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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })A character, dead from the start or killed very early in a work, who is either depicted as The Ghost (not literally) or developed entirely via flashbacks. May make heavy use of Posthumous Narration. Averts We Hardly Knew Ye. Video Wills, Apocalyptic Logs, Troubled Backstory Flashbacks, suicide notes, and mention by other characters on what he or she was like may help.
Expect them to appear in a Happier Home Movie, which the protagonist will watch over and over until he realizes It's All Junk.
The Afterlife may be used as a Framing Device.
The Lost Lenore is often such a character. Undead characters and spirits don't count: the effect should be that, despite a character being dead and absent from the present, they still have as large a part in what's going on as the rest of the characters. At the very least, the viewer should getting to know the character surprisingly well despite not being physically present.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })Generally this character's demise is a Plot-Triggering Death. Compare with Dead Star Walking, Dead All Along, and Dead to Begin With. Contrast with Forgotten Fallen Friend. See also Death by Origin Story, which can sometimes overlap, if the origin story is a flashback. The Predecessor Villain is often a specific type of Posthumous Character. Greater-Scope Villain can be a villain version of this trope, depending on how it's used. Starts with Their Funeral can lead to this trope if the dead character is shown in flashbacks. An Impersonation-Exclusive Character will often be one of these.
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Ambience: A Fleet Symphony: Damon's father Deimos was Killed Offscreen almost 20 years ago in the plot-triggering nuclear exchanges of World War III, but his actions and inventions continue to have an impact on the events of present day.
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Batman: The Telltale Series sees a greater focus on Thomas and Martha Wayne, and their legacy, which is the crux of the plot, because unlike other versions, these versions underwent Adaptational Villainy and were in league with crime boss Carmine Falcone and Gotham's corrupt mayor Hamilton Hill, with Thomas Wayne being a Greater-Scope Villain as his actions resulted in the existence of the Penguin and Lady Arkham (a similarly Adaptational Vilified Vicki Vale), whose actions also means turn lead to bad publicity for Bruce and Harvey Dent's transformation into Two-Face.
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Natsume's grandmother Reiko in Natsume's Book of Friends. The Book of Friends (aka Yuujinchou) is among the few things Natsume inherits from his late grandmother. Once Natsume has returned the name of a youkai, a flashback is usually shown about the circumstances surrounding when Reiko first took the name.
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Batman: Arkham Asylum has Amadeus Arkham, aka the Spirit of Arkham. Batman must collect journal entries of the founder of the Asylum throughout Arkham Island in a side mission, where we learn the secret history of Gotham's greatest prison and its chief doctor's eventual incarceration within his own institution.
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Night Watch by Terry Pratchett has a fairly interesting version of this trope. John Keel, Sam Vimes' mentor, is murdered shortly after Vimes stumbles back in time; he's mentioned at the beginning on the anniversary of his death (and the other soldiers). So Vimes ends up having to take his place in history, letting us see something similar to the story of John Keel, but not quite (note that it's not a Stable Time Loop; Vimes wasn't supposed to come back in time. He really was mentored by the real Keel, who was murdered due to Carcer being brought back in time as well. So John Keel's feats were really done by John Keel in the first timeline, but in this separate timeline, they're done by Vimes).
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Joshua and Margaret from Adventure Time are this. It is unknown how they died, but there are frequent views of them from the past via flashback, picture, video, etc.
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The Comedian in Watchmen, dead on page one. Literally the first thing you see is his blood. Most of the Minutemen, for that matter.
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Kyouko's father in Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Then Puella Magi Oriko Magica gives us Yuma's parents and Oriko's dad.
Puella Magi Kazumi Magica has the real Yuuri Asuka.
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Takamachi Shirou, Kyouya's father in Triangle Heart 3: Sweet Songs Forever, is mostly developed through his family's memories and flashbacks. They kept him alive and present, however, in a More Popular Spin-Off that we shouldn't have to name by now.
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Everyone in Analogue: A Hate Story, except for *Mute and (depending on how you define 'death') *Hyun-ae. The entire reason you're there in the first place is to investigate why the ancient slower-than-light "generation spaceship" never made it to its destination, and the death of its entire population is the obvious proximal cause. Turns out Hyun-ae killed them in revenge for unceasing misogynistic abuse including cutting out her tongue, right before uploading her brain and becoming *Hyun-ae.
The sequel, Hate Plus, has you investigate logs embedded in the AI you rescued in the previous game that promise to explain what caused the spaceship's society to go so far off track. Even if it weren't for the above-mentioned catastrophe, the logs in question are all hundreds of years old, so old age would have gotten any human documented in them, and the last log is titled "The Death of *Mute", foreshadowing that the *Mute in the logs got her memory wiped and her programming drastically altered to become the Female Misogynist *Mute of the present time.
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Harry Lime in The Third Man is the central figure of the entire story, even though the movie's second scene is his funeral. Of course, he's not really dead...
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Meg Ryan's character, Ct. Walden, in Courage Under Fire. The entire plot of the movie is to determine the circumstances of her death, and whether or not to posthumously award her the Medal of Honor.
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The Western spoof Support Your Local Sheriff starts with some pioneers burying one of their fellow travellers. And then mid-service, gold is discovered in his grave, leading to the main plot with the resulting Boom Town.
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Matilda has Miss Honey's mother and father, the former of which died in childbirth, the latter of which was murdered by her aunt, Miss Trunchbull. They get considerably more backstory development in The Musical.
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The Tenets of Futilism has Sasha's father, Chris. While his effects upon his daughter's personality and beliefs are immense, he's dead before the opening of the novel and is described only through said daughter.
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Simon "Gazerbeam" Pallidino from The Incredibles. He was recruited by Syndrome to battle a prototype Omnidroid, then somehow he learned of Syndrome's nefarious plan, as well as the password to Syndrome's computer system. He escaped the fortress, only to die in a cave (presumably killed by one of Syndrome's probe droids) — foreseeing the end, he carved the password in the cave wall with his Eye Beams. All of this happens off-screen, prior to the main plot; all we see is Mr. Incredible reading about Pallidino's disappearance in a newspaper article, then stumbling upon Gazerbeam's remains in the cave. The password Gazerbeam carved on the wall comes in handy. Gazerbeam is only seen alive in a flashback where he's a guest at the Parrs' wedding — for about half a second.
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Mary Alice Young, the narrator of Desperate Housewives, was this a minute into the first episode.
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Since LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles happens between episodes IV and V, Obi-Wan Kenobi is already dead, though he frequently appears as a ghost to talk with Yoda. Ditto for Qui-Gon Jinn.
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Played straight in Bioshock Infinite by Lady Comstock for the most part.
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Detective Conan has two more important ones:
Akemi Miyano was originally a Red Shirt killed by The Syndicate very early on in the story, but she was later retconed into an important backstory-driving character.
Jinpei Matsuda, One-Scene Wonder Story Arc-wise, Ensemble Dark Horse series-wise.
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The Deathly Hallows gives several of these:
Far more is revealed about Albus Dumbledore posthumously in than in all six of the previous books combined.
Ariana Dumbledore plays a huge role in the Backstory despite having been dead for about a century and Harry never previously knowing she even existed.
In a literal example, Bathilda Bagshot is actually dead the entire time Harry and Hermione spend with her. Nagini is controlling her body but it's never stated how long she's been dead.
Regulus Black's story aboutleaving the Death Eaters and trying to stop Voldemort on his own is revealed in this book. He died right around the time Harry was born.
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Marty from Count Your Sheep
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Vergil first appears under a possessed state under the name of Nelo Angelo and the service of Mundus. After his death, his sword plays an important role in Devil May Cry 4. This is ultimately subverted when Vergil is resurrected in fifth game.
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The Artist is Dead!: No points for guessing who.
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Dragon Age:
King Maric died at sea roughly five years before the events of Dragon Age: Origins, at which time his son Cailan was crowned king. His absence from Ferelden impacts the plot, in part because most people don't feel Cailan is as good a king as his father was. No likeness of him ever appears in the games, but he does appear as a character in some of the tie-in novels and comics.
Malcolm Hawke, father of the player character in Dragon Age II, died a few years before the events of the game. Although his death doesn't have a huge impact on the plot, it is a driving factor behind Hawke's character, as his death essentially left them the head of the family. Malcolm is never seen, except as a ghostly pair of eyes in the Legacy DLC; this is because Hawke strongly resembles him physically, and Hawke's appearance can be customized by the player.
Divine Justinia is this in Dragon Age: Inquisition, and her death is what starts the plot.
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In Number the Stars, the protagonist's deceased older sister, Lise. She died in a car accident while working for the Danish Resistance. Her fiancé, Peter, is still close with her family. At one point Ellen, the Jewish girl her family is hiding from the Nazis, is saved when her parents pass her off as Lise, the third daughter whom they have evidence exists.
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From the X-Men books: Charles Xavier's father, mother, and stepfather (Juggernaut's father); Cyclops' and Havok's mother Katherine Summers; Magneto's wife Magda (mother of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch), first daughter Anya, parents, sister and extended family, and his former lover Isabelle; Banshee's wife Maeve (Siryn's mother); Storm's parents; Nightcrawler's stepbrother Stefan Szardos; Polaris' mother and apparent father, Mr. Dane (some retcons later, it was decided that Magneto was her biological father).
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Brian Rammer is dead in the mainline Sluggy Freelance universe but is still alive in at least two alternate universes.
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In the Raffles stories, the titular character is this, as the books are his friend Bunny's memoirs.
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Bleach
Ichigo's resolve comes from his mother Masaki's death which is introduced via flashback. A final arc flashback that includes Uryuu's mother reveals the truth. Masaki and Kanae's deaths are connected, also linking both sons resolve, the two families, Urahara, Aizen and Ryuuken's mysterious attitude to each other and the Myth Arc.
Uryuu's grandfather Souken was also his Quincy mentor prior to his death. His teachings and his desire to see Quincies and Shinigami working together drives Uryuu and provide most of our information about the Quincy clan. It becomes very important to remember this in the final arc.
Kaien is a vital source of both angst and strength for Rukia. Flashbacks reveal much of her weakness, and later her strength, come from what he taught her and how he died. He appeared to be Not Quite Dead later in the Hueco Mundo arc, but it was only a Shapeshifter Guilt Trip. His death is connected to Aizen's activities and also the Myth Arc as his family act as a gateway to the Royal Realm and are related to Ichigo by way of Isshin Shiba (their uncle).
Hisana died 50 years before the main storyline began but flashbacks reveal that she obtained a deathbed promise from her husband Byakuya to protect her abandoned sister Rukia at any cost. The Soul Society arc would never have unfolded the way it did without Byakuya's attempt to juggle two conflicting vows, one to his dead wife and the other to his dead parents.
One character obtains Character Development only after his death five hundred chapters after he first appears. Choujirou had almost no presence in the story and only appeared in relation to his captain Yamamoto. His death reveals the truth about his relationship with Yamamoto and his death finally giving him a personality and background.
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Mistborn has a few. The original series has Kwaan, who is the writer of the epigraphs, and Alendi, who Kwaan believed to be the hero of ages. While the sequel both subverts the trope and plays it straight. It mentions many of the characters from the first trilogy, as their legacies are remembered in the sequel, and also has Lessie, who was Wax's love interest before the beginning of the story. That he accidentally killed.
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In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Reflecting Balance, one of the previous town oracles, Cassandra, is mentioned a few times by one of her descendants, and by the main villain of the story. Her connection to the events of the story is eventually explored in a few chapters focusing on the backstory of the town.
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Lobster Johnson from Hellboy, a Captain Ersatz for Captain America, was a real-life superhero in the 1930s. Even though he died years before Hellboy came to Earth he has pretty regular appearances in the series, both in flashbacks and as a ghost.
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Susie Salmon in The Lovely Bones of the narration and Framing Device variety.
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The Talos Principle: Alexandra Drennan, the researcher who left the audio recordings.
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Pandora of HeroSmash counts as one as well, as she, according to her memorial statue found in Aurora Park, made the ultimate sacrifice so that the residents of Super City could see another day. Of course, judging by the full-color pictures of her found in ads as well as several Artix Entertainment main websites, it implies that Pandora might not actually already be dead...
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Jimmy Keefe, and many others, in Rescue Me.
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Cross Game essentially runs on this trope, as one of the three central characters is dead for 49 of its 50 episodes. Despite this, Wakaba gets just as much development as anyone else, thanks to the author's excellent talent for blending flashbacks into the narrative.
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In the series finale, Batman: Arkham Knight, Joker is dead. However, at the same time, he is very much alive, also being a very important plot point in Batman's mind.
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Bojack's father on BoJack Horseman, as well has his mother Beatrice's family, all of whom are only seen in flashbacks.
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Arrow has quite a lot of these, due to having a whole flashback storyline each season that is told alongside the present-day storyline. A large amount of the characters end up dying before reaching the present day, so all count as this trope. They include (but not limited to): Rebecca Merlyn, Robert Queen, Yao Fei, Edward Fyers, Shado, Anthony Ivo, Akio, Conklin, Baron Reiter, Taiana, and Gregor.
Zig-Zagged with Sara Lance. Played straight in season one, then she turns up alive in season 2, is killed in the first episode of season 3 to set up the season's main plot, then brought Back from the Dead in season 4 to move to and eventually headline a spin-off series.
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Rebecca, a 1938 novel later made into a movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock. When the story opens, Rebecca (wife of the wealthy Maximilian de Winter) has been dead for a year already — but even in her absence, her presence is inescapable, as her memory casts its shadow over the entire story.
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In most of the Redwall books, Martin the Warrior is long dead, but his spirit endures in Mossflower and he acts as a Magical Guide to many young warriors throughout the series, often contacting his chosen through dreams or speaking in someone's mind at a critical juncture. As one of the founding members of Redwall Abbey, he's a legendary figure in Mossflower's history, and most who grow up at the abbey are at least peripherally aware that he retains a mystical influence — characters will sometimes express hope for his aid in times of need, and someone claiming to have been visited by him in a dream is likely to be taken seriously. He does appear as a living character in Martin the Warrior, Mossflower, and The Legend of Luke, the three books that detail his personal story, but the events of these books take place years before most of the rest of series.
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Carson in Struck By Lightning. His character dies in the first scene as the opening credits finish rolling. The majority of the movie is an extended flashback of his life.
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The Girl from the Miracles District has Johann, who's developed a lot in the second book even though he's been dead for years by the time the series begins.
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Harry Morgan in Dexter. Unique because he's actually in the title credits and appears, at the very least, in two-thirds of every season, almost always as a hallucination.
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In Three Days to Never, Lisa Marrity dies on the first page, and her father has been dead for thirty years, but the consequences of their actions drive the whole plot.
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The Simpsons:
Snowball I, the original family cat, who died some time before "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" (the first episode of the TV series to be aired), and had made no appearances beforehand, either in the episodes which preceded it production-wise or the Tracey Ullman shorts. She has been seen in family photographs and flashbacks (and also in a near-death experience of Bart's), and many of the tie-in books are dedicated to her memory.
In the episode "Stark Raving Dad", Lisa also mentions having a pet hamster named Snuffy who died, though no other reference has been made to him since.
In the episode "On A Clear Day I Can't See My Sister", Lisa mentions that Bart once comforted her when her pet hamster died.
In "The Boys of Bummer", Lisa mentions that Bart had a rabbit named Cottontail that Homer apparently buried alive.
Other good examples are the town's founder Jebediah Springfield and Clancy Bouvier, Marge's father.
