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5th Feb '16 12:17:59 PM DrOO7
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* On ''Sisters'', second-youngest sister Georgie's therapist queries whether she had been molested by anyone, citing that it is frequently a cause of the depression and anxiety that she's been battling. That very night, Georgie apparently has a flashback of her father touching her inappropriately. Within weeks, she's not only convinced that her father repeatedly molested her, she accuses her mother of turning a blind eye to it and her sisters of being in denial as well (when they repeatedly deny being similarly abused), claiming that it would explain the myriad of problems that ''they've'' had, accusing her husband of being unsupportive, ultimately cutting them all out of her life, all with her therapist's encouragement. Only months later, watching one of her sisters, a doctor, examining her ill son, does she realize that what she remembered was not her father abusing her, but ''examining'' her (he was a doctor as well). She's horrified to realize that the whole thing was a ploy by her therapist to isolate her from her loved ones and ultimately seduce her.
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* On ''Sisters'', ''Series/{{Sisters}}'', second-youngest sister Georgie's therapist queries whether she had been molested by anyone, citing that it is frequently a cause of the depression and anxiety that she's been battling. That very night, Georgie apparently has a flashback of her father touching her inappropriately. Within weeks, she's not only convinced that her father repeatedly molested her, she accuses her mother of turning a blind eye to it and her sisters of being in denial as well (when they repeatedly deny being similarly abused), claiming that it would explain the myriad of problems that ''they've'' had, accusing her husband of being unsupportive, ultimately cutting them all out of her life, all with her therapist's encouragement. Only months later, watching one of her sisters, a doctor, examining her ill son, does she realize that what she remembered was not her father abusing her, but ''examining'' her (he was a doctor as well). She's horrified to realize that the whole thing was a ploy by her therapist to isolate her from her loved ones and ultimately seduce her.
21st Jan '16 7:42:01 PM PaulA
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* In ''The Traveler in Black'', Creator/JohnBrunner uses this in one city; an evil magician takes a seat on the city Ruling Council, the better to cause the citizens to make a choice that will increase Chaos in the area. His plan includes implanting Fake Memories that he has always been a member of the Council himself in the rest of the Council members.
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* In ''The Traveler in Black'', ''Literature/TheTravellerInBlack'', Creator/JohnBrunner uses this in one city; an evil magician takes a seat on the city Ruling Council, the better to cause the citizens to make a choice that will increase Chaos in the area. His plan includes implanting Fake Memories in the rest of the Council members that he has always been a member of the Council himself in the rest of the Council members.himself.
21st Jan '16 7:40:59 PM PaulA
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In these cases they implant FakeMemories, using things like PsychicPowers, [[{{Brainwashed}} brainwashing]], [[NeuralImplanting computers]], or the week's AppliedPhlebotinum to replace true memories with more convenient false ones.
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In these cases they implant FakeMemories, Fake Memories, using things like PsychicPowers, [[{{Brainwashed}} brainwashing]], [[NeuralImplanting computers]], or the week's AppliedPhlebotinum to replace true memories with more convenient false ones.

** The second season begins with Lelouch living a quiet, peaceful life. [[spoiler:Only after C.C. makes contact with him does he remember being captured and given FakeMemories by his father the Emperor, causing him to forget his beloved mother Marianne and sister Nunnally and having been the terrorist Zero, as well as convincing him that the spy Rolo Haliburton is actually his younger brother]]. Not only that, but ''everyone'' in the school is given exactly the same fake memories to make the effect even stronger. They all believe that Lelouch is nothing more and nothing less than a fellow student, and that [[spoiler: Rolo is his brother, whereas Nunally is merely a pretty and kind Britannian princess that later becomes the Viceroy of Area 11.]] And ''then'', [[spoiler: Shirley has her true memories back via [[AntiMagic Jeremiah]], but at some point she happens to mention Nunnally ''while speaking to [[{{Yandere}} Rolo]]''...]]
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** The second season begins with Lelouch living a quiet, peaceful life. [[spoiler:Only after C.C. makes contact with him does he remember being captured and given FakeMemories Fake Memories by his father the Emperor, causing him to forget his beloved mother Marianne and sister Nunnally and having been the terrorist Zero, as well as convincing him that the spy Rolo Haliburton is actually his younger brother]]. Not only that, but ''everyone'' in the school is given exactly the same fake memories to make the effect even stronger. They all believe that Lelouch is nothing more and nothing less than a fellow student, and that [[spoiler: Rolo is his brother, whereas Nunally is merely a pretty and kind Britannian princess that later becomes the Viceroy of Area 11.]] And ''then'', [[spoiler: Shirley has her true memories back via [[AntiMagic Jeremiah]], but at some point she happens to mention Nunnally ''while speaking to [[{{Yandere}} Rolo]]''...]]

* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'': Gemini Of The Meteor has [[spoiler:Suou who finds out she is not exactly who she thought and was given FakeMemories of a childhood she never had.]] * In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', FakeMemories are used in concert with LaserGuidedAmnesia to keep the [[{{Tykebomb}} Phantom Pain]] pilots in line. Also implicitly used on [[spoiler: Neo, who is actually Mu with TraumaInducedAmnesia.]].
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* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'': Gemini Of The Meteor has [[spoiler:Suou who finds out she is not exactly who she thought and was given FakeMemories Fake Memories of a childhood she never had.]] * In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', FakeMemories Fake Memories are used in concert with LaserGuidedAmnesia to keep the [[{{Tykebomb}} Phantom Pain]] pilots in line. Also implicitly used on [[spoiler: Neo, who is actually Mu with TraumaInducedAmnesia.]].

* In ''Manga/SnowWhiteAndSevenDwarfs'', Nakanoshita has the ability to implant these in people. One notable victim is [[spoiler:Uzuki, leading to a tragic moment on her deathbed when her real memories start resurfacing]], at which point Takeru reinforces the FakeMemories so as to LetThemDieHappy.
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* In ''Manga/SnowWhiteAndSevenDwarfs'', Nakanoshita has the ability to implant these in people. One notable victim is [[spoiler:Uzuki, leading to a tragic moment on her deathbed when her real memories start resurfacing]], at which point Takeru reinforces the FakeMemories Fake Memories so as to LetThemDieHappy.

* Comicbook/TheFalcon had a major case of FlipFlopOfGod concerning his FakeMemories. Initially, it was said that Sam's past as a social worker was the fake memories, that he was really a pimp and a criminal named "Snap" Wilson. Many other writers tended not to deal with it, so it was something of a blur if its was rendered non-canon or not. Flash forward to 2014 and Sam taking up the mantle of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica where we finally find out that the true memories were of him as a social worker and that the "Snap" Wilson memories were ones implanted into his mind by the Red Skull to not only discredit him, but hope that other people would be ''racist'' enough to follow up on it and attack him.
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* Comicbook/TheFalcon had a major case of FlipFlopOfGod concerning his FakeMemories.Fake Memories. Initially, it was said that Sam's past as a social worker was the fake memories, that he was really a pimp and a criminal named "Snap" Wilson. Many other writers tended not to deal with it, so it was something of a blur if its was rendered non-canon or not. Flash forward to 2014 and Sam taking up the mantle of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica where we finally find out that the true memories were of him as a social worker and that the "Snap" Wilson memories were ones implanted into his mind by the Red Skull to not only discredit him, but hope that other people would be ''racist'' enough to follow up on it and attack him.

* In ''Film/BladeRunner'', the new experimental replicants have literal FakeMemories to give them a semblance of a childhood and more humanity than older models. When they find out, TomatoInTheMirror occurs.
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* In ''Film/BladeRunner'', the new experimental replicants have literal FakeMemories Fake Memories to give them a semblance of a childhood and more humanity than older models. When they find out, TomatoInTheMirror occurs.

* In ''The Traveler in Black'', Creator/JohnBrunner uses this in one city; an evil magician takes a seat on the city Ruling Council, the better to cause the citizens to make a choice that will increase Chaos in the area. His plan includes implanting FakeMemories that he has always been a member of the Council himself in the rest of the Council members.
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* In ''The Traveler in Black'', Creator/JohnBrunner uses this in one city; an evil magician takes a seat on the city Ruling Council, the better to cause the citizens to make a choice that will increase Chaos in the area. His plan includes implanting FakeMemories Fake Memories that he has always been a member of the Council himself in the rest of the Council members.

* A mixture of someone else's memories and FakeMemories is how [[spoiler:Church lives for years without realizing he's an AI]] in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''.
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* A mixture of someone else's memories and FakeMemories Fake Memories is how [[spoiler:Church lives for years without realizing he's an AI]] in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''.

