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18th Oct '17 7:10:40 PM PaulA
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* One of the major characters in ''[[Literature/KnownSpace The World of Ptavvs]]'' is a telepath who seeks to understand aliens by absorbing their memories and worldviews, which become just as "real" to him as his own. Only the fact that he's still in his own body allows him to know which memories are his. Then he absorbs memories from another telepath, an alien who has much more experience with other species than he does, and spends most of the book identifying as and acting like that alien--first thinking he was somehow switched into another body, then being unable to emotionally accept that he's really an [[PunyEarthlings inferior human]] rather than an advanced alien. [[spoiler:He snaps out of it when he discovers that he needn't feel inferior--the alien is actually incredibly stupid]].

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* One of the major characters in ''[[Literature/KnownSpace The World of Ptavvs]]'' ''Literature/WorldOfPtavvs'' is a telepath who seeks to understand aliens by absorbing their memories and worldviews, which become just as "real" to him as his own. Only the fact that he's still in his own body allows him to know which memories are his. Then he absorbs memories from another telepath, an alien who has much more experience with other species than he does, and spends most of the book identifying as and acting like that alien--first thinking he was somehow switched into another body, then being unable to emotionally accept that he's really an [[PunyEarthlings inferior human]] rather than an advanced alien. [[spoiler:He snaps out of it when he discovers that he needn't feel inferior--the alien is actually incredibly stupid]].
10th Oct '17 6:08:18 PM creader
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* In ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', Yubaba binds people to her service by stealing their names and memories. Even Chihiro, who is there for less than a day already begins to forget her real name.



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* In ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', Yubaba binds people to her service by stealing their names and memories. Even Chihiro, who is there for less than a day already begins to forget her real name.
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6th Sep '17 9:08:17 PM Berrenta
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* A crucial part of TheHerosJourney, frequently manifested in the BellyOfTheWhale.

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* A crucial part of TheHerosJourney, frequently manifested in [[CantRefuseTheCallAnymore the BellyOfTheWhale.belly of the whale]].
7th Aug '17 6:02:02 AM Malachi108
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' has an unusual example in Bran Stark. He retained all of his original memories just fine, but he also had multiple lifetimes worth of other memories uploaded into his mind as well, many from well before he was born. As a result, he becomes extremely distant even to his closest companions and family and when confronted, does not deny that ThatManIsDead.
21st Jul '17 12:38:35 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* In ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'', a jinn known only as the Unbound did this to ''itself'', literally eating its name so that such could not be [[IKnowYourTrueName used to command it]]. Regardless, King Solomon managed to successfully trick it in order to imprison it.
20th Jul '17 12:43:22 PM ironballs16
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** Related to the CloningBlues, provided the clone has the same memories as the original.
20th Jul '17 12:41:53 PM ironballs16
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** This trope is the reason that Justin refuses to allow himself to be permanently transformed into a girl (he knows that a girl being attracted to guys would earn him less ridicule than being a guy attracted to guys). Even if it would make his life easier, he still identifies as a man.

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** This trope is the reason that Justin refuses to allow himself to be permanently transformed into a girl (he knows that a girl being attracted to guys would earn him less ridicule than being a guy attracted to guys). guys, not to mention [[IncompatibleOrientation easier in another aspect]]). Even if it would make his life easier, he still identifies as a man.man.
** The Immortals ''have'' to do this, as their lives lead to emotional and mental instability if they don't periodically wipe their memories, which is described as being like reading those experiences out of a book.
12th Jul '17 1:32:05 PM Dravencour
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* Carefully analyzed in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', where the entirety of [[spoiler:Fate's DarkMagicalGirl]] role stems from being considered a mere tool by her "mother" and having the identity of her genuinely loved dead sister, to which her "mother" hates to no end.

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* Carefully analyzed in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', where the entirety of [[spoiler:Fate's DarkMagicalGirl]] role stems from being considered a mere tool by her "mother" and having the identity of her genuinely loved dead sister, to which her "mother" hates to no end.end for having her own personality.
10th Jul '17 10:05:24 AM Piterpicher
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* {{Supertramp}}'s "The Logical Song":

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* {{Supertramp}}'s Music/{{Supertramp}}'s "The Logical Song":
23rd Jun '17 1:49:18 PM Gosicrystal
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* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll'', this is part of [[spoiler:Ini/Mimi Miney's]] motivation to murder. [[spoiler:She was in a horrible car accident in which the real Ini, her younger sister, was killed. She gave them Ini's photo to reconstruct her face with because she was ashamed of being the nurse whose mistakes (she partially blames on [[AssholeVictim the victim]]) killed patients. Then in her breakdown, she despairs that she had to keep living as her sister for the rest of her life.]]
** Also done in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' where [[spoiler: the Phantom, an international spy and assassin who caused the HAT-1 incident and is the murderer of Clay and Metis, claims he cannot remember who he once was or what he used to look like due to taking on the disguises of other people for so long.]]


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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll'', this is part of [[spoiler:Ini/Mimi Miney's]] motivation to murder. [[spoiler:She was in a horrible car accident in which the real Ini, her younger sister, was killed. She gave them Ini's photo to reconstruct her face with because she was ashamed of being the nurse whose mistakes (she partially blames on [[AssholeVictim the victim]]) killed patients. Then in her breakdown, she despairs that she had to keep living as her sister for the rest of her life.]]
** Done in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' where [[spoiler: the Phantom, an international spy and assassin who caused the HAT-1 incident and is the murderer of Clay and Metis, claims he cannot remember who he once was or what he used to look like due to taking on the disguises of other people for so long.]]
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