Superintendent Chalmers's wife, Rosemary, was first mentioned at the very end of Season 16's "Pranksta Rap", with Chalmers saying she's very sick. She wasn't brought up again until Season 23's "Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts", where it is revealed that she had died.
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The premise of Full House is Danny Tanner's wife Pam dies in a car accident so his brother-in-law Jesse and best friend Joey move in to help Danny raise his three young daughters.
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John Scott from Fringe, who was killed in the first episode but still became a major character.
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Uncharted:
Sir Francis Drake is this in Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (doubling up as a Historical Domain Character). The plot is kicked off by Nathan Drake, who believes he is Sir Francis' descendant, following clues left by Francis that reveal how he faked his death and went hunting for a legendary treasure on an uncharted island. His journal and messages to other people are crucial to following the trail, and at the end, Nate discovers that Francis made a Heroic Sacrifice to stop the Descendants from escaping the island. Francis is also a crucial part of Nate's characterisation, since the latter draws a lot of pride and self-confidence from being the descendant of the former, and briefly believing that Francis failed in his quest and died alone crushes Nate's spirit.
Marco Polo in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, though not as much as Francis in the previous game.
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception has T.E. Lawrence playing a huge part in the story, as well as more details on the connection between Nathan and Sir Francis Drake. Specifically, there isn't one. Nate made up his backstory, including his name just to convince himself that he was worth something.
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Emmeline Grangerford in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
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In Faded Blue, Blue Diamond fills this role in place of Rose Quartz.
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Lionel Shrike in Now You See Me. He died in an attempt to stage a comeback as a magician by escaping from a safe thrown into the Hudson River. His son has been planning revenge on all those who contributed to the tragedy, which is the plot of the entire movie.
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Someone Else's War: The entire novel is kickstarted by a boy trying to find his missing little brother. Said missing little brother turns out to have been dead since chapter one.
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Harrow: Quinn, the mysterious body pulled up from the river in the first episode and not identified for several episodes thereafter. He only ever appears in photos and in flashbacks.
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Chandra Suresh in Heroes.
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The Baker's father in Into the Woods, who set most of the plot into motion years earlier, but was believed to have perished in a "baking accident". Zig-zagged when it turns out that the Mysterious Old Man is the Baker's father, whose reveal comes just in time for him to die again, only to kind of come back to life to sing a duet with the Baker in Act II.
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Hamato Yoshi in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) is one of these. After appearing in occasional flashbacks, he is the focus of the series' hundredth episode.
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In Mistress of the Apes, Susan's husband is an anthropologist who goes missing in Darkest Africa. Susan mounts an expedition to find him, only to learn that he has been murdered by Evil Poachers working for Thurston. He never appears onscreen and is not even named.
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A Diplomatic Visit: The sequel Diplomat at Large eventually reveals that Queen Skydancer, ruler of the hippogriffs, died during the Storm King's attack.
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The Ys franchise provides a rare example where the protagonist of its games has been explicitly dead for centuries. Each installment featuring Adol Christin is an In-Universe re-telling of one of his journals, numbering in the hundreds, re-written into collected volumes by an unknown writer.
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Batman: Arkham Series:
Batman: Arkham Asylum has Amadeus Arkham, aka the Spirit of Arkham. Batman must collect journal entries of the founder of the Asylum throughout Arkham Island in a side mission, where we learn the secret history of Gotham's greatest prison and its chief doctor's eventual incarceration within his own institution.
In a similar nod to Amadeus' mission, Batman: Arkham Origins see Batman also search for the journal entries of Cyrus Pinkney, another deceased founding father of Gotham.
In the series finale, Batman: Arkham Knight, Joker is dead. However, at the same time, he is very much alive, also being a very important plot point in Batman's mind.
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Lyrical Nanoha:
Quint Nakajima's entire character is fleshed out by stories and flashbacks from her husband, her daughters, and her captain.
Alicia Testarossa; the only times we see her alive are in a flashback and a dream sequence; most of what we know about her comes from Precia, although, since she's quite unhinged at this point, it's hard to tell how much is true.
Linith, too. And Tiida Lanster. And Olivie Sägebrecht.
Roy Berlinetta gets a special mention for being the first one in the series to die of natural causes.
Precia (presumably) died at the end of the first season, but her influence can still be felt in both the second and third seasons due to the effect that her abuse had on Fate.
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Allen's adoptive father Mana Walker in D.Gray-Man has been dead for several years from the start of the series and yet in the manga while he's a major influence on Allen's choices, he turns out to be an even more major plot point when he turns out to be the biological older brother of the 14th Noah.
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Murder mystery I Wake Up Screaming starts after Vicki's murder. Her story is told via flashbacks from her sister and her boyfriend.
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Naruto:
The Fourth Hokage, who dies sealing the Nine-Tailed Fox into Naruto at the start of the story. Over the course of the plot, his personality, deeds in life, family, and even real name are revealed. This also applies to his wife Kushina, Sasuke Uchiha's parents, Kakashi's childhood friends Rin and Obito Uchiha, and Yahiko and Hanzo from the Hidden Rain Village.
Kabuto's technique gives us formerly Posthumous Characters by truckloads.
Madara Uchiha may be something of a Triple Subversion. First, we think he's dead. Then Tobi claims to be him. Then we learn Tobi is not Madara, the real Madara was very much dead. thanks to the above-mentioned technique. But then Tobi's real backstory shows the real Madara died a lot more recently than we previously thought. Not only that, but the newly-resurrected Madara rises to prominence and joins the Big Bad party, being the one responsible for Tobi's Evil Plan in the first place.
Subverted by Obito; He's Tobi.
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Supergirl's parents Zor-El and Allura In-Ze. Supergirl often feels Survivor Guilt because she survived but her parents didn't.
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The drama Providence had the main character's mother die in the first episode. She continually appears to her daughter as a type of muse.
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Castle Greyskull may look like a skull, but it isn't grey. So how did it get its name? Answer: It was named after its original owner. An episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002) told the story of King Greyskull, a legendary hero of Eternia. In fact, when Prince Adam chants "By the power of Greyskull!", he is actually invoking King Greyskull's power, not the castle's.
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A borderline case: The Flash when Barry Allen died and his protege Wally "Kid Flash" West took up the mantle. Barry was shown in flashbacks many times over the years, had new stories written entirely about him in his heyday and, because he and Wally are both time travellers, he's popped up in several present-day stories. All this before he finally came back from the dead decades later.
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Leo Strange, Erica's older brother in Being Erica. He died several years before the show takes place.
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Fullmetal Alchemist:
Brigadier General Basque Grand qualifies for this.
Also, Trisha Elric, whom we got to know rather well for someone who's been dead for years.
Also, Scar's brother, who even plays a vital part in foiling the Big Bad.
In the Fullmetal Alchemist anime Scar's brothers' lover is one of these. We learn quite a bit about her due to Lust being her homunculi.
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The eponymous anarchist in Accidental Death of an Anarchist is dead at the start of the play, and the play revolves a farcical investigation into his death.
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Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). The clue's in the title. It doesn't stop him solving crimes.
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One of the first sentences in Eternal Darkness involves the narrator informing you that he is dead.
Counts for every character not named "Alex", "Edwin", "Peter", or "Michael". Edward is merely the first person the player learns of who was killed.
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Yorick, Old Fortinbras, and the dead king in Hamlet.
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The Hunger Games: Mr. Everdeen, who died in a mine disaster.
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Subverting most people's expectations, the version of Norman Osborne introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 dies of a genetic illness in the first half-hour of the movie, after his only scene. However, it's revealed that he was responsible for the deaths of Peter Parker's parents, and his amoral experiments at Oscorp prove to be the Meta Origin connecting every single costumed character in the movie. His death also drives his son Harry to become the Green Goblin, after his efforts to cure the genetic virus end up backfiring and mutating him into a monster.
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Ryuken, the previous Hokuto Shinken master in Fist of the North Star, is dead before the story begins and his appearances in the series are primarily flashbacks of Kenshiro's training days with his "brothers".
Shin and Raoh are lesser examples. Shin is killed off in the tenth chapter and receives some character development via flashback later on. Raoh is one in the second half of the series, where numerous major characters are connected to him.
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Lightning Tiger's death at the beginning of Veritas forms the basis of the plot. Almost all characters introduced afterwards have their relationship to him explained via flashback.
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Jack (Michael Caine) has died before Last Orders commences. His friends embark on a road trip to scatter his ashes in the sea in accordance with his last wishes. Their memories of Jack appear in flashbacks (and sometimes in flashbacks within flashbacks).
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Divine Justinia is this in Dragon Age: Inquisition, and her death is what starts the plot.
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Jiguro, Balsa's foster father from Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit. Balsa tries to do right what he did right and avoid what he did wrong with her charge and the warriors hunting them.
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On Vampirina, Vee's Uncle Dieter passed away before the events of the series, though he temporarily returns in the episode "Dia De Los Muertos".
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Alice's entire family from Alice: Madness Returns died in a house fire. However, the collectible memories allow us to hear what their story was before passing away. Shockingly, her sister Lizzie's memories reveal that the fire was caused by a Stalker with a Crush who was rejected by Alice's sister, setting the whole plot in motion.
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Dragon Ball:
Son Gohan in Dragon Ball. That's the elderly human master of martial arts who adopted Goku, not Goku's son from Dragon Ball Z, mind you. He was squished by Goku's Oozaru form, which Goku himself didn't realize for years until he witnesses Vegeta turning into an Oozaru.
Master Roshi and Crane's master, Mutaito, is long dead by the start of the series and isn't even mentioned until the King Piccolo Saga.
The entire Saiyan race has been long dead by the time Dragon Ball starts, thanks to Frieza destroying the whole planet. As Frieza remembers Goku's father, Bardock, very clearly when seeing Goku's uncanny resemblance, showing that he at least had more of an impact than his entire race including his king put together.
The Saiyans' neighboring race, the Tuffles, are stated to be extinct in every media they appear. Its last surviving member, Doctor Lychee, also passed away and was reborn as a Ghost Warrior by Hatchiyack.
The father of the nameless Namekian (Kami and King Piccolo's combined form) died centuries before the beginning of the story. He sent his son away to Earth when planet Namek's climate drastically shifted and died shortly afterwards.
Dragon Ball Super reveals that the Supreme Kai of Future Trunks' timeline was killed by Dabura with a ki blast by the time the Future Trunks saga takes place.
The evil wizard Bibidi, the father of Babidi, is mentioned a lot but has less than five minutes of screentime in the anime, and none in the manga. We only see a brief flashback to him late in the anime when Shin is explaining Buu's original form. note Strangely, he isn't shown in the manga's version of this scene while South Supreme Kai and Grand Supreme Kai are.
Jiren's master, Gicchin, and many of his companions were killed when Jiren was younger, by the hands of "the killer". The survivors left him behind out of desperation.
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From the Harry Potter series:
Lily and James Potter are killed at the very beginning of the series. Everything that we learn about them is through flashbacks or their magical equivalent.
The Deathly Hallows gives several of these:
Far more is revealed about Albus Dumbledore posthumously in than in all six of the previous books combined.
Ariana Dumbledore plays a huge role in the Backstory despite having been dead for about a century and Harry never previously knowing she even existed.
In a literal example, Bathilda Bagshot is actually dead the entire time Harry and Hermione spend with her. Nagini is controlling her body but it's never stated how long she's been dead.
Regulus Black's story aboutleaving the Death Eaters and trying to stop Voldemort on his own is revealed in this book. He died right around the time Harry was born.
Many of the Order of the Phoenix members and the Death Eaters from the first war: Marlene McKinnon, Mrs. Weasley's brothers Gideon and Fabian Prewett, Edgar Bones, Caradoc Dearborn, Dorcas Meadowes, Benjy Fenwick, Evan Rosier, and Wilkes.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince reveals the story regarding Marvolo, Morfin, and Merope Gaunt, and Tom Riddle, Sr., who are Voldemort's maternal grandfather, uncle, mother, and father, respectively.
Phineas Nigellus Black, a former headmaster of Hogwarts, plays a pretty significant role in the last three books via his portraits in Hogwarts and Grimmauld Place.
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Rem Saverem from Trigun.
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In Tenchi Muyo!, Tenchi Universe and Tenchi in Tokyo, Tenchi's mother (Kiyone in the OVAs, Achika in Universe and in Tokyo) becomes this, having flashbacks to her from time to time. The first Tenchi movie focuses on her (though only in Universe) while the final episode of the OVAs shows that she's not this patron saint of motherhood...
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Portia's father in The Merchant of Venice. Portia spends much of the play dealing with the weird test he had set up for potential suitors, since according to his will she can't marry anyone who doesn't pick the right casket and must marry the man who does. She is not entirely pleased with this situation.
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In Mobile Suit Gundam 00, the mastermind of anti-war paramility group Celestial Being is a man named Aeolia Schenberg, who somehow foresaw his energy-crisis ending designs giving rise to the mobile suit approximately 200 years before the events of the series, and directed all of his remaining resources to ending military conflicts worldwide - conflicts he knew he wouldn't live to see.
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Marco dies very early on in Attack on Titan, but it's this character's death which jumpstarts Jean's Character Development which leads him to inspire others to join the Survey Corps, and also helps Armin deduce the Female Titan's identity.
Marcel was a friend of Annie, Reiner, and Bertolt's. He died very early on into their mission to destroy the walls after he was eaten by Ymir. His death is one of the causes of Reiner's eternal angst and his desire to be seen as a capable older brother figure. It's still haunting him 10 years later.
Actual examples of characters who've only been shown in flashbacks: Frieda Reiss, Krista/Historia's sister and host of the Founding Titan - at least until Grisha Yeager stole it from her (and most of her siblings) along with her uncle Uri (the previous host of the Founding Titan and the reason why Kenny wanted to attack the Survey Corps), Faye Yeager, Grisha's younger sister, Eren Kruger, a Marleyan military official who is responsible for Grisha gaining the powers of the Attack Titan, which he later gives to his son Eren, Kuchel Ackerman (Levi's mother) and perhaps most importantly, Ymir Fritz, the ancestor of all Eldians and supposed creator of the Titans.
We also learn most of Grisha Yeager's story through flashbacks. These flashbacks reveal the truth of the world - that humanity isn't almost extinct, along with a lot of other information, such as the Marley vs. Eldia conflict, the powers of the Nine Titans and the fact that Titan shifters only live for 13 years... Oh, and that the Beast Titan is Eren's half brother. All this new info turns the story on its head for both the characters and the audience, setting up an entirely new goal.
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Margaret Kanisky (the Chief's wife) in Gimme a Break! Appears in a flashback in the Season 3 episode "Flashback".
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In The Green Pastures, Abel appears only as a corpse, with his brother Cain standing over him.
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Everything that happens in The Bourne Supremacy traces back to the assassination of Vladimir Neski, a Russian politician who'd been killed before revealing that a Russian oil baron was using stolen CIA funds to buy up Russian oil leases. Jason Bourne soon uncovers that he was the one that killed Neski, in his very first Treadstone assignment.
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Several characters in Mawaru-Penguindrum, being a series told in Anachronic Order full of Whole Episode Flashbacks. But specially, Momoka.
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Millicent Trueblood in Pound Puppies (1980s). She's the founder of Holly's Puppy Pound and the aunt of Katrina Stoneheart and only appeared in flashbacks during the episode "How to Found a Pound". The house where Katrina lives was inherited from Millicent, while Holly inherited the Puppy Pound.
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George & Marion Kerby and Neil in Topper. They are ghosts, though.
