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23rd Jun '16 8:17:16 PM nombretomado
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* In the 2002 film of ''TheTimeMachine'', a holographic AI librarian/computer called Vox works at the New York Public Library. Vox looks like a human and can answer any question you ask it.

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* In the 2002 film of ''TheTimeMachine'', ''Film/{{The Time Machine|2002}}'', a holographic AI librarian/computer called Vox works at the New York Public Library. Vox looks like a human and can answer any question you ask it.
23rd Jun '16 2:20:18 AM StFan
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->"You were expecting a book. An ancient tome filled with the secrets that you seek. But instead, you have found me."

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->"You ->''"You were expecting a book. An ancient tome filled with the secrets that you seek. But instead, you have found me.""''



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* Layla Miller in ''ComicBook/{{X-Factor}}''. [[CatchPhrase She knows stuff]]. At first it seems that "knowing stuff" is her mutant power, but in fact [[spoiler: Future!Layla downloaded all the knowledge into Past!Layla's brain]].
* ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'': in the "Age of X" alternate timeline, Rogue's code name was Reaper and it was her job to save all the memories of fallen mutants.
* In ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'', a doomsday cult is looking for something called the Book of the Fifth Window. It turns out to be a young man with writing all over his skin.

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* The lead character in ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic'' has an 80Gb hard drive implanted in his brain for the purposes of carrying sensitive infodata.

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* Layla Miller in ''ComicBook/{{X-Factor}}''.''ComicBook/XFactor''. [[CatchPhrase She knows stuff]]. At first it seems that "knowing stuff" is her mutant power, but in fact [[spoiler: Future!Layla downloaded all the knowledge into Past!Layla's brain]].
* ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'': ''ComicBook/XMen'': in the "Age of X" alternate timeline, Rogue's code name was Reaper and it was her job to save all the memories of fallen mutants.
* In ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'', ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'', a doomsday cult is looking for something called the Book of the Fifth Window. It turns out to be a young man with writing all over his skin.

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* The lead character in ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic'' has an 80Gb 80 Gb hard drive implanted in his brain for the purposes of carrying sensitive infodata.




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* Appears (in UnbuiltTrope form) in the JorgeLuisBorges story "FunesTheMemorious". The title character's absolute, perfect memory -- the result of a head injury -- is useless, since every sensation or miniscule change in an object registers as a separate memory, requiring a specific name, to the point of near-sensory overload.
* In the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novels, Amberley's savant, Caractacus Mott, is portrayed as a GibberingGenius and has a habit of giving more exposition than Amberley would like Cain to recieve.

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* Appears (in UnbuiltTrope form) in the JorgeLuisBorges Creator/JorgeLuisBorges story "FunesTheMemorious". "Literature/FunesTheMemorious". The title character's absolute, perfect memory -- the result of a head injury -- is useless, since every sensation or miniscule minuscule change in an object registers as a separate memory, requiring a specific name, to the point of near-sensory overload.
* In the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novels, Amberley's savant, Caractacus Mott, is portrayed as a GibberingGenius and has a habit of giving more exposition than Amberley would like Cain to recieve.receive.



* In ''Discworld/SmallGods'', Brutha has a PhotographicMemory, so when a library is burning down, people make him read the books so they can still have the information. Unfortunately, he's also illiterate. [[spoiler: But it works out okay]].

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* In ''Discworld/SmallGods'', Brutha has a PhotographicMemory, so when a library is burning down, people make him read the books so they can still have the information. Unfortunately, he's also illiterate. [[spoiler: But [[spoiler:But it works out okay]].




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* In an episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'', SG-1 encounters a world where specialist children called "Urrone" learn a subject for ten years, and then "graduate", sharing their knowledge with the rest of their people. That's pretty much their whole purpose in society [[spoiler:because they have nanites in their brains that are removed and distributed upon "graduation", leaving the children in an infant-like state for the rest of their lives]]. (At the end, we discover that [[spoiler:the Urrone can, in fact, learn the old-fashioned way, maybe even have a normal life but for those ten years lost]].)

