are coming from and who the hell you even are.
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The first issue of Nightwing started with the title hero drowning in a different city from Gotham, having suffered a haircut (at the time, he'd had the Dread Mullet). The rest of the comic set up the reason he was there and gave him a reason to stick around in the new city.
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In an episode of Ouran High School Host Club, The Chessmaster Kyoya wakes up sitting on a bench at a "commoner" shopping mall, all alone, with no money, and no clue how he landed there. Half an episode is then spent on figuring that out.
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Demo Reel, "The Blair Witch Hangover", starts off with Tacoma's apology to Donnie. Fans are left thinking he's apologizing for finding out that Donnie doesn't technically exist, but "Blue Patches" reveals it was done much later, after they find out Donnie's mom killed herself.
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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time does this, overlapped with a Framing Device, although instead of being during an action sequence, it's instead very near the end of the plot, as he's telling his story to Farah. When you select "Save and Quit," the Prince even says, "Very well. I'll continue my story from here later." Note that the storyline-as-narration leads to some funny Fridge Logic when you realize, based on the Prince's lines when you have to continue, his story to Farah must have included lines like, "And then I was killed by the sand monster! ...No, wait a second..." The Prince himself lampshades this. When you die for real he says "No, wait. That's not how it happened. Let me start again." Lampshaded again when he concedes that he might actually be mad after all. And he was killed by the sand monster anyway (temporarily), so it makes sense that he's a little confused.
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Bob's Burgers: The season five premiere "Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl" opens on an argument on the opening night of the school's fall musical, a musical adaptation of Working Girl by Gene's ex-girlfriend Courtney. It follows various character's (sometimes hilariously skewed) recollection of the events that lead to Gene plotting a guerrilla performance of his Die Hard musical on the same night.
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Spider-Man:
Spider-Man: The Animated Series started out just assuming that everyone knew who Spider-Man was and his backstory. Later we did get a couple things about his past fleshed out, but it wasn't until the third season that we actually saw the entire story of how he got his powers and decided to become a hero.
The 1967 Spider-Man cartoon began similarly. The second season premiere, on the other hand, specifically kicked off with "The Origin of Spider-Man".
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends went a full season without origins for the titular trio, either individually or as a group; their personal origins were the focus of the three-episode second season, and "The Origin of the Spider-Friends" appeared midway through season three.
The Spectacular Spiderman saved its origin episode for the second-to-last episode of the first season.
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The "death lead-in" version was done particularly badly in one episode of CSI: Miami, where it was patently obvious Calleigh hadn't actually been shot.
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The Regular Show episode "Exit 9B" starts with the park already destroyed and everyone other than Mordecai and Rigby brainwashed.
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The Zou Arc in One Piece starts in medias res twice thanks to the Straw Hats arriving on Zou in two waves. The first time we see Zou, no context is given for anything as the Curly Hats are shown pursuing a squirrel-person and fighting a strange pirate. The rest of the Straw Hats arrive a little over a week later, and not only are there flashbacks about the context of the first scene, but it turns out that Sanji went missing in the time between when the two groups of Straw Hats got to Zou. There's so many flashbacks that there's not actually a whole lot of present-day conflict in the arc.
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In the Pokémon fanfic, Natural Liberated, the story starts a few weeks after the events which will be described in the trial via the testimony.
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Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs begins with you, as a veteran Rangner, and The Lancer in high speed aerial pursuit of several Pincher goons, in stark contrast to the prior two games which had you as a beginner. Minor backstory tidbits are displayed as flashbacks when they become relevant throughout the game.
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Man of Steel used this a lot. It starts in the beginning on Krypton, but then shows Kal-El as an adult. Through flashbacks, we see his childhood, then his adulthood several times.
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The Emperor's New Groove starts with Kuzco, as a llama, crying in a jungle as he narrates his own life. He claims it will "all make sense" if we go back to see how he got in this situation, which begins the flashback to the start of the story.
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The Iliad famously begins in medias res towards the end of the ninth year of Troy's ten-year siege. The rest of the The Trojan Cycle was available at the time to fill in anyone who wanted to know more about how they got there.
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Chrono Cross: After naming the main character, you're thrust into a sequence where he, Kid, and a random potential party member are going after Lynx. Eventually some strange events occur, and.. Serge wakes up in his bed at home. Naturally he was Dreaming of Things to Come.
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Warriors Orochi starts in medias res, with Orochi having already devastated the various factions and forced them into the positions from which they will begin their counter-attack. How We Got Here is only briefly glossed over; it isn't explored in depth until the sequel.
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Final Fantasy often embraces this trope:
Final Fantasy II starts off in the middle of a civil war between an empire and a resistance force.
In Final Fantasy IV, the player joins a captain who is returning from a slaughter, about which he and his men feel deep regret.
Final Fantasy VI opens with two soldiers and an amnesiac attacking a town. You're provided some exposition, but the background of this scene is unclear. It's made all the more baffling because you control the bad guys.