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Joe Gillis (William Holden) in Sunset Boulevard enters the film as a body floating facedown in a swimming pool and proceeds to narrate the events leading up to his death.
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Assassin's Creed (2016): Mary Lynch dies in the film's prologue and it is only later that the audience discovers that she was an Assassin, just like her husband, and the scene that Callum walked in on was not her being murdered by her husband but her husband assisting her with a Heroic Suicide.
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Treasure Island: Captain Flint, who died prior to the events of the novel but whose actions are central to the plot.
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The Caligula Effect:
Ichika Saotome, whose death affected Shogo and Thorn greatly. Shogo was supposed to kill himself with her but backed out of it at the last second, and Thorn blamed Shogo for her death; he uses Ichika's appearance as an avatar in Mobius to torment Shogo further.
Overdose has Himari Minamide, the leader of an underground idol group before her sudden death. Despite being dead for years, all of the new main and side characters are connected to her in some way or another.
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Both of Harry Dresden's parents in The Dresden Files have appeared to him in various books, despite both being long dead by the time of the first book. His father has popped up in dreams, while his mother left him pre-recorded messages in his and his half-brother Thomas' souls in order to leave proof for her sons that they were brothers.
Heinrich Kemmler is also a major player in several books, in spite of the fact that he has been dead for over fifty years when the series begins. Notably, his research assistant and several of his apprentices play major parts in the story.
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Also Koba in War for the Planet of the Apes being seen in Caesar's guilted hallucinations of him.
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Mary Winchester, the mother of the boys on Supernatural is murdered in the pilot, in a flashback to when Dean was four and Sam was an infant. Between other flashbacks, Time Travel, the afterlife, and Eve impersonating her, Mary's presence on the show rivals her widower John.
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Raising Dion: Dion's father, Mark Warren, died prior to the events of the series but is seen in several flashbacks.
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Bhaal, Charname's real father, died twenty years before the game starts during a catastrophic event known as the Time of Trouble. It's the plans for his resurrection that drive most of the plot, and he too likes haunting Charname's dreams. In Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear, Charname even gets to witness his death first hand.
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Memento:
Teddy, who is killed in the first scene but due to the film's Anachronic Order appears in many scenes after that.
Leonard's late wife, who exists only in his memories anymore.
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Neon Genesis Evangelion:
Yui Ikari and Kyoko Zeppelin Soryu, technically speaking, as they did die but are still around in a sense. Being Kaiju Youkai Humongous Mecha counts as being "still around", yes?
Naoko Akagi, Ritsuko's mother. She created the Magi system and killed Rei I but has been dead for years by the time the show begins.
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Mulholland Falls: Jennifer Connelly's Ms. Fanservice character is killed off almost immediately, and her character is only developed through flashbacks or in-universe film footage.
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Discworld:
Granny Aching from the Tiffany Aching series. Dead before the first book began, we only see her through Tiffany's memories. A bit of a shame since it would have been interesting to see a meeting between Granny Weatherwax and her. Pratchett has said in talks, "She's one of my best characters ever, and she's dead!"
In several books, the witches talk about the infamous Black Aliss, baddest of bad witches.
Night Watch by Terry Pratchett has a fairly interesting version of this trope. John Keel, Sam Vimes' mentor, is murdered shortly after Vimes stumbles back in time; he's mentioned at the beginning on the anniversary of his death (and the other soldiers). So Vimes ends up having to take his place in history, letting us see something similar to the story of John Keel, but not quite (note that it's not a Stable Time Loop; Vimes wasn't supposed to come back in time. He really was mentored by the real Keel, who was murdered due to Carcer being brought back in time as well. So John Keel's feats were really done by John Keel in the first timeline, but in this separate timeline, they're done by Vimes).
Dave Likely in Unseen Academicals.
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Xavier's parents in Xavier: Renegade Angel. Xavier accidentally killed them in a fire prior to the series, but they still appear frequently in flashbacks. Well, his father, anyway-his mother is revealed in Season 2 to have faked her own death to get away from him.
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Taking a few hints from Old Rome, Hungary and England are this in the Axis Powers Hetalia Alternate Universe Fic 1983: Doomsday Stories.
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In PandoraHearts, Jack Vessalius and Glen Baskerville have been dead for 100 years, and we have just begun to understand their stories, always through flashbacks. And then Glen comes Back from the Dead via reincarnation and Jack turns out to not be as dead as everyone thought...
And there’s Lacie, the root of the story itself. But she’s never played any part of the story in the present, unlike Jack and Glen.
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Chairman Cha's brother and Ji Heon's brother in Protect the Boss.
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Ordinary People: Two in the novel: Buck, as recalled frequently in the novel by his father and brother, and shown in brief flashbacks in the film. In the novel, Calvin also frequently recalls his relationship with Arnold Bacon, an older mentor who guided him from an orphanage to law school, until they had a falling out over him marrying Beth. He never reconciled before the older man died.
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Zack Fair from Final Fantasy VII is the entire reason Cloud becomes the main character, yet we only find out about his existence after Cloud realizes he was pretending to be Zack the whole time.
Sephiroth was this as well. Cloud killed him long before the game starts, though he eventually wills himself back to life in the end just in time for the Final Battle. Every time you encounter him outside of flashbacks prior to the end it's just another Jenova clone.
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In Undocumented Features, Corwin's friend Kala never shows up, but her death was discussed by him. In the annotations, Gryphon remarks:
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Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Song Oak got sick and died when her daughter Kipo was very young.
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All but one of the principal characters in The Usual Suspects. The story unfolds as the lone survivor recounts for the police the events that brought the suspects together and how they eventually met their ends. With a healthy dose of Unreliable Narrator, of course.
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The old woman in Virtue's Last Reward is first introduced as a dead body. She isn't always this, and survives in the true ending.
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Planescape:
Aoskar, the god of portals, tends to be mentioned a lot. Centuries ago, he tried to usurp the Lady of Pain's control over Sigil, and eventually she killed him, destroying his temple (which became the Athar's home) and presumably then stating her edict that deities were no longer allowed in the Cage. Since that time, while many have challenged her rule, none come close to succeeding.
Cantrum, the founder and original leader of the Dark Eight, who was assassinated early on (some say by a heroic and mighty paladin, others say by an abishai who got lucky). Whatever the case, his death serves to remind devils that, no matter how strong you are, you are never invincible.
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Dreamscape: The Master of the Dammed was killed by Keela a long time ago, and Kaila is out for her blood because of that.
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Jade's Grandfather in Homestuck initially (the first time we see him is Jade being startled by his stuffed body... somehow). However he is disqualified for being alive during most of the kids' adventure because of shenanigans. The same goes for John's Nanna, who comes back as a sprite.
Crowbar, Matchsticks, and Quarters of the Felt are dead when the Midnight Crew Intermission begins. However, they come back through time shenanigans. Twice.
The trolls' ancestors (save for The Condesce and The Handmaid, who were still alive at the time they were introduced) all qualify. The Ψiioniic was technically alive at the beginning of Act 5 Act 1, but he was introduced after his death.
On Post-Scratch Earth, Jane's grandfather and Jake's grandmother, the counterparts of John Egbert and Jade Harley. Dave and Rose's counterparts, however, were alive in the "present," but were only seen in the form of a recap told by a character from the future centuries after they died. Thanks to Homestuck's predetermination ensuring that they will be killed, they essentially become this too.
Due to dream bubbles, dead characters not only continue interacting with the living, but get up to their own shenanigans and adventures.
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Ted was also a Posthumous Character in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, appearing only in flashback episodes and time travel stories.
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Vampire Academy:
We only hear of Andre Dragomir, the brother of Lissa, following his death in a car accident. He was a loving brother, a popular guy, and a jerk in his treatment of Mia Rinaldi. His actions in life influence Lissa and Mia throughout the first book.
Eric Dragomir, the dead father of Lissa and Andre, is fleshed out a bit. He grew depressed at realizing his family was dying out and had an affair with Las Vegas dancer Emily (Mastrano). They had an illegitimate daughter, Jill. He set her to be raised away from Court, financially supported Emily and her daughter, and ensured that his daughter would inherit a fortune upon reaching adulthood.
Frederick Dragomir, the father of Eric, is also introduced to the reader posthumously. He runs for king of the Moroi, passed all the required challenges, and quit at the last moment. He had learned that he had become a grandfather and decided to devote himself to his family.
Saint Vladimir and his dhampir guardian Shadow-kissed Anna are introduced through written accounts, dating to The Middle Ages. They are the second pair of spirit user and shadow-kissed companion introduced in the series. Rose studies their life to learn more about the nature of Lissa's and her own powers.
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Cat's Cradle has Dr. Felix Hoenikker, a fictional father of the atom bomb, who is of great interest to the protagonist, John, as a result of that; John strongly believes them to be a member of the same karass. His attempts to learn more about the man by interviewing his children, which eventually leads to him witnessing the end of the world, caused by another of Dr. Hoenikker's creations.
To a lesser extent, Cpl. Earl McCabe, a prominent figure in the backstory of Boknonism and the man who ruled San Lorenzo prior to "Papa" Monzano taking the throne.
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Knights of the Old Republic: Revan is the Big Bad that got the whole plot rolling. A Fallen Hero of the Mandalorian Wars who fell to the Dark Side, became Lord of the Sith and laid waste to the galaxy until stopped by a sneak attack from Malak while distracted by a Jedi strike team. Subverted. The Player Character is a mind-wiped Revan!
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In the Ultimate Marvel universe Wolverine was Killed Off for Real in Ultimatum. That did not stop him from starring a miniseries later, Ultimate Wolverine (but just in flashbacks).
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Puella Magi Kazumi Magica has the real Yuuri Asuka.
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The Twilight Zone (1959): In "Young Man's Fancy", Henrietta Walker died one year before her son Alex's marriage to Virginia Lane wedding but her presence pervades both her house and their lives. She eventually returns as a ghost.
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In the backstory to Överenskommelser by Simona Ahrnstedt, Aurore Löwenström left her unhappy marriage to study abroad. But this meant that she also had to abandon her two young sons, and it led to one of them (Vilhelm) developing a pathological hatred against the growing feminist movement. He also became abusive towards his wife, his children, and his niece. Beatrice eventually becomes her uncle Vilhelm's favorite victim, because she reminds him so much of his mother/her grandmother. Aurore has been dead for years when the story starts, so she can never appear "on screen". But it becomes clear that her choice to abandon her sons to become independent, no matter how understandable it might be to Beatrice and plenty of modern readers, is what turned the Löwenströms into a Big, Screwed-Up Family.
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Francis, Luso's father and Freise, Bowen's wife were both dead by the time they were mentioned in The Tainted Grimoire.
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Dr. Juuzo Kabuto from Mazinger Z died in the first episode/chapter. Though he is ever-present. His actions not only affected the course of the whole series but also of the sequel Great Mazinger, and his name often comes up in conversations. His personality and background are developed through flashbacks and conversations with other characters, mainly his grandsons (Kouji and Shiro), his best disciple (The Professor Yumi), and even Big Bad Dr. Hell.
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Eugene Greenhilt from The Order of the Stick, though he manages to visit as a ghost. Most of Soon Kim's Order of the Scribble, of whom only Serini is possibly alive. Also, Redcloak's brother Right-Eye.
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The Mortal Instruments:
Despite being dead for years at the beginning of the series, we learn a lot about Stephen Herondale through recollections and his relationships with other characters.
Celine Herondale's suicide takes place long before the story proper, but her relationships with current characters make her important.
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In Aimee, Aimee is developed entirely through flashbacks, even though she killed herself before the events of the novel started.
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It's hinted that Satoshi from Higurashi: When They Cry died before the beginning of the series, and he only appears in flashbacks. He's actually comatose due to Hinamizawa Syndrome.
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Holes by Louis Sachar has an interesting take on this. The main story involves Stanley Yelnats at Camp Green Lake in the present day, with the other two stories of Kissin' Kate Barlow and Elya Yelnats taking place far before the events in the present. The characters in the latter two stories are of course dead by the time Stanley's story takes place, so arguably, you're seeing them as flashbacks or snippets of the past (though they aren't framed as such).
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In Warm Bodies, Perry narrates through his life memories inside R's mind.
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Skyrim:
High King Torygg is killed in a duel by Ulfric Stormcloak just prior to the events of the game. Such duels are allowed in the ancient traditions of the Nords, but Torygg's supporters (including The Empire) feel that Ulfric's use of the Thu'um in the duel made it unfair and invalid, leading into the game's Civil War. The player can meet Torygg's spirit late in the main quest in Sovngarde.
Jurgen Windcaller founded the Greybeards thousands of years ago, preaching "The Way of the Voice" which states that the Thu'um should only be used to honor the gods, causes the Greybeards to practice pacifism and, most importantly for the game, nonintervention in worldly affairs. (Getting them involved is a main quest plot point.)
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Persona 3's epilogue The Answer has the protagonist, though the main team eventually get to see him acting as The Great Seal between Nyx and Erebus.
In the main story, Ken's mother is the driving force behind Ken's motivations to join S.E.E.S. and attempt to kill Shinjiro for accidentally murdering his mother with his Persona.
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Maria and Gerald Robotnik have been dead awhile but still factor into the plot such as in Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Battle. Their memories are very important to Shadow the Hedgehog and his motivations.
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Fallout: New Vegas:
The Dead Money DLC features this trope prominently: two of its main characters have been dead for over two hundred years, and the present story is told almost entirely against the backdrop of what their long-dead relationship created. Via the use of carefully placed audio logs, settings, and recollections of surviving characters, they even manage to have their own complete character development and story arcs.
The Honest Hearts DLC has Randall Dean Clark, AKA the Survivalist, AKA "The Father in the Cave", a former American soldier and survivalist from two hundred years ago, whose actions led to the survival and creation of the Sorrows tribe, who now see him as their god and protector. But his existence and life story, are only revealed through the myths the Sorrows created around him and the journal entries he left behind, in his many hideouts in the caves.
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John Teller in Sons of Anarchy is heard only in voice-over through his journal.
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Iron Helix: The crew of the Jeremiah Obrian, the ship that you are exploring, are all dead by the time you get onboard, your interactions with them being limited to discovering video logs they recorded only moments before their deaths.
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Cain from GaoGaiGar fame. He is long gone by the time the series starts, yet he is a driving force to the whole plot. Still around in some way, and manifests himself near the series' finale from the broken programming of Galeon with the help of The Power. He forces so much respect in the main character Guy that he even has an Heroic BSoD when he thinks Cain did a Face–Heel Turn to the Sol Masters (when he's really a flawed program based on the original Cain.)
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In Clash of the Elements The Elemental Overlord and the Dark King count. Though this is a weird case of this trope, since though their physical bodies are dead their spirits still reside within their new successors. However, in the case of the Dark King, we learn more about him through his subordinates, especially in Smithy and Cackletta's flashbacks.
Also, Former M.S.I. Commander Zeta, who was killed thirty years ago and the act of avenging him forms the basis of Alpha's motivations.
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Eric from Sam & Fuzzy. The original partner of Hazel, Eric died before the strip began and his shadow hangs over both Hazel and Fuzzy. Especially given that Fuzzy is inhabiting his body.
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Turnabout Storm has the pegasus athlete Ace Swift as the murder victim.
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Krayne from Fated Feather
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A number of characters in There Will Be Brawl fall under this trope, but the really notable one is mob boss Mewtwo, who had been killed early on in the series, but was later revealed to have been the ones to cultivate the psychic powers of Ness and Lucas, who turn out to have been the serial killers all along.
