The backstory is the history of a character or thing. The backstory is usually written by the author, and it is often used to explain the character or thing.

  • The backstory of the character is that she was born to a noble family.

  • The backstory of the car is that it was manufactured in the 1960s.

Definition of backstory


The previous life and experiences of a person, especially a character in a dramatic work, but also a real-life person.


A fictitious account of a person's history designed to conceal their actual history and motives.


cover story


A prequel.

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