Final Fantasy VII starts with Cloud and AVALANCHE leaping off a train, beating up guards, and infiltrating a power plant to blow it up. You get some tidbits of information in the elevator, but you don't know what's going on or why until the mission is over.
Final Fantasy X begins this way, with the heroes gathered around a fire near the end of Yuna's pilgrimage. The first words are "Listen to my story," and playing the game then proceeds to tell us How We Got Here.
Final Fantasy X-2 begins in the middle of a mission to recover Yuna's stolen Songstress dressphere. We never actually see her joining the Gullwings, though they do explain why she joined them.
Final Fantasy XIII has this in spades. The game drops you right into the middle of its world, starting off with a large-scale action scene. It fills in exactly what is happening later (if the player does the assigned reading).
Final Fantasy XIII-2 follows suit by starting Noel's side of the story in the middle and filling the beginning in at the beginning of the game. DLC expansions also serve as the beginning to the stories well underway parallel to the main story's progression.
Final Fantasy XV opens up with an older-looking Noctis and his party, in regal gear, fighting a mysterious fire-wielding figure on a throne before the game fades to the real opening and start of the game proper as a How We Got Here setup.
Final Fantasy Tactics starts off with Ramza being a mercenary while he defends a church from bandits who are seeking to kidnap the princess. After the battle, he tells his allies on how he became a mercenary. From there, the game goes back a few years to show Ramza becoming a Squire at the academy and the events he witnessed.
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Tony Gilroy's Duplicity shifts back and forth through time and Michael Clayton opens with a sequence then rewinds to four days earlier and then revisits the opening with more information and greater context that gives it a new meaning.
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The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar starts the entire series after the protagonist, Yuuto Suou has been the patriarch of the wolf-clan for several years, and slowly reveals how he got that way over an extended series of flashbacks as the story unfolds.
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Girly Part 4 starts in Media Res, with the protagonists trapped in an alien-looking landscape.
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Solar Opposites: The series takes place about a year after the aliens crashed on Earth.
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The opening scene of 'Cwynhild's Loom involves the title character being stabbed in the chest while asleep on a train.
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel starts off with the playable characters trying to make way for the railway guns before they witness them shooting with the protagonist screaming a Big "NO!". It then flashbacks a few months before the incident showing how Class VII was formed all the way towards the military base in chapter 5.
Ditto Cold Steel III where five students wearing blue uniforms are trying to get to a giant robot only to be saved by The Hero of the first two games before it flashbacks to a few months before how new Class VII got to the naval fortress.
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In Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman, the story "Rogue to Riches" starts with Reid in his truck, hurtling through the air over the dairy, on the way to apparent death.
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Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension begins with Phineas, Ferb and Doctor Doofenzmirtz (characters who normally never meet) in chains and about to be killed, while Phineas remarks that he's "having trouble putting a positive spin on this". Then they cut back to earlier that day, explaining how the boys and Doof happened to meet, and the wacky hijinks, emotional upheaval and bad-ass fight sequences that ensued. Once they finally catch up to the start, Phineas just fast forwards through his dialog while Ferb notices a sense of deja vu. Also kicks off the episode "Remains of the Platypus"; you'll definitely want to work out how we got to Karl-The-Squirrel-Man, Perry the Butler, Doofenshmirtz partying in his underwear, and the dancing Royal guards.
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Forever Gate: The book begins with Hoodwink awaiting execution. The reader finds out why he's there while he's on the run.
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Teen Titans began this way, a surprising rarity for a superhero series. We didn't see a "proper" origin until the fifth season.
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Gattaca begins with "Jerome Morrow" getting ready to lift off on a manned probe to one of Saturn's moons. It seems like it's going to be a space adventure, until "Jerome" reveals the truth; his real name is Vincent, and an imposter, having taken over the identity of another man after being born "genetically inferior". The rest of the film is about Vincent's life, the discrimination he faced because he was a "God-child" (conceived naturally instead of by in vitro) and his decision to assume Jerome's identity in order to have a chance, and about a murder investigation that threatens to reveal Vincent's secret. The space mission isn't launched until the final moments of the film.
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Vagrant Story opens with VKP agent Ashley Riot infiltrating Duke Bardorba's manor, during an event that the narration dubs "The Graylands Incident," in which Ashley supposedly murdered the Duke. Want to know why Ashley is there, who sent him, and what is at stake? Watch the Attract Mode. Want to know whether he really murdered a bedridden, old nobleman with a kidnapped son? Finish the game.
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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves begins with Nathan Drake having survived a train crash in the middle of a snowstorm, with the game's earlier chapters showing all the events that led to that moment. Most notably, you get to play the start of the game a second time with new additions now that the full context of the scene has been revealed.
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In Heisei Rider Vs Showa Rider Kamen Rider Wars Featuring Super Sentai, the movie starts with Kamen Riders Kabuto, Fourze and Gaim battling Kamen Riders Stronger, Skyrider and J. We spend the first half of the movie finding out how we got here.
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Mystery Team begins with the eponymous trio in the middle of a seemingly important investigation.