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Robin/Red Hood Jason Todd's parents, Catherine and Willis Todd, were deceased by the time he ran into Batman Post-Crisis.
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The Wolverine: Famke Janssen reprises her role as Jean Grey in several dream sequences.
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In Saving Zoë, Zoë is developed through her diary that her sister Echo is reading.
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Silent Hill has a few of these, all of which manage to be major characters:
The worst ending in Silent Hill implies that Harry dreamed the entire plot of the game as he died in the car crash.
James' wife Mary from Silent Hill 2 drives pretty much the entire plot.
Harry Mason in Silent Hill 3, which is discovered at the game's halfway point.
Walter Sullivan in Silent Hill 4: The Room, despite being the primary antagonist.
Harry himself in Silent Hill: Shattered Memories.
Joshua Shepherd and possibly Adam Shepherd as well in Silent Hill: Homecoming.
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Broken Souls begins with Harry and his team investigating the death of reporter Konrad Tschida, whose discoveries become the driving force of the rest of the story.
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Examples from the Marvel Universe:
Captain America's parents.
Fantastic Four: The Thing's parents and brother Jake. Alicia Masters' biological parents. Doctor Doom's parents. Reed Richards' mother. Franklin Storm, the father of Susan and Johnny only technically avoids this trope (introduced at the end of Fantastic Four #31, killed off in #32).
Bruce Banner's mother (later revealed to have been murdered by her husband).
Henry "Ant-Man" Pym's first wife Marya Trovaya and Janet 'The Wasp' Van Dyne's father Vernon were both introduced and killed off in Tales to Astonish #44. Marya appeared only in a flashback.
Spider-Man's Uncle Ben. Also his parents, Mary and Richard Parker. Betty Brant's brother Bennett (killed in the issue in which he made his first appearance) and Mary Jane's mother (seen only in flashbacks) also fit the pattern. Additionally, while Gwen Stacy was not originally an example, her long-lasting death and continued impact on Peter and his world in spite of it have retroactively made her into one.
Tony Stark's parents.
Daredevil's parents (his mother was later retconned to have been alive all along) and Elektra's father.
In Daredevil: End of Days Daredevil himself only shows up in flashbacks after being killed in the opening scene.
From the X-Men books: Charles Xavier's father, mother, and stepfather (Juggernaut's father); Cyclops' and Havok's mother Katherine Summers; Magneto's wife Magda (mother of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch), first daughter Anya, parents, sister and extended family, and his former lover Isabelle; Banshee's wife Maeve (Siryn's mother); Storm's parents; Nightcrawler's stepbrother Stefan Szardos; Polaris' mother and apparent father, Mr. Dane (some retcons later, it was decided that Magneto was her biological father).
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Terry Crowley on The Shield. Terry was killed by Vic Mackey in the first episode of the series, but remained in the dialogue for every season and appeared in flashbacks.
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The premise of Jem is Jerrica Benton performing in a band with her sisters by using holograms to give herself an alter ego, the titular Jem. Said holograms are controlled by an artificial intelligence named Synergy, who was constructed by Jerrica's father Emmett Benton before he passed away. It is also established that Emmett Benton's wife Jacqui, who served as the basis for Synergy's appearance, died in a plane crash when Jerrica was young.
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King Maric died at sea roughly five years before the events of Dragon Age: Origins, at which time his son Cailan was crowned king. His absence from Ferelden impacts the plot, in part because most people don't feel Cailan is as good a king as his father was. No likeness of him ever appears in the games, but he does appear as a character in some of the tie-in novels and comics.
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Gaius Septimus in the Codex Alera series. In this first book, his history and death was mentioned in an offhand way, to explain why there is a succession crisis and give the archetypal Farm Boy protagonist a memorial to shelter from a storm in. By the end of the series we've learned that he was married, and to whom, who his friends were, and a lot abou what he was like.
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The Sofia the First series finale, "Forever Royal", reveals this as the fate for Queen Lorelei (Roland's wife before he married Miranda) and Birk Balthazar (Sofia's unnamed father before Miranda married Roland). Sofia's father was a sailor who was lost at sea. While not outright stated, it's heavily implied given how they show her mourning over a ship in the bottle while holding his hat. In the case of the queen, Roland made a wish in the wishing well from "When You Wish Upon A Well" so that they can have children since she couldn't bear any. Unfortunately, she ended up passing away since her body couldn't handle it. Again, it's not outright stated, but still heavily implied.
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Kagerou Project: Ayano. She committed suicide two years to the day before the main plot begins, yet she is linked to almost every main character in some way (she was friends with Shintaro, Takane/Ene and Haruka/Konoha, is Hiyori's niece, was the older adoptive sibling of Kido, Seto, and Kano and is Kenjirou's daughter) and her actions lead directly to the formation of the Blindfold Gang. It is revealed during her personal song Ayano's Theory of Happiness that she committed suicide in an effort to obtain an eye power because she discovered exactly what her father was up to.
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Dave Likely in Unseen Academicals.
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Spirit Hunter: NG:
Satomi Kijima died two years prior to the game, explaining why Akira lives with his aunt instead of her. Most of the information about her is related through exposition or the supplementary character profiles.
Yuri Takamura is already deceased by the time of the story's start, and it's her ghost that Kakuya possesses to attack Akira and get him involved with Kakuya's game.
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Ted Kord (as well as his predecessor, Dan Garret) in Young Justice.
Ted was also a Posthumous Character in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, appearing only in flashback episodes and time travel stories.
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The title character in Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia. The people looking to collect the price resort to grave robbery.
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Bakuman。 has Mashiro's uncle Nobuhiro, who died of overworking himself before the story began and who appears in flashbacks.
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Max Fenig in "Tempus Fugit" and "Max", a 2-part episode of The X-Files. Max appears alive in an earlier episode, but is found dead in the teaser of "Tempus Fugit." The 2-parter consists of the agents' attempts to reconstruct the events that led to his death, and he appears alive in a series of flashbacks.
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A Brother's Price:
Keifer Porter may have been dead for six years, but damned if his presence isn't still felt and his actions aren't still causing problems.
On the positive side, there is Jerin's grandfather, who taught him a lot, and also was a prince, which becomes important in the plot, and the grandmothers, thanks to whom Jerin has many of the abilities of a trained spy.
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Total Annihilation: Kingdoms: it is revealed in Iron Plague that Garacaius was dead long ago when he gave up his immortality and founded the Steampunk kingdom of Creon, which he made into an Antimagical Faction.
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D'ol (or "Doctor") Neshom and Wissen in the Green-Sky Trilogy.
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Tony Stark's parents.
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Unwinder's Tall Comics: Unwinder purchases the late Gary P. Rastov's entire War of the Seven Stars novel series. Although he hates the books, Unwinder becomes obsessed with the author. Even the comic's cast page notes this:
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Avatar: The Last Airbender:
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Katara and Sokka's mother is one of these. Princess Ursa (Zuko and Azula's mom) could be considered one of these, even though it's implied she's still alive...and she was.
There's also Fire Lord Sozin, who started the war that series plot revolves around, but only appears in one flashback episode. Fire Lord Azulon, as well.
Then there's Monk Gyatso, Avatar Roku, Avatar Kyoshi, and Lu Ten, all of whom are important to the plot, but are long dead before the series began. This is the implication of a series set 100 years later and with reincarnation; someone close to the cast will inevitably have died, either due to extreme old age or the main character himself (since it wouldn't be reincarnation if there wasn't a dead guy to begin with).
Due to the 70 year Time Skip between Avatar and Sequel Series The Legend of Korra, essentially every character from the original series (barring Katara, Toph, and Zuko) is dead, although Aang shows up at the end of Book One in a vision (just as his predecessor did for him in the original series), while the spirits of Iroh and Zhao show up in latter seasons.
It's later mentioned in Book Three that Toph started Walking the Earth some time ago and hasn't been seen since. Book Four reveals that she's still alive and well.
Other major dead characters include Yakone (father of Book One's main villains), Wan (the first Avatar), and Guru Laghima (Book Three Big Bad Zaheer is a fan of his writings).
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Connor Murphy in Dear Evan Hansen is dead by the 15-minute mark of Act 1, but shows up as a manifestation of Evan's psyche for the rest of the show.
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Fallout 3: the Lone Wanderer's mother dies giving birth to him/her; the one scene that they are present in they can't be seen for obvious reasons - it's the LW's birth. Her presence is felt throughout the game, motivating James to complete their legacy. Her favorite Bible passage, Revelations 21:6, is the passcode to Project Purity.
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Fallout 4: depending on which Sole Survivor the player chooses - either Nate or Nora - the other is killed early on in the prologue. Most players don't let this affect their game much for a number of reasons (chief among them being the fact that most companions are romanceable, a feature missing from earlier games).
Somewhere between 3 and 4, both Elder and Sarah Lyons passed away, leaving the chain of command in the hand of one Arthur Maxson. Brotherhood members will mention them occasionally, but not in a good way.
Robert MacCready's wife Lucy,note apparently not the same Lucy from Little Lamplight in Fallout 3, was killed by a Feral Ghoul several years before the game takes place. Similarly, Cait's abusive and alcoholic parents were killed by Cait herself as soon as she bought her way out of slavery.
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The main plot of Bokura no Kiseki involves the fact that all of the main cast of characters are reincarnations of another set of characters living in the distant past. By virtue of having already died and reincarnated, all the characters in the second set count as this.
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Dr. Jonas Venture, Sr. in The Venture Bros. has been dead for about 20 years before the series begins, but he is still shown through flashbacks, visions, and "safety" films. Many of these show how Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture's life got so messed up by him despite Venture Sr.'s '50s dad clean-cut image.
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Harry himself in Silent Hill: Shattered Memories.
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Something*Positive gives us Rose and Scotty, two childhood friends of the protagonist.note As the Cast Page notes, "if you want to live a long, healthy life, don't be a childhood friend to Aubrey or Davan." Rose was Davan's first girlfriend, but eventually succumbed to alcoholism and depression; Scotty, meanwhile, was Driven to Suicide when his longtime girlfriend left him, only appearing alive for four unconscious panels. Word of God admits that he wishes that he had at least used Scotty a bit before killing him off.
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In the Jackie Chan Adventures fanfic The Ultimate Evil, Shendu becomes interested in Valerie Payne originally due to her resemblance to Lo Mei, daughter of his imprisoner Lo Pei. Later it's confirmed that Valerie is Lo Pei's descendant, and Shendu's past with Lo Mei causes transitions in their relationship. Also, Valerie has to continuously deal with her father's violent death.
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In the Fullmetal Alchemist anime Scar's brothers' lover is one of these. We learn quite a bit about her due to Lust being her homunculi.
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Avatar: The Last Airbender
Katara and Sokka's mother is one of these. Princess Ursa (Zuko and Azula's mom) could be considered one of these, even though it's implied she's still alive...and she was.
There's also Fire Lord Sozin, who started the war that series plot revolves around, but only appears in one flashback episode. Fire Lord Azulon, as well.
Then there's Monk Gyatso, Avatar Roku, Avatar Kyoshi, and Lu Ten, all of whom are important to the plot, but are long dead before the series began. This is the implication of a series set 100 years later and with reincarnation; someone close to the cast will inevitably have died, either due to extreme old age or the main character himself (since it wouldn't be reincarnation if there wasn't a dead guy to begin with).
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Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc:
Mukuro Ikusaba zig-zags this. When you find the person in question, they're already dead. However, both the cast and the player did meet Mukuro while she was still alive...disguised as Junko Enoshima, who was then killed by the real Junko before the first trial even began.
Played straight with Headmaster Jin Kirigiri, who is killed in the opening cinematic and isn't properly introduced until the game's final chapter. His existence and role have major plot implications for his daughter Kyoko, who spent most of the game as an amnesiac.
Downplayed with Chihiro Fujisaki. While he survives the first trial, most of his contributions to the franchise as a whole take place after his death.
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Admiral Takaya of Gunbuster died several years before the first events of the OVA and yet set off the entire plot.
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Kanata Izumi in Lucky Star, who is deceased before the beginning of both the manga and the anime. She occasionally comes back as a ghost, checking up on how her family is doing.
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
Jennifer Sisko, who is found dead by her husband Ben in the first few minutes of the series. Notably, her mirror universe counterpart is still alive but dies herself in the second episode she appeared while saving the life of the ‘real’ Jennifer’s son Jake.
Curzon, host of the Dax symbiont before Jadzia. He is seen briefly in a flashback scene in the pilot and later appears in the episode "Facets" when he temporarily possesses Odo.
All of Dax's past hosts are this as well. While she for some reason never seems to mention Lela, all of the others get multiple mentions throughout the series (usually by Dax herself).
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The A-Team had an old member of their Vietnam unit, Raymond Brenner, who stood by them during their trial and each of the team remember fondly. They return the favor by going after his murderers and freeing his town.
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Split Screen: Jeremy's wife and child are practically the third and fourth main characters of the comic, despite having been killed three years prior to the comic's start.
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In Mass Effect 2, it's revealed that Tali's father Rael 'Zorrah, the great Quarian general was killed by Geth before Shepard reaches his ship. It turns out he died after allowing Geth units onto his ship to use as test subjects for war practices. His last message were orders to his daughter on how to rid the ship of the Geth.
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In Power Girl fanfic A Force of Four, Superman dies before the beginning of the story, and his demise affects everyone and everything. Power Girl wonders if she’s up to the challenge and regretting every time she was bitchy to him, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen are mourning him and Badra takes advantage of his death to set her plans in motion.
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BioShock
Everyone in BioShock except the handful of people still alive at the start of the game gets all their character development done through Apocalyptic Log entries. The most notable examples include Doctor Suchong, who is responsible for several important plot elements, and Ryan's mistress Diane McClintock, who gets a fairly comprehensive character arc if you hunt down all her logs. Of course, the trope is not always played straight, and the central villain is a notable and memorable subversion.
Played straight in Bioshock Infinite by Lady Comstock for the most part.
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Milo from The Zombie Hunters. Assuming that he really is dead.
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Neilli is the most prominent one in Juathuur. So she would have everyone believe, that is.
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Steven Universe:
The title character's mother, Rose Quartz, gave up her physical form to give birth to him. The characters who knew her are all still in various stages of mourning, and her actions have a large bearing on the plot of the show. Though there's some indications that she's Only Mostly Dead — specifically, that she somehow still exists inside of Steven. "Change Your Mind" reveals, however, that when her gem is separated from Steven's body she's unwilling, or possibly even unable, to resume her original form. As the resulting Gem!Steven says, "She's gone."
Also Pink Diamond. Again, we mostly know about her from those still mourning her, and that she was killed by Rose Quartz. Later, it's revealed that these two are actually the same character; Pink Diamond faked her own death and became Rose Quartz.
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Laura Palmer, Twin Peaks.
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Everyone in BioShock except the handful of people still alive at the start of the game gets all their character development done through Apocalyptic Log entries. The most notable examples include Doctor Suchong, who is responsible for several important plot elements, and Ryan's mistress Diane McClintock, who gets a fairly comprehensive character arc if you hunt down all her logs. Of course, the trope is not always played straight, and the central villain is a notable and memorable subversion.
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Henry "Ant-Man" Pym's first wife Marya Trovaya and Janet 'The Wasp' Van Dyne's father Vernon were both introduced and killed off in Tales to Astonish #44. Marya appeared only in a flashback.
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Addy Bundren from As I Lay Dying.
