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19th May '17 6:20:02 AM WarriorsGate
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* Played perfectly straight by ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', which doesn't hold back from showing what its afterlife is like.

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* Played perfectly straight by ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', which doesn't hold back from showing what its ''Series/{{Lexx}}'': The afterlife is like.exists as a physical location, [[spoiler: the binary planetary system of Fire and Water]]. Not only do none of the characters who died and get resurrected remember being there, but the dead themselves don't remember their former lives at all. They simply 'wake up' and either suffer or waste their days in idle pleasure for the rest of eternity. [[spoiler: Or at least they would have if the main characters hadn't blown heaven and hell up, because that's the kind of show Lexx is.]]
26th Mar '17 9:01:56 AM thatother1dude
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' probably adheres to this trope, viz. Roy's father having died six times and not done anything about his afterlife accommodations, but that may have as much to do with his own character than anything else.
** Now that Roy has been properly resurrected, it's been confirmed that it's indeed this trope. All Roy apparently remembers of Celestia is a happy, wonderful blur. However, he has perfect recollection of his time spent as a ghost on the mortal planes, as well as his time on the cloud (the Celestial "waiting room"), and later mentions his mom, who he only met in Celestia.

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' probably adheres to this trope, viz. Roy's father having died six times and not done anything about his afterlife accommodations, but that may have as much to do with his own character than anything else.
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''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Once Roy has been properly is resurrected, it's been confirmed that it's indeed this trope. All Roy all he apparently remembers of Celestia is a happy, wonderful blur. However, he has perfect recollection of his time spent as a ghost on the mortal planes, as well as his time on the cloud (the Celestial "waiting room"), and later mentions his mom, who he only met in Celestia.
5th Dec '16 8:42:12 PM ultimomant
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', the action star Mackie Hand has been dead for over thirty years. When he gets brought back as a zombie, he thinks mere moments has passed since his fatal accident.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', the action star Mackie Hand has been dead for over thirty years. When he gets brought back as a zombie, he thinks mere moments has have passed since his fatal accident.
5th Dec '16 8:41:49 PM ultimomant
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', the action star Mackie Hand has been dead for over thirty years. When he gets brought back as a zombie, he thinks mere moments has passed since his fatal accident.
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19th Nov '16 6:37:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''{{Warbreaker}}'' by BrandonSanderson, people who die a particularly heroic death are sometimes sent back to the living with a purpose. Only, they don't remember the afterlife, they don't remember the purpose, and for an extra twist they don't remember their previous life or death either.

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* In ''{{Warbreaker}}'' ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'' by BrandonSanderson, Creator/BrandonSanderson, people who die a particularly heroic death are sometimes sent back to the living with a purpose. Only, they don't remember the afterlife, they don't remember the purpose, and for an extra twist they don't remember their previous life or death either.
13th Oct '16 4:07:08 AM Malitia
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* When Cecil was brought back as a ghost in ''Comicbook/TheUnbelievableGwenpool'' he didn't remember anything about an afterlife... which prompted several characters to create theories, because in the MarvelUniverse ''[[CrossoverCosmology all afterlives exist]]'', so there is Gwen who thinks it was so awful Cecil is suffering from trauma amnesia, and then "Terrible Eye" who thinks he forgot because the afterlife is so abstract the human mind cannot grasp it, etc.
2nd Sep '16 6:34:16 PM Mr_White
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Any case where a character who comes BackFromTheDead remembers nothing about the afterlife. Usually done to [[OffscreenAfterlife preserve ambiguity]] about what the universe's afterlife is actually like, but sometimes we actually see the character in the afterlife before they come back with no memory of it. This may be a case of FridgeBrilliance since if [[OurSoulsAreDifferent the soul]] exists, there's no reason for memory brain cells to record anything if the GhostInTheMachine is elsewhere while experiencing things; it would be less explainable if they did remember [[note]] An alternate explanation is that they went to paradise, and if they remembered it once they were revived, they wouldn't be able to continue living a mortal life without knowing that bliss.[[/note]] In some cases, it turns out they don't remember because [[TheNothingAfterDeath there was nothing there]], or [[CessationOfExistence there wasn't one at all]].[[note]]Though in the second case, [[FridgeLogic it should not have been possible to resurrect them with their soul intact, since said soul supposedly ceased to exist.]][[/note]]

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Any case where a character who comes BackFromTheDead remembers nothing about the afterlife. Usually done to [[OffscreenAfterlife preserve ambiguity]] about what the universe's afterlife is actually like, but sometimes we actually see the character in the afterlife before they come back with no memory of it. This may be a case of FridgeBrilliance since if [[OurSoulsAreDifferent the soul]] exists, there's no reason for memory brain cells to record anything if the GhostInTheMachine is elsewhere while experiencing things; it would be less explainable if they did remember [[note]] An alternate explanation is that they went to paradise, and if they remembered it once they were revived, they wouldn't be able to continue living a mortal life without knowing that bliss.[[/note]] In some cases, it turns out they don't remember because [[TheNothingAfterDeath there was nothing there]], or [[CessationOfExistence there wasn't one at all]].[[note]]Though in the second case, [[FridgeLogic it should not have been possible to resurrect them with their soul intact, since said soul supposedly ceased to exist.]][[/note]]
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11th May '16 9:36:27 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', when the Klingon mythological hero Kahless returns, Worf asks him about the afterlife, and Kahless claims he is unable to remember, since he is a traveller between worlds and is only able to retain knowledge of the world he currently inhabits. It turns out that he's actually a clone (he probably still ''thought'' the explanation was what he'd said, since he wasn't aware he was a clone at that point).