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Forrest Gump is an interesting example. The film starts, not in the middle of action per se, but in the middle of the story chronologically. The main character proceeds to tell his life story, narrating a series of flashbacks, until his story catches up with the present.
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Sonic Boom Rise of Lyric starts off with Sonic being encircled by Lyric's robots and seemingly dying as they open fire - before cutting to yesterday. It then does this a second time by immediately throwing Sonic and friends into a chase for Eggman as the first gameplay segment. Notably, when the scene from the opening occurs proper, Sonic's perfectly fine afterwards and thus renders the drama from the start of the game as a pointless attention bait.
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Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light begins with Sam’s return from Nirvana (“recovering from the peace which passeth understanding takes time”, p. 15) to which he is exiled after the Battle of Keenset at the end of chapter six.
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Sonata Arctica's "Caleb" story is split into four songs; in chronological order it is "Caleb", "The End of This Chapter", "Don't Say a Word", and "Juliet". However, the actual songs were released in this order: "Don't Say a Word", "The End of This Chapter", "Caleb", "Juliet".
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Game of Thrones: Nearly everything that happens in the series has its roots in the events of the twenty years prior to the beginning of the series.
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In Sophistication and Betrayal, the story begins with the protagonist having already been in Equestria for over a year, with a series of flashbacks filling in the details that led up that point over the course of the chapters.
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Thor begins with Jane Foster and her crew accidentally ramming into something with their RV, which turns out to be Thor having been banished to Earth. The next half hour or so then goes back to detail Thor's life and the events that led to his banishment.
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TRON starts by showing that a video game is a literal to-the-death battle between two humanoid characters; what might be called in medias derez.
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Captain America's introductory episode begins after he became an American icon. However, it does open with a newsreel recounting his origin story, for the convenience of viewers who did not know it.
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Zeno Clash begins with Ghat running from his hometown after killing Father-Mother. As he flees his angered brothers and sisters, he explains to Deadra the first half of the plot through flashbacks.
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Shamanic Princess drops the viewer into the action with little explanation, and then shows the circumstances that caused the plot to occur as a 2 part Origins Episode after the conclusion.
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The very first cutscene of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood shows a part near the end of the game with Ezio confronting Cesare in person, then the first playable bit rewinds years to Ezio escaping from the Vault and Vatican immediately after 2.
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Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends went a full season without origins for the titular trio, either individually or as a group; their personal origins were the focus of the three-episode second season, and "The Origin of the Spider-Friends" appeared midway through season three.
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Many cartoons like Danny Phantom and The Wild Thornberrys (which use the title sequence to explain the premise of the show). Thornberrys did have a sort of belated Welcome Episode with "Gift of Gab", explaining how Eliza got said gift. As did Danny Phantom with the episode "Memory Blank".
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In Tales of the Questor, after a brief diversion from the main story, the reader sees Quentyn in a predicament with no explanation as to what's going on. The author writes "Um, hold on, maybe I should start at the beginning...", and the next strip begins a few days before.
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Pokémon showed a "special preview episode" in the very first American run of the series; however, the series itself has a standard Welcome Episode. This would not be the only time 4Kids would air a mid-story episode as a preview: Magical DoReMi was previewed with the 4th episode (where Doremi [Dorie], Hazuki [Reanne] and Aiko [Mirabelle] become witch apprentices [witchlings]), and Winx Club was previewed with a episode from late in the first season, before then airing the proper premiere at the start of the regular run.
Pokémon did it for a while in the beginning of Diamond and Pearl, as well.
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The Butterfly Effect begins with the main character frantically scribbling a cryptic sentence in his journal whilst wearing clothing from a mental hospital. The rest of the movie is spent catching up.
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Final Fantasy X begins this way, with the heroes gathered around a fire near the end of Yuna's pilgrimage. The first words are "Listen to my story," and playing the game then proceeds to tell us How We Got Here.
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Each route of Queen's Gambit opens with Shield and her love interest of choice in the middle of some kind of inflammatory situation, ending on a cliffhanger. The story then skips back to the initial mission briefing and shows the full story of how they ended up there.
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Out of the Past picks up with the hero keeping a low profile and operating a gas station in a small California town. He tells his new girlfriend Ann the first part of the story (looking for Kathie, then running away with her) in a long flashback before the story continues from present day.
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Super Mario Odyssey begins with Mario in the middle of a battle against Bowser on one of his airships above Princess Peach's Castle. Both Bowser and Peach are dressed in white wedding clothes, with the latter also sporting what seems to be a sentient tiara with eyes. It isn't until Mario gets knocked down into the Cap Kingdom and meets Cappy that he get the whole story about Bowser's planned "royal wedding" with Peach. You also gradually see more and more of how Bowser and the Broodals brought havoc to the various kingdoms as they stole various items for the wedding.
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The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Magical Mystery Cure" plays like this. The ponies all start with their cutie marks already switched and Twilight has to do some investigating before knowing how they got switched.
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In the Doctor Who audio drama No More Lies, the first episode starts with the Doctor and Lucie on the heels of a time traveling criminal named Zimmerman. They throw you right into the action making you wonder if you missed an episode. The actual story however deals with his attempt to escape leaving him trapped for years and eventually settling down and starting a family before the Doctor and his companion catch up with him to bring him to justice.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops starts with Mason being interrogated, flashing back to events leading to it.