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In Aliens, Ripley learns her daughter Amanda, who was almost 11 during the events of the original movie, died of old age while she was still in cryo-sleep. It's Ripley's heartbreak over losing Amanda that fuels her Mama Bear tendencies towards Newt, determined to protect her at all costs.
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Equilibrium: Father turns out to have in fact died years ago, with DuPont taking his place as leader of Libria.
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In the Spaceforce series, the Taysan agent Mizal is killed before the start of the second book (we never meet her). Her death is one of the driving motives behind the actions of several characters throughout the third book, including Salthar who was fruitlessly in love with her and Jay, who is out to avenge her. We hear her voice strongly in her unfinished field report.
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Surma Carver from Gunnerkrigg Court. Her past is one of the central mysteries of the story.
And there's also the first generation of the Court: Jeanne, Diego, and Sir Young. Unraveling their story has become another of the central mysteries. Though Jeanne is a borderline case, as she initially shows up as a ghost, in the present.
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Although it's implied that most of the dead characters in Bendy and the Ink Machine are more of The Undead, there are a few dead characters involved in the Apocalyptic Log that it's unknown whether Henry ever encounters as such:
Grant Cohen is confirmed dead in Chapter 2 of the New Game+, where Henry's seeing tool shows his name on one of the coffins.
Ditto for Lacie Benton.
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In The Flash (2014), Nora Allen, the mother of Barry Allen, was murdered by the Reverse-Flash 14 years before the events of the pilot episode.
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Daredevil's parents (his mother was later retconned to have been alive all along) and Elektra's father.
In Daredevil: End of Days Daredevil himself only shows up in flashbacks after being killed in the opening scene.
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In Icebound, Grandmother Jordan dies at the beginning without ever appearing onstage, but she is discussed throughout the play, and on two occasions letters from her are read, which prove crucial to the plot.
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Mary Magdalene is an important enough character in Chrono Crusade to be mentioned in the logo of the series, but she's long been dead by the time the main part of the story starts. She's spoken of several times before the flashbacks explaining who she was are finally introduced (although her ghost shows up briefly in the end).
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G.I. Joe: Resolute has Major Bludd and Bazooka turn up as corpses, having been killed by Cobra Commander and Storm Shadow respectively.
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Harlan Thrombey is found with his throat slit in the very first scene of Knives Out, but has a pretty substantial part in the movie due to flashbacks reconstructing the last night of his life.
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Watchmen: The Comedian is killed off in the first minutes of the movie, And is mainly presented in flashbacks.
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The real Spider from Mega Man X: Command Mission is a possible example, as after his big Heroic Sacrifice mid-way through the game he suddenly shows up again and reveals himself to be the Big Bad in disguise. It's never revealed when the switch between the real deal and the imposter happened, either. For all anyone knows, X and company never met the real deal in the first place.
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Gintoki, Katsura, and Takasugi's sensei in Gintama. His face is never shown until a flashback in the Courtesan of a Nation Arc, but is implied to be a major influence for all three of his students.
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Fallout:
Throughout the series, many characters will only be mentioned in holotapes or journal entries, given that the entire series takes place many years following a nuclear apocalypse. Some, on the other hand, are dead on behalf of the Wasteland not being a kind place.
Fallout 3: the Lone Wanderer's mother dies giving birth to him/her; the one scene that they are present in they can't be seen for obvious reasons - it's the LW's birth. Her presence is felt throughout the game, motivating James to complete their legacy. Her favorite Bible passage, Revelations 21:6, is the passcode to Project Purity.
Fallout: New Vegas:
The Dead Money DLC features this trope prominently: two of its main characters have been dead for over two hundred years, and the present story is told almost entirely against the backdrop of what their long-dead relationship created. Via the use of carefully placed audio logs, settings, and recollections of surviving characters, they even manage to have their own complete character development and story arcs.
The Honest Hearts DLC has Randall Dean Clark, AKA the Survivalist, AKA "The Father in the Cave", a former American soldier and survivalist from two hundred years ago, whose actions led to the survival and creation of the Sorrows tribe, who now see him as their god and protector. But his existence and life story, are only revealed through the myths the Sorrows created around him and the journal entries he left behind, in his many hideouts in the caves.
Fallout 4: depending on which Sole Survivor the player chooses - either Nate or Nora - the other is killed early on in the prologue. Most players don't let this affect their game much for a number of reasons (chief among them being the fact that most companions are romanceable, a feature missing from earlier games).
Somewhere between 3 and 4, both Elder and Sarah Lyons passed away, leaving the chain of command in the hand of one Arthur Maxson. Brotherhood members will mention them occasionally, but not in a good way.
Robert MacCready's wife Lucy,note apparently not the same Lucy from Little Lamplight in Fallout 3, was killed by a Feral Ghoul several years before the game takes place. Similarly, Cait's abusive and alcoholic parents were killed by Cait herself as soon as she bought her way out of slavery.
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Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: George Glenn, Dr. Ulen Hibiki, and Al Da Flaga are the three men most responsible for the Natural vs Coordinator tensions and the creation of the man behind the Bloody Valentine War. All three are dead as of the start of the series (although the spinoff series Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray reveals Glenn is actually still alive, albeit as a Brain in a Jar).
In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny the previous Big Bad takes over this role.
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The Legend of Wonder Woman (2016): Antiope is around to watch her niece Diana grow up, but Penthesiliea is brought to the comics from the mythology only to die in antiquity against Greek heroes (though a different set than those who killed her in her famous mythological death) leaving Hippolyta with lingering guilt for having temporarily left the Amazons during the time Penthesiliea was killed.
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Batman's parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne.
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The Wicked Witch of the East in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
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The Colonel Reginald Prescott Hawking in the Mrs. Hawking play series. He is talked about constantly due to the strong psychological effect he had on two of the main cast. His wife Mrs. Hawking found a new freedom from his patriarchal oversight with his death, while his nephew Nathaniel lost his beloved and admired uncle.
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MouseHunt: Rudolf Smuntz is already dead by the time the movie begins. There's a flashback from when he was alive.
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In The Thrawn Trilogy, Emperor Palpatine serves as this to Mara Jade, having implanted a subliminal command to KILL LUKE SKYWALKER into her brain as his final act. The command's effects on her, and her attempts to alternately fulfill and defy it, drive her character for the trilogy's second half.
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Blue Is the Warmest Color: Clémentine, who is dead at the start of the story. Emma reads the diary she left for her to start things off, which shows how they met years before.
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Queen of Albion in anime version of Trinity Blood is first mentioned to viewers at the beginning of her funeral, but she did give a cryptic Foreshadowing advice to her heir before passing.
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Van Rijn from Girl Genius. By the time Agatha finds him, he is a long-mummified husk.
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The Adventure Zone: Balance, Julia qualifies for this, as we only learn about her in Magnus' flashback.
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The sequel, Hate Plus, has you investigate logs embedded in the AI you rescued in the previous game that promise to explain what caused the spaceship's society to go so far off track. Even if it weren't for the above-mentioned catastrophe, the logs in question are all hundreds of years old, so old age would have gotten any human documented in them, and the last log is titled "The Death of *Mute", foreshadowing that the *Mute in the logs got her memory wiped and her programming drastically altered to become the Female Misogynist *Mute of the present time.
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Clow Reed from Cardcaptor Sakura (and Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-, and the manga version of Xxx HO Li C) has been dead for decades before either of those series begins, and is only developed through flashbacks and what other characters say about him. He still manages to be the root of the whole plot in Card Captor Sakura and he's the ultimate source of most of the action of the other two.
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In Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Thalia sacrificed herself to save others, and was turned into a tree just before her death. Said tree protects Camp Half-Blood, and when it's poisoned in the second book, the plot revolves around finding something to cure it. Which turns out to be an Evil Plan so that Thalia will be healed back to normal form, giving Kronos some other important half-blood to influence. He even goes, more or less, "Exactly as planned" just before the reveal. Thalia becomes a regular character from the third book on.
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My Roommate is a Cat: Subaru's parents are dead when the story begins, resulting in them getting their entire development via people remembering them.
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In Soon I Will Be Invincible The Pharaoh (the villain one) was killed by CoreFire before Doctor Impossible escapes.
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Atlas from Lackadaisy was killed before the comic even started. His death is one of the main reasons the speakeasy isn't nearly as successful as it used to be.
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The death of Kaori in Strawberry Panic! is the main reason for Shizuma's bitterness and thus a very important plot point.
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Bruce Banner's mother (later revealed to have been murdered by her husband).
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Professor Theodore Gettell and Chief Warrant Officer Sam Jacobs from The Angry Red Planet.
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Liar: At the end of season one, Andrew is found murdered. He's still shown through flashbacks after this however.
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Just as Lost has Loads and Loads of Characters, it also has loads and loads of posthumous characters, including several different types of posthumous characters, each type having its own most triumphant example.
The most straightforward type are those characters who were dead before the series even began but have since turned up in Flash Backs. The most triumphant example is Jack's dad, Christian, whose dead body Jack was bringing home on Flight 815, but who turned up in numerous episodes throughout all six seasons, whether in flashbacks, in dreams, as a ghost, or a Dead Person Impersonation.
Other such characters would include: Susan Lloyd, Frank Duckett, Essam Tasir, Tom Brennan, Jae Lee, Yemi, Angelo Busoni, Kelvin, Emeka, Edward Burke, Tricia Tanaka, Howard L. Zuckerman, Roger Linus, Horace Goodspeed, Emily Linus, Jonas Whitfield, Isabella, "Mother", and Claudia.
Subverted in the case of Kate's mom, Diane. In her first flashback she already has a terminal disease. She then appears in several other flashbacks that all clearly take place sometime before the first one. But in a Flash Forward we discover she's still alive. "The doctors have given me a year to live for the past 4 years."
Another unique type are among the Tailies. They would've been alive at the start of the series, but are dead by the time any protagonist meets the Tailies. Such as Goodwin Tailie, who debuted as a corpse, then went on to guest star in 4 episodes after that, each one in a flashback taking place earlier than the one before it. The only other dead Tailies named are Donald and Nathan.
Then there are those characters who died soon after their debuts only to appear in more episodes after they died than they ever did while they were alive. The most famous example is Ethan Rom, killed in his fourth episode, then appeared in eight more episodes after that. Other examples include:
U.S. Marshal Edward Mars (killed in his third episode, appeared in six more after that).
Leslie Arzt (killed in his third episode, appeared in four more later).
And the most triumphant example, Jacob, killed in the very first episode he was played by a professional actor. The actor went on to play Jacob in five more episodes.
Beginning with the first Flash Forward in the third Season Finale, we had plenty of characters who were still alive in the main timeline but were dead by the time of the flashforwards. And since the first flashforward shown is actually one of the last in chronology, this would also include people who were killed in the ffs. The most triumphant example is John Locke, whose body is in a closed coffin in that third season finale. It's not till the fourth season finale that the coffin is opened, revealing it's Locke, and not till midway through the fifth season are we shown how he ended up there.
Other characters who died during this period include: Diane of the Others, Greta, Bonnie, Ryan Price, Tom Friendly, Mikhail, Charlie, Naomi, George Minktowski, Regina, Karl, Rousseau, Alex, Ray, Captain Gault, Omar, Keamy, Michael, Neil, apparently every single remaining survivor of Flight 815 who was neither a main character nor an abducted Tailie, Charlotte, Nadia, Ishmail Bakir, Mr. Avellino, Elsa, Helen, and Abaddon. So yeah, a few people died during this period. Just a few.
During the fifth season, the Losties traveled back in time, meeting characters we already knew were dead by the present. The most triumphant example is Stuart Radzinsky, a character we had heard about as having committed sucide but whom we'd never seen till now. Other examples include Rousseau and her entire expedition, and members of the Dharma Initiative, many of whom will be killed in the Purge, and Phil, a DI member who ends up dying long before the Purge, as a direct result of the Losties' actions.
And finally, there's the flash-sideways where the most triumphant example is everybody. The flash-sideways is the afterlife and "takes place" after everyone shown in it has died.
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Trudy Monk in Monk.
To a smaller extent (and more prominently in the novels), Mitch, Natalie's husband.
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Beatrice, the Baudelaire parents (see previous), Jacques Snicket (technically, he was killed halfway through the series in the same book in which he was introduced) and probably several others in A Series of Unfortunate Events
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Will and Caroline suffer this fate in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, being referred to as "ground zero" of the deadly virus that wiped out most of humanity.
Also Koba in War for the Planet of the Apes being seen in Caesar's guilted hallucinations of him.
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For much of Vivien's side of things in The Obituary Writer, she refuses to believe the very likely possibility that her paramour David died during the Great San Francisco Earthquake, largely due to how he remains with her in her memories and left such an impact on her life. Unfortunately for her, her search eventually reveals that he was indeed killed during said disaster.
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Many episodes of Knight Rider (and similar action/adventure shows of the era) featured such a character, combining with Plot-Triggering Death; usually someone would stumble upon some evidence of malfeasance and get all murdered, and The Hero must come in to investigate, picking up the clues where the victim left off.
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In New Hope University: Major In Murder, Dr. Eugene Alameda, the man responsible for coming up with the idea of forcing talented university students into a killing game, has apparently been dead for five years as of the start of the fanfic.
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Theofratus from Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis. Almost every chapter began with dialogue from his life before his death, providing details to his character, as well as important hints to the game's plot.
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Trinkets: Elodie's mother is already dead when the series begins. However, she's shown in flashbacks, and her loss affects things greatly.
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In the Hand of Thrawn duology, Thrawn has been dead for ten years. A Big Bad Triumvirate conspires to make him appear to be Back from the Dead. Whenever the physical impersonator is in character and doing the impersonating the narration calls him Thrawn — as in "Thrawn inclined his head" — instead of his usual name, Flim. One of the triumvirate was cloned with a piece of Thrawn's mind, and there is an unfinished clone of his, but he doesn't appear himself. He's dead. But his presence is all throughout the duology; particularly with the actual Hand of Thrawn.
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Elfangor, the Prince that gave the Animorphs their powers, got a full fleshing-out in the prequel companion novel The Andalite Chronicles, including the revelation that he fathered one of the Animorphs.
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In Wonderful!, Danny's heroic demise before the beginning of the story inspires his daughter Taylor to become a better person and a hero.
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Zak Gramarye and Drew Misham in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney.
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A weird example: Margaret from the Dollhouse episode "Haunted". Seen alive but dies during the first scene, then able to Attend Her Own Funeral, in a way, by having her mind imprinted into a Doll. Technically dead and most of what we know about her comes from hearing her loved ones talk about her... despite her (or her memories in someone else, anyway) being the protagonist of the episode.
Also arguably the original Dr. Saunders, though it seems the new Dr. Saunders has at least some of his personality.
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The Masters of Horror episode "Imprint" begins with the prostitute informing Christopher that the girl he's been looking for, Komomo, recently died. The rest of it is spent with the prostitute telling him of Komomo's final weeks and her own life story.
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While he died 20 years before the events of Spectre, Franz Oberhauser's father Hannes unintentionally set the subsequent chain of events by showing Parental Favoritism to an orphaned James Bond over his real son, causing Franz to commit patricide out of pure malice and envy for not being favored, before faking his death and renaming himself Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Hannes' actions also triggered the Cain and Abel relationship between Bond and Blofeld in later years, with Blofeld orchestrating the numerous miseries his foster sibling faced for this tiny reason.
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Ameer from Grey is.... He dies sometime in the two years White is gone. We get to see a fair amount of him in the flashbacks though.
