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23rd Jun '18 3:28:39 AM Hjortron18
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->'''Nina''': You got it wrong. My name is not Anna, I'm Nina.
->'''Dr. Tenma''': For now, but that wasn't your name back when you were brought into my hospital.

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->'''Nina''': ->'''Nina:''' You got it wrong. My name is not Anna, I'm Nina.
->'''Dr. Tenma''':
Nina.\\
'''Dr. Tenma:'''
For now, but that wasn't your name back when you were brought into my hospital.
18th Jun '18 7:09:51 AM RobinZimm
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* In ''Webcomic/ {{Falconhyrste}}''Mira wakes up in the island's mysterious forest not knowing who or what she is.''.



* In ''Webcomic/ {{Falconhyrste}}''Mira wakes up in the island's mysterious forest not knowing who or what she is.''.

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* In ''Webcomic/ {{Falconhyrste}}''Mira wakes up in the island's mysterious forest not knowing who or what she is.''.{...} of ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'' is unable to remember any of his past, including his name. This is probably because he's dead and all. Not even [[spoiler:a flashback of his murder rings any bells]], and he tells Hanna at one point that he suspects he was a different person when he was alive than he is now.



* {...} of ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'' is unable to remember any of his past, including his name. This is probably because he's dead and all. Not even [[spoiler:a flashback of his murder rings any bells]], and he tells Hanna at one point that he suspects he was a different person when he was alive than he is now.

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* {...} The first story in the ''Webcomic/{{Unity}}'' 'verse follows Officer Juni Melrose, who remembers quite a lot of ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'' is unable to remember any of his past, including his name. This is probably because he's dead and all. Not even [[spoiler:a flashback of his murder rings any bells]], and he tells Hanna at one point that he suspects he was a different person when he was alive than he is now.its technical knowledge ... but not its name or how it ended up in the hospital room it woke in.
18th Jun '18 6:54:36 AM CouchAlmark
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* ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' has it happen ''twice'' to the central protagonist, though in both cases memory-erasing alien magic was used instead of a bump on the head. The first time happened before the show began, and one of the show's early plotlines is Sento's attempts to figure out who he is. The second time brings Sento's former identity back, [[InsufferableGenius and nobody's happy to see him]]. Eventually he manages to reclaim both sets of memories, while choosing to discard his old personality in favor of retaining the more heroic personality he gained after the first case of amnesia.

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* ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' has it happen ''twice'' to the central protagonist, though in both cases memory-erasing alien magic was used instead of a bump on the head. The first time happened before the show began, and one of the show's early plotlines is Sento's attempts to figure out who he is. The second time brings Sento's former identity back, [[InsufferableGenius and nobody's happy to see him]]. Eventually he manages to reclaim both sets of memories, while choosing chooses to discard his old personality identity in favor of retaining regaining the more heroic personality he gained after the first case of amnesia.amnesia, with his old self becoming a SpiritAdvisor.
14th Jun '18 7:15:21 AM CouchAlmark
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* A blow to the head in an ''Series/AllThat'' sketch makes Josh think he's "Lord Swaynesboro".
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'' this is the Earth Alliance's version of the death penalty for civilians, the "Death of Personality". A machine suppresses all knowledge of one's past life, and the resulting blank shell is programmed to love serving others, so no one feels conflicted about keeping them in a minimum security prison for life and making them do community service. In contrast to many fictional cases of EasyAmnesia, it can't be instantly, completely reversed, but it's relatively easy for a telepath to unblock ''some'' of the memories.



* One episode of ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' involved Gomez becoming an ordinary '50s-style breadwinner whenever he took a blow to the head.
* An ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' episode has Jeannie getting a bump on the head and forgetting she's a genie.
** Other episodes had Major Nelson getting the bump on the head and forgetting who Jeannie was.

