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10th Dec '15 10:42:11 PM Scrounge
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** One episode features the "recovers but keeps it secret" variant with a witness who had been mentally stuck in the 1970's.
20th Nov '15 8:58:55 AM Morgenthaler
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FakingAmnesia is usually more believable to others when the individual has recently gone through some kind of trauma, like a [[EasyAmnesia blow to the head]] or DemonicPossession. A suspicious character may attempt to trick the faux amnesiac into mentioning something about the events to prove that they remember it after all. If the faker accidentally slips up and gives themselves away, they may make a big show about their "miraculous recovery." A character who really had amnesia at some point may recover but keep it secret and feign to still have amnesia, to take advantage of it (for example, because AmnesiacsAreInnocent).
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FakingAmnesia Faking amnesia is usually more believable to others when the individual has recently gone through some kind of trauma, like a [[EasyAmnesia blow to the head]] or DemonicPossession. A suspicious character may attempt to trick the faux amnesiac into mentioning something about the events to prove that they remember it after all. If the faker accidentally slips up and gives themselves away, they may make a big show about their "miraculous recovery." A character who really had amnesia at some point may recover but keep it secret and feign to still have amnesia, to take advantage of it (for example, because AmnesiacsAreInnocent).
8th Nov '15 4:34:07 AM Blazer
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* In the Creator/{{Marvel comic|s}} ''ComicBook/AgentX'', The Taskmaster accuses Alex Hayden of being [[{{Deadpool}} Wade Wilson]] pulling this trick. [[spoiler:This ends up being a subversion, as while it's unclear whether he is Deadpool or not, the amnesia is very real.]]
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* In the Creator/{{Marvel comic|s}} ''ComicBook/AgentX'', The Taskmaster accuses Alex Hayden of being [[{{Deadpool}} Wade Wilson]] pulling this trick. [[spoiler:This ends up being a subversion, as while it's unclear whether he is Deadpool or not, the amnesia is very real.]] Then, it turns out Alex Hayden isn't even Wade!]]
10th Oct '15 9:29:04 AM nombretomado
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* The {{New52}} version of ''Comicbook/{{Superboy}}'''s cover story in the "small town" simulation.
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* The {{New52}} ComicBook/{{New 52}} version of ''Comicbook/{{Superboy}}'''s cover story in the "small town" simulation.
12th Sep '15 12:03:50 PM Grade0
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* Archer in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' claims to not remember which Heroic Spirit he is in order to carry out his plan to kill Shirou while making it seem like he was just another casualty of the Holy Grail War.
11th Sep '15 11:02:15 AM Ptorquemada
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* In "Series/BreakingBad'', Walt pretends to not remember anything so he won't have to explain where he's been or what he's done for a period of time. He ''does'' admit to his psychiatrist that he's faking it (so that he can be released from the hospital rather than being held for evaluation), but also points out that doctor/patient confidentiality prevents the psychiatrist from telling anyone else.
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* In "Series/BreakingBad'', ''Series/BreakingBad'', Walt pretends to not remember anything so he won't have to explain where he's been or what he's done for a period of time. He ''does'' admit to his psychiatrist that he's faking it (so that he can be released from the hospital rather than being held for evaluation), but also points out that doctor/patient confidentiality prevents the psychiatrist from telling anyone else.
11th Sep '15 10:55:46 AM Ptorquemada
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The viewers are aware that Walt is faking and why from the moment he starts doing it; unless you think Skyler or Hank is reading this, there's no point in the spoiler tags, Also, the fact that a work appears on this page at all is a spoiler unless there are multiple "amnesiac" characters and the audience is not sure which are real and which are faking.
* In "Series/BreakingBad'', Walt [[spoiler: pretends to not remember anything so he won't have to explain where he's been or what he's done for a period of time.]]
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* In "Series/BreakingBad'', Walt [[spoiler: pretends to not remember anything so he won't have to explain where he's been or what he's done for a period of time.]]time. He ''does'' admit to his psychiatrist that he's faking it (so that he can be released from the hospital rather than being held for evaluation), but also points out that doctor/patient confidentiality prevents the psychiatrist from telling anyone else.
28th Feb '15 3:53:04 PM F1Krazy
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* In ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaRebirth1'', while pursuing the defeated Black Heart, Neptune runs into Noire (who is really the un-transformed Black Heart). When Neptune realizes Noire is badly hurt, Noire pretends [[BlatantLies very badly]] to have amnesia and not to remember what happened to her. [[OnlySaneMan IF]] sees straight through it, but [[TooDumbToLive Neptune]] and Compa both fall for it.
24th Jan '15 1:09:26 PM StFan
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* The water fairy Athena Glory in ''{{Manga/ARIA}}'' does this as a prank to her student, Alice.
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* The water fairy Athena Glory in ''{{Manga/ARIA}}'' ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'' does this as a prank to her student, Alice.