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* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', when the Klingon mythological hero Kahless returns, Worf asks him about the afterlife, and Kahless claims he is unable to remember, since he is a traveller traveler between worlds and is only able to retain knowledge of the world he currently inhabits. It turns out that he's actually a clone (he probably still ''thought'' the explanation was what he'd said, since he wasn't aware he was a clone at that point).


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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Beric Dondarrion has been killed and revived six times. When Melisandre asks him what the afterlife is like, he says he only remembers dying and coming back.
** When Jon Snow is brought back to life, Melisandre asks him what the afterlife is like, but he says the last thing he remembers is getting killed.
28th Apr '16 10:51:15 PM Pichu-kun
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* When Haku is revived in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' he doesn't remember anything between his death and his revival. Some sort of afterlife seems to exist in their universe though.



* ComicBook/GreenArrow's return to life in the Quiver arc was marked not only by him not remembering his death, but he also didn't remember several years of life before his death.
** In this case, it's because a version of Green Arrow was revived from several years before his death. At the end of the arc, the version who actually died takes over the body.

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* ComicBook/GreenArrow's return to life in the Quiver arc was marked not only by him not remembering his death, but he also didn't remember several years of life before his death.
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death. In this case, it's because a version of Green Arrow was revived from several years before his death. At the end of the arc, the version who actually died takes over the body.



* Played with in ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', as seen above. Spock seems willing to explain what it was like to die and be resurrected to Dr. [=McCoy=], it's just that he can't. Apparently only two people who have died can discuss being dead.[[note]]Overlooking the fact that in the Original Series, both [=McCoy=] and Scotty were killed and resurrected[[/note]] He's also unwilling to make metaphors that aren't precise.
** It didn't take long for that to become a FunnyAneurysmMoment, given that [=DeForest=] Kelley was the first of the Enterprise's main bridge cast to pass on.

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* Played with in ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', as seen above. Spock seems willing to explain what it was like to die and be resurrected to Dr. [=McCoy=], it's just that he can't. Apparently only two people who have died can discuss being dead.[[note]]Overlooking the fact that in the Original Series, both [=McCoy=] and Scotty were killed and resurrected[[/note]] He's also unwilling to make metaphors that aren't precise.
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precise. It didn't take long for that to become a FunnyAneurysmMoment, given that [=DeForest=] Kelley was the first of the Enterprise's main bridge cast to pass on.



** By the way, falling in love with your (former body's) daughter, ew!



* ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' died in the season 1 and season 5 finales. The first time, when she was briefly clinically dead, she appeared not to remember anything from that short time. The second time, after having been dead for several months, she first confessed to Spike that she believed she had been in Heaven or something resembling it, then, in "Once More with Feeling", told the rest of the gang while under the control of that episode's phlebotinum.
** When she is drawing what she remembers, she shows a white light in a black area. While this seems like a cliche, she is trying to describe it using her limited human senses.

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* ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' died in the season 1 and season 5 finales. The first time, when she was briefly clinically dead, she appeared not to remember anything from that short time. The second time, after having been dead for several months, she first confessed to Spike that she believed she had been in Heaven or something resembling it, then, in "Once More with Feeling", told the rest of the gang while under the control of that episode's phlebotinum.
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phlebotinum. When she is drawing what she remembers, she shows a white light in a black area. While this seems like a cliche, she is trying to describe it using her limited human senses.



** In Myth/CelticMythology, the dead can't speak, so they can't reveal anything about the afterlife. TruthInTelevision!

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** * In Myth/CelticMythology, the dead can't speak, so they can't reveal anything about the afterlife. TruthInTelevision!



* In a ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' quest, a cave goblin is killed and later revived with her memories of death missing. Whether her memory of it was erased or there is not an afterlife to remember is commented on but not explained. Of course, none of this cosmological ambiguity applies to ''player'' characters, who are immediately restored to life by the gods after payment in the form of [[DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist wrist slaps]].
** Plus the fact that there are ghosts crawling all over Runescape and you occasionally help them pass on, destroys the ambiguity. Not that Zanik had seen any of them by that point.

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* In a ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' quest, a cave goblin is killed and later revived with her memories of death missing. Whether her memory of it was erased or there is not an afterlife to remember is commented on but not explained. Of course, none of this cosmological ambiguity applies to ''player'' characters, who are immediately restored to life by the gods after payment in the form of [[DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist wrist slaps]].
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slaps]]. Plus the fact that there are ghosts crawling all over Runescape and you occasionally help them pass on, destroys the ambiguity. Not that Zanik had seen any of them by that point.
3rd Apr '16 9:11:00 AM nighttrainfm
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** Most of those brought back by the resurrection glove are unable to remember anything, especially since they are panicking and only have 20 more seconds to live. In the end, it turns out from the one character that can remember it that there is no afterlife except for [[TheNothingAfterDeath total darkness and ominous footprints]], and that's why the others couldn't remember it.

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** Most of those brought back by the resurrection glove are unable to remember anything, especially since they are panicking and only have 20 more seconds to live. In the end, it turns out from the one character that can remember it that there is no afterlife except for [[TheNothingAfterDeath total darkness and ominous footprints]], footsteps]], and that's why the others couldn't remember it.
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