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Underworld (2003) begins with a bunch of seemingly random people shooting each other up on the subway. A well-known movie critic actually criticized the use of this trope in his review of the film, remarking that since we don't know who these people are or what their motives are, the action is disconnected and meaningless. Critics suffer from this issue so often it should be its own trope.
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Show Me A Hero very cleverly subverts the trope: it starts off with a dramatic scene, then flashes back to several years ago. A scene in the middle of the show's timeline is made to look like a continuation of the first scene, implying that it's an example of this trope. However, the very last scene is revealed to be the true continuation of the first scene, making it a case of Book-Ends.
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Goodfellas starts out with three guys driving a car, subtitle 1970, who start to hear noises coming from the rear. Did we hit something? Flat tire? Better pull over and see. As they deal with what turns out to be coming from the trunk, Henry starts telling his story, flashing back to 1955.
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Certain arcs in Child of the Storm start like this, as with the Forever Red arc in the sequel, Ghosts of the Past, which has Harry having already been captured by the Red Room, before reeling back to show how that happened.
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Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is like this, but rather than start in the middle, it starts minutes from the ending. This leads to a How We Got Here.
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Star Wars Rebels: "Breaking Ranks" begins with Ezra having been undercover as an Imperial cadet for several weeks. The tie-in novel series Servants of the Empire shows him initially going undercover, but from the POV of someone who doesn't know this.
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Each book of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga opens with a preface that is describing a scene that happens near the climax of the story.
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Horatio Hornblower: The second instalment of this miniseries has two parts "Mutiny" and "Retribution". "Mutiny" starts with Commodore Sir Edward Pellew visiting Lieutenant Hornblower in prison, telling him and the audience that he's going to be tried for his life. The whole episode is told in one long Flash Back and explains How We Got Here, though not entirely from Hornblower's point of view. Importantly, we heard only half of the account of the mission. The episode ends in prison when Pellew and Hornblower finish their conversation. The next part, "Retribution", resumes the story where it was left, but this time it's more like In Medias Res with telling scenes of badly injured Lieutenants Bush and Kennedy who are being treated in the prison infirmary. The lieutenants face a trial and they continue to give a full account of what happened during the rest of their mission. It's being constantly interrupted with court testimonies and the judges' private discussion happening in the present. "Retribution" mixes this trope with Anachronic Order.
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Assassin's Creed: Brahman open with Jot Soora kidnapped by the Assassins and put into the Brahman device to relive his ancestors memories before cutting back a week to show how he became involved in the Assassin-Templar conflict.
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The first Metal Gear game introduces the characters Solid Snake and Big Boss, and later games explore their backstories and incorporate it into an epic Myth Arc that has been in play for decades.
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Steam Prison begins with the heroine regaining consciousness and discovering the bodies of her murdered parents, before shifting back two days to cover the events leading up to this moment.
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In The Legend of Total Drama Island, the prologue and most of the Greek Chorus dialogue between Brett and his mother are the "middle", and the inner story is the "beginning".
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Roland Deschain from The Dark Tower started his journey many years before the beginning of the first book, and when taking into account how many years that actually was, some would say the series itself only chronicles the end of the quest.
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The Curse of Monkey Island starts in a fair bit of time after its predecessor's Mind Screw ending; what happened in between is never revealed, but hinted at by having it happen again in the game's last two chapters.
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Ruby Gloom. Especially noteworthy: Most of the story is told in flashback, and it involves three characters thinking that Ruby is moving out of the house and two others thinking that she's dying. One heck of a first episode for any show!
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The Johnny Bravo episode "The Day The Earth Didn't Move Around Very Much" has Johnny in court explaining in flashbacks why he behaved the way he did with everyone seemingly frozen in time but him.
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Superman storyline Krypton No More starts out with Superman trying to demolish a factory. In the next page the story jumps back in time and tells what happened previously and explains his actions.
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April Showers begins during the immediate aftermath of the school shooting, when Sean learns of the shooter's identity.
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The Thief of Bagdad (1940) begins with a blind man named Ahmad and his dog Abu being taken in by a woman named Halima who serves the sultan of Bagdad, to whom Ahmad tells how he was once the sultan of Bagdad, how his dog Abu is actually a Baleful Polymorph boy, and how they both ended up like this.
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Zelazny also made use of this trope in Doorways in the Sand where the reader is treated to a new medias res at the beginning of every chapter.
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Final Fantasy Tactics starts off with Ramza being a mercenary while he defends a church from bandits who are seeking to kidnap the princess. After the battle, he tells his allies on how he became a mercenary. From there, the game goes back a few years to show Ramza becoming a Squire at the academy and the events he witnessed.