* In episode 26 of Manga/HayateTheCombatButler, after a fight with some baddies, Hayate ends up with a blow to the head, rendering him unconscious. Ayumu, being there when it happened helped Hayate tend to his wounds. When Hayate woke up, Ayumu then asks whether he likes her or not. Hayate then ends up faking amnesia in order to avoid answering the question. HilarityEnsues.
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* In episode 26 of Manga/HayateTheCombatButler, ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', after a fight with some baddies, Hayate ends up with a blow to the head, rendering him unconscious. Ayumu, being there when it happened helped Hayate tend to his wounds. When Hayate woke up, Ayumu then asks whether he likes her or not. Hayate then ends up faking amnesia in order to avoid answering the question. HilarityEnsues.

* In ''TekkamanBlade'', [[spoiler: D-Boy initially appears to have amnesia, but turns out to be faking it. Late in the series, he starts losing his memory for real.]]
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* In ''TekkamanBlade'', ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'', [[spoiler: D-Boy initially appears to have amnesia, but turns out to be faking it. Late in the series, he starts losing his memory for real.]]

[[folder: Comic Books]] * In the [[MarvelComics Marvel]] comic ''AgentX'', The Taskmaster accuses Alex Hayden of being [[{{Deadpool}} Wade Wilson]] pulling this trick. [[spoiler:This ends up being a subversion, as while it's unclear whether he is Deadpool or not, the amnesia is very real.]] * About [[EasyAmnesia half]] of NormanOsborn's amnesiac relapses are fake.
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[[folder: Comic [[folder:Comic Books]] * In the [[MarvelComics Marvel]] comic ''AgentX'', Creator/{{Marvel comic|s}} ''ComicBook/AgentX'', The Taskmaster accuses Alex Hayden of being [[{{Deadpool}} Wade Wilson]] pulling this trick. [[spoiler:This ends up being a subversion, as while it's unclear whether he is Deadpool or not, the amnesia is very real.]] * About [[EasyAmnesia half]] of NormanOsborn's ComicBook/NormanOsborn's amnesiac relapses are fake.

[[folder: Fan Fic]] * ''FanFic/TheEndOfEnds'' accuses Terra of this.
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[[folder: Fan Fic]] [[folder:Comic Strips]] * ''FanFic/TheEndOfEnds'' accuses Terra of this.''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': Calvin once tried this as an excuse for his terrible grades. His dad wasn't fooled.

[[folder: Film]] * ''Film/WhileYouWereSleeping'' plays with this: Peter Gallagher's character, upon waking up from a coma, doesn't remember his fiancée (because they really aren't engaged, his family just thinks they are), so his family assumes that he's amnesiac. He figures out there's been some sort of mix-up, but he continues playing along with the amnesia story to avoid upsetting the family too much.
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[[folder: Film]] [[folder:Fan Works]] * ''Film/WhileYouWereSleeping'' plays with this: Peter Gallagher's character, upon waking up from a coma, doesn't remember his fiancée (because they really aren't engaged, his family just thinks they are), so his family assumes that he's amnesiac. He figures out there's been some sort ''Fanfic/TheEndOfEnds'' accuses Terra of mix-up, but he continues playing along with the amnesia story to avoid upsetting the family too much.this.

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[[folder: Literature]][[folder:Films -- Live-Action]] * ''Film/WhileYouWereSleeping'' plays with this: Peter Gallagher's character, upon waking up from a coma, doesn't remember his fiancée (because they really aren't engaged, his family just thinks they are), so his family assumes that he's amnesiac. He figures out there's been some sort of mix-up, but he continues playing along with the amnesia story to avoid upsetting the family too much. [[/folder]] [[folder:Literature]]

* The Titular character from the RobinMcKinley novel ''{{Literature/Sunshine}}'' pretends she has PTSD that made her forget or block her memories after escaping from being held captive by vampires. She ''does'' have PTSD, but she hadn't forgotten anything; she just didn't want to talk about it or explain A) why she saved a vampire and B) ''how'' she saved a vampire. That is to say, by using her magic that she hadn't used since childhood to make it so a certain vampire could walk under sunlight, which everyone agrees is impossible.
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* The Titular Title character from the RobinMcKinley Creator/RobinMcKinley novel ''{{Literature/Sunshine}}'' ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}'' pretends she has PTSD that made her forget or block her memories after escaping from being held captive by vampires. She ''does'' have PTSD, but she hadn't forgotten anything; she just didn't want to talk about it or explain A) why she saved a vampire and B) ''how'' she saved a vampire. That is to say, by using her magic that she hadn't used since childhood to make it so a certain vampire could walk under sunlight, which everyone agrees is impossible.