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Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception has T.E. Lawrence playing a huge part in the story, as well as more details on the connection between Nathan and Sir Francis Drake. Specifically, there isn't one. Nate made up his backstory, including his name just to convince himself that he was worth something.
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In Psycho, the big twist at the end reveals that Norma Bates has been dead for many years. It turns out that the woman our main protagonists have been seeing was her corpse, which was preserved by her mentally unstable son Norman, who couldn't bear the guilt of having murdered her.
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The Remnant Psyches in killer7 are the ghosts of people who were previously associated with the Seven Smiths during their lifetime, mostly former victims. Most of them are the ghosts of defeated bosses like Andre Ulmeyda and Curtis Blackburn, but some of them (namely Travis Bell, Kess Bloodysunday, Susie Sumner) were also past victims who died before the events of the game. The only possible exception is Iwazaru, who may be The Mole, the Big Bad, neither, or both.
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Takamichi's master Gateau Kagura von Vandenburg and Nagi's master Filius Zect of Mahou Sensei Negima!. The only members of Ala Rubra confirmed to be dead. They now only live in the flashbacks of their comrades, pupils, and a certain princess that travelled with them.
Now we have Primum, Secundum, Nii, and Septendecim. And Lifemaker, but (s)he may return.
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Love Anthony opens about a year after Anthony's death, with Olivia still mourning him.
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Dragon Ball Super reveals that the Supreme Kai of Future Trunks' timeline was killed by Dabura with a ki blast by the time the Future Trunks saga takes place.
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Gayle's son Randy in SAVE ME. His death, and her both feeling implicated in it and refusing to admit her guilt to herself (or anyone else), form an overwhelming aspect of her motivation.
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Rebecca: Like in the novel, Rebecca herself is dead before the musical starts. That doesn't stop her from making life miserable for everyone.
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Shelby Forthright in WALL•E. He's the one that gives AUTO the "never return to Earth" order 700 years before the events of the film.
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In The Father Luke Wolfe Trilogy, Janey Peer only appears in Flashbacks, and "Chollie" is the addressee of letters Father Wolfe writes in Diary form. Janey turns out to still be alive, however.
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In Pony POV Series, the entire world of G3 with the exception of Star Catcher, Pinkie Pie, and Star Wishes are already dead, or in some cases Deader Than Dead, before the story starts. However, some of them do have confirmed Reincarnations in the G4 timeline.
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Spider-Man's Uncle Ben. Also his parents, Mary and Richard Parker. Betty Brant's brother Bennett (killed in the issue in which he made his first appearance) and Mary Jane's mother (seen only in flashbacks) also fit the pattern. Additionally, while Gwen Stacy was not originally an example, her long-lasting death and continued impact on Peter and his world in spite of it have retroactively made her into one.
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The Elder Scrolls:
Numerous characters from the series' backstory have been dead for hundreds or even thousands of years prior to the events of the games, but their impact is still felt as a catalyst for those events. Notable examples include St. Alessia, founder of the First Cyrodiilic Empire whose pact with the Eight (later Nine) Divines is felt in numerous occassions throughout the series, and Tiber Septim, founder of the Third Cyrodiilic Empire (the current empire in the main series of games) who ascended after his death as Talos, the Ninth Divine. Other examples can be found on the series' Historical Figures sub-page.
Lord Indoril Nerevar in Morrowind. His death, and the subsequent events, are the main catalyst for the plot of the game some 4000 years later. The events of his life and death are discovered through in-game books and conversations with several prominent characters. They, of course, conflict greatly. The Player Character is his reincarnation. Maybe.
Skyrim:
High King Torygg is killed in a duel by Ulfric Stormcloak just prior to the events of the game. Such duels are allowed in the ancient traditions of the Nords, but Torygg's supporters (including The Empire) feel that Ulfric's use of the Thu'um in the duel made it unfair and invalid, leading into the game's Civil War. The player can meet Torygg's spirit late in the main quest in Sovngarde.
Jurgen Windcaller founded the Greybeards thousands of years ago, preaching "The Way of the Voice" which states that the Thu'um should only be used to honor the gods, causes the Greybeards to practice pacifism and, most importantly for the game, nonintervention in worldly affairs. (Getting them involved is a main quest plot point.)
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A Song of Ice and Fire: Among the most notable are Jon Arryn, Lyanna Stark, Brandon Stark, Rickard Stark, Rhaegar Targaryen and his father Aerys.
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In Septimus Heap Queen Cerys is this until her ghost appears.
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Devil May Cry:
The Legendary Dark Knight Sparda is the father of the series' main protagonist Dante and has an influence in the plot that is felt everywhere despite being dead.
Eva, Dante's mother, was killed by the minions of the demon lord Mundus. This is what drove Dante to hunt demons in the first place.
Vergil first appears under a possessed state under the name of Nelo Angelo and the service of Mundus. After his death, his sword plays an important role in Devil May Cry 4. This is ultimately subverted when Vergil is resurrected in fifth game.
There's also the unnamed, original ruler of the Underworld, who was usurped and slain by Mundus.
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Fancy Nancy has two examples:
Nancy's grandmother on her mother's side, Margie Clancy, passed away before the start of the series.
Mrs. Devine mentions having late husbands.
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The titular character of Vidocq. In the last 10 minutes of the film you find out he faked his death to get closer to the Big Bad.
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Joshua Shepherd and possibly Adam Shepherd as well in Silent Hill: Homecoming.
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One Piece:
Technically, anytime this show has a flashback there will be at least one Posthumous Character.
Gold Roger, a legendary pirate who conquered the Grand Line and was executed by the World Government. He kickstarts the grand age of piracy where the story takes place.
Subverted by Sabo, who turns out to be alive and a member of the Revolutionaries a few arcs after the flashback he was in supposedly killed him off.
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Samantha Dain from the Ironside episode "The Man Who Believed". Interestingly, although we see photos of her and hear recordings of her voice, she's never shown alive.
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This type of character is a staple of superhero comics. Examples from The DCU:
Jor-El, Lara, and most other Kryptonians in the Superman mythos. Jonathan and Martha Kent also fit the trope pre-Crisis.
Supergirl's parents Zor-El and Allura In-Ze. Supergirl often feels Survivor Guilt because she survived but her parents didn't.
Batman's parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne.
Abin-Sur, the Green Lantern who bequeathed his ring to Hal Jordan.
A borderline case: The Flash when Barry Allen died and his protege Wally "Kid Flash" West took up the mantle. Barry was shown in flashbacks many times over the years, had new stories written entirely about him in his heyday and, because he and Wally are both time travellers, he's popped up in several present-day stories. All this before he finally came back from the dead decades later.
Robin/Red Hood Jason Todd's parents, Catherine and Willis Todd, were deceased by the time he ran into Batman Post-Crisis.
The Comedian in Watchmen, dead on page one. Literally the first thing you see is his blood. Most of the Minutemen, for that matter.
Wonder Woman Vol 1: Paula von Gunther's husband Gottfried von Gunther was killed in front of her by the Nazis when she refused to work for them, with the threat that her little daughter Gerta would be next if she didn't cave. By the time she and Diana met she'd been working for the Nazis so long she'd gone from numb to enjoying inflicting pain.
In Wonder Woman Vol 2 and Vol 3 Diana's aunt Antiope's long ago defection from the main branch of Amazons, and subsequent death, are very important to the tale as her sister still mourns her loss and as Antiope founded the Amazons of Bana-Mighdall who end up rejoining the Amazons of Themyscira after Wonder Woman comes across them.
The Legend of Wonder Woman (2016): Antiope is around to watch her niece Diana grow up, but Penthesiliea is brought to the comics from the mythology only to die in antiquity against Greek heroes (though a different set than those who killed her in her famous mythological death) leaving Hippolyta with lingering guilt for having temporarily left the Amazons during the time Penthesiliea was killed.
Wonder Woman: Warbringer: Helen died thousands of years ago, but the story of her life is retold and her bloodline is central to the plot. Her spirit also helps out the characters by revealing itself acting out events from her own life.
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Satoru Renjo from Tantei Gakuen Q is Morihiko Dan's very first partner when he opened his own detective agency. Being a person who died at least more than three years before the story began, he has a great influence to the main character to become a detective since he is the one who introduces how detective works to Kyu, presented through flashback. It's helped by the fact that Satoru is Kyu's biological father.
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Futurama: Many of Fry's relatives and former acquaintances are introduced this way, notably his dog in "Jurassic Bark". With all the time-traveling going on in that series, though, many examples may turn out to be subversions of the trope. (Under what category fall the heads of presidents that were actually dead before the show started?)
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Man of Steel:
Pa Kent dies in one of several flashbacks.
Jor-El continues to interact with several characters as a Virtual Ghost.
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In the film, Menace II Society, Caine's whole story is really a flashback of the choices he made, which resulted in his death.
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In Iji, Mia and Hel Sarie are very much dead when the game begins.
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Marianne vi Britannia in Code Geass — at least for R1, before it is revealed late in R2 that she survived her assassination in Anya Alstreim's body, and steps onto the stage for two episodes before being Killed Off for Real.
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Mark Bitwell, in Self/Less. He dies some period of time before the movie begins, and his body is used for shedding, with the main character's mind put in it. The memories left behind in his head cause the protagonist to seek out his family and, subsequently, kick off the plot of the movie. Played with in that Mark turns out to not be completely dead. If the protagonist stops taking a certain medication, Mark can take control of his body again. The ending fully subverts this when the protagonist chooses to die so Mark can return.
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Onomil in Blue Drop though she shows up as a ghost later on
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Jen of Black Science dies in the first few pages of the first book, but subsequent flashbacks to the lab flesh her character out a bit.
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Rosemary's suicide took place years before The Giver starts.
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Portal 2:
Cave Johnson, the man behind Aperture Science. His glory days and eventual decline are chronicled in a bunch of audio-logs that are played on some of the levels.
Caroline, Cave Johnson's assistant. Subverted, as it turns out she's still alive due to forced Brain Uploading and became GLaDOS.
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In Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, we have Coorta in the Peragus level. The various holocrons mention him as being a troublemaker (bringing weapons into the mining facility despite how dangerous it is) and being the driving force behind selling the Jedi for bounty money. It seems like he's being set up as a disc-one antagonist. When you finally meet Coorta, you find his dead body on the ground, and the final holocron shows him as being killed by HK-50 after he tried to escape the mining facility.
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The opening scene of the first episode of Orphan Black is the suicide of Elizabeth Childs. The plot kicks off after Sarah Manning, who is startled to find Beth was her exact duplicate, assumes her identity, and finds that she and Beth were only two of a series of clones. She also discovers that Beth was a cop, with a Dark and Troubled Past.
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A few in Saki
Kuro and Yuu's mother, who passed away while the sisters were young and taught Kuro to hold onto dora tiles, resulting in her ability to attract them.
An unnamed girl who appears in flashbacks in Chapter 102 and 104 and whom Saki and Teru appear to have known once, before their family broke apart, is implied to be dead, but it has not been officially confirmed.
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Faye's dad in Questionable Content dies a couple years before the strip begins, and is only seen in Faye's stories about her past.
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Your Name: Mitsuha's mother Futaba died 6 years prior to the start of the film of illness, but her death continues to haunt her family even up to today.
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A Christmas Carol: "Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that." Marley sets off the entire plot of the book, but Dickens wants you to know that Marley is very definitely dead before he ever makes an appearance.
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Every single episode of The Forgotten has a murder victim's body discovered prior to the opening credits and reveals what this person's life was like via flashbacks. To make it even weirder, each episode is given voice-over narration by said victim.
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Marco Polo in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, though not as much as Francis in the previous game.
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In 7 Seeds majority of characters that show up if they are not the Teams since the story takes place post-apocalypse after humanity has died out. Special mentions goes to the Ryugu Shelter arc, which is a Flashback Arc, depicting the beginning and eventual fall of the specific shelter, making every character in it this.
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
George Joestar II, Joseph's father, was killed by one of Dio's surviving zombies prior to the events of Battle Tendency, with his death having a major influence on Joseph and Lisa Lisa's story.
Cherie Polnareff was killed by J. Geil prior to the events of Stardust Crusaders, with Polnareff's entire motivation based around trying to get Revenge for her death.
Even after his death in Part 3, Dio Brando's influence continues to have an effect on the later Parts.
While Kosaku Kawajiri from Diamond Is Unbreakable is alive for the Part's first half, he isn't introduced into the story until after Kira has killed him and stolen his identity.
Sorbet and Gelato were killed prior to the events of Vento Aureo, with their deaths being what causes La Squadra to turn against Passione.
Stone Ocean:
Gloria Costello, Ermes' sister, was killed by Sports Maxx prior to the events of the Part, causing Ermes to get herself arrested to find Sports Maxx and get Revenge.
An even bigger example from this Part is Perla Pucci, whose death would end up being the trigger for Pucci's Start of Darkness.
JoJolion:
Both Yoshikage Kira and Josefumi Kujo are dead by the time the Part begins. Well, sorta.
Rina Higashikata, who died years prior to the events of the Part, but is also the one who would end up causing the Stone Disease to infect the Higashikata family.
Tomoko Higashikata, who sacrificed herself to save Norisuke IV from the Stone Disease.
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Natalia Wilford and Leon Kronski in the first Blacksad album. The entire plot of said album revolves around Blacksad tracking down Natalia's killer and avenging her death.
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Catch-22 has several, most notably Mudd, the dead man in Yossarian's tent.
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Game of Thrones:
Joanna Lannister, Jon Arryn and Tytos Lannister are among the characters mentioned frequently but already dead by the beginning of the series, though Arryn is seen briefly (lying in state) in the pilot episode.
Rickard Stark and his son Brandon Stark die prior to the series, with their Cruel and Unusual Death at the hands of the Mad King being what officially kick-started Robert's Rebellion. Rickard finally appears in a Pensieve Flashback in Season 6, where Bran glimpses events from Winterfell's past.
Lyanna Stark dies prior to the series, during Robert's Rebellion and Ned mourns her in his spare time. Like Rickard, she finally appears in a Pensieve Flashback in Season 6, where Bran glimpses events from Winterfell's past.
Rhaegar Targaryen died near the end of Robert's Rebellion.
Jaime killed Aerys "The Mad King" Targaryen at the end of Robert's Rebellion. We finally get a brief glimpse of him in Bran's flashback in Season 6.
Princess Rhaenys and Prince Aegon were killed by Gregor Clegane at the conclusion of Robert's rebellion.
In Season 2, Lord Rickard Karstark mentions two of his sons are dead. In Season 3, Robb calls Harrion Karstark by name.
Orson Lannister died years ago when he was kicked in the chest by a mule.
King Aegon V Targaryen. Outside of Histories and Lore, we only know him through the reminiscences of Maester Aemon, his elder brother who outlived him by nearly fifty years.
Aegon I The Conqueror, which is not surprising, since he lived 300 years before the start of the story.
Queen Visenya Targaryen is long dead by the time the show takes place.
Lord Steffon Baratheon is long-dead by the time the events of the series begin.
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Wild: Barbara, dead when the film begins, her death having been what sent her daughter Cheryl into her self-destructive spiral, which leads to Cheryl's hike along the Pacific Crest Trail that's the backbone of the plot. Flashbacks are used to develop the relationship between Barbara and Cheryl.
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Abin-Sur, the Green Lantern who bequeathed his ring to Hal Jordan.
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Nathaniel Fisher, Sr. in Six Feet Under dies in the pilot episode, and throughout the series continues to interact with his family, along with the occasional Body of the Week. It's left ambiguous whether he is an actual ghost or just in their heads (unless you consider Word of God to be canon; in which case, they're figments of the imagination or represent inner thoughts).