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Battlestar Galactica likes this trope, but a notable example is in the Season 2 episode "Scar." It starts off with a dogfight involving Starbuck, Kat, and the titular Cylon Raider. The episode then details the days leading up to this dogfight, highlighting the deaths of several Nuggets, Starbuck's downward spiral and Kat's rapidly rising badass quotient, and the growing conflict between them. This is intercut with further scenes of the dogfight, building the tension each time as we go back to the main story, with the battle finally resolved in the end. Kat kills Scar, leading to Starbuck acknowledging her rival and delivering a tribute to the fallen pilots.
Caprica seems to be going the same direction, with the episode "End of Line" beginning with Zoe driving a car while chased by police cars and helicopters.
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The Other Guys lampshades this trope.
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Tomb Raider: Underworld does this - the player makes their way through a burning Croft Manor until Lara is shot at by Zip. We then go back to one week earlier, and then play through a few levels until we are made to play through the intro sequence again, only this time we are shown why Zip was firing at Lara...
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Deadpool (2016) starts out with Deadpool's Roaring Rampage of Revenge on Ajax before cutting to the first "How We Got Here" sequence.
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A couple of the episodes in Telltale Games' Sam and Max series start out like this. "Night of the Raving Dead" from the second season opens with the duo caught in the antagonists' death trap, following them reminiscing How They Got There. "The Penal Zone" from season three opens with the two already confronting the Big Bad of the episode. In a twist this is not taking place at the present leading into a flashback, but rather a flashforward the present day Sam and Max are watching, leading the two to eventually do their best to bring themselves to the future that was previously being played at the beginning. However, the villain sees the future as well and manages to avert it, meaning the duo must now do things differently to defeat him than in the future vision they originally viewed.
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The Fountain constantly switches between three stories of the same protagonist taking place in the 16th century, 2005, and some time in the 2500s.
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In Erfworld, we join the story only after the Plaid have lost 10 out of their 11 cites, and there is a slight subversion the very first panel of the very first page shows Erfworld being created. You really can't start a story much earlier then that.
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Composure starts with Princess Celestia preparing for Twilight Sparkle's arrival at Canterlot, then jumps to Princess Celestia waking up in a hospital bed, unable to remember what had happened, unable to use magic, and with severe lightning burns on her side. The rest of the story jumps between following the events after the hospitalization and showing what caused it.
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The Wandering Son anime adaptation begins four volumes in, almost five since it begins at the very end of volume 4. It completely ignored the elementary portion and skipped straight to when the characters begin middle school. This creates a problem as there was a lot of character development and relationship building in the first few volumes, and the anime instead opted to drop it on new viewers heads without much explanation.
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Once Upon a Time does this expertly by starting with Snow and Charming's wedding and their 28 year old daughter in the real world. While the real time stuff passes in order, the flashbacks go here there and everywhere and back again.
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Nearly every episode of Flashpoint begins this way (the moment being the titular the flashpoint). However, the beginning intro is often cut in such a way that it makes the situation seem much simpler than it turns out to be when the full scene is played out in context.
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Highlander begins with a swordfight in New York. The first half of the movie then alternates between flashbacks to Scotland and continuing the New York story.
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Just Married starring Brittany Murphy and Ashton Kutcher starts with the two main characters getting back from their nightmare of a honeymoon, and pushing each other around and spitting gum in one another's hair.
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Dragon Age II starts with Varric being interrogated by Cassandra Pentaghast as she tries to find out about Hawke. The rest of the game is a case of How We Got Here with the Varric-Cassandra interrogation forming a framing device for each new act of the game.
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White Sand starts with Kenton and Praxton arguing loudly as Kenton is about to take Mastrell's Path exam. After Kenton enters an exam arena and has a "what was I thinking?" moment, we learn the backstory and reasons behind the fight.
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The Buffy the Vampire Slayer Musical Episode "Once More, With Feeling" started with the spell that was causing everyone to burst into song and dance already in effect.
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The Vita Nuova's Fever Dream Episode opens with Dante being awoken from his nightmare, while the rest of the poem details what he actually hallucinated.
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The first episode of Digimon Frontier is this. At the start, we see Takuya desperately running towards something. When he's almost hit by a truck, the clock winds back to show how he got his Call to Adventure.
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I Become Shadow: The book starts after Ren's Shadow training, when she is about to get her assignment. Flashbacks show the reader what happened previously.
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Firefly was intended to start with a Welcome Episode, but the network thought it was too complicated to use as an introduction, so the screenwriters hastily concocted a One We Prepared Earlier (in this case a misnomer), "The Train Job", to run as the actual broadcast premiere.
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The Fly (1986) is a non-flashback example — it starts in the middle of Seth and Veronica's first meeting at a cocktail party as he suggests she come to his lab to see what he's working on. Dialogue in subsequent scenes clarifies what exactly the party was (a press event for the company that bankrolls Seth's work) and why she was there (to get a story for Particle magazine), which is all that the audience might have been wondering about. Starting the film at this point is nicely paralleled by its closing, which comes immediately after she breaks down in tears upon mercy killing him.
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Gears of War opens with Marcus Fenix busting out of prison, with no explanation given as to what's happening or who or what the strange Orc people shooting at you are. The game actually does have an intro movie that briefly explains the whole COG vs Locust war, but it oddly DOESN'T play when you start a new game, only if you idle on the main menu for a couple minutes.