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* One ''Series/{{Blindspot}}'': The show's central concept. Drugs were used to try and completely wipe out the narrative memory of a woman (temporarily named Jane Doe), leaving her with no idea who she is and where she comes from. Her procedural memory, on the other hand, is fully intact, meaning that she can function like most other adults while demonstrating new skills (including marksmanship, martial arts, and fluent Chinese) as the plot requires.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho''
episode of ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' involved Gomez becoming an ordinary '50s-style breadwinner whenever he took a blow to "The Next Doctor", [[spoiler: the head.
man thought to be a future reincarnation of the Doctor actually turns out to be an example of this. His wife was killed and his son was abducted by the Cybermen, and his mind blocked out memory of them, at the same time being fed information on the Doctor by a piece of technology holding all information on said Time Lord. He ended up adopting the identity of the Doctor to kill the pain, until the true Doctor explained exactly what had happened to him.]]
** Also happens in "Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood", where some AppliedPhlebotinum causes the Doctor to forget that he is a Time Lord and for his DNA to be rewritten as human so as to hide from The Family.
*** This is the exact same reason why kindly old Professor Yana in "Utopia" has no idea he's [[spoiler: the Master]].
** The Doctor himself is prone to this as a side effect of regeneration, and will often spend large amounts of the post-regeneration story wandering around not knowing who he is. Particularly guilty of this are the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th Doctors.
* An ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' In the episode has Jeannie getting a bump on "Slowly I Turn" of ''Dr. Shrinker'' (one of the features of the Krofft Supershow, 1976-77), the fat loser character Gordie hits his head and is convinced by the bad guys that he is the mad scientist, Dr. Shrinker. Even numbered blows to the head and forgetting she's a genie.
** Other episodes had Major Nelson getting
revert him back to normal; additional odd-numbered blows turn him back into the bump on the head and forgetting who Jeannie was.Dr. Shrinker persona.



* Parodied/subverted in a sketch from ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'', where a rural rube (Dave Foley) is kicked in the head by a cow as he reaches for a penny. He becomes a bit "off" from the experience, so his brothers try to re-create the accident. Unfortunately, the second blow to the head kills him.
-->'''Mark [=McKinney=]:''' I don't know what went wrong. Always seemed to work on ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''.

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* Parodied/subverted On the series finale of ''Series/FullHouse'', Michelle falls while riding a horse and forgets who she is. This amnesia plot climaxes with both Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen appearing on screen together in a sketch from ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'', where a rural rube (Dave Foley) is kicked in the head by a cow as he reaches Michelle's psyche.
* ''Series/GhostWhisperer'': "Step-ins", ghosts who take over newly dead bodies
for a penny. He becomes a bit "off" from the experience, so his brothers try to re-create the accident. Unfortunately, the second blow chance at life, usually go insane because A) the ghosts lose everything except for whatever they were obsessing with when they died (generally a loved one) as soon as they wake up and B) all the information they have (if any) is for someone else's life. Interestingly the two step-ins we meet weren't fixed by a smack to the head kills him.
-->'''Mark [=McKinney=]:''' I
head; one could only get help after he talked to the title ghost whisperer who only learned about all this an episode earlier, the other [[spoiler: had to have a near-death experience]].
** The generally accepted term for this experience is "walk-ins", and it's accepted in Spiritualism and some aspects of Hinduism. Most real walk-ins
don't know what went wrong. Always seemed go insane; they may be confused for a while, but manage to work on ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''.things out.



* In an episode of ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'', Rob Petrie was demonstrating a breakaway violin to Buddy and Sally, but accidentally smashed a real violin on his head. Later we discover that he was missing the whole evening, because he was hanging out at some party with a girl under the name "[[LineOfSightName Stradivarius]]".
* On ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', Peg gets amnesia after being hit on the head, and Al molds her into his vision of the perfect housewife. In a subversion, Peg recovers her memory not from another blow to the head, but when Al starts liking the new Peg "too much" and has sex with her.



* In the episode "Slowly I Turn" of ''Dr. Shrinker'' (one of the features of the Krofft Supershow, 1976-77), the fat loser character Gordie hits his head and is convinced by the bad guys that he is the mad scientist, Dr. Shrinker. Even numbered blows to the head revert him back to normal; additional odd-numbered blows turn him back into the Dr. Shrinker persona.
* This is pretty much the premise of ''Series/SamanthaWho''.
* Happens with Claire in ''Series/{{Lost}}''.