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The 1st Edition Necromunda Special Character Bull Gorg was the most famous gladiator Pit Slave to have ever lived and lead a slave revolt that captured one of the more populous settlements in the underhive. After his defeat and capture, Gorg was executed by the Guilders and although there have always been in-universe rumours of his survival he is officially dead, yet still received rules and was available as a hired gun.
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Lord Indoril Nerevar in Morrowind. His death, and the subsequent events, are the main catalyst for the plot of the game some 4000 years later. The events of his life and death are discovered through in-game books and conversations with several prominent characters. They, of course, conflict greatly. The Player Character is his reincarnation. Maybe.
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In The Magnus Archives
Gertrude Robinson, the previous archivist. She was responsible for the chaotic state of the archive, and seemingly for a great deal more. At the end of season 1, we find out that she was shot, and her body is in the archive's basement.
One of the most common recurring figures in statements is Gerard Keay, a young man who devoted his life to hunting down and destroying Leitners and later became Gertrude's assistant; he died of brain cancer several years before the beginning of the series, yet he's made an impact on numerous statements. Midway through season three, Jon travels to America and finds Gerard's ghost - after his death, Gertrude bound him to the same Leitner that his mother was bound in, and Julia and Trevor have been carrying him around for years, using him as a glorified bestiary. Jon burns the book in order to let him rest for good.
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King's Lisey’s Story is a fine example as well. Scott Landon is a major character but is already deceased when the story opens.
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Lisanna in Fairy Tail, although initially she's just a character that's present in old photos and flashbacks to the guild's childhood being told to Lucy yet is mysteriously not around present day. Lucy even picks up on this but is interrupted by something before she can inquire further. In the next arc the story of what happened to her (she died during a mission because Elfman lost control) is finally explained. And then she turns up alive after all.
Karen Lilica, Rob, Ur, and Layla Heartfilia also count.
Subverted with Zeref.
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Emiya Kiritsugu in Fate/stay night. Does not apply in the prequel Fate/Zero, obviously.
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Shelly Webster, Eric's girlfriend from The Crow, was given this treatment, both in flashbacks and from the other characters - including Eric himself, who came Back from the Dead in order to avenge them both:
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Zero Escape:
In Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, we learn the identities of the Ninth Man and the Captain after their respective deaths.
The old woman in Virtue's Last Reward is first introduced as a dead body. She isn't always this, and survives in the true ending.
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New York Magician eventually has Michel's grandma.
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Kyle Reese in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is mentioned frequently (as all the main characters knew/loved/are related to him except Cameron) and appears as a hallucination in one (incredibly weird) episode.
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Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku! has all of Krypton, including Jor-El, who only appears to his son as a Virtual Ghost stored within the spaceship. Aside from them, Lex Luthor and Victor Fries are also implied to be deceased.
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Cendrillon Jospin in Left Behind. Fanfic authors have fleshed out her story, of course.
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The mask spirits from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. You do get to meet Darmani and Mikau briefly, but it's after they die that you get to know them in more depth through living their lives.
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Maureen Lyon, whose murder is heard (but not seen) at the start of The Mousetrap. Her death lingers as The Ghost over much of the subsequent action.
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Amuria in Simoun, mourned over by Neviril, which forms a major plot point.
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Jecht of Final Fantasy X although we eventually learn that Jecht isn't dead.
Also Braska, although Braska doesn't get as much character development and did leave a Video Will, if you happen to find it.
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Elsa from Gunslinger Girl (manga only, the anime introduces her earlier on).
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Doctor Who:
"Tooth and Claw": Prince Albert (yes, Queen Victoria's husband) and Sir Robert MacLeish's father. It becomes clear that the two men, who knew each other, predicted that an alien werewolf and its worshippers would attempt a plot to possess Victoria, and arranged for the Koh-i-Noor diamond and Torchwood House to be prepared in a counter-plot.
"Fear Her": Chloe Webber's abusive father died a year before the events of the episode, but still has an impact thanks to a supernatural drawing made of him by Chloe and the alien possessing her.
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Ravensong: Nora, whose funeral happens in the first chapter.
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In The Shadows That Run Alongside Our Car, Shelby's Alcoholic Parent is dead, but he not only owned the titular car, he also bit Shelby.
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A Witch's Tale has Princess Rapunzel, who was the first princess of Florin.
Alice killed the Eld Witch's daughters and denied them reincarnation rights. In the New Game Plus, you can fight their hateful shadows.
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In Aunt Dimity's Death, Lori's mother Beth is revealed in Lori's recollections and a thorough review of her decades-long correspondence with Dimity.
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Person of Interest
Nathan Ingram was Finch's best friend and business partner. Together they built the Machine but disagrees about what to do about the Irrelevant list. Nathan wanted to save the people on the list and became an amateur vigilante. When Finch tried to stop him, Nathan tried exposing the existence of the Machine to the public and the government killed him to keep him silent. When the series starts Finch is trying to atone for failing Nathan by continuing Nathan's work of saving the Irrelevant people.
Jessica Arndt was Reese's ex-girlfriend who broke up with him after he rejoined the army after 9/11. She got married but her husband was violently abusive. Desperate, she called Reese and asked him to help in getting away from her husband. Reese wanted to rush to her side but was called away on an important mission where he was betrayed by his superiors and left for dead. When he finally returned to the U.S. he discovered that Jessica died in an apparent car accident. He quickly discovered that she was actually murdered by her husband. Reese got revenge on the husband, but then reached a Despair Event Horizon and pretty much gave up until Finch recruits him at the start of the series. The guilt from not being able to save Jessica is a major reason for why Reese joins Finch in his mission to save the Irrelevant people. A flashback reveals that Jessica was actually one of the Irrelevant people Finch was unable to save.
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Don't Breathe: Emma, the Blind Man's Daughter, who is glimpsed only through photographs and a Happier Home Movie.
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In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny the previous Big Bad takes over this role.
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The Quiet American begins with the narrator discovering the other main character, Pyle, is dead.
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fault milestone one has Cid, Eline, and the original Rune Zhevitz, all of whom only show up in lengthy flashbacks.
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Eva Smith/Daisy Renton in J.B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls. The inspector in question is calling upon the Birling family to investigate the events leading up to her suicide.
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Ellie in Up. Carl's desire to fulfill her dream of living in Paradise Falls is what drives the story, and he often talks to the house as if it were her.
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The main characters father from The Land of Stories died a year before the events of the first book.
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Optimus Prime in Transformers: Robots in Disguise is this following the end of Transformers: Prime, occasionally appearing as apparitions to Bumblebee.
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The first student to die in v1 of Survival of the Fittest is a kid on the plane shot for wearing his hat sideways, due to Danya's hatred of "punks". From there to the very end of the game, this student is never mentioned again, or even named, until endgame when Adam reflects back on the student's execution and remembers how he had been back in school, finally revealing to the reader the character's name and personality. It finally comes full circle to the boy being shot just for wearing his hat sideways, giving the reader a whole new perspective on a boy who had originally just been a throwaway redshirt.
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Son Gohan in Dragon Ball. That's the elderly human master of martial arts who adopted Goku, not Goku's son from Dragon Ball Z, mind you. He was squished by Goku's Oozaru form, which Goku himself didn't realize for years until he witnesses Vegeta turning into an Oozaru.
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Pei Kau-yug and Pei Shan-Wei from Safehold. Both briefly appear in the prologue, but die before main story begins. They did, however, send Nimue Alban to Safehold and hid her there, which is why the story's happening in the first place. Moreover, Kau Yung is often mentioned in Nimue's narration, as he was like a father to her, and Kau-yung and Shan-wei are considered the two worst demons in Safeholdian theology, which makes their names appear a lot, especially Shan-Wei's.
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Jor-El, Lara, and most other Kryptonians in the Superman mythos. Jonathan and Martha Kent also fit the trope pre-Crisis.
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Enter the Void: Oscar and Linda's parents appear rather prominently in multiple flashbacks, but they're both long dead in the present after dying in a car crash.
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In Zetsuen no Tempest, Aika Fuwa starts off the series dead. Despite this, there are many flashbacks to when she was alive, and most of the events in the series are either directly or indirectly influenced by her death.
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The very first episode of British soap EastEnders starts with the body of Reg Cox being discovered in his flat. His murder was thus the very first arc in its Soap Wheel.note In case you're curious, Nick Cotton did it.
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Kill la Kill has the fathers of The Hero and The Rival, Isshin Matoi and Soichiro Kiryuin, respectively, both of whose deaths play a major motivating role in their daughter's actions. They were actually the same man; Soichiro secretly survived his wife's attempted murder, along with their second daughter, and he took a new identity.
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Lester Burnham in American Beauty comes right out and says it at the beginning via narration, making the events of the movie one big Flash Back.
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From The Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss's father. He died in a mine explosion 4 years before the first book, but he's still an important figure in her life. Over the course of the books, she tells of her childhood with him and reveals more of the circumstances immediately following the explosion and his death. It was even him who taught her about nightlock berries... In Catching Fire, we learn about Maysilee Donnor, who was a District 12 tribute along with Haymitch in the 2nd Quarter Quell. It turns out that she was friends with Katniss's mother and Madge's mother's twin sister. It was her pin that Madge gave to Katniss and went on to become the symbol of a revolution.
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In The Rose Tattoo, Rosario delle Rose, Serafina's husband, succumbs to death by Retirony before he can appear on stage. The film of the play does show him briefly on-screen (alive), though his actor (Larry Chance) remains uncredited.
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Lena Sayers from the Mai-Otome anime. The series itself takes place fourteen years after her death, with her daughter as the main character.
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Too many to count in Battlestar Galactica (2003).
The most prominent are Starbuck's parents and President Adar, who died either before or during the miniseries and are all mentioned at several points throughout the show and appear as flashbacks or hallucinations or both. A handful of characters who were killed after several appearances also appear later in flashbacks or hallucinations.
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ER The episode depicting Mark Greene's final days took place after the one in which the ER staff learned of his death. And the final season episode that featured his "return" (as all the original six cast members did) was actually a flashback to his final days at the hospital.
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In the flash game series Sonny, the titular protagonist, as well as Veradux and Felicity, are posthumous characters by virtue of being zombies.
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An odd thing concerning Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog as many characters tend not to mention parents and it's assumed that many of them were dead due to the Robotnik War. Then, after it, they all come out in droves, revealing that they're not really dead.
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Saya Kujou in Death Mark, the spirit healer who owns both the Kujou manor and Mary the doll. The protagonist discovers her dead body in one of the rooms, where it soon vanishes. The Reveal confirms that Saya is the protagonist's younger sister in the Kujou clan, who possessed a black rabbit that has helped the protagonist till Chapter 4.
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In the anime version of AKIRA, the eponymous character himself has been dead for over three decades.
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Hokuto Sumeragi and Setsuka Sakurazuka in X/1999.
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In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, by the time the story starts Tanjuro had already been dead for a year, felled by an unspecified illness, he however is the protagonist’s father and seemed to have imparted some important life lessons and some techniques that prove to be pivotal in many events later in the story; with that his son Tanjiro recalls key moments in the past where his father Tanjuro taught him something, using that knowledge to slay the demons Tanjiro encounters throughout the series.
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Various parents in Fruits Basket, namely Tohru's parents and Akito's father. Tohru's mother Kyoko Honda made the most appearances and was mentioned most regularly.
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Erana from the Quest for Glory series is a powerful sorceress who you hear about throughout the series, and then in the fourth game you get to find out what happened to her. She was sealed away by an Eldritch Abomination while sacrificing herself to stop said Abomination from entering the world. You can bring her back from the underworld in the fifth game if you choose, and she becomes one of your love interests.
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Veronica Mars: Lilly Kane, the rich teenage girl whose murder starts the main Myth Arc of season 1, is already dead by the first episode and only seen through flashbacks afterwards.
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Yusei Fudo's parents in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. (His father appears as a benign spirit in one episode.)
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Warrior Cats has StarClan (the afterlife in the series), so cats that die usually aren't gone gone. Though they do eventually fade away. Yellowfang and Spottedleaf, for example, probably did more in the series dead than while alive.
Also, Redtail and Oakheart are surprisingly important, and things they did before dying are very important in the original series.
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Melody from Penny and Aggie.
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Makihasa Tohno in Tsukihime is the root of the problem in all three far side routes, part of the near side ones and Shiki would also be a badass (and possibly psychopathic) assassin of demons with an intact family and not destined to die in 5-10 years tops. It's pretty impressive for a character who's already dead to be worse than the serial killer in town or Nero Chaos.
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The Brain's wife is dead at the start of Accident. In fact, the first scene shows the accident that caused her death.
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In the League of Intergalactic Cosmic Champions Qunicy Rnager, who was created to make fun of another author's typo and killed by an exploding spell checker in his first appearance, only to be fleshed out afterwards and even made an appearance in a time travel storyline.
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Once Upon a Time contains several characters who were killed in the fairy-tale world, long before the events of the pilot, that none the less have a strong impact on the actions of the present-day characters. Probably the two most important are Henry, the Evil Queen's father, and Daniel, the stable boy with whom the Queen was in love before she married Snow White's father.
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The Descendants has a variation of this. The main character's wife is in a coma from less than a minute into the movie from which she never recovers. She at the end of the movie. While she is not truly a character, she and her actions drive a significant portion of the plot. May cross into Living Macguffin.
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Alison's House: Alison Stanhope, who gained posthumous fame as a poet, has been in the ground for 18 years but she is still the chief concern of the whole Stanhope family. John's children remember how tender Alison was to them. John and Agatha remember how Alison fell in love with a married professor but denied her feelings in order to spare the family social embarrassment.
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Fire Emblem: Three Houses:
Christophe, Lonato's son and Ashe's adoptive brother, was executed four years prior to the events of the game for allegedly planning to assassinate Rhea.
Dimitri's father, King Lambert, his stepmother, Queen Patricia, and Felix's brother/Ingrid's fiancé, Glenn, among countless other people, perished in the Tragedy of Duscur. Eventually, it's revealed that Patricia didn't actually die in the Tragedy, and in fact was one of the instigators of it. However, given what happened to her brother, it's likely she still died at some point.
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Queen of All Oni: Hiruzen and the Oni Elders are long dead by the time the story starts, only appearing in flashbacks.
Going further back, there's Kagehime, the first Shadowkhan, who was dead long before even the above-mentioned flashbacks.
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Malcolm Hawke, father of the player character in Dragon Age II, died a few years before the events of the game. Although his death doesn't have a huge impact on the plot, it is a driving factor behind Hawke's character, as his death essentially left them the head of the family. Malcolm is never seen, except as a ghostly pair of eyes in the Legacy DLC; this is because Hawke strongly resembles him physically, and Hawke's appearance can be customized by the player.
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Alex, in The Big Chill. It's his suicide that sets the film in motion. Footage intended to be used as either flashbacks or the intro to the film was actually shot with Kevin Costner in the part but ultimately not used.
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Darla on Buffy the Vampire Slayer was killed off in her second appearance, but as Angel's sire, she continues to appear in flashbacks and dreams. She comes back on Angel and sacrifices herself, but continues to appear in flashbacks after her second death.
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"Terrible Things" by Mayday Parade is about a man telling his son about his wife who died years prior.
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River is the crux of the entire story of To the Moon, but she's already been dead for years when the story opens. However, you do get to see most of her life in person through Johnny's memories.