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Spec Ops: The Line begins with a helicopter chase over Dubai that ends in a sandstorm and fiery crash before going back to "earlier" when Walker, Adams and Lugo first arrived in the city. When you reach the part of the plot where the helicopter chase happens, Walker, who is crazy and going crazier, apparently gets a huge sense of Déjà Vu and says "This isn't right, we've already done this..." According to the game's writer, a possible interpretation is this is because he did: Walker, Adams and Lugo actually died in the helicopter crash at the start of the game and the rest of the game is Walker's Dying Dream.
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In Legacy, the opening chapter is set years later than most of the next two chapters.
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Final Fantasy XIII has this in spades. The game drops you right into the middle of its world, starting off with a large-scale action scene. It fills in exactly what is happening later (if the player does the assigned reading).
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Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster opens with Mystery, Inc. chasing the witch through the house. As she is unmasked, the story jumps back to the start to explain how we got here.
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The pilot for Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 begins with June catching Chloe making out with the former's boyfriend, before going back a week to her arrival in New York. When the story gets to that point again, it fast-forwards to June catching them in the act.
The season 2 premiere does this as well beginning with Chloe and June at James' Viking Funeral after June's "The Story So Far". It turns out this was just a funeral for James' Dawson's Creek past.
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National Treasure began with the characters digging up a sunken ship in Alaska without any explanation of how they got there. Well, we hear about the Templar Treasure before that, and the Jump Cut lets us know one of the men digging up the ship is Ben, so we might assume it has something to do with the treasure. But there isn't any clear connection until we see that "Charlotte" is the name of the ship.
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The anime adaptation of School-Live! begins when Miki is already a part of the club. She didn't appear in the manga until six chapters in. In the anime her introduction scenes are made into flashbacks.
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The Fantastic Four (1967) kicks off some time after the Fantastic Four first became superheroes, and after Reed and Sue got married.
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Underplayed in the fourth book of the Dora Wilk Series, which starts with Dora digging three shallow graves behind a vampire coven and Miron's good-natured mockery of her determination. Then vampire master Gajusz arrives and asks what is going on, which is Dora's cue for How We Got Here.
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A Crown of Stars: The author Strypgia started out the story In Medias Res, writing a talk between Daniel and Asuka because the scene would not leave him alone, and then he wrote the scenes that came before it.
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Most episodes of Hank Zipzer start with Hank in the middle of some bizarre and improbable situation. Hank will look at the camera and say something along the lines of "You're probably wondering how this happened...", before rewinding to the start of the story.
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Run begins with Bo getting Agnes and the two running away. It then goes back and forth between Bo narrating their escape while Agnes flashes back to the two meeting and becoming friends.
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Breaking Bad for the first season and some of the second. Also the last half-season, which starts with Walt alone in a diner on his 52nd birthday before flashing back several months, not catching up to that point again until the very last episode.
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Played with in Dinosaur Comics "Literary Technique Comics: In Medias Res", where T-Rex explains the trope, but we only see the very end of the explanation.
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Charmed (1998) does this once, where it starts with the sisters running away from the Cleaners, get their memories of yesterday erased and Wyatt wiped from existence, but they cast a spell tuning back the day and find out why the Cleaners are after Wyatt: he conjures a DRAGON out of a TV show, after magically switching channels to the dragon movie.
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World in Conflict: The game begins with the Soviet invasion of Seattle, at a point when World War Three has already been ongoing for at least a month in Europe, and two of your superiors make hostile references to events that happened there at each other. The game then follows the main characters through the invasion of the continental US until the turning point of that campaign. Then the game flips back a month and you play through the events in Europe, before returning to the "present" and driving the Soviets out of the US.
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Radio Free Roscoe doesn't explain just how exactly they got a radio station until the end of season 1.
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Ratatouille begins looking at a house in the distance with the muffled sounds of what turn out to be shotgun blasts and then with Remy jumping through a plate glass window while carrying a book significantly larger than himself. It quickly jumps back to explain how the incident occurred.
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The Frasier episode "Daphne Does Dinner", opening in the middle of what appeared to be the climax of a tongue-in-cheek "typical" episode, featuring as many Frasier-specific tropes as was possible to cram into a minute — furious guests storming out of a disastrous dinner party of Frasier and Niles's that had obviously gone ridiculously awry, blown up in their faces a few seconds before the episode began, and apparently involved lots of lying, mishaps, and mix-ups (Frasier pretending to have Tourette's Syndrome, goats in the kitchen, something about flaming kababs, and Martin having to pretend he was an Italian count). The chain of events that led to this incident were never explained, and the actual episode dealt with the backlash from the hypothetical "episode" glimpsed in the opening, with Daphne banning Frasier and Niles from helping her with her own dinner party.