* Contrary to popular belief, your brain does ''not'' record everything that ever happened to you, so attempts to "uncover" stuff you don't remember will lead to FakeMemories quite often. Your brain only registers impressions, not straight sensory input, and if you weren't paying attention to an event (or never experienced it in the first place), there might be no record of it in your mind. (This is why you can lose your keys and rack your brains trying to "remember" where you left them, and fail -- if you weren't paying attention when you dropped the keys, your brain may not have registered the event at all, and you're trying to retrieve a memory that simply doesn't exist.)
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* Contrary to popular belief, your brain does ''not'' record everything that ever happened to you, so attempts to "uncover" stuff you don't remember will lead to FakeMemories Fake Memories quite often. Your brain only registers impressions, not straight sensory input, and if you weren't paying attention to an event (or never experienced it in the first place), there might be no record of it in your mind. (This is why you can lose your keys and rack your brains trying to "remember" where you left them, and fail -- if you weren't paying attention when you dropped the keys, your brain may not have registered the event at all, and you're trying to retrieve a memory that simply doesn't exist.)
17th Jan '16 11:06:46 AM nombretomado
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* In one episode of ''LawAndOrderSVU'', a young woman "recalls" that her father sexually abused her in her youth after a psychiatrist "recovers" memories of the abuse. In typical [=SVU=] fashion it goes downhill from there, with the father being villified as a monster by everyone, including the [=SVU=] department and his own family, culminating in [[spoiler:the father being shot by his other daughter in a misguided attempt to protect her sister from him. [[AcquittedTooLate Only then does the truth come to light.]]]]
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* In one episode of ''LawAndOrderSVU'', ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', a young woman "recalls" that her father sexually abused her in her youth after a psychiatrist "recovers" memories of the abuse. In typical [=SVU=] fashion it goes downhill from there, with the father being villified vilified as a monster by everyone, including the [=SVU=] department and his own family, culminating in [[spoiler:the father being shot by his other daughter in a misguided attempt to protect her sister from him. [[AcquittedTooLate Only then does the truth come to light.]]]]
1st Jan '16 7:51:00 PM jormis29
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* In ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'' by JohnCWright the hero Pheathon is attacked by exosolar assassin Scaramouche, except that the attack, and the events leading up to it, never took place. [[spoiler: They were implanted by the villain in order to discredit the hero, and lure him into opening a Pandora's box containing yet another set of false memories, which he removed to avoid lawsuit.]]
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* In ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'' by JohnCWright Creator/JohnCWright the hero Pheathon is attacked by exosolar assassin Scaramouche, except that the attack, and the events leading up to it, never took place. [[spoiler: They were implanted by the villain in order to discredit the hero, and lure him into opening a Pandora's box PandorasBox containing yet another set of false memories, which he removed to avoid lawsuit.]]
19th Dec '15 2:51:25 PM nombretomado
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* As in the page quote, there's some questions throughout the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series about whether the Shadow you play as is in fact the "real Shadow". In ''Sonic Adventure 2'' these questions come about when Rouge finds information on the original Project Shadow, the Biolizard. The question is never actually answered, but the caption before fighting Biolizard refers to it as "the prototype of the ultimate life", meaning that there is a final product: Shadow the Hedgehog. In ''Sonic Adventure 2 Battle'', this is modified to suggest that the ultimate lifeform is either Shadow or Sonic the Hedgehog, although only Shadow has reason to suspect this. In ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', it comes up again, as several Shadow Androids are discovered, leading Rouge to believe that Shadow is a robot himself. It's finally settled in (what else?) ''ShadowTheHedgehog'', but only if you take long enough at the final boss to hear Eggman tell you that you're the real Shadow. The various endings throughout the game vary between Shadow accepting himself as real, or as an android.
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* As in the page quote, there's some questions throughout the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series about whether the Shadow you play as is in fact the "real Shadow". In ''Sonic Adventure 2'' these questions come about when Rouge finds information on the original Project Shadow, the Biolizard. The question is never actually answered, but the caption before fighting Biolizard refers to it as "the prototype of the ultimate life", meaning that there is a final product: Shadow the Hedgehog. In ''Sonic Adventure 2 Battle'', this is modified to suggest that the ultimate lifeform is either Shadow or Sonic the Hedgehog, although only Shadow has reason to suspect this. In ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', it comes up again, as several Shadow Androids are discovered, leading Rouge to believe that Shadow is a robot himself. It's finally settled in (what else?) ''ShadowTheHedgehog'', ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'', but only if you take long enough at the final boss to hear Eggman tell you that you're the real Shadow. The various endings throughout the game vary between Shadow accepting himself as real, or as an android.
27th Nov '15 7:34:55 PM nombretomado
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* In ''ScottPilgrim'', the reason why Scott thinks that he was a blameless paragon of virtue in high school, even though he was a dick, was because [[spoiler: Gideon Graves "spiced up" his memories.]]
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* In ''ScottPilgrim'', ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'', the reason why Scott thinks that he was a blameless paragon of virtue in high school, even though he was a dick, was because [[spoiler: Gideon Graves "spiced up" his memories.]]
27th Nov '15 6:19:21 PM nombretomado
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* On ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' [[MagnificentBastard Magneto]] has Mastermind alter ScarletWitch's memories so that she no longer wants revenge on him.
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* On ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' [[MagnificentBastard Magneto]] has Mastermind alter ScarletWitch's ComicBook/ScarletWitch's memories so that she no longer wants revenge on him.
8th Nov '15 9:40:55 PM ultimomant
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* This is a central trope in ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'', when we learn that [[spoiler: [[ManipulativeBastard Don Thousand]] toyed with the PastLifeMemories of the Seven Barian Emperors to fill them with with hatred and resentment before they perish as part of his EvilPlan, after of course making the necessary arrangements to make sure a cruel demise strikes them early.]]
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* This is a central trope in ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'', ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', when we learn that [[spoiler: [[ManipulativeBastard Don Thousand]] toyed with the PastLifeMemories of the Seven Barian Emperors to fill them with with hatred and resentment before they perish as part of his EvilPlan, after of course making the necessary arrangements to make sure a cruel demise strikes them early.]]
7th Nov '15 10:44:48 PM nombretomado
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* A mixture of someone else's memories and FakeMemories is how [[spoiler:Church lives for years without realizing he's an AI]] in RedVsBlue.
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* A mixture of someone else's memories and FakeMemories is how [[spoiler:Church lives for years without realizing he's an AI]] in RedVsBlue.''Machinima/RedVsBlue''.
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