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* In an episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'', ''Series/StargateSG1'':
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SG-1 encounters a world where specialist children called "Urrone" learn a subject for ten years, and then "graduate", sharing their knowledge with the rest of their people. That's pretty much their whole purpose in society [[spoiler:because they have nanites in their brains that are removed and distributed upon "graduation", leaving the children in an infant-like state for the rest of their lives]]. (At the end, we discover that [[spoiler:the Urrone can, in fact, learn the old-fashioned way, maybe even have a normal life but for those ten years lost]].)



* In ''{{Series/Eureka}}'', an InstantAIJustAddWater creates a human body nearly from scratch and backups all information into the person's cells.

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* In ''{{Series/Eureka}}'', ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', an InstantAIJustAddWater creates a human body nearly from scratch and backups all information into the person's cells.



* As an Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH), the Doctor from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' was made specifically to contain all the knowledge of Starfleet medical officers (the reason he is a hologram instead of just keeping the knowledge on a databank is in the name -- the EMH is intended to act as a doctor in emergency situations where a real Starfleet medical officer is not available). The EMH also appears in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' and ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', but on Voyager he becomes a necessary part of the crew and comes to be treated as a person. An interesting reversal of the usual process: "hard drive" first, "human" later.

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* Savants/Sages serve as these to inquisitors in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40K}}'' universe. They're cybernetically enhanced to allow them to better store data and live long enough to gather it.

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* As an Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH), the Doctor from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' was made specifically to contain all the knowledge of Starfleet medical officers (the reason he is a hologram instead of just keeping the knowledge on a databank is in the name -- the EMH is intended to act as a doctor in emergency situations where a real Starfleet medical officer is not available). The EMH also appears in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' and ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', but on Voyager ''Voyager'' he becomes a necessary part of the crew and comes to be treated as a person. An interesting reversal of the usual process: "hard drive" first, "human" later.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 400000}}'':
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Savants/Sages serve as these to inquisitors in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40K}}'' ''40k'' universe. They're cybernetically enhanced to allow them to better store data and live long enough to gather it.




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* Dyus from [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Shivering Isles]] was implied to be a library or a book, before he was encountered.

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'': Dyus from [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Shivering Isles]] was Isles is implied to be a library or a book, before he was is encountered.



* Maha Ganeshariff from ''Videogame/MegamanZero'' was designed as a data server... who also works as an armored {{Lightning Bruiser}}. He was sent to Zero's original resting place to gather information, and after you defeat him, you gain access to two new weapons for Zero (or, if [[AllThereInTheManual you go with the manual's explanation]], [[SwissArmyWeapon more variations of the Z-Saber]]).

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* ''Videogame/MegamanZero'':
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Maha Ganeshariff from ''Videogame/MegamanZero'' was designed as a data server... who also works as an armored {{Lightning Bruiser}}.LightningBruiser. He was sent to Zero's original resting place to gather information, and after you defeat him, you gain access to two new weapons for Zero (or, if [[AllThereInTheManual you go with the manual's explanation]], [[SwissArmyWeapon more variations of the Z-Saber]]).




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** In ancient Greece, musicians and storytellers, and sometimes the educated elite, were supposed to be able to recite the most famous epics (usually ''Literature/TheIliad'' or ''Literature/TheOdyssey'') by heart. As reported by his disciple {{Creator/Plato}}, {{Creator/Socrates}} was against writing itself: "It destroys memory and weakens the mind, relieving it of work that makes it strong. It is an inhuman thing."

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** * In ancient Greece, musicians and storytellers, and sometimes the educated elite, were supposed to be able to recite the most famous epics (usually ''Literature/TheIliad'' or ''Literature/TheOdyssey'') by heart. As reported by his disciple {{Creator/Plato}}, {{Creator/Socrates}} Creator/{{Plato}}, Creator/{{Socrates}} was against writing itself: "It destroys memory and weakens the mind, relieving it of work that makes it strong. It is an inhuman thing.""
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18th Dec '15 4:07:24 PM Discar
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-->--Dyus, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Shivering Isles]]''

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-->--Dyus, -->-- '''Dyus''', ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Shivering Isles]]''



Very often overlaps with MacGuffinGirl, since a character like this will often become a point of conflict due to the knowledge they have. If they are instead (or also) part of the FiveManBand, they will be TheSmartGuy. If the Human Hard Drive bears the burden of exposition, this trope may overlap with both MrExposition and {{Expositron 9000}}, simultaneously.