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Code Lyoko: Many episodes begin in the middle of the action on Lyoko. This strongly implies that not all of XANA's attacks are shown, several happening off-screen. There is even one How We Got Here in "Bragging Rights". The show itself starts without a Pilot or Premiere episode; there was no explanation of how Team Lyoko discovered the Supercomputer, programmed their virtual avatar appearances and abilities, or came to meet Aelita, until a two-part prequel in Season 3.
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The Red Mars Trilogy opens the night of the assassination of John Boone, the first man on Mars, then jumps back about twenty-seven years.
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Babylon 5 begins in this fashion as the original pilot was aired as a backdoor pilot well over a year before the series actually began. When released on DVD the pilot episode was also released separately from the first season. Some attempt at a Welcome Episode is still made, but events from the pilot are still referred to by characters and are assumed to be known. Further many relevant events leading to the current state of the universe that would be known to any person actually residing in it are withheld until later in the series. This was done on purpose since the creator didn't want to tell the story of a world, but only a 5 year slice of a much bigger story.
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Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers counts as this — the Five-Episode Pilot, "To the Rescue", is episodes #28-32 in production order.
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Parodied/lampshaded in an entry to the 2004 Lyttle Lytton Contest:
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The Second Try: A lot happens after that last scene of End of Evangelion, but that gets revealed later on. The story starts within a couple days of the battle of the Twelfth Angel.
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Record of Lodoss War does this with the first episode, and introduces the characters and plot in the second episode. With the exception of the narrated opening sequence on the War of the Gods, the plot of the episode takes place between episodes 5 and 6.
This really wasn't intentional. They produced the action-packed fifth episode first to convince backers to finance more, then produced the rest of the story, as the chronologically-first episode wasn't as exciting. For some reason DVD releases have kept the episodes in production order, even though all it does is confuse people.
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Inception begins with Cobb washing up on a beach before being dragged to meet an aged Saito. The film spends most of its running time recounting how Cobb ended up there.
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The supplementary comic for Left 4 Dead shows Bill lying in a pool of blood in a dark room while three Tanks are closing in on him. The comic then goes back a few weeks where the survivors just escaped from the farmhouse (Blood Harvest campaign) and being rescued by the military before they realize that the rescue isn't exactly a rescue. The comic then shows how the survivors escaped and made their way down south to where The Sacrifice campaign took place in the game and then catching back up to intro scenes from the first page of the comic.
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The very first episode of Gravity Falls begins with Dipper and Mabel escaping from a giant monster in a golf cart. Then, we get a flashback to explain how the kids get there.
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Season 3 episode 35 of Happy Heroes begins with Big M. visiting a gravestone he's erected in memory of Little M., shows what happened to the latter character that led to that (he wasn't able to escape a prison fast enough and got locked in, leaving him with a bunch of cops who had been trying to shoot him and Big M.), and then continues the story from where it had began.
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Wormtooth Nation opens with Sam in the middle of a mission of some sort, but he's just been nixed and has no more idea of what's going on than the audience does.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation:
"Cause and Effect" starts off with the Enterprise exploding. It's eventually revealed that the Enterprise was trapped in a time loop along with a 23rd century Starfleet ship.
"First Contact" (unrelated to the film) starts out in an alien hospital — the doctors are puzzling over Riker's odd physiology. It later turns out that Riker was conducting surface reconnaissance on a planet that had just become warp-capable, as the Federation was about to make first contact with them. He'd been injured in an accident and was brought unconscious to a hospital.
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Starship Troopers The book, not the movie. Whole first chapter is an action movie sequence. Then it goes back to how we got here.
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 The Silent World / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Snake Pit / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Words / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Thor / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 To Be or Not to Be / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Tormented (2009) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 TRON / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Visas and Virtue / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Zardoz / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 DC Extended Universe (Franchise) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 God of War (Franchise)
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 God of War (Franchise)
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 Indiana Jones (Franchise) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 This Is Madness - Story of the Crumbling Europe (Lets Play) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Ascendance of a Bookworm / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Bakemonogatari / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Campione! / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Date A Live / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Heavy Object / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 High School D×D / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Lord Marksman and Vanadis / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Violet Evergarden / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 AGENCIA
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 Agent Lavender
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 Alcatraz Series / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 All Quiet on the Western Front / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Anachronauts / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Anthologies of Ullord / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Back Roads / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Catch-22 / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Count and Countess
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 Cronus Chronicles
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 Doctor Who New Adventures / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Don Juan / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Elsabeth Soesten / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Firestarter / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Florante at Laura / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Goosebumps / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Grambo
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 Homecoming (Walsh) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 I Become Shadow / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Mission Of Gravity
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 Out of Sight / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Outliers / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Sound! Euphonium / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Space Marine Battles / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Spectral Shadows / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Starship Troopers / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Berenstain Bears / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Cat Who... Series / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Conformist / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Day of the Triffids / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Divine Comedy / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Fabled Lands / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Fifth Wave / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Iliad / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Odyssey / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Shining / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Twilight / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Vita Nuova / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Wings of Fire / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Zoofights / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 LitClassTropes
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 Pursued Protagonist
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 SilentShipSilentSea
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 TheInterferenceLegends
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 TheTimeOfTheHero
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 TheWolvesOfMemory
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 TrueArtIsComplex
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 TwoHands
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 We Have Been Researching Phlebotinum For Years
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 WritersToolbox
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 Area 88 (Manga) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Boruto (Manga) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Cardcaptor Sakura (Manga) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Fighting Foodons (Manga) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Gintama (Manga) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Hanayamata (Manga) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders (Manga) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Vento Aureo (Manga) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Kakegurui (Manga) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne (Manga) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Keijo!!!!!!!! (Manga) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Let's Lagoon (Manga)