* The titular ''{{Papillon}}'' feigns having amnesia after being caught receiving contraband coconuts and cigarettes while in solitary confinement. The warden is frustrated by the inability to get a name and other details from Papillon and orders him to finish the final four months of his sentence without a dinner meal. Despite nearly dying of malnourishment, Papillon remembers to continue the game upon his release and "mistakes" the end of his solitary time as a pardon from the PenalColony altogether. * Bobby Pendragon, from Literature/ThePendragonAdventure, feigns amnesia to get the Tribunal of Rayne to trust him. [[spoiler: He fails to trick them. It's later revealed that they played along for completely different reasons.]]
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* The titular ''{{Papillon}}'' eponymous protagonist of ''Literature/{{Papillon}}'' feigns having amnesia after being caught receiving contraband coconuts and cigarettes while in solitary confinement. The warden is frustrated by the inability to get a name and other details from Papillon and orders him to finish the final four months of his sentence without a dinner meal. Despite nearly dying of malnourishment, Papillon remembers to continue the game upon his release and "mistakes" the end of his solitary time as a pardon from the PenalColony altogether. * Bobby Pendragon, from Literature/ThePendragonAdventure, ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure'', feigns amnesia to get the Tribunal of Rayne to trust him. [[spoiler: He fails to trick them. It's later revealed that they played along for completely different reasons.]]

* Similarly, in ''Rebel Force'' someone who learned how to make amnesiac assassins [[CriminalAmnesiac captures Luke Skywalker]]. Thanks to TheForce - and Obi-Wan's spirit - helping, he remembers everything, but fakes it and does a very good job of acting, for days, in order to lull Soresh into thinking it worked so he could turn on him when the time was right.
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* Similarly, in ''Rebel Force'' someone who learned how to make amnesiac assassins [[CriminalAmnesiac captures Luke Skywalker]]. Thanks to TheForce - -- and Obi-Wan's spirit - -- helping, he remembers everything, but fakes it and does a very good job of acting, for days, in order to lull Soresh into thinking it worked so he could turn on him when the time was right.

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--> '''Giles''': "I've been reading up on my animal possession and I cannot find anything anywhere about memory loss afterward." --> '''Xander''': "Did you tell ''them'' that?" --> '''Giles''': "Your secret dies with me." --> '''Xander''': "''Shoot me, stuff me, mount me''." * In a late-season arc of ''{{Wonderfalls}}'', Heidi Gotts gets bumped on the head and decides to fake amnesia because so many people think [[EasyAmnesia that's exactly how amnesia works]]. ** "I wasn't faking it at first! I really did still think we were married! ... for a few seconds.."
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--> '''Giles''': "I've -->'''Giles:''' I've been reading up on my animal possession and I cannot find anything anywhere about memory loss afterward." --> '''Xander''': "Did \\ '''Xander:''' Did you tell ''them'' that?" --> '''Giles''': "Your that?\\ '''Giles:''' Your secret dies with me." --> '''Xander''': "''Shoot \\ '''Xander:''' ''Shoot me, stuff me, mount me''." me''. * In a late-season arc of ''{{Wonderfalls}}'', ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'', Heidi Gotts gets bumped on the head and decides to fake amnesia because so many people think [[EasyAmnesia that's exactly how amnesia works]]. ** "I -->'''Heidi Gotts:''' I wasn't faking it at first! I really did still think we were married! ... married!... for a few seconds.."seconds...

* Inverted in an episode of ''HumanTarget''. A client who has amnesia takes part in a sting to trick the bad guys by pretending not to have amnesia. To do this he has to convince them that he was faking it. It makes sense in context.
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* Inverted in an episode of ''HumanTarget''.''Series/HumanTarget''. A client who has amnesia takes part in a sting to trick the bad guys by pretending not to have amnesia. To do this he has to convince them that he was faking it. It makes sense in context.