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* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'': Happens to Fabian as the result of a curse. In addition to forgetting the names of his friends as well as any important information he didn't write down for himself, he eventually forgets who he is and what his name is.
* In the ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' episode "Slowly I Turn" of ''Dr. Shrinker'' (one of "A Bollywood Dream", TheMark, a sweatshop owner and all around jerk, has an accident, loses his memory temporarily, and realizes he doesn't like the features person he used to be. [[spoiler: When he decides to give all his money to charity and go follow his childhood dreams of being an actor, the Krofft Supershow, 1976-77), team has no choice but to call the fat loser character Gordie hits his con off.]]
* An ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' episode has Jeannie getting a bump on the
head and is convinced by forgetting she's a genie.
** Other episodes had Major Nelson getting
the bad guys that he is the mad scientist, Dr. Shrinker. Even numbered blows to bump on the head revert him back to normal; additional odd-numbered blows turn him back into the Dr. Shrinker persona.
* This is pretty much the premise of ''Series/SamanthaWho''.
* Happens with Claire in ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
and forgetting who Jeannie was.



* In one episode of ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', alien SpacePirate Divatox got hit on the head, and completely forgot that she wasn't from Earth, as well as forgetting all of her criminal tendencies.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Next Doctor", [[spoiler: the man thought to be a future reincarnation of the Doctor actually turns out to be an example of this. His wife was killed and his son was abducted by the Cybermen, and his mind blocked out memory of them, at the same time being fed information on the Doctor by a piece of technology holding all information on said Time Lord. He ended up adopting the identity of the Doctor to kill the pain, until the true Doctor explained exactly what had happened to him.]]
** Also happens in "Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood", where some AppliedPhlebotinum causes the Doctor to forget that he is a Time Lord and for his DNA to be rewritten as human so as to hide from The Family.
*** This is the exact same reason why kindly old Professor Yana in "Utopia" has no idea he's [[spoiler: the Master]].
** The Doctor himself is prone to this as a side effect of regeneration, and will often spend large amounts of the post-regeneration story wandering around not knowing who he is. Particularly guilty of this are the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th Doctors.

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* In one episode of ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' has it happen ''twice'' to the central protagonist, though in both cases memory-erasing alien SpacePirate Divatox got magic was used instead of a bump on the head. The first time happened before the show began, and one of the show's early plotlines is Sento's attempts to figure out who he is. The second time brings Sento's former identity back, [[InsufferableGenius and nobody's happy to see him]]. Eventually he manages to reclaim both sets of memories, while choosing to discard his old personality in favor of retaining the more heroic personality he gained after the first case of amnesia.
* Happens with Claire in ''Series/{{Lost}}''.
* On ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', Peg gets amnesia after being
hit on the head, and completely forgot Al molds her into his vision of the perfect housewife. In a subversion, Peg recovers her memory not from another blow to the head, but when Al starts liking the new Peg "too much" and has sex with her.
* Happened twice in ''{{Series/MASH}}'':
** In "Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler?", a wounded bomber pilot
that she wasn't from Earth, as well as forgetting all of her criminal tendencies.
* In
arrives at the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode 4077th believes he's Jesus Christ.
** In
"The Next Doctor", Billfold Syndrome", a shell-shocked medic that [[spoiler: the man thought failed to be a future reincarnation of the Doctor actually turns out to be an example of this. His wife was killed and save his son was abducted by the Cybermen, and his mind blocked out memory of them, at the same time being fed information on the Doctor by a piece of technology holding little brother, who died in combat]] loses all information on said Time Lord. He ended up adopting the identity sense of the Doctor who he is. Both cases required Sydney Freeman's assistance to kill the pain, until the true Doctor explained exactly what had happened to him.]]
** Also happens
perform "meatball psychiatry".
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Season 3 première "Murdoch Identity" finds Canadian Detective Murdoch
in "Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood", where some AppliedPhlebotinum causes the Doctor to forget that he is a Time Lord and for his DNA to be rewritten as human so as to hide from The Family.
*** This is the exact same reason why kindly old Professor Yana in "Utopia" has no idea he's [[spoiler: the Master]].
** The Doctor himself is prone to this as a side effect of regeneration, and will often spend large amounts of the post-regeneration story wandering around not
England without knowing who he is. Particularly guilty of this are the 3rd, 5th, 7th is and 8th Doctors.why he is being pursued by agents.