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 March Comes in Like a Lion (Manga) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 My Lovely Ghost Kana (Manga) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Phantasy Star Online 2 EPISODE 0 (Manga) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 School Mermaid (Manga) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The World God Only Knows (Manga) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Wandering Son (Manga) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (Manga) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Kero Kero Bonito (Music) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Lifter Puller (Music) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Bends (Music) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Next Day (Music) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 2PM (Music) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Wooden Overcoats (Podcast) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Tropes G to M / Real Life / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Cirque Mystique (Roleplay) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Koragasa Renewal (Roleplay) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Air Crash Investigation
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 Channel Zero / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Designated Survivor / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Double Dare (1986) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 EastEnders / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Firefly / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Frasier / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 GARO / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 House / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Kamen Rider Decade / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Lexx / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Narcos / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Power Rangers Wild Force / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Shaka Zulu / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Shooter / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Spartacus: Blood and Sand / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Aquabats! Super Show! / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Crown (2016) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Hexer / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Tomorrow People (1973) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The West Wing / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Video Power / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Dark Heresy (Tabletop Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Rocket Age (Tabletop Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Warriors Adventure Game (Tabletop Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 A Chorus Line (Theatre) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 EFX (Theatre) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Medea (Theatre) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Oedipus the King (Theatre) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Suppliants (Theatre) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 AdventureQuest Worlds (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Aliens: Colonial Marines (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Armored Core V (Video Game)
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Assassin's Creed: Syndicate (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Batman: Arkham City (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Bloodborne (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Bravely Second (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Catwoman (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Chrono Cross (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Cris Tales (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Dark Chronicle (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Daylight (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Deponia (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Devil May Cry 5 (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Diablo II (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Don't Escape (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Doom Eternal (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Dragon Quest VIII (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Enigmatis (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Fairy Tail (2020) (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Final Fantasy X-2 (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Fire Emblem Warriors (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Flashback (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Freedom Planet (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Gears of War (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Godherja The Dying World (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Gungrave (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Halo 5: Guardians (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Honkai Impact 3rd (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Insecticide (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 killer7 (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Kingdom Hearts III (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 King's Quest (2015) (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Life Is Strange 2 (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Little Nightmares (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Marathon (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Metro 2033 (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Modern Warfare (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Need for Speed (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Need for Speed: Most Wanted (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Need for Speed: Underground (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Pac-Man (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Persona 2 (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Pokémon Ranger (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Resident Evil 6 (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Sonic Battle (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Sonic Colors (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Spec Ops: The Line (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Super Mario Odyssey (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Super Paper Mario (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Tales of Monkey Island (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Tales of Xillia (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The World Ends with You (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Tomb Raider: Underworld (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 X-Men Legends (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Zeno Clash (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Dark Tales / Videogame / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 NieR: Automata / Videogame / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Dies Irae (Visual Novel) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 H2O: Footprints in the Sand (Visual Novel) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 White Album 2 (Visual Novel) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Extra Credits (Web Animation) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Grossery Gang (Web Animation) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Angel of Death (Web Video) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Door Monster (Web Video) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 France Five (Web Video) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Mayor Vine (Web Video) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Scootertrix the Abridged (Web Video) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Joker Blogs (Web Video) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Terrible Writing Advice (Web Animation) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 AsteroidQuest (Webcomic) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Cobweb and Stripes (Webcomic) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Darths & Droids (Webcomic) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Down the Hatch (Webcomic) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Everywhere And Nowhere (Webcomic) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Girly (Webcomic) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Paranatural (Webcomic) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Planet Zebeth (Webcomic)
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 Schlock Mercenary (Webcomic) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Descended (Webcomic) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Water Phoenix King (Webcomic) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Æon Flux / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Code Lyoko / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Codename: Kids Next Door / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Danger Mouse / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Elena of Avalor / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Every Child / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 FlashGordon
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 Freakazoid! / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Hoodwinked
seeAlso
In Medias Res
 Infinity Train / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Mega Man / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Rick and Morty / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Spliced / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 SWAT Kats / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Crumpets / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Jetsons / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Spectacular Spider-Man / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Totally Spies! / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Wild Kratts / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 K / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 All-New Wolverine (Comic Book) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 A Crown of Stars (Fanfic) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Advice and Trust (Fanfic) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Hammered Down / Fan Fic / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Guns of the Dawn / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 The Moonstone / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Eternal Sonata (Video Game) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (Visual Novel) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res
 Llamas with Hats (Web Animation) / int_2534ee67
type
In Medias Res