* After Beckett is shot by a sniper, {{Castle}} admits his feelings for her. After she wakes up in the hospital, he asks if she remembers anything about the shooting. Beckett claims that she doesn't. At the end of the episode, though, after a psychiatrist asks her what she remembers, she admits that she remembers everything. Castle later finds out and is not amused. * An episode of ''PrivatePractice'' has a depressed woman ask to undergo shock therapy in order to be happy again. It appears to work, except she doesn't remember her fiancé anymore. Violet, an experienced psychiatrist, calls bullshit on that, and the woman eventually admits that she pretended, as she feels happy until he walks in the room. In the end, the doctors support her story and tell the fiancé to leave her be. * In ''GreysAnatomy'', a seriously-hurt woman is found at the site of a ferry accident. Her face is beyond recognition, and she has no memory of who she is. Alex dubs her Ava, and Sloan makes her a new face. Eventually, though, Alex figures out that her memory has returned, but she kept on playing the amnesiac, as her former life sucked.
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* After Beckett is shot by a sniper, {{Castle}} Series/{{Castle}} admits his feelings for her. After she wakes up in the hospital, he asks if she remembers anything about the shooting. Beckett claims that she doesn't. At the end of the episode, though, after a psychiatrist asks her what she remembers, she admits that she remembers everything. Castle later finds out and is not amused. * An episode of ''PrivatePractice'' ''Series/PrivatePractice'' has a depressed woman ask to undergo shock therapy in order to be happy again. It appears to work, except she doesn't remember her fiancé anymore. Violet, an experienced psychiatrist, calls bullshit on that, and the woman eventually admits that she pretended, as she feels happy until he walks in the room. In the end, the doctors support her story and tell the fiancé to leave her be. * In ''GreysAnatomy'', ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', a seriously-hurt woman is found at the site of a ferry accident. Her face is beyond recognition, and she has no memory of who she is. Alex dubs her Ava, and Sloan makes her a new face. Eventually, though, Alex figures out that her memory has returned, but she kept on playing the amnesiac, as her former life sucked.

[[folder: Newspaper Comics]] * ''CalvinAndHobbes'': Calvin once tried this as an excuse for his terrible grades. His dad wasn't fooled. [[/folder]] [[folder: Video Games]]
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[[folder: Newspaper Comics]] * ''CalvinAndHobbes'': Calvin once tried this as an excuse for his terrible grades. His dad wasn't fooled. [[/folder]] [[folder: Video [[folder:Video Games]]

[[folder: Webcomics]] * Played for laughs in ''WebComic/SkinHorse'': when Animal Control shows up to capture Sweetheart, Unity panics and feigns amnesia. She's apparently done this before. * In ''LostOpportunity'' Louwrens does this after being transported to an alien (but somewhat familiar) planet and transformed into an anthropomorphic dog.
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[[folder: Webcomics]] [[folder:Web Comics]] * Played for laughs in ''WebComic/SkinHorse'': ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'': when Animal Control shows up to capture Sweetheart, Unity panics and feigns amnesia. She's apparently done this before. * In ''LostOpportunity'' ''Webcomic/LostOpportunity'' Louwrens does this after being transported to an alien (but somewhat familiar) planet and transformed into an anthropomorphic dog.

[[folder: Western Animation]] * In ''HeyArnold'', Helga pretends to have amnesia. She did originally have amnesia, but recovered from it in the morning. Her mother told her that Arnold took care of her that day, which prompted her to fake it so he would continue to take care of her. * Ambiguous but heavily implied to be the case with Terra in the SeriesFinale of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. When Beast Boy claims she was so happy as a Titan she comments that things were never the way he remembered them, and Slade tells Beast Boy she chooses to not remember.
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[[folder: Western Animation]] [[folder:Web Original]] * In ''HeyArnold'', Helga pretends ''Series/FlandersCompany'' season 4, both Hippolyte and Caleb pretend to have amnesia. She did originally have amnesia, but recovered from it be amnesiac in the morning. Her mother told her that Arnold took care of her that day, which prompted her to fake it so alternate universe. It's Hippolyte's idea, at first because he thinks the true story would continue be too unbelievable. Afterward, [[spoiler:they don't want their status of supervillains to take care come into light in a society full of her. * Ambiguous but heavily implied to be the case with Terra in the SeriesFinale of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. When Beast Boy claims she was so happy as a Titan she comments that things were never the way he remembered them, and Slade tells Beast Boy she chooses to not remember.superheroes]].

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11th Jan '15 3:43:14 PM Quanyails
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* Ambiguous but heavily implied to be the case with Terra in the SeriesFinale of Teen Titans. When Beast Boy claims she was so happy as a TItan she comments that Things were never the way he remembered them, and Slade tells Beast Boy she chooses to not remember.
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* Ambiguous but heavily implied to be the case with Terra in the SeriesFinale of Teen Titans. ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. When Beast Boy claims she was so happy as a TItan Titan she comments that Things things were never the way he remembered them, and Slade tells Beast Boy she chooses to not remember.
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