* A blow to the head in an ''Series/AllThat'' sketch makes Josh think he's "Lord Swaynesboro".
* In the ''Series/{{Hustle}}'' episode "A Bollywood Dream", TheMark, a sweatshop owner and all around jerk, has an accident, loses his memory temporarily, and realizes he doesn't like the person he used to be. [[spoiler: When he decides to give all his money to charity and go follow his childhood dreams of being an actor, the team has no choice but to call the con off.]]
* ''Series/GhostWhisperer'': "Step-ins", ghosts who take over newly dead bodies for a second chance at life, usually go insane because A) the ghosts lose everything except for whatever they were obsessing with when they died (generally a loved one) as soon as they wake up and B) all the information they have (if any) is for someone else's life. Interestingly the two step-ins we meet weren't fixed by a smack to the head; one could only get help after he talked to the title ghost whisperer who only learned about all this an episode earlier, the other [[spoiler: had to have a near-death experience]].
** The generally accepted term for this experience is "walk-ins", and it's accepted in Spiritualism and some aspects of Hinduism. Most real walk-ins don't go insane; they may be confused for a while, but manage to work things out.



* Happened twice in ''{{Series/MASH}}'':
** In "Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler?", a wounded bomber pilot that arrives at the 4077th believes he's Jesus Christ.
** In "The Billfold Syndrome", a shell-shocked medic that [[spoiler: failed to save his little brother, who died in combat]] loses all sense of who he is. Both cases required Sydney Freeman's assistance to perform "meatball psychiatry".



* In ''Series/BabylonFive'' this is the Earth Alliance's version of the death penalty for civilians, the "Death of Personality". A machine suppresses all knowledge of one's past life, and the resulting blank shell is programmed to love serving others, so no one feels conflicted about keeping them in a minimum security prison for life and making them do community service. In contrast to many fictional cases of EasyAmnesia, it can't be instantly, completely reversed, but it's relatively easy for a telepath to unblock ''some'' of the memories.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Season 3 première "Murdoch Identity" finds Canadian Detective Murdoch in England without knowing who he is and why he is being pursued by agents.
* On the series finale of ''Series/FullHouse'', Michelle falls while riding a horse and forgets who she is. This amnesia plot climaxes with both Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen appearing on screen together in a Michelle's psyche.

to:

* In ''Series/BabylonFive'' this is one episode of ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', alien SpacePirate Divatox got hit on the Earth Alliance's version of the death penalty for civilians, the "Death of Personality". A machine suppresses all knowledge of one's past life, head, and the resulting blank shell is programmed to love serving others, so no one feels conflicted about keeping them in a minimum security prison for life and making them do community service. In contrast to many fictional cases of EasyAmnesia, it can't be instantly, completely reversed, forgot that she wasn't from Earth, as well as forgetting all of her criminal tendencies.
* This is pretty much the premise of ''Series/SamanthaWho''.
* One episode of ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' involved Gomez becoming an ordinary '50s-style breadwinner whenever he took a blow to the head.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'', Rob Petrie was demonstrating a breakaway violin to Buddy and Sally,
but it's relatively easy accidentally smashed a real violin on his head. Later we discover that he was missing the whole evening, because he was hanging out at some party with a girl under the name "[[LineOfSightName Stradivarius]]".
* Parodied/subverted in a sketch from ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'', where a rural rube (Dave Foley) is kicked in the head by a cow as he reaches
for a telepath to unblock ''some'' of penny. He becomes a bit "off" from the memories.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Season 3 première "Murdoch Identity" finds Canadian Detective Murdoch in England without knowing who he is and why he is being pursued by agents.
* On
experience, so his brothers try to re-create the series finale of ''Series/FullHouse'', Michelle falls while riding a horse and forgets who she is. This amnesia plot climaxes with both Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen appearing accident. Unfortunately, the second blow to the head kills him.
-->'''Mark [=McKinney=]:''' I don't know what went wrong. Always seemed to work
on screen together in a Michelle's psyche.''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''.