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Very often overlaps with MacGuffinGirl, LivingMacGuffin, since a character like this will often become a point of conflict due to the knowledge they have. If they are instead (or also) part of the FiveManBand, they will be TheSmartGuy. If the Human Hard Drive bears the burden of exposition, this trope may overlap with both MrExposition and {{Expositron 9000}}, simultaneously.
30th Nov '15 1:44:45 PM DarkHunter
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* Index from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''.

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* Index Librorum Prohibitorum from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''.''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', who has memorized the complete contents of 103,000 magical grimoires, giving her a near-complete knowledge of all magic.
9th Oct '15 4:31:16 PM StFan
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* The ''NewAvengers'' episode "The Three-Handed Game" featured three agents with perfect memory. Each of them was shown one-third of a secret message and was sent to deliver it via a different route, so that in theory nobody could intercept the entire message. (Come to think of it, kinda like the way data packets work on the internet.) Of course the bad guy figured out a way.

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* The ''NewAvengers'' ''[[Series/TheAvengers New Avengers]]'' episode "The Three-Handed Game" featured features three agents with perfect memory. Each of them was shown one-third of a secret message and was sent to deliver it via a different route, so that in theory nobody could intercept the entire message. (Come to think of it, kinda like the way data packets work on the internet.) Of course the bad guy figured figures out a way.
30th Sep '15 9:51:10 PM PaulA
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* Mr Memory, in the Creator/AlfredHitchcock film ''Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps'', is a man with perfect memory who travels around the world answering trivia questions from the audience. He is also the "39 Steps" organization's human database and file cabinet. He knows every last detail reported to him and is able to recite it instantly at will. He's used to smuggle stolen governmental and military information between international borders, as no amount of searching by security can find the stolen documents.

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* Mr Memory, in the Creator/AlfredHitchcock film ''Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps'', ''Film/{{The 39 Steps|1935}}'', is a man with perfect memory who travels around the world answering trivia questions from the audience. He is also the "39 Steps" organization's human database and file cabinet. He knows every last detail reported to him and is able to recite it instantly at will. He's used to smuggle stolen governmental and military information between international borders, as no amount of searching by security can find the stolen documents.
26th Aug '15 9:38:10 AM nombretomado
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* In ''Anime/SeireiNoMoribito'', one of the ''Mikado's'' elite memorizes a book of delivery tickets by flipping through it.

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* In ''Anime/SeireiNoMoribito'', ''Anime/MoribitoGuardianOfTheSpirit'', one of the ''Mikado's'' elite memorizes a book of delivery tickets by flipping through it.
6th May '15 10:51:18 AM SparkyLurkdragon
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* The organization of Keepers in ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'' have learned to store memories in copper, which they can use to store centuries of history, so that when the Lord Emperor is killed, they can share what was lost.

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* The organization of Keepers in ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'' have learned to store memories in copper, which they can use to store centuries of history, so that when the [[EvilOverlord Lord Emperor Ruler]] is killed, they can share what was lost.
3rd May '15 8:04:05 PM nombretomado
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* The title character of ''{{Chuck}}'' (a.k.a. "The Intersect"). He gets CIA and NSA information embedded in his head, necessitating one agent from each to protect him. Of course, he can use the combined intelligence to figure out scenarios that each agency wouldn't on its own.

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* The title character of ''{{Chuck}}'' ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' (a.k.a. "The Intersect"). He gets CIA and NSA information embedded in his head, necessitating one agent from each to protect him. Of course, he can use the combined intelligence to figure out scenarios that each agency wouldn't on its own.
27th Apr '15 4:44:59 AM LordInsane
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* As an Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH), the Doctor from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' was made specifically to contain all the knowledge of Starfleet medical officers. The EMH also appears in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' and ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', but on Voyager he becomes a necessary part of the crew and comes to be treated as a person. An interesting reversal of the usual process: "hard drive" first, "human" later.

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* As an Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH), the Doctor from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' was made specifically to contain all the knowledge of Starfleet medical officers.officers (the reason he is a hologram instead of just keeping the knowledge on a databank is in the name -- the EMH is intended to act as a doctor in emergency situations where a real Starfleet medical officer is not available). The EMH also appears in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' and ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', but on Voyager he becomes a necessary part of the crew and comes to be treated as a person. An interesting reversal of the usual process: "hard drive" first, "human" later.
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