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In the SpaceBattles.com worldbuilding thread A Guide to Lost and Hidden Locations on Earth and Near-Earth Mr. Incredible is mentioned at several points to be deceased at the modern day of the world, on top of characters who would already be dead at this point like the El's, Wayne's, Ben Parker, and the like.
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A lot of victims in the Ace Attorney series are like this.
Zak Gramarye and Drew Misham in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney.
Byrne Faraday in Investigations is noteworthy. In the course of investigating his murder we find out a lot about his personality and relationship with his daughter Kay, but the full story about his past doesn't come out until near the end of the final case.
Ace Attorney Investigations 2:
Gregory Edgeworth became one by way of a flashback case, which fleshes out his personality a little more.
Horace Knightley, while alive, is just a flat, Jerkass murderer. It's not until he becomes a murder victim himself that you learn there was a little more to him than that.
A zig-zagged example is Di-Jun Huang who you meet, very much alive, until... he dies in the 5th case. You begin learning more about him in flashbacks after this, but they culminate in The Reveal that that Huang was just a body double, turns out the real Huang was a Posthumous Character right from the start.
The plot twist of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies reveals that Bobby Fulbright, the main detective, was Dead All Along and subject to Dead Person Impersonation by the Big Bad.
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Star Wars Legends:
In the Hand of Thrawn duology, Thrawn has been dead for ten years. A Big Bad Triumvirate conspires to make him appear to be Back from the Dead. Whenever the physical impersonator is in character and doing the impersonating the narration calls him Thrawn — as in "Thrawn inclined his head" — instead of his usual name, Flim. One of the triumvirate was cloned with a piece of Thrawn's mind, and there is an unfinished clone of his, but he doesn't appear himself. He's dead. But his presence is all throughout the duology; particularly with the actual Hand of Thrawn.
In The Thrawn Trilogy, Emperor Palpatine serves as this to Mara Jade, having implanted a subliminal command to KILL LUKE SKYWALKER into her brain as his final act. The command's effects on her, and her attempts to alternately fulfill and defy it, drive her character for the trilogy's second half.
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In a similar nod to Amadeus' mission, Batman: Arkham Origins see Batman also search for the journal entries of Cyrus Pinkney, another deceased founding father of Gotham.
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In the Firefly episode "The Message", Tracey appears dead, and wakes up after his character development has taken place.
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Hinata, Akari's mother in Il Sole penetra le illusioni.
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Saya of Black Cat, at least in the manga; the anime moves the flashback arc to the beginning to put everything in order, making her just a regularly developed character who happens to die mid-way through the series. Lloyd as well, although he's mostly a plot device for Sven's power.
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In Miracle Creek, Kitt and Henry are both killed offscreen in the first chapter. Kitt gets some paraphrased dialogue, although she isn't named, but Henry isn't even mentioned until after his death. Both are characterized entirely from other people's memories, especially Elizabeth's.
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Crispin Salvador from Ilustrado. The main character's quest is to find out why Crispin died by piecing together Crispin's works and looking for his supposed life's work — The Bridges Ablaze. Then it's weirdly subverted at the end since it turns out that Crispin was writing the whole thing.
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The original Mobile Suit Gundam has Zeon Zum Deikun, founder of the Principality of Zeon and father of Char and Sayla. Most people believe he was poisoned by the Zabi family, but there are also hints here and there that he really did die of a heart attack and Char's quest for revenge was all for nothing.
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Despite taking place in the DCU Lab Rats is decidedly not a superhero comic, even if Superman does show up for an arc. Kris is one of the many Lab Rats who died before the series started and the only one given a name or any background.
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Serah in Final Fantasy XIII turns to solid crystal only seconds after she appears for the first time at the end of the first act. As the game progresses, more details are revealed about her and her past. Her fate is the major motivation and driving force behind both Lightning's and Snow's diverging storylines, and she played a major role in the events that led up to the games beginning.
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Swede in The Killers. The greater part of the film is flashbacks of events months and years prior to his death. Interestingly enough, the Ernest Hemingway story on which it was based ends just before he is killed.
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Koumyou Sanzo from Saiyuki. He later got his own prequel series after Gaiden wrapped up.
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Fleabag: The title character's best friend and Morality Pet Boo is dead before the series begins, but is frequently seen in flashback.
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Baldur's Gate:
Gorion, Charname's foster father, dies right after the tutorial of the first game. Doesn't stop him from appearing in Charname's dreams a lot, or certain enemies from impersonating him.
Bhaal, Charname's real father, died twenty years before the game starts during a catastrophic event known as the Time of Trouble. It's the plans for his resurrection that drive most of the plot, and he too likes haunting Charname's dreams. In Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear, Charname even gets to witness his death first hand.
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Megu-nee died several weeks prior to the School-Live! manga beginning however that isn't revealed until several chapters in as Unreliable Narrator Yuki hallucinates she's still alive. Slowly her presence begins to fade until she's written out of the series, though we get several flashbacks both involving her and from her POV.
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Aristide Leonides is dead at the start of Crooked House. His granddaughter Sophia hires her former lover Charles to investigate the murder.
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Mrs. Brisby's husband Jonathan from The Secret of NIMH went on a mission with the rats to put sleeping pills in Dragon the cat's milk, but he was killed in the process. He only appears onscreen in Nicodemus' flashback. She later admits that she never knew exactly what caused her husband's death.
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Ptolemy in The Bartimaeus Trilogy.
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In Rurouni Kenshin, Tomoe Yukishiro Kenshin's first wife.
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A Crown of Stars: Winthrop, Big Bad of the story this fanfic is a sequel to. He got executed before the beginning of the history, but his monstrous actions have got a lasting, severe effect upon Shinji, Asuka, and their world, and throughout the story, the characters are trying to repair and fix what he damaged and broke.
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Necessary To Win has Mizuho Miyanaga, Saki and Teru's foster sister, whose death plays a significant role in two characters' backstories.
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Sanctuary: Nigel Griffin the only member of the Five who is dead from the beginning, but he appears frequently in the flashbacks. James Watson soon joins him.
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Gouken in the Street Fighter series before Street Fighter IV made him better (his appearance in the American animated series doesn't count).
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Fantastic Four: The Thing's parents and brother Jake. Alicia Masters' biological parents. Doctor Doom's parents. Reed Richards' mother. Franklin Storm, the father of Susan and Johnny only technically avoids this trope (introduced at the end of Fantastic Four #31, killed off in #32).
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Allura's father, King Alfor, in Voltron: Legendary Defender.
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In the Metroid series, Samus Aran's former CO Adam Malkovich is an intriguing example. In Metroid Fusion, his character is introduced in monologues given by Samus, with implications that he sacrificed his life to save her. However, in an interesting twist, Adam's mind was uploaded into the computer on the station Samus was on, so in a weird way he was kinda, sorta alive, depending on how you view the phrase "alive".
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Sir Francis Drake is this in Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (doubling up as a Historical Domain Character). The plot is kicked off by Nathan Drake, who believes he is Sir Francis' descendant, following clues left by Francis that reveal how he faked his death and went hunting for a legendary treasure on an uncharted island. His journal and messages to other people are crucial to following the trail, and at the end, Nate discovers that Francis made a Heroic Sacrifice to stop the Descendants from escaping the island. Francis is also a crucial part of Nate's characterisation, since the latter draws a lot of pride and self-confidence from being the descendant of the former, and briefly believing that Francis failed in his quest and died alone crushes Nate's spirit.
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In Boys Do Tankary, Nyra, Vincent's older sister figure, first love, and dead ringer for Saori, is this. When Vincent spared her when encountering her on the battlefield, they were locked in a cell for a month and told to kill each other; before the time ran out, Nyra made Vincent shoot her. Nyra later turns out to be alive, though.
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Aruosumente:
Oracle Kian. His personality and story are developed through extensive Flash Backs and rumours and are central to the present events off the story.
The former Emperor also plays a significant part in the backstory that is presented through Flash Backs, being the instigator for some events.
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Alternate Tail Series has Joseph Mcgarden, Levy's grandfather and the one who taught her Letter Magic. He was also a mentor for numerous other wizards such as Freed, Ur, Ivan, Gildarts, Layla, and Irene.
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Auguste Gusteau in Ratatouille, sort of. While the man himself is seen only in flashbacks (or, more accurately, in television documentaries), the version of Gusteau that gets most of the actual characterization is an imaginary construct that serves as Remy's conscience.
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The Fugitive was built around Richard Kimble's attempt to clear himself of the murder of his wife, Helen.
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In Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, we learn the identities of the Ninth Man and the Captain after their respective deaths.
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Marni from Repo! The Genetic Opera died before the story starts. She's referenced a lot in parts like 'Infected' and 'Legal Assassin', and her ghost appears sometimes, although she says little more than "Assassin! Murderer! Monster!"
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In The Sopranos, "Johnny Boy" Soprano (a.k.a. Tony's father) plays an important role in several characters' backstories and appears in numerous flashbacks, but has already been dead for years by the time the series begins. Richie Aprile, while alive at the beginning, dies of cancer after a few episodes and only a few minutes of screen time, but continues to be talked about by his friends, family, and associates throughout the series.
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This is the central premise of the Assassin's Creed series. All those historical characters are virtual reproductions of genetic memories stored in Desmond's DNA. All of them have been dead for centuries. In Assassins Creed IV, Desmond is this, with the protagonist finding audio-recordings of his messages.
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Maria Vargas from The Barefoot Contessa. The film starts with her funeral.
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Control:
Director Trench is only alive in the opening cutscene; the next time he's seen is when Jesse walks in on the aftermath of his apparent suicide. Nonetheless, he continues appearing in her mind and giving obscure clues as to her next goals. Pope speculates that this could be a side effect of Jesse bonding the Shapeshifter Weapon that killed him.
Director Northmoor is dead long before the game even began, being Trench's predecessor, but he's still talked about a bit by his successor. Except that Northmoor's not really dead, but being locked in the Bureau's power plant to act as its power source is hardly better.
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Citizen Kane: The entire movie goes over the events of Kane's life attempting to determine the significance of "Rosebud".
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince reveals the story regarding Marvolo, Morfin, and Merope Gaunt, and Tom Riddle, Sr., who are Voldemort's maternal grandfather, uncle, mother, and father, respectively.
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Ali DiLaurentis in Pretty Little Liars is developed completely by flashback until the last book
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Mal in Inception. She was Cobb's wife who killed herself when she became convinced she's still in a dream and has been haunting his thoughts ever since, derailing their dream excursions more than once.
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Byrne Faraday in Investigations is noteworthy. In the course of investigating his murder we find out a lot about his personality and relationship with his daughter Kay, but the full story about his past doesn't come out until near the end of the final case.
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Mireille's parents have been dead for roughly a decade at the start of Noir, but a flashback to Odette's last words in the penultimate episode greatly influences the end of the story.
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Captain America's parents.
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Helen Kimble in The Fugitive; unlike most characters mentioned here, she only gets a few flashbacks, but they're enough to establish that she and Dr. Kimble were Happily Married.
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 Better Call Saul / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Born To Be A Flower / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Cobra Kai / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Cold Case / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Dexter / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 El Chavo del ocho / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Elementary / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Galileo / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Good Witch / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Grey's Anatomy / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Hikari Sentai Maskman / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 How to Get Away with Murder / int_4fe94497
type
Posthumous Character
 Isabel / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Kamen Rider Decade / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 London Spy / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Luke Cage (2016) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Majisuka Gakuen / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Models Inc. / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Mr. Brain / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 My Name Is Earl / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 One Tree Hill / int_4fe94497
type
Posthumous Character
 Orphan Black / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Pretty Little Liars / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Raising Hope / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Robin Hood / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Roseanne / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Round the Twist / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Scandal / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Shooter / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Stranger / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Sunset Beach / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Supergirl (2015) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Tensou Sentai Goseiger / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 The A-Team / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 The City Hunter / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 The Fugitive / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 The Punisher (2017) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 The Waltons / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Ugly Betty / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Warehouse 13 / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Fiasco (Tabletop Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Necromunda (Tabletop Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Antony and Cleopatra (Theatre) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Hamlet (Theatre) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Into the Woods (Theatre) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Rebecca (Theatre) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Rope (Theatre) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Ruddigore (Theatre) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Strange Interlude (Theatre) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 The Green Pastures (Theatre) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 The Music Man (Theatre) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 The Spanish Tragedy (Theatre) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 The Trojan Women (Theatre) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Aisle (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Alan Wake (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Aliens: Colonial Marines (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Another Code (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Assassin's Creed II (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Assassin's Creed: Unity (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 BioShock (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Blaster Master Zero II (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Bloodborne (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Brave Frontier (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Control (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Darkstalkers (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Day of the Tentacle (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Dead Space (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Destiny 2 (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 DmC: Devil May Cry (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Donald in Maui Mallard (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Fallout (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Final Fantasy XV (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Gears of War (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 God Eater (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 God of War (PS4) (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Grim Dawn (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 HeroSmash (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Hollow Knight (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Iron Helix (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Jet Set Radio (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Knights of the Old Republic (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Luminous Avenger iX (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Mega Man X5 (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Metroid Fusion (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Mica: Apoptosis (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Minecraft Adventure Maps (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Mother 3 (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Nehrim (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Oni (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Persona 4: Arena Ultimax (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Resident Evil 2 (Remake) (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Rocket Knight Adventures (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Sdorica (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Silent Hill: Downpour (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Sonic Adventure 2 (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Spec Ops: The Line (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Spooky's Jump Scare Mansion (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Super Robot Wars Z (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Sweet Home (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Sword of Mana (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 System Shock (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 The Jackbox Party Pack (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 The Last of Us (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 The Last Sovereign (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 The Legend of Zelda I (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Tomb Raider (2013) (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Total Annihilation: Kingdoms (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Uncharted (Video Game) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Dark Parables / Videogame / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Dark Tales / Videogame / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Deadly Premonition / Videogame / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Master of the Wind / Videogame / int_4fe94497
type
Posthumous Character
 Metal Gear Solid / Videogame
seeAlso
Posthumous Character
 Shadowrun Returns / Videogame / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Analogue: A Hate Story (Visual Novel) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (Visual Novel) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Echo (Visual Novel) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Full Metal Daemon Muramasa (Visual Novel) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Grisaia no Rakuen (Visual Novel) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Hate Plus (Visual Novel) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Mystic Messenger (Visual Novel) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Spirit Hunter: NG (Visual Novel) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Tsukihime (Visual Novel) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Umineko: When They Cry (Visual Novel) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Virtue's Last Reward (Visual Novel) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Your Turn to Die (Visual Novel) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 YU-NO (Visual Novel) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 The Zombie Hunters (Webcomic) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Doom House (Web Video) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Final Fantasy VII Machinabridged (Web Video)
seeAlso
Posthumous Character
 Mega Man (Web Video) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Heroina Robot Detective (Webcomic)
seeAlso
Posthumous Character
 Inverted Fate (Webcomic) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Never Satisfied (Webcomic) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 OopsieDoodle
seeAlso
Posthumous Character
 UnOrdinary (Webcomic) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Unwinder's Tall Comics (Webcomic) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Big Hero 6: The Series / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Cars 3 / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Despicable Me 3 / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Fancy Nancy / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 G.I. Joe: Resolute / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Grojband / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Jem / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Littlest Pet Shop (2012) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Ōban Star-Racers / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Pocahontas / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Ratatouille / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 SheZow / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character
 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) / int_4fe94497
type
Posthumous Character
 The Secret of NIMH / int_8b568cb7
type
Posthumous Character