* ''Series/{{Blindspot}}'': The show's central concept. Drugs were used to try and completely wipe out the narrative memory of a woman (temporarily named Jane Doe), leaving her with no idea who she is and where she comes from. Her procedural memory, on the other hand, is fully intact, meaning that she can function like most other adults while demonstrating new skills (including marksmanship, martial arts, and fluent Chinese) as the plot requires.
* ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'': Happens to Fabian as the result of a curse. In addition to forgetting the names of his friends as well as any important information he didn't write down for himself, he eventually forgets who he is and what his name is.
14th Jun '18 6:22:55 AM Vir
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' episode "I Am Ice Bear", a blow to the head causes Ice Bear to transform into a trendy guy from his normal ThirdPersonPerson TerseTalker personality.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' episode "I Am Ice Bear", a blow to the head causes Ice Bear to transform into a normal-speaking trendy guy from his normal usual ThirdPersonPerson TerseTalker personality.
12th May '18 6:40:58 AM Germaholic
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* In ''Literature/UndercoverAlien'', Jason Lennox lost his memory while traveling across space in a hibernation tank. He is made aware early on that he was a sociopathic child-killer, but refuses to acknowledge that he is the same person and instead believes that he must be a walk-in spirit. Despite some bewilderment at being named "Soap", he accepts the name and his role in the Komao tribe easily enough since it will further distance him from the monster he can't remember ever being. At one point he therogizes that he might be the Original Soap, returning once more into his body, while at another point he wonders if he might be one of Jason Lennox's victims, who took over the man's body as an act of vengeance. His former persona never resurfaces.
6th May '18 9:25:41 AM nombretomado
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-->'''Mark [=McKinney=]:''' I don't know what went wrong. Always seemed to work on ''TheFlintstones''.

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-->'''Mark [=McKinney=]:''' I don't know what went wrong. Always seemed to work on ''TheFlintstones''.''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''.



* ''TheFlintstones'' often had Fred switch to an alternate persona as a result of a bowling ball to the head. Years later, an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' ("The Dabba Don") would reference this, as Harvey uses the Bowling Ball To The Head defense to explain Fred's apparent Mob connections.

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* ''TheFlintstones'' ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' often had Fred switch to an alternate persona as a result of a bowling ball to the head. Years later, an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' ("The Dabba Don") would reference this, as Harvey uses the Bowling Ball To The Head defense to explain Fred's apparent Mob connections.
29th Apr '18 1:57:27 PM nombretomado
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See also {{Brainwashed}}, WistfulAmnesia, FakeMemories, WeWantOurJerkBack, AmnesiacHero, and AmnesiacLover. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] IAmWho.

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See also {{Brainwashed}}, WistfulAmnesia, FakeMemories, WeWantOurJerkBack, AmnesiacHero, and AmnesiacLover. [[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] IAmWho.
19th Apr '18 7:18:01 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* In ''Webcomic/HowIBecameYours'', Azula is hit by total amnesia caused by poison, and it causes a complete personality wipe, turning her into giggly, innocent PrincessClassic.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fan sequel comic ''Webcomic/HowIBecameYours'', Azula [[DarkActionGirl Azula]] is hit by total amnesia caused by poison, and it causes a complete personality wipe, turning her into a giggly, innocent PrincessClassic.PrincessClassic who falls in love with [[PrinceCharming Sokka]]. Then she gets more of her memory back...
3rd Apr '18 1:15:25 PM TrustBen
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* In an episode of ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'', Rob Petrie was demonstrating a breakaway violin to Buddy and Sally, but accidentally smashed a real violin on his head. Later we discover that he was missing the whole evening, because he was hanging out at some party with a girl under the name "Stradivarius".

to:

* In an episode of ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'', Rob Petrie was demonstrating a breakaway violin to Buddy and Sally, but accidentally smashed a real violin on his head. Later we discover that he was missing the whole evening, because he was hanging out at some party with a girl under the name "Stradivarius"."[[LineOfSightName Stradivarius]]".
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